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Nancy is on the case, once again! Her father’s client, Mr.Sakamaki needs help. His deceased grandfather’s estate, Kaluakua has a mystery nobody knows. Its Golden Pavilion may be haunted, and two middle-aged suspects claim to be the grand children of Grandfather Sakamaki and are going to run and take over the estate. Nancy must prove them wrong and stop a terrible gang call Nancy is on the case, once again! Her father’s client, Mr.Sakamaki needs help. His deceased grandfather’s estate, Kaluakua has a mystery nobody knows. Its Golden Pavilion may be haunted, and two middle-aged suspects claim to be the grand children of Grandfather Sakamaki and are going to run and take over the estate. Nancy must prove them wrong and stop a terrible gang called the Double Scorps who are trying to steal the secret kings cape in the Golden Pavilion. Are the posing grandchildren part of the Double Scorps and are going to inherit the estate for all of the Double Scorps? What does a sacred king’s cape have to do with the Secret of the Golden Pavilion? And who is that ghost that dances by the Pavilion every night? Nancy is going to find out everything, from the Double Scorps, to perhaps two Grandfather Sakamaki. Could the Grandfather Sakamaki in California be the wrong one that owns the Kaluakua? Help Nancy Drew solve the mystery!


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Nancy is on the case, once again! Her father’s client, Mr.Sakamaki needs help. His deceased grandfather’s estate, Kaluakua has a mystery nobody knows. Its Golden Pavilion may be haunted, and two middle-aged suspects claim to be the grand children of Grandfather Sakamaki and are going to run and take over the estate. Nancy must prove them wrong and stop a terrible gang call Nancy is on the case, once again! Her father’s client, Mr.Sakamaki needs help. His deceased grandfather’s estate, Kaluakua has a mystery nobody knows. Its Golden Pavilion may be haunted, and two middle-aged suspects claim to be the grand children of Grandfather Sakamaki and are going to run and take over the estate. Nancy must prove them wrong and stop a terrible gang called the Double Scorps who are trying to steal the secret kings cape in the Golden Pavilion. Are the posing grandchildren part of the Double Scorps and are going to inherit the estate for all of the Double Scorps? What does a sacred king’s cape have to do with the Secret of the Golden Pavilion? And who is that ghost that dances by the Pavilion every night? Nancy is going to find out everything, from the Double Scorps, to perhaps two Grandfather Sakamaki. Could the Grandfather Sakamaki in California be the wrong one that owns the Kaluakua? Help Nancy Drew solve the mystery!

30 review for The Secret of the Golden Pavilion

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kavita

    This was one Nancy Drew book that was pretty above par.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary Kate

