Murder on Ice by Carolyn Keene

Mystery Book

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

3 Stars

Illustrated book cover shows a wary young woman looking over her shoulder at a serious young man as she skies down a snowy mountainMurder On Ice by Carolyn Keene

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Description: A weekend on the slopes is just what Nancy and Ned need to rekindle their romance. Joined by Bess and George, they head for the mountains—and run straight into deadly peril. Among the suspects is a good-looking ski instructor who’s already got George falling for him. So Nancy’s got to move fast!

My thoughts: More quick and easy entertainment for me as I’m revisiting The Nancy Drew Files series. Appropriately, this third ’80s YA mystery in the series has some heaps of harrowing danger that could only take place on a mountain.

There’s also a case of insta-love that leads to an insta-grudge identical to a love/grudge situation in the previous book: One of Nancy’s best friends turns her back on Nancy over a guy. Only this time it’s the other of Nancy’s two besties.

Hey. Maybe the lasting friendship-and-mysteries thing the trio has wouldn’t work for them without one or another of them rushing straight to emotional extremes sometimes. Heh heh. It’s more interesting to see Nancy’s boyfriend Ned’s hint of disappointment at yet another mystery popping up and taking her attention, since he’d prefer to have a normal vacation with his girlfriend. Although he wraps his disappointment in humor this time and helps her out as always, I don’t doubt this kind of thing will eventually put a strain on their relationship.

As for the mystery, again, it’s also interesting but with a couple of glaringly contrived traps. Just about anyone with a teaspoon of common sense would know not to walk right into some of the deadly trouble Nancy ends up in, here. Her clear lack of judgment in those moments is unbelievable for an experienced detective of reported international fame.

But then, it isn’t like I expect all the believability in the world from these mysteries. And at least Nancy realizes her, well…stupidity after the second of the traps, literally telling herself, “I’ve been so stupid.” She then launches into hardcore (but not cruel) action to defend herself when she must.

On that score: Go, Nance!

Here’s my review of the first book in the series, Secrets Can Kill.

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