Here are three things that got cut from my review of Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase.
1. I blame Hannah for Carson Drew's kidnapping. The kidnapping plot revolves around a fake telegram that was sent to Hannah. After receiving the fake telegram, Hannah got a phone call from Mr. Drew. She doesn't mention the telegram to him at all, not even when he mentions things that directly contradict the telegram.
Two days later, Mr. Drew is kidnapped. In hindsight, Hannah realizes the telegram was a fake. Gah! Why didn't she mention the telegram while she talked with Mr. Drew on the phone? That would have prevented the entire kidnapping.
2. At the end of the book, the culprit admits that he kidnapped Carson Drew. However, he is completely innocent, because he didn't know it was a kidnapping. Obviously, the author wanted to let the culprit off the hook, but I found this premise a little hard to believe. Willie kidnapped Carson, without knowing what he was doing? Get real.
3. Critics complain about Helen Corning in this book; she's mostly there to explain the plot and make Nancy look good. Helen is in the first four Nancy Drew books, but she doesn't do much to solve the mysteries. She gets replaced by Bess and George in Book 5, and only makes occasional appearances after that.