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Nancy meets Helene and Henri Fontaine, refugees from Centrovia who own a dancing school in River Heights. Strange circumstances have brought the brother and sister to the United States. When they receive an anonymous note threatening their lives, Nancy offers to help. But she encounters nothing but puzzles. Are the Fontaines involved with the Centrovian underground? Have th Nancy meets Helene and Henri Fontaine, refugees from Centrovia who own a dancing school in River Heights. Strange circumstances have brought the brother and sister to the United States. When they receive an anonymous note threatening their lives, Nancy offers to help. But she encounters nothing but puzzles. Are the Fontaines involved with the Centrovian underground? Have they been threatened by their own countrymen? Why? Is a series of paintings by Henri Fontaine being used for a sinister purpose? Suddenly the Fontaines disappear. Have they been kidnapped? Nancy and her friends pursue the trail relentlessly, even though danger lurks around every corner. They are trapped by their enemies, and escape seems impossible. But Nancy's quick wit finally enables her to solve this intriguing and intricate mystery. This book is the revised text. The plot of the original story (©1954) is similar with minor revisions.


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Nancy meets Helene and Henri Fontaine, refugees from Centrovia who own a dancing school in River Heights. Strange circumstances have brought the brother and sister to the United States. When they receive an anonymous note threatening their lives, Nancy offers to help. But she encounters nothing but puzzles. Are the Fontaines involved with the Centrovian underground? Have th Nancy meets Helene and Henri Fontaine, refugees from Centrovia who own a dancing school in River Heights. Strange circumstances have brought the brother and sister to the United States. When they receive an anonymous note threatening their lives, Nancy offers to help. But she encounters nothing but puzzles. Are the Fontaines involved with the Centrovian underground? Have they been threatened by their own countrymen? Why? Is a series of paintings by Henri Fontaine being used for a sinister purpose? Suddenly the Fontaines disappear. Have they been kidnapped? Nancy and her friends pursue the trail relentlessly, even though danger lurks around every corner. They are trapped by their enemies, and escape seems impossible. But Nancy's quick wit finally enables her to solve this intriguing and intricate mystery. This book is the revised text. The plot of the original story (©1954) is similar with minor revisions.

30 review for The Scarlet Slipper Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Josiah

    This was a very exciting read and I liked it. But I got confused who was who all the time. There were too many characters, but in the end it was still a great book! I would recommend to any mystery and adventure lovers!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Naureen Fatima

    Too many characters ..... :/ But still I liked it....

