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Nancy and her friends witness an explosion and the burning of a beautiful country mansion. Fearing its occupants may be trapped in the blazing building, they rush to the rescue--and unexpectedly find themselves confronted with a mystery that seems insoluble. The first clue is an anonymous diary--its entries in a handwriting difficult to decipher. Who dropped the diary? Was Nancy and her friends witness an explosion and the burning of a beautiful country mansion. Fearing its occupants may be trapped in the blazing building, they rush to the rescue--and unexpectedly find themselves confronted with a mystery that seems insoluble. The first clue is an anonymous diary--its entries in a handwriting difficult to decipher. Who dropped the diary? Was it the stranger Nancy saw running away from the fire? What was he doing there? Finding out how Nancy discovers the answers to these questions makes for another exciting Nancy Drew mystery. Praise for the Nancy Drew series on audio...


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Nancy and her friends witness an explosion and the burning of a beautiful country mansion. Fearing its occupants may be trapped in the blazing building, they rush to the rescue--and unexpectedly find themselves confronted with a mystery that seems insoluble. The first clue is an anonymous diary--its entries in a handwriting difficult to decipher. Who dropped the diary? Was Nancy and her friends witness an explosion and the burning of a beautiful country mansion. Fearing its occupants may be trapped in the blazing building, they rush to the rescue--and unexpectedly find themselves confronted with a mystery that seems insoluble. The first clue is an anonymous diary--its entries in a handwriting difficult to decipher. Who dropped the diary? Was it the stranger Nancy saw running away from the fire? What was he doing there? Finding out how Nancy discovers the answers to these questions makes for another exciting Nancy Drew mystery. Praise for the Nancy Drew series on audio...

