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The Clue in the Crossword Cipher (Nancy Drew #44)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  3,726 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Lovely young Carla Ponce, a resident of Peru, invites Nancy, Bess and George to visit her and solve a mystery that promises to lead to a fabulous treasure. A clue is carved on an intriguing wooden plaque belonging to Carla’s family. When a notorious gang headed by El Gato steals the priceless relic, Nancy quickly recovers the old plaque. Through clever deductions, ...more
Hardcover, 177 pages
Published 1967 by Grosset & Dunlap
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Stacey
Dec 11, 2012 Stacey rated it really liked it
Shelves: nancy-drew
I love how they are always ragging on Bess for her weight. This book more than any they really got into her about it. OMG she is over 100 lbs! She is going to break the alpaca's back!
John Yelverton
Sep 25, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
Yet another great addition to the Nancy Drew mystery book series.
Melanie
This book has probably the greatest amount of WTFery to date.

In this edition of The Nancy Travelogues, Nancy and B&G go to South America! To decode some old plaque. I was hoping for more of a treasure-in-plain-sight thing like with the NYT Crossword Puzzle, but no luck. Nancy dives into a creek to save the plaque, and takes a ride on a runaway ox. Nancy almost gets sucked out of a plane (at a high cruising altitude, the passenger door just falls off the fuselage! For some reason they fly all
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Tabi34
Jul 29, 2013 Tabi34 rated it really liked it
The Nancy Drew mysteries are so innocent. In this one, Nancy and her friends travel to Peru to solve a 300-year-old mystery that has baffled generations. Nancy is hit in the head with a rock, and endures other dangers including almost being sucked out of the door of a plane.

I find it interesting that Nancy and her friends have unlimited funds to fly here and there. Once Beth did mention that her funds were getting a bit low, but the Ponces said not to worry - they would foot the bill.

This book
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Joe White
Dec 09, 2013 Joe White rated it liked it
Shelves: on-shelf, fiction
The format presented here appears as a forerunner to the Dan Brown location chasing sequences mystery/clue books. I was personally disappointed in the fact that this wasn't a decoding experience in the sense of code-breaking, which I had associated with "cipher" in the title. Instead it was just a socially reactive chase sequence where adversaries raced and tried to prevent Nancy Drew from determining the meaning of a token object plaque. Naturally, the plaque was a shorthand emblem representing ...more
Irene
Nov 30, 2014 Irene rated it it was amazing
Hello, old friend. This, hands down, was my favorite Nancy Drew book of all time when I started reading the series in the late 70's and the only copy I still have on my bookshelves. I am pretty sure it inspired my lifelong love of travel and exploration (no BS and not to be melodramatic, but really). Of course, when I was 11 or 12, I didn't realize how implausible and unrealistic ND's ability to travel so last minute to South America was, but that is the beauty of being a kid - your imagination ...more
Phe
Jan 29, 2015 Phe rated it really liked it
The Clue in the Crossword Cipher is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 44th book in the Nancy Drew series.

Eighteen-year-old Nancy Drew and her friends travel to Lima, Peru, to solve a mystery involving a long-lost treasure and a puzzle of an ancient wooden plaque. The mystery might turn deadly, however, as Nancy uncovers a smuggling operation.


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
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Trailhoundz
Mar 09, 2015 Trailhoundz rated it really liked it
What? You didn't know that Nancy Drew went to Peru? Neither did I. I read a few Nancy Drew mysteries in middle school but giving that she didn't have a canine or equine sidekick, I lost interest in the series pretty fast. The past few months I've been raiding our library system for All Books Peru though, and when this came up I knew I had to give Nancy another shot. I think in terms of being a young adult book- compared to what you see at Barnes & Noble today- this is very dated and ...more
Leah
Jul 20, 2016 Leah rated it it was ok
I'm pretty sure I wanted to read this book 25 years ago. Too bad I didn't because reading Nancy Drew as an adult sucks.

Other than providing cool Peruvian facts, this book felt super fake. (People don't talk or act like they do in this book. And for that we should be thankful!) Consider a summary of Chapter 1:

CARLA'S FAMILY: Want to borrow our mysterious family heirloom, Nancy?

NANCY: Yes, please! I'll do my best to solve the 300-year-old puzzle.

CARLA'S FAMILY: Our niece is being stalked by a s
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LobsterQuadrille
Nov 05, 2016 LobsterQuadrille rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all Nancy Drew fans
I think this mystery stands out somewhat from many of the other Nancy Drew mysteries, at least in my view. I found that it wasn't as predictable as some of them, and we get to see more warmth in the character interactions, especially after Nancy's dangerous plane trip. Bess also gets a slightly bigger role, in which she shows courage and quick thinking. I found it very easy to become absorbed in the mystery, and I also really enjoyed all the interesting facts about the Inca that were worked ...more
Heather Barclay
Sep 28, 2015 Heather Barclay rated it it was amazing
This book I read is called The Clue In the Crossword Cipher. It is a really good book and it was written by Carolyn Keene. The genre of this book is mystery. In Nancy Drew the setting was in Peru. The main characters are Nancy Drew, a yonge detective, George Fayne, one of Nancy best friends, Bess Marvin, another one of Nancy's best friends and, Carla Ponce, a friend that needs a mystery to be solved. In this story, it is about Nancy, Carla, and her friends who have this plauq that may or may not ...more
Anne
Aug 11, 2016 Anne rated it liked it
Oh my. This one was a bit too unbelievable. Minutes after Nancy's friend allows her to take a mysterious family heirloom home, someone tries to steal it! How are the criminals always right there?! The bad guys were a little confusing as there seemed to be a lot of them and I didn't really understand who they were and what they were doing. It's also incredibly handy that Nancy's contacts are able to fly her and make travel arrangements at a moment's notice. She's even allowed by the Peruvian ...more
Gie
Apr 30, 2014 Gie rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
Told against the fascinating background of South America, this Nancy Drew mystery-adventure makes exciting reading. Lovely young Carla Ponce who lives in Peru invites Nancy and her friends Bess and George to visit her and solve her "monkey mystery," which promises to lead to a fabulous treasure. The clue is carved on an intriguing wooden plaque that is so old most of the crossword cipher is obliterated.

