The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk (Nancy Drew, #17)
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The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk (Nancy Drew #17)

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A trunk that Nancy receives from her father for a trip to Buenos Aires becomes the center of a mystery.
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Applewood Books (first published January 1st 1940)
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John Yelverton
One of the more dated Nancy Drew books, but cruise ships and mysteries do tend to go hand in hand.
Faye
so, I think that I have the original 1940's version by Grosset and Dunlap and the story line is similar to the plot that is outlined here on Goodreads but...there is no South African roommate and they are going to South America not South Africa. They meet a friend on board named Nestrelda Darlington whose trunk is also labeled with the initials N.D. hence the mixup with the trunks. Nestrelda's mother is the one who is implicated with stealing the jewelry not some roommate. Very curious about the...more
Raven Reviewer
May 11, 2014 Raven Reviewer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Another mystery finds Nancy, Bess and George when they embark on an ocean voyage on the Winschoten and a brass-bound trunk is delivered to their room.

This might be an older writing style written for younger readers but it sure is an entertaining, fast read. The most remarkable characteristic of this plot-driven, action-packed mystery adventure is readers are on a need-to-now basis. If readers do not need to know something, it is not in the book. There are many characters but we are not told thei...more
Miri
Nancy, Bess and George are aboard a cruise ship, when a trunk baring the initials ND is delivered to Nancy's room by mistake and she oversees two people communicating in sign language talking about her, she becomes embroiled in the mystery of jewel thieves, she also comes to the aid of Nelda, the girl sharing the cabin with the girls. Nelda has been accused of stealing a valuable bracelet and has been threatened and followed onto the ship. Can Nancy exonerate the girl and discover the mystery of...more
Phe☽♃
Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 17th book in the Nancy Drew series.

While on a ship bound for New York, Nancy and her friends are drawn into a mystery involving a trunk, a mysterious girl from South Africa, and jewel thieves.


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 certai...more
Jen
Eeee, Nancy!

I love the old books. The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk was ALWAYS my favourite as a child. I think I read it about fourteen times. I guess now I know why I'm obsessed with cruise ships.

Things I adore about this novel (some serious, some not-so-much):

1. The fact that Ned is MIA. He was so unutterably boring, and as a kid, I used to ask my Mother why Nancy was with him. His name was Ned Nickerson for crying out loud. She deserved much better.

2. Nancy's cheatin' ways. I love how sh...more
Tabi34
This Nancy Drew was somewhat different - the girls weren't anywhere near River Heights and the "boys" didn't show up until the end.

Nancy and her friends are returning to New York from Holland on a cruise ship when there is a mix-up with the trunks. Of course, Nancy has to snoop and finds out the trunk is loaded with precious gems and secret government documents. The bad guys try to get the trunk back, but Nancy foils them and all ends well.

In this book, Nancy gets tossed overboard and is left...more
Kaethe
I love the cover shown up here, which is nothing like the lavender 70s cover mine had. I may well become a Nancy purist in my old age. So far I've been content with denouncing the Case Files and later series, but yeah, any day I could start waving my cane and complaining about the 50s versions.
Kiana Domenech
This book is a classic and its mystery and I obviously love a good mystery and I just loved it in general and id recommend to read this because its a really good book.
Jaclyn
Everyone needs a little bit of Nancy Drew in their lives. I loved this particular mystery when I was in elementary school...but it strangely vanished from the school library after the first time I read it and I never could get my hands on it again (the public library didn't have it either). I recently found it at a used book store, so it was time for a re-read.

I much prefer the writing style of the older Nancy Drews, before they were updated. (This one is the original 1940 version.) They are not...more
Rachel Brand
I recently recieved a whole load of books back from a young friend of mine, ranging from Babysitters Club books to rather battered Nancy Drew novels. This was one of them, but apparently I'd leant this book out unread! I'm glad I got it back as it was a really cute little book which I enjoyed. I particularily liked the part where Nancy had her skirts "taken up" in the summer and "let down" in the winter - so quaint! I'm now trying to get some more Nancy Drew books and build up a little collectio...more
Melanie
Nancy faints from stress after George sustains a concussion. Nancy and their random roommate also end up being thrown off the oceanliner but are quickly rescued. They find piles of smuggled jewelry and papers in a steamer chest that looks just like Nancy's.
Evelynn {The Literary Pianist}
It's so hard writing reviews for Nancy Drew books. For the original 56, that is. So I'm going to keep it brief.

