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The Clue of the Broken Locket (Nancy Drew #11)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  10,598 Ratings  ·  226 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!
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
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
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
May 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: nancy-drew
I've read both the 1934 and 1965 versions of this book, and it's an unusual Nancy Drew Mystery Story for two reasons: first of all, most of the 60s revisions just condense and update the original story. The 1965 version of Clue of the Broken Locket is a completely different story. Surprise number two, the 1965 version is a much better book. Broken Locket '34 is a pretty dumb, petty story of Nancy going out of her way to find the birth mother of a pair of baby twins because their adopted parents ...more
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
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nancy-drew
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.'"
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
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Bored young girls at their grandparents' house
Recommended to Caroline by: myself
When I was nine, I picked this book up out of boredom during an extended stay at my grandparents’ house. Browsing through my granddad’s old library of massive historical volumes and other classics, I found that this it was the only book anywhere close to my comprehension level. As soon as I started reading it, I immediately became engrossed in the quaint old-fashioned mystery (whose plot I now have entirely forgotten), and stayed up late that night to finish it. My captivation with this book may ...more
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.
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The broken locket is my favorite Nancy Drew
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I still love these books I read as a kid!
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, nancy-drew
Typical Nancy Drew mystery. Good story.
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
Fayth Williams
This was the first Nancy Drew book I ever read as a child. I remember the library did not have the book I wanted, so my mother told me to "Try a mystery! Nancy Drew is interesting."

And that was the beginning of my entire childhood.
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was one of my favorite Nancy Drew books when I was a kid. It doesn't quite hold up in the same way for me - it was never going to - but it brought back lots of fun memories of how rapt I used to be reading this.
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting, but confusing. I had a difficult time keeping track of all the characters/places introduced.
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
My reason for rereading my childhood favorite is to solve the who's, why's and hows.. 11/11 so far. A welcome break in between novels.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books from childhood!!!
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is 1 of my fav ND's. I loved the settings, the cast, and the adventure.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The clue of the broken locket is the 11th edition in Nancy drew series authored by Mildred Benson. And since I am a great fan of her writings this book also entertained me with the same Mildred factor.I liked the book to the core. I actually wanted to read the original version of this book published in 1934 ,however I got to read the revised edition. Still, its better to have something than nothing. The original editions of these books published in 1930's are far better than the revised ones.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nancy-drew

This book in the Nancy Drew series is off the rails.

(view spoiler)

If I list every craz
Bonnie Randall
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: retro-reads
What is wrong with this sentence: "The door burst open and identical twins - a boy and a girl about three years old - rushed out."

Hmm. Editing. It matters.

That aside, this was a neat-o step back in time to when mysteries were bloodless and the detective managed to fit in proper meals and church services in the midst of sleuthing. And the characters - with the exception of the scurvy bad guys - are all wholesome, decent people. Even the rock star in this book was as squeaky clean as a new set o
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was fun, although like with the other ND books, I started skimming the end. In reading this, I realized that the reason I find the "sleuthing" so unsatisfying is that Nancy gets an elaborate hunch, and then turns out to be exactly right, as if the universe heard her suspicion and conspired to make it exactly true. (The SECRET!) Every mini weird or criminal event that happens has GOT to be related to the main weird/criminal event. Someone is pirating records? Well it's GOT to be the shady pe ...more
Priyadarshni Palanikumar
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
This was the first ever Nancy Drew book that I owned, so, it's got a special place in my heart.

Nancy Drew is a perfect way to start off a young adult into Crime Fiction. The setting : teenage daughter of a lawyer Carson Drew, who gets mixed up with a mystery and manages to solve it; is simple, yet, outstanding.

As for this particular book, the mysterious connect between a young woman, who is on winter vacation in a summer location, and a historic ghostly barge on the lake is the puzzle. Nancy and
Annie Jensen
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like this book because it's a mystery and it was suspenseful, and I wanted to just keep reading and not put my book down. My favorite part of this book is when they find the Iron Bird and Beach House because they are a big part of the story and because those are the biggest part of the mystery and once they found them the mystery started getting put together and started making more sence. My least favorite part is when Nancy gets trapped on the roof and she's locked up there and she doesn't ha ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another childhood favourite of mine. I always loved the setting, and the spookiness. Okay, I realize that the clues are all obvious, and that the mysteries are rather formulaic, but these Nancy Drew books are fun for young people. As is always the style with Nancy Drew books, there are a couple of different seemingly unrelated mysteries, which end up being connected. The bad guys always are identified with telltale signs. But again, I reiterate, the mysteries are fun for children. They gave me m ...more
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