    By this point, reading a Nancy Drew novel is like a visit with an old friend. I first began reading Nancy Drew as a third grader, and reluctantly at that, going on a recommendation from my mother. However, I quickly fell in love with the ever ready sleuth and her faithful friends. The mysteries kept me entertained and I felt a connection with Nancy, a girl who had it all together at all times. Even in the most dangerous of situations, Nancy never lost her cool. She was one of my biggest role mod By this point, reading a Nancy Drew novel is like a visit with an old friend. I first began reading Nancy Drew as a third grader, and reluctantly at that, going on a recommendation from my mother. However, I quickly fell in love with the ever ready sleuth and her faithful friends. The mysteries kept me entertained and I felt a connection with Nancy, a girl who had it all together at all times. Even in the most dangerous of situations, Nancy never lost her cool. She was one of my biggest role models and one of the literary figures who impacted me the most growing up. Now that I am nearly sixteen, going back to read these books is different. The mysteries seem simple now, not unenjoyable, but once you've had Agatha Christie, Carolyn Keene doesn't cut it. The writing is at a much lower level than I am used to, but it feels nice, like a rush of familiarity, and I notice things I never had before. For example, I have a deep appreciation for all of Nancy's friends now, Bess and George, and even Burt, Dave, and Ned. Bess especially makes me smile as I read her character because characters with her traits aren't often created anymore. She's the sweetheart, innocent and easily frightened, stunningly pretty, yet she loves to eat and is always up for a meal. She's the plump one out of the three, but also the most feminine, as George favors a more boyish style and Nancy is more practical. Bess Marvin is a novelty. And then there's Ned Nickerson. Ned and Nancy are one of my favorite literary couples. They aren't a tragic pair of starcrossed lovers like Romeo and Juliet, nor are they the fiery equivalent to Elizabeth and Darcy, but they just seem right. There are no passionate kisses or confessions of undying love, but there are subtle and realistic shows of affection that make me smile all the same. Even if a third grader wouldn't pick up on it, there is a fair amount of flirting going on, and Ned is much funnier than I ever remembered, leaving Nancy to soothe his comically wounded pride a fair few times. He is also devoted to her. There is no love triangle, not like today's paranormal romance or teen lit. They don't even ever call each other boyfriend and girlfriend. Ned is Nancy's "special friend", but they fit perfectly together. It also struck me upon reading this book again how truly young they are. Nancy is only eighteen, and Ned probably isn't much older. They are really just kids, all of them, and that makes what they do even more incredible. As practical as they are, the lot of them aren't grown ups. I had never thought about it before, but now that I have, I have even more of an admiration for Nancy's coolness in the face of danger. I would almost certainly panic at least at first, even if I was able to pull it together. Carson Drew is a very good character as well. It is clear that the father and daughter love each other and would do anything for each other. Nancy is a spitting image of her father in every way. Both are extremely hardworking, loyal, and clever. Nancy's role model was definitely her father, and I can see why. But anyway, I didn't just decide to pick this book up from Barnes and Noble's one day. I found it at a garage sale, bought it for fifty cents. It happens to be a first edition copy though, which I don't think makes it valuable, but it sure does make it pretty, with a gorgeous blue and white end-papers. Also, I don't know if this is in the newer ones, I haven't looked, but on the inside of the title page, there is a little blurb explaining that the novel was written to commemorate the introduction of Hawaii as America's newest state, thus the novel's setting. For some reason, this really made me wonder at the impact Nancy Drew has had over the years. Here I am over fifty years after the original publication, still reading and enjoying the novels. When these books were being written, the world was an entirely different place, and yet, the stories carry on, just as they always have and always will.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    Yet another fun and exciting mystery featuring the famed teenage sleuth.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Another great addition to the Nancy Drew mystery book series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katja Labonté

    5 stars & 5/10 hearts. This is the first book I've ever read that was set in Hawaii (I think). It was so fun!! I enjoyed the mystery being really more a treasure hunt, and imposter stories are right up my alley, so I appreciated that angle. There was one mention of Mother Nature, a couple mentions of goddesses and myths, and an image of Nancy in a bathing suit + Ned shirtless. Other than that, though, I really enjoyed it. I loved the characters particularly. 5 stars & 5/10 hearts. This is the first book I've ever read that was set in Hawaii (I think). It was so fun!! I enjoyed the mystery being really more a treasure hunt, and imposter stories are right up my alley, so I appreciated that angle. There was one mention of Mother Nature, a couple mentions of goddesses and myths, and an image of Nancy in a bathing suit + Ned shirtless. Other than that, though, I really enjoyed it. I loved the characters particularly.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jan Peregrine

