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The Clue of the Broken Locket

(Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #11)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  12,065 ratings  ·  314 reviews
Another vacation turns into a riddle for Nancy to solve while she visits a lakeside holiday area. Cecily Curtis seeks the girl sleuth’s help in solving two mysteries. One concerns her fiancé, a popular singer who believes his record company is cheating him. The other involves a hidden family treasure; the only clue is half of a gold locket. Strange circumstances provide Na ...more
Hardcover, Revised text, 178 pages
Published 1965 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 1934)
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Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
My first childhood Nancy Drew....loved it and I was hooked!
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Probably read in 1964 or 1965.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Okay, seriously, Nancy Drew might really want to consider finding a new area of the country to live in. I cannot believe how many people get kidnapped, held hostage, tied up, etc. all within a very short convertible drive from the lovely home she shares with her father and their housekeeper. I mean, really, people are getting kidnapped left and right! This book has two children kidnapped, then their mother held hostage and tied up and gagged and kept in an attic when she tries to rescue them, an ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-series
I try to read (re-read) the Nancy Drew books as the ten-to-twelve year old girl I was when I first discovered them. (Imagine my horror when a town librarian told me the 'library didn't carry those' as they weren't 'good literature?' Well, anything which keeps a child reading is good enough in my book. Well, almost anything.)

Anyhow, here I am over fifty years later thinking, what was I thinking? Because this particular book has to be one of the worst in the series. Forget the plot, (Nancy and fri
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing

"When two adopted parents are unsuitable for caring of baby twins, Nancy sets out to search for the rightful birth mother with the help of a broken locket."

- Upon meeting the Blair's Nancy mentions that its a shame the adopted twins biological mother never claimed them. Kitty Blair responds by saying "when a mother abandons her children, she should lose all right to them!". Nancy immediately starts coming up with excuses for how the mother could have been tricked into being separated from her ch
B.M.B. Johnson
Another day, another mystery. Nancy's father doesn't have time to deal with another of his client's issues, so of course he sends his teen-age daughter out in the woods to take care of things.

"It's super dangerous, so take a couple of your friends with you -- you know to increase the carnage if things go bad," he says between the lines. "And also feel free to invite the boyfriends along later. They are sexless cardboard cutouts, so you'll be fine."

Maybe it was in a bad mood when I read this, but
Dean Cummings
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” – Rachel Carson

“The Clue of the Broken Locket” begins in one of my favorites of the Nancy Drew traditions, the “over the dining room table” father and daughter discussions about promising, exciting new mysteries.

In this case, it’s over breakfast that Carson Drew, a River Heights attorney tells his daughter, super-sleuth Nancy about an intriguing set of circumstances involving a cabin on Misty lake
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
For as many of them as there are and as popular as they purportedly have been over decades of readers, this was a huge disappointment. Nancy Drew is full of bland, shallow characters, predictable and slow-paced action, and boring and unnecessary detail.

First things first -- characters. A good writer can take a character you don't really want to like and make you like them, as with Sherlock Holmes. Yes, he's brilliant, but he's very annoying. However, you can't help but like him, faults and all.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really cool cover and intriguing mystery (actually mysteries), with Nancy, Ned, George, Bess, Dave, and Burt. Several mysteries for them to solve in this one - including from a long time ago! Plenty of bravery and persistence for good in the book with them not letting bad people, as well as danger, stop them from doing the right things. I read the book with friends and that always adds to the fun. I mentioned on my blog what book I was currently reading and that got another friend's post about r ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The appeal of Nancy Drew to me is that while some of the mysteries are slightly convoluted, there is no doubting Nancy's honesty and desire to help people. In this particular case, she unintentionally finds the source of her mystery before she even begins to investigate! Nancy, George and Bess are always on the case...especially when Nancy's father greets her with a mystery at breakfast! This is # 11 in the series and one I would recommend. Read Nancy Drew, "The Clue of the Broken Locket" as a b ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This installment is a bit messy - it felt like there were way too many things going on for a short book..... Ghost ships, kidnapping, ransacking, treasure hunting, child abuse, abduction, secret tunnels, record pirating, rock musicians etc. So while it was entertaining I feel like some of the side plots could have been dropped and more focus given to the main story ark.
"The young sleuth smiled to herself. "I wish that phantom boat would appear! I'd like to know what it looks like."

