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The Clue in the Old Album (Nancy Drew #24)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  4,518 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Nancy witnesses a purse snatching and chases the thief. She rescues the purse, but not its contents. The owner, a doll collector, asks Nancy to do some detecting. The woman provides a mysterious note: "The source of light will heal all ills, but a curse will follow him who takes it from the gypsies." Nancy interprets this clue in her quest to find an old album, a lost doll ...more
Hardcover, Revised text, 180 pages
Published 1977 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 1947)
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Phyllis
May 08, 2012 Phyllis rated it it was ok
Shelves: nancy-drew
One of those Nancy Drew Mystery Stories that made me say, "hold up, Carolyn Keene, what the hell?" multiple times. This book is really weird and all over the place! There are gypsies. There are bogus fake gypsies living among the real gypsies. There is a poisoned doll shaped like a witch that almost gets Miss Nancy killed for real. And there is a creepy life sized portrait doll of a lady in a wedding dress made from a mysterious substance that is warm to the touch like actual human flesh. There' ...more
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
Nancy must locate missing items stolen by a "purse thief". A great read for fans of classic mystery stories.
Bev
Mar 21, 2012 Bev rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
Growing up, I was a big Nancy Drew fan. My mom got me hooked when she gave me her 5-6 volume set from the 1950s. From that moment on I devoured the mysteries starring the girl detective like they were going out of style--every birthday and Christmas saw at least one Nancy Drew title on my list. I've been reluctant to reread any of these beloved mysteries for fear that they wouldn't hold up so well now that I'm a grown up. But--I signed up for the Birth Year Challenge Honors Edition and needed bo ...more
Whitney (First Impressions Reviews)
After chasing down a pickpocket and returning it to her owner, and elderly woman (why are Nancy's clients always elderly?) and her precocious granddaughter Rose. It turns out that not only was the woman's purse stolen but also a valuable doll in her doll collection. The twist is that it is believed to be taken by gypsies.

After reading this story I've come to the conclusion the Nancy was that generation's Bella Swan. First, they are both from a single parent household,with the father being the pr
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babyhippoface
Okay, Nancy is really dated in this one. It's all about violin music and collectible dolls stolen from/by gypsies. Lots and lots of gypsies. Are they all terrible people? Surely not! But they're gypsies, with their strange gypsy music and strange gypsy ways!

Without much "gypsy knowledge " to go on, this one was a little too wacky for me. Crazy Nancy, always tromping off with George (the tall. athletic beauty) and pleasingly plump Bess (who is always looking to go shopping or eat at a new tea ho
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Mary Lou Hoffman
Jul 05, 2013 Mary Lou Hoffman rated it it was amazing
When I was about 10 or 11, my mother signed me up for a book of the month club. Every month, I received two Nancy Drew or two Hardy Boys books. Every month, they were both read in a week and I was asking when the next book would be there!
I thank my mother for recognizing and encouraging my love of reading.
Jeannette
Apr 24, 2009 Jeannette rated it liked it
Shelves: ages1through92
I was only allowed two Nancy Drews at a time when we visited the library. As a kid, I would run to my room, leap onto my bed, and devour the first one as quickly as possible. My brother didn't tell me till we were grownups that he used to read them after I finished them. He liked them, too!
Brenda
Jul 10, 2016 Brenda rated it it was amazing
I came across this book while getting rid of books to donate. I had written inside that it was my first Nancy Drew book so I thought why not read it again. Rating a five because along with the story I have such fond memories of never been able to get enough of these books.
Alex
I read the 1947 version.

