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Password to Larkspur Lane (Nancy Drew, #10). (Nancy Drew #10)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  6,745 ratings  ·  121 reviews
A carrier pigeon furnishes Nancy with a clue to a mysterious retreat.
ebook, 192 pages
Published June 1st 1960 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 1933)
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Lorene
Zanier than most! Here's my favorite line: "I'll wire the International Federation of American Homing Pigeon Fanciers and give them the number stamped on the bird's leg ring." Who knew?!!
John Yelverton
A stark departure for typical Nancy Drew books. She is in much more peril, and it's more a kidnapping story than a mystery.
Shulie W.
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Whitney
A carrier pigeon lands in the Drew's yard with a hurt wing and an undelivered letter contain an odd set of directions. After visiting her family doctor for her housekeeper's sprained ankle he confides that he had been taken recently, blind-folded to tend an elderly woman. This sparks Nancy's interest and sets about deciphering the bird's message which she believes to be an important clue.

Why must the newer yellow hardcovers be politically incorrect? It is screamingly obvious that Carolyn Keene h...more
Alex
I took a break from re-reading Nancy Drew books for awhile, but I decided to start back up again. These are just so much fun to read and they always make me smile - usually because I am laughing at them, but I'll take it.

I am seriously sick of Nancy being so ridiculously perfect, though. She solves two mysteries, rescues an old lady, survives a kidnapping, MacGyvers her way out of a cellar and STILL comes in first place in the flower contest. What an overachiever.

I always laugh at how outdated...more
Jonny99
Botanically-themed sleuthin'. Nancy takes on elder abuse in her pursuit of a missing woman. The scenes of a mansion where a host of older woman are held captive after arriving under the pretense of regaining their lost vitality will tend to disturb younger readers so this episode might be one you wait on. However, for Interwebs-addicted tweens, the book presents the quaint and somewhat hard to believe use of pigeons as means of personal communication. The baddies employ what city dwellers common...more
Sarra Martin
This was a very good book in the Nancy Drew series. It was a little sad seeing how they treated the elderly.
Jennifer
The cover photo most resembles the edition we read, but mine was published in 1933, so may be less politically correct than later versions. Fortunately there are no "colored" servants shuffling or speaking in dialect in this story and no one with sinister foreign accents. The mystery itself is okay, though it drags a bit. Nancy tracks down a fake hospital where a band of crooks hold old ladies against their will and force them to sign over their fortunes. They seem to do this by drugging and hyp...more
PurplyCookie
Intrepid sleuth Nancy Drew has two mysteries to solve. It begins when a homing pigeon crash lands on her property. The message the pigeon is carrying is strange, if not a little ominous. As more unusual developments happen, Nancy realizes that the message is connected to the mysterious absence of an elderly woman named Mrs. Eldridge. The second mystery centers around a frightening ring of blue fire showing up near the home of Nancy's friend, Helen Corning's grandparents after dark. When Helen as...more
Debra
Intrepid sleuth Nancy Drew has two mysteries to solve. It begins when a homing pigeon crash lands on her property. The message the pigeon is carrying is strange, if not a little ominous. As more unusual developments happen, Nancy realizes that the message is connected to the mysterious absence of an elderly woman named Mrs. Eldridge. The second mystery centers around a frightening ring of blue fire showing up near the home Helen Corning’s grandparents after dark. When Helen asks Nancy to find ou...more
Phe☽♃
Password to Larkspur Lane is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 10th book in the Nancy Drew series.

A mysterious signal and a message alert Nancy to the plight of an elderly woman who is being held prisoner. While Nancy and her friends attempt to rescue the woman, they uncover a dangerous ring of swindlers.


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 mile from...more
Miri
When Nancy Drew finds an injured carrier pigeon with a suspicious message, she's hot on he trail of a mystery! How are these mysterious messages, references to bluebells and larkspurs, an elderly lady seemingly held against her will and a mysterious blue ring of light connected? Leave it to Nancy Drew to find out the Password To Larkspur Lane!
Debbie
I really loved Nancy Drew books as a kid - often read three at a time in second and third grade. However, in rereading them with my daughter, there are things that bother me as I read this one.

First, the clues are so fast-coming that my 4th grade daughter missed a few as clues because she was still processing the one on the previous page. However, she likes how fast paced it is.

Second, Nancy is a bit spoiled. She has a perfectly good convertible, but her dad gets her a new one.

Finally, this pa...more
Mitzi
Grew up reading every Nancy Drew book out there. I had the whole set in hardback (sold them at yard sales, wish I would've kept them all) Intrepid sleuth Nancy Drew has two mysteries to solve. It begins when a homing pigeon crash lands on her property. The message the pigeon is carrying is strange, if not a little ominous. As more unusual developments happen, Nancy realizes that the message is connected to the mysterious absence of an elderly woman named Mrs. Eldridge. The second mystery centers...more
alison
why doesn't GoodReads admit that there are two different novels titled _Password to Larkspur Lane_?? first of all, i read TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS for which i should receive APPROPRIATE CREDIT. secondly, only one of these novels was genuinely interesting. (yes, of COURSE _i_ liked it when nancy purchases then dons the clothing that constitutes her old lady disguise, but i don't think old carolyn keene even mentioned the type of fabric...so whatev. i may be a sucker for descriptions of clothes, but i...more
Ellen
3.5 stars

Another fun Nancy Drew. "And a grand surprise it is."

