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Nancy witnesses a purse snatching and chases the thief. She rescues the purse, but not its contents. The owner, a doll collector, asks Nancy to do some detecting. The woman provides a mysterious note: "The source of light will heal all ills, but a curse will follow him who takes it from the gypsies." Nancy interprets this clue in her quest to find an old album, a lost doll Nancy witnesses a purse snatching and chases the thief. She rescues the purse, but not its contents. The owner, a doll collector, asks Nancy to do some detecting. The woman provides a mysterious note: "The source of light will heal all ills, but a curse will follow him who takes it from the gypsies." Nancy interprets this clue in her quest to find an old album, a lost doll, and a missing gypsy violinist. The girl detective’s valiant efforts bring happiness to a misunderstood child and her lonely grandmother. This book is the revised text. The plot of the original story (©1947) is similar with one major and other minor revisions.


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Nancy witnesses a purse snatching and chases the thief. She rescues the purse, but not its contents. The owner, a doll collector, asks Nancy to do some detecting. The woman provides a mysterious note: "The source of light will heal all ills, but a curse will follow him who takes it from the gypsies." Nancy interprets this clue in her quest to find an old album, a lost doll Nancy witnesses a purse snatching and chases the thief. She rescues the purse, but not its contents. The owner, a doll collector, asks Nancy to do some detecting. The woman provides a mysterious note: "The source of light will heal all ills, but a curse will follow him who takes it from the gypsies." Nancy interprets this clue in her quest to find an old album, a lost doll, and a missing gypsy violinist. The girl detective’s valiant efforts bring happiness to a misunderstood child and her lonely grandmother. This book is the revised text. The plot of the original story (©1947) is similar with one major and other minor revisions.

30 review for The Clue in the Old Album

  1. 5 out of 5

    Apoorva

    Who doesn't love a good investigative read..??!! I was introduced to this genre for the first time during my school days and from then I just got addicted to investigative stories. I am sure some of the spy attributes in me has been inculcated thanks to the Nancy Drew Series. The Clue in the Old Album is action-packed, brilliant, captivating, dynamic, and easy-to-read and will find interests in people, right from middle grades to oldies. Nancy Drew is always determined to get her case solved by h Who doesn't love a good investigative read..??!! I was introduced to this genre for the first time during my school days and from then I just got addicted to investigative stories. I am sure some of the spy attributes in me has been inculcated thanks to the Nancy Drew Series. The Clue in the Old Album is action-packed, brilliant, captivating, dynamic, and easy-to-read and will find interests in people, right from middle grades to oldies. Nancy Drew is always determined to get her case solved by hook or by crook without really thinking about the future consequences on herself, be it for better or for worse. The book in a way inculcates in people to look out for those small details in one's own life and to also help people as and when needed. A must-read for all the adventurous minds out there.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    I'm really sick of Bess being plump-shamed and Bessplained. All the other recurring characters are described as "attractive" ( way to phone it in) and every time Bess gets described as "slightly plump" and gets shut down for constantly suggesting the girls take a break and go have lunch but ohhhh, Nancy and the "slender and attractive" George always eat and thoroughly enjoy all of the delightful and detail-described lunches so why does everyone hate on Bess?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Goodbrand

    Really liked this! I randomly decided to pick up a Nancy Drew for the first time in yeras adn ended up loving it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    I was disappointed in this one. A Nancy Drew book should not take me eight days to get through, but I was kind of bored. There were some staple moments such as Ned driving "as fast as the law would allow" and George exclaiming "Hypers!" but the plot was convoluted and the stereotypes of gypsies made me a bit uncomfortable. Never fear, I haven't given up on Nancy, this just wasn't the best. 2019 challenge: a book featuring an amateur detective

