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

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  1,262 ratings  ·  92 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
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
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
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
This was a fantastic book. I love Allison' s hint of mystery. I throughly enjoyed reading it. Gilda is great.
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Penelope Finn
Mar 29, 2012 Penelope Finn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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 ...
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
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
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
You already know what I'm going to say. Loved it.
in this book i didn't really get the mystery
Claire Leety
A very great and spooky book.
i didn't really get this book
Samuel Thews
Allison does it again and keeps getting better. As Gilda's psychic abilities continue to mature, she encounters more, shall we say, serious adventures. Her character continues to evolve and age appropriately. The Gild in Book #4 feels a year older than the Gilda of Book #1, and she is--Allison does a great job making that gradual change through the series.

I already have Book #5 and am ready to dive in, I'm just sad it is probably the last new Gilda adventure for a couple of years as I have fina
This is the first book in the series that I have read so I was very pleased that it was a "stand-alone". It is fun and full of intrigue. The storyline involves a ghost which, I must add, was a bit spooky while reading at night (specially when my cat is looking out the window and starts hissing!). It is well-written and well-researched which made the story more authentic. Although the character is almost 15 yrs. old, my upper elementary grade students will enjoy getting to know Gilda Joyce.
Quite honestly i have to say that i am jealous yet proud of Gilda Joyce. i mean how many 14-year olds do you know that could fend off for themselves in a different city while still child (which i'll probably never get to experience) and who can also solve a mystery that even the CIA couldn't solve. i do have to say that the psychic freaked me out at first and that also everyone who i thought would have been the suspect turned out not to be but i guess the book was created that way.
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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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