Review: Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew #13) – Carolyn Keene


Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew #13) – Carolyn Keene

Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, #13)

Title: Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew #13)

Author: Carolyn Keene

Release Date: 1974

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 179

Source: TBR Shelf

Nancy determines whether an exquisite ivory elephant charm really protects its wearer from harm during her investigation of a circus performer who may be involved in a mysterious illegal scheme. The girl detective’s assignment becomes complicated when the elephant trainer’s young assistant seeks refuge at the Drew home from his cruel foster father. While following clues to help the boy find his real father, Nancy discovers an eerie abandoned house. As she probes, Nancy’s dangerous enemies thwart her efforts to discover a secret surrounding the unusual ivory charm.

3 out of 5 stars


I was just in the mood for something light and fun, so I picked up this Nancy Drew book. I’ve always loved this series, and it blows my mind that I didn’t read all of them when I was younger. I know that I went to my library and just picked out random ones that sounded interesting to me, so I’ve read quite a few of them, but never in order.

This book followed Nancy and her mystery crew to the circus. They went to this circus show and then found this little boy named Rishi who was being abused by his father Rai. They were part of the circus. Rishi followed Nancy home and ended up staying with her to get away from his father. The whole mystery deals with a secret passageway, a crazy house, and an Indian prince.

Overall I thought this was a pretty average Nancy Drew mystery. It didn’t really go anywhere, so I found myself to be kind of bored throughout it. I enjoyed Rishi because he’s just cute, but there wasn’t really anything special that happened.

I will always love George, Bess, and Ned, so it always makes me happy when they’re part of the stories. I love Ned and Nancy together because they’re just so dang cute. I thought there were a lot of unnecessary characters thrown into this book, though. Too many characters with different and random back stories.

I wanted to see the woman go to jail and get punished, but nothing really happened with her. I love this series and can’t wait to finish the ones that I have at home :)

Series:

Password to Larkspur Lane (Nancy Drew #10)

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

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


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

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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

Plot:

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.

Characters:

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.

Series:

Password to Larkspur Lane (Nancy Drew #10)

Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew #13)

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Review: Password to Larkspur Lane (Nancy Drew #10) – Carolyn Keene


Password to Larkspur Lane (Nancy Drew #10) – Carolyn Keene

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Title: Password to Larkspur Lane (Nancy Drew #10)

Author: Carolyn Keene

Release Date: June 1, 1960

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 192

Source: Bookstore

A carrier pigeon furnishes Nancy with a clue to a mysterious retreat.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Nancy stumbles upon yet another mystery. Shocking, right? Anyway, Nancy finds a mysterious note attached to a wounded messenger pigeon and she calls in to the Pigeon Registration and finds out it was unregistered. Why would there be an unregistered bird delivering messages, and why would it be wounded? So many questions run through Nancy Drew’s head. She gets ahold of a bracelet with an engraving and a family crest. She takes the bracelet to a local jeweler and asks if he can trace it and see what family it belongs to. She finds out the name and realizes that the woman the bracelet belongs to is being held captive by the “bad guys.” She helps out and finds out where the quote-on-quote “bad guys” are keeping the old woman. She goes there and finds that other old women are being held captive as well. What if she can’t find out who is doing this? I love the Nancy Drew books and always have, but I never read them in order until a couple years ago. As of now I’m on #11 and can’t wait to collect them and read them all. I just have some random ones of the series that I’ve picked up from garage sales, used stores, and book stores, but I can’t wait until I have them all.

Characters:

Nancy and her best friends, Bess and George, are some of my favorite characters, but Ned and Nancy are the perfect couple. I love Ned and I have since I started reading this series. He’s so sweet and he’s such a gentleman. He holds doors and flirts in a publicly appropriate way, and he totally reminds me of my boyfriend. Bess and George are the perfect friends for Nancy. They compliment each other so well.

Who Would I Be?:

Duh. This is a dumb question. Of course I’d choose Nancy. I mean come on. Teenage girl detective, it can’t get much better than that. Nancy is always so brave and she thinks everything through multiple steps ahead. Not a lot of people do this and I think its a wonderful quality to have.

Series:

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

Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew #13)

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May Book Haul


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  1. Password to Larkspur Lane (Nancy Drew #10) – Carolyn Keene
  2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple
  3. An Off Year – Claire Zulkey
  4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) – Jenny Han
  5. Law of Attraction (Anna Curtis #1) – Allison Leotta
  6. Save as Draft – Cavanaugh Lee
  7. Covenant: A Novel (Ethan Warner #1) – Dean Crawford
  8. Paint it Black – Janet Fitch
  9. Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet – Jennifer Homans
  10. The Skin Map (Bright Empires #1) – Stephen R. Lawhead

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