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A sheep farmer receives a mysterious telephone call after he buys a series of pictures painted on parchment. He is told to decipher the message in the parchment and “right a wrong.” The man asks Nancy to help solve the baffling mystery that soon involves a boy artist, a kidnapper and a group of extortionists. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.


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A sheep farmer receives a mysterious telephone call after he buys a series of pictures painted on parchment. He is told to decipher the message in the parchment and “right a wrong.” The man asks Nancy to help solve the baffling mystery that soon involves a boy artist, a kidnapper and a group of extortionists. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.

30 review for The Strange Message in the Parchment

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I love Nancy Drew books, even as a 27 year old, but this was my least favorite of the dozen or so I've read thus far. I have read commentary in regard to the shifting of Nancy from being a confident, strong young woman in the earliest stories, to a more easily preyed upon and less assured individual by the 1980s. Even the book covers reflect this progression. In earlier books we see Nancy on the cover snooping around and on her guard. Here, Nancy's eyes are closed. She has a much softer look, an I love Nancy Drew books, even as a 27 year old, but this was my least favorite of the dozen or so I've read thus far. I have read commentary in regard to the shifting of Nancy from being a confident, strong young woman in the earliest stories, to a more easily preyed upon and less assured individual by the 1980s. Even the book covers reflect this progression. In earlier books we see Nancy on the cover snooping around and on her guard. Here, Nancy's eyes are closed. She has a much softer look, and there is no direct clue hunting happening. The cover reflects neither strength nor confidence in Nancy. Within its pages, this book clearly has a few hidden agendas. During the 1970s, more young men and women shifted away from eating meat to becoming vegetarians. Here, the author assures the reader that the meat and sheep skin product industry is a necessary process, even if it is gruesome. Although not a vegetarian myself, it seems that the author was too heavy handed by bringing this point up more than a couple of times. The author also seems to dislike the idea of labor organization, as they tie it to a shady character and a scam. While some workers are interested in organizing for higher wages, at the least, the most senior and respected shepherd has no interest. Nancy's male friends are even used to infiltrate the ranks to determine the severity of the issue, something I just can't see them doing in earlier books. Finally, the author seems bent on pushing biblical scripture into the reader through the constant quotation by the head shepherd. This particular author also puts the location of the quotation from the bible at the bottom of the page. The plot line is weak, and the ending was very predictable. I don't know who in the Keene syndicate wrote this, but it was not their best work to date. While other Nancy Drew stories from this period have weak plots, this was particular story was my least liked.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    I have never read a Nancy Drew book. I only picked it up to check off a prompt in my reading challenge this year. Who ever wrote this book in the series had a hided agenda. They spoke way to much about a slaughter house of sheep, I understand in the 70's when this book was published a lot of people where switching to vegetarian but come on that had nothing to do with the story line and neither did the whole religious talk. The man named Eezy couldn't talk to Nancy and her friend Junie without ta I have never read a Nancy Drew book. I only picked it up to check off a prompt in my reading challenge this year. Who ever wrote this book in the series had a hided agenda. They spoke way to much about a slaughter house of sheep, I understand in the 70's when this book was published a lot of people where switching to vegetarian but come on that had nothing to do with the story line and neither did the whole religious talk. The man named Eezy couldn't talk to Nancy and her friend Junie without talking a quote from the Bible and on top of that the author went as far as putting footnotes at the bottom of the page... seriously why!