Dear Carolyn Keene

The Ruby in the Smoke, by Philip Pullman (1985)

I’m feeling really sleepy after a long weekend and don’t have much to say about this selection for Mystery Week this Wednesday in Children’s Lit, but I can’t help but say this one thing:

THIS IS WHAT I THOUGHT NANCY DREW WAS GONNA BE LIKE.

Scary. Mysterious. Complicated. Bloody. Dynamic characters. Clever dialogue.

Sometimes I wasn’t really sure what was going on, and it didn’t thrill me. But so much better than N.D. Get a clue, Carolyn Keene stock-writers.

1.5 stars

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