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dean Cummings

    A coup d'état happened in Centrovia. And after the dust of the overthrow settled, the occupation of the new rulers proved to be much more horrible than ever could’ve been expected by the people of this small, previously independent European nation. The citizens were terrified at what they were seeing, many attempted to seek refuge in other countries. These attempts, as is the case in many similar crises of nations, occurred with varying degrees of success. Mr. and Mrs. Provak, for example, sough A coup d'état happened in Centrovia. And after the dust of the overthrow settled, the occupation of the new rulers proved to be much more horrible than ever could’ve been expected by the people of this small, previously independent European nation. The citizens were terrified at what they were seeing, many attempted to seek refuge in other countries. These attempts, as is the case in many similar crises of nations, occurred with varying degrees of success. Mr. and Mrs. Provak, for example, sought refuge in France. The odds of them succeeding were higher than most considering that Mrs. Provak was a celebrated, internationally famous ballet dancer who would be warmly welcomed in the vibrant ballet community of Paris. And while the Provak’s planned to flee for France, they never gave up hope that they would someday come back to their restored native land. Before departing for France, they joined an organization whose goal was to overthrow the new rulers in Centrovia. They promised the other members that they would continue to fight the good fight, even from their new location in France. The other members of this civilly disobedient organization supported the Provak’s decision to leave Centrovia. They were of the opinion that they were in a unique position to accomplish more for the cause safely inside the borders of France than they would be living in constant terror in their homeland. As a matter of fact, so great was their confidence and trust in the Provak’s that another prominent family, also from within the secret organization, came forward with a request that the Provaks take a fortune of jewels with them to France. The plan was for them to sell the fortune, bit by bit, sending the money to the Centovian rebels via the financial pipeline of the underground movement. The Provaks agreed to this risky plan and completed their final preparations for their journey to France. After all, they had another, even more compelling motivation for seeking a safer home… And that motivation came in the form of their two children, Henri and Helene. The family successfully completed the journey, arriving in Paris, where they immediately changed their family name from Provak to Fontaine. Despite their precautions, the new rulers of Centrovia discovered that they’d left with the jewels, which in their minds gave them a golden opportunity to smear the name of this well-respected family. They publicly claimed that the Provak’s had stolen the jewels, then fled Centrovia. This, the new rulers thought, would keep the Provak’s plan to protest the Centrovian Government’s actions “off balance.” A number of years later, Mr. and Mrs. Provak passed away, the cause not sufficiently explained. This left Henri and Helene alone as two young adults. Sometime after their parent’s death, the siblings received a threatening note, one that they were sure could mean their death. The two, terrified, moved to the U.S.A., more specifically, River Heights. Once relocated, they opened a dance school which met with an enthusiastic response from the local people as many wished for their children to learn this art form, while others, adult students were eager to reengage in the dance experience they looked back upon with fondness from their childhoods. Still others, such as Nancy Drew’s friend Bess, saw taking dance lessons as a fund way to become healthier and reduce. Things were going well for Henri and Helene; it had been nearly ten years since the Centrovian coup d'état and nearly two years since they’d received the threatening note in Paris. Perhaps this time, they’d put enough distance between themselves and the danger… It was just as they were beginning to enjoy their life and work in River Heights when they received another ominous note. It was discovered, in the dance studio office, at the end of the day, after all of the instructors and students should’ve left for home. “No, we must flee again,” Helene desperately declares to her brother. They were unaware that their conversation was being overheard by one of their students, Bess, who’d come back to the studio to retrieve the purse she remembered leaving behind earlier. Upon hearing that these kind and gentle siblings were in distress, maybe even trouble, Bess turned around and darted back to the parking lot where someone was waiting for her, a certain person she was sure could help the Fontaine’s… None other than Nancy Drew… “Nancy, something dreadful has happened to Helene. She and Henri are there all alone, and Helene is crying as if her heart would break…” Bess breathlessly tells Nancy upon arriving back at the car. “Please come with me to see if we can help her,” Bess persists. Nancy readily agrees, and together they made their way to the studio office where Bess introduces Nancy to Henri and Helene. Bess opens the conversation. “If you are in some kind of trouble, perhaps we can assist you…of course, we don’t mean to intrude, but you see, Nancy is a detective and has solved many difficult mysteries…” Nancy then spoke up, “I’m afraid Bess is giving me too much credit, but I’ll be glad to do anything I can for you.” Henri and Helene exchanged glances, finally the sister spoke, “We do need a friend, perhaps you girls are the ones to help us…” Henri then drew an unsigned note from his pocket, hand-printed in French and at the bottom, crudely drawn in red, was a pair of ballet slippers, similar to those hanging on the wall. Nancy read the note: “You will lose your lives if you do not leave this area at once. Do not communicate with any friends you have made in the United States.” “I’m so afraid,” Helene cried out, “This is the second note we have received…” “Recently?” Nancy asked. Helene then explained that they’d received a similarly ominous note eighteen months before, when they were still living in France, and that it was what prompted them to make the move to the United States. She also pointed out that the first note was more specific in it’s threat, claiming that the secret police from Centrovia would kidnap them and them, transporting the two back to their native land to face charges for the theft their family committed years before. It was then that Nancy remembered her strange encounter with the mysterious Centrovian man earlier that very day on a flight into River Heights. Nancy asked about their family background to which the Fontaine’s told her everything, all the way back to the Centovian coup d'état and the false claims that her parents were jewel thieves… Helene looked to Nancy, “Oh, what do you think we should do? Obey the warning and give up our work here?” Nancy thought about it, then replied, “Please don’t make any hasty decisions. I’m sure I can help you, further, my father is a lawyer and I’ll talk to him.” The Fontaine’s agreed to delay leaving. Nancy continued, “Surely, whoever sent the warning note would not expect you to wind up your business affairs on a moment’s notice…in the meantime, I may find a way out for you…” “Oh, thank you,” replied Helene, “You are a true friend and just think, we have known you only a few minutes.” The girls said good-by to the Fontaine’s. Nancy promised to get in touch the next day. By the next day, Nancy has spoken to her father, and came up with a plan. First, she’s found local people who were qualified to take over the management and teaching in the dance studio. They would then secretly move the Fontaine’s to the Drew home until such a time as the next phase of the plan could be acted upon. Later, they would take the Fontaine’s to the airport where they would fly out on a private jet. Once they reached their destination, Henri and Helene would return to River Heights. The goal was to confuse anyone who attempted to follow them, the pursuers who would never assume they would be making their way back to River Heights. Nancy and Bess put the plan into motion, which set off a fantastic sequence of events, including, handkerchief masked intruders, impasto camouflaged jewels, Centronian shouting matches, a housekeeper held hostage, intricate cryptogram messages, a nasty stairway tumble, phony telegrams, a passenger train chase and a witch-thief. I really enjoyed the part Nancy played in this story. She’s bright, curious, diligent and is a loyal friend. She promises apple pie to Ned and has her portrait painted by a Centrovian. “The Scarlet Slipper Mystery,” a shining example of why he Nancy Drew Mystery Series is so wonderfully enduring!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Ray

