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The Case of the Not-So-Nice Nurse: A Nancy Clue and Cherry Aimless Mystery (Maney, Mabel) Paperback – November 30, 2005

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In this artful, hilarious send-up of girls' fiction of the past, innocent, naive recent nursing school graduate Cherry Aimless is drawn into pursuing a "case" when a beautiful patient in her psych ward mysteriously disappears after a visit by a nun. Cherry seeks the aid of forthright, courageous Nancy Clue, whose attorney-father has lately been done in by his housekeeper of 30 years. What is the clue in the book the missing patient gave Cherry? What happened to the conventful of nuns, presumed kidnapped, from which the visiting sister came? Where is Aunt Gertrude? Will our heroines escape the midnight prowler? the ticking time-bomb? And then there's the murder: will goody-good Cherry and her chums triumph? You bet, but along the way guileless Cherry has many peculiar things happen to her, all made shriekingly funny by her inability to distinguish drag queens and dykes from ordinary mortals. Many a fan of the (Cherry) Ames and (Nancy) Drew series will be delighted by this wonderfully wry parody--and rewarded by a not-bad mystery, too. Marie Kuda --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A gem of a book-length parody.... I loved this book." - Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine "Maney, who evidently grew up bent in a straighter-than-thou environment, has had a field day with our conventions. Wittily, subversively, she has exposed the underbelly of America: it's softly rounded and warm." - Toronto Globe and Mail "Read The Case of the Not-So-Nice Nurse, and have a gay old time of it." - Utne Reader"
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Product Details

  • Series: Maney, Mabel
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; 2 edition (November 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573442267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573442268
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mabel Maney is a legend! All the Nancy Clue mysterious are so enjoyable to read and are all so camp. All my friends keep borrowing my books now. It's really annoying because I want to re-read and re-read.
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Any Nancy Drew fan will be awe struck and find totally new situations with the same genuine original intended fun. Whether you had read the childhood books or not you are in for a new, extraordinarily 'gleeful' time! I laughed by myself 'til it hurt! The premise of the book may be unexpected for the heterosexual person but let me tell you don't pass it up because you will be missing something very special and completely entertaining.
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By Dixie on September 6, 2014
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Very clever and, as anyone familiar with the Ames and Drew series will agree, spot on in terms of the vocabulary, style, etc. I always thought it was weird that Nancy Drew's best friends were Bess (the femme) and George (!) the butch.
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Valley Gay Press Book Reviewer: Liz Bradbury
Here's what it would have been like if Carolyn Keene had written Nancy Drew stories set in a 1950's gay and lesbian world, where the all the unattractive people were far right heterosexual bigots and all the heroes were GLBT. Read this series of three hilarious books that match nurse Cherry Aimless with Nancy Clue, discovering mysteries in caves, convents and under the sheets, when you need to escape. The Hardy boys even make a flaming appearance in the third book. Funny, even if you haven't read the old series, but best if you have.
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By A Customer on March 29, 1999
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I loved Nancy Drew mysteries as a kid because they were about girls getting out and doing it for themselves (and, come on, her best chum is a tomboy named George!). Now thanks to Mabel Maney, I can get the same effortless pleasure out of these girl mysteries for an enlightened age. The only flaw is the ending -- I won't spoil it for you but it throws kind of a heavy-handed PC note into an otherwise light 'n frothy adventure. Still, this is a great read, and if it gets you thinking, that's a plus. Highly recommended.
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I didn't like either of the series when I was a girl, because they were so illogical, but she really got the nuances down pat!! That overdose of adjectives!!!! Absolutely hilarious. And I bet a lot of you out there were fantasying about what would happen should the two meet up!
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I read this book a few years ago after seeing an article about Maney in the SF Bay Times. I thought she was kinda cute so I bought her book. I read a few Nancy Drew mysteries in my younger days, but nothing as interesting as this! Very funny and clever.
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I LOVED the adventures of Nancy Clue and Cherry Aimless.

"Three martinis aren't nearly nutritious enough for a girl on the go!"
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