30 review for The Clue in the Diary

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    The Clue in the Diary is a decent mystery but not one of my favorites from the series. As an adult reading this my first thought was “Oh boy! You really have to suspend disbelief with this one!” Our brilliant Nancy casually knows a bit of Swedish -- and not just to hear it and recognize Swedish words, but she can recognize written Swedish. It was a little too much to believe from even Nancy, who only picked up a few words from a former schoolmate. As a child I probably found this story exotic an The Clue in the Diary is a decent mystery but not one of my favorites from the series. As an adult reading this my first thought was “Oh boy! You really have to suspend disbelief with this one!” Our brilliant Nancy casually knows a bit of Swedish -- and not just to hear it and recognize Swedish words, but she can recognize written Swedish. It was a little too much to believe from even Nancy, who only picked up a few words from a former schoolmate. As a child I probably found this story exotic and engrossing. It certainly is more sophisticated than the previous mysteries Nancy has taken on. Nancy was already pretty great in my book and her knowing Swedish would have just further cemented her supreme intelligence and overall excellence in my mind. Ah, Nancy, the heroine so many girls aspired to be! This book is our first real introduction to Ned Nickerson, Nancy’s boyfriend in later books. His name came up briefly in an earlier book but here he has more than just a bit part in the story. The dynamic between the two is more youthful with Ned being flirty and Nancy being demure. I don’t remember this flirty Ned, so perhaps in the following books Ned becomes the steadfast and loyal boyfriend and Nancy the independent and down to earth gal we have come to idolize. Although I must say that Ned does also come across as quite charming. He’s quite the catch! One other thing I noticed in this installment is that Nancy gets a keepsake at the end to remember the mystery by. I can’t recall if the previous books had her receiving something at the end, but I do know that the sentiment carries on in future books. With her sleuthing abilities, she’ll soon be amassing quite the collection of interesting objects as well as the stories to go with them. A dependable read with good vocabulary although more likely better enjoyed by the younger reader.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    Returning home to Riverside Heights after attending a carnival in nearby Sandy Creek, teen sleuth Nancy Drew and her best friends Bess Marvin and George Faine are driving by when an explosion rocks the Raybolt mansion, and the building goes up in flames. The girls rush to the scene to see if help is needed, and Nancy witnesses a man running away. She picks up the diary he dropped, and immediately suspects that she has stepped into another mystery. So it proves, as Nancy seeks to identify the mys Returning home to Riverside Heights after attending a carnival in nearby Sandy Creek, teen sleuth Nancy Drew and her best friends Bess Marvin and George Faine are driving by when an explosion rocks the Raybolt mansion, and the building goes up in flames. The girls rush to the scene to see if help is needed, and Nancy witnesses a man running away. She picks up the diary he dropped, and immediately suspects that she has stepped into another mystery. So it proves, as Nancy seeks to identify the mystery man, and once she does, to determine whether he is guilty of arson, and possibly murder. Complicating matters is the fact that she has formed an attachment to the wife and daughter of her main suspect, inventor Joe Swenson, not to mention the reality that Felix Raybolt was an unscrupulous cheat who tricked many people out of their money and patents... The seventh entry in the long-running Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, which has been one of the great staples of American girlhood since it first began to appear in 1930, The Clue in the Diary was initially published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1932. In 1962 it was revised and condensed, like all the original Nancy Drew books - the vocabulary and settings updated, and particularly egregious social content (racism, classism, etc.) removed. Unfortunately, so too were five chapters of story, the period terms (roadsters, chums), and a great deal of the charm of the writing. As mentioned in some of my reviews of the other books in the series, although I did read Nancy Drew as a young girl, it was only when I discovered the originals as an adult reader, that I truly began to find the stories interesting. Somehow, the revised versions of the 1950s/60s always felt bland and uninspiring to me, when reading them as a girl. These original versions, by contrast, have more interesting historical settings, and are better written. The edition I read for my current rereading project was published by Applewood Books in 1995, and is a facsimile of the original first edition, and contains the full, unexpurgated text. All in all, I found this an enjoyable entry in the series. There's plenty of coincidence, as always, and Nancy makes snap judgments about people's character after brief conversations with them, but overall the story is engaging. We meet Ned Nickerson for the first time - I believe he appears earlier in the series, in the revised versions - and Nancy is immediately smitten, which I found rather charming, given her complete indifference to romance in earlier books. I was amused, no doubt in ways not intended by the author, by Nancy's defiance of the forces of law and order here, as, having decided that Joe Swenson is innocent, she attempts to help him elude the police officers she knows are looking for him. Nancy knows best, after all, and one can't rely on these pompous bunglers to get it right! Somehow, I have a hard time imagining that being retained in the revised version. I'm quite interested to read the next entry in the series, Nancy's Mysterious Letter , as it was the first Nancy Drew book not written by Mildred Wirt Benson, who was the author of most of the first twenty-five books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jaksen

