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The Clue of the Broken Locket (Nancy Drew #11)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,168 Ratings  ·  173 Reviews
Nancy Drew and her friends are plunged into a network of strange events when they visit Misty Lake. The very night they arrive, they meet pretty, red-haired Cecily Curtis, who seeks Nancy's help in solving two mysteries: one concerning Cecily's fiancé, Niko Van Dyke, a popular singer who believes that his record company is cheating him of royalty payments; the other, invol ...more
Hardcover, 178 pages
Published October 1st 1965 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published January 1st 1934)
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May 08, 2012 Phyllis rated it liked it
Shelves: nancy-drew
I've read both the 1934 and 1965 versions of this book, and it's an unusual Nancy Drew Mystery Story for two reasons: first of all, most of the 60s revisions just condense and update the original story. The 1965 version of Clue of the Broken Locket is a completely different story. Surprise number two, the 1965 version is a much better book. Broken Locket '34 is a pretty dumb, petty story of Nancy going out of her way to find the birth mother of a pair of baby twins because their adopted parents ...more
Oct 17, 2008 Keli rated it really liked it

Girl Detective Nancy Drew and her friends explore a mystery that involves a hidden family fortune, pirated records and a ghostly apparition.


Having never read any Nancy Drew mysteries, I was prepared to dislike this book. However chubby and girly Bess, her boyish cousin George and pragmatic and adventurous Nancy Drew won me over in the end. These girls are a little wholesome for a modern audience. However it never comes off as saccarine. Just that the girls have incredibly polite ma
Jun 10, 2013 Karen rated it it was ok
For as many of them as there are and as popular as they purportedly have been over decades of readers, this was a huge disappointment. Nancy Drew is full of bland, shallow characters, predictable and slow-paced action, and boring and unnecessary detail.

First things first -- characters. A good writer can take a character you don't really want to like and make you like them, as with Sherlock Holmes. Yes, he's brilliant, but he's very annoying. However, you can't help but like him, faults and all.
Dec 29, 2015 Ann♥♪♪♪♪ rated it it was amazing
Really cool cover and intriguing mystery (actually mysteries), with Nancy, Ned, George, Bess, Dave, and Burt. Several mysteries for them to solve in this one - including from a long time ago! Plenty of bravery and persistence for good in the book with them not letting bad people, as well as danger, stop them from doing the right things. I read the book with friends and that always adds to the fun. I mentioned on my blog what book I was currently reading and that got another friend's post about r ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 19, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This is the eleventh book in the Nancy Drew mystery series. The revised text version of the book covers the story of a group of guys who are pirating records, kidnapping people, and mistreating kids. The local police don't really have any respect for Nancy and she doesn't get much cooperation from them until near the end of the story.

The story also involves inheritance and hidden treasure from the time of the Civil War. There's also a phantom ship, a sabotaged canoe, the broken locket, a hidden
John Yelverton
Sep 23, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
One of the very first Nancy Drew books that I ever read, and therefore one of my favorites.
Jun 13, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
I still love these books I read as a kid!
Fayth Williams
This was the first Nancy Drew book I ever read as a child. I remember the library did not have the book I wanted, so my mother told me to "Try a mystery! Nancy Drew is interesting."

And that was the beginning of my entire childhood.
Jul 13, 2010 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Bored young girls at their grandparents' house
Recommended to Caroline by: myself
When I was nine, I picked this book up out of boredom during an extended stay at my grandparents’ house. Browsing through my granddad’s old library of massive historical volumes and other classics, I found that this it was the only book anywhere close to my comprehension level. As soon as I started reading it, I immediately became engrossed in the quaint old-fashioned mystery (whose plot I now have entirely forgotten), and stayed up late that night to finish it. My captivation with this book may ...more
Apr 14, 2015 Dane rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, kids-books
This was one of my favorite Nancy Drew books when I was a kid. It doesn't quite hold up in the same way for me - it was never going to - but it brought back lots of fun memories of how rapt I used to be reading this.
Jan 28, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books from childhood!!!
Diane Walker
May 16, 2015 Diane Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The energetic girl was adept at handling the car, and guided it skillfully down the drive in reverse gear. Often Hannah Gruen would shudder as she watched her mistress, predicting that Nancy would some come into collision with the big oak tree near the curb. However, it was Carson Drew who, while driving, had pulled a large-sized strip of bark from the trunk. The fenders of Nancy's cars had never so much as been scratched." Page 13, Chap II, Clue of the Broken Locket.

1934, bitches. And it's the
Emily W
Apr 08, 2015 Emily W rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: preteen/early teen girls
Recommended to Emily W by: Mum
When I was a mere 12 year old, The Clue of the Broken Locket was the first Nancy Drew book I ever read. It was the same year that the Nancy Drew movie (starring Emma Roberts) came out - and I was hooked on Nancy.

Now, seven years later, I have re-read my very first Nancy Drew book. And I found it to be, well, all a little bit ridiculous really.
The clues! which all happen to tie in with the mystery (does she ever find anything irrelevant?)
The cliffhangers! at the end of EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER!
The c
Britney Ou
Jun 09, 2015 Britney Ou rated it it was amazing
The title of this book is " The Clue of the Broken Locket" by Carolyn Keene. The key characters in this book is detective Nancy Drew and her detective teammates. The main event that occur in this book is Nancy and her teammates is solving the mystery of helping a family to find their family treasures that had been taken by some other people. The central idea of this book is to teach us to help other people when they needed help and we should help each other. I think the genre of this book is my ...more
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
Poleth Mercado
May 05, 2015 Poleth Mercado rated it it was amazing
Unlike the other few books that I have read by Keene on the Nancy Drew stories, I liked this book out of the ones I have read. In this book I like how she discovers so much clues in just a broken locket. I like how all the mysteries just pile on top of each other, and then we soon find out who's the cruel one. I recommend it to people who of course like mystery, and suspense. The number one reason that I really like this book was because so many people are involved in this one clue, that it ends ...more
Laura Verret
Jan 03, 2015 Laura Verret rated it really liked it
Mr. Carson Drew has a case for his daughter Nancy. It seems that one, Mr. Winch, has been frightened away from a summer resort by the sight of a ghostly barge drifting across the bay. Is Nancy interested in investigating? You better believe it!

