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In a response to a friend's call for help, Nancy's father, a lawyer, asks her to travel to mysterious Crocodile Island with her friends Bess and George to study the reptiles and try to uncover a group of suspected poachers. Upon their arrival in Florida, the girls are kidnapped but cleverly escape to pursue their detective work. Dangers mount as they cope with reptiles, en In a response to a friend's call for help, Nancy's father, a lawyer, asks her to travel to mysterious Crocodile Island with her friends Bess and George to study the reptiles and try to uncover a group of suspected poachers. Upon their arrival in Florida, the girls are kidnapped but cleverly escape to pursue their detective work. Dangers mount as they cope with reptiles, enemy boats, and exciting chases after the men who are responsible for a sinister racket that involves many unsuspecting victims. In the end, Nancy makes a bold move to untangle the mass of clues. She and Ned become imprisoned in the enemy's submarine and are held for ransom! How Nancy and Ned are saved and the tables turned on the owners of Crocodile Island are left for the reader to discover.


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In a response to a friend's call for help, Nancy's father, a lawyer, asks her to travel to mysterious Crocodile Island with her friends Bess and George to study the reptiles and try to uncover a group of suspected poachers. Upon their arrival in Florida, the girls are kidnapped but cleverly escape to pursue their detective work. Dangers mount as they cope with reptiles, en In a response to a friend's call for help, Nancy's father, a lawyer, asks her to travel to mysterious Crocodile Island with her friends Bess and George to study the reptiles and try to uncover a group of suspected poachers. Upon their arrival in Florida, the girls are kidnapped but cleverly escape to pursue their detective work. Dangers mount as they cope with reptiles, enemy boats, and exciting chases after the men who are responsible for a sinister racket that involves many unsuspecting victims. In the end, Nancy makes a bold move to untangle the mass of clues. She and Ned become imprisoned in the enemy's submarine and are held for ransom! How Nancy and Ned are saved and the tables turned on the owners of Crocodile Island are left for the reader to discover.

30 review for Mystery of Crocodile Island

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Rose

    4.5 stars! I love this series... trust me, you do not want to know how many books this series has added to my tbr (actual) shelf and the clutter in my room. RECOMMENDED FOR EVERYONE!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    Oddly disappointing. As the next-to-last book in the Nancy series, Crocodile Island falls flat, even though the story formula is calculated to win. The girls go on location to Florida. Usually on-location Nancy Drew has more chance for adventure! And lots of people enjoy Florida. But here it just seems like it's happened all before: day trips on motor boats, and threats by mean-looking unclean men. Absolutely pick up this book anytime regardless, because come on, it's Nancy Drew! And who knows, Oddly disappointing. As the next-to-last book in the Nancy series, Crocodile Island falls flat, even though the story formula is calculated to win. The girls go on location to Florida. Usually on-location Nancy Drew has more chance for adventure! And lots of people enjoy Florida. But here it just seems like it's happened all before: day trips on motor boats, and threats by mean-looking unclean men. Absolutely pick up this book anytime regardless, because come on, it's Nancy Drew! And who knows, maybe it needs a second read, especially if you need to remind yourself of the difference between alligators and crocodiles, because without a doubt, explanations are here! One odd memorable bit for me: a person's name is mentioned, but he never really appears in the plot. His name is "Noly Reareck." It doesn't sound so much like a name, but rather like what noises a person might make after surviving a concussion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Budkey

    I was really hoping someone would get eaten by an alligator.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    I am coming to the end of my Nancy Drew adventures. . .#55 brings Nancy, George, Bess, Ned & the boys all to Florida, amongst the keys, in mangrove swamps and dodging crocodiles! Ned and Nancy end out caught in a submarine and held for hostage (for a few minutes?), but at least they were together. She saved lives, solved the mystery, fought for a woman's presence in a man's world/profession and always makes the right decision - all within about 180 pages. It is true - the thoughts I think as I wa I am coming to the end of my Nancy Drew adventures. . .#55 brings Nancy, George, Bess, Ned & the boys all to Florida, amongst the keys, in mangrove swamps and dodging crocodiles! Ned and Nancy end out caught in a submarine and held for hostage (for a few minutes?), but at least they were together. She saved lives, solved the mystery, fought for a woman's presence in a man's world/profession and always makes the right decision - all within about 180 pages. It is true - the thoughts I think as I walk away from a finished Nancy Drew are very different in my present decade rather than the first one. . .then I thought of her as who I could be, clever, witty and fearless. Now? I wonder - did she and Ned last? Kids? Was she the kind of detective that worked her life away after her Dad moved on to whatever he moved on to? How did Bess do? George? I kind of see George as going into enforcement somehow. . . and what about that faithful Hannah - I always wanted Carson Drew to finally see Hannah for what she was - in love with him. But I suspect he ran off with a 20-year Vegas star for a few months until Nancy had to track him down and drag him home. Anyway. I digress.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kavita

    This time, Nancy Drew is off to Crocodile Island in Florida with her friends, Bess and George. The three attempt to find out the mystery behind a crocodile farm, in which Carson Drew's friend is a major stakeholder. Of course, they get kidnapped, chased by crooks, and almost become crocodile food. And ultimately, they rescue the poor people and get the criminals caught. Yippee! I didn't really like this book much, though. Nancy doesn't seem to do anything much in this story and all their sleuthin This time, Nancy Drew is off to Crocodile Island in Florida with her friends, Bess and George. The three attempt to find out the mystery behind a crocodile farm, in which Carson Drew's friend is a major stakeholder. Of course, they get kidnapped, chased by crooks, and almost become crocodile food. And ultimately, they rescue the poor people and get the criminals caught. Yippee! I didn't really like this book much, though. Nancy doesn't seem to do anything much in this story and all their sleuthing are basically for nothing because it's the authorities who ultimately catch the criminals. Even Bess manages to subdue a dangerous smuggler by doing basically nothing. Nah, not fun at all.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    read this back in February. not my favorite but pretty good.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    What can I say that I haven't already said about this series? It's great fun. What can I say that I haven't already said about this series? It's great fun.

