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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 1940)
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Mimi
May 06, 2015 Mimi rated it really liked it
Not only is my edition old enough that pieces of the pages were crumbling off while I was reading, but it is apparently the original plot instead of a re-vamped one.
Delightful, fun re-read. Definitely hit the spot.
In case you are wondering, this book is about two minutes shorter to read that the time it takes to play a Little League baseball game :)
Jessaka
Jun 11, 2015 Jessaka rated it it was ok
The was not one of my favorites. I couldn't even find a mystery in it, so to speak.
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
One of the more dated Nancy Drew books, but cruise ships and mysteries do tend to go hand in hand.
Simone Sylvester
It started out pretty slow. And I cheated on this book by reading like 2 others over the time it took to read this. This started with Nancy Drew returning from her fabulous vacation in South Africa! La-de-da-da! Sees a man using the deaf's sign-language. Has credible knowledge of the deaf's sign language. Sees HER name being spelled. Shares cabin with important character (who is also charming and reasonable, and not in any way suspicious or evil. Receives a **Mysterious brass-bound trunk** ident ...more
Faye
Apr 14, 2011 Faye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Tamara Vallejos
Jun 04, 2015 Tamara Vallejos rated it really liked it
The version I read is the revised one, about Nancy and friends on cruise liner from Holland to NYC. Which is what made it so interesting because this is the first time in 17 books that Nancy has been in a life threatening situation in which she legitimately could have died a horrible death. It lasted just for a couple pages but you can certainly feel the stakes ramping up as the series goes on. Plus, this is the first book that mentions the girls getting kisses from the trio of boys (when they a ...more
Heather
Oct 12, 2007 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  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.
Angela
My first classic Nancy Drew book since I was little, and I am presented with a random meteor that almost kills everyone on a cruise ship! This also has absolutely nothing to do with the story! Also, every chapter has to end with an exclamation!!!

Ah, Nancy Drew. I still love you.
Jentry
Oct 15, 2015 Jentry rated it liked it
This Nancy was silly. I loved how this one ended.
Ashley
Oct 18, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Abbie
Have to say, it's not my favorite ND mystery. Plot was drawn out with seemingly frivolous turns-of-events, with the many relationships and potential love interests. The mystery itself wrapped up too fast with Nancy solving it in a jiffy without hardly explaining how she came to the conclusion or the reader finding clues for themselves within the chapters. But at least I can say that I've read it.
Marci
Feb 23, 2017 Marci rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
This one was rough. A random meteor shows up in the middle and is never mentioned again? The language was pretty dated and the plot dragged. Not my favorite.
Raven Reviewer
Apr 27, 2014 Raven Reviewer rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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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
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Phe
Nov 13, 2013 Phe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 cer
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I have been a Nancy Drew fan since I was about eight, and can still remember scouring the book tables on RIF days, or the Scholastic book flyers ("Get this nifty tiger poster free with your purchase!")... all in pursuit of that spunky, Titian-haired sleuth.
Today I am building up my collection of older editions of these books, and I found "Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk" two weekends ago. I have to say this is not one of the better ones. I like the N.D. mysteries that have the intrigue of ghos
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Tabi34
Aug 19, 2012 Tabi34 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nancy-drew
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
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American
Jan 02, 2016 American rated it it was amazing
Nancy Drew is my all time favorite detective book character, and one of my all time favorite book characters of all time. Nancy Drew is a classic in my family. My family and I read them together so often. I often watch the black and white movies, and watch the 1970s TV show, but reading the original books by Carolyn Keene is fun for all the family. When my mom reads aloud, she sometimes adds some funny sentences, not silly non-sense sentences, but she adds something that seems like something th ...more
Margretchin (Author)
Nov 05, 2015 Margretchin (Author) rated it really liked it
Cruise ship. Deaf man and sign language. Knock on the door. No one there. White envelope. I've been followed. I'm not a thief. Captain Detweiler. I'm not a thief. It must be a meteor. Meteor crash in the ocean! Intruder! George wake up. Clear as mud. Boiler room. Rats! Nelda disappeared. Bruce, Chipper, and Tubby. Masquerade party. Cabin 130. Otto August. Hidden tray. Sapphires, diamonds, and rubies. Longstreet's. Little Bobby's clue. Crew can help find the necklace. Jewel thieves. Evil man. The ...more
Mikayla
This Nancy Drew was very badly rewritten. The story didn't seem to flow very well, it was just a choppy string of events leading up to a not so climactic ending. They didn't build up the bad guys very well, nor did that explain the reasons why they did many things. There were some plot holes such as Nelda says there were no other rooms available, and then they say the room next to them is not occupied. I guess the thing that got to me most was how overdramatic the girls were. One time they start ...more
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
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Miri
May 21, 2014 Miri rated it it was amazing
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
Stacey
Nov 11, 2009 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nancy-drew
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
george
May 20, 2008 george rated it liked it
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
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♆ 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.
Rachel Brand
Jun 04, 2008 Rachel Brand rated it it was amazing
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
Evelynn
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
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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.
Barbara
Sep 27, 2008 Barbara rated it it was ok
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.
Tricia
Aug 03, 2012 Tricia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood, own-it
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.
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