Title: The Bungalow Mystery
Author: Carolyn Keene
Challenges: Mystery Challenge, Pre 1960s Challenge
Summary from Goodreads:
While trying to help a friend out of a difficulty, Nancy has a perilous experience in and around a deserted bungalow, from which only her bravery and quick thinking save her.
The Bungalow Mystery is the third Nancy Drew book I've read this year, and wasn't one of my particular favorites. Within the first few pages, I had the two mysteries connected and knew who the culprits were. This took a bit of adventure out of the story. Plus, I'm beginning to wonder what type of parent would let this daughter run off to search dark houses in the middle of the night!
However, as a child, I think you look at these books in a completely different way. Rather than viewing Nancy as I do, through a parent's eyes, one would view her as adventurous and cool. There's so much she can do that other children can't! I think that is why I always loved Nancy so much as a child. I could live vicariously through her adventures.
One thing that these books do point out to me is how dependant I've become on my cell phone. Nancy is always looking for a pay phone or stuck in a situation in which I think "Wow, if you only had a cellphone." I don't know if I could ever get out of the situations she's in without my trusty iphone.
Despite some of my misgivings with this series, I'm going to continue on as I kind of enjoy re-living my childhood through these books.