    At last, book number 7 in the series and Ned Nickerson appears! (Nancy Drew's boyfriend who finally and bravely is written into the series.) This mystery is fairly standard, like a paint-by-numbers book on how to write a mystery for twelve-year old girls born in the 1930s. Nancy comes upon a burning house, witnesses a man fleeing from it, does some 'sleuthing' and finds both a signet ring and diary near the house, but then she can't get away from the property due to all the fire trucks AND dozens At last, book number 7 in the series and Ned Nickerson appears! (Nancy Drew's boyfriend who finally and bravely is written into the series.) This mystery is fairly standard, like a paint-by-numbers book on how to write a mystery for twelve-year old girls born in the 1930s. Nancy comes upon a burning house, witnesses a man fleeing from it, does some 'sleuthing' and finds both a signet ring and diary near the house, but then she can't get away from the property due to all the fire trucks AND dozens of cars belonging to spectators who arrive to watch the fire burn. (Later in the book Nancy says there are very few houses near this one, and that there really are no neighbors. So where did everyone come from? I dunno.) Anyhow it's Ned-to-the-rescue who moves Nancy's car, a fancy convertible, away from the raging fire, and also serves as traffic cop to get everyone off and onto the road when it's over. I DO tend to believe that everyone nearby would race to their car and to the fire. I believe it. I've seen newsreels from the 1930's and 40's where people are just jamming a famous person leaving a courtroom or scrambling over each other so they can talk to or touch a celebrity. And police officers? I don't know where they are. So I suppose it is plausible that in an area with a house in the middle of nowhere there would be dozens of spectators clamoring... I'm off on a tangent! The most important part of this initial scene is NOT the fire, per se, but the arrival of Nick. Nick will now be the second man in Nancy's life, after father, prominent lawyer, Carson Drew. But Nick will surpass Nancy's father in importance because he will assume a real role in all her future mysteries. He will be the go-to guy, the one who can be with Nancy when she investigates some old building or factory or abandoned whatever. Even Mrs. Hannah Gruen, the Drew family housekeeper tells Nancy that she needs to have 'a man' with her when she goes off to do something which is dicey or dangerous. (Sorry, Nancy, you could only go solo for six adventures because now you need a man.) Too much digression. This mystery involves arson and the possible murder of a shady guy, Felix Raybolt, who steals inventors' ideas and sells them, keeping the profits to himself. There aren't really a lot of interesting twists and turns and Nancy is neither sideswiped by a car or grabbed by an ominous stranger or tied up or anything like that. She follows 'clues' one by one to discover what really was going on in the burned-down house and what Raybolt, if he's guilty, was up to. Along the way she and her friends (and Nick!) help yet (another) poor woman with a child to raise on limited income. (Nancy and her friends buy the woman groceries, then later clothes for the child. Nancy is awesome, you know. She also cautions another character that if he goes to trial for the arson, etc., her dad, prominent lawyer Carson Drew, will defend him for no charge.) But there's that theme, or trope again, which I mentioned in earlier Nancy Drew mystery reviews: the poor woman with children, or two older women, or young girls, etc., who have 'no means of support' unless Nancy can free their male relative, or prove that someone's stealing from them, or if she can find the hidden --- whatever --- which contains information which will provide (somehow) the poor woman with children an income or funds or jewels. Women are so darn helpless in these books, except for our intrepid heroine, Nancy Drew, of course. And she does save the day. And party at a fraternity. And have lunch at a teahouse. (There are teahouses everywhere in Nancy's world.) And explore an abandoned shack. And meet the dream boyfriend of every-1930's-era-girl: tall, blond and charming Ned Nickerson.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    And we get Ned Nickerson in #7!!! Happy day the gang is all assembled 😁!

  5. 4 out of 5

    vic (indefinite hiatus)

