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Nancy is on the case, once again! Her father’s client, Mr.Sakamaki needs help. His deceased grandfather’s estate, Kaluakua has a mystery nobody knows. Its Golden Pavilion may be haunted, and two middle-aged suspects claim to be the grand children of Grandfather Sakamaki and are going to run and take over the estate. Nancy must prove them wrong and stop a terrible gang call Nancy is on the case, once again! Her father’s client, Mr.Sakamaki needs help. His deceased grandfather’s estate, Kaluakua has a mystery nobody knows. Its Golden Pavilion may be haunted, and two middle-aged suspects claim to be the grand children of Grandfather Sakamaki and are going to run and take over the estate. Nancy must prove them wrong and stop a terrible gang called the Double Scorps who are trying to steal the secret kings cape in the Golden Pavilion. Are the posing grandchildren part of the Double Scorps and are going to inherit the estate for all of the Double Scorps? What does a sacred king’s cape have to do with the Secret of the Golden Pavilion? And who is that ghost that dances by the Pavilion every night? Nancy is going to find out everything, from the Double Scorps, to perhaps two Grandfather Sakamaki. Could the Grandfather Sakamaki in California be the wrong one that owns the Kaluakua? Help Nancy Drew solve the mystery!


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Nancy is on the case, once again! Her father’s client, Mr.Sakamaki needs help. His deceased grandfather’s estate, Kaluakua has a mystery nobody knows. Its Golden Pavilion may be haunted, and two middle-aged suspects claim to be the grand children of Grandfather Sakamaki and are going to run and take over the estate. Nancy must prove them wrong and stop a terrible gang call Nancy is on the case, once again! Her father’s client, Mr.Sakamaki needs help. His deceased grandfather’s estate, Kaluakua has a mystery nobody knows. Its Golden Pavilion may be haunted, and two middle-aged suspects claim to be the grand children of Grandfather Sakamaki and are going to run and take over the estate. Nancy must prove them wrong and stop a terrible gang called the Double Scorps who are trying to steal the secret kings cape in the Golden Pavilion. Are the posing grandchildren part of the Double Scorps and are going to inherit the estate for all of the Double Scorps? What does a sacred king’s cape have to do with the Secret of the Golden Pavilion? And who is that ghost that dances by the Pavilion every night? Nancy is going to find out everything, from the Double Scorps, to perhaps two Grandfather Sakamaki. Could the Grandfather Sakamaki in California be the wrong one that owns the Kaluakua? Help Nancy Drew solve the mystery!

30 review for The Secret of the Golden Pavilion

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kavita

    This was one Nancy Drew book that was pretty above par.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    Yet another fun and exciting mystery featuring the famed teenage sleuth.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary Kate

