The Magician's Secret: 01/31/18
The Magician's Secret by Carolyn Keene is the eighth book in the Nancy Drew diary series. As so often happens with me and series, it was the first book I read. A world famous illusionist with a routine similar to David Copperfield has come to perform.
At the same time, some key evidence for an upcoming trial goes missing. Nancy and her friends are convinced Drake Lonestar is tied up in the disappearance. If they can figure out how he makes buildings appear to disappear, they can find the missing evidence.
Of course things are more complicated than first appear. There are secrets, hidden pasts, and all sorts of other information that Nancy and friends need to uncover.
This one was just the right balance of nods to the old series with a solvable but satisfying mystery. It's something that can be read in an afternoon or over a few mornings over breakfast.