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    Nancy Drew takes on a case to solve the mystery of a series of pictures painted on parchment. The Nancy Drew books were my favorites as a kid, and rereading them as an adult has been fun. This wasn't one of the best stories, but it's still worth reading if you like Nancy Drew. Nancy Drew takes on a case to solve the mystery of a series of pictures painted on parchment. The Nancy Drew books were my favorites as a kid, and rereading them as an adult has been fun. This wasn't one of the best stories, but it's still worth reading if you like Nancy Drew.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Nancy Drew returns in another thrilling addition to this mystery book series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    I am a huge fan of Nancy Drew books, and have been ever since I was 11 years old. I recognize all the shortcomings of the original series, with its rather two-dimensional characters, whose physical appearance always reflects their personality, and storylines that are not exactly on par with those of Agatha Christie. However, I find these books enjoyable for what they are and consider them an effective way to unwind at the end of the day. This particular mystery was overall an enjoyable read, like I am a huge fan of Nancy Drew books, and have been ever since I was 11 years old. I recognize all the shortcomings of the original series, with its rather two-dimensional characters, whose physical appearance always reflects their personality, and storylines that are not exactly on par with those of Agatha Christie. However, I find these books enjoyable for what they are and consider them an effective way to unwind at the end of the day. This particular mystery was overall an enjoyable read, like all others. The main cast did not act in any way different from other stories, and Nancy once again proved that she is not only a talented detective in general, but also has plot-convenient talents up her sleeve. The protagonists look and act in unconditionally proper ways and the antagonists are just as unconditionally and irrevocably repugnant. With one big exception, thanks to Nancy. But it is precisely this one exception, with a few other details, that made this mystery a little over-the-top even for a hardcore Nancy fan. All it takes is for Nancy to talk to a convicted criminal for a few minutes to completely change his view of life. The addition of an abducted and abused child who is finally reunited with his family is another over-the-top element. The plot included these life-changing event, yet they took place within one-two chapters, that is, a couple of days at most. Thus, the last few chapters of the book felt very rushed, without any plot development, as if the author knew that the intricate mystery woven from the start suddenly needed to be resolved in the two remaining chapters in order not to exceed the 20-chapter limit. A smaller element that I found difficult to appreciate is the use of the foreign language, Italian and English as Second Language. In particular, how the characters get around that obstacle. It begins with one American saying that he is not sure that his language skills are good enough to handle a conversation in Italian. Yet from the moment we see him speak Italian, the vocabulary and grammar structure indicate that he must be quite advanced in his studies. But for somebody who is advanced, it would be strange to wonder if he could handle a simple get-to-know-you-neighbor conversation. Later, the same character comes back having learned additionally different varieties of Italian and able to have profound conversations on different topics in those varieties. As a speaker of several language and a foreign language teacher, I found those moment extremely unlikely. The same goes for the Italian boy who goes from no English at all, including "hello", to "perfect English" in one day. Obviously, foreign language was not going to create a major obstacle in a Nancy Drew story, but the way that the obstacle was handled also seemed rushed and thus very hard to believe. Despite these details, overall my reading experience was still enjoyable and fast. You know that at the end everything is going to be all right in a Nancy Drew book, and that is part of the pleasure of reading these light stories.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nikita (Njkinny's Blog)

