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A bird of ill omen is mysteriously left on the Drews’ front lawn. Did the person who put it there do so with the intent of jinxing Nancy and her father? This strange incident involves the girl detective in her father’s case concerning a rare bird farm threatened with destruction to make room for a high-rise apartment house complex. The use of jinxes to threaten those who o A bird of ill omen is mysteriously left on the Drews’ front lawn. Did the person who put it there do so with the intent of jinxing Nancy and her father? This strange incident involves the girl detective in her father’s case concerning a rare bird farm threatened with destruction to make room for a high-rise apartment house complex. The use of jinxes to threaten those who oppose the construction leads Nancy to find the criminals behind the jinxing. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.


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A bird of ill omen is mysteriously left on the Drews’ front lawn. Did the person who put it there do so with the intent of jinxing Nancy and her father? This strange incident involves the girl detective in her father’s case concerning a rare bird farm threatened with destruction to make room for a high-rise apartment house complex. The use of jinxes to threaten those who o A bird of ill omen is mysteriously left on the Drews’ front lawn. Did the person who put it there do so with the intent of jinxing Nancy and her father? This strange incident involves the girl detective in her father’s case concerning a rare bird farm threatened with destruction to make room for a high-rise apartment house complex. The use of jinxes to threaten those who oppose the construction leads Nancy to find the criminals behind the jinxing. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.

30 review for The Double Jinx Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Starting in late 2013, I set out on a quest to read all of the Nancy Drew books in order. Nancy Drew has been a constant in my life since I was a very young girl. I still remember when I got my first boxed set of the first five books, and my youth and adolescence was shaped by the adventure game series. I remember reading most of the original 64 mysteries as a youngster, but I couldn't for the life of me remember most of the plot points with the exception of The Clue in the Broken Locket (#11, wh Starting in late 2013, I set out on a quest to read all of the Nancy Drew books in order. Nancy Drew has been a constant in my life since I was a very young girl. I still remember when I got my first boxed set of the first five books, and my youth and adolescence was shaped by the adventure game series. I remember reading most of the original 64 mysteries as a youngster, but I couldn't for the life of me remember most of the plot points with the exception of The Clue in the Broken Locket (#11, which is my favorite to this day). So here we are... 7 years later, and I'm nearing the end of the original series. And I get to this book. :) I remember thinking to myself every 5 or 10 pages "what a bizarre installment." To sum it up: Nancy is scared of a stuffed bird on her lawn because it might have a bomb inside Nancy & gang visit an aviary and learn about birds Nancy & gang meet Kamenka, a foreign exchange student with ESP who foretells Nancy being attacked by a rogue shopping cart at the grocery store Nancy & Ned return to aforementioned aviary so that Nancy can cook dinner (?) and saves Oscar and Ned from being chloroformed Nancy & Ned attend the ballet where Nancy is given a dancing lesson with Boris Borovsky, famous leaping danseur, who wants to steal her away because she is such a good leaper Ned, seemingly jealous of Boris' fawning over Nancy, is actually sick with a particularly bad case of ornithosis Nancy & gang take 9 children to the aviary in one car and are pulled over by the police but released with a warning Nancy climbs into a tree to attempt to catch a bird and almost falls Oops - Nancy now has a mild case of ornithosis so she is out of commission Enter Burt and Dave who accompany the gang to sleuth while Nancy and Ned recover - Bess and George have paint thrown at them Nancy and Ned, both healed from ornithosis, go to confront their suspect only to be thrown into a raging river and forced to go down a dam waterfall, but miraculously come out unscathed Finally, Nancy is kidnapped by another leaping danseur, Merv Marvel, who whisks her away to join a cult but thankfully the police were nearby and the kidnapper is apprehended Said kidnapper is released because he needs "psychiatric help" and his boss is arrested instead Lots of birds die No one was actually jinxed. BIZARRE