    i didn't expect much from this. as a child, i only read 'nancy drew and the clue crew' which is more the elementary grade of level of this series. this was a bit more mature in the nature of the crimes that nancy is trying to solve like fires instead of things like stolen shoes, snowmen missing, etc. but despite the way these crimes were structured, there wasn't much from this book. the wording seemed extremely elementary even though i would usually put this as a middle grade book. a lot of this i didn't expect much from this. as a child, i only read 'nancy drew and the clue crew' which is more the elementary grade of level of this series. this was a bit more mature in the nature of the crimes that nancy is trying to solve like fires instead of things like stolen shoes, snowmen missing, etc. but despite the way these crimes were structured, there wasn't much from this book. the wording seemed extremely elementary even though i would usually put this as a middle grade book. a lot of this was cliche, as you KNOW that nancy is probably going to solve the crime, etc, etc. but despite the fact that it's pretty damn obvious the case will be closed, it's pretty stupid. first, where is the feminism? mostly here, the women are oh-so useless and helpless ( besides our totally valiant nancy drew, of course ). i just don't like it. maybe this book was published last century, but i don't care! i'm judging from where i am now, not the 1900s. second of all, i just, this plot was eh. i only own books 5, 6, 7, and 8 i believe and i don't really see any plot twists or oh-my-god-no-way moments? the only feeling i got was oh-my-god-so-boring. i dunno 'bout you but i ain't rereading this anytime soon.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    I have to point out that I read every Nancy Drew I could get my hands on back in the late 70s. I was about 10 years old. They were consistently interesting, with cool facts about geography, science, and history. They were not too scary or gory; they always ended well. Nancy had a steady boyfriend and two best female friends; she could drive and, though she didn't have a mother, had a loving mother-figure in her life, without the messiness of a stepmother or a parental divorce. At the time I atta I have to point out that I read every Nancy Drew I could get my hands on back in the late 70s. I was about 10 years old. They were consistently interesting, with cool facts about geography, science, and history. They were not too scary or gory; they always ended well. Nancy had a steady boyfriend and two best female friends; she could drive and, though she didn't have a mother, had a loving mother-figure in her life, without the messiness of a stepmother or a parental divorce. At the time I attached no importance whatsoever to her having a boyfriend; I just knew, as I had been taught by my parents, that dating would have to wait until I was 16. I was okay with that restriction; it relieved me to know I did not have to worry about boys until then (I could either ignore them or be friends, without romance). That was the first extended series of books I ever read; I have not found any other series since then that was as fulfilling to me as those books were then. It was what I needed. Of course, part of the bliss was that I had relatively few books to compare them with; my love affair with books was new. I recently was at loose ends, wanting the ability to dip into a book and swim in it, uninterrupted, blissfully intrigued in the story. This book I found on my shelf; my daughters are reading Nancy Drew occasionally now. I reread it so I could remember and rate it, and felt again that Nancy's world is simpler and happier, though still challenging, than the adult world I now inhabit. There is a place for stories that do not challenge the frontiers of fiction, that encourage and refresh with the knowledge that sometimes things work out beautifully for everyone. I also have to point out that my 1962 edition had been rewritten from the original Clue in the Diary, which I did not know until this time around. I've never read the original. I strongly suspect Nancy Drew is being rewritten yet again; I'd rather keep the ones I'm familiar with. The 'modern' paperbacks of Nancy Drew that I read in the mid-80s felt different, somehow; they didn't have the same 'everything will be fine' assumption. I missed it, and so for my children I've kept the older volumes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    Oh boy here comes Ned Nickerson. Here's good boy Ned Niskerwhiskers. Here he is Fred Nienermeiser. He telephones Nancy five times a day, and he eagerly agrees when she tells him to drive old ladies around on their errands. He's gonna be yet another character getting underfoot during investigations. The mystery in this book: Nancy sees a house explode. Of course she rushes directly toward it. Upon arrival she sees a man dive into the bushes and escape. He leaves behind Sweedish-looking things: a s Oh boy here comes Ned Nickerson. Here's good boy Ned Niskerwhiskers. Here he is Fred Nienermeiser. He telephones Nancy five times a day, and he eagerly agrees when she tells him to drive old ladies around on their errands. He's gonna be yet another character getting underfoot during investigations. The mystery in this book: Nancy sees a house explode. Of course she rushes directly toward it. Upon arrival she sees a man dive into the bushes and escape. He leaves behind Sweedish-looking things: a signet ring and a diary that is difficult to read because the language is . . . wait for it. . . Sweeedish! Luckily Nancy knows five-dozen Swedish speaking people in her little New England town, but none of them are home when she tries to find them.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Typical Nancy Drew, though is seems as though Nancy might have found herself a boyfriend in this one, if this Ned guy sticks around to help her with more mysteries! This girl has all the luck too! I mean, what are the odds that she would be driving by a remote house at the very second it is blown up by a bomb, and what are the odds that she would find the diary that leads to solving the mystery of who done it? Okay, okay, I know, that is what makes these stories Nancy Drew mysteries. But doesn't Typical Nancy Drew, though is seems as though Nancy might have found herself a boyfriend in this one, if this Ned guy sticks around to help her with more mysteries! This girl has all the luck too! I mean, what are the odds that she would be driving by a remote house at the very second it is blown up by a bomb, and what are the odds that she would find the diary that leads to solving the mystery of who done it? Okay, okay, I know, that is what makes these stories Nancy Drew mysteries. But doesn't anyone else ever wonder just how this girl always is in the exact right spot at the exact right time, every single solitary time?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    I spent many summers growing up reading and rereading nancy Drew and always loved these books! I picked up one at the library the other day feeling very nostalgic. The book was every bit as delightful and engaging as I remember! I picked the clue in the diary vaguely remembering it was one of my favorites and soon realized it's the book where we meet Ned--no wonder it was a favorite! I just love nancy. I wish I had "chums" and ate "luncheon" and drove a roadster and could pull off a beret....ah, I spent many summers growing up reading and rereading nancy Drew and always loved these books! I picked up one at the library the other day feeling very nostalgic. The book was every bit as delightful and engaging as I remember! I picked the clue in the diary vaguely remembering it was one of my favorites and soon realized it's the book where we meet Ned--no wonder it was a favorite! I just love nancy. I wish I had "chums" and ate "luncheon" and drove a roadster and could pull off a beret....ah, you've still got it nancy!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}

