Saturday, September 5, 2009

What does Salvador Dali have to do with Nancy Drew?

Re: “Not a Girl Detective” by Susan Kandel

You’ll have to read this book and find out! Seriously, Dali’s name kept popping up during this book. I wondered why and was confused by that, but author Kandel ties everything up quite nicely at the end of the book.

I don’t know how much was fact and how much was fiction, but Ms. Kandel acknowledges the Stratemeyer Archive at the New York Public Library so we know that some of the Nancy Drew trivia in the book was based on fact.

Yes Cece has a murder to solve - I won’t say whose - and she does so with a lot of moxie. Cece’s girlfriends Lael and Bridget are to her what Bess and George are to Nancy Drew.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is this: “What would a Nancy Drew book be without a happy ending?” Cece replies: “Real life”. That’s why we read books - to take us away from real life!

Here is a really neat interview of Susan Kandel talking about this book at the Nancy Drew Sleuths website:

You can buy the book here:


Librarian said...

Ah, I so love it when things take surprising twists and still get nicely (and logically) tied up at the end! With some books, one gets the impression that the author didn't quite know how to get him- or herself out of the "mess" in the end, but this seems to be not the case with this one :-)

LadyPI said...

Yes, I agree. I wasn't quite sure how this book was going to end up but I think Susan Kandel did a good job of wrapping things up.

I enjoyed the topic of this book - that Cece was writing about Nancy Drew and Carolyn Keene, and in so doing explored a lot of facets of those subjects. And found herself trying to solve a murder mystery to boot.

Thanks for your comment!