  2. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    An eerie and interesting addition to the Nancy Drew book series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This is a Nancy Drew book, so pretty much what can be expected from a Nancy Drew book. For this one, I wondered and/or made note of: >some fairly good information about woodpeckers >some decent information about hummingbirds >who, really, keeps an eyewash kit in their medicine cabinet? -I mean, as in the book, among people who do not have occupations or hobbies that might need eye washing, and in that case why is it in the medicine cabinet and not next to the place where the activity is being done? >N This is a Nancy Drew book, so pretty much what can be expected from a Nancy Drew book. For this one, I wondered and/or made note of: >some fairly good information about woodpeckers >some decent information about hummingbirds >who, really, keeps an eyewash kit in their medicine cabinet? -I mean, as in the book, among people who do not have occupations or hobbies that might need eye washing, and in that case why is it in the medicine cabinet and not next to the place where the activity is being done? >Nancy is a ballet dancer? Seriously?!? -yup, apparently too, having not really done any dancing since childhood lessons she is still so good that people who have been fully trained and dance for a living want her to join their troop... -uhuh. yup, that's believable (<-sarcasm) >Ornithosis (aka Psittacosis) is caused by a **bacteria** rather than a virus, as stated in the book (by the doctor no less) -hence the reason that antibiotics are effective for it (antibiotics do not work on viruses) -even in the 1970s they would have known this >NO! no one should ever take anyone else's antibiotics -a doctor, even one in the 1970s would not have suggested this -it is irresponsible to put that in the book >Oh, hey someone has a serious, contagious illness, and is still in bed with it, but really it has been a day so just go ahead and spend time with them -oh, and be surprised if you happen to catch the illness too, because really that is only how contagious illnesses work >Somehow, the city council runs on majority votes, except in this one case that Nancy is working on where, for no apparent reason, they need 100% consensus? >everyone seems totally OK with a city councillor who just makes up his mind in an apparently knee-jerk response to an issue then never changes it, no matter what? >The spouse of another councillor declares, in so many words, that her husband voting a particular way will bring many benefits to their family and a great deal of profit to them personally, so that is the way he will vote, no matter what? -and no one sees that as a problem?!? >and despite these conflicts of interest, they also decided the arbitrary need for a 100% consensus?!? >a teenager (Nancy) can just walk into hospitals and medical clinics and the staff in these places fall all over themselves to give this stranger information about their patients -usually not asking who she is nor what she wants, just handing out information about patients willy-nilly to whoever walks in the door -I'm pretty sure even in the 1970s they had doctor-patient privilege (?) >the police, including the chief, are really that incompetent? -'thank you Nancy, we would not have thought to look for the tattoo without you suggesting that we do so' (<-not sarcasm, this really is a scene in the book) >a student at the university has a dorm room but doesn't live in it? (and the university knows about it, though I suppose if she's still paying rent but not living there???....) -or doesn't have a dorm room but is able to get one within an hour or so of needing it in mid-semester? -because no other students need the space? >Yeah, so someone causes misfortunes, and everyone on both sides of that equation knows that these misfortunes are being deliberately caused -but still, people believe that it is due to a 'jinx' rather than, you know, someone causing it all -and even the people on the causing it side might still believe in the jinx, even though they are the ones causing the misfortunes??? >a grandmother sends her nine grandkids off with three teenagers that she has never met before, all in the one car, because, reasons? -I mean, I get it was the 1970s; I'm Gen-X and know how negligent adults were during those times, but even my abusive mother would never have sent me off in a car with strangers... yeesh! >in the middle of falling into a river after being shoved, both Nancy and Ned manage to "twist their bodies into perfect dives" (pg. 94) -yup, I totally belief that... uh-huh (<-more sarcasm) >Nancy can spot finger prints by just walking around using her magnifying glass? -not greasy, muddy, or otherwise obvious ones, just fingerprints -you know, of the type that police use fingerprint power to see... >we are less than 10 pages from the end of the book. The bad guys are still at large. Nancy decides to go outside to walk around for some air... gee... I wonder what will happen next? >we are in book #50 of the Nancy Drew series and apparently she still does not know even the most basic of self-defence moves -she seems to have nothing else to do with her time, why not take a class or two? -I mean really, in every book there is a 'suspenseful Nancy is caught by the bad guys now what?' scene. -After 49 previous ones of these scenes (so not a spoiler here) I would think she would finally say 'gee, maybe I should learn some moves to help me get away the next time'. But no, no. Nancy still does not even think to do anything, e.g. kick him in the leg, stomp his foot, knee his groin, palm-thrust to the nose, anything, anything at all... >what exactly does Nancy do with her time? -OK yes, she spends some of it solving mysteries, but all of the books start with a mention of how much time it has been since the last one and end with a mention of the time until the next one -what does she do in the meantime? -Ned, for example, goes to university and has summer jobs -Nancy does what?? Sits around waiting for the next mystery? All of that said, the book really is a Nancy Drew book, and so reads exactly as expected from a Nancy Drew book, including several points listed above. So, I knew what I was getting into when I read it, and appreciated it for what it is. I will also continue to read and reread the books in this series, because of nostalgia and because they are Nancy Drew books and I know what to expect from them.

