|The Clue of the Dancing Puppet (Nancy Drew Mystery #39)
|Grosset & Dunlap
|amateur detective, detective, fiction, mystery, female detectives, Nancy Drew (Fictional character)
When the eerie performances of a life-size puppet begin to haunt the old Van Pelt estate, where an amateur acting group -- the Footlighters -- have their theater, Nancy Drew is called upon to unravel the baffling mystery.
From the moment the pretty detective and her friends Bess and George arrive at the mansion, the dancing puppet puzzle is further complicated by Tammi Whitlock, the Footlighters' temperamental leading lady, and Emmet Calhoun a Shakespearean actor.
Nancy's search of the mansion's dark, musty attic for clues to the weird mystery starts a frightening chain reaction. A phone call from a stranger with a witch-like, cackling voice warns her to "Get out!" Next, an encounter with two jewel theft suspects adds another perplexing angle to the puzzle.
Finally, when Nancy sees the life-size puppet flitting across the moonlit lawn and chases it, she learns that someone with a sinister motive is determined to keep her from solving the case. Is it one of the Footlighters? [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Adams, Harriet Stratemeyer
Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (December 12, 1892 – March 27, 1982) was an American juvenile book packager, children's novelist, and publisher who was responsible for some 200 books over her literary career. She wrote the plot outlines for many books in the Nancy Drew series, using characters invented by her father, Edward Stratemeyer. Adams also oversaw other ghostwriters who wrote for these and many other series as a part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, and rewrote many of the novels to update them starting in the late 1950s.
With her sister, Edna, Adams took over control of the Stratemeyer Syndicate after her father Edward Stratemeyer's death in 1930. Edna ran the daily business operations, while Adams dealt with publishers and wrote; Edna became inactive when she married in 1942, and Adams took over the business. Adams is credited with keeping the Syndicate afloat through the Great Depression, and with revising the two most popular series, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, in the 1950s and 1960s, removing stereotypes and streamlining plots and characters. She ran the Syndicate for 52 years.
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