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Mystery at the Ski Jump (Nancy Drew #29)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  4,161 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
When Nancy learns the Drews’ housekeeper has been duped by an elegantly dressed woman into buying a stolen fur piece, the young detective starts a search for the clever swindler. To Nancy’s astonishment, she discovers the woman is using the name Nancy Drew! The dishonest acts of the impostor point the finger of suspicion at Nancy herself! Following the trail of the clever ...more
Hardcover, Revised text, 176 pages
Published 1968 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 1952)
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Sheryl Tribble
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Tried to read a Nancy Drew book a few years back and it was all "you can't go home again," but when I was indexing them last week I noticed I had an original and a rewritten volume of The Mystery at the Ski Jump, and I thought it'd be fun to compare the two. I've done that with some Hardy Boys mysteries where the only connection between the original and the rewrite were a few names; the plot had been entirely changed.

In this case, however, they were essentially the same; the rewrite was missing
Feb 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Every girl needs to go through a Nancy Drew phase at least once. For me, that was when I was in 6th grade and read...I don't even know how many of these books. At least eight, I think.
This one sticks out in my mind the most because over the course of her ski-related escapades, Nancy taught me something that I still consider really important: how to signal an SOS with a flashlight after you've managed to escape the abandoned cabin in the middle of the woods where The Bad Guys tied you up and lef
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: girl-detective
Hypers, I'm definitely George.

This started mostly as nostalgia-reading, but now I'm super interested in the Grosset & Dunlap edits and the feminist politics (and failures) of Nancy Drew.

keywords: mink furs, stolen identity, Aunt Eloise, skiing, Canada, telegrams, near-death Nancy, Mizti Channing
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Unique Nancy Drew story, as Nancy chases after a thief and a con artist masquerading as Nancy Drew!
Rachel Piper
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
The villains are people who sell fraudulent stock, making this not quite the most exciting Nancy Drew mystery.
I saw the library added a ton of Nancy Drew e-books, and with the Winter Olympics happening, what better flashback to childhood than the Mystery of the Ski Jump?

First of all, it wasn't about a ski jump at all. That was like two pages of the whole book.

Second, it's so interesting to read a book like this written in the...past. I almost thought about classifying it as historical fiction! I would be so interested to talk to a current pre-teen reading these older versions of Nancy Drew. It probabl
I just love Nancy's world, where the good guys all look honest, the bad guys have beady-eyes and pencil-thin mustaches, criminals put their return addresses on their mailings, and yet it still takes an 18-year-old amateur detective to round up a theft ring. Gotta love it!
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A con artist is using the name Nancy Drew. Nancy must solve this mystery to clear her own name. A fun and entertaining story.
Eric Wood
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
(This review is for the revised text only)

A very good ND book! Even though the beginning of the book started too fast and I did get a little tired of the book near the end, I enjoyed it all the way through and it was engaging. The writing style and the snowy settings really added the enjoyment to reading this book and I enjoyed Nancy's search for the swindlers, the traveling around, and her investigating, though as usual with most of these original ND books, plenty of coincidences helped Nancy s
Mariya Shareef
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Again, I have read a Nancy Drew book, and loved it. In this book, someone is impersonating Nancy, and stole fur and sold it to Hannah, (her housekeeper as the book says, but Nancy calls her a mom-ly figure multiple times throughout the series). The person who sold it is using Nancy's name, and the real Nancy Drew has to find out who this really is. I have nothing that I dislike about this book, however there really wasn't much about a ski jump. Usually the tittles have more to do with the main s ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my very first Nancy Drew and I got hooked after reading it.
Lizzy Murphy
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book had me at the edge of my seat.
Dawn Adams
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nancy-drew
OT- Ned jealous, fur trappers, gift of mink, earrings, and pin. Montreal, Adirondacks, and New York. not particularly exciting and hard to stomach the fur trade.
Savannah Helmer
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Mystery at the Ski Jump" was a very satisfying read on a snowy weekend. Confusing mystery, many victims, and several suspects, new friends, and adventurous winter sports. Highly recommended!
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I just read this as a quick, cozy reminder of an old friend.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Another good quick read. It's amazing how much Nancy Drew can do. She can figure skate well enough to be in a professional show, she can ski jump, snowshoe for miles, ha ha. Great imagination.
Christine Arvinth
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nancydrew
Well Nancy had quiet an adventure in this book. I still do not know how she manages to learn something new while she is sleuthing. And i really liked the book.
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Mystery at the Ski Jump is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 29th book in the Nancy Drew series.