  4. 5 out of 5

    StitchingDeb

    A+ for all of the Nancy Drew books!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Suziey

    This mystery is a little strange. (When aren’t they)? A stuffed bird is left on Nancy’s doorstep which is only the first in many weird incidents. Nancy believes it is connected to the case she is helping her father with. High-rise apartments are set to be built on private property which the owner is refusing to sell/give up. Mr. Thurston doesn’t want to sell his property because of a zoo and bird sanctuary he has built on it. It is Mr. Drew’s job to stop the city council from forcing Mr. Thursto This mystery is a little strange. (When aren’t they)? A stuffed bird is left on Nancy’s doorstep which is only the first in many weird incidents. Nancy believes it is connected to the case she is helping her father with. High-rise apartments are set to be built on private property which the owner is refusing to sell/give up. Mr. Thurston doesn’t want to sell his property because of a zoo and bird sanctuary he has built on it. It is Mr. Drew’s job to stop the city council from forcing Mr. Thurston off his land. And with help from Nancy, he succeeds. Okay, first things first. The bird. It’s a wryneck bird (like the one on the cover) and apparently superstitious people believe the bird is a jinx. That it’s a sign of ill-omen. Nancy doesn’t know this, but Hannah Gruen tells her. Which then makes Nancy panic and think there’s a bomb inside?? Nancy claims multiple times that she’s not superstitious. She even goes so far as to convince Mrs. Thurston to stop believing in them. Yet, her first conclusion upon seeing the bird is: bomb. At this point, she hadn’t even started working on the case! Then the cops show up and inform her there is no bomb and all is well. How unrealistic is that? No warning? No telling her to stop calling the cops when there is no perceived threat? I call B.S. And then, oh my goodness. Later on in the book Nancy, Bess and George invite a group of kids to see the zoo and bird sanctuary. So they all pile into her car. There are 9 kids. 9!! Plus Nancy, Bess and George. That’s 12 people in 1 car! Of course, a cop pulls her over on the way. But he lets her go!! He tells her that her car is only designed for 6 people, but since she’s near her destination she can go. As long as the situation is remedied on the way back.  Again, I call some MAJOR BS!! Speaking from experience, I know for a fact that would not fly. Must be nice to be a titian haired, blue-eyed teenager with a prominent attorney as her father. Or it could be a 70’s thing. Who knows. When did child car seats become law anyway? *googles car seat history* 1971!  The mystery itself is super straightforward. The bad guys are preying on people’s superstitious beliefs to get what they want. Nancy and Ned fall sick with ornithosis (some kind of bird disease). The big, evil, high-rise corporation is taken down. It’s all in a week’s work.  Overall, it was a decent story. It’s wild how times have changed though. 

