Thursday, March 23, 2017


Nancy Drew
Where my love for mysteries and solving puzzles began.

When I decided to rebuild my collection and reread them from the beginning, I knew I would be seeing them differently . . . through an adult mind. 

What I didn't realize was how the memories would come rushing back to me, and just how much I have missed reading these books. 

I hope you'll enjoy reliving Nancy Drew with me, or learn to love her for the first time. 

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Nancy Drew
#2
THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE
by Caroline Keene

Current cover

After receiving a call from her friend Helen Corning, Nancy agrees to help solve a baffling mystery. Helen's Aunt Rosemary has been living with her mother at the old family mansion, and they have noticed many strange things. They have heard music, thumps, and creaking noises at night, and seen eerie shadows on the walls. Could the house be haunted?

Just as soon as she hangs up the phone, a strange man visits Nancy's house to warn her and her father that they are in danger because of a case he is working on buying property for a railroad company. This warning leads Nancy and  her father Carson to search for the missing Willie Wharton, a landowner, who can prove he signed away his land to the railroad and save the railroad from a lawsuit. Will Nancy be able to find the missing landowner and discover how these mysteries are related?

MY REVIEW


As I read THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE I recalled being a young girl reading Nancy Drew and being both frightened, but safe in knowing Nancy would save the day. As reckless as she could be, I would have followed Nancy anywhere. You know what? I still would.

Illustration One

NANCY DREW: THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE if the first “ghost” story I ever read. I couldn’t believe Nancy wasn’t afraid of ghosts! In my rereading of this classic, I now see my girl Nancy never believed there to be ghosts in the first place. She knew there were humans causing the trouble in this story. But Nancy wasn’t even afraid of them, even when she should have been. I think the only real fear Nancy ever felt was when she or someone she cared for were in direct danger. But in her search for the truth, Nancy tended to rush (no matter how cautiously) into every situation running on adrenaline more so than thinking it through.

Illustration Two

The mystery in THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE grew with every turn of the page. There was always something happening! Nancy was always on the move searching for answers. It was truly hard to put the book down at any point because I knew something else was about to happen.

Illustration Three

I often became amused that Nancy was on her own so much. During one part of the story when Nancy went outside at night to investigate, her friend Helen not only stayed inside, but she went back to bed and slept! When it came to situations like this, Nancy was kinder than I would have been. Here she was, there to help Helen and her family at their request, and her friend lets her go out into the dark of night on her own. I would have tipped Helen out of her bed and told her to get her butt dressed! ;-)

Illustration Four

I really became swept up in the excitement when Nancy finally discovered the hidden staircase. And even though I knew they would be okay, I held my breath as Nancy and Helen took those stairs in search of the answers to the mysteries around them.

Illustration Five

As wonderful a read at fifty years old as it was when I was in my “tweens”, NANCY DREW: THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE was a suspenseful, danger filled mystery that readers young, old, and every age in between will want to add to their bookshelves. 

Illustration Six

I hope you enjoyed reading me review as much as I enjoyed writing it!

The cover when I read them in the seventies/eighties

More covers and illustrations




Note the title says THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE,
but the cover photo is from THE SIGN OF THE TWISTED CANDLES






Random observation of the whole series . . .

Nancy and her friends never missed a meal!

In books, on TV and in the movies of today, people take a bite or two and then they’re done. But in Nancy Drew, they eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even follow through with the cleanup.

So fellow amateur sleuths, make sure not to miss a meal, and you too will find your minds and bodies strong and true, and ready to solve any mystery that comes your way!

Newly published retro cover

What about you?
It there a series from your childhood you'd like to reread? 
Do you still have your originals, or would you have to rebuild your collection as I am?
Let me know. I'd love to hear about it!

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Be on the lookout for my review of 
Book #3 
NANCY DREW: THE BUNGALOW MYSTERY.


While driving a motorboat around the Twin Lakes, Nancy and her friend Helen get caught in a dangerous storm. Luckily, they are rescued by another teenage girl in a rowboat. They soon learn that their rescuer is Laura Pendleton, whose mother has recently having passed away. Laura has come to meet up with her new guardians, but something isn't quite right about them. Nancy investigates the situation, and soon she stumbles upon a shocking surprise in the cellar of a bungalow!

I don’t remember much about this one. I’m not even sure I read it. I never had the whole set. When I bought them or received them as gifts, they were out of order, according to what sounded the most exciting to me. 