    By this point, reading a Nancy Drew novel is like a visit with an old friend. I first began reading Nancy Drew as a third grader, and reluctantly at that, going on a recommendation from my mother. However, I quickly fell in love with the ever ready sleuth and her faithful friends. The mysteries kept me entertained and I felt a connection with Nancy, a girl who had it all together at all times. Even in the most dangerous of situations, Nancy never lost her cool. She was one of my biggest role mod By this point, reading a Nancy Drew novel is like a visit with an old friend. I first began reading Nancy Drew as a third grader, and reluctantly at that, going on a recommendation from my mother. However, I quickly fell in love with the ever ready sleuth and her faithful friends. The mysteries kept me entertained and I felt a connection with Nancy, a girl who had it all together at all times. Even in the most dangerous of situations, Nancy never lost her cool. She was one of my biggest role models and one of the literary figures who impacted me the most growing up. Now that I am nearly sixteen, going back to read these books is different. The mysteries seem simple now, not unenjoyable, but once you've had Agatha Christie, Carolyn Keene doesn't cut it. The writing is at a much lower level than I am used to, but it feels nice, like a rush of familiarity, and I notice things I never had before. For example, I have a deep appreciation for all of Nancy's friends now, Bess and George, and even Burt, Dave, and Ned. Bess especially makes me smile as I read her character because characters with her traits aren't often created anymore. She's the sweetheart, innocent and easily frightened, stunningly pretty, yet she loves to eat and is always up for a meal. She's the plump one out of the three, but also the most feminine, as George favors a more boyish style and Nancy is more practical. Bess Marvin is a novelty. And then there's Ned Nickerson. Ned and Nancy are one of my favorite literary couples. They aren't a tragic pair of starcrossed lovers like Romeo and Juliet, nor are they the fiery equivalent to Elizabeth and Darcy, but they just seem right. There are no passionate kisses or confessions of undying love, but there are subtle and realistic shows of affection that make me smile all the same. Even if a third grader wouldn't pick up on it, there is a fair amount of flirting going on, and Ned is much funnier than I ever remembered, leaving Nancy to soothe his comically wounded pride a fair few times. He is also devoted to her. There is no love triangle, not like today's paranormal romance or teen lit. They don't even ever call each other boyfriend and girlfriend. Ned is Nancy's "special friend", but they fit perfectly together. It also struck me upon reading this book again how truly young they are. Nancy is only eighteen, and Ned probably isn't much older. They are really just kids, all of them, and that makes what they do even more incredible. As practical as they are, the lot of them aren't grown ups. I had never thought about it before, but now that I have, I have even more of an admiration for Nancy's coolness in the face of danger. I would almost certainly panic at least at first, even if I was able to pull it together. Carson Drew is a very good character as well. It is clear that the father and daughter love each other and would do anything for each other. Nancy is a spitting image of her father in every way. Both are extremely hardworking, loyal, and clever. Nancy's role model was definitely her father, and I can see why. But anyway, I didn't just decide to pick this book up from Barnes and Noble's one day. I found it at a garage sale, bought it for fifty cents. It happens to be a first edition copy though, which I don't think makes it valuable, but it sure does make it pretty, with a gorgeous blue and white end-papers. Also, I don't know if this is in the newer ones, I haven't looked, but on the inside of the title page, there is a little blurb explaining that the novel was written to commemorate the introduction of Hawaii as America's newest state, thus the novel's setting. For some reason, this really made me wonder at the impact Nancy Drew has had over the years. Here I am over fifty years after the original publication, still reading and enjoying the novels. When these books were being written, the world was an entirely different place, and yet, the stories carry on, just as they always have and always will.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    A ghostly hula dancer, a black lei, a slippery slope. Many more strange things happen as Nancy tackles this intriguing mystery. When Nancy is told of the mystery at Kaluakua, she immediately goes to Hawaii. However, at Kaluakua, she is surrounded by strange happenings. Slowly, the mystery unfolds as Nancy not only solves the mystery, but learns some Hawaiian cultures and symbols. One of the many reasons I love this book is that it is always pulling you (or at least me) in to read it. There are t A ghostly hula dancer, a black lei, a slippery slope. Many more strange things happen as Nancy tackles this intriguing mystery. When Nancy is told of the mystery at Kaluakua, she immediately goes to Hawaii. However, at Kaluakua, she is surrounded by strange happenings. Slowly, the mystery unfolds as Nancy not only solves the mystery, but learns some Hawaiian cultures and symbols. One of the many reasons I love this book is that it is always pulling you (or at least me) in to read it. There are twists and turns on every page. Another reason I love this book is that even though it’s not the scariest mystery, there are some scary elements. For example, Nancy receives a black lei with poisonous tacks in it! Without a doubt, from fiery tongs to disappearances, The Golden Pavilion is a great book for mystery loving girls ages 7 and up.

  5. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Another great addition to the Nancy Drew mystery book series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides

    I came across this in the library catalogue when I was trying to remember the name of Island Boy. (Fiction set in Hawaii being my search term.) And I used to love reading Nancy Drew books, so I figured, why not. And now I wonder ... where they always this, well, terrible? Was the characterization always so thin? Nancy is smart, George is a tomboy, Bess likes to eat? (Seriously. Here that was about it.) If I were wishing to introduce a young person to Nancy Drew, I would definitely not start with t I came across this in the library catalogue when I was trying to remember the name of Island Boy. (Fiction set in Hawaii being my search term.) And I used to love reading Nancy Drew books, so I figured, why not. And now I wonder ... where they always this, well, terrible? Was the characterization always so thin? Nancy is smart, George is a tomboy, Bess likes to eat? (Seriously. Here that was about it.) If I were wishing to introduce a young person to Nancy Drew, I would definitely not start with this book. In fact I would probably skip it altogether.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I started this book with my granddaughter Jane when she was visiting over the holidays. Just had to finish it this morning. I will read it with her again during her next visit. Carolyn Keen is a master at ending each chapter with a cliff-hanger! Jane loved this aspect always pleading, "Read the next chapter! We can't stop here!." I started this book with my granddaughter Jane when she was visiting over the holidays. Just had to finish it this morning. I will read it with her again during her next visit. Carolyn Keen is a master at ending each chapter with a cliff-hanger! Jane loved this aspect always pleading, "Read the next chapter! We can't stop here!."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    Great book! It's my second favorite Nancy Drew book, after The Secret in the Old Attic. It was packed with action, including a ghost! Nancy and her friends travel the the Hawaiian islands, read to discover the secret of the Gold Pavilion!!! Great book! It's my second favorite Nancy Drew book, after The Secret in the Old Attic. It was packed with action, including a ghost! Nancy and her friends travel the the Hawaiian islands, read to discover the secret of the Gold Pavilion!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Denise Griffin

