I own a little of the infamous "Nancy Drew" series from childhood and since I don't remember the stories, it is my pleasure to start them anew. I'm surprised to find myself liking them so much in my thirties and see that I'll have to acquire them all!
I give three stars because "The Bungalow Mystery" doesn't have the tantalizing atmosphere of hidden rooms, artifacts, or codes. I get most excited about ancient buildings, ghosts, or something paranormal. However Mildred A. Wirt's writing stands well in our 2000s era. Truth be known, Carson was abnormally liberal with `in the trenches' legwork that his eighteen year-old handled... for 1930 or otherwise. I don't see my parents concurring that sneaking through a second-storey window to spy, is a good idea! Especially after being imprisoned beneath a trapdoor, they'd be wont to let me frequent a grocery store thereafter. Nancy is made of strong stock, to regard ordeals only as setbacks and to remain hungry to consider future cases!
If a few elements feel implausible, we can concede that fiction is entertainment like motion pictures. Oddly, the bungalow has almost nothing to do with the novel but plenty of action turns the pages. Thrill factor definitely replaces atmosphere in this volume III. From the first sentence, Nancy & Helen are in peril on a speedboat. I liked witnessing our protagonist with a friend other than Bess or George. The boating pair meet a younger teen, Laura, who mistrusts newly-appointed guardians. Different from stories in which Carson requests her input as a lawyer, Nancy & Helen's involvement and desire to help Laura makes sense.