Review: The Mystery at Lilac Inn

Carolyn Keene (1931)

Take the way-back machine to when you were 12 and you’d stay up late, hiding under the covers with a flashlight and turning the pages as fast as you could on the latest Nancy Drew (or Hardy Boys) book. Now take the way-way-back machine to when these mysteries were first published, and you’ve got the next book on my list.

A limited number of Nancy Drew mysteries have been republished in their original form (circa 1930-something), complete with reproductions of the illustrations and cover art. They are an entertaining blast from the past, from the writing style and amusing colloquialisms to Nancy’s suspicion of anyone who doesn’t look like her. And apparently, at the time, there were no laws against breaking and entering, which Nancy does with willing abandon throughout the series.

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