Nancy Drew for Lesbians

16 01 2012

Who doesn’t know Nancy Drew, right? She’s that blond detective so many girls (me, at least) loved to read about when we were kids. My inner little-girl lesbian kept wanting Nancy and George to get together, and from what I gather, I was not the only one.

I am an adult now (though always a kid inside), and I don’t read Nancy Drew any longer. Side note: I do have an ex who still reads Nancy Drew. She gets the books in lots really cheap on eBay. No, that wasn’t why we broke up. Anyway, I digress 😉

I was happy to read a book the past couple of days that is basically Nancy Drew for lesbian adults. The adults part comes in because of the language (cursing characters) and because of lust and sexual desire. Letting teenagers read this book is probably OK, though.

Thankfully, some of the annoying staples of the Nancy Drew series are gone, such as ending every chapter with an exclamation point! Like this! Annoying! Yes!

Even better, there is a gender-bender character named George. And by George, George gets the girl!

The book is “The Secret of Lighthouse Pointe” by Patty G. Henderson. It’s set in the early 1800s as the U.S. heads into the Revolutionary War.  Henderson labels it as a Gothic romantic suspense, so it fits a particular framework. Like with the Nancy Drew books, the bad guys are baddies. Period. They collude a certain way, they use secret passageways, they cackle.

Constance Beechum is the lead character, and she’s sent to care for a dying woman whose family is less than loving. Constance fends off advances from the women’s two sons while trying to solve a mystery. The solution to the mystery is pretty obvious, but the point is the journey. It’s like in a romance book; we know the couple will end up together. But how do they get there? How does Constance fend off these slimy men, does the dying woman live, and does Constance get her love? The journey here is worthwhile.

It seems Henderson used an editor for this book (one is listed, in any case). However, the book could have used another go-over by a different editor. “Gerard’s” is used both as a plural possessive (should be “Gerards’ “) and as a plural (should be “Gerards” with no apostrophes anywhere). Other basic editing errors, such as adverb overuse, are especially apparent in the first quarter or third of the book but go down as the book progresses. (These adverbs may be part of the particular framework for the book, though.) The editing probably won’t bother other people to the extent it did me (I am a professional editor).

The ending leaves room for a sequel, or sequels. This would be awesome. Constance and George have lots of potential for sleuthing together. Who needs Bess, right? 😀

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