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The Clue in the Diary (Nancy Drew #7)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  10,303 Ratings  ·  223 Reviews
Nancy, Bess and George, returning from a country carnival, witness the malicious burning of a stately home. Fearing its occupants might be trapped in the fire, they rush to the rescue. Other motorists including handsome, Ned Nickerson, are also at the scene. Nancy notices a mysterious man running from the fire and finds a lost diary. Nancy learns the homeowner and the man ...more
Hardcover, Revised text, 174 pages
Published 1962 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 1932)
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Dec 09, 2015 Jaksen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
Mar 29, 2013 Melinda rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Brittney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jul 02, 2015 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, ...more
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.
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Basic Info

Pages/Length: 3hrs 10mins
Genre: Middle School; Mystery
Reason For Reading: Continue series

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
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!

Jan 14, 2009 Golden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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).
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another great Nancy Drew story. In this one she uses a diary to try and free a prisoner wrongfully accused.
Apr 27, 2011 Tabi34 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nancy-drew
Nancy Drew finds a Clue in a Diary - unfortunately the diary is written in Swedish and the person she knows who can translate it is so sick he's hospitalized but this doesn't deter Nancy.
A quick synopsis -Nancy and her friends George and Bess, meet a woman with a little girl at a carnival who are financially desperate. On the way home they spot a fire, while George and Bess drive to a neighbor's house, Nancy runs up to the house and tries to rescue anyone who might be trapped. Instead she sees
Mar 15, 2014 C. rated it liked it
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
Whitney (First Impressions Reviews)
Okay, so Nancy finds a diary during a house fire and believes there could be a clue in it to find the arsonist. (hence, the title) while leaving the scene, her car is in an accident and meets Ned Nickerson -- Yay! He falls head-over heals in disgusting puppy love and will do anything to help solve the case. As in every Nancy Drew book she has a charity case, The Swensons, whose father/husband has gone on the job hunt and not sending money! Of course this sends Nancy on another case --Yippee and ...more
Apr 12, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites. Especially with the introduction of Ned Nickerson. This is the first "book on tape" I've "read". It was... Interesting. Laura Linney was narrating, and I love her, but when she did the accents for the Swansons, who are Swedish, they sounded like Stephen Hawking with a slight brogue... Entertaining, but, I like the voice I have in my own head when I read a book I guess.

This is another one I am revisiting. I am an avid Nancy Drew fan, and read all of the series starting with
Darcy Stewart
Aug 08, 2009 Darcy Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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 ...more
Feb 20, 2008 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth
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
Apr 06, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Lisa Vegan
Jul 08, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young girls 8-11 who enjoy mysteries
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.
Nov 16, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it
This Nancy Drew mystery was really good! I love that Ned was introduced and in the story a lot. I also enjoyed the mystery.
Nov 30, 2009 Stacey rated it liked it
Shelves: nancy-drew
Not the most mysterious of the Nancy Drew books and there was no doubt as to who "did it", but still a good read non the less.
Aug 22, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one.
Apr 07, 2014 MK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nancy solved the mystery and got a boyfriend. Look at her go!
Dec 27, 2016 Mikell rated it it was amazing
This is maybe my top 3 favorite
Jul 05, 2009 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book we finally meet Ned. The handsome and helpful boyfriend of stylish and super smart Nancy!
Oct 28, 2015 Mikayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nancy-drew, mystry
Still one of my favorite Nancy Drews.
Oct 01, 2015 Tammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, audio
I listened to the audio and the fake Swedish accent was painful! I would have much rather listened to no accent.
Feb 15, 2017 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh sweet Ned. I finally got to see the introduction of Ned, and it made me smile. Ned and Mr. Drew are my heroes, I do believe.

Nancy has a way of finding herself in danger, but brilliantly solves the case along with her friends and family. Each situation winds together to create a wonderfully fun story to read, from the diary, the baker, and even a cup of tea.
This one was cute because we got to meet NED!!!!
Jan 10, 2017 Ryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A-ron Sprank
Nancy Drew and her friends, get involved in a big case, which Nancy solves, from a diary.
Feb 28, 2017 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the Nancy Drew mysteries when I was a kid, and I'm having fun reading through them again!!! What a good role model she is for young girls!!
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