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The Black Widow

(Nancy Drew Files #28)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  379 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Nancy uncovers a mystery while cruising to Rio de Janeiro. First a drawing of a black widow spider with a coded message is slipped under Nancy's door. Then a box of live black widows are sent to attractive widow Mrs. Nina da Silva--whose husband stole--then hid--an enormous set of emeralds.
Paperback, 150 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by Pocket Books (first published 1988)
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Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
My first experience of a Nancy Drew novel, this is #28 in the spinoff Nancy Drew: Files series featuring a rather older Nancy (she's 18 here). The Black Widow was published in 1988, long after the original Carolyn Keene, Mildred Wirt Benson, had ceased contributing to the saga.

And, to be honest, I found the book rather fun. This is the kind of novel that's ideal to have with you if you get stuck in an airport or on a long bus journey . . . although you might have to invest in two or three from t
Jan 14, 2009 rated it liked it
I love this series, I've read a million of them.
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
MY first nany drew book!!it was awsome!
Belle Adler
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, but there was one thing that really irked me. It mentions that Nancy 'is fluent in Spanish and French'.
There is no freaking way that this is possible - not even for the Great Nancy Drew. Fluency of a language takes years. The only way you could be fluent in THREE languages by the time you are EIGHTEEN is if you are somehow raised with those languages, exposed and immersed in them.
Which Nancy was NOT.
I know they put this in there to emphasize her genius, but I
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I read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys throughout my school and college days.
Nancy Drew is an amateur detective who solves crimes with occasional help from her best friends, Bess and George and, her boyfriend Ned. She also has occasional help from her father Carson Drew who runs a private law practice. From finding stolen goods to missing persons and solving mysterious happenings, Nancy is a force of nature.
Until I discovered that Carolyn Keene is a pen name for a whole bunch of ghostwriters, I used t
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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Brini Schaefer
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Carolyn Keene was actually the first author to get me into reading avidly. I found a few of her books in my elementary library and I was hooked. Now I own every one of her original books and half of Nancy Drew's files. I have to say back when I was little this book was amazing and I loved Nancy and her spirit and how she always got her man, and I can say without a doubt that to this day Nancy still makes me feel the way I did when I was little. :D
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Nancy's skull must be awful thick, it took her so long to figure out the one thing that was obvious after not too long of a stretch, yet she was able to figure out some headache-inducing code like she had the mind of a genius. Go figure.

Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this one. ;)
Linda Fang
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
My first Nancy Drew book. Absolutely loved it and really clever. Had me hooked to the series but stopped when I got confused with the different series of Nancy Drew and different authors.
The in which Carson thinks he's gonna get some so ignores nancy
Worst title ever the spiders are red back
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This series delivers once again!
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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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