Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nancy Drew 2012 Convention Clues #7

The Kachina Doll Mystery - Review

A Few Fast Facts

Ghostwriter: Sharon Wagner

Illustrators: Ruth Sanderson, Hector Garrido, Linda Thomas.

Synopsis: When Nancy arrives at the McGuire's fitness ranch in Arizona, she discovers that the future of the ranch is being threatened by unexplained accidents. Teaming up with a ghost, Nancy begins her search for a precious collection of ancient Kachina dolls and hunts for her elusive adversary, who is determined to prevent the ranch from operating.

Growing up, I read the Wanderer paperbacks as they came out, and was really excited to read Kachina Doll. I grew up in the Southwest, and the Indian theme with the Kachina Dolls was very familiar to me. The ghostly Kachina Doll was fascinating, especially since Nancy didn't normally believe in ghosts and there was a real ghost/Kachina spirit in this book. Now that I live out in Arizona, the setting for this book is about 35 minutes from my house and I'm thrilled to bring this book alive for Nancy Drew fans at this year's convention. The resort setting will be perfect with it's desert/Superstition Mountains backdrop. I like how the ghostwriter also worked in the gold mining aspect of the mystery since that is a huge part of the Superstitions lore.

5 Fun Things About This Book:

1. George Fayne's quote, "No ghost is safe around Nancy."

2. We learn that when someone's trying to buy your land, trickery going on might just be their handy work!

3. This is quite a meal! On a horseback ride, they eat ribs, beans--traditional baked and Mexican refried with bits of hot peppers and onions, taco chips, green mound of guacamole dip, fresh fruit and vegetables, icy soda, and Indian Fry Bread for desert with powdered sugar or honey.

4. We learn that a nightstand drawer is a terrible hiding place!

5. The barn dance with the colorful Mexican paper flowers and other decorations sounded like fun.


1 comment:

LuAnn Sgrecci O'Connell said...

I read this one recently and really enjoyed it. You all will have fun with Nancy's western themed books. My husband is currently reading Shadow Ranch!