  5. 4 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    Nancy's #24 mystery involves gypsies/Romani peoples, collectible dolls and jewels, a mixed marriage, an "unmanageable" child produced from that mixed marriage, a brilliant Gypsy violinist (working under a number of akas), a tribe led by a wicked evil group of 3 who have the other tribal members under their thrall. Meanwhile, back at River Heights, Drew Carson is absent most of the time, although, does show up for an eleventh hour rescue, George and Bess participate in buying a sailboat that Nancy Nancy's #24 mystery involves gypsies/Romani peoples, collectible dolls and jewels, a mixed marriage, an "unmanageable" child produced from that mixed marriage, a brilliant Gypsy violinist (working under a number of akas), a tribe led by a wicked evil group of 3 who have the other tribal members under their thrall. Meanwhile, back at River Heights, Drew Carson is absent most of the time, although, does show up for an eleventh hour rescue, George and Bess participate in buying a sailboat that Nancy races - she is by far the better sailor, a number of elderly people are questioned about circumstances, a pickpocket runs Nancy off the road and into the woods a couple of times, and every chapter ends in a cliff-hanger. My typical cutoff on these books is one chapter plus one page so I don't leave it hanging. This was one of the better stories - almost too much action. Stereotyping and racial profiling of the Romani runs rampant.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    Consensus on Goodreads is "This one's a mess." I personally hope the ghostwriter of this (None of them were actually named Carolyn Keene) had before the time of their passing, issued a formal apology. Despite a few instances of Nancy murmuring throughout that "many gypsies are fine people," the plot includes a handful of bad "gypsies," i.e. Romani people, who reinforce all the stereotypes: Living in caravans, not cleaning up their campfires, stealing, kidnapping, marrying off their female childre Consensus on Goodreads is "This one's a mess." I personally hope the ghostwriter of this (None of them were actually named Carolyn Keene) had before the time of their passing, issued a formal apology. Despite a few instances of Nancy murmuring throughout that "many gypsies are fine people," the plot includes a handful of bad "gypsies," i.e. Romani people, who reinforce all the stereotypes: Living in caravans, not cleaning up their campfires, stealing, kidnapping, marrying off their female children to grown men, but look how good they are at playing violin! And the clues make no sense. Dolls with deadly substances hidden inside, an album/scrapbook with photos of a bride or doll—no one can tell if the photo has a human in it. The people who need Nancy's help are a typical duo of "old rich lady and her orphan granddaughter." The supposed "twist" is that the granddaughter is unschooled and "wild," most likely because of her "gypsy" parentage. (Insert eye roll.) This is not indicative of the best of Nancy stories. Anyone can give this a miss, unless they're a chump like me: striving to complete the original series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eve Alana

    Gypsy stereotypes and bad writing aside, I didn't hate this one. I wish it had been called something different, though. The album had nothing to do with the mystery!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    Growing up, I was a big Nancy Drew fan. My mom got me hooked when she gave me her 5-6 volume set from the 1950s. From that moment on I devoured the mysteries starring the girl detective like they were going out of style--every birthday and Christmas saw at least one Nancy Drew title on my list. I've been reluctant to reread any of these beloved mysteries for fear that they wouldn't hold up so well now that I'm a grown up. But--I signed up for the Birth Year Challenge Honors Edition and needed bo Growing up, I was a big Nancy Drew fan. My mom got me hooked when she gave me her 5-6 volume set from the 1950s. From that moment on I devoured the mysteries starring the girl detective like they were going out of style--every birthday and Christmas saw at least one Nancy Drew title on my list. I've been reluctant to reread any of these beloved mysteries for fear that they wouldn't hold up so well now that I'm a grown up. But--I signed up for the Birth Year Challenge Honors Edition and needed books from 1947 (my mom's birth year), so I decided to see which Nancy Drew book came out in that year and give it a reread. I thought it appropriate to read at least one Nancy book in honor of mom--since that's really how this love affair with books started--and, so, this is my first candle on Mom's Birth Year Challenge cake. The Clue in the Old Album--in which Nancy goes to a violin concert, observes a man steal an older woman's purse, runs after him, recovers the purse (but not its contents), and winds up on a hunt for a lost doll and a young girl's missing father who happens to be a gypsy. In the course of her adventures, Nancy gets poisoned and kidnapped (not on the same day), takes an impromptu trip to New York City where she just happens to be able to meet the violinist from the concert who introduces her to a famous gypsy actress, AND she and her friends Bess & George buy a little sailboat and win the first-ever "girls" boat race. Just your typical small-town girl's life. :-) So, yeah. Totally unrealistic. But absolutely fun and exciting for young girls...and not too bad for a middle-aged girl doing a bit of nostalgia. As I've said previously here on My Reader's Block, I've seen critiques of the Nancy Drew stories--all about how it wasn't healthy to entice girls with a heroine who seemed to have all the money in the world and a dad who let her do anything. You know, those things never occurred to me. I never thought, "Gee, I wish I was rich like Nancy" or "I wish Dad would let me do whatever because Nancy can do everything." Yeah, I admit it, I wanted a blue roadster (for that matter, I still do), but not as a thing to possess. For me, that blue roadster represented adventure. Anything might happen when you set out on an ordinary day in your blue roadster. And, for Nancy, anything did. This particular story was never one of my favorite, favorites. I'm not sure what I rated it then, but I suspect it would be the three stars that I'm assigning it now. Decent mystery, good adventure. A nice trip down memory lane. {This review is mine and first appeared on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting any portion. Thanks.}

