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The Clue in the Jewel Box (Nancy Drew #20)

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An antique dealer's revelation about a former queen's priceless heirloom starts Nancy on a trail of exciting adventures.

Madame Alexandra, now living incognito in River Heights, asks Nancy to find her missing grandson. With only one clue to go on -- a faded photograph of the prince at the age of four -- the young detective begins her search, which rapidly involves her in a
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published October 15th 2005 by Applewood Books (first published 1943)
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Before we get to the review portion, I would like to take a moment to gripe about the Goodreads-provided cover image for this book: stop making Nancy a blonde. She is described in every single damn book as being "titian haired." (the original series, anyway; I don't even know what they've done with the modern revamps - probably made Nancy an official blonde and turned Ned into a sensitive indie-rocker type) "Titian" means red hair, people. RED.

Ahem. Alright, so in this installment of the plucky
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
My mom saved all her Nancy Drew books for a future daughter, but I was never interested in reading them. I just found them in the attic. Perfect escapism!
Eve Victorié
What can I say? People just don't write books quite like this anymore. This series is unique!
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Good: Like the other books in this series, this is a thrilling mystery with a convoluted plot. Nancy and her friends end up in one predicament after another, but, thanks to her smarts and skills, they escape and she ends up saving the day. Everything I like about this series was present in this volume.

The Bad: I have no complaints; it just wasn't spectacular.

Conclusion: Unless you're completely unfamiliar with this series, you probably know what to expect: sleuthing, peril, action, etc. This
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful addition to the Nancy Drew mystery book series.
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it
"Nancy Battles the False Prince of River Heights". So this guy with a troublesome dog takes the train in River Heights one day and finds himself an exiled prince. That foreign royalty takes refuge in Nancy's home town seems a little far fetched but it could happen. Nancy goes about disproving the interloper Michael's claim as the long, lost prince with her standard stop and start sleuthing. As with other books, she spends time with the local antiques dealer,acts as an agent for the local constab ...more
Aug 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls, friends of Nanc/camp
Shelves: nancy-drew
Highlights include: abnoxious, crass villian with bad manners that refuses to go away, sleuthing process interesting. For some reason I was very into picturing the jewel box just as it was one the still intrigues me. It must have had some underlying metaphorical, archetypal meaning.
Mar 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Nancy solves the mystery of a lost grandson and petty thievery. I'm rereading all of mine and then selling them to 1/2 Price Books. And keeping some, also. I'm not in the "Nancy Drew" obsession phase anymore.
Jennifer Prince
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I always enjoy Nancy Drew and I realize it was written in a different time so I usually overlook stuff but in this one the snobbishness of Nancy and her friends bothered me. I still liked the story though.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is what I call a real Nancy Drew delight. I liked the book so much that I am still shrouded in the veil of that pleasure which accompnied me throughout the book.
This is one of the earlier stories of Nancy Drew penned down by Mildred Benson under the pseudonym of Carolyn Keene. It held the same charm which all the Mildred editions possessed and much more.There were no incidents of foolishness or any hard -to- believe coincidences.The plot was clear and conceivable.I really had high hopes and
Alexis McClammy
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nancy-drew
Nancy Drew is a very curious girl who likes to solve mysteries and is very good at it. She wants to help find this ladies grandson, but along the way runs into a bunch of mysterious people and things. Nancy does her best and has the help of her friends, dad, and local people.
Mary Ann
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm sure I read this many, many years ago as a young girl. Thoroughly enjoyed it again, a fun, fast-paced little mystery. :-) You can't go wrong with Nancy Drew.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: carolyn-keene, kidlit
Nancy doesn't seem to be at her smartest in this one, but a good story with the usual happy ending.
it was good.. exciting and had a interesting plotline.
Christine Arvinth
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nancydrew
This book certainly has strange twists in it. It was really interesting to read it.
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, mystery-cozy, ya
I own this. One of my favorites in the series
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this one when I was little! A good story. She always managed to have everything fall into place for her, but that's ok.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Times have sure changed since 1943 even in YA books. Finally, some really unlikable characters. In previous books - the bad guys were mean or sinister and pretty flat, but in this book - there was a truly unlikable character who turns out to be the bad guy. I found the humor in the fact that one of the characters has taken the name Francis Baum as his cover name, but NONE of the characters makes any reference to it. It was such a blatant disguise I thought for sure there would be a reference to ...more
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lady-authors
I probably read this one ten times when I was 14
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Clue in the Jewel Box is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 20th book in the Nancy Drew series.

