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Gilda Joyce: The Dead Drop (Gilda Joyce #4)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,424 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
When Gilda lands a summer internship at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., she finds herself caught up in both a museum haunting and a real case of espionage. While investigating a cemetery where Abraham Lincoln's son was once buried, Gilda stumbles upon a spy's "dead drop" of classified information. As she tries to decode the cryptic message, Gilda realizes ...more
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Published May 1st 2009 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Alice Liu
Sep 30, 2012 Alice Liu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Allison really knows how to convey the depth of childhood emotion and thought. Through action, word, and diary, Allison shows the healthy ways that Gilda processes conflicting emotions. Rather than suppress negative or unsuitable thoughts, Gilda works through them, providing young readers many teachable moments by showing them how to process their emotions and thoughts. For example, in The Dead Drop Gilda has snagged an internship at a spy museum. In the course of the book's mystery, Gi ...more
Dec 28, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The reader must suspend maternal worries and belief when reading the Gilda Joyce series. I thoroughly enjoy this series and this one, #4, was probably the best one yet. Gilda is a psychic investigator and a completely nosy 15 year-old. Knowing her penchant for getting into trouble and her brashness, I'm not sure why her mother would allow this almost 15 year-old girl to go off to spy camp in Washington DC alone but there would be no story if she had acted like a normal mother and said "no". She ...more
Hanna H
This book was really good. I loved the setting of Washington D.C, and the adventures that Gilda went on. Although her fashion sense is something that see might have to work on. Caitlin was a really cool character and I also was impressed about Gilda's internship. Usually people insult interns, but Gilda made it sound kid of cool. This book really made me want to hop on the next plane to Washington D.C, although I've already been there. Anyway really good book and it should acknowledged some more ...more
Jun 26, 2009 Pixiegurl10 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Gilda is deciding to spend her summer working as an intern in the National Spy Museum in Washington D.C. As soon as she gets there, she is haunted by a face that appears in her dreams. Along with the help of Abraham Lincoln's ghost, her favorite pshycic spy Balthazar Frobenius, her college roomate Caitlin, and a bunch of 8 year olds, Gilda finds out the truth behind a evil psychics true identity. This is the 4th book in the Gilda joyce series
Dec 28, 2013 Serina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic book. I love Allison' s hint of mystery. I throughly enjoyed reading it. Gilda is great.
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Mar 06, 2012 IndyPL Kids Book Blog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Gilda knows how to maneuver her way into just the experience she wants. This time, she’s fudged on her age just a little to get accepted as a summer intern at The International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. (This is a real place you can visit!) She is 14 and eleven months if you want to be picky about it. What’s one more month?

If you haven’t read any of Gilda’s other adventures, you should know that she is an experienced psychic investigator and she loves to spy and solve msyteries. Sometimes, s
Apr 10, 2012 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng-420
Gilda Joyce: The Dead Drop by Jennifer Allison
Engl 420
Read in Feb 2012

Spunky fourteen year old, "practically fifteen," will take you on the adventure of a lifetime through the nation's capital. Gilda lands her self an internship at the Spy Muesum in Washington D.C. Gilda is a physic investigator herself, and it doesen't take long before she is tangled in a myseterious investigation. There if the mysterious Russion Borris, the strange bearded man the follows her, the flashing
Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator, Gilda Joyce and the Ladies of the Lake, and Gilda Joyce and the Ghost Sonata - the three preceding books to this one - were disturbing, and I'm not entirely certain why I read the next two after the first one. They weren't good right-before-bedtime reads, and some of the content pertaining to the murders was disconcerting (i.e. in one of them, a girl almost purposely takes a drug overdose because she's tired of living). What I did like about the other three as ...more
Melissa Mahle
Aug 24, 2012 Melissa Mahle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
I am embarrassed that I took so long to finished this book. I normally read a middle grade novel in a couple of days. What was the problem? Not the story, which is really fun. It is set at one of my most favorite places, the International Spy Museum in DC. I do lots of programs there, for kids and adults. I love Gilda Joyce! She has confidence, style and an unending supply of guts. My kind of girl. And the plot? Just plain fun.

No, the problem creating the delayed reading was that I downloaded t
Jul 15, 2009 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, mystery
Jodie Mae
Jun 25, 2016 Jodie Mae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know that Gilda Joyce qualifies as one of my favorite series. For starters, there are 2 TWO genres in the books. Mystery and scary, I guess. She's witty, smart, and... I don't know what to put here because there are too many good things about her. And, the books are not too long, and not annoyingly short. Jennifer Allison is truly a WONDERFUL Author. I also like how the setting was in Washing ton D.C. At the spy museum because I went there once and loved it.
Some times I think people must think I rate books kind of willy-nilly. I mean I just gave Henry James three stars and this 'light' read four - what is wrong here!? But this light read fulfills all the promises a fun, mystery, with a teenage protagonist sets up when you take on a light read. But the Henry James book did not fulfill all the promises a story of literature needs to fulfill (but that is a whole other review).