    I did actually enjoy this book it was full of many surprises.It was about a picture of a famous dancer wearing a pair of scarlet ballet slippers. The picture was stolen from Paris and Nancy and her friends soon find out why. Four smugglers hid jewels in the picture and snuck it into the United States. Nancy kept running into these people and started to suspect something. Her friend Mr. Fontain she met painted the painting and was a dark person, just like the people she suspected of stealing the I did actually enjoy this book it was full of many surprises.It was about a picture of a famous dancer wearing a pair of scarlet ballet slippers. The picture was stolen from Paris and Nancy and her friends soon find out why. Four smugglers hid jewels in the picture and snuck it into the United States. Nancy kept running into these people and started to suspect something. Her friend Mr. Fontain she met painted the painting and was a dark person, just like the people she suspected of stealing the artwork. Also they were the only dark people in town. The bad guys were also sending threatening letters to the painter, to make him leave. These people will do anything to keep Nancy from knowing the truth about them. They even tried to kill Nancy. This book is great for anyone who likes reading of adventures and suspenseful stories.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Bennett

    One of my least favorites so far---boring and confusing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    No doubt about it! Nancy can do anything. She's in the midst of helping her dad solve cases, sniffing out a smuggling ring involving gems and art, making friends with immigrants from France, keeping Ned at bay, but reassured, and when the neighborhood ballet school's star teacher has to leave who is called to come in and handle her classes just until they find a replacement??? Who? Who could just drop all and fill in as a professional ballet instructor? Yep. Our girl. Nancy Drew! Oh, and she solv No doubt about it! Nancy can do anything. She's in the midst of helping her dad solve cases, sniffing out a smuggling ring involving gems and art, making friends with immigrants from France, keeping Ned at bay, but reassured, and when the neighborhood ballet school's star teacher has to leave who is called to come in and handle her classes just until they find a replacement??? Who? Who could just drop all and fill in as a professional ballet instructor? Yep. Our girl. Nancy Drew! Oh, and she solves the mystery, escapes a number of abductions - really rather Houdini-like, and the ending made me smile. In a close call as the story is reaching it's big reveal, Ned and Nancy are interrogating someone they think is a friend. Ned has a feeling and all of a sudden refers to Nancy as "dear" and that they have to leave right away. As they go she chides him and asks why he acted as if they were husband and wife. He quickly replies, "Well someday I hope it'll be true. . . ." (Gotta say, my 12-year old heart beat a little faster. She's still in there, that girl. It's Nancy Drew, for goodness sake! Kind of embarrassing. Kind of dear.) 4 stars. Because of Ned finally showing his colors. (From the last page: Henri nodded and said, "Nancy, I haven't forgotten my promise of a gift to you to show my appreciation. I shall finish your portrait and it will be my finest work." "and it should be titled," Ned said, smiling at Nancy, " 'America's Loveliest Sleuth.' " )

