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|Title:||The Mystery at Lilac Inn [Revised Edition] (Nancy Drew Mystery [Revised] #4)|
|Publisher:||Grosset & Dunlap|
|Tags:||amateur detective, detective, fiction, mystery, female detectives, Nancy Drew (Fictional character)|
Nancy Drew and her friend Helen are visiting Lilac Inn, recently renovated for Nancy’s friend, Emily Willoughby’s, wedding. Nancy discovers that an impersonator is forging her signature to rack up bills back in River Heights. Emily tells her that there have been sightings of apparitions in the lilac grove. Stood up for a scuba date with Emily’s best man, Nancy is attacked while solo diving. Emily's inheritance is stolen during a blackout. Nancy experiences an explosion and cabin fire, an attack by the ghostly woman in the grove, and repeated negative interactions with inn staffer Maude Potter. Nancy impersonates the apparition only to come face to face with it, who looks just like Nancy. The “apparition” is revealed to be an actress looking for money at Lilac Inn and revenge on Nancy’s father for putting her in jail. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Benson, Mildred A. Wirt
The most famous writer who worked on the Girls’ Books Series was Mildred A. Wirt Benson. She was bom Mildred Augustine in Ladora, Iowa, in 1905. She met Edward Stratemeyer in New York in 1925 and began working for his syndicate as a writer who fleshed out his plot outlines for juvenile mystery stories. In 1929, she began to write Stratemeyer’s Nancy Drew Mystery Stories for a reported S125.00 per book. In 1950, three years after her husband Asa Wirt died, she married George Benson, the editor of The Toledo Times, from which point her professional career was focused on newspaper writing.
Mrs. Benson reportedly gained her first series book writing experience with Volumes 23 to 30 of the Ruth Fielding Series. She wrote twenty-three of the Nancy Drew books and several Dana Girls and Kay Tracey books, all for the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Under her own name, she wrote many other series, such as the Brownie Scouts. Penny Nichols, Penny Parker, and the most unusual to carry the by-line of a woman writer, the six Dan Carter Cub Scouts books for boys.
—All About Collecting Girls’ Series Books. John Axe, 2002.
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