Nancy and her friends help Queen Madame Alexandra search for her missing grandson. With only an old photograph of the prince at four years of age, Nancy begins her search. She discovers a secret in a jewel box that helps reunite the royal family.

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
Dec 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback-series
4th -7th grade
This book is almost entirely text. The text is small and close together which indicates it is for a more advanced reader. The author does include illustration however there are only 5 in the whole book which is 181 pages; there are also illustrations on the front and back inside pages. The illustrations are black and white sketches of a particular scene in which are described in the text. The vocabulary in this book should be mostly familiar to the reader however, if there is a wor
Laura Verret
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Nancy gave aid to a weakly elderly woman at a restaurant, she had no idea that she was helping a former Queen! But that’s what Mrs. Alexandria is, and she is extremely grateful to Nancy. She only wishes that she knew the identity and whereabouts of her grandson… But maybe this is another front on which Nancy may offer her services?


This story was a tad more confusing that some of Nancy’s other cases – more confusing, but also more easy to solve, if that makes any sense. For examp
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story begins when Nancy is in the River Heights Department Store. She was there to get her father a birthday gift. She finds a elderly woman who seems to be ill. Her name was Madame Alexander (thats the only name I found in the book describing her). It turns out that Madame Alexander was a former queen and her house is full of treasures like a small figurine of a footman. The figurine holds a clue to a long lost grandson. The setting took place in River Heights. During to the whole story of ...more
Jen Zuvella
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I remember reading these books when I was little a girl. I really loved this book out of the whole series; because the plot line was so interesting I didn’t want to put the book down. Although the only down fall of this book is text is small and close together, which would be very hard for beginning readers. And there aren’t any illustrations throughout the book besides the front and back pages. I would recommend this book for older readers, because of the mystery that takes place. This book can ...more
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junior-fiction
The mysteries are formulaic. But I love Nancy Drew. I want to be Nancy Drew. Her world is always full of dangerous adventures, good friends, loving family and interesting characters, both good and evil. The evil ones are always caught, thanks to Nancy's excellent sleuthing skills, and the good ones always rewarded thanks to Nancy's generous help. She's got a cute boyfriend who backs her up and a cool car to drive around in. She looks great in everything she wears. And she has red hair. At least ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nancy Drew is my all time favorite detective book character, and one of my all time favorite book characters of all time. Nancy Drew is a classic in my family. My family and I read them together so often. I often watch the black and white movies, and watch the 1970s TV show, but reading the original books by Carolyn Keene is fun for all the family. When my mom reads aloud, she sometimes adds some funny sentences, not silly non-sense sentences, but she adds something that seems like something th ...more
Tudian Francis
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
the book started off as nancy drew the daughter of a very prominent lawyer tries with every will to find a birthday gift for her beloved father... as the story goes on nancy met an elderly woman by the name of madame alexandra who is a queen of europe who came to america and now lives in the river heights community and gave her the job of finding her grandson ...the young detective faces many obsticles but yet she went by each and every single one ....the books by carolyn kneene thought me how t ...more
I read the 1943 version, and I still think the original ones are much better written. I also like that Nancy isn't as perfect in them, and has more of a personality. They also provide unintentional laughs with sentences such as, "Nancy dropped a fifty-cent piece on the table to pay her check". Must be nice!

I also liked Ned yelling "Leaping catfish!" (?) and Nancy telling the old lady, "I'll prove to you that my slippers have little wings!" (???)

I am curious about one thing, though. Nancy walks
Thomas Santomartino
A Nice addition To the Drew Series

One of the better books after the first ten or so. There are enough twists and turns to keep one guessing until the end. It's relaxing nostalgic fun for adults when one doesn't have to worry about anything very disturbing and just wants a fun mystery. This is more "girly" than other books in the series though, with much of the story concerning a fashion show, but it had good character development. I wish I had read the longer original edition now as I wonder wha
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