    Nancy is on a yet another adventure and this time its her former schoolmate, Junie Flockhart who has brought the mystery for her to solve in "The Strange Message in the Parchment". :) Junie's father, who also owns a parchment making factory and lives on Triple Creek Farm, has bought a parchment with four scenes painted on it. Junie tells her that soon after buying the parchment, her father got a mysterious call where "a man who didn't give his name said the picture had a message. Anyone who co Nancy is on a yet another adventure and this time its her former schoolmate, Junie Flockhart who has brought the mystery for her to solve in "The Strange Message in the Parchment". :) Junie's father, who also owns a parchment making factory and lives on Triple Creek Farm, has bought a parchment with four scenes painted on it. Junie tells her that soon after buying the parchment, her father got a mysterious call where "a man who didn't give his name said the picture had a message. Anyone who could figure it out would bring happiness and comfort to several people, and right an old wrong." Now its up to Nancy Drew to solve the mystery of the painting and "right an old wrong" , all the while deceiving danger and coming face-to-face with some very evil villains. There is action, drama, danger and an intriguing mystery here and I just loved reading it. :) This book is better in terms of plot planning, execution and keeping the suspense till the end as compared to the previous Nancy Drew book that I read "The Secret of the Forgotten City". I loved the character of Eezy who quotes the bible and plays the harp beautifully. His grandfather type character is soothing, real like and makes the reader fall in love with him. I also loved the fact that Nancy's usual gang, Bess, George, Ned, Burt and Dave appear only later in the book and that meanwhile Junie plays the sidekick, which was refreshingly interesting. I also got to learn much about the parchment making process from the book which I feel is good and an enhancement to my general knowledge. :) Also a crisp writing style and simple dialogues make the book seem more approachable to the younger reading crowd. The only points I felt somewhat unnecessary were: firstly, the scene in the beginning of the story where a thief steals Nancy's sheepskin jacket was unnecessary as it didn't bear any connection to the main plot or contribute to it except from showing that Nancy is very quick and that Togo is a great dog which we already know. Secondly, the part where everyone questions how the thief could have entered the house and suddenly, as if understanding what is being asked, Togo stands on its hind legs and shows everyone by opening the door. NOT NEEDED. Thirdly, the numerous quotes in the story where the author justifies sheep slaughter "They are killed so you and others will have lamb to eat, Bess." All this could have been said only once rather than bringing it up 2-3 times in the book. All in all, I really enjoyed the book and recommend all to read it. I give "The Strange Message in the Parchment" a 4.0 out of 5. So go read and enjoy. :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    Who gave the "okay" for the concept of this plot? Nancy has a friend who lives on a sheep farm. No, the farm does not do the cute things like shear the wool and make yarn. It's a slaughterhouse. The farm makes parchment, i.e. sheepskin. The business owner's daughter gives Nancy, and Nancy's friends, not one, but Two tours through the slaughterhouse. The group meets a kindly old shepherd named Eezy, a nickname for Ezekiel. And the old guy always greets visitors with Bible quotes. Precise Bible quotes, Who gave the "okay" for the concept of this plot? Nancy has a friend who lives on a sheep farm. No, the farm does not do the cute things like shear the wool and make yarn. It's a slaughterhouse. The farm makes parchment, i.e. sheepskin. The business owner's daughter gives Nancy, and Nancy's friends, not one, but Two tours through the slaughterhouse. The group meets a kindly old shepherd named Eezy, a nickname for Ezekiel. And the old guy always greets visitors with Bible quotes. Precise Bible quotes, with footnotes. Fun fact: Ezekiel had been one of my favorite Old Testament books, during my days of Bible study. It has that wild description of wheels-within-wheels, that hallucinogenic vision of the angelic dimension. Trippy and mind-expanding, rather! The bad guy is a neighbor property owner who has hired non-English speakers to work his land. Another bad guy is a local who steals a painting from Nancy's friend's house. Nancy is generously allowed to visit him in jail. She thoroughly questions his actions and motives, and she encourages him to turn over a new leaf. He is a new man! (Is the man not aware that he has rights to a lawyer? When was that Miranda thing invented? *gooble search for this...* Aw, dagnabbit, Nancy! The Miranda rights were established in 1966. You should know this! Your dang dad is an attorney! Where the heck do you get off, counseling a man who doesn't have a defense attorney, who hasn't received a sentence?! Serious violations, Nancy.) Nancy's core group of friends are absent from the majority of this book. They show up in time to exchange terrible jokes with Nancy's farm girl friend. Mainly she tries to convince Ned Nickerson that she has trained the sheep to operate tractors. What a world.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    2.5 Stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    This is another of the poorly written later Nancy Drew books written by someone writing anonymously for the publisher, whose goal was to crank out as many money-makers as possible as quickly as possible. It broke from the pattern of Nancy Drew stories by including a shepherd who quoted from the Bible, which would make the book questionable for inclusion in a public school library.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marts (Thinker)

