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The Clue in the Crumbling Wall (Nancy Drew #22)

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A sprawling estate was willed to a dancer who has vanished several years earlier. During their investigation at Heath Castle, Nancy, Bess and George realize that its crumbling walls contain a secret, but what is it? They search for clues in the neglected gardens of the vast estate, hoping to find a lead to the missing woman. Danger lurks in a castle tower and throughout th ...more
Hardcover, Revised text, 181 pages
Published February 1st 1945 by Grosset & Dunlap
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Gregory Gerard
Feb 26, 2010 Gregory Gerard rated it it was amazing
This has to be my all-time fave Nancy Drew mystery. It has an aging caslte, and hidden trails through the overgrown gardens, and boat trips up secret tributaries, and a cloister walk down to the beach, and a clandestine Poet's Nook...and on and on.

This is one guilty pleasure I do allow myself a grown-up read now and then on winter days by the fire.
Sara ♥
I remember reading this book when I was younger and really loving it. Don't get me wrong—it was cute and all—but not exactly something to write home about. Maybe it was The Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion that I really loved? (I'll try that one for the next challenge, as my "cozy" mystery...) The ending was a bit... anticlimactic to me...

Anyway, this book was a Nancy Drew version of Cinderella. The kind where Cinderella is a dancer who has been missing for 10 years, and in which the "prince"
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Donna
Nov 26, 2007 Donna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young girls
Well, I met a woman who collects Nancy Drew books. I haven't read any in a long time. We exchanged favorite titles so I went to the library and got out my 2 favorites and hers. I read all three and they were better than I remembered. This was my absolute favorite from adolescent days. The descriptions of the estate was just as wonderful as I remembered. I was impressed that Nancy was an interesting young woman - not the pablum I kind of remembered. But I did notice the edits. She now drives a sp ...more
John Yelverton
Sep 23, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
Yet another excellent addition to the Nancy Drew mystery book series.
Nicki
Nov 20, 2015 Nicki rated it it was amazing
When I want to escape for a few hours there is no where better to lose yourself than a Nancy Drew book.Easy to read,usually plenty of dangerous situations that you know Nancy will get out of some how.Yeah in the earlier mysteries you know who the bad guys are but who cares,you still can't beat a good Nancy Drew book and this mystery is one of my favourites.
Melanie
In chapter one, in a non-sequitur action sequence, Nancy finds a pearl in a freshwater clam from a door-to-door clam salesman. What the hell is a door-to-door clam salesman, besides another veiled reference to lesbianism? Ned Nickerson appears once in writing, but apparently he and the other guys are in South America.

Nancy helps find a missing woman whose inheritance is being mismanaged by a crooked lawyer. Part of the inheritance includes a Lost Textile Process.

Bess loses consciousness when she
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 19, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This is book 22 in the Nancy Drew Mystery series. The story is about a dancer that has been missing for 18 years and who needs to be found quickly because she stands to inherit a 'Heath Castle.' It starts out with Nancy's purse being stolen by a ten-year-old who's already a thug, and a young girl stealing rose bushes.

Nancy, George, and Bess encounter quite a bit of danger in the story as a boat they are in is rammed in a hit-and-run type of thing; there's an explosion in an abandoned factory th
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Elfiegirl
Sep 10, 2010 Elfiegirl rated it liked it
This was pretty good, but it seemed that the clues were too far apart and weren't pieced together properly until the last second. I felt this way with The Secret of the Glowing Eye.
I've been reading a lot of Nancy Drews this summer because i get a thirst for some mystery each summer.
The one i would recommend is The Secret Of The Broken Locket or something related to the Broken Locket, but I think that one's my favorite and i have read it at least four times.
Laura Bang
A fun mystery, involving a run-down castle (copied from a castle in England) down the river from River Heights and a missing dancer who will only inherit the estate if she can be found in three weeks. (I would like to inherit a castle...) Quite predictable, but this one has some great atmosphere while exploring the castle and grounds in pursuit of clues and treasures.

So, these aren't nearly as exciting as when I was 11 or so, but they're still fun to reread. As I said in my review for Behind the
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Natalie
Jun 27, 2010 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: series, mystery, ebook, 2010
I probably wouldn't hate reading these as a grown-up if I hadn't read them as a child. But they are a fun, nostalgic read for me. Even though Nancy's world is cliche and idealistic, it's sometimes comforting to turn to a book where you know everything will turn out a-ok in the end.
Linda
Mar 12, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
This has always been one of my two favorite Nancy Drew books. For an article that I wrote I read both the original text book and the revised text, same story but updated and condensed in the revised version.

Nancy looks for the missing dancer Florianna in the original text, Juliana in the revised text, the woman who will inherit Heath Castle. The clock is ticking and there are only 3 weeks before she will lose her inheritance completely if not found. Meanwhile, some shady men try to keep the danc
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LuAnn
Sep 21, 2015 LuAnn rated it it was amazing
What a great setting--old estate with overgrown gardens and a castle along a river and an old button factory where the buttons were made from river clams. And a great plot--missing heiress, vandals searching for a secret hidden in the walls, non-stop sleuthing by Nancy, Bess and George. Even some human interest with a wayward boy and the missing woman's needy sister and niece. I had forgotten how good this is. The part where George's clothes are stolen is humorous and the mention of a year later ...more
Chloe
Jun 11, 2016 Chloe rated it liked it
I love Nancy Drew, but I spotted a few weird mistakes in this book that I would have thought someone would have noticed: there was a few about the crippled dancer, who would "never walk again." The ghostwriter of this novel seemed to like the idea of this more than the reality, as there are several moments when the dancer seems to be perfectly fine - I remember specifically one scene where she "stands up" to accuse her attacker. But how can she stand up if she can't walk? Errors like these reall ...more
Jonny99
Nov 27, 2013 Jonny99 rated it liked it
While the title suggests a chapter in book by "This Old House" author Bob Villa, in fact, Nancy and her tubby cousin and her transsexual cousin have stumbled into another mysterious location to investigate mysterious goings-on by mysterious baddies. The book hews closely to the Drew formula with Nancy and her crew of relations - including hunky Carson Drew - poking around River Heights and its environs trying to restore an inheritance to its rightful, youthful, owner; a formula well known to Dre ...more
Phe
Jan 29, 2015 Phe rated it really liked it
The Clue in the Crumbling Wall is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 22nd book in the Nancy Drew series.

