the clue of the whistling bagpipes

Nancy thought that next to her good-looking, athletic father, this special friend of hers was the nicest man she knew.
—  Carolyne Keene, The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes, on Ned Nickerson. 
41- The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes

What’s supposed to happen: Nancy travels to Scotland to find a missing family heirloom and finds why sheep are missing.

What actually happens: Nancy spends a lot of time sight-seeing, and finding sheep.

  • Ugh I meant to post this yesterday. 
  • Nancy’s first stop in Scotland is Glasgow! And she, Bess, and George all go to Loch Lomond!! SPY PARALLELS!!!
  • George is pushed/slips and rolls down a mountain.
  • The first couple chapters are only about Nancy being harassed by someone trying to keep her from leaving River Heights. Naturally, she goes to Scotland anyway.
  • 75% of the book is pretty much Nancy, Bess, and George exploring Scotland and sometimes getting attacked. No mystery solving really happens until the last couple chapters.
  • I really enjoyed the last couple chapters, even though they were mostly about sheep. The missing heirloom from her great-grandmother seems to be an afterthought.
  • This is weird because that’s the whole reason for the trip. Ned tells Nancy about missing sheep literally a day before she leaves. Of course she solves that mystery, which just so happens to be connected to the missing heirloom. (Of which she actually looks for during the last 3 pages.) But what little time she spends solving mysteries, most of it is spent on the sheep. Which would be like taking a vacation to the Bahamas and looking for any missing persons from the last couple months.
  • oh wait.
  • This is one of the travelogues, and I’m not a huge fan of those, so that could explain why the book was kind of boring. Number 43, The Mystery of the 99 Steps is a lot like this one, but with racial stereotyping and amazing coincidences.
  • So in conclusion, the book has nothing to do with SPY except for bagpipes and Scotland.