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Mystery of the Glowing Eye (Nancy Drew #51)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,598 ratings  ·  61 reviews
A fiery glowing eye in a museum, the abduction of Ned, the code name Cyclops, and a pilotless helicopter draw Nancy and her friends into a dangerous investigation.

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When Nancy Drew eagerly agrees to help her lawyer father solve the mystery of the glowing eye, she has no way of knowing that it will involve the kidnapping of her close friend Ned Nickerson.

Hardcover, 181 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Grosset & Dunlap, Inc (first published January 1st 1974)
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John Yelverton
Danger and intrigue haunt Nancy Drew in this thrilling addition to the book series.
Nancy seems a lot less mature in this one than in the other ones. Less of a put-together woman and more of an infantilized teenager. She randomly stares into space a lot, I guess from all the concussions, though she hasn't lost consciousness in three books.

In the first chapter a pilotless^ helicopter crashes in Nancy's yard. From it Nancy discovers that Ned Nickerson has been kidnapped (after sussing out a "lost textile process*," natch). Also some 24-year-old attorney proposes to Carson Drew.

This Nancy Drew was published in 1974. If it had existed and I had read it in 1970. I would have given it 4 stars. I enjoyed this book for all the reasons I enjoyed Nancy as a kid-Nancy's independence, persistence in pursuing the clues to a nice tidy mystery ending. (and I'm still envious of her roadster) Nancy investigates a strange eye shaped glowing light in a museum and the kidnapping of Ned. The coincidences of all the clues leading to ending of these mysteries bugged me a lot as a huge Nan ...more
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Nancy Drew: Mystery of the Glowing Eye was a really great book I loved it a lot, it is about a girl named Nancy Drew who is on a mystery to find her friend Ned Nickerson who suposedly was kidnapped by someone or something called the cyclops. Nancy and her friends Beth and George try to go and uncover the mysterious case of the glowing eye which Nancy thinks that the cyclops and the mystery of the glowing eye are all connected some how and she needs to know why and try to save her friend Ned from ...more
Another enjoyable (if completely unbelievable) Nancy Drew book. I think that this one tops it for incredible situations, with Ned Nickerson kidnapper (the police almost completely inactive on this very serious crime), and all kinds of crazy inventions with electricity. I'm no science major, but the the science in this one is pretty farfetched. Still, great fun. New developments also with the trio and their boyfriends (lots of on-campus fun). The original books were written before women generally ...more
Sarah Bliss
I'm giving this 3 stars for quality of writing, but I would give it 5 for the nostalgic joy it gave me. My friend found it in the lake cabin we were renting, and I was SO HAPPY. It took me right back to childhood summers with Mom's old books and whatever I could get my hands on at the public library. Loved it.

The plot itself was startlingly dated, relying heavily on the newest technologies of 1974. The language, too, was very much of that era, as were the gender roles. (I always thought of Nancy
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first book i ever read!
The Mystery of the Glowing Eye is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 51st book in the Nancy Drew series.

Nancy Drew and her friends explore the Anderson Museum at Emerson College to solve the kidnapping of Ned Nickerson. And a fiery glowing eye in the museum, the code name Cyclops, and a pilotless helicopter draw them further into the dangerous investigation.

I’ve always been a voracious reader. So, as a child, one of my favorite things about summer was the frequent trip
This is by far the best of the Nancy Drew series. When I give it a five - it's based on the others in the series.

Ned has been kidnapped and Nancy is hot on the trail to find him. Unfortunately, she just misses the kidnapper on occasion. This is the first book where we see some true emotion from Nancy. I think the character has finally evolved to more of a real person instead of girl wonder with an endless supply of money and time. She worries over Ned. Ned should be happy - it's the first time
I enjoyed this book--it wasn't as goofy as I had remembered it. The kidnapping of someone Nancy cared about and Nancy's jealousy over her dad's new researcher brought some emotion to it that is usually lacking, though I wasn't impressed with Nancy's workaholism to avoid those emotions. Nancy and her dad's inability to find time to communicate was different and the mystery and sleuthing were fairly good.
A fun mystery that I am glad I read. The only thing I didn't like was how easy it was to guess who did it in the book. Overall a fun read.
this is one of the best nancy drew books i've ever read.
Jessica Cleveland
By far my favorite Nancy Drew book!
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my daughter's book.
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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.
Not my favorite Nancy Drew. The mystery was a bit too all over the place.
Angel Leo
I read so many Nancy Drew books in middle school that I forget how many and which ones, but this one I do remember because of the eye on the cover. It was so creepy and cool. I loved the old books. Read some of the new ones as well. I remember receiving this one in the mail from the library. Our library used to send books that you put on hold to you in the mail. I loved it because it was like getting a gift.
Nancy Drew is the reason that I read mysteries in the first place. I have always liked them and am enjoying reading the ones that I have missed over the years. They are very well written and easy to follow. I do at times wish she had a cell phone but then I remember that a lot of these books were written before cell phones were such a big part of our lives.
Elizabeth Cribb
I read and gave reviews of all the books I'd won, and out of reading material, I found this book I'd read in grade school. Back then I read everything by Carolyn Keene the library had. It really brought back memories of characters long forgotten. Then I would have given it 5 stars; now as an adult it gets a three.
Brandy Kemper
Another surprisingly well written ND mystery. A lot more emotion in this book which I like. This story about Ned's kidnapping was intriguing and their reunion at the end was very sweet. I couldn't wait to finish it!
I love almost all the Nancy Drew series (mostly because I've never read some of them) and I started reading them in fifth grade. "Mystery of the Glowing Eye" was one of the first Nancy Drew books I ever read, and I thought it was amazing! If you like Mystery/Crime books you'll love this book. SO READ IT!
This book is one I received from a grandmother when I was 2-years-old. Eventually, while I was still in preschool I started reading this book when my mother complained of having a headache. What amazed her was the fact that where I picked up the reading was where we left off. On a new chapter!
Finally! Nancy shows some weakness and, surprisingly, it lasts a good part of the book. And then she gets it together and impossibly solves the mystery. Of course, the story had the same implausibility many others, but it was nice to see Nancy isn't Little Miss Perfect.
... I like falling back into these old books. There's a simplicity to them - but following this series is one of the things the got me reading in the first place. Not one of the best Drew books, but fair enough.
Ned has been kidnapped! A mysterious, un-piloted helicopter lands in Nancy's yard with a warning about "Cyclops." Nancy needs to sort through Ned's notes and mysterious warning in order to save her boyfriend.
One of the more dangerous books I've read in the series. It involves some actual weapons. It lacked the whimsy that makes the books so special.
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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.

Edna and Harriet Stratemeyer inherited the company from their father Edward Str
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