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lik C

    This is the most stressful Nancy Drew book I've read yet. A group of councilmen wants the bird farm owner to sell his property so that high-rise apartments can be built. The owner refuses so he gets jinxed multiple times. His wife gets attacked by a specter. Nancy and Ned randomly attends a ballet recital to look for someone who can jump like a specter. A prized bird owned by university student gets stolen. Most of the birds left gets sick, and a lot even die (I hate it when there's death in a N This is the most stressful Nancy Drew book I've read yet. A group of councilmen wants the bird farm owner to sell his property so that high-rise apartments can be built. The owner refuses so he gets jinxed multiple times. His wife gets attacked by a specter. Nancy and Ned randomly attends a ballet recital to look for someone who can jump like a specter. A prized bird owned by university student gets stolen. Most of the birds left gets sick, and a lot even die (I hate it when there's death in a Nancy Drew novel). Ned contracts ornithosis from the birds. Nancy is left to run around town to convince each of the difficult councilmen not to push the construction of the high rise building. She later contracts ornithosis as well. On one of her visits, she gets pushed into a river. Bess and George take over and they get printer ink thrown at them. There was so much running around town, the bird farm, the recital hall, the university, the police station, the councilmen's offices. I felt Nancy's exhaustion as well. There was already a good buildup (like a high-rise tower) only to have it crashing down on the last chapter even though the mysteries were solved anyway. The writer must have run out of ideas to give this exciting story a satisfying ending. This was not only a double-jinx mystery, but a n-tuple-jinxed mystery.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    This was a fun mystery to read! It has it all: sweet older couple in danger if losing their literal farm to a greedy land developer. The city council is already set to vote and kick the Thurstons off their land! Nancy must but only solve the mystery but also convince the councilmen to change their minds! Politics! There are mysterious happenings at the farm! Snipped cages! Land mines! Ghosts! Then Nancy and Ned come down with bird flu! They’re fine. No one ever needs a hospital in Nancy Drew mys This was a fun mystery to read! It has it all: sweet older couple in danger if losing their literal farm to a greedy land developer. The city council is already set to vote and kick the Thurstons off their land! Nancy must but only solve the mystery but also convince the councilmen to change their minds! Politics! There are mysterious happenings at the farm! Snipped cages! Land mines! Ghosts! Then Nancy and Ned come down with bird flu! They’re fine. No one ever needs a hospital in Nancy Drew mysteries. There’s also a ballet plot that made me giggle. Especially at the end. I did feel sorry for the poor birds, though. Mrs. Thurston gets annoying after a while. Luckily she’s talked out of her superstitious beliefs in... five minutes? There is also the Eurasian character of Kamenka, or Kammy, who is psychic. This is used once and never mentioned again! Also liked her wryneck. I did feel bad that Kammy’s secret was being stalked. Ned is less annoying in these books. I also like that even Hannah doesn’t believe in jinxes! The ending is fun but slightly silly. A good read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lyssa

    one of the more over the top ones, and that's saying something! Nancy overcomes a "mild" case of ornithosis, a landmine explosion, and nearly snatches a bird by hand out of a tree she climbs. She rescues two grown men after she recognizes the smell of chloroform. She and Ned expertly swim over a waterfall that would have killed most people. The usual. Just another day in the life of Nancy Drew. However, she DID get pulled over by a policeman for having double the car occupancy (12 people!), so t one of the more over the top ones, and that's saying something! Nancy overcomes a "mild" case of ornithosis, a landmine explosion, and nearly snatches a bird by hand out of a tree she climbs. She rescues two grown men after she recognizes the smell of chloroform. She and Ned expertly swim over a waterfall that would have killed most people. The usual. Just another day in the life of Nancy Drew. However, she DID get pulled over by a policeman for having double the car occupancy (12 people!), so that's something. Gotta keep her relatable. ;)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sahifa

    Again! Extremely adventurous and full of accidents and illnesses. The amount of stuffs that happens to nancy in one novel is seriously unbelievable. The writing clearly indicates the multi-author factor. This is one of the later books and a lot different from the earliar ones. The earliar books are simpler and more believable (nancy rescuing a girl from a bunglow or finding some clue in an attic ) the later works are more complex and full of thrills.Still a nice narrative and interesting read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    IrishFan

    This was one of my least favorites, that why I gave it 2 stars. The story wasn't as interesting to me, and I thought the cult group thing at the end was just sort of thrown in there to tie the ballet dancer into the story more. I think the author was starting to run out of story lines at this point... This was one of my least favorites, that why I gave it 2 stars. The story wasn't as interesting to me, and I thought the cult group thing at the end was just sort of thrown in there to tie the ballet dancer into the story more. I think the author was starting to run out of story lines at this point...