When a notorious gang headed by El Gato (The Cat) steals the priceless relic, Nancy's hopes of
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Freyja Vanadis
Apr 18, 2016 Freyja Vanadis rated it it was ok
I received this book as a prize for a spelling contest in 4th grade, and I liked it a lot back then because I was so into mystery stories. However, the Hardy Boys books were always tops for me, and even now I can see how superior the Hardy books are. "Carolyn Keene" has her girls basically giggling their way through their mysteries, or shedding tears at the drop of a hat. And Bess Marvin, the poor creature, is nothing but a big overweight mess of emotions. She's the female equivalent of Chet ...more
Bailey Canham
Sep 02, 2016 Bailey Canham rated it it was amazing
Nancy Drew and The Clue in the Crossword Cipher by Caroline Keene is a must read for every mystery fan out there. It is a fast paced mystery with many unusual characters that Caroline Keene makes larger than life. I believe that this is one of the best Nancy Drew novels out there because of the fact that you see almost all of the clues in the first part of the book but you never notice them until the final ending where you think "Seriously! How could I have missed that?!". The other reason why I ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 19, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This story involves a wooden artifact that seems to have some kind of message on it. Nancy, Bess, George and a girl named Carla set out to find out just what the message means and if it leads to anything specific. The artifact gets stolen, recovered, stolen, etc. Along the way there are the usual thugs that Nancy encounters (Where is the Shadow now that she could really use him?) along with the normal attempts to injure or kill Nancy.

There's also a good bit of travel involved in this story, and
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Laura
May 24, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
I always like when Nancy, Bess, and George travel for a mystery, so I really enjoyed that aspect of this book. They went to a lot of really interesting places, and I thought that the author did a pretty good job of representing the Peruvians fairly, which was nice, because sometimes Nancy Drew books don't deal super well with other cultures. My one big issue with this book was the everyone was really mean to Bess... like usually they make some jokes about her love of food, but I felt that George ...more
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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.
Mindy
After reading a total of 42 Nancy Drews, in addition to multiple Kay Tracys and Trixie Beldens during my middle school years, I believe (and I may be wrong since it was quite a while ago) that this was the last book I read. This one put me over the top. I remember feeling I'd finally reached my limit for this genera. This is not to detract from the book, which I'm sure was just as engaging as the rest of the series. I believe I'd just gotten bored with ol' Nancy. I believe I pretty much jumped ...more
LuAnn
Jan 01, 2015 LuAnn rated it really liked it
Another decent Nancy Drew travelogue mystery, this time to Peru where Nancy and her friends spend more time looking for crooks than looking at the scenery at Saksaywaman (Incan ruins outside Cuzco), Los Arrayanes National Park in Argentina, Machu Pichu and the Nazca Lines. I think I enjoyed learning about these places more than the characters!
April
Sep 22, 2012 April rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, mystery, 2012
The three girls were intrigued by the various effigies, most of them made of clay. Many were hunched-up figures, seated with their knees near their chins. "This was also the position in which [the Inca} usually buried their mummies," the guide explained.

No, Nancy Drew. No.

Too many exclamation points. Nancy Drew is always in peril, but she never dies.
Jessi
Nancy helps solve a centuries old Peruvian puzzle. She, George and Bess even get to travel to Peru in search of treasure, all while trying to avoid "El Gato."

Seriously, how many times can they call Bess fat? Nancy and George are NOT nice about a girl who is described as being "slightly overweight" at the beginning of the book.
Miri
Aug 27, 2014 Miri rated it liked it
Nancy Drew travels to Peru and Argentina to solve the mystery of a wooden plaque with a monkey carved on it and a mysterious cipher. The Plaque could lead to a lost family treasure, meanwhile Nancy is being pursued by agents of El Gato determined to reach the treasure first.
Mia
Nov 20, 2010 Mia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I still remember the book report I did for this book in the 3rd grade and the cipher I made as my visual aid!
Nikki
Jan 18, 2013 Nikki rated it it was ok
Shelves: nancy-drew
This one must have had a different writer. Picked on poor overweight Bess the whole book. Found it unbelievable. The nascal lines in Peru were interesting to learn about though.
Joy Gerbode
May 20, 2013 Joy Gerbode rated it liked it
Another light mystery ... good history of Peru and Machu Pichu as well. At least in this mystery Nancy didn't knowingly walk into danger, as she so often does.
Brittany
Feb 02, 2008 Brittany rated it it was amazing
my very first nancy drew book. it was an awesome experiance!! i now have all nancy drew books in limited edition form all because of this book.
Catherine
Sep 13, 2011 Catherine rated it really liked it
Not a murder mystery, but still awesome. Nancy can still satisfy my mystery crave. I love this series.
lost soul
Apr 09, 2012 lost soul rated it it was amazing
nancy drew series totally rock....

i was obsessed with this series in school...

the adventure,the mystery,the locations, everything is really good in these buks....
Caitlyn
Oct 22, 2008 Caitlyn rated it it was amazing
This book was very interesting. I loved all the mystories you had to solve. I loved the feeling where anything could happen. I would read this book over and over.
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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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