  9. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Nancy must locate missing items stolen by a "purse thief". A great read for fans of classic mystery stories.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. OH HONEY NO. (This book gets 5 stars thanks to some sweet Nancy/Ned content. Otherwise it'd be 4.) Nancy and her dad are at a violin concert, 'cause that's how they roll. It's like Nancy's practicing to be First Lady if her widowed father takes public office. She's even rocking a sweet white dress. Anyway, because Nancy attracts danger like I attract mosquitos, she spots an asshole pickpocket stealing a lady's purse! She, of course, gives chase and calls that asshole out, so he grabs everything ou OH HONEY NO. (This book gets 5 stars thanks to some sweet Nancy/Ned content. Otherwise it'd be 4.) Nancy and her dad are at a violin concert, 'cause that's how they roll. It's like Nancy's practicing to be First Lady if her widowed father takes public office. She's even rocking a sweet white dress. Anyway, because Nancy attracts danger like I attract mosquitos, she spots an asshole pickpocket stealing a lady's purse! She, of course, gives chase and calls that asshole out, so he grabs everything out of the purse and tosses the purse. Dick. Nancy returns the purse to Mrs. Struthers, who is like I HAD SOME SECRET STUFF IN THERE. I'm still not totally sure what? (The pickpocket is caught at the end and Nancy returns the contents WITHOUT REVEALING WHAT THEY ARE.) Anyway. Mrs. Struthers is taking care of her poor orphaned granddaughter Rose, who is 100% HELLION. She acts like she was raised by those fuckers in Clue of the Broken Locket and wants to be a tiny JonBenet Ramsey, but with less poise. Nancy offers to come by and see Mrs. Struthers's sweet doll collection (UM YES) and Rose is like I'M SO CUTE LOOK AT ME and George is like ...you're a tiny asshole aren't ya? Mrs. Struthers wants Nancy to recover a very special doll, a doll given to her daughter Enid as a wedding gift by her Romani* husband Pepito. Enid wanted Rose to have it; those were her dying words. Mrs. Struthers doesn't know where it is. Then one of Mrs. Struthers's dolls fucking STABS NANCY WITH A POISON NEEDLE and Nancy's like ...I have the vapohs, and passes the fuck out. In the meantime, two other Romani assholes (Anton and Nitaka) pull up outside and ask Rose if they can come look at some dolls because these motherfuckers steal anything that ain't nailed down, and Rose is like "I can bring you one!" because she is helpful in EXACTLY THE WRONG WAYS, so the fuckers steal the doll. Rose, you are the worst. (Later, a chapter cliffhanger is that one of Rose's playmates is telling people that she's a thieving gypsy! Damn you, Anton and Nitaka, for starting shit with some fucking ten-year-olds!) (*The book uses the word "gypsy" with no sense of irony or "uh maybe this is actually racist?" And at one point Nancy's like "Some gypsies are actually not dirty thieves!" Way to go on the least powerful endorsement ever, girl.) Nancy starts scouring the countryside for Romani camps. In the meantime, hooray for women's lib because the ladies get to have their own sailing race! I mean it's not co-ed because y'all ladies are sensitive, but anyway, the Notorious NBG are like HELL YEAH REGATTA TIME! Carson's like "hell yeah, go buy y'all a boat. Here's some cash." They have their eye on one, but this asshole Phyllis is like FUCK ALL Y'ALL and outbids them. Nancy gets a hot tip on a kinda sketch-looking boat, and they buy that one instead, and it turns out to be great. But Anton and Nitaka decide to fuck with Nancy by PUNCHING A HOLE IN HER BOAT, because again, fuckers. So the girls have to get it repaired before the race. Ned's spending the summer as a counselor at a boys' camp down the road (Ned is REALLY making sure he has a great resume) but he goes AWOL at will, so he escorts Nancy to a carnival so they can check out the Romani there. Nancy asks if Ned wants to have his fortune told, and he tells her no thanks, he doesn't want anyone to mess with his future: he'll go into business and become successful, and then marry a certain golden-haired young lady... YES NED YES I like to interpret Nancy's interruption at that point as "hell yes you will but let's focus on right now." Also, Nancy and Ned watch a creepy Romani child marriage ceremony? Like I get that this is a different culture and whatever, but IT'S A CHILD MARRIAGE CEREMONY Y'ALL. LIKE ABDUCT THE FUCK OUT OF THAT LITTLE GIRL AND GIVE HER TO A FAMILY WHO ISN'T GONNA MARRY HER OFF. Ned also helps out with the sleuthing a few more times (one time Nancy comes home to find Ned sitting on the porch swing eating some of Hannah's fresh-baked cookies, which is, like, perfect). Also they get stuck in a storm and I'm like HEY GUYS YOU CAN MAKE OUT IF YOU WANT. Mrs. Struthers finally gets some violin and dancing instructors for the little hellion, which helps her out, but then Rose finds out her dad is alive and is like YES PLEASE I WANT TO MEET HIM. At the end of the book she's kidnapped and told "hey we'll help you make it in Hollywood!" and she's like 10 and naive as shit so she's like "yay!" Nancy's also kidnapped; she found Rose's father but the man took a taxi to the Romani camp, so Nancy took the same cab back out there and the Romani found her. Nancy thought ahead and sent a note back to her dad, and he swoops in and rescues her. It's sweet. So, Enid's wedding doll had some kind of rejuvenating mineral thing in it? And the evil Romani stole it from her (when they weren't fucking looting everything or demanding "tribute" from any Romani who had money in, like, the continental U.S.). She died of some unspecified vague disease (THE SAME THING THAT KILLED NANCY'S MOM????). Nancy found the doll, reunited Rose and Pepito, took them back to Mrs. Struthers (who didn't approve of the marriage but now wants to hang out with her son-in-law), and (of course) won the sailing race. (Nancy also rescued a lady who married a Romani guy, "darkened her skin" to look like them, and hid out because she was afraid to leave after he died; Nancy brought her back white and excited about making blankets.) Mrs. Struthers is like "pick some of the awesome jewels that were stolen from my photo album to make a ring!" and Nancy's like "I couldn't!" and she's like "what about taking this doll with a fan that I love!" and Nancy's like "cool!"