    When I have no library books to read, I reread a book from my childhood library. I just reread Carolyn Keene's book number 36. It was published 1059 and pretty cleancut. Teenage sleuth Nancy Drew has a boyfriend she never kisses, heh. The mystery is complicated with a Polynesian twist and ends in Hawaii. It's a bit of a travelogue as Hawaii had just become a state. There's a lot of action that doesn't badly harm anyone, but Nancy isn't deterred! It's a fun mystery I quite enjoyed. I even learned so When I have no library books to read, I reread a book from my childhood library. I just reread Carolyn Keene's book number 36. It was published 1059 and pretty cleancut. Teenage sleuth Nancy Drew has a boyfriend she never kisses, heh. The mystery is complicated with a Polynesian twist and ends in Hawaii. It's a bit of a travelogue as Hawaii had just become a state. There's a lot of action that doesn't badly harm anyone, but Nancy isn't deterred! It's a fun mystery I quite enjoyed. I even learned some Hawaiian words, although as a vegan I could've done without the details of the luau.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    "One of Mr. Drew's new clients, Mr. Sakamaki, requests Nancy's help solving a mystery. Mr. Sakamaki recently inherited his grandfather's estate in Hawaii, but two strangers arrive, claiming to also be the grandchildren of his deceased grandfather. Can Nancy uncover the truth?" [x] - This book opens differently from the others. Usually Nancy is discussing a new case with someone but this one opens with Nancy in a helicopter bringing Togo home from a dog show "in a city some distance away". Not qui "One of Mr. Drew's new clients, Mr. Sakamaki, requests Nancy's help solving a mystery. Mr. Sakamaki recently inherited his grandfather's estate in Hawaii, but two strangers arrive, claiming to also be the grandchildren of his deceased grandfather. Can Nancy uncover the truth?" [x] - This book opens differently from the others. Usually Nancy is discussing a new case with someone but this one opens with Nancy in a helicopter bringing Togo home from a dog show "in a city some distance away". Not quite sure why Nancy is taking a helicopter home but ok. - Why would Mr. Sakamakis grandfather will his home to "any living grandchildren" if Mr. Sakamaki was the only grandchild? If I was him or Mr. Drew I would see this as possible evidence that there really is other children. - Ned, Burt, and Dave just happen to be going to Honolulu at the same time as Nancy...wow. I always thought poor Nancy can't go anywhere without Ned having to show up but lately it seems poor Ned can't go anywhere without Nancy showing up. - Ned and the boys stay at the Halekulani Hotel which is still in operation. As is Volcano House where the whole gang stays for a night. - The dark lei with the poison tacks gets handled a lot and surprisingly no one gets poked with a tack. - Bess is quite underrated as a detective. She finds the entrance to under the pavilion when Nancy can't. You can read the rest of this review at VintageGirlsBooks.blogspot.com You can see all the illustrations from this book at www.pinterest.com/Nancydrewart

  8. 4 out of 5

    Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides

    I came across this in the library catalogue when I was trying to remember the name of Island Boy. (Fiction set in Hawaii being my search term.) And I used to love reading Nancy Drew books, so I figured, why not. And now I wonder ... where they always this, well, terrible? Was the characterization always so thin? Nancy is smart, George is a tomboy, Bess likes to eat? (Seriously. Here that was about it.) If I were wishing to introduce a young person to Nancy Drew, I would definitely not start with t I came across this in the library catalogue when I was trying to remember the name of Island Boy. (Fiction set in Hawaii being my search term.) And I used to love reading Nancy Drew books, so I figured, why not. And now I wonder ... where they always this, well, terrible? Was the characterization always so thin? Nancy is smart, George is a tomboy, Bess likes to eat? (Seriously. Here that was about it.) If I were wishing to introduce a young person to Nancy Drew, I would definitely not start with this book. In fact I would probably skip it altogether.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I started this book with my granddaughter Jane when she was visiting over the holidays. Just had to finish it this morning. I will read it with her again during her next visit. Carolyn Keen is a master at ending each chapter with a cliff-hanger! Jane loved this aspect always pleading, "Read the next chapter! We can't stop here!." I started this book with my granddaughter Jane when she was visiting over the holidays. Just had to finish it this morning. I will read it with her again during her next visit. Carolyn Keen is a master at ending each chapter with a cliff-hanger! Jane loved this aspect always pleading, "Read the next chapter! We can't stop here!."

  10. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    Great book! It's my second favorite Nancy Drew book, after The Secret in the Old Attic. It was packed with action, including a ghost! Nancy and her friends travel the the Hawaiian islands, read to discover the secret of the Gold Pavilion!!! Great book! It's my second favorite Nancy Drew book, after The Secret in the Old Attic. It was packed with action, including a ghost! Nancy and her friends travel the the Hawaiian islands, read to discover the secret of the Gold Pavilion!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Denise Griffin

