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When the International Friendship Club sponsors a music festival at Emerson College, Nancy and her friends expect a fun weekend, but sabotage at the festival leads to rising tensions, and Nancy must find the culprit to avoid a public scandal.


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When the International Friendship Club sponsors a music festival at Emerson College, Nancy and her friends expect a fun weekend, but sabotage at the festival leads to rising tensions, and Nancy must find the culprit to avoid a public scandal.

30 review for The Music Festival Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So, first off, this is a digest book. (The original 56 Nancy Drews were continued afterward, in paperback, for a long time, but the tone is a little different in the digests. I can't remember why they're called "digests.") I prefer the Files for my paperback Nancy Drews, but this one is set at Emerson, and Ned's on the cover, so WHY NOT. The Notorious NBG are at Emerson to attend the titular World Music Festival. Ned's a member of the International Friendship Club, which is planning the weekend a So, first off, this is a digest book. (The original 56 Nancy Drews were continued afterward, in paperback, for a long time, but the tone is a little different in the digests. I can't remember why they're called "digests.") I prefer the Files for my paperback Nancy Drews, but this one is set at Emerson, and Ned's on the cover, so WHY NOT. The Notorious NBG are at Emerson to attend the titular World Music Festival. Ned's a member of the International Friendship Club, which is planning the weekend and scheduling everything. The president of the club is Cyril (and every time I read that, I pictured Cyril Figgis, the ISIS Comptroller, from Archer, which is totally wrong because this guy is a blond Australian). But someone's trying to start shit! And Nancy's on the case. Also, holy shit, students from like every fucking country in the world go to Emerson. It's insane. A DAISHIKI IS MENTIONED. A DAISHIKI. The suspects: -Joann, who is Chinese and who adopted an "American" name, has just found out that her financial aid was cut off and her visa revoked if she can't pay for school. It's a huge mess. She needs a bunch of money or she can't keep going to Emerson. -Dina, who is from a fake formerly-Russian European country. She wants to be president of the club and totally hates... -Vlad, who is from Dina's rival country, and who is of course also pretend-Russian. He wants to be president too. -Lance, the club treasurer, who is suddenly acting like he's walking around with a fat roll, thanks to "an inheritance from an uncle." He's also pushing this European bike tour; if he gets enough people to sign up, he can go for free. -Cyril. Maybe he's started all the drama to stay president another year? -Um... occasionally other random people, but that's it. There's a bunch of irritating stuff: someone sends an email slamming Dina and saying she's bankrolling terrorists back home, a stabbed heart is drawn on her door whiteboard, she gets creepy phone calls, someone sends her a computer virus from "Vlad's" account that ruins the club account files. I thought Lance was club treasurer. Whatever. He's an officer on the club, and/or he handles money a lot of the time. Also, Dina's dish for the cultural heritage buffet is ruined. But so is Vlad's. And someone swaps out the cultural tape for his country with a cartoon, and... I don't know what else happens with him. He seems to get off pretty easy on the sabotage/threat front. Immediately Lance's "hey do the bike tour!" thing made me think, "Hmm, he's probably the guy." That stuck out as odd. Then Lance is collecting the entry fee (which must be significant because damn) at the world music dance and the money is stolen and it's apparently thousands of dollars! What the shit! And Joann and Dina also had the chance to steal it! And they can't call the cops because a lot of the foreign exchange students come from places that make them not trust cops... which, okay, I can buy that. Then NBG discover Joann with a STACK OF MONEY and they're like "...?" and she's like "it's not what it looks like!" Her brother found a way to smuggle her some money. (Apparently something has happened that means no one from her country can send her money. Made me think that apparently the author was anticipating our current administration.) And the good stuff! Nancy and Ned share "some quiet alone time," FULL OF MAKING OUT I'M SURE, and after the dance, when Ned says "I hope you don't hold being involved in an unexpected mystery against me," Nancy says, "The only thing I'm going to hold against you is me," and I'm like YES, MORE OF THIS, PLEASE MORE OF THIS. All she does is "go on to demonstrate," and I'm like GO BACK TO HIS ROOM WITH HIM AND GIVE IN TO THE PASSION. Anyway. The villain tries to throw Nancy off some stage rigging, and she manages to catch herself and Ned helps her down, and she figures out it's Lance thanks to his aftershave. That inheritance from his uncle? Well, it hasn't exactly come through yet, and Lance has been embezzling and borrowing against it, including the registration fees for the bike trip and the entrance fee from the party. Dick. So, happy world music festival, everyone!