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan needs more books, not really

    Didn't care for this story. The kid was a brat, the dolls creepy and Nancy went from place to place only to just have missed what she was looking for. Through the whole book. Glad I'm done with it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I once had someone tell me that they hated nostalgia. They felt that liking something, like a book or a movie, just because you liked it as a kid doesn’t make it good, and that you really only liked the nostalgia of it - what the thing represented, and the feeling it gives you. I agree and disagree with this point. In reading these old Nancy Drew’s again, I find plot holes, and I question why on earth smart likable Nancy isn’t in college. But I do still feel comforted by these simple stories, an I once had someone tell me that they hated nostalgia. They felt that liking something, like a book or a movie, just because you liked it as a kid doesn’t make it good, and that you really only liked the nostalgia of it - what the thing represented, and the feeling it gives you. I agree and disagree with this point. In reading these old Nancy Drew’s again, I find plot holes, and I question why on earth smart likable Nancy isn’t in college. But I do still feel comforted by these simple stories, and while they don’t exactly resonate with me the way they once did they do transport me back. The smell of the pages, the feel of the small hardback book, and the predictable mystery with the indomitable Nancy and her usual cast of characters. There is definitely something to be gained from nostalgia. In reading these again, I remember who I was when I read them, and who I wanted to be as a grown up. I remember where I was too, transported to my grandpa’s house on Garden Oval, with the twisted fairy tree, and bright yellow kitchen cabinets, or in the back of my parents car driving to the shore, oldies blasting from the radio… It’s really a magical thing, to go back in time like that. Just from reading a couple hundred pages of dated, juvenile words. And nostalgia aside, re-reading things from the past I think can help ground you. Especially if you’re feeling a bit lost, and in need of some guidance. The Clue in the Old Album is, as the youth would say, giving me all the feels. I remember reading it over and over again. There are gypsies, and old dolls, sail boat races, and star-crossed lovers. A 9 year-old girls gold mine. These stories don’t really hold up to snuff. But that’s why they are still being written and modernizing Nancy for the children of today. This is a very good thing since one of the chapter is called “The Child Bride” and Nancy witnesses a 14 year old gypsy girl getting married. They don’t mention how old the groom is, but I imagine he was much older than 14. I definitely recoiled a bit reading that part, but these are the ones I grew up with, and I will keep reading them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Queen