The two mysteries fitting together didn't seem to work quite as well as the others I've read, but the story was fun and exciting!
Mr
Amelia Hurley Novatny 175 pages

Nancy and her housekeeper, Hannah, find an unregistered passenger pigon with a strange message inside. Something related to the message, a doctor gets captured into a car, and hears a related message, then gets returned. nancy hears and finds more of these messages. Then she finds out where the pigon came from, and went to return it. The place was not where the doctor had been taken, but must be a similar hidout of the gang's. Later, Nancy's handbag is stolen by so...more
Tabi34
I love this Nancy Drew book. This is one I can remember reading when I was a kid. Nancy has not one but two mysteriesto solve and in the midst of everything she also saves a few lives; and she does it all pretty much on her own. Part of the charm of perfect Nancy is the fact that she solves these my steries without a cell phone, GPS, or the internet and the suspects are usually hardened criminals.

This time Nancy finds an injured homing pigeon that leads her to the mystery of a missing woman who...more
Kaethe
Carrier pigeons. Now that's what makes a mystery compelling: some crazy way of communicating that no one I know has ever seen, but everyone has probably heard of.
Melanie
Pretty sure I owned this one (I remember the cover and the name Eldridge) but I didn't remember the story at all.
Nancy loses consciousness after being knocked to driveway in struggle.
Olivia
I've read the original and revised versions of this book. They are pretty much the same except in the original Nancy is accompanied by Helen Corning instead of Bess and George and let me tell you Helen is way better choice in this story. In the revised George falls and hurts her ankle. She has to sit where she is forcing Bess to step up and go with Nancy undercover, whining all the way. In the original Helen falls and hurts her ankle. Nancy fixes it up and Helen says "great lets get!". A LOT les...more
Ellen
Got this book for Christmas when I was 10. This is a series of about 52 books, featuring Nancy Drew, and her helpful friends Bess and George. Nancy taught me that you can use lipstick to signal for help, perfume to steralize sewing scissors if you ever need to perform minor surgery in a pinch, and the heel of a pump to dig yourself toeholds so you can get out of the cistern (yes, cistern) that you were thrown into by evil crooks.

Back in Nancy's day, a lady never cursed or had tantrums, a lady 'b...more
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She was dressed in a Chinese-style pink kimono

What the heck is a Chinese-style kimono? Is it anything like a Korean-style ao dai? A French-style kilt? A Greek-style turban?


Nancy Drew books are fairly entertaining, but there really isn't any actual sleuthing going on. It's more like, Nancy ends up being assaulted by sheer coincidences and pure dumb luck around every corner. They couldn't wait for this one to get started; on the very first page already the pigeon that kick-starts Nancy's involveme...more
Allison
Boy, Nancy Drew is just practically perfect in every way. Really it's probably not fair of me to judge these as an adult and about 80 years removed from the time period but I do remember thoroughly enjoying the Nancy Drews from my own childhood in the '90s. I think I still have them. Anyway, the mystery in this story was a bit lacking for me but I got a good laugh at the blatant plugs for every previous Nancy Drew plus a plug for the next in the series.
Lauren
I think so far this is my favorite Nancy Drew, as there was a legitimate mystery to solve for. As the stories progress, the writers have added more "mysteries" to the plot to make it more interesting, but this all comes neatly back together with a single, over-reaching, criminal gang. Nancy's "bravery" borders on reckless superiority, and I've decided that I probably wouldn't like her very much if we were to meet in real life, but that doesn't stop my love for her or these books. I'm addicted, a...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 Franklin Dixon. I also loved the Hardy Boys. No wonder I loved these seri...more
Katherine P
I loved Nancy Drew as a kid and read all that I could get my hands on. This was one I remember and one my daughter enjoyed too. Rereading it was fun - the whole thing is a ridiculous bunch of coincidences and improbabilities but it was a fun read that completely reminded me why I loved Nancy Drew. The endless supply of convertibles, the fact that Nancy can do everything, the perfectly behaved friends and "special friends" and the overly evil villains all make for a quick paced completely unreali...more
Nora
Aug 25, 2007 Nora rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of girls series
Yes, I first read this in 1956 and just re-read it this summer. I watched a couple of Bonita Granville Nancy Drew movies on a new DVD release. Nancy Drew Detective is based on this book. It is quite fun. Nancy gets a new green and black roadster for her birthday [it replaces the maroon roadster...] and she and Carson Drew pick it up at night on the street to avoid being followed. I did think this book goes over the top in praising our fair heroine. But you can't beat Nancy Drew, can you?
Andrea Escaffi-James
This mystery was a little boring.
Malinda Gottschalk
Jan 24, 2012 Malinda Gottschalk rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents of young readers
Kelsey and I have read this book. It's pretty cool to enjoy books right along with Kelsey. "The Secret of the Old Clock" is the only one of the Nancy Drew mysteries that I had when I was younger. Kelsey and I are now reading #13 - The Mystery of the Ivory Charm. If you like mystery, if you have a young reader you want to encourage...I highly recommend these for some together time that's well worth it. Good to the last page! :-)
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“Bell seated himself behind the desk, motioning for Nancy to stand opposite him. There was tense silence for a moment. Then Bell reached for a desk telephone.
"I am going to call the police, Miss Drew, and turn you over to them on a charge of trespassing, breaking, and entering with an attempt to steal."
"I wish you would," Nancy replied. "if it is possible over that dummy telephone.”
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“Luther, bring the gatekeeper quickly!" Bell ordered. "Just how did you get in, Miss Drew?"
"I came in at the entrance," Nancy replied. "The larkspur is beautiful.”
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