Post by virgoscorpio on Nov 27, 2011 15:31:19 GMT -5
The mystery book that started it all. Coincidence that it's Stacey? Probably not. You'd *think* it would be either Claudia or Dawn -- because they like mysteries so much -- or Kristy, because she's always #1 (not complaining as I like Stacey!) BUT you can tell that Stacey would bring the most interest seeing as she's the post popular sitter.
Also, one thing I found interesting is that you could never tell WHEN this book was set, which is something I generally like about BSC books (is that there are set in a specific time, month, etc. which USUALLY goes along with the month of publication, but not this one...it was published in Aug 1991 and it never felt like summer in this book. Obviously it was written by Ellen Miles and not Ann herself...
But I digress. Back to the book.
The Claudia comment about her bringing the lunchbox as a purse is more of a fashion mistake. Almost like she grabbed-her-little-sister's-lunchbox by mistake, when she went to grab her actual purse. I'd expect to see an apple and a juice-box in there or something. Maybe that's the point?!
Stacey and Kristy on the cover do look kind of funny, to me, but at the same time they look VERY Stacey and Kristy-esque. Does that make sense?
The mystery plot was a bit weak but more realistic, so I guess that evens everything out.
"It is important to be on time for any job, even if you are working for a witch." ~ Karen Brewer
Stacey "stole" the ring on a Friday, it (ring) was "found" 2 weeks to the day later. Do the Gardella's never clean house or hire anyone to do so for them? Did they "give" up searching for the ring once Stacey was labeled as "thief?" I had never thought of this before and it makes absolutely no sense. And what if the ring had not been found the first (so convenient) night? Would the Gardella's really "hire" Stacey and someone else to come back--would they even want to (BSC, I mean)? I wouldn't!
Total agreement on Claudia. If anyone ever had reason to be truly hurt and angry with a fellow member it would be Stacey. I did love the Kristy/Stacey closeness and wish Stacey had "remembered" Kristy's loyalty particuarly during S's "Bad Girls" days.
I like the Kristy and Stacey parts too. Kristy and Stacey don't have much in common, but they are the two most business-like and professional members of the BSC which can bond them during moments like this, which I enjoyed.
"This is what us sitters like about Mallory. She is totally levelheaded." - Claudia, Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye
they are the two most business-like and professional members of the BSC
^ I never thought about that but you're right. It was also Stacey in #3 who was instantly ready to fight for the BSC in whatever ways necessary. Now I wish Stacey had had more of a role in the club besides dues collecting. From this, I could imagine her and Kristy talking about ways to make the Club work better.
O/T to above but on topic to the book, I was just thinking what do all of you think Maureen should have done? She knew from the get-go not only what happened but that Mrs. Gardella was (supposedly) going to call all the regular clients. I can understand her not wanting to make more of the situation until she knows for sure the other clients will be involved but it seems to me she could have done something--I'm just not sure what.
Post by oldhickory on Oct 18, 2012 23:41:22 GMT -5
i think the best thing maureen could have done was keep quiet. bringing it up just to say "but of course that never happened" would only draw attention to it. if someone else brought it up and maureen just laughed it off, that would convince me (better than any argument she could make) that stacey didn't steal it.
^That's a good point. I guess I just wanted her to do a little more instantly for Stacey. I read this again last night. Mrs. Gardella calls Stacey at 8am. If she didn't come home until like 10 or 10:30 the night before, she sure realized the ring was gone early Saturday morning. I know Tara is only 7 months and probably wakes up very early. It just the image of Mr. Gardella "practically tearing apart the house" before 8am. The other thing is I know we'll never know is this: Mouse must have jumped onto the dresser, either knocked the ring to the floor and then picked it up or picked it up immediately before carrying it downstairs to hide. I know nothing about cats except that I don't like them, of course, but let me just say how glad I (truly) am that he didn't choke!
Post by booboobrewer on Oct 19, 2012 18:27:04 GMT -5
She called at 8 a.m.?! I forgot that. That's ridiculous--I don't believe the "tearing apart the house" excuse then. It was very convenient to just blame the baby-sitter; of course, she barely knew Stacey, but the club came highly recommended to her, didn't it? I love Kristy (or was it Stacey?) for saying at the end that they just shouldn't sit for the Gardellas anymore.
^Stacey tells us it's 8am (Page 52) when she looks at her alarm clock. So "technically," Mrs. Gardella probably called at 7:55 or something because she talked to Maureen first (who I'm assuming and hoping) was already up. Now, I'm getting madder at Mrs. Kay Gardella, that was nerve calling so early. I just looked and on Page 40, (the day Mrs. Gardella sets up the job with Stacey) we are told that Claudia was the only one who had heard of her because Mrs. Gardella knew Mrs. Kishi from the library. I wonder if Mrs. Gardella was a major donor, another board member, or somehow had an in with the library? At the very end on pages 141-142 Mrs. Gardella had called to apologize again and let the girls know her nanny had returned. Stacey says she wouldn't have sat for them again anyway. MA agrees, adding that the BSC doesn't need clients who don't trust them. Kristy says it's "unanimous we won't sit for them again even if their nanny deserts them.