    Not as good as I remembered although I am reading some of these books as a 46 year old compared to before when I was a teen. I just didn’t enjoy this one as much as The Clue of the Broken Locket.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    In my Nancy Drew adventures, I have got to say that this has been one of the more exciting! We get to go to Hawaii, dance and dress accordingly, all the usual suspects get to travel with us (Bess, George, Ned, Burt and Dave). There is capture and abduction, thievery, imposters, legal issues with said imposters trying to abscond property and rights from the real heirs. And, be still my heart, there are sharks!!! Ok, not man-eating sharks, but just gentle, benign Hawaiian sharks that never hurt an In my Nancy Drew adventures, I have got to say that this has been one of the more exciting! We get to go to Hawaii, dance and dress accordingly, all the usual suspects get to travel with us (Bess, George, Ned, Burt and Dave). There is capture and abduction, thievery, imposters, legal issues with said imposters trying to abscond property and rights from the real heirs. And, be still my heart, there are sharks!!! Ok, not man-eating sharks, but just gentle, benign Hawaiian sharks that never hurt anyone. (is that a thing? or was that just a thing in 1959 when the version I read was published?) Plumerias, the King's cape, and all the mentions of those beautiful islands, especially Oahu to which I have actually been. Warmed my heart. I'm loving my trip through the Nancy Drews. I started it last year, and thought I'd be done by now, but am pretty close. I continue onward and upward to #37!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Names were very confusing. There were probably three names that started with the letter K. Also, the clues were somewhat hard to follow at some points. However, I always love the endings of the Nancy Drew books and reading about everything coming together. Another Nancy Drew in the bag!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    From a lei laced with poison spikes to an incredible amount of helicopter flyovers, this one is truly bonkers.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eve (Eve Alana Reads)

    Loved that this one was set in Hawaii!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Seema M. Fazil

    Debating whether to rate it four or five stars... I loved it! This Nancy Drew book was just amazing! I loved picturing Hawaii, and I loved that Ned, Burt, and Dave were in it! I love it when the boys join Nancy and her friends on the case. I really would like to read more Nancy Drew books with the boys in it! It's really fun reading about them. I just loved it! Except I'm still not sure whether to give it a four or five... :/ Debating whether to rate it four or five stars... I loved it! This Nancy Drew book was just amazing! I loved picturing Hawaii, and I loved that Ned, Burt, and Dave were in it! I love it when the boys join Nancy and her friends on the case. I really would like to read more Nancy Drew books with the boys in it! It's really fun reading about them. I just loved it! Except I'm still not sure whether to give it a four or five... :/