    I have read a few modern childhood Nancy Drew books with my sons as they grew up. I also played the CD game on the computer, learning about the history of Carousels or Hawaiian mythology, getting killed, calling on help from friends, getting stuck (and giving up), and solving intricate puzzles. The original classic book was exactly like the character's adventures in the computer game. There's a distinct pleasure in a scripted style or formulaic plot, like cooking a familiar recipe. This book was I have read a few modern childhood Nancy Drew books with my sons as they grew up. I also played the CD game on the computer, learning about the history of Carousels or Hawaiian mythology, getting killed, calling on help from friends, getting stuck (and giving up), and solving intricate puzzles. The original classic book was exactly like the character's adventures in the computer game. There's a distinct pleasure in a scripted style or formulaic plot, like cooking a familiar recipe. This book was copyrighted in 1975 and the author describes people as "gay," aka happy, several times, reflecting the Leave it to Beaver era. Nancy's adventure had spurts of dramatic tension, lucky hints from people who wanted to help, dangerous risks, and inductive reasoning that I didn't piece together in advance. I especially like this case because it involves the elusive, often stereotyped Gypsy culture and an appreciation for the fine arts, particularly dancing and the violin. I had forgotten how high class Nancy's background was--part of a yacht club, using her father's name for privileges with the police, driving a convertible, etc. Bess, George, the maid, and her boyfriend Ned are as reliable as the Scooby Doo gang. Most of all, underlying the plot is a redemptive family reunion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    After chasing down a pickpocket and returning it to her owner, and elderly woman (why are Nancy's clients always elderly?) and her precocious granddaughter Rose. It turns out that not only was the woman's purse stolen but also a valuable doll in her doll collection. The twist is that it is believed to be taken by gypsies. After reading this story I've come to the conclusion the Nancy was that generation's Bella Swan. First, they are both from a single parent household,with the father being the pr After chasing down a pickpocket and returning it to her owner, and elderly woman (why are Nancy's clients always elderly?) and her precocious granddaughter Rose. It turns out that not only was the woman's purse stolen but also a valuable doll in her doll collection. The twist is that it is believed to be taken by gypsies. After reading this story I've come to the conclusion the Nancy was that generation's Bella Swan. First, they are both from a single parent household,with the father being the primary parent. They are very trendy in their dress, Nancy in her smart dress suits and Bella in whatever fashionable outfit Alice puts on her. Ned Nickerson and Edward Cullen are both super cute and willing to jump out on a limb for their girl. Who wouldn't want Ned Nickerson by your side? Especially as a lifeguard. Lastly, Nancy and Bella always find a way to get into trouble and mystery. In Nancy's latest adventure she was kidnapped by the gypsies and on the verge of being taken away from River Heights for good. Bella on the other hand ran to the vampires, falling into their trap and almost taking her life. Putting aside these few similarities, I still prefer good old Nancy Drew.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julesy

    My most recent re-read of this book was back in 2006, a little over 10 years ago. To be honest, I didn't remember much about the mystery other than it involved gypsies. I didn't recall the stories about the dolls, the gypsy camps, violinists, etc. IMHO, this is not one of the better Nancy Drew Mysteries. The themes with the dolls, doll shows, chasing down violinists, a purse thief, and gypsies were repeated over and over in the chapters, just in different locations. Mrs. Struthers, who wants Nan My most recent re-read of this book was back in 2006, a little over 10 years ago. To be honest, I didn't remember much about the mystery other than it involved gypsies. I didn't recall the stories about the dolls, the gypsy camps, violinists, etc. IMHO, this is not one of the better Nancy Drew Mysteries. The themes with the dolls, doll shows, chasing down violinists, a purse thief, and gypsies were repeated over and over in the chapters, just in different locations. Mrs. Struthers, who wants Nancy to find a missing doll for her and her granddaughter, Rose, was annoying and a real pain. She continually led Nancy on a wild goose chase but neglected to tell her that she had previously hired another detective to find this doll. I felt as though Mrs. Struthers held back information and would provide just a little bit of info at a time, which hindered Nancy's investigation. Rather than using this writing tactic to keep me interested, it seemed to drag and I just wanted Nancy to find the dog-gone doll already. This is definitely not the worst of the 56 classic yellow hardback Nancy Drews, but it does not rise even halfway to the top either. I gave it a 3.5/5.0 rating.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I was pretty unimpressed with this book-it was all over the place, and the mystery was simultaneously weak and confusing-and bigoted, which I believe was mostly a sign of the times. There was a lot unexplained, nonsensical and without cause. The follow-through simply wasn't there. I'm not expecting a masterpiece, but this book needed for more than the standard 20 chapters and 180 pages to bring this one home-even then, I don't think this would have been an interesting read. I don't recommend this I was pretty unimpressed with this book-it was all over the place, and the mystery was simultaneously weak and confusing-and bigoted, which I believe was mostly a sign of the times. There was a lot unexplained, nonsensical and without cause. The follow-through simply wasn't there. I'm not expecting a masterpiece, but this book needed for more than the standard 20 chapters and 180 pages to bring this one home-even then, I don't think this would have been an interesting read. I don't recommend this book unless you're committed to reading the Nancy Drew series in completion-please don't use this as an indicator on the series, it's an outlier.