During their attempt to find a missing dancer before the woman loses the opportunity to inherit a castle, Nancy and her friends uncover a plot to keep the woman from her inheritance.


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 mo
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Madalyn Walker
May 18, 2015 Madalyn Walker rated it it was amazing
This book is really special to me because of the history it has in my family. Therefor, it enhances the meaning of the book for me. This book has such an amazing plot and setting. And once again, the characters are well written and described. They almost seem like you know them. I really enjoy how the story unfolds and the way that the main character finds her way through a puzzling mystery. This book is one of the best books I have ever read from this series.
Luisa
May 06, 2013 Luisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: nancy-drew, 2013
Nancy Drew is on fire! This book was a definite re-read for me, but that's fine. To crack this case, Nancy and her friends needed to find a missing dancer who had just two weeks (or so) to claim the estate her dead fiance willed to her after her disappearance. There was nothing extremely stand-out about this mystery, but it was fun. I always thought it was so funny that Nancy seems to be better at *everything* than her friends are--I mean, she even outruns athletic chum George a few times in thi ...more
Mr
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Amelia HUrley NOvatny 181 pages
Nancy Drew is asked to help find a missing dancer who is suposed to inherit a castle. She finds out the lawyer is trying to keep the missing dancer from inheriting the castle. There is suposedly a clue in the crumbling walls, and they would like to find it. There is also suposed to be a way that no one can inherit the castle but the dancer. Nancy finds that this is a glass slipper put into concrete. The lawyer tryes to get someone else to inherit the castle, but Na
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Caseyazalea
This was my favorite Nancy Drew book and the only one I remember well now, probably because I read it over and over again. I loved the gothic atmosphere of the old castle and the Cinderella story behind the mystery. I'm not sure if I should try reading it again now or just keep my younger-self's memory of it. We had the 1930's-1940's editions, not the later edited versions. I don't know if they would seem nostalgic now or just terribly dated.

Not going to add to my "read" list all the other Nanc
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Miyuki
May 08, 2016 Miyuki rated it it was amazing
What a Nancy Drew novel is supposed to be. I love the setting, the way the mystery is solved, and the ending is delivered well. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to start reading the classic Nancy Drew Mystery Stories.
Kim
Jul 12, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
I found this one in a used book store on a trip to Ocean City MD. As a somewhat lonely only child, I loved all of the girl detective books - the community, the friends and families, etc. As an adult, I love the nostalgia aspects. I also have to laugh at the inconsistancies and outright ridiculousness of the stories - the fact that her dad never seems to be home (always on a business trip), that any police department she calls instantly believes anything she says and responds with undercover offi ...more
Karsyn
Remember this one. Not a bad story and not quite as dated either, except for the police wanting help from a teenager. Better than most of the stories.
Brian
Mar 06, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorites. The first 1/3 or so of the book was pretty slow - I actually told my daughter I didn't think she would like it because it was so slow. But after that first 1/3 the pace picks up and this becomes a fast paced adventure story.
Sydney
Mar 10, 2015 Sydney rated it it was amazing
this one is the most adventourus book i have read so far.it's eally exciting,and you keep wondering what is she going to do next.
Sona
May 06, 2014 Sona rated it really liked it
Shelves: nancy, nancy-drew
read this 2 years back.I just remember bits and parts of it but i know i loved it:)
Brian Donaldson
the ending was wonderful it was also adventurous just like all others
Jackie Coughman
Nov 24, 2015 Jackie Coughman rated it it was amazing
i loved it especially the end when they have the party! so cool!
Connie
Oct 31, 2015 Connie rated it really liked it
There's something so soothing about rereading Nancy Drew as an oldster. I read a lot of the early N. Drew's when I was 9 or 10 from a collection at my grandmother's house. I'm not sure to whom they originally belonged--maybe my aunt or some older cousins. Today was a gorgeous day in the 60's to sit out on the balcony and read a whole book. Of course, the same tried and true plot outline as all Nancy Drew books but I love that. The excitement of a mystery without the stress of having to worry tha ...more
Tabi34
Oct 14, 2012 Tabi34 rated it really liked it
I read this one as a break from my Stephen King novel. I needed to be a bit grounded. This one has Nancy trying to save a widow and her troubled little girl from their financial troubles while finding a famous dancer who disappeared 10 years prior.

For once there were no boys. Ok, Salty the singing calm seller and Mr. Drew. But this one was all Nancy, a female police Lt. and George and Bess. The manage to solve the mystery and save the day. While this one wasn't edge of the sit nail biting - it
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Christiana Pearce
This is probably my favorite Nancy Drew book!!
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