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The Haunted Showboat

(Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #35)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  5,442 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Nancy, Bess and George visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras. While on vacation for the festivities, the three friends become involved with pirates, ghosts, and investigating an old showboat, rumored to be haunted, that must be restored in time for the gala celebrations. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published 1957 by Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.
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Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I came across The Haunted Showboat (Book #35) in near mint condition at a local antique show this past fall and decided it was time to read my very first Nancy Drew mystery. Published in 1957 and stamp-marked 2.95 (no dollar sign) on the back cover, I gladly paid my $10.

Anyway, in this case, our young sleuth is summoned to travel to New Orleans to solve the mystery of why someone is sabotaging the rehab of an old storm damaged showboat. The story starts out like gangbusters with auto theft and c

Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

"When Nancy, Bess and George travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to the Mardi Gras they are enveloped in a mystery involving a haunted showboat. Nancy unravels the mystery involving an impostor and a search for pirate's gold." [x]

- The bomb in Nancy's car is such a serious incident yet the girls seem to shake it off as nothing but an inconvenience.

- I'm surprised Mr. Drew would buy Nancy such a flashy car that's easy to spot. Being a detective you'd think a subtle car that blends in would be the sm
4.5 stars & 5/10 hearts. This one was fun! I enjoyed the unusual setting. I disliked Alex from the start, but Donna Mae turned out okay. I really liked Charles! I liked the storyline a lot too, and the mystery. What takes off half a star is some mentions of voodoo/spiritualism... easily edited out.
New Orleans is the setting for Nancy's #35. . . .Mardi Gras and all the fun that leads to and from that holiday! There is a haunted showboat complete with ghosts, voodoo drums, gold pirate treasure and a true love, along with a false love.

Dances and moonlit sleuthings. Ned and his boys. All those fun ingredients add up to 184 pages of fast, fun reminders of how much I loved this series in my past - we never had $$ to spend on books and the library never had all the ones I hadn't yet read, so thi
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Yet another great novel in the Nancy Drew mystery book series.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nancy-drew
It could have been so much better. The "Showboat" was not haunted, and neither was there a Show on it!!!

We do see Nancy, Bess, and George going to visit Bess's cousin who lives in Louisiana. The cousin had previously been sweet and nice, and engaged to a nice fellow. But suddenly the cousin has tossed aside the nice fellow, and now she has gotten herself entangled in another engagement with an outsider! And this fiance number two seems to have a phony accent!

A weird moment occurs when the brain
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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
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My book is the original 1957 printing of this title. This is a classic Nancy Drew mystery. While I enjoyed re-reading it very much, I think perhaps my tastes have become jaded over the years. Perhaps once I would have given the book 5 stars but after all, this is a simple mystery of the era in which it was written and can't compete with the more complex books written for young adults today. On the other hand, I could not give it less than 4 stars so 4 it is.

Nancy and her chums travel by car to
Roland Millsaps
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jayant Saket
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After from being the first Nancy Drew book I read,this book also became my third favourite book.The Haunted Showboat — with crossing 185 pages — is a bit - lengthy than the others.The positive review for this book has been possible through its decent story,likeable characters,wondrous descriptions,feel-alive atmosphere and a pretty good villain in the form of the young Alex Upgrove. The story isn’t much but still remains to be decent.The mystery gets to be sidelined through the extreme emphasis ...more
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Bookish Jo
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I used to love Nancy Drew books and I enjoyed rereading it all these years later. I was reminded about why I loved them and why I now love reading mysteries. Such a great series to engage young readers!
Feb 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
as the kids say nowadays: big yikes
Brianna D
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this book “The Haunted Showboat” from the Nancy Drew series ,and authored by Carolyn Keene, Nancy is invited to go with her cousins, George and Bess, to New Orleans to solve a mystery and also have some fun at the “ Mardi Gras Parade.” Nancy learns new and exciting things that lead up to her solving the mystery. This book always interests me and I always love when I have the free time during school to read this book. At the end and beginning of every chapter you are either learning some new o ...more
The Haunted Showboat (1957) finds Nancy invited to New Orleans at Mardi Gras time. Bess & George's uncle had planned to move and restore the River Princess, an old river showboat that's been abandoned in the swamp. He wants the boat in good order in time for a gala celebration--a costume ball to celebrate the engagement of his daughter Donna Mae to Oxford graduate Alex Upgrove. There are just a few problems....the boat is rumored to be haunted; no one is willing to move the boat; and every time ...more
Nancy takes another trip to New Orleans (like in Blackwood Hall, maybe?) to stay with another cousin of Bess n George. They are a retired colonel and his wife and 20-year-old daughter, and they have house slaves named Mammy and Pappy. The daughter's fiance is besotted by Nancy and he's totally a dubious character from the outset.

