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The Spider Sapphire Mystery (Nancy Drew #45)

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Excitement is high when Nancy delves into the theft of a fabulous sapphire formed by nature millions of years ago. Her father’s client is Mr. Ramsey, a designer of beautiful and unusual synthetic gems. He is accused of stealing the magnificent spider sapphire and exhibiting it as his own creation. In River Heights and while on a safari with a group of college students, Nan ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published 1968 by Grosset & Dunlap
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Oh yes, I'm still reading Nancy Drew novels. As an adult with far too much literary criticism classes, reading them is a very different experience for me than it was as a kid. Then, reading these books was like watching action blockbusters - sure, in the back of my mind I knew they were silly and outlandish and there were better things I could be doing, but dammit I was having fun. Nowadays, the experience is a little different. Reading Nancy Drew now is like watching a Mystery Science Theater s ...more
John Yelverton
Sep 25, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
Nancy Drew must solve this case of fraud, counterfeiting, and blackmail before it's too late!
I remember having read this book, but otherwise very little about it. I got it from the mobile library that used to park on Kirkham Road, Southport, outside the Temperance Hall. I would have been about 8 years old and attracted to it by the spider in the title and on the cover - I liked spiders, and still do.

My rating of 3 stars is rather arbitrary, but as it's stuck in my mind all these years I will give it the benefit of the doubt.
Dec 31, 2013 Kendall rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book focuses on Nancy going on a Safari with the Emerson boys, and Bess and George. Before leaving Nancy is boxed in by three Indians. She also has heard about a sapphire with a spider in it that was made synthetically by a man in River Heights. It was modeled after a real one that lives in Mombasa. She goes to see the fake sapphire and sees a sign that says it is the real one and it is stolen. the curator says that three indians were at the museum. before leaving nancy meets a singer whole ...more
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 Catherine Woodman rated it liked it
I absolutely adored these growing up, much more so than the Hardy Boys, and still carry a fondness for them into adulthood
Jan 29, 2015 Phe rated it really liked it
The Spider Sapphire Mystery is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 45th book in the Nancy Drew series.

Nancy Drew's latest mystery starts in her home town where her lawyer father's client, Floyd Ramsey—who fashions beautiful and unusual synthetic gems, is accused of stealing the magnificent spider sapphire—a synthetic sapphire with a spider embedded in it—and exhibiting it as his own creation.

When Mr. Ramsey's enemies blackmail him, and by their own vicious acts try to d
Nov 07, 2010 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: 7th-grade
Nancy Drew is trying to unlock the case about the missing spider sapphire and one made in a lab. Although one is in River Heights it is not the same one the real one has spinettes but it River Heights it doesn't.

Nancy gets hooked in to this mystery because her friend Ned went missing right before Nancy, Bess, George, Burt, Dave, and Ned were going to go on a trip with the boy's collage.

The gang got beat up, kidnappped twice, and Nancy got a plastic bag put over her head. The people with the spi
Jun 11, 2014 Leah rated it liked it
Oh, Nancy Drew...

When I was a kid, I'd read a Nancy book a day. I couldn't put them down. The adventures were top notch and she was such a strong female character who had strong female, kick-ass friends. So I wanted to revisit. This is what I hope will be the first of many re-read Nancy books.

As usual, within the first 10 pages, Nancy is in a scrape and some criminals are stealing her purse and trapping her car in a parking lot for no reason. In this mystery, a rare gem is stolen and Nancy is pu
This book is actually an insanely boring hunt for a sapphire with a fossilized spider inside it.

OMG GUNFIRE! Someone shoots out Nancy's tires. Actually, no, they shoot at her tires while she's parked, but don't manage to actually puncture them. So. Hm.