    3.5 Stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

    Find this review, plus more, on my blog: Booklikes OR Blogger Basic Info Format: Audio Pages/Length: 3hrs 10mins Genre: Middle School; Mystery Reason For Reading: Continue series At A Glance Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: No Cliff Hanger: No Triggers: n/a Rating: 2 stars Score Sheet All out of ten Cover: 6 Plot: 5 Characters: 5 World Building: 4 Flow: 3 Series Congruity: 8 Writing: 6 Ending: 4 Total: 4 In Depth Best Part: It was short Worst Part: The ending was like scooby doo. Thoughts Had: Bore, next! Concl Find this review, plus more, on my blog: Booklikes OR Blogger Basic Info Format: Audio Pages/Length: 3hrs 10mins Genre: Middle School; Mystery Reason For Reading: Continue series At A Glance Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: No Cliff Hanger: No Triggers: n/a Rating: 2 stars Score Sheet All out of ten Cover: 6 Plot: 5 Characters: 5 World Building: 4 Flow: 3 Series Congruity: 8 Writing: 6 Ending: 4 Total: 4 In Depth Best Part: It was short Worst Part: The ending was like scooby doo. Thoughts Had: Bore, next! Conclusion Continuing the Series: Yes Recommending: Sure Short Review: This was the first Nancy Drew book to bore me. There was a fire in the first part, which was crazy exciting, then nothing really happens after that. Some guy keeps hiding in the bushes, they think someone faked the fire, they find explosives in someone's house, but it was just told in a crazy boring way. Then the ending, dull! Damn the wife thou, she needed to be put in her place. And the narrator did some offensive accents. Misc. Book Boyfriend: N/A Best Friend Material: Pass. Review in GIF Form:

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    'Say,' said Ned, 'I have a notion to start a diary of my own!' 'Why don’t you?' Nancy asked lightly. She became conscious that Ned’s eyes were looking straight at her. 'I will if I can fill most of the pages with entries of dates with you.' Hahahahaha! Oh, Ned... I don't know if I should be impressed with your forwardness or roll my eyes out of cheesy embarrassment.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katherine "Kj" Joslin

    Book 7 was great!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Debalina

    A shitty week has to be compensated by a Nancy Drew. This arrangement goes well together. :D I had probably read all these titles before, but had almost forgotten. Feels like I am reliving my childhood by re-reading them. Happy reading! :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brittney