  17. 5 out of 5

    babyhippoface

    Okay, Nancy is really dated in this one. It's all about violin music and collectible dolls stolen from/by gypsies. Lots and lots of gypsies. Are they all terrible people? Surely not! But they're gypsies, with their strange gypsy music and strange gypsy ways! Without much "gypsy knowledge " to go on, this one was a little too wacky for me. Crazy Nancy, always tromping off with George (the tall. athletic beauty) and pleasingly plump Bess (who is always looking to go shopping or eat at a new tea ho Okay, Nancy is really dated in this one. It's all about violin music and collectible dolls stolen from/by gypsies. Lots and lots of gypsies. Are they all terrible people? Surely not! But they're gypsies, with their strange gypsy music and strange gypsy ways! Without much "gypsy knowledge " to go on, this one was a little too wacky for me. Crazy Nancy, always tromping off with George (the tall. athletic beauty) and pleasingly plump Bess (who is always looking to go shopping or eat at a new tea house she's found.) ") Not the best from the Stratemeyer syndicate.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    This book reads pretty half-assedly, even by Nancy Drew standards. It's written in the style of summarizing as much dialogue and action as possible. The plot is like the one with the ivory statue, where apparently people can store potions for fricking ever inside of dolls. Nancy is poisoned by a poison-packing swordsman doll and loses consciousness. This book reads pretty half-assedly, even by Nancy Drew standards. It's written in the style of summarizing as much dialogue and action as possible. The plot is like the one with the ivory statue, where apparently people can store potions for fricking ever inside of dolls. Nancy is poisoned by a poison-packing swordsman doll and loses consciousness.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lou Hoffman

    When I was about 10 or 11, my mother signed me up for a book of the month club. Every month, I received two Nancy Drew or two Hardy Boys books. Every month, they were both read in a week and I was asking when the next book would be there! I thank my mother for recognizing and encouraging my love of reading.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeannette

    I was only allowed two Nancy Drews at a time when we visited the library. As a kid, I would run to my room, leap onto my bed, and devour the first one as quickly as possible. My brother didn't tell me till we were grownups that he used to read them after I finished them. He liked them, too!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    I came across this book while getting rid of books to donate. I had written inside that it was my first Nancy Drew book so I thought why not read it again. Rating a five because along with the story I have such fond memories of never been able to get enough of these books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brianna

    Pretty good and intruging

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Definitely one of the best.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I read the 1947 version. I think I loved reading this one solely because it was ridiculous. I mean, it has poisonous dolls and gypsies - what more can you ask for?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Amateur sleuth Nancy Drew's latest mystery involves gypsies and dolls. Weird and fun.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Suziey