Safari to East Africa! Wondering when she's going to go to Antarctica to look for Bernadette. If a person is black, they're referred to as "a black," like, "the cab driver was a black wearing a gold chain." There's also some bitchy girl who chills
Jul 23, 2014 Elaine rated it really liked it
I read all the Nancy Drew books available (about 50) as a girl. I was challenged to "reread an old favorite" and thought I want to see if these are as good as I thought. Well, with a bit of suspension of disbelief, I actually thought it was still a worthwhile read. Thanks, Carolyn Keene for all those years of fun and suspense!
Jun 09, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, children
This Nancy Drew novel was intriguing to me because it was a destination story -i.e. not solely based in River Heights or America. I loved the incorporation of East Africa into the plot line as well as the different culture and society and learning about it too, even though some of the information may be (most likely is) outdated. The lure of jewels was quite tempting as well and I am always amazed at how Nancy manages to wriggle herself into the strangest most convenient situations, like she and ...more
Oct 20, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nopea luettava, uudelleen lukiessa tuli lapsuus mieleen, sain kirjan kesällä mökki matkaa varten ja silloinkin sain sen heti samana päivänä loppuun.
Dec 02, 2014 Tabi34 rated it liked it
It is what it is - another formula story about the girl wonder - Nancy Drew
Apr 06, 2015 Sydney rated it it was amazing
this was avery intresting mystery and adventourous
May 13, 2016 Teri rated it really liked it
This was a re-read of one of my favorites.
May 05, 2014 Sona rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nancy, nancy-drew
Really cool.this time a detective asks nancy to solve the mystery because he and his friends cant;)
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Jan 24, 2011 Jessi rated it liked it
Nancy is a world traveler! To Africa! With fewer comments about Bess's weight! No, really, I don't think it was as bad in this book.
Nancy stumbles into a mystery when she learns that a fabricated gem containing a spider may be swapped out for the real deal. It belongs to an Indian gentleman but he is somehow in Africa? She, of course, solves the mystery, finds the gem and even locates the missing brother of a famous singer who was thought to have been mauled to death by lions but really made it
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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.
Kate (Trojanhorse)
Fast paced and not too dated.
Barbara ★
Mar 10, 2010 Barbara ★ rated it it was ok
I loved the Nancy Drew books when I was a child but realize now that they are very simplistic and really stretch the imagination. There is absolutely no way a young girl could accomplish the things Nancy does in these books. I guess if you're a tween, they'd be engaging but certainly not if you've actually lived for any length of time. I read this for a challenge (needed something published in 1967), otherwise I would never have picked this up.
Apr 02, 2009 Tessa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 10-13 year old girls
Recommended to Tessa by: Possibly Lexi
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I went through a phase where I loved the Nancy Drew series when I was 11 or 12. But eventually they do get a little tiresome because, like many series that have a very large number of books, (such as the Sackett series, etc.) they get repetitive. But I really did like the books, so I gave it four stars.
Jul 01, 2010 Maninee rated it did not like it
Recommended to Maninee by: debangana
Shelves: mystery
absolutely girlie, pedictable, story. carolyn keen's writing is as bad as ever. nancy was a perfect angel as usual. and so were all of her friends. and of course daring nancy solved a mystery that made no sense anyway. i'm an indian, and it was very hurtful to see the way carolyn spoke of us.
Jan 01, 2015 LuAnn rated it liked it
Adequate Nancy Drew travelogue mystery--this time to Kenya. Can a spider be trapped in a sapphire as in amber? Probably not in our world, but in Nancy's world where coincidences rule and Nancy can do everything, why not?
Feb 24, 2012 Ashleigh rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
This is one of the most realistic of the Nancy Drew books, although that doesn't say much. The danger they faced actually caused damage and they didn't come out unscathed every time for once.
Aug 04, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
A decent Nancy Drew mystery. Not as suspenseful as some, but still interesting. As with many Nancy Drew books involving non-caucasians there were definitely some racism issues.
Feb 23, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
My intro to this fun series. Even as a kid I couldn't help but observe that if Nancy had a cell phone she could avoid a lot of high speed chases and kidnappings. :)
Aug 03, 2012 Denesia rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-book
If I had to read mysteries, it would be about ghost or stolen jewelry, and this had the latter. BVut it was epic too cause I also enjoy car jacking and car chasing.
Dec 16, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it
Nancy and her friends go on safari in Africa and get caught up in two baffling mysteries! Nancy is as brave and resourceful as ever in this volume.
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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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