"'Oh boy, hot water!' Bess exclaimed. 'Time for a relaxing bath.'
'Not now,' George said. 'Sleuthing comes first.'"
Music piracy, kidnapping, treasure hunting and iron flamingos. All are featured herein.

A fun read between other books. #11 in my series read, but I've misplaced #10. Anyone seen it?
Oct 17, 2008 rated it really liked it

Girl Detective Nancy Drew and her friends explore a mystery that involves a hidden family fortune, pirated records and a ghostly apparition.


Having never read any Nancy Drew mysteries, I was prepared to dislike this book. However chubby and girly Bess, her boyish cousin George and pragmatic and adventurous Nancy Drew won me over in the end. These girls are a little wholesome for a modern audience. However it never comes off as saccarine. Just that the girls have incredibly polite ma
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the eleventh book in the Nancy Drew mystery series. The revised text version of the book covers the story of a group of guys who are pirating records, kidnapping people, and mistreating kids. The local police don't really have any respect for Nancy and she doesn't get much cooperation from them until near the end of the story.

The story also involves inheritance and hidden treasure from the time of the Civil War. There's also a phantom ship, a sabotaged canoe, the broken locket, a hidden
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the very first Nancy Drew books that I ever read, and therefore one of my favorites.
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I still love these books I read as a kid!
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The broken locket is my favorite Nancy Drew
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nancy and the gang do some sleuthing, stop to go to church, do some more sleuthing, Bess talks about food, Nancy gets kidnapped. It's all thrilling, wholesome excitement! ...more
Ruby Rose
I always wanted to read this one when I was younger. I remember holding this one, and I am so glad I got my hands on a copy.

Normally classics don't hold me the same way that their newer books based on them do.

Exception: This book. And after a while this series as I have been reading all the copies that I can get my hands on... THANKS MOM!

A long lost family treasure, lost children, a spooky old house, creepy neighbors, in a small town in the middle of nowhere. Oh and of course half a broken loc
Susan needs more books, not really
Typical Nancy Drew mystery. Good story.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This Nancy Drew book was interesting and exciting, especially when the phantom boat would appear on the river. I enjoyed reading this one too!
My first Nancy Drew! This was fun. Not a sophisticated mystery; it was full of unlikely coincidences, but I enjoyed it anyway. I can see why Nancy Drew is an engaging heroine, with her cheerful independence, her spiffy roadster, and her indulgent father. This was a fun escape, and I’ll probably pick up more of these as fun comfort reads!
5 stars & 5/10 hearts. I enjoyed this story! The mystery was quite interesting and well done, in my opinion. I liked Cecily & Niko, and Susan was sweet. There was some touching, but otherwise it was quite clean. I appreciated that the villains were bad but not creepy, too. XD
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Nancy Drew was my first book love and I'm always going to enjoy reading one, every once in a while. Are there too many coincidences? Sure. But the stories are always very sweet. And I find it incredible to have such strong, independent female characters in books written so long ago. In a time when there are so many conversations about representation, let's not forget Nancy led the way! ...more
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cbr12
A thrilling mystery with a lot of bumped heads and threats issued. I'm always interested when a doppelganger turns out to be better than secret twins, and this plot is more complex than most involving look-alikes. ...more
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
legitimately pretty scary, and wove together two very unexpected things
Destiny Martinez
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is okay but the thing is that I didn't really understand it well. It was too confusing and I think this book was a little too hard for me. This book is good but I don't think it's for me. ...more
Emily W
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: preteen/early teen girls
Recommended to Emily W by: Mum
When I was a mere 12 year old, The Clue of the Broken Locket was the first Nancy Drew book I ever read. It was the same year that the Nancy Drew movie (starring Emma Roberts) came out - and I was hooked on Nancy.

Now, seven years later, I have re-read my very first Nancy Drew book. And I found it to be, well, all a little bit ridiculous really.
The clues! which all happen to tie in with the mystery (does she ever find anything irrelevant?)
The cliffhangers! at the end of EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER!
The c
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