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017


A STONE'S THROW
Book 1 in the Cobble Cove Mysteries
by Debbie De Louise


Widowed librarian Alicia Fairmont needs answers… After her husband is killed in a hit and run accident, Alicia travels upstate to his hometown of Cobble Cove, New York. She hopes to locate his estranged family and shed light on his mysterious past. Anticipating staying only a weekend, her visit is extended when she accepts a job at the town’s library. Secrets stretch decades into the past… Assisted by handsome newspaper publisher and aspiring novelist, John McKinney, Alicia discovers a connection between her absent in-laws and a secret John’s father has kept for over sixty years. Her investigation is interrupted when she receives word her house has burned and arson is suspected, sending her rushing back to Long Island, accompanied by John. Back in Cobble Cove, cryptic clues are uncovered… When Alicia returns, she finds a strange diary, confiscated letters, and a digital audio device containing a recording made the day her husband was killed. Anonymous notes warn Alicia to leave town, but she can’t turn her back on the mystery—or her attraction to John. As the pieces fall into place, evidence points to John’s involvement in her husband’s accident. The past and present threaten to collide, and Alicia confronts her fears… Has she fallen in love with her husband’s killer?
About Debbie


My name is Debbie De Louise. I am a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island and the award-winning author of the Cobble Cove mystery series.

My first novel, a paranormal romance, "Cloudy Rainbow" (Booklocker 2008) received an honorable mention in the Writer's Digest self-published awards. I wrote that book after my beloved cat, Floppy, died from diabetic and liver complications. The book is dedicated to him, and he is featured as a character in it. 

The first book of the Cobble Cove Mystery series, "A Stone's Throw," is the story of a widowed librarian who visits her husband's hometown and finds a new love with the town's newspaper publisher but also discovers some alarming truths about her husband's death and its connection to the publisher and his family. Along with a variety of characters, there is also a cat and dog who play minor but interesting roles in the novel. The sequel and second Cobble Cove Mystery is, "Between a Rock and a Hard Place"

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Author 
Kathi Daley 
has a new book out! 


You know what that means don't you? 

*****!!!GIVEAWAY!!!*****

Kathi is celebrating the release of her new book  
MURDER AT TURTLE COVE
Book 5 in the Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries


Lani is trapped when a school of sharks gather to feed between her location beyond the breakers and the beach. When she is finally able to come ashore she finds that the meal the sharks were feeding on was a who rather than a what. Based on the evidence provided it looks like the victim was murdered prior to becoming shark food. Luke and Lani set out to find the killer but during the course of the investigation Lani learns a surprising secret about Luke that may change everything she believes to be true.

*****!!!GIVEAWAY!!!*****

Kathi is giving away 1 copy of
MURDER AT TURTLE COVE

USA - Choice of print or Kindle
Canada - Kindle only


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Monday, March 20, 2017


I'm excited to have author
Dianne Harman
back at the blog today!


Dianne is celebrating the release of 
Book 1 in the Northwest Cozy Mysteries 
MURDER ON BAINBRIDGE ISLAND
with a
*****!!!GIVEAWAY!!!*****


When Lisa Sanders, a well-known Seattle art gallery owner, is found dead at a prestigious dinner party, shock waves ripple through the local art community. For DeeDee Wilson, the death becomes a personal tragedy, because the dinner party was the first ever event for her fledgling catering business.

On the following day, newspaper reports indicated the cause of death was possibly poisoning, but could it have come from the food she served the guests? In order to save her business and protect her reputation, DeeDee has to find out how Lisa, the art gallery owner, died, and if it was murder, who did it and why?

Could it have been the smarmy competing gallery owner who was jealous of Lisa's success in getting a top art glass artisan to exhibit in her gallery? Or the artist whose work she rejected because she didn't feel it was up to her standards? Was it the disgruntled ex-girlfriend who was dumped by the man Lisa was currently seeing? Or was it a museum employee who was fired by the woman who hosted the dinner party?

Join DeeDee, Jake, a private investigator she's developed a relationship with after her divorce, and her new dog, Balto, a husky dog with a blue eye and a brown eye, as they try to save DeeDee's new business venture.

*****!!!GIVEAWAY!!!*****

Dianne is giving away 2 copies of
MURDER ON BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

USA - Choice of print or Kindle
Canada - Kindle only


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Sunday, March 19, 2017


Every Monday I'm going to spotlight a different series that I have loved or think I would enjoy. 

This week my series spotlight is on
COZY CAT CAPERS MYSTERIES
by 
Paige Sleuth


I haven't read any of the Cozy Cat Caper Mysteries
but I think they look absolutely adorable!
Check them out!


Kat Harper has only just returned to her small hometown of Cherry Hills, Washington when she discovers the dead body of her neighbor, Mrs. Tinsdale. Matilda, Mrs. Tinsdale's orphaned rescue cat, just might be the only eyewitness to the murder. But how do you convince a cat to reveal "whodunit"?