    Nancy stumbles across this mystery when she witnesses a thief stealing a woman’s purse. The man drops the purse which she returns to the woman, Mrs. Struthers. When it is discovered that the contents of the purse are missing, Mrs. Struthers hints at a possible mystery which of course intrigues Nancy. Mrs. Struthers then tells Nancy about her daughter who passed away whose last words were something along the lines of a clue in an album and something about a missing doll. Mrs. Struthers hopes to d Nancy stumbles across this mystery when she witnesses a thief stealing a woman’s purse. The man drops the purse which she returns to the woman, Mrs. Struthers. When it is discovered that the contents of the purse are missing, Mrs. Struthers hints at a possible mystery which of course intrigues Nancy. Mrs. Struthers then tells Nancy about her daughter who passed away whose last words were something along the lines of a clue in an album and something about a missing doll. Mrs. Struthers hopes to decipher her daughter’s last words for her granddaughter’s sake. Nancy also secretly plans on finding the granddaughter’s missing father. Didn’t like this story. It involved dolls. I hate dolls! They’ve frightened me since I was a little girl. Barbie is okay. I actually still have my Barbie dolls (in storage). The dolls I am talking about are the big creepy ones. Porcelain dolls, American Doll, you get my drift right? I can’t deal with them.  ​ And Mrs. Struthers is a doll-collector. Her dolls are stolen at some point (or maybe they walked away ? I made the mistake of watching Annabelle: Creation before reading this book). Anyway, Mrs. Struthers has a lot of dolls from around the world, and their descriptions creeped me out.  There was a scene that made me laugh though. A few books back, Ned and Nancy visit a carnival. In this book they visit another one. There is a fortune teller there and when Nancy asks Ned if he wants his fortune told the following happens:      “Not me.” Ned laughed. “My future is pretty well set, and I don’t want anyone tampering with it. I’ll go into business, prosper, and marry a certain ambitious young lady named….”      “Come on, Ned,” Nancy broke in. This poor boy cannot catch a break!    Okay enough of this book. It was a little weird. I didn’t get the conclusion of the missing doll mystery. And there were too many dolls . 

  27. 5 out of 5

    pinknantucket

    I was hoping this Nancy Drew might at least have a few good glue recipes in it, as it involves an old album and all, but like the last one I read it confirms older Nancy Drew novels don't stand up too well in today's culture - this time the villains are GYPSIES, rather than POOR PEOPLE, so there's a fair amount to wince about. Though I suppose in principle Nancy Drew, Girl Detective is still an awesome concept...but I don't think I could in good conscience recommend it to a Young Person. My book: I was hoping this Nancy Drew might at least have a few good glue recipes in it, as it involves an old album and all, but like the last one I read it confirms older Nancy Drew novels don't stand up too well in today's culture - this time the villains are GYPSIES, rather than POOR PEOPLE, so there's a fair amount to wince about. Though I suppose in principle Nancy Drew, Girl Detective is still an awesome concept...but I don't think I could in good conscience recommend it to a Young Person. My book: bought second-hand at Savers or possibly the Winchelsea Ladies Auxilary Op Shop. Nice endpapers!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    I very much enjoyed all the twists, turns, and action in this mystery. It definitely felt fast-paced and complicated. They did an all right job of representing the Romany people, although it definitely could have been better. I’m not sure why they only ever referred to the ginger haired woman’s hair as “carrot colored” but it felt overused by the time the story ended. I also did not like the whole “doll with vague curative powers”. It felt too magical and not grounded enough in reality to be som I very much enjoyed all the twists, turns, and action in this mystery. It definitely felt fast-paced and complicated. They did an all right job of representing the Romany people, although it definitely could have been better. I’m not sure why they only ever referred to the ginger haired woman’s hair as “carrot colored” but it felt overused by the time the story ended. I also did not like the whole “doll with vague curative powers”. It felt too magical and not grounded enough in reality to be something that belonged in the Nancy Drew universe.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karah Ritter

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A very interesting book indeed. Lots of plot-twists and events never thought possible. Which makes sense for a younger audience. But it is still a good book to read. Especially with a gypsy story that you think is about one thing but really about something completely different. And when Nancy Drew gets kidnapped, it really makes you wonder how she gets out of this pickle. As the door is opened from the moving truck she is in, you feel relieved when it is her father and the police. Overall, a goo A very interesting book indeed. Lots of plot-twists and events never thought possible. Which makes sense for a younger audience. But it is still a good book to read. Especially with a gypsy story that you think is about one thing but really about something completely different. And when Nancy Drew gets kidnapped, it really makes you wonder how she gets out of this pickle. As the door is opened from the moving truck she is in, you feel relieved when it is her father and the police. Overall, a good mini-mystery for the soul if you want to feel perplexed.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    2 1/2 stars. This is a strange one: A doll that gives unexplained energy; a doll that can poison you and a gypsy plot Agatha Christie at her strangest would approve. That is also why I like it because it is different from many Nancy Drews. Yes, it is chaotic. Yes, it has stereotypes of gypsies. Yes, she does a lot of the same things over and over again in different places without really advancing anything. But it was an entertaining early afternoon read.

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