    Not as good as I remembered although I am reading some of these books as a 46 year old compared to before when I was a teen. I just didn’t enjoy this one as much as The Clue of the Broken Locket.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    In my Nancy Drew adventures, I have got to say that this has been one of the more exciting! We get to go to Hawaii, dance and dress accordingly, all the usual suspects get to travel with us (Bess, George, Ned, Burt and Dave). There is capture and abduction, thievery, imposters, legal issues with said imposters trying to abscond property and rights from the real heirs. And, be still my heart, there are sharks!!! Ok, not man-eating sharks, but just gentle, benign Hawaiian sharks that never hurt an In my Nancy Drew adventures, I have got to say that this has been one of the more exciting! We get to go to Hawaii, dance and dress accordingly, all the usual suspects get to travel with us (Bess, George, Ned, Burt and Dave). There is capture and abduction, thievery, imposters, legal issues with said imposters trying to abscond property and rights from the real heirs. And, be still my heart, there are sharks!!! Ok, not man-eating sharks, but just gentle, benign Hawaiian sharks that never hurt anyone. (is that a thing? or was that just a thing in 1959 when the version I read was published?) Plumerias, the King's cape, and all the mentions of those beautiful islands, especially Oahu to which I have actually been. Warmed my heart. I'm loving my trip through the Nancy Drews. I started it last year, and thought I'd be done by now, but am pretty close. I continue onward and upward to #37!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Names were very confusing. There were probably three names that started with the letter K. Also, the clues were somewhat hard to follow at some points. However, I always love the endings of the Nancy Drew books and reading about everything coming together. Another Nancy Drew in the bag!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eve Alana

    Loved that this one was set in Hawaii!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    "One of Mr. Drew's new clients, Mr. Sakamaki, requests Nancy's help solving a mystery. Mr. Sakamaki recently inherited his grandfather's estate in Hawaii, but two strangers arrive, claiming to also be the grandchildren of his deceased grandfather. Can Nancy uncover the truth?" [x] - This book opens differently from the others. Usually Nancy is discussing a new case with someone but this one opens with Nancy in a helicopter bringing Togo home from a dog show "in a city some distance away". Not qui "One of Mr. Drew's new clients, Mr. Sakamaki, requests Nancy's help solving a mystery. Mr. Sakamaki recently inherited his grandfather's estate in Hawaii, but two strangers arrive, claiming to also be the grandchildren of his deceased grandfather. Can Nancy uncover the truth?" [x] - This book opens differently from the others. Usually Nancy is discussing a new case with someone but this one opens with Nancy in a helicopter bringing Togo home from a dog show "in a city some distance away". Not quite sure why Nancy is taking a helicopter home but ok. - Why would Mr. Sakamakis grandfather will his home to "any living grandchildren" if Mr. Sakamaki was the only grandchild? If I was him or Mr. Drew I would see this as possible evidence that there really is other children. - Ned, Burt, and Dave just happen to be going to Honolulu at the same time as Nancy...wow. I always thought poor Nancy can't go anywhere without Ned having to show up but lately it seems poor Ned can't go anywhere without Nancy showing up. - Ned and the boys stay at the Halekulani Hotel which is still in operation. As is Volcano House where the whole gang stays for a night. - The dark lei with the poison tacks gets handled a lot and surprisingly no one gets poked with a tack. - Bess is quite underrated as a detective. She finds the entrance to under the pavilion when Nancy can't. You can read the rest of this review at VintageGirlsBooks.blogspot.com You can see all the illustrations from this book at www.pinterest.com/Nancydrewart

