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"I spent my entire youth idolizing Nancy Drew. I'm pushing forty now, but some fantasies die hard."
Besides her beloved collection of vintage designer clothing, there is nothing Cece Caruso cherishes more than her childhood memories of Nancy Drew. Her near obsession with the fictional teenage sleuth led her to become a professional biographer of classic mystery writers. And now that she's working on a book about Nancy's pseudonymous creator, "Carolyn Keene, " Cece's in heaven.
At the L. A. home of another rabid Drew-ophile, Cece finds a treasure trove of useful memorabilia, including one unique and somewhat shocking collectible. Later she finds a dead body -- and a puzzle that would sorely test the skills of her spunky girlhood heroine. Now she'll have to channel her former idol and unmask a murderer, and the killer may be coming for Cece next.
Susan Kandel is a former art critic for the Los Angeles Times. She has taught at New York University and UCLA, and served as editor of the international journal artext. She lives in West Hollywood, California, with her husband, two daughters, and dog.
“Fact-filled and funny; a worthy successor to Cece’s bright debut.”
“The action moves along smartly.”
“A funny, original, well-plotted murder mystery.”
“There’s lots of fun Nancy Drew lore in this airy entertainment.”
-New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Kandel offers up a race against time, a nail-biting chase and some unexpected twists and turns.”
-Denver Rocky Mountain News
“A cool, refreshingly tart summer read.”
“Full of comedy, intelligence and knowledge, this is a mystery you want to share.”
-Trenton NJ Times
“Not a Girl Detective...is as sparkling as a spilled packet of Sweet ‘n Low.”
-Washington Post Book World
“Entertaining quirks...Kandel also takes care to provide some intellectual stimulus for Cece.”
-Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
“Page-turning...The story is gloriously nostalgic.”