I think I loved reading this one solely because it was ridiculous. I mean, it has poisonous dolls and gypsies - what more can you ask for?
Katie
Aug 17, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing
Definitely one of the best.
Brianna
Sep 25, 2009 Brianna rated it really liked it
Pretty good and intruging
Lyssa
Jun 17, 2017 Lyssa rated it it was ok
2.5

The entire story is built and concluded on one lucky break/coincidence after another- many of which take place in different states! If any one of them hadn't occurred, would the mystery have every been solved? I think not. It was less about intelligence and more about stumbling on long lost answers buried in antique stores.
Heather
Mar 24, 2017 Heather rated it liked it
Just read this as a throwback to my youth.
Evelyn Vaca
Nov 09, 2016 Evelyn Vaca rated it really liked it
The Clue in the Old Album by Carolyn Keene is a great book for whom I recommend to anyone looking for a non-stop mystery. After coming across an older woman who's purse has been snatched, this leads to even more conflicts. Nancy discovers that the older woman's daughter passed away, leaving her last words mysterious, which I think is my favorite part because this is where all of the events start to build up. The woman is loves dolls, and these events continue to tie together. Nancy is determined ...more
Laura Verret
A missing inheritance and gypsy violin music? HERE I AM.

The Story.

If Nancy hadn’t apprehended a man picking Mrs. Struthers’ purse at the River Heights Concert Hall, she would never have been taken into the lady’s confidence – or launched on a wild search for a missing doll which holds significant but unknown import in the identity of Mrs. Struther’s granddaughter, Rosa.

But Nancy isn’t the only person on the hunt – a gypsy woman named Nitaka is also on the prowl, and she is far less timid about u
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Phe
Nov 13, 2013 Phe rated it really liked it
The Clue in the Old Album is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 24th book in the Nancy Drew series.

Little does Nancy Drew realize the adventures ahead when she attempts to stop a man from stealing a woman's purse. Nancy becomes entangled in a world of poisonous dolls, stolen possessions, and dangerous gypsies.


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 mil
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thewestchestarian
Dec 23, 2013 thewestchestarian rated it it was ok
Perhaps the weakest of the series. About the time Nancy orders a television station to detain a gypsy violinist she wants to question, you realize the ghost writer has maybe lost sight of the central conceit that Nancy is an 18 year old amateur. The station manager doesn't keep Romano Pepito prisoner but the police later do on Nancy's orders. Beyond this confusing Nancy with Sargent Joe Friday the tale relies on the now antiquated secret gypsy cabal plot line. One wonders if large groups of gyps ...more
Julesy
Jun 05, 2016 Julesy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My most recent re-read of this book was back in 2006, a little over 10 years ago. To be honest, I didn't remember much about the mystery other than it involved gypsies. I didn't recall the stories about the dolls, the gypsy camps, violinists, etc.

IMHO, this is not one of the better Nancy Drew Mysteries. The themes with the dolls, doll shows, chasing down violinists, a purse thief, and gypsies were repeated over and over in the chapters, just in different locations. Mrs. Struthers, who wants Nan
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Charlotte
Dec 10, 2015 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
As Nancy Drew listens to the music of a violinist, she sees a man take a purse from an old woman! She manages to get the purse but no the contents, then the start of a new mystery. As Nancy gets closer and closer to solving the mystery, it seems that she gets farther and farther from solving it. But she doesn't know that the answer is right in front of her nose.
"The Clue in the Old Album" has the Nancy Drew mysterious and fun story, and the cliffhanging in the chapters. As she chases, follows,
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Tabi34
Nov 04, 2012 Tabi34 rated it really liked it
This Nancy Drew book doesn't seem to fit with the previous ones. Nancy begins the story chasing a purse snatcher and ends up being poisoned and kidnapped. This story had an ominous overtones. It was darker than the others.
The bad guys are more evil and the stakes are higher. People are being forced to work for a gypsy king and there is a sci-fi twist to it. At the end, the doll Nancy is searching for is found, but inside it is something mysterious. Something warm with curative powers. Definitel
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Abby Pearce
Mar 02, 2015 Abby Pearce rated it liked it
I thought that this book was good, but not as good as some of the other Nancy Drew books. Carolyn Keene normally writes a very intense climax in each Nancy Drew book, but the climax in this book wasn't very suspenseful at all. However, most of the book was well-written. There were small measures of humor here-and-there and the fan-favorites George Fayne and Bess Marvin were included throughout the story. As usual, Keene did an exceptional job of clearly explaining each part of the mystery and ma ...more
Cedric Brachet
Aug 28, 2014 Cedric Brachet rated it really liked it
Nancy must find stolen items from the "purse thief". But as the story goes on things only get worse for her. She has to try to find several gypsies to solve her case but they keep hiding from her.She gets several warnings to stop her case but she disregards them and keeps going.