  7. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Nancy Drew must solve a case of extortion in this addition to the book series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    Another great entry in this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    I was most impressed in the first chapter, where Nancy, Bess, and George toss out three different words for "purse." They also use "handbag" and "pocketbook." Said item has been misplaced by Bess, who left it somewhere in Ballet School. She has been taking classes in a recent effort to "reduce." In these books, Bess, almost always described as "plump," has one of two different personalities. Either she loves food and eats whatever she wants, or she loves food but feels guilty about it, and hopes I was most impressed in the first chapter, where Nancy, Bess, and George toss out three different words for "purse." They also use "handbag" and "pocketbook." Said item has been misplaced by Bess, who left it somewhere in Ballet School. She has been taking classes in a recent effort to "reduce." In these books, Bess, almost always described as "plump," has one of two different personalities. Either she loves food and eats whatever she wants, or she loves food but feels guilty about it, and hopes to "reduce" herself to match the slim silhouettes of her friends. At any rate, she wants her bag, so Nancy drives her to the school, where our heroine officially meets a set of siblings who manage the school and teach the classes. They are immigrants from Centrovia, possibly near France, seemingly inspired by eastern European countries that have been invaded by Russia. The siblings have fled the country, but not before creating a series of paintings that keep appearing in the River Heights area. These paintings are related to a gem smuggling scheme, as usual being conducted by ill-tempered, lowerclass people who know how to use a post office. It seems like a post office is a big destination when Nancy is investigating smugglers and international business. The Centrovian siblings are perhaps the enemy of one or two other Centrovians who appear in the River Heights area. One bad man, and one man who is hopefully not bad. Or is this the same character? I lost track. Cool but amazingly impractical spoiler about how (not) to smuggle: It is probably not a good idea to hide gems inside gobs of paint on a canvas, made to look like a picture. How long would that take to dry? Transportation would be difficult and bulky. The plot in this one did not gel for me, even though many elements were amusing. And it did contain one glaring instance of Nancy's bad judgement. While she is volunteering in the ballet school, she BORROWS a leotard! No idea who it belonged to; was it in a lost and found box or something? The idea seems gross to me. When was the thing last washed?!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Lent

    Oh Nancy! You’re so clever! A fun, nostalgic read for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Sadly this doesn't stand the test of time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nicole R.

