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A Nancy Drew Christmas: 09/29/22
A Nancy Drew Christmas by Carolyn Keene (2018) is the eighteenth book in the Nancy Drew Diaries series. Nancy is vacationing by herself at a newly refurbished ski resort in Montana. On her first day there a freak accident leaves her in a leg cast and then when dinner goes awry, she also has a mystery to solve. Who is sabotaging the resort before it can fully re-open?
The mystery is set against a contemporary background of a Canadian pipeline trying to cut through the forest and the environmental protests vs some of the townsfolk set to profit from the project. While the oil pipeline is an interesting set dressing, it's primarily a politically inspired red herring.
This was another mystery where I recognized the saboteur immediately. But there are enough other distractions that I got carried away with the story anyway. The setting — the mountain, the ski runs, and the lodge itself — all make this mystery extra fun. The confined location (in part because of Nancy's cast) gives this volume a similar feel to volume fourteen: Riverboat Roulette (2017).
The nineteenth book is The Stolen Show (2019).