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    Nancy Drew and friends are off on another trip to mystery. This time the mystery awaits them in the new state of Hawaii. Carson Drew has been hired by Mr. Sakamiki to help with two problems. Sakamiki is the heir of his wealthy grandfather--but there are difficulties. First, his grandfather left a mysterious message referring to a secret on his estate, Kaluakua, which he has been unable to discover. And, second, there two surprise claimants to the estate. They say they are the grandchildren of th Nancy Drew and friends are off on another trip to mystery. This time the mystery awaits them in the new state of Hawaii. Carson Drew has been hired by Mr. Sakamiki to help with two problems. Sakamiki is the heir of his wealthy grandfather--but there are difficulties. First, his grandfather left a mysterious message referring to a secret on his estate, Kaluakua, which he has been unable to discover. And, second, there two surprise claimants to the estate. They say they are the grandchildren of the elder Sakamiki by a first wife that no one knew about. While Mr. Drew plans to head to California to investigate these new claimants, Mr. Sakamiki invites Nancy, Bess, George, and Hannah Gruen to go to Kaluakua and discover the secrets of the estate. Fortunately, Ned, Burt, and Dave will also be in Hawaii as part of an Emerson College trip, so they will be on hand to assist. Along the way, they will deal with a ghostly hula girl, members of a gang called the "Double Scorps," a hidden door in the estate's Golden Pavilion, as well asseveral attacks on Nancy, Ned, Mr. Drew, and Mr. Sakamiki's caretakers--including poisonous tacks hidden in a dark-flowered lei. There are also hidden clues (all in Polynesian) for Nancy to find. She soon puts them together to discover just what the secret of the Golden Pavilion is. Since this book (in a tweed cover) was part of the set my mother handed on to me about forty-five years ago, it was one of the first Nancy Drew mysteries I ever read. It was never one of my favorites, though I'm not sure why. It has lots of puzzling clues to unravel. It has a ghost. It has plenty of action with all of Nancy's friends on hand. But for some reason it just never grabbed me the way The Secret of the Old Clock and The Hidden Staircase did. I reread those several times while growing up. I can't remember ever rereading Pavilion until now. It is actually an interesting mystery with several puzzle clues for Nancy to decipher. But--it still didn't wow me and I don't feel inclined to move it up in the ratings. It's always been a three-star story to me and so it will stay. First posted on my blog My Reader's Block.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    Because I have some vicarious nostalgia going on for the idea of ”Hawaii” circa 1954 through 1985 — even though I’ve never been there, this particular Nancy book really hit the spot regarding that. I have much enjoyed the Elvis movie Blue Hawaii and also a few seasons of Magnum, P.I., featuring Tom Selleck with sunburn and a collection of tiny shorts and that’s just an unforgettable experience. During Nancy’s visit here in ”Hawaii” , she of course learns a hula dance from a wealthy multi- Because I have some vicarious nostalgia going on for the idea of ”Hawaii” circa 1954 through 1985 — even though I’ve never been there, this particular Nancy book really hit the spot regarding that. I have much enjoyed the Elvis movie Blue Hawaii and also a few seasons of Magnum, P.I., featuring Tom Selleck with sunburn and a collection of tiny shorts and that’s just an unforgettable experience. During Nancy’s visit here in ”Hawaii” , she of course learns a hula dance from a wealthy multi-ethnic local couple, which is the only type of company whom Nancy would accept lessons from, being herself. But the writers of this book show her enacting a grievous innaccuracy. Our dear, perfect Nancy makes a clumsy misstep and knocks over a priceless antique!!! Never in any other Nancy book have I seen her commit such a faux pas!! But so it seems she discovers a clue and learns about the history of Hawaii and she earns the affection of local police and prevents a couple of scheming no-goodniks from committing inheritance fraud. So definitely now we’re back on track! Meanwhile, off and on between times when the imposters aren’t throwing reproduction native spears at Nancy’s head, she enjoys the sun and surf with her gal pals Bess and George, and also with the set of guy pals Ned and Dave and Burt. It’s pure uncut fun young people time! But don’t forget, Hawaii has some serious postcolonial history and was an unfortunate middle spot in the Pacific Ocean not far from Japan in the Second World War and yes tourism provides good income, but it might not make up for the cultures that were oppressed and killed during past centuries. I’m just reviewing this Nancy book here, but it’s inspiring me to read further about the history.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Suzie

    Nancy and her friends travel to Hawaii in an effort to help Mr. Drew with one of his cases. His client, Mr. Sakamaki, is set to inherit a family fortune when two other claimants suddenly appear. Mr. Sakamaki suspects they are frauds and wants Mr. Drew to investigate. There is also another mystery regarding a clue to a possible hidden treasure that Mr. Sakamaki’s grandfather gave him. That is where Nancy’s help is needed. So this book started off different. Nancy is on a helicopter when she sees a Nancy and her friends travel to Hawaii in an effort to help Mr. Drew with one of his cases. His client, Mr. Sakamaki, is set to inherit a family fortune when two other claimants suddenly appear. Mr. Sakamaki suspects they are frauds and wants Mr. Drew to investigate. There is also another mystery regarding a clue to a possible hidden treasure that Mr. Sakamaki’s grandfather gave him. That is where Nancy’s help is needed. So this book started off different. Nancy is on a helicopter when she sees a burglar climbing into her home. As the pilot manages to patch in the police Nancy sees the thief leaving with a briefcase. Once she gets home, she begins to track down the person who broke into her home. Nancy discovers an international gang of thugs known as The Scorpions were responsible. And of course, they have something to do with the two big mysteries in Hawaii. Pretty much everyone goes to Hawaii for this case. Except for Togo, who stays in New York with Aunt Eloise. But Ned, Burt and Dave, who are conveniently spending their vacation in Hawaii, appear. Nancy follows the initial clue with hieroglyphics to different parts of the islands. Which I thoroughly enjoyed. She visits various places, and learns about Polynesian and Hawaiian history.  The mysteries were easy to follow. There were quite a number of characters but nothing got too complicated. I liked it.  Lots of summer vibes!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This was actually not too bad. It felt like it was written with the sole purpose of trying to introduce kids to the newest state at the time, Hawaii. Which, having my knowledge of Hawaii be mostly from the show Hawaii Five-O.....this was nice. Therefore, I have no idea if anything is stated incorrectly ...but it seems like the writers did their research. The dialogue is cheesy and whoever thought Double Scorps is a good gang name has clearly spent too much time in Mayberry.. The authors just love This was actually not too bad. It felt like it was written with the sole purpose of trying to introduce kids to the newest state at the time, Hawaii. Which, having my knowledge of Hawaii be mostly from the show Hawaii Five-O.....this was nice. Therefore, I have no idea if anything is stated incorrectly ...but it seems like the writers did their research. The dialogue is cheesy and whoever thought Double Scorps is a good gang name has clearly spent too much time in Mayberry.. The authors just love to stereotype the bad guys as always not using proper grammar and for being "rough" or unkempt. Its a minor thing but the superior attitude of everyone else just rubs me the wrong way. Guess what, bad guys can be well dressed and rich too. George is no longer being super nasty to Bess about her weight so thats an improvement. And I did really like learning more about Hawaii and hearing about the beauty of it as well.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Story_Girl