    The Clue in the Diary by Carolyn Keene is the seventh book in the Nancy Drew mystery stories trilogy. While Nancy and her friends, George and Bess, are returning from a carnival, they witness an explosion in a beautiful mansion. Hoping that no one is in the blazing building, they run to the rescue and unexpectedly figure out that they are confronted in a mystery. As their interesting day goes on, Nancy finds a couple artifacts knowing that it is connected to the mystery. Finding these artifacts The Clue in the Diary by Carolyn Keene is the seventh book in the Nancy Drew mystery stories trilogy. While Nancy and her friends, George and Bess, are returning from a carnival, they witness an explosion in a beautiful mansion. Hoping that no one is in the blazing building, they run to the rescue and unexpectedly figure out that they are confronted in a mystery. As their interesting day goes on, Nancy finds a couple artifacts knowing that it is connected to the mystery. Finding these artifacts makes Nancy and her friends anxious and determined to figure out the mystery. The clue in the diary has moments of brilliance especially in the Drue’s house. As well, a more courageous and clever Nancy is revealed. On the other hand, I believe that readers will be satisfied by the many mysteries that happen in the story and cannot wait to figure out the answers to all of them. Nevertheless, I consider The Clue of the Diary as an interesting mystery leaving the reader in great suspense. I look forward to reading the rest of the book and anxious to figure out the exciting and interesting mystery.

  16. 4 out of 5

    C-shaw

    No. 7 in the series. It was pretty entertaining. My pet peeve with Carolyn Keene is how often she referred to Nancy as "the young sleuth." Here is the count for this book: "young sleuth" = 6 times "young detective" = 4 times "girl detective" = 3 times All those in only 174 pages!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    Nancy, Bess, and George are on their way home from a carnival where they befriended a little girl and her mother. Mrs. Swenson and her daughter Honey seem to be in dire straits and the three young women take it upon themselves to see that the Swensons are able to enjoy themselves at the fair. As Nancy is driving back to River Heights, they witness a house go up suddenly in flames and they rush to the scene to give what aid they can. The house belongs to a Mr. Felix Raybolt (known as "Foxy Felix" Nancy, Bess, and George are on their way home from a carnival where they befriended a little girl and her mother. Mrs. Swenson and her daughter Honey seem to be in dire straits and the three young women take it upon themselves to see that the Swensons are able to enjoy themselves at the fair. As Nancy is driving back to River Heights, they witness a house go up suddenly in flames and they rush to the scene to give what aid they can. The house belongs to a Mr. Felix Raybolt (known as "Foxy Felix") and none of the neighbors appear to be too upset that the man's house has burned down. Rumors are that he has defrauded several people of their rights to patents. Nancy sees a man run from the scene and then finds a diary that he apparently dropped. Her researches reveal that the diary belongs to Joe Swenson--Mrs. Swenson's husband who has been missing. When Mr. Swenson is found and arrested for starting the fire--and possibly killing Mr. Raybolt whose wife swears he was in the house at the time of the fire, it's up to Nancy and her friends to clear his name and help the Swansons get back on their feet. When I read the Nancy Drew books growing up, Diary was one of my favorites--primarily because it introduces Nancy to her long-term "special friend" Ned Nickerson. Ned is also at the fire and Nancy first sees him moving her car...away from the sparks (he says). At first she's a bit suspicious that he chose her car ("obviously the most expensive model parked there"), but Ned soon proves himself and becomes another helper in the effort to clear Mr. Swenson. I enjoyed revisiting this entry from my childhood From what I remember, they didn't change the story much. And certainly not as much as some of the titles where they completely changed the plot. A fun, quick read. First published on my blog My Reader's Block.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Karol

