Review: The Clue of the Broken Locket (Nancy Drew #11) – Carolyn Keene

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


Title: The Clue of the Broken Locket

Author: Carolyn Keene

Release Date: October 1, 1965

Publisher: Grosset and Dunlap

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 178

Source: Bookstore

Nancy Drew and her friends are plunged into a network of strange events when they visit Misty Lake. The very night they arrive, they meet pretty, red-haired Cecily Curtis, who seeks Nancy’s help in solving two mysteries: one concerning Cecily’s fiancé, Niko Van Dyke, a popular singer who believes that his record company is cheating him of royalty payments; the other, involving a family treasure hidden before the start of the Civil War–Cecily’s only clue being half of a gold locket.

Nancy’s investigations lead her to Pudding Stone Lodge, where the sinister Driscoll family lives. Elusive humming noises, a flashing light in the attic of the lodge, the periodic apparition of an excursion launch which had sunk in Misty Lake years ago, and the fleeting appearances of a frightened girl who strongly resembles Cecily give Nancy plenty of opportunity to test her sleuthing skills.

Braving a series of dangerous situations and discouraging developments, the alert young detective perseveres in her attempts to solve both mysteries and reveal the astounding secrets of Pudding Stone Lodge.

4 out of 5 stars


Nancy’s father gets a strange letter with a key attached jump starting yet another mystery for Nancy Drew and her friends, Bess and George. The girls go to the lodge with the key and await the arrival of the young woman who is supposed to be staying there. The girls wait and wait, late into the night until they finally decide to fall asleep in the small cottage. The girls wake up when they hear the girl, Cecily. Cecily eagerly tells them to stay the night with her in the cottage. Cecily gets to talking to the girls and tells the three best friends that she is to be married to the famous popstar, Niko Van Dyke. She also explains that the reason she’s there is to find her great-great-grandfather’s family fortune so she has enough money to get married and to be settled after marrying the popstar. Cecily wears half of a broken locket given to one of her relatives by her great-great-grandfather, and with that locket is a clue to as where the family fortune resides. “With the iron bird…” Nancy Drew has taken me with yet another one of her old-time mysteries. I love Nancy Drew and I know I say that every time I review a Nancy Drew mystery, but honsetly they are the most fun books to read. They’re such quick reads that are so fun and so easy to understand. I will continue to love the Nancy Drew story forever.


There were so many characters in this book, my goodness. There was Nancy, Bess, and George, and their significant others, Ned, Burt, and Dave. Then there was Cecily and her fiance’, Niko Van Dyke. Ther all the bad guys. Dang a lot of people. Anyway, Cecily and Niko were a really cute couple and even though it was obvious they’d figure it out in the end, I’m glad that they’re getting married.

Who Would I Be?:

I always choose Nancy, so I’ll be adventurous and choose Cecily this time. She’s dating a pop star and she’s chasing after her family fortune. Plus it would be super cool to be part of one of Nancy’s Mysteries. I’d love to be friends with Nancy, Bess, and George.


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