  14. 5 out of 5

    Seema ♥Nerdgirl♥

    Debating whether to rate it four or five stars... I loved it! This Nancy Drew book was just amazing! I loved picturing Hawaii, and I loved that Ned, Burt, and Dave were in it! I love it when the boys join Nancy and her friends on the case. I really would like to read more Nancy Drew books with the boys in it! It's really fun reading about them. I just loved it! Except I'm still not sure whether to give it a four or five... :/ Debating whether to rate it four or five stars... I loved it! This Nancy Drew book was just amazing! I loved picturing Hawaii, and I loved that Ned, Burt, and Dave were in it! I love it when the boys join Nancy and her friends on the case. I really would like to read more Nancy Drew books with the boys in it! It's really fun reading about them. I just loved it! Except I'm still not sure whether to give it a four or five... :/

  15. 4 out of 5

    Suziey

    Nancy and her friends travel to Hawaii in an effort to help Mr. Drew with one of his cases. His client, Mr. Sakamaki, is set to inherit a family fortune when two other claimants suddenly appear. Mr. Sakamaki suspects they are frauds and wants Mr. Drew to investigate. There is also another mystery regarding a clue to a possible hidden treasure that Mr. Sakamaki’s grandfather gave him. That is where Nancy’s help is needed. So this book started off different. Nancy is on a helicopter when she sees a Nancy and her friends travel to Hawaii in an effort to help Mr. Drew with one of his cases. His client, Mr. Sakamaki, is set to inherit a family fortune when two other claimants suddenly appear. Mr. Sakamaki suspects they are frauds and wants Mr. Drew to investigate. There is also another mystery regarding a clue to a possible hidden treasure that Mr. Sakamaki’s grandfather gave him. That is where Nancy’s help is needed. So this book started off different. Nancy is on a helicopter when she sees a burglar climbing into her home. As the pilot manages to patch in the police Nancy sees the thief leaving with a briefcase. Once she gets home, she begins to track down the person who broke into her home. Nancy discovers an international gang of thugs known as The Scorpions were responsible. And of course, they have something to do with the two big mysteries in Hawaii. Pretty much everyone goes to Hawaii for this case. Except for Togo, who stays in New York with Aunt Eloise. But Ned, Burt and Dave, who are conveniently spending their vacation in Hawaii, appear. Nancy follows the initial clue with hieroglyphics to different parts of the islands. Which I thoroughly enjoyed. She visits various places, and learns about Polynesian and Hawaiian history.  The mysteries were easy to follow. There were quite a number of characters but nothing got too complicated. I liked it.  Lots of summer vibes!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Story_Girl

    Nancy Drew goes Hawaiian, or at least tries to. In the Secret of the Golden Pavillion Nancy finds herself in life threatening danger a number of times while on a dream holiday in Hawaii trying to uncover a missing inheritance which makes for a very exciting read. But when two mysterious heirs turn up, things get even more complicated. Not only does Nancy have to dodge attempts on her life from members of the mysterious Double Scorps, she also has to unravel the clues left by her clients grandfath Nancy Drew goes Hawaiian, or at least tries to. In the Secret of the Golden Pavillion Nancy finds herself in life threatening danger a number of times while on a dream holiday in Hawaii trying to uncover a missing inheritance which makes for a very exciting read. But when two mysterious heirs turn up, things get even more complicated. Not only does Nancy have to dodge attempts on her life from members of the mysterious Double Scorps, she also has to unravel the clues left by her clients grandfather to locate the rumored inheritance. There are Hawaiian legends to learn, natural phenomenon to explore, customs to learn and hula dances to master. And if that isn't enough, throw in a Hollywood movie actress and a frightening near miss of Ned and his friends. Just what you except from a Nancy Drew novel.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Tucker

