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The Bungalow Mystery (Nancy Drew, Book 3) (With illustrated frontispiece) Hardcover – 1930


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Reprint edition (1930)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000NPREB0
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,690,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon are the pseudonyms under which many ghostwriters penned the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, respectively. Both series were created by Edward Stratemeyer, founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate book packaging firm, in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Stratemeyer's daughter, Harriet, and syndicate writer Mildred Wirt Benson were the two people primarily responsible for bringing the iconic character of Nancy Drew to life in the minds and hearts of millions of readers around the world.


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Sturdy hardcover just like the originals.
RiordanMom
I enjoyed Nancy Drew books as a student, years ago, but now I just read for relaxation.
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I'd recommend reading the entire series, and I'd recommend this book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By k on July 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This was the 2nd best book in the series, only to its predecessor, The Hidden Staircase. The book kicks into action around page 70 and is non-stop suspense from there on. Its actually one of the few books that has a good mystery in the story and the cliff hangers at the end of each chapter are well thought out. In my opinion most of the Nancy Drew books were awful. The set is over rated. Of the original 56 books, about 25 of them are good. Half the set. This ranks in at #2 with me.
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Format: Hardcover
Originally written by Mildred Wirt Benson from outlines by Edward Stratemeyer, the Nancy Drew series was first published in 1930s. THE BUNGALOW MYSTERY was the third book in the series, and it and those that followed presented its heroine as a rich, headstrong, and distinctly reckless teenager who sometimes carried a pistol and who wasn't above breaking the law when it suited her purposes.

As the series progressed and other writers began to generate Nancy Drew novels, the character changed and Nancy was "toned down;" instead of flatly rich, she became reasonably affluent; recklessness was replaced by commonsense caution; and while she might be willing to bend the law a bit she would never knowingly break it. In the 1950s and 1960s the earlier novels were re-written to reflect this change in character.

THE BUNGALOW MYSTERY opens with Nancy and friend Helen aboard a small boat--which begins to sink in a sudden storm. Helen is hurt, and although Nancy is a strong swimmer they are soon in danger of their lives. Fortunately, they are rescued by Laura, a recently orphaned teenager who is in the area to meet her new guardians. Nancy soon becomes suspicious of Laura's guardians and determines to investigate the matter; at the same time her father, attorney Carson Drew, is investigating the theift of bonds from a local bank. As is the way of Nancy Drew stories, these two plots soon link, and Nancy finds herself facing a ruthless gang of kidnappers and con artists.

The book is very much of its era: you will not find any cell phones, computers, or similar modern gadgets between its covers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peekablue on January 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read quite a few of the Nancy Drew Mysteries as a child. I have retained only five of those books in my personal library, so I recently decided to start collecting them again and, of course, to re-read them. My mom gave me three this Christmas, one of which was the facsimile edition of the Bungalow Mystery from Applewood Books. This book is somewhat longer than the more common Grosset & Dunlap editions (the yellow hardcover books). Having read reviews on the facsimile editions, I was expecting something quite different than what I was used to. Upon reading the book, I did not find it (the story) to be very much different from the modernized editions. The illustrations, however, are very different and better. The quality of the book is much better, as well. Of the two editions, I would recommend the facsimile over the re-edited versions.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book was one of the best Nancy Drew books. It captivated your interest and was suspenseful. It was a story of friendships made and renewed. You'll like the surprise ending and how Nancy goes about solving the case.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dana H. Pasterjak on December 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am really enjoying reading the original Nancy Drew books that Applewood Publishers has been turning out.The illustrations by Russell Tandy are great!I read the whole series 20 years ago in grade school.Now I'm a teacher and getting a kick out of collecting these books and rereading them!The language from the 30's is hilarious.The language is dated, but a scream to read these books. A real piece of Americana.If you loved these books as a child, reread the originals, they are far superior.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This Nancy Drew mystery moves fairly quickly, there is regular action and suspense. It begins with Nancy and her friend Helen boating on a lake when a storm comes up. Their boat strikes a log and quickly sinks. Teenage Laura Pendleton comes to their rescue, saving their lives. Laura is a girl with a problem; her parents have recently died, leaving her a wealthy girl.
In the event of such a situation, Laura's parents have arranged for a married couple called the Aborns to be named her guardians. However, when Laura meets them, they turn out to be greedy and conniving people. They treat Laura as a virtual prisoner, steal some of her assets and demand even more. Nancy gets on the case, tracking down the criminals and discovering that the people claiming to be the Aborns are in fact imposters. After several adventures and some time in captivity, Nancy is able to chase down the imposters and their cohorts when they crash a car. The chivalrous Nancy and her group risk danger to rescue the criminals before their car explodes.
I grew up reading the Hardy Boys series of adventure books and occasionally amuse myself by rereading them. My particular interest is in how the tone, content and presentation of the stories have changed over time. In a similar vein I occasionally read a book in the Nancy Drew series. This story was originally written in 1930 and was updated for the 1988 publication. While some modernization has been done, this is still essentially a story for the 1930's. Nancy is still extremely curious and intelligent, yet in many ways still a member of what was at that time considered "the weaker sex."
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