    Searching for some stolen parchment paintings lead Nancy to a mystery

  11. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    This book is just weird. It gives a detailed description of a slaughterhouse. I wouldn't want a child to read this. I don't even want to have read this. This book is just weird. It gives a detailed description of a slaughterhouse. I wouldn't want a child to read this. I don't even want to have read this.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    Another exciting adventure in this long-running, classic series. It was surprising to see all the Bible quotations.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Heavy-Handed Messages about Socialism and Immigrants: Also Featuring Random Bible Quotes and Anti-Vegetarianism.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ape

    When I was a child I read a lot of Nancy Drew, although probably not that many given that I see there's about 170 of the books. I gave them all away in my late teens to clear out stuff, which I kind of regret now, and I was thrilled recently when a friend sent me this one for a trip down memory lane. Although I don't think I'd read this one before as it was completely new to me. This is the thing about going back to stuff you thought was FABULOUS when you were a child, and you're now a cynical ol When I was a child I read a lot of Nancy Drew, although probably not that many given that I see there's about 170 of the books. I gave them all away in my late teens to clear out stuff, which I kind of regret now, and I was thrilled recently when a friend sent me this one for a trip down memory lane. Although I don't think I'd read this one before as it was completely new to me. This is the thing about going back to stuff you thought was FABULOUS when you were a child, and you're now a cynical old adult. Sometimes you look at it and think, dear god, this is soooo corny. Nancy Drew is as corny as corn on the cob, the plot is intensely unbelievable and none of the adults behave like adults - so if you come at it as an adult, you will be horrified =) (I mean, a policeman writes a note and sends two teenage girls off to see a thief in prison; a teenage lad rings the bank asking for details of transactions on a local farmer's bank account - and the bank manager complies). However, this is aimed at little girls who don't understand how the real world works, and want a bit of quick escapism where good American girl -scout Nancy Drew shows people how to be good, solves the puzzle that none of the adults were able to figure out (doh!) and has a great time with her chums. How jolly! And it is a bit of nostalgia for the rest of us. I am really curious about the history of these books though. I love the front cover illustration on this book. The ones I had didn't match this series of illustrations at all. I had books from two versions, one a very early nineties stylised, with a white background and cut out figures in watercolour, and the other were very realistic illustrations of Nancy part way through some daring deed. I'm reminiscing and not saying much about this book. I think I'd need to read or re-read some more to completely be able to stand by this statement: but I don't think it's the best one out there. I also am not sure if this one will stand the test of time. It was written in the late 1970s. And it's set on a sheep farm. And they have a slaughter house, which the girls go in to watch the process. And there's a short piece of moralising on, well, you enjoy eating lampchops and wearing sheepskin, so you can't complain! I wouldn't recommend this one for anyone interested in animal rights and/or veganism. There is also a bit of the self righteous little miss - she points out to the thief in prison that he wouldn't like it if someone stole something from him, and instantaneously the man is converted from his terrible ways. (Eye roll). Thank goodness for Nancy Drew. So yes, Nancy visits her chum on the sheep farm. The father bought a parchment painting from a neighbour and asks Nancy to figure out the message in the painting. The neighbour is a nasty, evil foreigner, so stereotypical he is one step off twirling his moustaches and cackling evily. There's a lot of energised running about, making massive assumptions that turn out to be right and all the bad dudes are apprehended at the end.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Suziey

    this book is somewhat entertaining. Nancy is asked by her childhood friend, Junie Flockhart, to help her family uncover the secret behind a strange parchment. Simple enough.  The parchment itself was purchased by the Flockhart family from their best client, Mr. Rocco. When Nancy asks him if he knows of any story behind the parchment, he gets very suspicious. But Nancy digs deeper and deeper. Ultimately, she reunites a mother with her kidnapped son.   Nancy stays with Junie on the family farm. They this book is somewhat entertaining. Nancy is asked by her childhood friend, Junie Flockhart, to help her family uncover the secret behind a strange parchment. Simple enough.  The parchment itself was purchased by the Flockhart family from their best client, Mr. Rocco. When Nancy asks him if he knows of any story behind the parchment, he gets very suspicious. But Nancy digs deeper and deeper. Ultimately, she reunites a mother with her kidnapped son.   Nancy stays with Junie on the family farm. They mainly raise sheep and when Junie gives Nancy a tour, she shows her the slaughterhouse. Depressing! Because then when Bess, George and the boys visit, they go to the slaughterhouse again. *shudders* One of the things that got on my nerves about this book was all the morals. And I’m not talking about all the quotes from scripture. That I was actually okay with. I’m always fascinated by how people translate its meaning. What I’m talking about are the values/virtues that are imparted upon the reader. Every Nancy Drew book has them and they’ve never bothered me before. But boy, in this book they seemed to pop up at every page! Maybe it’s the fact that I felt personally attacked haha. (Cows are my favorite animal. But I also love cheese burgers). I don’t need judgment from a Nancy Drew book for my omnivorous ways, thank you very much.