Nancy's car is stolen in the first chapter, and her father immediately buys a replacement which is sabotaged before she even leaves town. Then she nearly drives the seco
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nancy is invited by Bess and George to spend Mardi Gras in New Orleans with their aunt, uncle and cousin. The uncle, is especially eager to have Nancy get to the bottom of the mysterious incidents occurring on an old showboat he is restoring.

From the beginning, the trip was riddled with problems. First, Nancy’s car is stolen. But it all works out when her dad buys her a new one. Then someone places a bomb in the new car and later damages the exterior when the bomb is disarmed. Once in New Orlean
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
My favorite independent bookstore, Octavia Books, mentioned "The Haunted Showboat" during Mardi Gras in an Instagram post. I had to buy it because I miss living in New Orleans. And how did I not know that Nancy Drew went to the Mardi Gras?? As I get older, I feel increasingly nostalgic about my childhood. I loved Nancy Drew then and still do today, though some of my mild criticisms of it as an adult were things I found mesmerizing or delightful as a suburban pre-teen.

The language is a bit dated,
Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
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
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nancy's car is stolen right out of her garage, her dad buys her a brand new one (because of course he does), and then a bomb is planted in the new car - and all this within the first two chapters!

This was much more action-packed than usual, which made it a lot of fun to read. Uncle Rufus' "dialect" was uncomfortable to read, however, but I have to keep reminding myself that these were published such a long time ago in a different world.

I always laugh when the criminals immediately confess every
Aug 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nancy-drew
Best things about this one is the ambiance of a swamp setting and the colorful capture of the villain which has a fun dramatic flair. Low marks for some racism. News bulletin: referring to black servants as "Mammy", "Pappy", and other black people as "Uncle" is a throwback to names from slavery times. This book was republished in 1980s.....these offensive terms should have removed. ...more
well now I have read a classic nancy drew. I do not have to read any more.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: work-books
This one made me the most uncomfortable—so much “1950’s-acceptable” racism and sexism. I felt icky.
I’m still giving this 4 stars because I enjoyed it even though there was some racism and sexism in this one.
I discovered the Nancy Drew books when I was about 10 years old, and from the moment I picked up the first book I was hooked.

32 years on, I have just started to read them all over again!
In fact I probably only ever read about 10-12 of the original ones, out of over 70 books, so am really looking forwards to reading some of the ones I never got around to reading.

Whilst I find them very predictable these days, I have to say I still really enjoy them. They are easy reading material, and you can eas
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I don't know what to think about this book. Depending on what you like, the pacing is either good or terrible.

It's good because it's consistently exciting and interesting. It's bad because it never seems to get to the point. The first five chapters involve Nancy's drive down to New Orleans. Then there are many chapters where Nancy attempts to investigate the haunted showboat only for people to stop her with 'let's go on a tour/shopping'. The last chapter has a hasty wrap up, as if the author sud
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This was not my favorite mystery, and really there wasn't a lot to the mystery, most of the book were inconsequential details that never really tied into what was happening on the showboat.

I also was reading a 1957 edition of this book, which really didn't age well. I've read previously that Nancy Drew had to be revised for the times as new editions came out, and reading about the casual reference to "colored people," and "Negroes" was jarring and seriously detracted from any enjoyment to be ha
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nancy-drew
The Haunted Showboat finds Nancy in New Orleans investigating an old showboat that is awaiting restoration but lately seems to be haunted. This book gave me the impression that the author was pressed for time and couldn't put enough effort into the story. Not only does the mystery itself feel underdeveloped, but it takes a long time to gain the spotlight; even when Nancy is told about it, we don't get full knowledge of the situation until small details are given throughout the book. In addition, ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Remembering that these books were written for young girls changes the focus a bit. They are formulaic; they are repetitive, but they can be fun, too. With this book, it wasn’t just Nancy figuring everything out. She did ask the right questions, but still used her intuition and thought about things.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A bit hard to follow at some points but otherwise I loved reading about Nancy solving another mystery! The haunted showboat was mysteriously attached to a legend of pirate's gold inside of it and a gang was going to stop at nothing to get it for themselves, even if it meant putting other people's lives in danger! ...more
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