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Nancy Drew 41: the Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes Hardcover – February 1, 1964
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Carolyn Keene is a pen name used by a variety of authors for the classic Nancy Drew Mystery series. The first author to use the pseudonym was Mildred Wirt Benson, who wrote 23 of the original 30 books. Other writers who have adapted the "Carolyn Keene" moniker include Leslie McFarlane, James Duncan Lawrence, Walter Karig, and Nancy Axelrod.
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Typical of Nancy Drew fashion, the plot is not too complicated, the action is constant, and there is a happy ending. Nancy and two friends accompany Nancy’s father to Scotland on a business trip that will also include a visit to Nancy’s great-grandmother’s ancestral home to look into some matters related to Nancy’s inheritance, including a valuable piece of jewelry that has gone missing. Even before Nancy leaves she receives threats telling her not to go to Scotland, averts a bomb, and finds a suspicious figure stealing her autograph. It appears that Nancy’s trip to Scotland may be fraught with danger.
On the way to Scotland, during a stopover at Nancy’s aunt’s in New York, Nancy conveniently learns to play the bagpipes. Next thing they know the group have set foot in Scotland and intrigue finds them at the first hotel they stop at. Nancy also learns of sheep thievery happening in the highlands. Nancy and her friends head to Loch Lomond to see the scenery. Danger and mystery find them there and continue to haunt them as they travel first to Edinburgh and then north to Ft. William. It appears they are getting too close to the thieving operations.
Eventually, with the help of Fiona, a new friend from the Isle of Skye, and Nancy’s great-grandmother, Lady Douglas, Nancy is able to unravel what is happening to the sheep. She also discovers the missing jewel is connected to the sheep thieves. Can Nancy get the police officers to believe her and can they relocate the heirloom jewelry?
“Mrs. Drummond had a substantial supper ready. It started with cock-a-leekie soup of leeks and a boiling hen. Then came mutton stew, filled with potatoes and small white turnips. There was kale as a side dish, and for dessert a bowl of steamed bread pudding filled with currants and topped with custard sauce.”
“‘I’ve just had a brainstorm,’ Nancy declared. ‘Great-Grandmother, it’s a daring one, but I hope you won’t have any objections. I’d like to dress in the Cameron kilt and the rest of the costume I wore before, climb Ben Nevis to the point where I saw that piper, and play Scots, Wha Hae.'”
Travel Notes: This is perfect reading for elementary and middle school-aged children that are planning a trip to Scotland or learning about the country. Nancy visits Glasgow, the castle, Royal Mile, St. Giles, John Knox’ house, and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, the highlands, Ben Nevis, and Ft. William (where they view a secret portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie at the local museum).
Nancy flies into Scotland on family business with her dad and friends, Bess and George. She is in search of a Morgan family heirloom that is missing. There is plenty of excitement, danger, and lots of mystery as she hunts for more than just an heirloom.
Nancy exudes strength of character and an independency that rang out long before it was politically correct. This author was a woman with ideas that reached far beyond her time. She leaves behind a series that will live on long into the future. Kelsana 6/2/02
*** out of 5
Authour: Caroleen Keen
This is a great mystery book , but it is not the best writen. The main characters are Nancy Drew, because this is a Nancy Drew book, and her two friends Bess and George. They are going to take a trip to Scotland becaure Nancys Great Grandmother has lost the heirloom she was going to give to Nancy, but Nancy thinks it may have been stolen. Odly anough she starts to get warnings not to go. An example is a note anonamisly sent saying she will regret going to Sotland.She and her brave friends decide to go on with the trip. They love the scenery there, but there are some realy odd things there, and odd people. One guy tries to run them off the road. Somewon ells tries to push George off of a cliff. What was at first a trip to relaxs and to have fun had turned into a trip for solveing a mystery. Nancy ,Bess and George figure out who has caused these things to happen and who took the heirloom. You will never guess who it is!! If you are looking for a quick exciting adventure you will love this book, but if you want something that is realy well writen, the kind you won,t forget , then go look for another book!