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The Mystery at Lilac Inn (Nancy Drew, Book 4) [Hardcover]

By Carolyn Keene (Author) & Mildred Wirt Benson (Author)
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Teenage detective Nancy Drew finds herself in danger when she sets out to track a jewel thief

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Teenage detective Nancy Drew finds herself in danger when she sets out to track a jewel thief.

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Studio: Applewood Books
Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.74" Width: 5.24" Height: 1.11"
Weight:   0.94 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 1994
Publisher   Applewood Books
Age  8-12
Series  Nancy Drew  
ISBN  1557091587  
ISBN13  9781557091581  

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More About Carolyn Keene & Mildred Wirt Benson

Carolyn Keene Carolyn Keene is the pseudonym of the authors of the Nancy Drew mystery stories and The Dana Girls mystery stories, both produced by the Stratemeyer Syndicate. In addition, Keene is credited with the Nancy Drew spin-off, River Heights and the Nancy Drew Notebooks.

Edward Stratemeyer, the founder of the Syndicate, hired writers, beginning with Mildred Wirt, later Mildred Wirt Benson, to write the manuscripts for the Nancy Drew books. The writers initially were paid $125 for each book and were required by their contract to give up all rights to the work and to maintain confidentiality.

Benson and Harriet Adams (Stratemeyer's daughter ) are often credited as the primary writers of Nancy Drew books under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene; other ghostwriters who used this name to write Nancy Drew mysteries included James Duncan Lawrence, Walter Karig, Nancy Axelrad, Priscilla Doll, Charles Strong, Alma Sasse, Wilhelmina Rankin, George Waller Jr., Margaret Scherf, and Susan Wittig Albert. Also involved in the Nancy Drew writing process were Harriet Stratemeyer Adams's daughters, who gave input on the series and sometimes helped to choose book titles;(p158) the Syndicate's secretary, Harriet Otis Smith, who invented the characters of Nancy's friends Bess and George;(p140) and the editors at Grosset and Dunlap.[1](p228) The first book in the Nancy Drew series was The Secret of the Old Clock.

In 1978, the Stratemeyer Syndicate changed publishers to Simon & Schuster, a move that the former publishers, Grosset and Dunlap, went to court to prevent the switch, claiming a breach of contract. The decision was made in favor of the Syndicate, stating that they could choose which publisher they would like to use, for subsequent entries in the series. However, since the editors at Grosset and Dunlap were so heavily involved in writing the Drew books, they won the rights to the volumes that they had published.

In 1986, the Syndicate was bought by publishers Simon & Schuster; the Drew books are now handled by Mega-Books, a New York book packager.

Carolyn Keene died in 2002.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( K ) > Keene, Carolyn
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detectives
4Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Mystery & Detective > Nancy Drew > Nancy Drew Mysteries

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Really Enjoyable listen  May 29, 2008
The girls and I loved listening to this Nancy Drew. It takes me back to my youth and the girls are loving the "old time" stories.
Now this one was tough to figure out.  Aug 12, 2007
Out of the three other Nancy Drew books I've read this one was the hardest to figure out. The books are well written and good for light reading. This book was suspenseful in the sense that I had a hard time trying to figure out who the culprit was. The ending was surprising. I never really thought that person was the culprit. Good ending.

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The Case of Nancy Drew: An Adult Reader's Thoughts on LILAC INN  Sep 19, 2006
Originally written by Mildred Wirt Benson from outlines by Edward Stratemeyer, the Nancy Drew series was first published in 1930s. THE MYSTERY AT LILAC INN was the fourth book in the series, and it and those that followed presented its heroine as a rich, headstrong, and distinctly reckless teenager who sometimes carried a pistol and who wasn't above breaking the law when it suited her purposes.

As the series progressed and other writers began to generate Nancy Drew novels, the character changed and Nancy was "toned down;" instead of flatly rich, she became reasonably affluent; recklessness was replaced by commonsense caution; and while she might be willing to bend the law a bit she would never knowingly break it. In the 1950s and 1960s the earlier novels were re-written to reflect this change in character.

Every book in the Nancy Drew series repeats certain basic elements, but even so THE MYSTERY AT LILAC INN is something of an exotic. The original 1930 book concerned a jewel theft; the 1961 re-write kept the idea of a jewel theft but threw out the rest of the plot and very unexpectedly involved Nancy with everything from identity theft to espionage! And not only is LILAC INN surprisingly violent for a Nancy Drew mystery, it also permits the normally unflappable herione to show her temper more than once.

This particular story finds Nancy invited to act as a bridesmaid for friend Emily, who--along with her future husband--has bought Lilac Inn, a resort hotel they hope to update and operate once married. Accompanied by friend Helen Corning, Nancy visits Emily at the Inn, only to discover the property is beset by a host of mysterious happenings: employees have resigned, "ghosts" are stalking the grounds, and in short order Emily's inheritance of valuble diamonds are stolen. But this is only the start; before the story ends Nancy and her friends will cope with auto theft, blackmail, impersonation, and two attempted murders.

As is always the case with the original series, the book is very much of its era: there are no cell phones, computers, or similar modern gadgets and although she is allowed to loose her temper a few times in this title Nancy remains the "perfect good girl" according to the standards of the day. Even so, the unusual nature of this particular book lends a bit more spice to the proceedings than usual, the result is particularly enjoyable.

The Nancy Drew books are not great literature by any stretch of the imagination--they are too distinctly formula for that--but they are competently written, literate, and never talk down to their target audience. They are also good "comfort reading" for grown-ups who recall their childhood reading fondly. THE MYSTERY AT LILAC INN is certainly one of the better efforts, and both old fans and young newcomers will enjoy it.

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A Big Surprise!  Jun 28, 2006
My friend was always very into Nancy Drew. She had bought a couple of the books, but then recieved a box set and was left with a few doubles, so she gave this one to me. I thought "Wow. Great. A cheesy mystery novel." It sat in my bookshelf for two years. I only have a few unread books left in my shelf, and didn't feel like going into my series of Louisa May Alcott books just yet, so I picked this book up yesterday. In the middle of the third chapter, I was sucked into a vortex and couldn't come out. I started this book at 4:40, took a half hour break for supper, and finished the book at 10:11. Normally when I read mysteries (which is very rare because I find them so predictable) I am able to piece together everything that will happen. Not in this one. There are so many well-developed characters to support Nancy, and the plot has multiple twists and turns. For girls from about 8 to 13, I think you will enjoy this book greatly!
Really Good Book Lindsay V, Miller Place, N.Y.  Nov 9, 2004
I chose to read this book because my mom had told me that the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories was a good series of books. By the cover of the book I had thought that it was going to be about the typical scary haunted house book but it wasn't. Before I read the book I never imagined that it would have been this good. The main character of the book is a young lady named Nancy Drew. Nancy is invited along with her friend Helen to come and join their friend Emily and her fiancé on their wedding day and stay at the inn that they own called, Lilac Inn. In the book someone breaks into Nancy's house and steals her charge plate and some articles of clothing. They are using the charge plate to impersonate Nancy. The impersonator has been stealing all other sorts of things also from the inn. Nancy discovers thatsomeone is trying to impersonate her so now she is on the hunt for her impersonator/burglar who is causing all problems for Nancy. While on their stay Nancy and her friend Helen come to beleive that the house is haunted. Nancy and Helen think that the house is haunted because of the noises and mysterious things that are happeining. I suggest you read the rest of this book to find out who impersonates her and why. This was a very suspenseful book and I enjoyed reading it, it was one of those books where you couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next and there was not a boring moment in this book. This was really good book and that is why I gave it 4 stars.

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