Kat Harper doesn't expect her first meeting with the Furry Friends Foster Families nonprofit organization to kick off with the mysterious absence of another member. But it soon becomes clear why Willow Wu is a no-show; she's been arrested for a crime that nobody can believe. Now, with a little help from her cat Matty, Kat has to figure out who is framing Willow and why.


Kat Harper has been looking forward to the Furry Friends Foster Families benefit dinner for weeks, never guessing it would come to a screeching halt when one of the guests ends up poisoned. Now the question she must answer is who would have wanted to murder Heidi Smith? Kat has a few suspects in mind, but before long her cats Matty and Tom are making her question everything about the case.


Kat Harper's mother disappeared from Cherry Hills thirty years ago, but Kat is determined to locate her. The question is where does she even begin to look, and will her cats Matty and Tom be able to help her solve the mystery this time?


What starts off as a foster dog wellness check turns into a nightmare when Kat Harper discovers a dead body. But who would want to murder Eric Halstead? Kat's not sure, but Eric's orphaned tuxedo cat just might lead her to the killer.


Kat Harper isn't the only one with a knack for finding dead bodies. This time she's led to the scene of the crime by her adventurous cat, Matty. And if Kat can't figure out "whodunit" soon, it might just be up to Matty to save her from becoming the killer's next murder victim.


Halloween has arrived in Cherry Hills, Washington—the worst time of the year for a black cat to go missing. But did Midnight sneak out, or was he kidnapped? It's up to Kat Harper to find out what really happened . . . before Midnight falls victim to the wrong person.


Kat Harper wants nothing more than to forget about her disastrous job interview, but that's pretty hard to do when your interviewer turns up murdered. Now her search for a job has turned into a search for a killer. But Kat better watch her back, or she might just need her cats to come to her rescue once more.


Kat Harper expects her biggest Thanksgiving challenge to be coming up with an edible tofu pumpkin pie, but that all changes when a woman is mugged outside her apartment building. Now it's up to Kat and her two cats to figure out who in Cherry Hills would commit such a crime right before the big holiday.


Kat Harper's first day at her new job doesn't go as planned when a runaway cat leads her to a dead body outside of her office building. Things only get worse when Sadie Cramer's death is deemed a homicide, and Kat starts running into plenty of people with motive for murder. But Kat better be careful, or her quest to figure out "whodunit" just might turn her into the killer's next victim.


Cherry Hills resident Kat Harper finds herself embroiled in another murder investigation when a local artist is run down by a car. Between a nearby gallery owner, a brooding rival painter, and the victim's jealous sister, Kat's not sure who had more motive. Will Kat and her justice-seeking felines be able to figure out "whodunit" this time?


Kat Harper's Christmas reunion with her long-lost mother turns out to be nothing like she envisioned. Maybelle Harper has no qualms about flirting with Kat's police detective boyfriend, and she seems more interested in seeing old friends than her daughter. Worse yet, she hates cats. But Kat might have to put her disappointment aside when bigger problems arise—unwelcome gifts have been showing up on her doorstep, and she has no idea who has added her to his Christmas list.

The Furry Friends Foster Families January fundraiser turns fatal when one of the guests ends up murdered. But who would want to kill popular local radio personality John Sykes? Kat Harper doesn't know, but she's running into plenty of people with motive for murder. Now if she could only figure out which one is guilty.


Kat Harper's visit to Jessie's Diner ends abruptly when the man at the next table drops dead. Nobody suspects murder until a wannabe crime reporter and some disturbing evidence convinces them otherwise. Now it's up to Kat to figure out "whodunit" without getting killed herself.

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Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Series
Author: Paige Sleuth
Series features:
--Great for mystery-loving cat enthusiasts.
--These are all novella-length books.
--Each book can be read as a stand-alone (although for maximum enjoyment they're best read in order).
--The cover models are Paige Sleuth's real cats!

--There are currently 14 books in the series.

Or link to Paige/Marla's Website: www.marlabradeen.com/ps/books

About Paige


Paige Sleuth is a pseudonym for mystery author Marla Bradeen. She plots murder during the day and fights for mattress space with her two rescue cats at night. When not attending to her cats' demands, she writes. She loves to hear from readers, and welcomes emails at paige.sleuth@yahoo.com. You can also join her readers' group at: hyperurl.co/readersgroup
The picture I've been using for Paige Sleuth is available here: marlabradeen.com/ps/ps.jpg

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What do you think of
 Cozy Cat Caper Mysteries
 Don't they sounds like fun books?
Have you read this series? 
I'd love to know what you think!






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