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The Secret of Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew, No. 5) Hardcover – September 1, 1980
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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.
With her wits and her ever present girlfriends, the resourceful Nancy Drew foils a gang of bank robbers and kidnappers. Laura Linney brings the young sleuth and her gal pals to life throughout their adventure. Using a drawl to personify the cowboys they meet while on vacation out West, Linney provides a seamless narration. With just the right dramatic flair, the self-deprecating Nancy Drew keenly solves the mystery of a romantic legend involving an outlaw and a ranch-owner's daughter. Whether facing a phantom horse, a rock slide, or a raging river, Nancy keeps her cool and prevails. D.L.M. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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THE SECRET OF SHADOW RANCH is the one exception I've discovered so far to this rule. As a few reviewers have mentioned, the original edition is hardly a mystery at all. Nancy doesn't spend her time sleuthing; she and her "chums" learn to ride, then repeatedly go up into the mountains, getting lost and facing down bobcats, mountain lions, and rushing rivers. All of which may be exciting, but has little to do with the Nancy Drew most of us know. The book does introduce Bess and George, but otherwise, it's not really worth your time. The mystery is very slight, and is solved at the end through Carson Drew's efforts, not Nancy's. This is the one older edition that's better left on the shelf.
The newer edition, on the other hand, starts with excitement and mystery, and never really lets up. There's a "phantom" horse (of course Nancy figures out what it really is!), bad guys, good guys, a treasure concealed where only our redoubtable heroine can find it... It's a surprisingly good read, and doesn't have that choppy feel (perhaps because it was written from scratch, rather than cut down from the original). Overall, the newer edition is an enjoyable book.