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Nancy Drew Mystery Stories The Ghost of Blackwood Hall by Carolyn Keene Hardcover – January 1, 1948
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From the Back Cover
Nancy Drew and friends travel to the colorful French Quarter in New Orleans to solve the mystery of The Ghost of Blackwood Hall.
About the Author
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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Mrs Putnam refuses to go to the police because of her deceased husband's instructions not to tell any man or woman. Seeing a loophole, her jeweler brings her to Nancy; who is neither man nor woman, but an eighteen year-old girl, and Nancy naturally agrees to look into the mystery. Her investigation leads her to suspect that a racketeering operation is in business, extorting young women and old ladies out of their money by convincing them that the spirits want them to donate to a phony charity. This involves a "cloak and dagger" operation in which girls are instructed to leave money behind in hollow trees, women are escorted to anonymous séances hosted by spirits, and people are invited to have their photographs taken on film which may include "spirit messages."
It's an intriguing premise with a dark, creepy mood that permeates the entire story, particularly when Nancy is investigating Blackwood Hall or the surrounding woods. There are also a few chapters set in New Orleans that make the most of that city's rich history and atmosphere. The "ghostly" Nancy Drew mysteries always seem to be the best ones, and this one certainly isn't short on eerie occurrences, such as organ-playing ghosts, smoking cabins without any fire, talking portraits and hypnotized girls (my copy of this included a pencil illustration of a girl walking into a river with her arms outstretched in front of her like a zombie; when I was younger I had a nightmare about it).
There are some interesting features to "Blackwood Hall" that differentiate it from the usual formula. In a couple of effective chapters, Nancy goes missing and Bess and George are the protagonists of the narrative until she's found again. On the other hand, there are several components that are repeated throughout this series, such as Nancy foregoing common sense and self-preservation in order to investigate matters, and a clumsy wrap-up in which the villains monologue extensively on their crimes for no apparent reason.
But ultimately that's what to be expected from a Nancy Drew book. These days, there's a certain amount of enjoyment to be derived from the nostalgic quality of the books' settings, yet at the same time there is still a freshness about Nancy and her "chums" that made me forget sometimes that Nancy has to wait around for letters to be delivered because email hasn't been invented yet, or that she can't simply call for help on her cell-phone for the same reason.
All in all, one of the better Nancy Drew mysteries, particularly in its spooky subject matter.
just don't read it if your a strict christian with these type of mystery's.
P.S to myself I think this is the best thriller of the nancy drew series