    Nancy Drew goes Hawaiian, or at least tries to. In the Secret of the Golden Pavillion Nancy finds herself in life threatening danger a number of times while on a dream holiday in Hawaii trying to uncover a missing inheritance which makes for a very exciting read. But when two mysterious heirs turn up, things get even more complicated. Not only does Nancy have to dodge attempts on her life from members of the mysterious Double Scorps, she also has to unravel the clues left by her clients grandfath Nancy Drew goes Hawaiian, or at least tries to. In the Secret of the Golden Pavillion Nancy finds herself in life threatening danger a number of times while on a dream holiday in Hawaii trying to uncover a missing inheritance which makes for a very exciting read. But when two mysterious heirs turn up, things get even more complicated. Not only does Nancy have to dodge attempts on her life from members of the mysterious Double Scorps, she also has to unravel the clues left by her clients grandfather to locate the rumored inheritance. There are Hawaiian legends to learn, natural phenomenon to explore, customs to learn and hula dances to master. And if that isn't enough, throw in a Hollywood movie actress and a frightening near miss of Ned and his friends. Just what you except from a Nancy Drew novel.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Tucker

    This book truly brought me back to my child. This book was so fun to read because I love mysteries now and have loved them since I was a child. This book is fun because it engages students in a mystery full of excitement that a young girl, Nancy Drew solves. This also is an awesome book for students that love mysteries because if they like this one they can read more of the many Nancy Drew books, out there. It was a fairly easy read and I connected with the characters very well. I also felt that This book truly brought me back to my child. This book was so fun to read because I love mysteries now and have loved them since I was a child. This book is fun because it engages students in a mystery full of excitement that a young girl, Nancy Drew solves. This also is an awesome book for students that love mysteries because if they like this one they can read more of the many Nancy Drew books, out there. It was a fairly easy read and I connected with the characters very well. I also felt that the way things are described I can visualize them and pretend I am there solving the mystery myself.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Therese Pammit

    It was good, but the plot of every Nancy Drew is very similar. Nancy Drew learns about and agrees to try to solve one mystery, works on it a little, then agrees to solve another mystery, works on it, not by being a good detective, but mostly because she is at the right place at the right time, solves the mystery, gets caught, but gets saved my Ned, or her friends, the police, or her father. And nobody ever gets hurt badly. The mysteries aren't that haunting or intriguing either. This is ok for a It was good, but the plot of every Nancy Drew is very similar. Nancy Drew learns about and agrees to try to solve one mystery, works on it a little, then agrees to solve another mystery, works on it, not by being a good detective, but mostly because she is at the right place at the right time, solves the mystery, gets caught, but gets saved my Ned, or her friends, the police, or her father. And nobody ever gets hurt badly. The mysteries aren't that haunting or intriguing either. This is ok for ages 8-10, but then it gets boring. I would recommend perhaps reading the first 10 book, then stopping. One of the only good things about this series is it teaches you about various subjects that may be halpful once in a while.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    This was enjoyable, as all Nancy Drew re-reads are, but there were just way too many coincidences in this one for me to buy the story. I can suspend my belief a little with these books, but the fact that Ned and the boys were also randomly flying to Hawaii made me roll my eyes - and that was just the first of many "coincidences"! Still, these never fail to make me smile, and to bring me back to a simpler time. Nancy is always getting threatened and kidnapped and even has her dog stolen in this b This was enjoyable, as all Nancy Drew re-reads are, but there were just way too many coincidences in this one for me to buy the story. I can suspend my belief a little with these books, but the fact that Ned and the boys were also randomly flying to Hawaii made me roll my eyes - and that was just the first of many "coincidences"! Still, these never fail to make me smile, and to bring me back to a simpler time. Nancy is always getting threatened and kidnapped and even has her dog stolen in this book, but even with all that she somehow still lives a pretty enviable life.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Goddard