    I loved the suspense, the kidnapping, the danger, and the mystery. It was amazing! If you like action, I highly recommend reading this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Bahaha! When we first meet Bess'n'George, they're attired "in gay cotton skirts and blouses." At one point Nancy gets offended when Ned intimates to a stranger that they're husband and wife. The teaser picture shows HANNAH GRUEN bound and gagged, which is the first time in the series that anything has happened to her. Apparently some people from a non-existent country are tied up in a jewel smuggling ring, though the plot is rather nonsensical. We discover that Nancy is a skilled ballerina, thoug Bahaha! When we first meet Bess'n'George, they're attired "in gay cotton skirts and blouses." At one point Nancy gets offended when Ned intimates to a stranger that they're husband and wife. The teaser picture shows HANNAH GRUEN bound and gagged, which is the first time in the series that anything has happened to her. Apparently some people from a non-existent country are tied up in a jewel smuggling ring, though the plot is rather nonsensical. We discover that Nancy is a skilled ballerina, though she hasn't practiced in years. No one loses consciousness, but the epic stupidity occurs when the girls enter a house that simply reeks of kerosene, shut themselves in an upstairs bedroom to look over evidence and then are totally surprised eight pages later when the bad guys torch the place.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    I always like reading Nancy Drew's mysteries. This one confused me a little bit and I could never decide if I trusted someone or not!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Predictable story but I totally enjoyed revisiting my childhood hero and her pals.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    The Mystery of the Missing Scarlet Slippers By: Carolyn Keene Critique by Margot Buckey The Mystery of the Missing Scarlet Slippers is about twins named Henri and Helene Fontaine from Centrovia. They come to America, because they are forced out of their country. They are very scared of what might happen to them, so they take their case to Nancy Drew. Nancy and her friends, Bess and George, help the twins figure out what is going on and why. Nancy and her friends discover there are Centrovian men tr The Mystery of the Missing Scarlet Slippers By: Carolyn Keene Critique by Margot Buckey The Mystery of the Missing Scarlet Slippers is about twins named Henri and Helene Fontaine from Centrovia. They come to America, because they are forced out of their country. They are very scared of what might happen to them, so they take their case to Nancy Drew. Nancy and her friends, Bess and George, help the twins figure out what is going on and why. Nancy and her friends discover there are Centrovian men trying to steal special things from the Fontaines. Because of Nancy, the criminals are caught and sent to jail. The main characters in this story are Nancy, Helene and Henri. Nancy is a teenage girl who loves to help people solve mysteries. She is very sneaky and usually never gets caught spying. Henri and Helene are twins from Centrovia. The Fontaines are ballet dancers. When they come to America, they open a dance school for children. The main conflict in this book is that there are strangers trying to steal objects from the Fontaines. The Fontaines do not know what is happening, so they ask Nancy Drew to help them. Nancy Drew tracks down several people who she thinks are suspicious, and she investigates them. Nancy finally discovers that men are trying to steal paintings from the Fontaines that have gems hidden in the paint. The police find the criminals and the men are arrested. After the criminals are locked up, the twins finally feel safe again and continue teaching at their dancing school. I like this book, because it is a mystery. I like mystery books because they leave you guessing when you put the book down. Mysteries usually have exciting action plots, and that is why I enjoy them.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wenqian-1e3

    "The Scarlet Slipper Mystery " is about a girl detective , Nancy Drew who meets Helene and Henri Fontaine , refugees from Centrovia who run a dancing school in River Heights . Strange circumstanceshave brought the brother and sister to the United States . When they receive an annoymous note threatening their lives , Nancy offers her help . But she encounters nothing but puzzles . Are the Foutaines involved with the Centrovian underground ? Have they been threatened by their own countrymen ? Why "The Scarlet Slipper Mystery " is about a girl detective , Nancy Drew who meets Helene and Henri Fontaine , refugees from Centrovia who run a dancing school in River Heights . Strange circumstanceshave brought the brother and sister to the United States . When they receive an annoymous note threatening their lives , Nancy offers her help . But she encounters nothing but puzzles . Are the Foutaines involved with the Centrovian underground ? Have they been threatened by their own countrymen ? Why ? Is a series of paintings by Henri Fountaines being used for a sinster purpose ? Suddenly the Fountaines disappear. Have they been kidnapped ? Nancy and her friends persue the trial relentlessly , even through danger lurks around every corner . They are trapped by their enemies , and escape seems impossible . But Nancy's quick wit finally enables her to solve this intriguing and intricate mystery .

  18. 4 out of 5

    Altaïr

    I read it to my little sister (age 10) before bed each night. She enjoyed it, and the writing is of a fairly good quality for a children's book. Expectedly, the plot was fairly simple, without many unpredictable events. Altogether, a good children's mystery novel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Nancy Drew helps some dancers find our who is threatening them. A charming mystery.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    This book centers around the idea that a brother and sister, Henri and Helene Fontaine, flee France as their lives are threatened by an unknown villain. After they open a dance studio in Nancy's hometown, they receive another letter telling them to flee or their lives would once again be in danger. As the mystery unfolds, it centers around jewels hidden in Henri's paintings that actually fuels underground anti-government groups in Centrovia, the country from which Henri and Helene are actually f This book centers around the idea that a brother and sister, Henri and Helene Fontaine, flee France as their lives are threatened by an unknown villain. After they open a dance studio in Nancy's hometown, they receive another letter telling them to flee or their lives would once again be in danger. As the mystery unfolds, it centers around jewels hidden in Henri's paintings that actually fuels underground anti-government groups in Centrovia, the country from which Henri and Helene are actually from. The smugglers are caught, and the book ends with a celebratory trip to Ned's lake house. I had already read a Nancy Drew this semester, but chose to read another one that comes quite a bit later in the series to see if Nancy's character changed at all. To my surprise, she didn't! She is still the ambitious, effective "amateur" detective as she is in the beginning of the series. Which quite honestly, was a relief! Ned is a bigger character in this book, and there are definitely hints of romance between them, which was nice to read. There is something very stable about Carolyn Keene's writing--her characters are well-mannered, great in the face of danger, and the books end up having a twist that you don't expect. I can't believe she wrote FIFTY of them!! I would love to read them all!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Suziey

