Mystery of the Midnight Rider: 09/25/17
Mystery of the Midnight Rider by Carolyn Keene is the third of the Nancy Drew Diaries — that I somehow missed when I started reading the series from the beginning. Since the book has a song title, I'm going to start there as it was the song running through my head for the entirety of the book.
Nancy and her friends are at River Heights Horse Show to watch Ned's friend, Payton, compete with her jumper, Midnight. Unfortunately, she and her horse seem cursed with bad luck. Her horse has tested positive for illegal substances, she's gotten threatening notes, and her saddle has been destroyed.
The big question then is who is doing this and why? Who wants to stop Payton from competing? Is it her surly trainer, Dana? Is it her competition? Is it an obsessed fan?
The mystery here isn't as complex as the other books in the series I've read so far. I figured out who was behind the threats about midway through the book. I kept reading because the details of how these competitions work are explained well. I frankly didn't know much about equestrian competitions so I found the added information fascinating.