Another day, another Nancy Drew mystery to
bash review. :-) This is another new to me read, at least I’m pretty sure I never read it as a child. It didn’t sound familiar. So on to the synopsis, which is taken right from wikipedia:
” Nancy’s father, Carson Drew is on the trail of an international ring of jewel thieves and asks her daughter, Nancy Drew to assist him. The trail leads to a summer resort area. Before Nancy has a chance to start work on her father’s case, a golf caddy tells her a frightening tale. In the dense woods nearby is an old wooden footbridge guarded by a ghost! Intrigued by the caddy’s story, Nancy decides to investigate. Several riddles confront the young detective as she attempts to solve the mystery of the haunted bridge and track down a woman suspected of being a key member of the gang of the jewelry thieves.”
This mystery was just…stupid. First off, it really shouldn’t be called the Haunted Bridge, being that they solve the mystery of that very early on and it doesn’t play a major role at all in the story. The mystery had more to do with the jewel thieves and a woman who was scared for some reason that she would be accused of a crime she did not commit, so she leaved her fiance behind because she is embarrassed. Confused? So was I, and still am. The story title is misleading. It makes no sense the story involving Miss Margaret (the scared woman) and her being afraid so instead of asking for help, she leaves her fiance behind and runs off. Then there is a character named Mortimer Bartescue, who is everything short of charming, who ends up being someone who came specifically to a golf resort to match wits with Nancy by changing his signature around on documents to trip her up. Huh? That is just a stupid sideplot, and did nothing to add to an already silly book. At least the Haunted Bridge played a part in leading to a person who could help find the scared woman who could blow the lid off the thieving ring. Very disappointed in this book. With a title like The Haunted Bridge I expected better.
As usual Nancy displays her exemplary talents, this time in the form if being a true golf master. Not only is she awesome at golf, but she manages to win a tournament singlehandedly, literally! She hurts her hand but persists in playing golf, despite the pain, determinedly getting through the tournament to win. Oh Nancy you are my hero!