  16. 5 out of 5

    LobsterQuadrille

    I didn't recall much of this Nancy Drew mystery from reading it years ago, and I suppose that is probably due to the so-so storyline. The book starts with a petty theft that has nothing to do with the main mystery, and ends anticlimactically with the story's criminals being captured off-page(view spoiler)[while Nancy & Co. have been imprisoned in a shepherd's hut by two of the bad guys (hide spoiler)] . There are also some odd elements that take you out of the story a bit, especially a seemingly I didn't recall much of this Nancy Drew mystery from reading it years ago, and I suppose that is probably due to the so-so storyline. The book starts with a petty theft that has nothing to do with the main mystery, and ends anticlimactically with the story's criminals being captured off-page(view spoiler)[while Nancy & Co. have been imprisoned in a shepherd's hut by two of the bad guys (hide spoiler)] . There are also some odd elements that take you out of the story a bit, especially a seemingly anti-union message. The mystery of the parchment paintings is a bit of an unusual one for the series, and the solution was nice, if rather farfetched(but come on, no one reads Nancy Drew for dark, gritty realism!). And as an interesting side note, I think this is the first time I've noticed the word "boyfriend"(finally one word, not two!) in this whole series! Using that descriptor probably makes Junie and Dan basically engaged in this series' world! The Strange Message in the Parchment is a nice light mystery, but is doesn't feel fully developed, and nothing really makes it stand out from the crowd in this huge series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pam Venne

    Somehow I missed the Nancy Drew series when I was young, so I decided to try a few books now that I am much older. I was quite impressed with the scope of education that Carolyn Keene was able to put into a short novel and keep a young mind interested. Nancy Drew helps young people learn the ability and impact of investigative questioning, reasoning, and intuition. She shows how taking time to think things out overnight helps her put it all into perspective. Keene introduces the concepts of busi Somehow I missed the Nancy Drew series when I was young, so I decided to try a few books now that I am much older. I was quite impressed with the scope of education that Carolyn Keene was able to put into a short novel and keep a young mind interested. Nancy Drew helps young people learn the ability and impact of investigative questioning, reasoning, and intuition. She shows how taking time to think things out overnight helps her put it all into perspective. Keene introduces the concepts of business and how, in this particular instance, the parchment business works (from Shepards to slaughter to processing the lambskin into parchment. Whether or not young minds pick up all that I did, it was refreshing to see the educational tools used by Keene to teach through the reading mystery.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    I grew up reading and collecting the yellow bound 1970s versions of this series. What with moving, etc., a lot of them were lost through the years so now I’ve slowly been recollecting them and recently was able to get 7 more giving me now 42 of them. This is one of them. Nancy and friends go to a school chum’s sheep farm to solve a puzzle involving 4 pictures on a sheepskin parchment. Footnote: 1) The info on how they make parchment is interesting as is that about raising sheep, but the butchering I grew up reading and collecting the yellow bound 1970s versions of this series. What with moving, etc., a lot of them were lost through the years so now I’ve slowly been recollecting them and recently was able to get 7 more giving me now 42 of them. This is one of them. Nancy and friends go to a school chum’s sheep farm to solve a puzzle involving 4 pictures on a sheepskin parchment. Footnote: 1) The info on how they make parchment is interesting as is that about raising sheep, but the butchering part I couldn’t handle. 2) Working with colored pencils is NOT ‘painting’, its drawing. I know, I do both. Also the picture that goes with that scene shows her with paint and brushes, not pencils. Fave scenes: the ram & Eezy’s harp and chasing the two fake agents away.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Story_Girl