But when Nancy arrives, she finds that there is more to this case than merely an apparition. Also of interest are the mysterious Driscolls who live just up the road at Pudding Stone Lodge. Why are they so surly – and secretive? And are they the minds behin
Jul 02, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it
My reason for rereading my childhood favorite is to solve the who's, why's and hows.. 11/11 so far. A welcome break in between novels.
Isabelle Ley
Sep 28, 2015 Isabelle Ley rated it liked it
I read the 1934 version of this book, which is completely different from the later version. It was a little cheesy and clues just fell into Nancy's lap, but that is just a Nancy Drew thing. That really is why you read Nancy Drew novels. In the version I read, Nancy tries to reunite a pair of twins, Jay and Janet, with their real parents, because the people who adopted them, the Blairs, are actors who just want to groom Jay and Janet for the stage. The Blairs are not suited to be parents, though. ...more
Holli Marie
Nov 28, 2015 Holli Marie rated it it was amazing
This is 1 of my fav ND's. I loved the settings, the cast, and the adventure.
Feb 22, 2012 Katyana rated it it was amazing
Quick book summary.In the beginning Nancy goes to a cottage with Bess and George. When they get their Nancy see a girl who looks alot like Cecily.They meet Cecily who has a mystery involving a family treasure hidden before the Cilvil War.Cecily's only clue being half a gold locket.In the middle someone plans attacks on Nancy and the cottage. Nancy visits the neighbors who have twins but the twins get beat and slapped by their parents. At the end the neighbors decided to leve early but Nancy get ...more
Dec 17, 2008 Meadow rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Nancy Drew and her fiends are plunged into a network of strange events when they visit Misty Lake. The very night they arrive, they meet pretty, red-haired, Cecily Curtis, who seeks Nancy’s help in solving two mysteries: one concerning Cecily’s fiancé, Niko Van Dyke, a popular singer who believes that his record company is cheating him of royalty payments” the other, involving a family treasure hidden before the start of the Civil War---Cecily’s only clue being half of a gold locket. Nancy’s inv ...more
Jan 29, 2015 Phe rated it really liked it
The Clue of the Broken Locket is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 11th book in the Nancy Drew series.

Nancy Drew and her friends visit Misty Lake, where they find a mystery involving a gold locket and a family's hidden treasure.

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 certain age (ahem), my love for myste
Sarah Sammis
Jul 13, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My library mostly has copies of the re-written versions of the Nancy Drew series from the 1950s and 1960s. So when I saw a reprint of the original text (obvious from the reproduced cover art) I had to grab it to see what an unaltered Nancy Drew is like. The one I read was The Clue of the Broken Heart which is the 11th in the series.

The story begins in media res. Nancy's father is working on the adoption of twin babies by a celebrity couple. Just after the deed is done a note surfaces begging the
Aug 20, 2014 LittleDeadRedGoddess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books
I find that each story gets better with Nancy. The characters become far more formed and as her world expands the mysteries do as well.
This was a fun little mystery with a change of pace. Nancy had all of her friends involved and the setting of the mystery was fun, a cottage in the woods.
This is the best so far and I wouldn't be surprised if each one gets better as we go along for awhile.
I use these books as something to read before I go to sleep, a chapter or two as I am dosing off and these ar
Evelyn Montez
Apr 01, 2015 Evelyn Montez rated it really liked it
It was a good book ilkiked the mystery .And I liked how the book was very easy to read .It was alitttle to short .Nacy drews storys are always my faviroite .They are very mysterious and very funny at times .This one in particular was very easy to like it.I wish it was longer .I recommend this book to any one who likes a mystery .
Susanna S571
I can see why some people don't like the Nancy Drew books. They do get a little predictable, and sometimes the characters are so square and squeaky clean that it's irritating. That being said, I have such fond memories of reading this series and just loving the way Nancy drove around in her car, solving mysteries and putting in their place everyone who thought that a teenage girl should be sitting at home waiting for marriage. It was also my first experience with mystery, a genre I still really ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's something satisfying after reading a lot of adult crime and mystery novels, in which things don't always add up, in reading a book like this where the mystery, if a bit ridiculous, at least ties everything together. I mean, it's not realistic, I suppose, but to an extent, it's a relief.
Kat High
Jan 16, 2016 Kat High rated it really liked it
Nancy Drew books are always fun reads. I noticed a little more of the "thought process" explored in this one than in the other ones I've read, which can be tedious for an adult but is also probably important for developing intuition and deductive reasoning in children.
Melissa Namba
Nov 25, 2015 Melissa Namba rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-lucy
Nancy Drew is great for pre teens. I don't think she would really hold a teenagers attention, because she is quite, well, wholesome. The teens are looking at Pretty Little Liars and things like that. This one is about an inheritance and nearly identical cousins (think Patty Duke). I am starting to remember why I didn't like Bess much as a kid. The acrobat part was minimal and I think the story could have gone without any characters being involved in that.
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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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