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Review: In this story there was lots of things happening every minute, so much stuff to grasp on. Nancy with her cousins start searching for a treasure in Shadow Ranch as she believes that this Phantom nuisance is just to scare away Rawely's people so that troublemakers can search the treasure easier,. In the same time she also investigates Alice father disappearance. At last they find treasure lying in Dirk Valentine hiding place and also finds Alice Father there. But to come till here , she goes through lots of trouble and narrow escapes in mountain trail and other places. And the story of Frances and Dirk V plays the main part in solving the clues and mystery in this story.
Though solving Phantom mystery doesn't have anything to do with Alice Father disappearance ,as both can be treated as separate problems. But as Alice story was written in the first publication ,I guess they didn't want to get part with her story, so they included in revised edition also. I liked the revised edition story , it has so much to give and the story gets a hold making the reader read till the end. I liked how the story goes beyond the Phantom chase and to Phoenix , Tumbleweed towns and they get some clues from there. The storyline was perfect till the end , they didn't rushed with any clues and everything fall in place and made believable. Description about the place (Shadow Ranch) was also good and imaginative.
But I still wonder , how could Frances kept herself not telling anyone in family about the letter where she has hidden and why she didn't looked for the treasure , some explanation was given but was not satisfactory.
Also in the story they mentioned about Ned , But this is the 5th book in series and Ned has not come in Nancy life till now , Also in Chapter 1 , Nancy mentions she is knitting a sweater for her father and later in the end she mentions that Ned has to wait a bit longer for the sweater to get finish. I know they mixed this stuff , but its fine , nothing related to mystery . so its fine.
it is an really interesting story...loved it..=)in this story they reveal the mystery in the end..which keeps you engrossed in the book. Reading this book was fun and i feel it is a fantastic storybook.
Thrilling book each chapter was filled with mystery and twists. Just loved how the whole story progressed.Nancy was tested a lot in this novel and she proved why she is an ace detective.would recommend this book for all who are fans of mystery and adventure
This was a very boring book . It took too long to get into the story and the story in itself was boring. I had to stop reading it but eventually I finished it. Very disappointed and not realy worth the money. :(