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Stranger on a Train: 04/28/17
Remember how I complained that the first of the new Nancy Drew books ended with too many loose ends? Stranger on a Train starts up right where Curse of the Arctic Star ends, something I've not seen in a previous Nancy Drew (though I've admittedly haven't read that many).
Nancy and her friends are still on the trip but are on an extended land excursion part to Denali National Park. Along the way Nancy's investigation is thwarted numerous times by bad luck and clumsiness apparently on the part of her trusted friends.
Nancy is thankfully smart enough to realize she's being played. She also is close enough to her friends to actually talk to them. So these distractions are hiccups on the path to solving the case.
In such a remote setting and with a subset of the original passenger list, Strangers on a Train is more of a one on one character study of the remaining suspects from the first book.
Interestingly, the pay off at the end goes all the way back to my initial impressions in the first chapter or so of Curse of the Arctic Star. I was sure by now that I had just been mistaken and too judgmental of a character. But I was spot on and that was a very satisfying conclusion in deed.