Captain Stone's Revenge (Nancy Drew Diaries #24) by Carolyn Keene
Title: Captain Stone's Revenge
Series: Nancy Drew Diaries
Author: Carolyn Keene (Pen name)
Release Date: January 10, 2023
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Nancy’s sailing trip to Vermont turns into a hunt for a ghostly saboteur’s lost treasure in the twenty-fourth book in the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to a classic series.
When a family friend, Grace, opens a sailing club on Lake Champlain at the former site of the Gemstone Islands Resort, Nancy, Bess, and George are invited to enjoy a few days of boating before the club’s official grand opening. But when they arrive, they learn there have been some strange things happening on the property, from missing items to holes dug all over the yard. Is someone trying to sabotage the club, and could it have anything to do with the fire that destroyed the old resort twenty years ago?
As Nancy tries to pry information from the tight-lipped locals, all clues lead back to Captain Richard Stone, the enigmatic Revolutionary War–era pirate whose tavern once stood on the same site as the resort and sailing club. Legend has it that Captain Stone’s ghost still haunts the property, guarding the treasure he buried there. But it isn’t a ghost that punches a hole in Nancy’s sailboat, leaving her and the girls to sink in the middle of the lake when an unexpected summer storm rolls in.
Unraveling the mystery of Captain Stone’s treasure will be the key to finding out who’s been sabotaging Grace’s club. But first, Nancy and her friends will have to make it back to shore in one piece…
I was very excited when I found this latest Nancy Drew book at the bookstore. 🥺 With the synopsis sounding intriguing and the cover catching, it had been on my TBR ever since I heard about its release.
Synopsis correction: When a family friend, Megan, opens a sailing club on Lake Champlain at the former site of the Gemstone Islands Resort, Nancy, Bess, and George are invited to enjoy a few days of boating before the club’s official grand opening.
In this latest installment of the Nancy Drew Diaries series, Nancy, Bess, and George are invited by Nancy's family friend, Megan Cho, to visit the new sailing club and eco-resort that she's preparing to open in Vermont. But of course, someone doesn't seem to want the resort to open as someone sabotages the resort...
As usual, Nancy doesn't believe that all this doing is by a "ghost", which I loved; the smart and intelligent Nancy that I've always known. I also liked the humor in it.
I do admit that it was kinda slow and dragging in the beginning as it almost made me fall asleep. I'm glad it didn't stay like that for the rest of the book, though. Things started getting intense as I wondered why the locals were shying away from the subject of the fire that burned down the old resort a long time ago and how the sabotage of Megan's sailing club was connected to the treasure hunting... 👀
There was also one intense scene when Nancy, Bess, and George were stranded in the lake during the storm without any help...
The mystery was very fishy. Every time I thought I knew the culprit, it turns out they were not the one; the author sure knew how to keep a reader reading. And the culprit was not one you'd expect...
The ending of Captain Stone's Revenge was full of surprises.
Would recommend to Nancy Drew or any mystery fans out there.