It’s confirmed — Horseshoe Bay, Maine has a bit of a ghost problem, specifically when there’s a powerful Nor’easter blowing through the town that bringing restless spirits ashore.
As George tried to stay alive after being cursed by the bucket of blood in the annual Seawater Ceremony, she had her first encounter with a ghost named Rita.
Rita came into The Claw looking for a job but stuck around to warn George that she was marked for death. And if you believe in curses, you’d think she was onto something with all of the pointy objects hurling themselves in George’s direction.
Only after Rita disappeared into thin air did George realize she was a decapitated in a boating accident back in 1975. Um, spooky.
Will Rita have a bigger connection to the mystery or is she just thrown in there much like Lucy Sable’s menacing ghost.
Nancy confronted Nick about his past and got the answers she so desperately needed to convince her that he was a good person.
Here’s what we knew going into the episode: we knew that he’d killed someone and was in jail for manslaughter. We also knew Tiffany was the key witness that put him behind bars.
What we didn’t know is how these two were connected. Until now.
Nick was hesitant about telling Nancy the truth, but once cops raided his place looking for the burner phone (Nancy destroyed it as you’re supposed to do with burner phones), he showed her the package Tiffany hid inside her mother’s car.
The object isn’t anything overly exciting — it’s a clock with a key that solves a puzzle at Tiffany’s bed and breakfast, where she tucked around a safety deposit box with $5 million dollars inside.
Nick figures out all the clues using the books that Tiffany gifted him while trying to make amends for putting him behind bars.
The backstory is interesting, but the way it plays out in the past and in the present is rather clunky.
The stormy mission with Nick proved to Nancy that he wasn’t the killer (she’s probably very relieved), but it didn’t necessarily stop the police from trying to make a case against him.
Nancy refused to give up any information on him to clear her own record.
Instead, she proved to them that Nick had no motive to kill Tiffany because the two were actually acquaintances with no bad blood.
I’ll take that W for the Nancy Drew and friends column.
Nancy’s house is haunted, and you couldn’t pay me to live there. It’s probably because her father had something to do with Lucy Sable’s death, however, right now the scenes are used solely as a scare factor.
I’m not upset about it, but it does terrify me.
Ryan Hudson was spooked out too, and it seems he’s now understanding what his wife meant when she felt like she was being watched.
Everyone from the Claw, aside from Nancy and Nick, remains a suspect, but Bess and Ryan top the list.
If we’re to take a cue from most murder mysteries, that probably means they aren’t the killers.
But it’s hard to argue with the facts, and the fact is that they both had a motive.
Ryan’s desire for money was slightly shocking considering he’s been dubbed as the rich dude in town.
He visited Carson to get the prenup squared away because he needed Tiffany’s money to pay off some people.
Who has Ryan gotten in bed with?
The second suspect is obviously Bess.
While she seems innocent enough, Nancy also found Tiffany’s diamond ring inside Bess’ trailer, which got ruined in the storm.
Bess’ living situation is no longer a secret, but she didn’t seem too upset about it.
Did Nancy just invite the killer to stay with her?
What did you think of the episode?
Who do you think the killer is?
Nancy Drew Review – Saving Ace (1×08)
The spirit world continues to have a major presence on Nancy Drew. In fact, it’s becoming so common that it’s now odd when we stumble upon someone who hasn’t dabbled in the occult.
Carson Drew is that someone, but he quickly learned that there are much greater forces at work in Horsehoe Bay and his own home.
The “Path of Shadows” illuminates another member that isn’t just aware of the supernatural but has experiences with it. Chief McGinnis hasn’t been the most welcoming of characters considering his crusade against Nancy Drew in the pilot episode and going forward, but he’s also realized that he won’t get anywhere without her help.
Apparently, a group of teenage sleuths is better at being a detective/cop than actual police officers and cops.
When Nancy finds him in the hospital and tells him he “looks like he’s seen a ghost,” she’s being quite literal.
And McGinnis has just seen a ghost.
He believes it’s Ace’s lost soul looking for a way back into his body, but after that “ceremony,” it seems like McGinnis wasn’t entirely accurate about what he was seeing.
