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A northwoods Mystery

Enchantment Lake

On the shores of Enchantment Lake in the woods of northern Minnesota, something ominous is afoot, and as Francie begins to investigate, the mysteries multiply: a poisoned hot dish, a puzzling confession, eerie noises in the bog, and a legendary treasure that is said to be under enchantment—or is that under Enchantment, as in under the lake? At the center of everything is a suddenly booming business in cabin sales and a road not everyone wants built.

To a somewhat reluctant northwoods Nancy Drew, the intrigue proves irresistible, especially when it draws her closer to the mysteries at the heart of her own life: What happened to her father? Who and where is her mother? Who is she, and where does her heart lie—in the bustle of New York City or the deep woods of Minnesota? With its gripping story, romantic spirit, and a sly dash of modern-day trouble (evil realtors and other invasive species), Enchantment Lake will fascinate readers, providing precisely the charm that Margi Preus’s readers have come to expect.

University of Minnesota Press. Cover art by Anders Hanson.


Praise for Enchantment lake

A quick moving mystery whose lovely descriptions of the Minnesota landscape add a pleasing layer of small town atmosphere.
— PW
Fans of Nancy Drew . . . will find much to appreciate in this story of a modern-day teen sleuth.
— School Library Journal
As ‘Enchantment Lake’ speeds toward its resolution, you’re surprised and sad your time at the lake is over.
— Minneapolis Star Tribune

Awards for enchantment Lake

Midwest Book Award for Young People’s Literature

Northeastern Minnesota Book Award finalist