    This is a fun Nancy Drew, especially because it lets her explore the Hawaiian islands in a lot of details. It’s packed with info about the islands, their history and their plants. It’s got some of the usual flaws of the later Harriet-Adams-written Nancy Drews (way too many characters, rehashed plot points like a ghost dancing in the night). Why would a grandfather go to all that trouble to hide treasure from his grandson and risk the grandson never finding it? But the setting and the creative sl This is a fun Nancy Drew, especially because it lets her explore the Hawaiian islands in a lot of details. It’s packed with info about the islands, their history and their plants. It’s got some of the usual flaws of the later Harriet-Adams-written Nancy Drews (way too many characters, rehashed plot points like a ghost dancing in the night). Why would a grandfather go to all that trouble to hide treasure from his grandson and risk the grandson never finding it? But the setting and the creative sleuthing are fun.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I rather enjoyed this mystery, though the pacing was a bit inconsistent. Additionally, the pictures, which I usually thoroughly enjoy-for the perilous moments they capture, were very infrequent and only captured Hawaiian tourist moments, and nothing to do with the mystery. It was very disappointing. I recommend this book to fans of Nancy Drew. It's a good book in the series, but not top-tier. I rather enjoyed this mystery, though the pacing was a bit inconsistent. Additionally, the pictures, which I usually thoroughly enjoy-for the perilous moments they capture, were very infrequent and only captured Hawaiian tourist moments, and nothing to do with the mystery. It was very disappointing. I recommend this book to fans of Nancy Drew. It's a good book in the series, but not top-tier.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Danny Reid

    Disappointing entry sees Nancy headed to Hawaii (all the way in Chapter 7!) and take in some local culture of "our newest state". This may be the silliest gang of villains Nancy has run up against (DOUBLE SCORPS) as their actions barely make sense and they spill everything at the drop of a hat. However, I did get to say the name "Sakimaki" an awful lot when reading this out loud, and for that I am grateful. Disappointing entry sees Nancy headed to Hawaii (all the way in Chapter 7!) and take in some local culture of "our newest state". This may be the silliest gang of villains Nancy has run up against (DOUBLE SCORPS) as their actions barely make sense and they spill everything at the drop of a hat. However, I did get to say the name "Sakimaki" an awful lot when reading this out loud, and for that I am grateful.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Aloha! Nancy and company are off to Hawaii, where there is a strange case of unexpected relatives staking a claim on an inheritance, gangs, and a ghostly hula dancer. I was curious to see when this book was written compared to when Hawaii became a state--lo and behold, the book was published in the same year that Hawaii became a state!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lucas

    Reading a book from the original series for nostalgia's sake; I must of read a hundred of Nancy Drew, bobsey twins and Hardy boys when I was a little kiddie. It doesn't hold up but Jesus, what do I expect it's a YA book from the 1950s. Why did I even have them as a kid in the 90s? I should ask my mom instead of you apologies. Reading a book from the original series for nostalgia's sake; I must of read a hundred of Nancy Drew, bobsey twins and Hardy boys when I was a little kiddie. It doesn't hold up but Jesus, what do I expect it's a YA book from the 1950s. Why did I even have them as a kid in the 90s? I should ask my mom instead of you apologies.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Randall

    Yikes! Nancy's adventures are always convoluted and chock-full of handy coincidences...but this one was a little over the top even for the most forgiving Nancy fan. Ah, well - there has to be an off-flavor in every box of chocolates! 2 Stars Yikes! Nancy's adventures are always convoluted and chock-full of handy coincidences...but this one was a little over the top even for the most forgiving Nancy fan. Ah, well - there has to be an off-flavor in every box of chocolates! 2 Stars

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