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

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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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Phyllis
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
Keli
Synopsis

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

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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
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Karen
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.
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John Yelverton
One of the very first Nancy Drew books that I ever read, and therefore one of my favorites.
Caroline
Jul 13, 2010 Caroline rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Dane
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.
Diane Walker
"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
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Emily
Apr 08, 2015 Emily rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: preteen/early teen girls
Recommended to Emily 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
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Rachel
I still love these books I read as a kid!
Britney Ou
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
Poleth Mercado
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
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
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Judy
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.
Katyana
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
Meadow
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
Phe☽♃
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
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Sarah Sammis
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
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LittleDeadRedGoddess
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
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Evelyn Montez
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
Connie
I got distracted by the description of the boy/girl set of twins as "identical," but aside from that, I enjoyed the story. I'm also fascinated with trying to figure out the geography of the N. D. Books. This one appeared to take place somewhere near Baltimore. Just where is River Heights anyway?
Chris
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.
Ellen
One of the better Nancy Drews! This has a cabin in the woods, a haunting, a possible kidnapping, riddles to find treasure, and Ned! What more could you want from a Nancy Drew?

I also found it humorous that one of the big crimes in this one was record pirating. They didn't see the digital age coming...
Melanie
Nancy, Bess, and George meet a random redhaired girl who is promptly knocked unconscious by an unknown assailant.

Random redhaired girl and her boyfriend are later knocked unconscious again by *another* unknown assailant who hurled a rock at them from behind.

Another story where two mysteries end up being one, and where instead of solving the mystery, it is overheard by Nancy. Also, Mildred Wirt Benson makes fun of herself when a couple of assailants just so happen to have extra cords in their poc
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Jennifer
Don't ya just love Nancy, Bess and George? They just love sleuthing! Fun read but too many typos in the Kindle edition I read. How many time can "clue" be spelled "due"? It seems like everyone was getting hit on the head in this one.
Madison
Nancy's 11th book begins! Now this one introduces Nancy's two most best friends, Bess and George. They help her discover or unravel the bizarre mystery about the locket.




I love the fact that her friends are always there for Nancy.
Mr
Amelia Hurley Novatny 178 pages

Nancy is going on this trip to a lake to stay with a lady at a cottage. She has heard that this place is haunted with a 'Phantom Launch'. The woman she is staying with is trying to find her family fortune. Teh place where they are searching is getting suspicious. They are trying to get them away from the house, and the other one is just downright mean. The mean one locked her on the roof! The message of where the treasure is is in an iron bird. They try to hurt nan
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Kailyn Draeger
Very interesting story that was very well-written! Even though it was intended to be read by younger readers, I still enjoyed the book. A quick read that would be enjoyed by any who like mysteries.
Lauren Iuppa
The Nancy Drew series can be for older children in the older grade levels as in 4th grade through at least 6th grade. I find that the series gives children the mystery aspect of how mysteries work and gives them an imagination bigger than they know by showing how mysteries work and they can predict what is happening. I loved reading these books as a child because I liked knowing what a mystery was and making my own mystery based off there clues and story. There great books for the older generati ...more
Emma
I really liked this book. Sometimes there were a lot of things going on, so it got a little confusing. Besides that, it was a really good book.
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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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