  2. 4 out of 5

    LuAnn

    New setting and premise for this series. Two students from rival (fictional) countries vie for presidency of the International Friendship Club at Emerson College make Nancy's visit with Ned tense and fraught with politics and problems during their World Music festival--or is something else afoot? More characters than usual to keep track of and plenty of blind nationalistic rivalry to remind one of real life politics which usually is not the case for NDMS. New setting and premise for this series. Two students from rival (fictional) countries vie for presidency of the International Friendship Club at Emerson College make Nancy's visit with Ned tense and fraught with politics and problems during their World Music festival--or is something else afoot? More characters than usual to keep track of and plenty of blind nationalistic rivalry to remind one of real life politics which usually is not the case for NDMS.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    I’ve been re-reading Nancy Drew books in lockdown and skipped to this one, as it was one of my childhood favourites. I have fond memories reading this (for the second or third time)at my grandparents house. I like how it combines some more modern day political issues with the typical Nancy Drew values & mystery.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Serena

    My Rating System: * couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again. My Rating System: * couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    I've always enjoyed the Nancy Drew series. I read quite a few when I was younger, collected some of the older editions from my step-mom when I was in middle school, and now I’ll pick up a Nancy Drew book when I need a break from heavier college reading. But this time I was disappointed with Carolyn Keene's The Music Festival Mystery. Maybe it's because I was busy with an intense summer class and didn't really get to read the book as quickly as I would have hoped. Or maybe it's just because it wa I've always enjoyed the Nancy Drew series. I read quite a few when I was younger, collected some of the older editions from my step-mom when I was in middle school, and now I’ll pick up a Nancy Drew book when I need a break from heavier college reading. But this time I was disappointed with Carolyn Keene's The Music Festival Mystery. Maybe it's because I was busy with an intense summer class and didn't really get to read the book as quickly as I would have hoped. Or maybe it's just because it wasn't as good as some of the other Nancy Drew books. There were fifty-six books in the original series, and there have been countless others written since then. All of the books have been written by various writers under the name of Carolyn Keene. For the longest time, I didn’t realize that Carolyn Keene wasn’t an actual person. Stupid, I know—especially since that would have meant Keene had been writing the books for eighty-two years. I’m not really sure why I was so convinced that Keene was an actual person. Oh well. You learn something new every day. In The Music Festival Mystery, super-sleuth Nancy Drew travels to Emerson College for a music festival with her friends, Bess and George, and stumbles upon yet another mystery. There seems to be a lot of drama unfolding between the two presidential candidates for the International Friendship Club--almost too much drama, which is suspicious to Nancy and her friends. Naturally, the IFC puts Nancy on the case. Other incidents ensue while Nancy's on the path to solving the crime. And she's got to solve this mystery before someone gets hurt. This mystery isn't too predictable, with twists and turns that did surprise me and kept me motivated to finish reading the book. And every once in a while, a really good line would creep up in the story--something that would tingle my writer's sense and make me stop to say, "Hey, that's really good." Since this is a children's book, Keene also did well to disguise those good lines that could have implied more adult themes. For example, scenes between Nancy and her boyfriend, Ned, sometimes included dialogue that had the potential to lead to the bedroom if read by an adult. But if children were reading the line, he or she probably wouldn't have second-guessed it. However, the plot line did seem a little slow for me, which is ironic since this is a children's book, and children's books are usually shorter, and therefore, quicker to read. But perhaps it seemed this way to me since I wasn't reading it all that quickly. Maybe Keene could have cut a few pages of stagnant plotline to accelerate the pace of the book. I was also concerned by the amount of clichés and unnecessary details that were included in the book. Keene easily could have avoided the clichés. She could have also deleted the scenes where she describes what each character is eating. So what if Nancy's eating an apple pie? I want to know what just happened in the case. If you liked the other Nancy Drews and are an older reader like me, I would recommend that you skip this one. Pick up one of the older books, like The Secret of Shadow Ranch--those don't disappoint.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    The International Friends Committee is having a festival. There are problems, though. There are two people running for president from two different countries that hate each other. That hatred is shown in the action of both candidates. Problems arise with stolen money, a collapsed tent, sabotage and various other difficulties. It's up to Nancy, Bess, George and Ned to try to solve the problem before the IFC falls totally apart and two countries get torn even more apart. It's not an easy task since The International Friends Committee is having a festival. There are problems, though. There are two people running for president from two different countries that hate each other. That hatred is shown in the action of both candidates. Problems arise with stolen money, a collapsed tent, sabotage and various other difficulties. It's up to Nancy, Bess, George and Ned to try to solve the problem before the IFC falls totally apart and two countries get torn even more apart. It's not an easy task since various people have the opportunity and/or motive to cause the trouble This one does not depend so much on Nancy as it seems that all four of the young adults fulfill important roles in preventing an international incident.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Yder

    I'm still reading this book and i know the whole story will be great.. Nancy Drew, Bess, George and Ned... I'm Excited to finish it.. I'm still reading this book and i know the whole story will be great.. Nancy Drew, Bess, George and Ned... I'm Excited to finish it..

  8. 4 out of 5

    Inna

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jerrica

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sophronia Thea Topaz

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jashmara

  13. 5 out of 5

    Manu

  14. 4 out of 5

    fheebi

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

  16. 5 out of 5

    the grim sleeper

  17. 5 out of 5

    James A

  18. 4 out of 5

    Imageen

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  20. 4 out of 5

    Denise Pursifull

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kirstyn [kirstynyosickreads]

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tonia

  23. 5 out of 5

    rissabean

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anisha

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kate Vivaldi

  26. 5 out of 5

    Serena Warner

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aakanksha Singh

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Brackman

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Lynn

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

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