    This book truly brought me back to my child. This book was so fun to read because I love mysteries now and have loved them since I was a child. This book is fun because it engages students in a mystery full of excitement that a young girl, Nancy Drew solves. This also is an awesome book for students that love mysteries because if they like this one they can read more of the many Nancy Drew books, out there. It was a fairly easy read and I connected with the characters very well. I also felt that This book truly brought me back to my child. This book was so fun to read because I love mysteries now and have loved them since I was a child. This book is fun because it engages students in a mystery full of excitement that a young girl, Nancy Drew solves. This also is an awesome book for students that love mysteries because if they like this one they can read more of the many Nancy Drew books, out there. It was a fairly easy read and I connected with the characters very well. I also felt that the way things are described I can visualize them and pretend I am there solving the mystery myself.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This was enjoyable, as all Nancy Drew re-reads are, but there were just way too many coincidences in this one for me to buy the story. I can suspend my belief a little with these books, but the fact that Ned and the boys were also randomly flying to Hawaii made me roll my eyes - and that was just the first of many "coincidences"! Still, these never fail to make me smile, and to bring me back to a simpler time. Nancy is always getting threatened and kidnapped and even has her dog stolen in this b This was enjoyable, as all Nancy Drew re-reads are, but there were just way too many coincidences in this one for me to buy the story. I can suspend my belief a little with these books, but the fact that Ned and the boys were also randomly flying to Hawaii made me roll my eyes - and that was just the first of many "coincidences"! Still, these never fail to make me smile, and to bring me back to a simpler time. Nancy is always getting threatened and kidnapped and even has her dog stolen in this book, but even with all that she somehow still lives a pretty enviable life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I rather enjoyed this mystery, though the pacing was a bit inconsistent. Additionally, the pictures, which I usually thoroughly enjoy-for the perilous moments they capture, were very infrequent and only captured Hawaiian tourist moments, and nothing to do with the mystery. It was very disappointing. I recommend this book to fans of Nancy Drew. It's a good book in the series, but not top-tier. I rather enjoyed this mystery, though the pacing was a bit inconsistent. Additionally, the pictures, which I usually thoroughly enjoy-for the perilous moments they capture, were very infrequent and only captured Hawaiian tourist moments, and nothing to do with the mystery. It was very disappointing. I recommend this book to fans of Nancy Drew. It's a good book in the series, but not top-tier.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Danny Reid

    Disappointing entry sees Nancy headed to Hawaii (all the way in Chapter 7!) and take in some local culture of "our newest state". This may be the silliest gang of villains Nancy has run up against (DOUBLE SCORPS) as their actions barely make sense and they spill everything at the drop of a hat. However, I did get to say the name "Sakimaki" an awful lot when reading this out loud, and for that I am grateful. Disappointing entry sees Nancy headed to Hawaii (all the way in Chapter 7!) and take in some local culture of "our newest state". This may be the silliest gang of villains Nancy has run up against (DOUBLE SCORPS) as their actions barely make sense and they spill everything at the drop of a hat. However, I did get to say the name "Sakimaki" an awful lot when reading this out loud, and for that I am grateful.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Randall

    Yikes! Nancy's adventures are always convoluted and chock-full of handy coincidences...but this one was a little over the top even for the most forgiving Nancy fan. Ah, well - there has to be an off-flavor in every box of chocolates! 2 Stars Yikes! Nancy's adventures are always convoluted and chock-full of handy coincidences...but this one was a little over the top even for the most forgiving Nancy fan. Ah, well - there has to be an off-flavor in every box of chocolates! 2 Stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lana Roberts

    I believe I have read this before as a child but recently purchased it to add to my Nancy Drew collection. It was nice to re-read it as I drank a nice cup of tea. Still lovely to read the mysteries of Nancy and friends even if I now lol at the writing style.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    This is one of my favorites that I have read of the Nancy Drew Mysteries. It seems like Nancy and her friends spend the most time actually enjoying sightseeing and having fun but there is also an intriguing mystery.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    surprisingly progressive for its time; as it happens, the real Carolyn Keene spent a lot of time in Hawaii so her generalizations about the people, food, and arts are actually borne of experience versus romanticization.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    A welcome relief from many of the previous books in which the girls are only saved by the boys and Mr. Drew.

  26. 4 out of 5

    R.M. Donaldson

    This is a fun mystery of a classic Nancy Drew style with amazing Hawaii base. All the fun and adventure of the best Nancy Drew books.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ava Galton

    I love the Nancy Drew books but this one was my favorite.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Kolmel

    Awesome book! I really enjoyed this mystery. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole book. I would definitely recommend the series to everyone.

  29. 5 out of 5

    William Muller iii

    Read it with my nine year old. Liked it but prefer a whodunit rather than bad person finally brought to justice

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    A fun re-read from my favorite childhood series.

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