  11. 5 out of 5

    LobsterQuadrille

    2.5 stars A slightly substandard Nancy Drew mystery, that feels rather underdeveloped in terms of its story. I did like Kamenka, but otherwise there was not much that was memorable about this one. I still enjoy and appreciate Nancy Drew and her importance in the world of children's book heroines, but this was not one of her better adventures. 2.5 stars A slightly substandard Nancy Drew mystery, that feels rather underdeveloped in terms of its story. I did like Kamenka, but otherwise there was not much that was memorable about this one. I still enjoy and appreciate Nancy Drew and her importance in the world of children's book heroines, but this was not one of her better adventures.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Danny Reid

    Staggeringly dull— even if Nancy almost dies of bird flu— until the last chapter where Nancy is lured to a barn full of insane people who are going to curse her into becoming a witch! That part is actually pretty spooky, until, in typical Nancy Drew fashion, it still manages to end like a wet fart.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Once again Nancy Drew is in the middle of a case helping her dad. In this one a bird farm is threaten to be destroyed so high rises can go in their place. So when strange things happen Nancy and her friends are right in the middle of it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christine Arvinth

    This book was really good, i am always impressed by how Nancy figuers out everything

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Namba

    this was a fun book focused on superstition and folklore. there are scenes that will make you laugh with how chaste they are, so once again, a great book for a young advanced reader.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    “My name is Nat Banner and I used to be a strong man in the circus.”

  17. 5 out of 5

    Arunima Agarwal

    A wonderful book. It is a very captivating mystery that will keep you hooked up from the first page to the last!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tabi34

    I'm still plodding my way through the Nancy Drew series - my goal is to re-read all of the original 64 books. Unfortunately, Nook doesn't have all of them loaded yet so I had to skip from 46 to 50. We've come a long way in skipping those 4 books. Ned stayed at Nancy's house (gasp) twice! It would be quite scandalous but he's sick - orinthosis which is probably bird flu in modern terms. He is terribly ill and the doctor makes a house call. Nancy also gets it but of course recovers quickly and whi I'm still plodding my way through the Nancy Drew series - my goal is to re-read all of the original 64 books. Unfortunately, Nook doesn't have all of them loaded yet so I had to skip from 46 to 50. We've come a long way in skipping those 4 books. Ned stayed at Nancy's house (gasp) twice! It would be quite scandalous but he's sick - orinthosis which is probably bird flu in modern terms. He is terribly ill and the doctor makes a house call. Nancy also gets it but of course recovers quickly and while still on the mend, climbs a tree and a limb breaks, but she jumps and catches the limb above, falls in a river and goes over a dam but since she's a strong swimmer, she and Ned survive and of course solves the mystery and saves the farm. What girl doesn't want to be Nancy? She's strong, courageous and has a cute boyfriend who'll save if need be. Oh and lots not forget an excellent ballet dancer. In fact, she's so good, that a professional company wants her to dance with them based on her dancing a quick little bit with the lead dancer. One of the quirks I found in this book that makes it a bit dated is the handling of the animals in the private zoo/aviary. The were kept in small confined areas. The book was the first time I noticed that mental illness is mentioned. Nancy is kidnapped by one of the villains, but he makes some strange comments like he's not really aware. Nancy asks that he get some mental help. Yes, Nancy Drew is catching up with modern times.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Phe