This mystery almost didn't keep me on edge and guessing like the others did. Could be that this "Carolyn Keene" was the newest one at the time and her mystery development was a little different. I'm not sure. It just didn't seem as intriguing as usual. But, sheesh, it's a Nancy Drew book. It was really good anyway, and it brought back memories of trips to the library and going home with...more
Julie
A real mystery till the very end.
Stacey
This one was a real quick read and seemed to be one of the longer books that I have read in this series. I was really surprised my Nancy being such a tease in this book. I don't know at the time of this book being written if "sign language" had been established fully because she kept calling it the finger alphabet and they weren't using signs. The charges against the men didn't seem as bad as they should have been. Assault with a deadly weapon, attempt at murder, robbery, etc. That was quite the...more
Rachel
I absolutely refuse to listen to anyone claiming that someone my age (or older!) is too old for Nancy Drew books. This is the first time I've read one in two years, and even though it was a re-read, I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed it. There is something about Nancy that people never get too old for, and to paraphrase from my good friend Ely: There is always a time when people need Nancy in their lives again. I'm very glad this Christmas holiday happened to be one of those times for me!
george
Nancy, Bess and George are sailing to New York and run into a mystery even at sea. Nancy's trunk is confused with another, that isn't quite right. Cant they trust their South african roommate? Are there international jewel thieves on board? Can Nancy solve the mystery before they arrive in New York? "Finger talking," a suspicious steward and a mischevious little boy all add to the confusion.

Like all the others, this Nancy Drew is exciting. Not the best out there, but definitely a good and easy r...more
♆ 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 Frank Dixon. I also loved the Hardy Boys. No wonder I loved these series.
Jessi
Again, a case of mistaken identity. This time with a piece of luggage. Cute story. Nancy actually travels outside Riverton Heights to solve this one. And it's on a boat! With South Africans! No mention of the oppression there but then, the book was written in the 1940's. Also gives Nancy a chance to showcase her abilities (understanding some American sign language). This was the cleaned up '70s version, I wonder how different the '40s version must have been.
Tricia
I remember my mum's American friend bought me this when I was little. I absolutely loved endless mystery series in which fairly bland protagonists solved unlikely mysteries time and time again. I'm a bit too cynical to re-read any Nancy Drew books now, but at the time I absolutely loved them. I think the series goes on for too long to be taken seriously - you can definitely have too much of a good thing - but this book alone stood out as my favourite. Ahh, nostalgia.
Amy
ships ahoy! nancy and her gal pals land on the dutch ship wischoten for some salty, seafaring, shenanigans! the foreign ship setting is very refreshing, having a titanticesque feel to it- minus the sinking, of course. handsome gents, passengers & staff alike, help the girls onboard, adding some interesting eye candy. chivalry, carolyn keene realizes, should never go out of style. i just hope ned, burt and dave don't get wind of it.
Barbara
Just wanted to see if I'd ever read this and discovered I hadn't. What's amazing to me is that I can actually differentiate between the books. They are so formulaic and predictable but I still had to finish it before I put it down. I actually carried it to the theater with me so I could read it between acts. It's not that it's good - it's just a bit addictive - probably my escapist reading. Better than romance.
Heather
Oct 12, 2007 Heather rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids
I wanted to read one of the Nancy Drew series again because I loved them as a kid and there's a new Nancy Drew movie coming out.

I really don't understand what I liked to much about these books when I was younger. The mystery wasn't that tough to figure out, nothing too complicated. I was really surprised at how much I didn't like it.
Deanna
This book is about girls that are dtectevs.
Macjest
Last year I read the book Girl Sleuths and remember the mention of how the books were changed from the first release. It said that sections were removed. So I decided to get the two different versions and compare. Hah! The two books were 99.99% completely different. The only similarity between the two was the three girls and the trunk!
Macjest
Last year I read the book Girl Sleuths and remember the mention of how the books were changed from the first release. It said that sections were removed. So I decided to get the two different versions and compare. Hah! The two books were 99.99% completely different. The only similarity between the two was the three girls and the trunk!
Mary Lou Moench
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.
Nancy St. Clair
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Luisa
It's always fun reading a new Nancy Drew mystery, and this one was particularly entertaining because Nancy was taking an intercontinental trip, which I'm about to do. As usual, Nancy saved the day by solving the mystery behind an international jewelry smuggling ring.
Stacia
I finished my book with none in the queue, and not being one typically to reread books, I picked this up since I remember almost nothing of it from when I was a kid. Not a keeper of books, I kept this because it is signed with a note to me by Carolyn Keene.
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Carolyn Keene is a writer pen name that was used by many different people- both men and women- over the years. The company that was the creator of the Nancy Drew series, the Stratemeyer Syndicate, hired a variety of writers. For Nancy Drew, the writers used the pseudonym Carolyn Keene to assure anonymity of the creator.

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