    Nancy sets out to help two dancers from Centrovia as they are threatened by an unknown group of people. A simple summary for a convoluted storyline. There are actually two different groups intimidating siblings Henri and Helene Fontaine. Their parents were part of an underground movement working to overthrow the dictatorial government in Centrovia. When the coup failed, they fled to France and changed their name. Now in River Heights, they suspect enemy forces are trying to intimidate them into r Nancy sets out to help two dancers from Centrovia as they are threatened by an unknown group of people. A simple summary for a convoluted storyline. There are actually two different groups intimidating siblings Henri and Helene Fontaine. Their parents were part of an underground movement working to overthrow the dictatorial government in Centrovia. When the coup failed, they fled to France and changed their name. Now in River Heights, they suspect enemy forces are trying to intimidate them into revealing information on the underground movement.  It should have been an intriguing story. But it simply fell flat. There were one too many villains making it difficult for me to keep track of them and what they had done. And in the end, it turns out one of the bad guys was helping out both of the rival villains. What?! Ugh. I can’t. My brain hurts.  Suffice it to say, I didn’t care much for this mystery. I think the high point was finding out Ned’s middle name. Coleman. Ned Coleman Nickerson. Hm. 

  22. 5 out of 5

    Story_Girl

    In The Scarlet Slipper Mystery, Nancy Drew finds herself swept up in a case of international importance. It all begins when a woman wants to sue a local business man because a statue she bought of him had a long, hairline crack in it and he would not accept a return. But Nancy is sure their is more to it than that. And her suspicions are confirmed when the statue comes apart. Soon Nancy and the shop own discover the entire shipment are hollow, and Nancy is sure something important must have once In The Scarlet Slipper Mystery, Nancy Drew finds herself swept up in a case of international importance. It all begins when a woman wants to sue a local business man because a statue she bought of him had a long, hairline crack in it and he would not accept a return. But Nancy is sure their is more to it than that. And her suspicions are confirmed when the statue comes apart. Soon Nancy and the shop own discover the entire shipment are hollow, and Nancy is sure something important must have once been inside, plus one has a mysterious number still locked inside. Then through in a couple of ballet dancers who have fled their home country, some threatening notes and menacing calls, and something very mysterious about an order of oil paintings feature ballet dancers. It is complicated and interesting, with lots of twists and turns and more than one near death experience. What I love most about this Nancy Drew mystery is that you are never really sure who Nancy can trust. Just when you decide a character is honest, something happens that makes you suspicious of them again.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aurora

