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The Mystery at Lilac Inn (Nancy Drew, Book 4) Hardcover – October 1, 1930

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Grade 3-6--When Nancy Drew and her friend visit Lilac Inn, mysterious events occur that seem to indicate that Nancy's presence is unwanted there and the Inn may be haunted. After her friend's diamond jewelry is stolen, Nancy must try to solve the mysteries and recover the jewels. Actress Laura Linney briskly narrates this original Nancy Drew mystery by Carolyn Keene. Her expressive and crisp rendering of the tale is occasionally too fast, requiring that listeners pay close attention, especially during descriptive passages. Although the material is dated, such as when a telephone switchboard is mentioned and a character wears an "aqua organdy dress," listeners will still have fun trying to solve the mystery on their own from the clues provided before the conclusion of the book. Orchestral music in the background, lush with string instruments, adds to the moments of peril within the narrative.--B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, NY
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Nancy finds herself in danger when she tries to solve the mystery of the old inn, believed to be jinxed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; New edition edition (October 1, 1930)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448095041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448095042
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on August 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"The Mystery at Liliac Inn" was great!!! It's full of suspence and i couldn't put down for a second!!!!!! The part in the book that was the best was when the bad guys all kidnap Nancy. When the bad guys find Nancy snooping around and about to go to the police, they take her hostage, tie her hands benind her back, tie her legs together, and tie a handkerchif around her mouth as a gag so she can't scream or talk. Anyway, when the kidnappers(to find out who they are, read the book), decide to take Nancy to an island and hold her hostage there until her dad pays a ransom for her, they go on a boat there and relize that the water is to rough and the boat was about to go expload!!!!!!! So, in the middle of the lake, all of the kidnappers jump overboard and leave Nancy in the cabin tied and gagged!!!!!!! There are other boats around, but remember, Nancy still has that handkerchif tied around her mouth as a gag, so whenever she tries to talk or scream, she just goes "MMMMMMMMMMPH. MMMMMMMMMPH. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMP". Will Nancy Drew get the gag out of her mouth and yell for someone to save her? Find Out BY READING!!!!!!!!!! Other books that have Nancy in peril like this (e.g.- being kidnaped, tied and gagged) include: The Clue of the Velvet Mask; The Quest of The Missing Map; The Mystery at The Ski Jump; The Secret of the Old Attic; The Clue of The Tapping heels; The Clue of the Black Keys; and The Secret at Seven Rocks. Enjoy!!!
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I love the original versions of the books in this series that Applewood Publishing has been printing. If you are a Mother who read the series, these make excellent books for your daughters who love to read and like a good mystery!The illustrations are great.The dialogue is dated, but only leads to the charm of these books.The true author's name was Mildred Wirt Benson, a ghost writer from the MidWest.She was the first graduate of journalism from the University of Iowa.She writes an introduction to this book that is worth the price of the book alone!Not my favorite in the series, but it still evokes the spirit of the 30's and the fun I had curling up and devouring these books on a rainy weekend afternoon.
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By A Customer on June 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Looking for a mystery? Read The mystery at Lilac Inn, by Carolyn Keene. Meet Nancy and Helen, two teenagers who solve a series of mysteries in the Nancy Drew books. In this book, Nancy and Helen go to Lilac Inn to visit their friend Emily, the owner. Strange things have been happening at Lilac Inn. First Nancy and Helen's cabin gets blown up. Then someone sees a ghost. Then Emily's diamonds get stolen. What will come next? Can Nancy and Helen solve the mystery? Will it be too scary? Find out by reading this fantastic book.
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This review concerns both the original 1930 edition and the revised 1961 edition, which is the one commonly found in new book stores. Both editions involve the theft of valuable jewels which belong to Nancy's friend Emily from a place called Lilac Inn; however, that is pretty much where similarity between the two books ends. In the original edition, Lilac Inn is a restaurant where Emily's guardian, Mrs. Willoughby, goes to have lunch while in possession of Emily's jewels. After the jewels are stolen from Mrs. Willoughby, the police begin to suspect that she was involved in the theft. Nancy and Emily believe in Mrs. Willoughby's innocence and Nancy sets out to find the real thief. With the revised edition, Lilac Inn is an inn owned by Emily and her fiance. The jewels are stolen during a dinner party where Mrs. Willoughby (who is Emily's aunt in this edition) was going to present Emily with the jewels. Also Nancy has a look-a-like who is going around town causing all sorts of trouble. Both editions are excellent books and because they are both distinct stories, you could read them both and not feel like you know exactly how the second one will turn out. Both books had plenty of action and had good endings. Personally, I prefered the original, but they are both interesting books. Read them both if you can, you won't be disappointed with either one.
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I am ordinarily no fan of "rewrites" however, in the early 60s' a handful of early Nancy Drew stories were "updated for modern readers" (read: dumbed down and somewhat modernized). #4, The Mystery at Lilac Inn, was one of the rewrites.

The original, penned by Nancy's original creator Mildred Wirt (assigned to the task by her employer the Stratemyers) involved a gang who staged a series of thefts and who hid out at the Lilac Inn. Written in the early 30s, the story reflected styles, spellings, idioms and settings of that era.

The rewritten story utilized many many elements of the original, but adds several elements that really enhance the story. The story opens as Nancy and her friend Helen discover that Nancy has a double who has stolen her credit card and is charging up a storm on Nancy's dime.

In the meantime, a friend of Nancy's, Emily Willoughby, along with her fiancée, is preparing to open a hotel they just acquired, Lilac Inn, to guests. However a series of mysterious occurrences at and near the Inn threaten its success. When Emily's diamonds are stolen right out from under her, Nancy steps in to help.

Could the events at Lilac Inn and Nancy's double, be tied together somehow?

The artwork for this story in the Drew series, underwent several incarnations. The original cover depicted Nancy eavesdropping on the thieves inside Lilac Inn. Nancy is standing with her back pressed against the door. The cover for the 1961 rewrite shows a blonde woman in a white dress with wrist-cuff flashlights, confronting a dark-haired woman who is dressed similarly. It is this cover that is used for the Kindle edition.

Narration: Laura Linney phoned it in, the narration is rushed and she doesn't even try to enact each of the characters. It's OK, 3 stars no more.
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