Saturday, December 5, 2015

Review: Curse of the Arctic Star (Nancy Drew Diaries #1) by Carolyn Keene

Nancy and her friends must navigate a cruise ship crisis in the first book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to a classic series.
Nancy, Bess, and George are cruising dangerous waters on a tour of Alaska. Becca Wright, an old friend of Nancy's, is the Assistant Cruise Director of the Arctic Star, a posh new ship. But Becca needs Nancy's help when strange things keep happening aboard the opulent ocean liner: The swimming pool becomes a floating grave; a famous passenger is threatened; and even the seemingly innocent mini-golf course becomes a perilous playground. With the majestic and mysterious Alaskan scenery as a backdrop, Nancy and company have to find out who's trying to sabotage the maiden voyage and why.

I was a Nancy Drew fan when I was a child, so this book certainly piqued my interest.

In Curse of the Arctic Star, Nancy is asked by an old friend to help get to the bottom of the mysterious events happening on the Arctic Star.

I rather enjoyed this story. I mean, it was set in a cruise ship, so that in itself gets bonus points from me. I also liked the mystery itself. I had a suspicion that proved correct, but there were a couple of red herrings that did make me think that the solution might not be all that straightforward.

The thing that I found the most surprising about this book, however, is how while the main mystery seems solved, there were still some unanswered questions. Basically, the story continues in the next book. I'm so used to stand-alone mysteries, that this one felt a little strange to me. You can bet, I'll read the next book, though.


  1. It's a fun mystery.
  2. There are plenty of believable red herrings.
  3. The series looks promising.


  1. Some people may not like that there are questions that won't be answered until the next book.


  1. You're a Nancy Drew fan.
  2. You like mysteries.
  3. You are looking for a fun new mystery series to read.




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