Ace was lost, that’s a fact, and though it took poor George some time (of course, it’s her) to find the 6-year-old version through all the noise stemming from Nancy and Carson’s conflict, she eventually succeeded.
It didn’t bring Ace back, but it did help his situation and offered them a lead int who caused the accident that was, as suspected, no accident.
The “killer boots” Ace saw right before going into a coma belonged to a dirty cop named Rawley on the Hudson’s payroll but more on that in a minute.
McGinnis accused everyone at The Claw for allowing dark spirits to hang around, and admittedly, they probably haven’t been following ghost protocol properly. But this latest gaffe is on him.
The dark figure he saw at the hospital wasn’t Ace, and we’re not entirely sure who it was or what they wanted.
If I had to guess, I’d say it’s Uncle Sebastian as he’s the only male ghost we’d be familiar with.
The evil figure followed George out of the “Stranger Things”-esque supernatural layer and kidnapped her little sister, Ted, since she’d been communicating with it.
But what does it want from the town and from Ted? She’s innocent in all of this!
McGinnis may have seemed like he was on Nancy’s team, but he picked up on a lot of tension at the Drew household including a deeper connection to Lucy Sable, which motivated him to write Carson Drew down as the suspect in her death.
Nancy’s going to regret poking around in this case and stirring up trouble for her father at first, but eventually, it’ll hopefully lead her to whoever murdered Lucy that night.
Because we can officially cross Drew off of our list.
Nancy confronted him head-on and though he admitted to stealing her DNA, he had absolutely no hand in Lucy’s death. In fact, there was a logical explanation for why he had her bloodied dress — he was keeping tabs on her for the Hudson’s and was at the scene of the crime the night she died.
Drew claims to have told Nancy everything he saw, but is that true?
The show keeps proving that the line between good and evil is very thin, so maybe there’s some validity to Nancy’s suspicious and untrusting personality.
I hate to be the bearer of bads news, but we still don’t have an explanation as to why the Lucy Sable nursery rhyme was scribbled over and over in their attic, so this mystery and Carson Drew’s involvement is far from over.
Okay, now back to the killer boots.
As George was getting the clue from baby Ace, Nick and Bess teamed up to force the truth out of Lisbeth, who was looking more and more like a suspect.
Much like Carson, Lisbeth had a logical explanation for why she was in town the night of Ace and Laura’s accident while the Hudson’s weren’t — she’s undercover.
As an undercover cop, she should have known better than to get into a relationship with Bess.
She also looks super young to be this advanced of a cop, doesn’t she?
Everyone promised to keep Lisbeth’s secret so that she could continue working the Hudson’s, but that meant she had to make it believable.
Punching Nancy for accusing her of breaking up with Bess was childish, but hopefully, it did the trick.
If the Hudson’s are as capable as Drew Carson says they are, then she needs to be especially careful.
The Hudson family seems to be ruthless killing anyone that gets in their way or threatens to expose them.
They attempted to get rid of Laura Tandy the same way they got rid of her sister Tiffany and Lucy Sable before that.
You’d think that at some point, someone would catch onto them and stop them.
If Laura perishes in the accident, all of Tiffany’s riches will be given to them. It almost seems silly for them to attempt to kill her when there’s so much riding on her survival.
Ace was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, but that’s almost a relief cause for a minute it seemed like either Laura killed him because he suspected her or it was a spirit.
Where do you think the mystery is going now? Who kidnapped Ted? Where is she? And how is this connected to the overall mystery?
The midseason finale of Nancy Drew is Wednesday, December 11.
Nancy Drew Review: Did [SPOILER] Kill Lucy Sable? (1×07)
Nancy Drew put more focus on the first and older murder at Horshoe Bay: dear Lucy Sable.
Reduced to nothing more than a children’s rhyme, Lucy Sable didn’t get the proper respect in town nor did anyone ever try hard enough to solve her murder.
That is until she began haunting Nancy and our sleuthing detective needed to know why.
When she found out that Lucy’s murder may have been connected to Tiffany’s through Ryan and the Hudson family, she couldn’t help herself. She had to know the truth.
And how else to get the truth than by communicating with Lucy herself through a seance done on the night of a new moon.
The ghostly scares could have been just that on this series, but they’ve proven to be crucial to unraveling the story.