    The Double Jinx Mystery is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 50th book in the Nancy Drew series. A mysterious string of events occur when eighteen-year-old Nancy Drew employs the help of her friends to keep the High Rise Construction Company from forcing Mr.Thurston to sell his farm. But the group of sleuths find they must overcome people's superstitions and fears in solving the case of the "jinxed" bird farm. I’ve always been a voracious reader. So, as a child, o The Double Jinx Mystery is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 50th book in the Nancy Drew series. A mysterious string of events occur when eighteen-year-old Nancy Drew employs the help of her friends to keep the High Rise Construction Company from forcing Mr.Thurston to sell his farm. But the group of sleuths find they must overcome people's superstitions and fears in solving the case of the "jinxed" bird farm. I’ve always been a voracious reader. So, as a child, one of my favorite things about summer was the frequent trips to our local library, which was less than a mile from our house. Like most young girls of a certain age (ahem), my love for mysteries started with Nancy Drew—there simply was no mystery too baffling that she couldn’t solve. And as I would read her most current adventure, I would imagine myself following in her footsteps … taking charge and plunging ahead, getting into mischief, chasing down culprits and solving the mystery. Even though I haven’t re-read any of these books since I was a child, I still think that Nancy is a great character—her courage, confidence and fierce independence, makes her an iconic source of inspiration for young girls everywhere. A must-read children's book, The Double Jinx Mystery is another wonderful Nancy Drew mystery.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    Of course all nancy drew books are amazing but this one kind of fell flat. There was little sleuthing. I like endings that tie up all lose ends and explain everything, but it kind of left me guessing. It brought up a witch coven, and left me wondering what the mystery was even about. Not the best ive read. usually I learn a lot, and I love the traveling. Didn't get that in this book. The coven thing in the end was a little stupid. Plot: Nancy is working with her father on a case. Her dad is worki Of course all nancy drew books are amazing but this one kind of fell flat. There was little sleuthing. I like endings that tie up all lose ends and explain everything, but it kind of left me guessing. It brought up a witch coven, and left me wondering what the mystery was even about. Not the best ive read. usually I learn a lot, and I love the traveling. Didn't get that in this book. The coven thing in the end was a little stupid. Plot: Nancy is working with her father on a case. Her dad is working with Mr. thorton who has been receiving threats. A large development company is wanting to buy mr. thorton's house and zoo including an aviary in order to build apartments there. Threats include his birds getting sick and Mr. Thorton and Ned being knocked out. Nancy and Ned end up both getting sick. Kammy, who is a Eurasian girl staying with the Thorton's, was a suspect. Nancy spends her time trying to save Thorton's zoo by going to the council and proposing her plan. She tries to catch Merv and another guy who was poisoning the birds. Merv kidnaps nancy and takes her to a coven. The Master was conning people and we find out Merv was a little unstable. The leader of the development company hired these people to jinx the Thorton's to get the land.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    What the fuck was that? Some nonsensical story about unknown assailants killing the animals of a private zoo/aviary located on a greatly desired property. It was written in 1972-ish and reads more like Scooby Doo than Nancy Drew. Title has nothing to do with the mystery AT ALL other than that some people are mildly superstitious. Ned and Nancy catch a deadly bird pneumonia but survive (of course, since there are six more books in this series). They also are tossed into a river by a heavy and survi What the fuck was that? Some nonsensical story about unknown assailants killing the animals of a private zoo/aviary located on a greatly desired property. It was written in 1972-ish and reads more like Scooby Doo than Nancy Drew. Title has nothing to do with the mystery AT ALL other than that some people are mildly superstitious. Ned and Nancy catch a deadly bird pneumonia but survive (of course, since there are six more books in this series). They also are tossed into a river by a heavy and survive a plunge over a dam. Nancy gets kidnapped by an unhinged leaping dancer who leaps with her to an abandoned barn where she joins a demonic cult. F'realz. Anyway, the evil developer who forces people to sell their property eventually gets arrested though he didn't do any of the bad deeds directly. Ned gets chloroformed by an unknown assailant. Also, Nancy gets arrested for packing 9 children and three adults in her convertible, but the officer lets her go with a warning. It's the first time anyone has ever objected to Nancy cramming more than six people in her car.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brianna C.

    I found this book to be a little geek-like. It talks about lots of birds at an aviary and trying to save it. Otherwise it will be torn down and rest of the land will also be cleared so it can make room for an apartment complex. It may just be me but birds are not very interesting and quit frankly just annoying. I dragged along while reading this book because I didn't like it. If you want a quick, interesting read don't choose this book; I had to force myself to finish it. With that being said I I found this book to be a little geek-like. It talks about lots of birds at an aviary and trying to save it. Otherwise it will be torn down and rest of the land will also be cleared so it can make room for an apartment complex. It may just be me but birds are not very interesting and quit frankly just annoying. I dragged along while reading this book because I didn't like it. If you want a quick, interesting read don't choose this book; I had to force myself to finish it. With that being said I am going to give this book only two stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    I remember the first time I read Nancy Drew. It blew my mind that there were girls presented with a brain. Most of the stuff I'd read up to that time, was that girls were sugar and spice - fluffy. No brains. To also learn about George who is a tomboy was a nice validation. Carolyn Keene wrote just for me! That is how I felt. When I did more research, I was shocked to find out, Ms. Keene was actually a man ... writing under Franklin Dixon. I also loved the Hardy Boys. No wonder I loved these seri I remember the first time I read Nancy Drew. It blew my mind that there were girls presented with a brain. Most of the stuff I'd read up to that time, was that girls were sugar and spice - fluffy. No brains. To also learn about George who is a tomboy was a nice validation. Carolyn Keene wrote just for me! That is how I felt. When I did more research, I was shocked to find out, Ms. Keene was actually a man ... writing under Franklin Dixon. I also loved the Hardy Boys. No wonder I loved these series. Great for girls aged 8 and up.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Certainly one of the odder installments of Nancy Drew's adventures. I enjoyed the bird facts and the relationship shown between Nancy and her beau, Ned. The run in with the law when transporting some children who were to visit the aviaries and little petting zoo was quite funny, however a mysterious bird illness befalling Ned AND THEN Nancy, certainly felt like too much drama was trying to be worked in. Nevertheless the book was still readable and somewhat enjoyable but it wasn't a favourite nor Certainly one of the odder installments of Nancy Drew's adventures. I enjoyed the bird facts and the relationship shown between Nancy and her beau, Ned. The run in with the law when transporting some children who were to visit the aviaries and little petting zoo was quite funny, however a mysterious bird illness befalling Ned AND THEN Nancy, certainly felt like too much drama was trying to be worked in. Nevertheless the book was still readable and somewhat enjoyable but it wasn't a favourite nor quite memorable. Hence 2 stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Madeline S