Nancy Drew's sleuthing finds her looking for an unscrupulous door-to-door fur saleswoman with counterparts whose trails take Nancy and her friends from New York to Canada.

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 our house. Like most young girls
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, nancy-drew
My LAST Nancy Drew book--I have now read all of the original ones, which is something I've wanted to do since I was a kid. A few thoughts on the series: 1. how does Nancy have the time/$$ to go around solving all of these mysteries? 2. Nancy has got to be the biggest Renaissance-woman there ever was. In every book, she is taking some sort of lessons that happen to assist her in solving the mystery, usually when she is posing as an expert in the given field (for example, in this book, she posed a ...more
Dharia Scarab
Feb 25, 2016 rated it liked it

My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one.

Myself, I go ou
I was a HUGE Nancy Drew fan as a kid and thus this is not the first time I've read this one, but as I was looking for a "book from a beloved childhood series" for my reading bingo and was feeling inspired by the Winter Olympics in Sochi, I chose this one. I remembered it involved mink pelts and skiing, but not much beyond that. It's fun to read these again as an adult--coincidences and things I thought nothing of when younger are kind of hilarious now, as are some culture-of-a-different-era thin ...more
The captcha on this book is full of weird errors, more than most of the other books. And Nancy is a decent ice skater but not really impressive on skis, even though she won a novice slaloming competition a year before the book takes place.

A phony stock scheme, like book 23 and 25. If you read these sequentially, the tropes recycle way too quick. Also Nancy's identity is stolen like in book 4. And of course, she's kidnapped and bound and gagged again when the people she's with turn their backs fo
Madalyn Walker
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is simply amazing ( Just like all other Carolyn Keene books! ). Any one who is a fan of mysteries would love this book and all other Carolyn Keene novels. In this book, Nancy's father asks of her help to solve a mystery involving his legal work. Nancy, who is also nose deep in a mystery herself, flies to Montreal to help crack her father's case. While scouring for thieves, phonies, and liars, Nancy makes new friends and proves herself as a great detective. This is book number 29 in the ...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
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this for some research and like most Nancy Drew books, I liked it. Written in 1952 (and I did have the 1952 edition), I found it interesting that this had to do with minks and furs. I grew up seeing those little animals biting each other draped around women's necks with their fake beady eyes. While selling fur in the fifties and sixties was accepted as normal, I wonder how today's generation accepts this?
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't love that the mystery revolved around the fur trade, but overall this was a good Nancy Drew book. I like that all of Nancy's friends were involved in solving the mystery, and I also liked that they travelled around a lot during the book. I tend to find these books more entertaining when Bess, George, and the boys are involved and/or when the whole story doesn't happen in River Heights.
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, mystery
This story was fun to read and it held my interest which is always good.
I liked how there was some time between when each bit of the mystery was solved, which was something I found that differed from some of the books before where you would get all the answers at once.
I also enjoyed the snow-themed fun that was had.
Yet another Nancy Drew book with a misleading title. The ski jump was hardly mysterious, and barely even factored into the story at all.

Also, what was up with Hannah being such an idiot in this one? And how would having someone's drivers license - but looking nothing like them - work at all to steal someone's identity?
Ambika ɀסּϛסּ
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
The most ridiculous Nancy Drew book I ever read but one of my favourites.
I loved averything about it. The travelling,the snow,the skating,the fur swindle. It's the book I'll curl up with when I'm looking for a minute alone.
The coincidences!!!
It was getting ridiculous after a while. I'm not going to say anymore but you read it and tell me.
Mandie Compagner
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, but there were some parts were it got boring, and not a lot of action happened. I liked how the book had lots of description, and the author kept a lot of things secret for the reader to find out in the end.
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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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