The pacing of this episode was a bit slower than previous ones, with the seance coming towards the end of the episode, but it provided crucial revelations to the maddening mystery of who killed the famous Sea Queen.
There were a few suspects on the table, including second-runner-up Candace, but Dead Lucy scratched her off the list immediately.
There was, however, one person with the means and the motive to get it done: Drew Carson.
Had Nancy mustered up the courage to ask Dead Lucy’s spirit if her father was the killer, we would have had our answer.
But that would have been too easy.
Instead, Lucy confronted her father during “family” dinner once she realized that he was the one who stole all of the remaining dead Lucy evidence from the Sanders house.
Any way you splice it, Drew seems like the culprit. He took care of the Hudson’s problems during that time, he received a $50k payout from their shell account just 2 days after Lucy’s death, he had (and destroyed) Lucy’s bloodied dress buried in his attic, and his house was being haunted by her spirit. I mean, facts are facts.
Then again, it would be too simple, wouldn’t it? We’re barely through half of the season, so finding out Lucy Sable’s killer was right under Nancy’s nose the whole time.
Drew Carson definitely had the “oh, shit. She caught me” look when Nancy confronted him, but what will he say to get out of it?
While Lucy’s murder mystery took precedence, no one forgot about Tiffany’s murder either, especially not with those haunted coins and Laura’s posters making their way around town.
Those posters are exactly what lead Ace to believe that his very own girlfriend, Laura, could have been the one to kill her sister.
It would have made sense if Laura was trying to prove her sister’s murder was done at the hands of the Hudson’s, but it didn’t seem like Laura cared about the “who” much at all.
When Ace realized she’d been in town the day of Tiffany’s death (just 10 miles away) and that she was suing Tiffany for her money, he began to formulate a theory that Laura needed to prove the murder so she could get her hands on the inheritance money.
Unfortunately, Ace might not live to tell anyone else his theory because he was involved in a terrible car accident that’ll either leave him dead (NO!) or with some form of memory loss.
Was it an accident? It’s possible. But if Laura even got a whiff of Ace being onto her, she could have invited him along for a ride in an attempt to eliminate him.
And honestly, that makes me furious because Ace is such a good-hearted person.
He wants the truth, he wants to do right by his friends, and he’s too smart for his own good sometimes, like when he got weaseled into working for the Sheriff because he got caught hacking into a government computer.
Oh, Ace. We’re rooting for you, buddy.
If all that action wasn’t enough for you, Nick broke up with Nancy because he feels like an afterthought to all of her mysteries, which is valid. She hasn’t been including him as much as she should, sometimes for his own good.
Freeing Nancy from her relationship commitments will undoubtedly bring her closer to Owen, who was noticeably absent from the episode as was Ryan.
Following the seance, another dark spirit infiltrated Ted’s toy and it made sure she knew it wasn’t Dead Lucy. There’s no shortage of spirits with ill intentions in this town, that’s for sure.
McGinnis offered to work alongside Nancy to crack the case because, at this point, he’s realizing she’s better at his job than she is. Which is true. Nancy now knows one crucial part of Tiffany’s murder that will allow them to better narrow down the murderer: Tiffany was poisoned.
Considering she ate food from The Claw just before she died, it had to be someone with access to the kitchen. Nancy delivered the food, but who made it? This once again paints everyone as a suspect.
Horseshoe Bay has lived in denial for quite some time, but Nancy is here to make them face the truth, no matter how ugly and heartbreaking it is.
- Why did it matter that Lucy was “sleeping with a lot of influential men?”
- Her half-brother lives in town now but is pretending to be someone else. Will this play a bigger role in solving the mystery?
- How creepy is it that Drew sees all of Nancy’s texts? What an invasion of privacy. It makes this guy even more of a creep, sorry Nancy.
What did you think of the episode?
Did Drew kill Lucy Sable on behalf of the Hudson’s? Did Laura kill her own sister to snag that inheritance money?
Will Nick and Nancy work things out?
Nancy Drew Review – The Mystery of Blackwood Lodge (1×06)
These ghosts are getting really advanced on Nancy Drew.