I really enjoyed this book because I love mystery books. It also has action and a lot of cliff hangers through the chapters.

I would recommend this book to mystery lovers and to people who liked to be surprised. The book i
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aska 🤣
May 11, 2016 aska 🤣 rated it did not like it
Okay, first off, if you don't like annoying, kid characters, DON'T read this one. I LOVE Nancy Drew mystery stories, but I STRUGGLED to finish this one, just like The Mystery of the Ivory Charm. Rose is so ANNOYING, which makes it hard for me to read. She's loud, restless, rude to Nancy and George at the beginning of the book, and has one of the most annoying one-liners a book character could ever have: Jiminy Crickets. I mean... I know the book is older than my mom, but WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?! ...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.
Milja
Jag undrar om det kommit en uppdaterad version av den här boken. Jag misstänker att den här inte kunde ges ut idag. Det vimlar av fördomar. Vi har de klassiska, svartmuskiga skurkarna och det eldiga zigenarfolket som är musikaliskt begåvade, men som har en tendens att stjäla. Som Kittyääventyr var boken dock ganska spännande. Jag måste ändå dra bort en stjärna, eftersom allting byggde så starkt på slumpen. Skurkarna bara råkade röra sig på just samma ställen som Kitty. Det blev tur och inte tala ...more
Ahmad Hassan
Aug 10, 2011 Ahmad Hassan rated it it was amazing
in the book nancy witnesses a theif slealing someone purse.nancy find the purse but not the contents .the owner of the purse ask nancy to solve a mystery for her. nancy fisrt clue was paper that said the source of light will heal all ill ,but a curce will follow him who take it from a gypsies.this clue was given to Nacy Drew so she can find a old Album,a lost doll,and a gyspie volionist. During her search, Nacy got posioned. She got ran of a road and more dangerous things. I recoomend this book ...more
Melanie
This book reads pretty half-assedly, even by Nancy Drew standards. It's written in the style of summarizing as much dialogue and action as possible.
The plot is like the one with the ivory statue, where apparently people can store potions for fricking ever inside of dolls.
Nancy is poisoned by a poison-packing swordsman doll and loses consciousness.
Megan McGee
Sep 18, 2015 Megan McGee rated it it was ok
I love the Nancy Drew computer games, and this was my first time to read a Nancy Drew book. I'm sure Nancy Drew books are great, even better than the computer games, but this one just confused me. The gypsy plot was confusing and I wasn't really interested in it. I finished the book with more questions than answers. I look forward to reading more Nancy Drew books. This one just probably wasn't the best to start out on.
Linda C
Oct 24, 2012 Linda C rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
Nancy witnesses a purse snatching and recovers the purse but not its contents. This introduces her to an elderly woman who asks Nancy to help her find an old album, a doll, and her missing son-in-law. The story revolves around the gypsy culture. Being a teen story, clues fall into place rather easily. Adults in this story are always helpful or the bad guys. It was an interesting read for nostalgia.
Miri
Jul 20, 2014 Miri rated it it was amazing
Nancy takes on a case helping Mrs. Struthers and her granddaughter Rose. Rose's father has vanished and her mother is dead, leaving behind a mystery involving a doll that may hold something important to Rose. Nancy sets out to find this doll and along the way is entangled in thieves, gypsies and an important secret.
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Nancy Drew Readers: The Clue in the Old Album #24 discussion topic 24 29 Jul 17, 2013 02:14PM  
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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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