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The Clue at Black Creek Farm: 10/17/18
In writing for television or movies there's an adage that after seven years it's safe to redo a plot because everyone has either forgotten it or there's been enough audience turnover that they didn't see it the first time. For a middle grade mystery series, I think that magic number seven is number of books, rather than number of years.
The Clue at Black Creek Farm is the ninth book in the Nancy Drew Diaries series. It revisits plot elements from a number of earlier books. The one it is most like is The Mystery of the Midnight Rider with a couple nods to The Secret at Mystic Lake.
Nancy and her friends are at an organic farm for a tasting of food prepared from the harvest. The very pregnant daughter-in-law of the owner ends up collapsing after becoming violently ill with food poisoning. The source of the contamination is e coli, a contaminate that comes from the guts of cattle. As there are no cattle nearby and the farm isn't using cow manure as fertilizer, there shouldn't be any.
The clues pretty quickly for anyone following the series from the beginning point to sabotage. What I wasn't expecting was the vitriolic anger of the saboteur. A rather paint by numbers mystery ends with an exciting climax.
The next in the series is A Script for Danger (2015)