Monday, March 23, 2015

Book Review: Nancy Drew #36

The Secret of the Golden Pavilion

by Carolyn Keene

Reading is so much fun. You can do it whenever and wherever you want to. Okay, maybe not - some places and times may be inappropriate, but you know what we mean.


Wow! A trip to Hawaii to solve a mystery - that's a great gig to have. I think I would pack differently. This was a very interesting mystery to read. I'm so glad the entire team could work together on this one.


Ah, Hawaii. A great place to read about at any time of year, but especially when the snow is falling in the northeast. I really liked that Nancy got to go on a vacation of sorts with her friends. The addition of the ghost dancer in this one was kind of spooky. 


Scavneger hunts are fun! This one was a bit dangerous too. It's a good thing the group could work together on solving clues and having each other's backs.


Luau! Hula lessons! Hidden doors and compartments! Sand and surf! The only thing I didn't like about this book - the bad guys. They were so very greedy.


The description of the gardens was wonderful. So much detail. The same with the leis. I was not happy with the icky lei; how could someone be so mean?! Ah, well, bad guys don't really have a conscience, do they. This was a great read and a fun way to escape to a new location without leaving home.

Xyra's Review

The Secret of the Golden Pavilion (Nancy Drew, #36)The Secret of the Golden Pavilion by Carolyn Keene
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This one was amazing; mostly due to the setting. I LOVE Hawaii and hope to get there sometime. In the meantime, the detailed descriptions in this mystery made me feel as if I were there.

The main premise of this is not new to mystery readers - a grand inheritance going to one heir and suddenly other heirs try to prove themselves to get fast cash. Or treasure in this case. A grand treasure is tied to a sprawling Hawaiian estate, but the true heir is unable to figure out the first clue. He hires Mr. Drew to help prove the others are impostors and Nancy to find the treasure.

The girls with chaperon, Hannah, head off to Hawaii; the guys are headed there with college. Meanwhile the bad guys do everything they can think of to thwart the young sleuths' efforts.

Everything you expect from a Nancy Drew mystery, plus the wonderful Hawaiian hospitality and setting.

There were a few measurements that seemed a bit off to me, but after doing a little research of my own found them to be a-okay.

Have you been to Hawaii? If yes, what was your favorite part? If no, do you want to go?

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