    A Couple of Holes in the Soles This was a pretty exciting read, complete with political intrigue, spies, and a treasure hunt of sorts. There was just one thing, and the best way to describe it is that it didn't seem completely fleshed out. Yes, I gave it four stars because it is pretty good and still pretty strong, but there was still this underlying notion that there could have been more, or that there should have been (besides the obviously dumb decisions in the story, and made by Nancy no less A Couple of Holes in the Soles This was a pretty exciting read, complete with political intrigue, spies, and a treasure hunt of sorts. There was just one thing, and the best way to describe it is that it didn't seem completely fleshed out. Yes, I gave it four stars because it is pretty good and still pretty strong, but there was still this underlying notion that there could have been more, or that there should have been (besides the obviously dumb decisions in the story, and made by Nancy no less). Maybe because this is the Revised Text and not the Original? Maybe the Original does have more of what I'm looking for, that missing piece, but I'll look into that later. Right now, this is a pretty good addition and certainly adds a little spice to the career of Nancy Drew.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Another fun mystery which sees Nancy helping refugees from a fictional Eastern European (Centrovia!) country by running their dance school and saving their lives. Mrs. Nickerson features in this and she's pretty cool, unlike her son. There are fairly clever bad guys and dancing and little girls learning to dance! And illustrations obviously from the 70s of Nancy in a leotard! She also gets pushed down the stairs! Plus Burt and Dave are back! Nancy does get tied up and trapped in a burning buildin Another fun mystery which sees Nancy helping refugees from a fictional Eastern European (Centrovia!) country by running their dance school and saving their lives. Mrs. Nickerson features in this and she's pretty cool, unlike her son. There are fairly clever bad guys and dancing and little girls learning to dance! And illustrations obviously from the 70s of Nancy in a leotard! She also gets pushed down the stairs! Plus Burt and Dave are back! Nancy does get tied up and trapped in a burning building. Be suspicious when you smell kerosene, people! Henri, one of the refugees, also paints Nancy and can dance. Ned is, of course, jealous. I couldn't put it down.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mariya Shareef

    This book was good, however there was a lot of events happening and it got a little confusing at times. But this book is about two siblings who are refugees, who got a note which threatened their lives. Obviously, Nancy Drew wants to help, but the siblings vanished. Nancy starts to look for them but finds goods which are somewhat valuable. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery and excitement, but I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who might need to re-read over parts in This book was good, however there was a lot of events happening and it got a little confusing at times. But this book is about two siblings who are refugees, who got a note which threatened their lives. Obviously, Nancy Drew wants to help, but the siblings vanished. Nancy starts to look for them but finds goods which are somewhat valuable. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery and excitement, but I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who might need to re-read over parts in order to understand what's happening, and doesn't like doing so.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This was a thoroughly enjoyable Nancy Drew mystery, one I enjoyed far more than the last few reads of these mysteries. I greatly enjoyed the international aspects, the characters and the heist/smuggling aspect. The villains were just the right amount of villainous, and the mystery simply zinged along. I was fully immersed for the 3 hours it took to read this story. I recommend to fans of Nancy Drew, those looking to get a taste of Nancy Drew, or any interested in an old school mystery for childr This was a thoroughly enjoyable Nancy Drew mystery, one I enjoyed far more than the last few reads of these mysteries. I greatly enjoyed the international aspects, the characters and the heist/smuggling aspect. The villains were just the right amount of villainous, and the mystery simply zinged along. I was fully immersed for the 3 hours it took to read this story. I recommend to fans of Nancy Drew, those looking to get a taste of Nancy Drew, or any interested in an old school mystery for children.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    I’ve got to say, it’s not often that I actually can’t guess the ending of a Nancy Drew mystery, but this one had me second guessing myself the entire time. I wasn’t sure where everyone’s allegiances lay and I was convinced several times that people were double agents only to suddenly trust them again. A thoroughly enjoyable mystery, even if it was a bit convoluted and required quite a bit of exposition at the end.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jane Irish Nelson

    This is the original 1954 edition. And an old favorite. As usual, when a series of unusual events occur around Nancy Drew, they all end up connected, and she figures out just how. This time the mystery centers on refugees from the eastern European nation of "Centrovia", which is suffering from political upheaval. Not a whole lot of character building, and coincidence plays a strong role, but it's a quick and enjoyable read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hazel

    3.75 stars My edition has this book and the previous one but I am rating them separately. There were too many characters in this one. There were multiple criminals and some had multiple aliases and I couldn’t keep track amd got really confused. The story didn’t focus much on the actual scarlet slippers themselves and it focused instead on two dancing teachers, some stolen jewels and some paintings of a ballerina, one of which depicted the dancer wearing the scarlet slippers.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Randall

    This was always one of my favorite Nancy Drews - mysterious paintings, hidden gems, and cracked bisque figurines with enigmatic numbers hidden inside. Nancy cracks the case as always and remains the voice of reason no matter the peril (while poor Bess is always the chubby nincompoop. Oh, dear.) Such a great escape into the time capsule of memory lane. 5 Stars

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