‘The Mystery at Lilac Inn’ — A Nancy Drew Mystery

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while since my last book review. I had been having some trouble getting myself to read and actually enjoy it. I don’t think I am back 100% but I was able to read a book from a series I had always wanted to read but just never had.

Today I wanna talk about The Mystery at Lilac Inn a Nancy Drew Mystery by Carolyn Keene. Here’s something I didn’t know until I was looking for details, all these novels were ghostwritten by different people. This one was originally ghostwritten by Mildred Wirt Benson and then it was extensively revised by Harriet Stratemeyer Adams in 1961. I haven’t obviously read the 1930 edition but as far as the interwebs say the new edition is almost completely different. Which doesn’t seem like such a bad thing when you realize that it removed any ethnic slurs or stereotypes that had been used.

Summary


Nancy and a friend travel to the newly renovated Lilac Inn that had been bought by an old friend. They are also to be bridesmaids at the friend, Emily’s, wedding. But when they arrive instead of merriment and joy they are met with worry from the bride about some spooky apparitions in the lilac grove. Add in a robbery and someone impersonating Nancy back in town racking up loads of charges. You have a mystery only one person can solve.

Review


While this is the first Nancy Drew Mystery novel I have read it is not my first foray into the Nancy Drew world. I read most if not all of the ‘The Nancy Drew Notebooks” series. And a few of the graphic novel versions.

This one was the first one that I read from the original series though. And boy, was I surprised. These books are in the youth fiction section of my library and I’ll be honest, I had wrongly assumed that they would be… docile? Not so intense? As they actually were.

The story started off pretty innocently. Introduced the characters, the setting, and the beginnings of the plot. And then the mysteries started. The ghost in the grove, the missing equipment, and then Nancy starts getting phone calls about her purchases in the town that she is not even currently in.

The story started off pretty innocently. Introduced the characters, the setting, and the beginnings of the plot. And then the mysteries started. The ghost in the grove, the missing equipment, and then Nancy starts getting phone calls about her purchases in the town that she is not even currently in.

It did feel as if there was a lot going on all at once in some parts but it all worked out in the end. Which I really freaking loved. That everything was wrapped up nice and neat in a bow at the end.

And then the end! Wow. Okay, this is when shit got real real and I was shocked at how dangerous and I don’t want to call it graphic because it really wasn’t but it felt like a lot. Especially for a book in the youth department.

Final Thoughts


Giving this one a 4 out 5 cups of tea. It was a solid story and I really enjoyed it. I am planning on reading more in the future as something simple and easy and quick to read.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s book review! If you’ve read The Mystery at Lilac Inn let me know what you thought. Or if you have any recommendations I am always open to hearing them! Thanks for reading!!

~QuietBiblio