Murder on Ice

Murder on Ice (The Nancy Drew Files #3) by Carolyn Keene

Background Information:

It’s been a couple of months since we reviewed one of these mysteries, so let me do a bit of background information.

So this series began in the ’80s and have some updates from the original series. Nancy Drew originally was a 16 year-old, high school, amateur detective, but in this version she has been aged up to 18, and a high school graduate.

She still lives in River Heights, IL and is in a long distance relationship with Ned Nickerson, who is a student at Emerson College.

Her friends are still cousins Bess Marvin and George Fayne; Bess being the beautiful blonde shopaholic who is always eating and George the super athlete in every way. Instead of a blue roadster, in this book she gets a blue mustang convertible.

One of the best things I love in this series are the clothes, the author (as Carolyn Keene is a pseudonym), always gives great detail to what she wears. I’m totally going to add a special section at the end.

One other thing that this series does a little differently is that every book cover has a handsome guy on it, someone who appears in the book. Some people hate that, but I always think of it as a fun guessing game as we try and figure out which of the characters it is.

Another thing this book series does, is that since it is a “case file” there is a little information sheet at the very beginning. Sometimes the suspects mentioned turn out to be who did it, while other times the person whodoneit is someone Nancy never saw coming.

So enough review:

THE CASEFind the midnight prowler who’s causing a string of nasty “accidents” at Webb Cove Ski Lodge-even if it means ruining a romantic vacation with Ned

CONTACT: Liz Whitcomb, owner of the lodge. She wants Nancy’s help-but has she got something to hide?

SUSPECTS: 

  • Luke Ericsen, the lodge’s ski instructor. He’s a man with a mysterious-and maybe murderous-past.
  • Michael Price, a handsome, helpful stranger. He saved Nancy from a serious accident. Is he being a white knight? Or does he have a darker motive?
  • Gunther, a cheerful German student enjoying an American vacation. He came to the lodge for fun-or could he be there for revenge?

COMPLICATIONS: George Fayne has fallen for Luke Ericsen-with the blindness of first love. How can Nancy tell her Luke could be a killer? Then a blizzard cuts the lodge off from the rest of the world, and the prowler strikes again. Ned, George, and Nancy find their lives on the line!

So Nancy was supposed to have a vacation in Deadly Intent but that didn’t work out-so here they are again. This time Nancy, Bess, George, and Ned are heading to the Web Cove Ski Lodge for a relaxing ski vacation.

You really think it will be that easy?

Nancy needs this vacation as Ned is growing tired of all their time being devoted to mysteries instead of each other.

But the vacation doesn’t last long, as they are signing in Bess makes a joke about Nancy, Nancy Drew, Notorious Girl Detective. Liz, the owner of the ski lodge asks Nancy to help her by investigating the strange things that have been occurring.

On the case!

A man was seen peeking in the windows, the kitchen lock was messed with, angry violent calls asking for a John, and snow tracks around after 2:00 am. Liz has no clue why anyone would want to break in.

They meet the others staying there, Gunther-there with a group and latches onto beautiful Bess. Then there is Luke, a snob, the ski instructor. He is pretty good, but it looks like his injured leg kept him from the olympics.

The next day they are ready for skiing. Luke is a safety-nazi, he tells Nancy not to use the ski lift until he’s checked it. Before he does he goes to show Ned his skis, as Ned is interested in buying them. He and Ned go off, but Nancy doesn’t want to wait. She uses the the tow line, that only Luke uses, but the line has been cut and she falls.

She is saved by a blonde stranger and Luke. But after Luke denies seeing the other guy.

That’s not the only thing that goes strange-Luke’s skis that he plans on selling, end up being sabotaged while Ned was using them-Ned being injured.

Then Ned and Nancy use Luke’s car without his knowledge, but the lines are cut and they barely manage to get safely out when it blows up.

To make things worse a blizzard comes and they are trapped in a ski lodge with a murderer. Will they be able to figure it out and stop him, or will he claim another victim.

Thoughts After Reading:

This is one of my least favorite stories. Nancy is so convinced Luke is the killer when EVERYTHING points to someone being after him! It was not very good at all. But you know, every series has one bump in the road.

Nancy’s next case:

Another thing I loved about these mysteries is that they were designed like radio shows and TV episodes. They always made sure to leave you with a little preview of what will come next:

Nancy’s next case:

Working undercover for a hot new teen magazine, Nancy’s assignment is to protect the publisher…from murder.

She’s also trying to save her relationship with Ned. He’s tired of taking a backseat to every case that comes along, and he’s met a girl more interested in him than in mysteries.

Nancy must risk losing her love-and her life-in SMILE AND SAY MURDER–Case #4 in The Nancy Drew Files™.

For more on The Nancy Drew Files, go to Deadly Intent

For more Nancy Drew, go to The Demon of River Heights

For more Carolyn Keene, go to Secrets Can Kill

Killer Pancake

Happy 4th of July!!!!!

So to celebrate today we are going to feature a 4th of July mystery!

Killer Pancake (Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #5) by Diane Mott Davidson

Goldy has a new gig doing a low-fat catering job for a very expensive make up line, Mignon’s, show of its new product.

After that she will have a booth at Furman County’s Food Fair, over the 4th of July weekend, and a 4th of July party for a rich and very irritating client.

Between all that she is trying to adapt to married life as she is no longer Goldy Bear, but Goldy Schulz, wife to Tom Schulz of the Sheriff’s department. It’s great having this man in her life as he loves her and loves to cook, but being the wife of a policeman has its rough moments as well.

I’m scared!

Arch has ended his magic phase and has entered into a new love of all things ’60s. Hopefully it ends soon (may the next book he be into something else please!).

Goldy is preparing to say good-bye to Julian as after the summer he will go away to Cornell. He has become a true part of the family and a great help in taking care of Arch and in her catering.

Speaking of Julian, he has a new love interest. A knock-out gorgeous, blonde, Australian: Claire. She’s everything a guy could want and everything girls want to be. She is a sales rep for Mignon cosmetics and the one that got Goldy her low-fat gig.

They head over to where the demonstration will be and right smack in the middle of a group of protestors saying that Mignon is testing on animals and making rabbits go blind. One member and Goldy get into a confrontation, with grilled veggies going everywhere.

To make things shockingly worse, Claire is killed in a hit-and-run that turns out to be murder!

Then Goldy’s best friend Marla ends up in the hospital with a heart attack!

Goldy is visited by her abusive ex-husband, John Richard Korman!

What?!

And reporter Frances Markasian keeps popping up everywhere trying to question Goldy or involve her in her “investigation”.

Goldy tries to help find out what happened to Claire and finds out there is a lot more going on in this case-shoplifting, cooked books, love affairs, peeping toms, industrial espionage, and more. Will she make it to see the fireworks? Or be the next victim?

Thoughts After Reading:

I thought it was pretty good and grabbed you well. You kept reading to find out what happened next and it had quite a group of characters to choose from as to who the killer was.

Hmm…

I figured it out though and thought the ending was missing the extra oomph.

Meh

For more Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, go to The Last Suppers

For more on the 4th of July, go to Death by Cashmere

For more industrial espionage, go to Betty and Veronica: Stranger Than Fiction

For more mystery reviews, go to Death by Divorce

Happy 4th of July!