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The Secret of the Golden Pavilion (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, No. 36) Hardcover – January 1, 1959
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Nancy Drew, her lovely blue eyes sparkling with excitement, stared in fascination from the cabin of a private helicopter. The craft was headed for the River Heights airport, a few miles beyond. Below, the rooftops of the town stood out clearly in the moonlight. - Chapter 1, The Secret of The Golden Pavilion.
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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Her father Carson Drew introduces Nancy to a client named Kamuela Sakamaki, a half-Japanese, half-Polynesian man who has recently inherited money and property from his grandfather in Honolulu. Mr Sakamaki has plans to open the estate of Kaluakua to the public, only his grandfather Nikkio Sakamaki left several clues suggesting that there is a treasure to be found on the property, and warning his grandson not to sell or give away Kaluakua until its mystery is solved.
It's this that Kamuela Sakamaki hires Nancy to do for him. A piece of paper with a pair of strange symbols is her first clue, but she's been warned about the appearance of two new claimants to the fortune, who assert they're the grandchildren of Nikkio Sakamaki and his first wife. More than that, rumours of Kaluakua's treasure has reached the ears of the dangerous Doubles Scorps gang, and they're not above using violence to get what they want.
"The Secret of the Golden Pavilion" is not the best Nancy Drew mystery available; it's somewhat badly paced and contains several episodes that are completely pointless. For instance, on the plane to Hawaii Nancy is randomly invited by an actress to visit her on the set of her new film. The two women have never met before, and the short sojourn to an LA studio adds nothing to the mystery whatsoever.
The Double Scorps gang are certainly not the most dangerous villains Nancy Drew has come up against (their tactics include throwing a pair of fire tongs at her head) and the story treads the familiar territory of having both Nancy's father threatened and her dog Togo snatched (I swear this has happened in the last three Nancy Drew books I've read).
It made me wonder if the author had recently visited Hawaii, as much of the story reads as a guidebook to the island's tourist attractions, language, culture and legends – it's interesting enough, but doesn't add up to much more than an exotic backdrop to a humdrum mystery.
I love the use of words and totally worth the money. Anyway you should totally try out one of these books. You will never get tired. After reading the first book you will start to love mysteries
Young readers won't miss some of the 1930's feel of the original books, they'll just enjoy the thrill of reading a good mystery.
Read on to discover the treasure in the pavillion and to discover if the couple are lying or not!!
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