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Riverboat Roulette: 08/14/19
Riverboat Roulette by Carolyn Keene is the fourteenth book in the Nancy Drew Diaries series. Bess's mother is on the board of the Pet Crusaders. This year's fundraiser is on a riverboat and includes a poker championship. George has earned a spot on the championship. Meanwhile, Nancy is busy tracking down the stolen funds. She has three hours — the time that the riverboat is running its course.
I don't normally like poker based stories but thankfully the poker, even with the suspicious celebrity player, the crux of the mystery is one of time and location. It's essentially a locked room mystery with a three hour countdown before the doors unlock (when the riverboat docks).
There are about a half dozen red herrings but an observant reader will have enough information to see how the crime was committed and where the money is hidden. Even with having figured out the who, the how, and the where before Nancy and company, I enjoyed the book. It was different from the previous few and was tightly plotted.
Book fifteen is The Professor and the Puzzle (2017).