Nancy Business - RWR McDonald - Keeping Up With The Penguins
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Nancy Drew tragics, rejoice! Our favourite crime fighters (since the classic sleuth who inspired their name) are back again.

The Nancys saw them investigate the grisly murder of a local schoolteacher. In Nancy Business, they gather once more when their small New Zealand town is rocked by an explosion at their town hall. Sounds like a case for The Nancys!

This is a natural continuation of the original story, but can certainly be read as a standalone cosy mystery, blending crime, family drama, and #OwnVoices queer storytelling. My friends at Allen & Unwin invited me to join the blog tour for this perfect pick for Pride.

McDonald stays true to form in Nancy Business. The story is snappy, and the narration is as frank and literal as its main character, Tippy Chan. She has a certain naivete in her observation and expression, which makes the darker aspects of her story more palatable, balanced with keen insights into the human condition that could only come from the mouths of babes.

It was a pleasure to join her, her uncles, and the residents of Riverstone for another heart-felt and hilarious romp in the world of amateur sleuthing.