Lucy Sable was not only able to appear in front of Ryan Hudson, but she was also able to grab his hand, transform herself into the way she looked years ago, and kiss him.
How is that possible?
I would not want to be haunted by this townie spirit.
The action took place at The Velvet Masque, an underground exclusive party where rich do weird stuff when they think nobody’s looking.
Nancy managed to work her way into the party alongside Ryan Hudson, who needed her help stealing some very expensive coins belonging to his family.
His goal was to sell them off in the auction so he could have some money to his name now that his father had cut him off.
Admittedly, if the coins were that expensive, they shouldn’t have been that easy to steal. They didn’t even show Nancy breaking in because it wouldn’t have been dynamic enough!
Nancy and Ryan weren’t the most obvious pairing, but they worked.
Nancy has a way of bringing out the best in people, even people like Ryan.
When Ryan realized he was making out with Luce’s ghost, he had no choice but to come clean to Nancy. I mean, you don’t call someone Luce if you didn’t have any personal involvement with them aside from a summer fling.
She had been helping him all day and all he had done was lie to her.
With Ryan filling in the blanks and Nancy decrypting Lucy Sable’s poem about the night she went to the ball, we’re starting to get a clearer picture as to what happened to her and she could possibly be connected to Tifanny.
When Nancy decrypted Lucy’s poem, she realized that the Kraken was Owen Marvin’s Uncle Sebastian, who was having an affair with Medusa, Ryan’s mother, while her husband, Everett, Ryan’s dad, had no idea.
But it’s likely that he did have an idea, or, at least, he figured it out.
When everyone began looking into those coins, they realized that they should have been at the bottom of the ocean.
Instead, the Hudson family had them in their possession, likely cashed out on their insurance, and they sank the ship with Uncle Sebastian on it.
Now, the Hudson’s have never needed money so everything plus the timing points to Everett killing Sebastian because he was a liability.
And around the same time, Lucy Sable was pushed off the cliff, shortly after she witnessed Ryan’s mom and Sebastian hooking up at the party and got called out for it.
All signs point to Ryan’s mom as Lucy’s murderer, but it cannot be that straightforward, right?
Nancy’s a little hot-headed when it comes to her investigations and she immediately called Ryan’s mother out without thinking how she could spin this to her advantage.
Why give up all your cards so quickly in the game? Now, Nancy put a target on her back.
There’s also the fact that her father, Carson Drew, had the bloodied dress stashed in his attic.
He always said he hated working for the Hudson family and from the sounds of it, he was the one who cleaned up their messes.
Did he kill Lucy Sable to protect them?
The next step of this mystery is how Tiffany ties into it.
Why was she killed as a result of Lucy Sable?
Did she figure out who the killer was?
Did she figure out something else that was incriminating about the Hudson’s?
Nancy’s still waiting on the blood test from Tiffany’s body, but the DNA picked up from Lucy Sable’s body belongs to another woman’s.
All the more reason to believe it was Ryan’s mom.
Unless Tiffany and Lucy somehow knew each other and she was there the night of the murder.
I’m cheering for Nick, George, Bess, and Ace to take down the family now more than ever.
Since Nancy got them the coins, they have everything they need to prove how corrupt the Hudson family really is.
Even Owen Marvin, who initially seemed like a bad guy, revealed that he wanted justice for his uncle.
His family always knew that the Hudson’s were responsible, but they never had any proof.
He’s overstepping with Nancy while fully knowing that she has a boyfriend, but while her mouth is talking about how much she loves Nick, her body language is pulling towards Owen and being rather flirtatious.
She clearly doesn’t see what it looks like from Nick’s perspective, but I felt for the guy.
He’s so into Nancy only to see her teaming up with Ryan and Owen and watch her lie about her ghost escapades.
Other Claw Thoughts
- Bess was a nervous mess on her date with Lisbeth. Thank god they made up for it after.
- Bess steals on the regular and couldn’t deliver when it mattered! How does a good thief manage to get their hand caught in the cookie jar?
- Why do rich people always need a creepy sex room?
- Where’s the Sheriff in all of this?
- Everyone cleans up very nice!
What did you think of tonight’s episode?
What’s the connection between Tiffany and Lucy?
Who killed Lucy?
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