    Every once in a while I'll return to books that intrigued me as a young reader. I'm participating in a group that has a "Nancy Drew" challenge in 2019. While the challenge allows us to choose books by other authors with specific themes, I thought it would be fun to read at least a few of the original Nancy Drew books for the challenge. I only read one or two "back in the day" but always wanted to read more. Now is my chance! I have to admit I really did get a kick out of reading The Clue in the D Every once in a while I'll return to books that intrigued me as a young reader. I'm participating in a group that has a "Nancy Drew" challenge in 2019. While the challenge allows us to choose books by other authors with specific themes, I thought it would be fun to read at least a few of the original Nancy Drew books for the challenge. I only read one or two "back in the day" but always wanted to read more. Now is my chance! I have to admit I really did get a kick out of reading The Clue in the Diary. Life in the 1930's was certainly different than it is today, and of course the heroine and her friends represent idealized versions. Still, the story engaged me as it moved right along. It's easy to see why the series was popular then, and for decades after.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    Nancy and friends Bess and George witness a big explosion at a mansion. Near the ruins is a diary written in Swedish. You know Nancy definitely can't leave this alone: there's a mystery at hand! Who's the owner of the diary? Who burned the house down? Are they connected? This is also the first mystery where Ned Nickerson makes an appearance. Nancy meets the Stinson family and learns just how terrible Mr. Raybolt, the owner of the burned mansion, really was.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This one was okay. Nothing extra-specially interesting mystery-wise, but nothing I felt like I had to slog through. An average entry. BUT this is the book where Nancy meets Ned!! I always assumed he was a built-in boyfriend like Bess and George are introduced as built-in friends; I was super excited to read about this random guy they meet who introduces himself as Ned Nickerson, and it was a total meet-cute as Nancy is not 100% certain he is not trying to steal her car at the time. Gotta love it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    C.

    The "Nancy Drew" suite is a wildly-ranging melting pot. I appreciate its refusal to depend on crime. Readers mistake "mystery" as a synonym for "crime fiction". Authors forget the immense array of scenarios they can create, without 'a body'! I commend and appreciate that it most often creates 'mystery for the sake of mystery'. Riddles, attics, hidden passageways.... these are why there is a melting pot of numerous flavours. One disadvantage, is that many titles work out to be superior. This one f The "Nancy Drew" suite is a wildly-ranging melting pot. I appreciate its refusal to depend on crime. Readers mistake "mystery" as a synonym for "crime fiction". Authors forget the immense array of scenarios they can create, without 'a body'! I commend and appreciate that it most often creates 'mystery for the sake of mystery'. Riddles, attics, hidden passageways.... these are why there is a melting pot of numerous flavours. One disadvantage, is that many titles work out to be superior. This one fell short. One thinks of a diary as a discovery in a secret place, or representing an artifact of age. There was no ostentatious production of unearthing it in a wooden chest, no anticipation of seeking the diary in the first place, and no historical aura of reading inked memories of long ago. Nancy, George, and Bess stop to offer aid at a fire, which by happenstance that is bluntly contrived, is connected with a disadvantaged child they have visited. The diary is a technical journal that she picks up from the ground. I like that we incorporate Swedish. A good deal of legwork and collaboration is organized to clear blame from a man Nancy believes honest, rather than a resolution popping up by accident. Cornering a chain of post office thieves was superb and following the trail of a hideout. Besides lack of enchantment, I was most dismayed by Nancy’s absurd visits seeking translation of the journal when its writer or his wife could have read the thing for her! The store owner’s previous absences give the effect of staving off answers until the novel is nearly through. The police would procure a translator regardless. A recitation via Nancy wouldn’t do. Whichever form of photocopying they had: proof of the Swede as the inventor, is the point.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Darcy Stewart

    I really liked this book. Wow she really takes down the criminal. Too bad the owner of the diary had to go jail for a while. At the beginning I was very suspicious of him. Towards the middle of the book I realized he wasn't. I'm so glad Ned Nickerson came into the picture. It's quite funny when he moves Nancy's car. Ned was very helpful to Nancy. It's interesting how all of the mysteries tie into one. I like how George and Bess are in this one. I like Nancy's too best friends. I love how George I really liked this book. Wow she really takes down the criminal. Too bad the owner of the diary had to go jail for a while. At the beginning I was very suspicious of him. Towards the middle of the book I realized he wasn't. I'm so glad Ned Nickerson came into the picture. It's quite funny when he moves Nancy's car. Ned was very helpful to Nancy. It's interesting how all of the mysteries tie into one. I like how George and Bess are in this one. I like Nancy's too best friends. I love how George and Bess have a different personality. The adventures were really fun in this one. Nancy is so good at what she does.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    This is the 1932 edition! I didn't even know the Nancy Drew books had been changed so much. The language is much more poetic and precise, charming, interesting! Words like "indolent" and "laden" and "to divine her unspoken thoughts" I read the more recent edition and it has some things added for more details, but I prefer the better vocabulary in this older edition and I am having my eight year old look up some of the words. I am up reading it to be able to explain the words and talk to her about This is the 1932 edition! I didn't even know the Nancy Drew books had been changed so much. The language is much more poetic and precise, charming, interesting! Words like "indolent" and "laden" and "to divine her unspoken thoughts" I read the more recent edition and it has some things added for more details, but I prefer the better vocabulary in this older edition and I am having my eight year old look up some of the words. I am up reading it to be able to explain the words and talk to her about the difference words can make :-) I love a well-written book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Golden