    I must say there wasn't really much of a mystery to this Nancy Drew story. A friend of Nancy's asks her to come visit their sheep farm and see if she can work out the message contained in a painted parchment. Nancy of course, can not turn down a mystery, so heads off - but not after being robbed chasing down the burglar. At the sheep farm Nancy discovers a case of fraud, an abused orphan and of course the mysterious parchment that is really all that mysterious. The answer was fairly obvious from I must say there wasn't really much of a mystery to this Nancy Drew story. A friend of Nancy's asks her to come visit their sheep farm and see if she can work out the message contained in a painted parchment. Nancy of course, can not turn down a mystery, so heads off - but not after being robbed chasing down the burglar. At the sheep farm Nancy discovers a case of fraud, an abused orphan and of course the mysterious parchment that is really all that mysterious. The answer was fairly obvious from the get go. But throwing in the fraud did keep things interesting. Plus Ned, George and Bess all put in appearances - even if not until quite late in the book. So overall it was a good story, but not really a good mystery.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cooper

    It's been some years since I've read Nancy Drew. I remember as a teenager I could always be found with my head in one of her books. How I loved the mystery and strength of the girl detective. With those teenage memories, I picked up this book hoping to find the same feelings toward's Nancy that I had all those years ago. Sadly, that was not to be. Amanda, another GoodReads reviewer, voiced what I found so lacking in this mystery. Nancy seemed to be more docile around the mystery. I remember her be It's been some years since I've read Nancy Drew. I remember as a teenager I could always be found with my head in one of her books. How I loved the mystery and strength of the girl detective. With those teenage memories, I picked up this book hoping to find the same feelings toward's Nancy that I had all those years ago. Sadly, that was not to be. Amanda, another GoodReads reviewer, voiced what I found so lacking in this mystery. Nancy seemed to be more docile around the mystery. I remember her being the first to rush in to find the answers, oh so bold and brash. This time, it felt like she was being lead around instead of being the leader. The slaughterhouse scenes where a WTF moment. Why are we reading, so vividly, about how the animals are being slaughtered? At first I thought it something to do with the mystery, but once you find out it's not, it just seems so weird. And the bible quotes??? I don't know, this mystery felt more like I was being preached to instead of providng a solid mystery and story. Has to be one of the worst in the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I have reread a number of the Nancy Drew books as an adult, and was looking forward to reading this one, which I do not recall having read as a child. I was actually looking for Forgotten City, but couldn't find it, and so settled on this. While some elements of these stories don't age particularly well, many can be overlooked. Valise? Pumps? No big deal. However, this was not my favorite story, as the premise of organizing farm workers leading to an assault, a robbery and a few other menacings, I have reread a number of the Nancy Drew books as an adult, and was looking forward to reading this one, which I do not recall having read as a child. I was actually looking for Forgotten City, but couldn't find it, and so settled on this. While some elements of these stories don't age particularly well, many can be overlooked. Valise? Pumps? No big deal. However, this was not my favorite story, as the premise of organizing farm workers leading to an assault, a robbery and a few other menacings, seemed a little contrived. The immigration issue was also a little out of the realm of Nancy's usual investigations. Yes, there was a curious parchment to decipher, which ended up getting stolen, but it just read more like a story than a well and truly done mystery.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    Ok, but not one of the better stories of the series. The story lines aren't as crazy as some stories but some things don't quite make sense. Why steal the boy when Rocco had already stolen the money from his mother? Why keep the parchment when it might have some clue to what actually happened to the boy? Why take it in the first place? It was just done to make clues for Nancy to follow. The stolen sheepskin jacket doesn't make much sense either. How often do people just walk into someone's house Ok, but not one of the better stories of the series. The story lines aren't as crazy as some stories but some things don't quite make sense. Why steal the boy when Rocco had already stolen the money from his mother? Why keep the parchment when it might have some clue to what actually happened to the boy? Why take it in the first place? It was just done to make clues for Nancy to follow. The stolen sheepskin jacket doesn't make much sense either. How often do people just walk into someone's house in daylight and steal a coat instead of money or something. It was there just to have something exciting happen right from the beginning. I just didn't like the way the story flowed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ilze