    Look out! Don't let someone jinx you! I love mysteries, not the murder mysteries or gore, but the ones that are looking for a missing person or will. Those I like. Especially the Nancy Drew ones, which in my opinion are the best mystery books around. They always keep you dangling at the end of every chapter, wanting you to read on. Plus the series keeps going, so when you're hungry for more they'll be there! If you want a little excitment to your every day life, pick one of these off the shelf! Look out! Don't let someone jinx you! I love mysteries, not the murder mysteries or gore, but the ones that are looking for a missing person or will. Those I like. Especially the Nancy Drew ones, which in my opinion are the best mystery books around. They always keep you dangling at the end of every chapter, wanting you to read on. Plus the series keeps going, so when you're hungry for more they'll be there! If you want a little excitment to your every day life, pick one of these off the shelf!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee Anderson

    The Double Jinx Mystery by: Carolyn Keene is a really good book. Nancy Drew the main character revives a jinx bird outside her door. A bird farm down the road is going to get there property taken from unless Nancy can help stop. There are some troubles Nancy and her friends face trying to solve the mystery. You should read the book for yourself and find out what happens. This is a great mystery story!!! You should really read this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    LuAnn

    I just never liked this mystery with its weird leaping through the field ballet scene with Nancy, who of course is a whiz at gran jetes as she is at everything else. Maybe it's the weird, wavy illustrations with the very 70s hair and clothing. But of course, when you like Nancy Drew, you read them all! I just never liked this mystery with its weird leaping through the field ballet scene with Nancy, who of course is a whiz at gran jetes as she is at everything else. Maybe it's the weird, wavy illustrations with the very 70s hair and clothing. But of course, when you like Nancy Drew, you read them all!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I liked that Bess and George had a decent sized role in this mystery. I didn't necessarily love that the whole plot was centered around saving a zoo that sounded pretty awful for the animals, but since it is just a Nancy Drew book I can let that slide. I thought the ending of this book was totally hilarious - which maybe wasn't what the author was going for, but I enjoyed it anyways. I liked that Bess and George had a decent sized role in this mystery. I didn't necessarily love that the whole plot was centered around saving a zoo that sounded pretty awful for the animals, but since it is just a Nancy Drew book I can let that slide. I thought the ending of this book was totally hilarious - which maybe wasn't what the author was going for, but I enjoyed it anyways.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ava

    Nancy Drew is a fantastic young woman who can dance, cook, sleuth, is great with kids, and loves to learn. The reader discovers the characteristics in The Double Jinx Mystery. Nancy helps her father with a client's problems, fights superstitions, and has time to be kind to others while having fun. Nancy and her friends do get into trouble, which leave the reader turning the page for more. Nancy Drew is a fantastic young woman who can dance, cook, sleuth, is great with kids, and loves to learn. The reader discovers the characteristics in The Double Jinx Mystery. Nancy helps her father with a client's problems, fights superstitions, and has time to be kind to others while having fun. Nancy and her friends do get into trouble, which leave the reader turning the page for more.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hubert Su9

    The Mystery started when Nancy and her friends received a evil omen which looks like a bird which leads them to intruging mystery , Someone even tried to blow Nancy car up by a land mine,Would they be able to solve the mystery?

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