First of all if you want a fresh, Nancy Drew-like character with a supernatu
Judy Atlagh
Aug 17, 2015 Judy Atlagh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series....Not that I advocate lying to get places you want, but Gilda is amazing at setting and metting her goals. She is amazing at finding clue and piecing together puzzles. One thing I really liked about this particular Gilda Joyce was that I learned new stuff about Washington DC...and about spy-craft. Very interesting and this one works for a boy reader as much as a girl.
I really liked this spunky psychic investigator and enjoyed the quirky members of her team for Spy Camp. Even though this is book 4 in the series, it is a good standalone book. Maybe the first book had her discover her psychic talent so that might be interesting to read. The only reference to previous books was when she talked about already solving cases before. I enjoyed the story enough to want to find and read the other books.

I started listening to this story with the kids, but then stopped
Jenn Estepp
after being a wee bit underwhelmed by the last gilda joyce, i was a little worried about "the dead drop." totally unfounded though, i'm happy to say. yes, the very premise requires a wee bit of suspension of disbelief - i'm pretty sure that a spy museum internship would be a bit harder to come by and they'd check out ones credentials - i sunk into the story and finished thinking that it's probably my favorite of the series. the spy museum is such a perfect location for ghosts and intrigue and th ...more
Jenna Meillure
Sep 25, 2014 Jenna Meillure rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's my favorite book, hands down. I love Gilda, a teenage girl with a penchant for spying and physics, as well as a taste in fashion and makeup. I loved the setting, and all of the new characters, new and old. Although Gilda is the only old chaaracter in this book, the new characters were charming and the plot amazing.
Of all the Gilda Joyce books I've read, I like this one the best. Exciting, a little creepy (not as much as the last book though). I love the whole spy thing, better than Gilda's mystery skills. Gilda is very lovable and charming. Caitlyn, her roommate is hilarious, and I love her spy group. A very good depiction of small children. A good ending.
Penelope Finn
Mar 29, 2012 Penelope Finn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Actually, this was the first Gilda Joyce book that I read. I was queer anough to skip to the 4th. But the entire week that I read it, I was obsessed and glued to it! It is a delightful read. I like how it's so realistic! Everything from getting out of the cab in the first chapter, to the putting-it-all-together part at the end! And I can REALLY relate to Gilda's character. It's a great book. Plus, it's very realistic when it came to the paranormal part as well. You can tell Jennifer did some par ...more
Sandra Stiles
Jul 31, 2014 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anytime you add history to something it makes the book all the better for me. In this fourth book Gilda sees something she wants and goes for it. She wants an internship with the International Spy Museum at Washington, D.C. and she gets it. Here she has the opportunity to work with a real spy to unwind yet another mystery. The International Spy Museum is a real place dedicated to all things having to do with spies and spying. This book unlike the others shows us a more mature Gilda. I guess from ...more
This series just keeps getting better. I've read all but the last Gilda Joyce mystery and I haven't been disappointed yet. In this latest installment Gilda heads to Washington, DC to intern at the Spy Museum. While there Gilda is plagued by nightmares and feels that she is being drawn into a mystery involving some KGB artifacts that were donated to the museum. Great pacing and a plot that kept me guessing until the last page. It seems like Gilda grew up a bit in this volume and she seems to be m ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Zoey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Každopádně si vzpomínám, že tenhle díl byl vždycky můj nejoblíbenější. Hrozně se mi tam líbil ten příběh. Byl asi nejlepší ze všech čtyřech. Ještě jsem nečetla díl pátý, který nově vyšel a ani netuším, zda ho číst budu, ale uvidíme :)
This series just keeps getting better! I loved this book!! The DC Spy Museum is the backdrop for this latest psyschic investigation, and the story makes me want to explore DC again - so many things to see and do there and only 45 minutes from my house. I simply must dine at the Mansion on O sometime ...
Apr 20, 2014 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-readers
This book is very slow. About half way through it got interesting. I would recommend this series to younger girls. I, however, will not be reading any more in the series. Sorry
Jun 11, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, read-2011
A delightful read for upper elementary and young teen readers. Thoroughly zany Gilda is off on another adventure; this time, she is spending the summer working as an intern at the Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. While there, she becomes involved in a mystery which seems to indicate that there is a ghost at the museum. Could it be the ghost of Abraham Lincoln? Or could it have something to do with the now-retired Soviet spy? Gilda learns a bit about the Cold War and much hilarity ensures. A good n ...more
Dec 04, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-kid-in-me
Spy-tastic installment in the fun & spooky Gilda Joyce series. Author Allison excels in grounding each mystery in a new location. Gilda explores 60s fashion, spyware, and psychic viewing in DC during her summer internship, complete with go-go boots, a beehive and a lipstick gun. The ending's big reveal of a mysterious character's identity is satisfactory fun for Gilda and her fans. Take the audiobooks for a test drive because the narrator is a skilled performer, switching not only ages in vo ...more
Jul 03, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! This book was so cute and interesting! The only problem with it was that sometimes I got confused...
You already know what I'm going to say. Loved it.
Dec 01, 2014 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
in this book i didn't really get the mystery
Claire Leety
Mar 04, 2015 Claire Leety rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very great and spooky book.
Dec 01, 2014 Sydney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i didn't really get this book
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Jennifer Allison is the author of the Edgar-nominated GILDA JOYCE: PSYCHIC INVESTIGATOR mystery series for readers age nine and up ( The first book in her new series, IGGY LOOMIS: SUPERKID IN TRAINING (, focuses on the sometimes stormy relationship between two brothers -- Daniel and his younger brother Iggy, who mysteriously develops strange superpowers. IGGY ...more
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  • Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator (Gilda Joyce, #1)
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