    I must’ve read this one as a teenager because I devoured Carolyn Keene with a vengeance! Since Leonie is reading so much, she wanted to see me read this one before trying it herself ... as an adult I can see why I read so much Lynda La Plante now - Nancy was simply Tennison’s predecessor! La Plante’s books have far more flair, intrigue and a more complicated plot. As for this particular Nancy Drew, I don’t understand why it was necessary to include so many Bible verses in Eezy’s mouth. They had I must’ve read this one as a teenager because I devoured Carolyn Keene with a vengeance! Since Leonie is reading so much, she wanted to see me read this one before trying it herself ... as an adult I can see why I read so much Lynda La Plante now - Nancy was simply Tennison’s predecessor! La Plante’s books have far more flair, intrigue and a more complicated plot. As for this particular Nancy Drew, I don’t understand why it was necessary to include so many Bible verses in Eezy’s mouth. They had little point and didn’t add to his character. Leonie would probably enjoy the book simply to solve the mystery - speaking of which, whatever happens to the dog right at the end? Could he not have prevented the bad guys from getting in??

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diva Dina

    I picked up this book several times before finally getting a moment to complete it because other books that I had on hold were becoming available. However, I did enjoy this one. In this book, Nancy Drew meets up with a friend whose parents own a sheep farm and they want her to solve the mystery of a painting that they bought. As with all Nancy Drew Mysteries, there are twists and turns and this one had its share of them. It was well written and it was a little antiquated in some ways, but you co I picked up this book several times before finally getting a moment to complete it because other books that I had on hold were becoming available. However, I did enjoy this one. In this book, Nancy Drew meets up with a friend whose parents own a sheep farm and they want her to solve the mystery of a painting that they bought. As with all Nancy Drew Mysteries, there are twists and turns and this one had its share of them. It was well written and it was a little antiquated in some ways, but you could follow along and the story had a happy ending.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Miss Ratatootee

    All Nancy Drew deserves more than 5 stars in rating. The twists and turns of events when Nancy solves a detevtive work, it gets to think like her too. Because of these books, I learned to never point someone immediately who is the suspect. Dig some evidence to have proof to show that the suspect is worth to put behind bars. Being a young sleuth is no joke. Sometimes people tend to look down on you because you're too young to solve detective works. But proving them wrong instead of giving up is th All Nancy Drew deserves more than 5 stars in rating. The twists and turns of events when Nancy solves a detevtive work, it gets to think like her too. Because of these books, I learned to never point someone immediately who is the suspect. Dig some evidence to have proof to show that the suspect is worth to put behind bars. Being a young sleuth is no joke. Sometimes people tend to look down on you because you're too young to solve detective works. But proving them wrong instead of giving up is the best thing to do.

  26. 5 out of 5

    IrishFan

    This book I do remember reading when younger. I liked this one. The mystery did seem to solve itself fairly quickly, but that's ok. A little unbelievable that Janie's boyfriend couldn't speak the correct Italian dialect, but after a few hours study he suddenly had it down. This book I do remember reading when younger. I liked this one. The mystery did seem to solve itself fairly quickly, but that's ok. A little unbelievable that Janie's boyfriend couldn't speak the correct Italian dialect, but after a few hours study he suddenly had it down.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    Nancy Drew is certainly a very amazing amateur detective! This book, filled with its great twists, is jam packed with adventure, danger, and my ultimate favorite...MYSTERY!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elle Gutierrez

    Overall: Not the best Nancy Drew story I've read, but it was still entertaining. Would I recommend it?: Eh if you want a quick light mystery. Overall: Not the best Nancy Drew story I've read, but it was still entertaining. Would I recommend it?: Eh if you want a quick light mystery.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lik C

    This mystery was as strange as the strange in the parchment. It was strange because it was too easy, with the original owner of the parchment giving his secret away by selling it in the first place. It's also similar to the Ivory Charm mystery where Nancy kidnaps an orphaned boy from a foreign country while she and her friends locate his parents. (Also, poor Bess. I read here that she was referred to as 'the plump girl' during one of her quips). But at least, I gained some information about keepi This mystery was as strange as the strange in the parchment. It was strange because it was too easy, with the original owner of the parchment giving his secret away by selling it in the first place. It's also similar to the Ivory Charm mystery where Nancy kidnaps an orphaned boy from a foreign country while she and her friends locate his parents. (Also, poor Bess. I read here that she was referred to as 'the plump girl' during one of her quips). But at least, I gained some information about keeping a sheep farm in this story, though counting the sheep made me fall asleep.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    The early part of this series is way better than this one.

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