    I couldn't resist picking this up in a book sale the other day. This was the first Nancy Drew I read as a girl, I found it lying around my Grandparents house in Marshfield; a cast off of an older cousin or Aunt. It was everything I remember plus with my aging has taken on a new level of hilarity. As an added bonus, this is the one where she meets Ned Nickerson (who is a slightly creepy stalker type).

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    So happy to learn that Nancy Drew stands the test of time. Loved, loved her as a kid in the 70's. And what's not to love...she drives a smart convertible, has great friends/cousins, is smart, brave, daring. In this book we meet Nancy's boyfriend, Ned Nickerson. The story moves along nicely although a bit too quickly at times. Much is left for the reader to imagine, in a nice way. Now if only I could persuade my daughter to read the series!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    I read every single Nancy Drew available, and this one, I suspect mostly because the title intrigued us, was the most eagerly awaited and passed around book of the series, among my friends ages 9-10. The Nancy Drew books were the second mystery series I ever read; the first was the Bobbsey Twins.

  27. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Yet another great Nancy Drew story. In this one she uses a diary to try and free a prisoner wrongfully accused.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    Still one of my favorite Nancy Drews. Could have done with a little les teasing from Nancy friends, but it was good.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    #seriessunday I recently decided to start collecting Nancy Drew books. They take place when the world felt simpler and I can’t get enough of that right now. I joined a Nancy Drew Book Club and am having a blast reading these books from the past. What book series are you working on collecting or want to start collecting? Book Review 📖 Title: Nancy Drew and The Clue in the Diary Author: Carolyn Keene Genre: Mystery Fiction Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review: Ned! The highlight of this book for me was seeing ho #seriessunday I recently decided to start collecting Nancy Drew books. They take place when the world felt simpler and I can’t get enough of that right now. I joined a Nancy Drew Book Club and am having a blast reading these books from the past. What book series are you working on collecting or want to start collecting? Book Review 📖 Title: Nancy Drew and The Clue in the Diary Author: Carolyn Keene Genre: Mystery Fiction Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review: Ned! The highlight of this book for me was seeing how they met. I thought I liked the book before this one but this one was way better. It kept me guessing. I am starting to wonder if I am more feminist then I realized because I am always hoping for these to end differently. I also was a little shocked when weight was Brough up on page 1 for crying out loud. I loved the flirtation and Nancy’s compassion for the family in need. There are good people out there!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was my first ever Nancy Drew (I know gasp) and I enjoyed it immensely. I am an avid cozy mystery fan and this Nancy Drew story is very similar to those, and I would guess definitely a big inspiration for the genre. I enjoyed following Nancy, George, and Bess as they drove around talking to people and putting the pieces together of this mystery. There were a lot of very dramatic scenes and by the end I was on edge wanting to know how the culprit would be caught. Such a fun story and I cannot This was my first ever Nancy Drew (I know gasp) and I enjoyed it immensely. I am an avid cozy mystery fan and this Nancy Drew story is very similar to those, and I would guess definitely a big inspiration for the genre. I enjoyed following Nancy, George, and Bess as they drove around talking to people and putting the pieces together of this mystery. There were a lot of very dramatic scenes and by the end I was on edge wanting to know how the culprit would be caught. Such a fun story and I cannot wait to read more! (Better late than never right?!)

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