  8. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Nancy Drew returns in another thrilling addition to the classic book series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katja Labonté

    3 stars & 3/10 hearts. I've read several Nancy Drew mysteries, and this one was pretty... blah. I didn't know what was happening, but I didn't really care. And almost nothing was explained. The plot/storyline just wasn't;t interesting/fun enough to cover the poor writing style. I really just feel "meh" about it. There's a mention that Bess, George, & Nancy kiss Drew, Burt, and Ned, but no romance. It's not a violent or graphic mystery at all; really pretty ho-hum; so it's appropriate for even ki 3 stars & 3/10 hearts. I've read several Nancy Drew mysteries, and this one was pretty... blah. I didn't know what was happening, but I didn't really care. And almost nothing was explained. The plot/storyline just wasn't;t interesting/fun enough to cover the poor writing style. I really just feel "meh" about it. There's a mention that Bess, George, & Nancy kiss Drew, Burt, and Ned, but no romance. It's not a violent or graphic mystery at all; really pretty ho-hum; so it's appropriate for even kids with that line whited out. So yeah. Don't hate it, don't love it. I liked the part about the sailors. ;P

  10. 5 out of 5

    Suzie

    Mr. Gonzales suspects his business partners of shady dealings regarding their joint Crocodile Ecology Company so he asks his old college friend, Mr. Drew, to investigate. Naturally, Nancy is asked to help. So she and Bess and George fly out to Florida to investigate. Early on in their adventure, the 3 girls are kidnapped. But resourceful as ever, they manage to escape. They decide to use aliases as they investigate, to thwart anymore problems that may arise from their sleuthing. With the help of Mr. Gonzales suspects his business partners of shady dealings regarding their joint Crocodile Ecology Company so he asks his old college friend, Mr. Drew, to investigate. Naturally, Nancy is asked to help. So she and Bess and George fly out to Florida to investigate. Early on in their adventure, the 3 girls are kidnapped. But resourceful as ever, they manage to escape. They decide to use aliases as they investigate, to thwart anymore problems that may arise from their sleuthing. With the help of their hosts’ teenage son, the girls quickly uncover many important clues.  This was an okay mystery. The whole time you know something illegal is going on at the crocodile island but you’re not exactly sure what. It did actually keep me guessing for a while. And bonus points when the boys show up and don’t rescue one of the girls.  The thing about these books though, is the lack of continuity. It’s something I think I’ve talked about before. And will mention once again here. In this book, Nancy states that she’s never been to the Florida Keys before. But. She has. In The Clue of the Black Keys. I remember because I really enjoyed that book. A minor detail. Still, though. Because uncharacteristically, this book makes reference to another Nancy Drew book. It mentions something that happened in that book. So we can recall the events that happened in book #15 but not in book #28? Okaaay… Another thing is George’s name. Books and books ago, George states that her parents initially thought they were having a boy. Then they had her, a girl. And her parents decided to keep the name they had originally chosen: George. So she’s always had a traditional boy name. Now, in this book, that story is being altered.  Georgia was her cousin’s real name, but she would never allow anyone to call her by it.  No! No, no, no!! I remember very distinctly George saying her parents named her George. She never once said it was altered. And I remember one instance where her parents’ choice of name was criticized by someone. So why try to change her name now?? What’s the point? Anyway, the book was alright. Not a favorite but definitely an improvement from the last few books, I guess.

  11. 5 out of 5

    LobsterQuadrille

    Unfortunately, Mystery of Crocodile Island is definitely not among the best stories in the original Nancy Drew series. It was decent as a light distraction, and the progressive attitude towards crocodiles and their conservation is laudable. Kids who like Nancy Drew and show an interest in ecology will probably enjoy it. But the story was too repetitive with too many silly moments to hold up to older readers' scrutiny. There is an implausible mix-up between (view spoiler)[a rubber baby croc and Unfortunately, Mystery of Crocodile Island is definitely not among the best stories in the original Nancy Drew series. It was decent as a light distraction, and the progressive attitude towards crocodiles and their conservation is laudable. Kids who like Nancy Drew and show an interest in ecology will probably enjoy it. But the story was too repetitive with too many silly moments to hold up to older readers' scrutiny. There is an implausible mix-up between (view spoiler)[a rubber baby croc and a real one, and later Nancy acts uncharacteristically foolhardy by jumping into a crocodile enclosure (hide spoiler)] . Also, Ned looks like a wrinkly version of George in the snakes-falling-from-trees illustration(this has nothing to do with the actual story, but it bothered my artistic sensibilities). I know the Nancy Drew books are hardly deep and complex literature, and nostalgia does account for much of my enjoyment of them. But even by the rather middling standards set by ghostwritten children's series, Mystery of Crocodile Island falls short of the mark.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Abby Pearce

    This is one of my favorite Nancy Drew books! There was more humor in this one than there is in the other books of the series, which I enjoyed. It helped the lighten the mystery. This book also did a good job of keeping the reader interested. Carolyn Keene included plenty of suspense. From almost being attacked by crocodiles to receiving mysterious phone calls, Nancy and her friends encounter plenty of surprises on their trip to Florida. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the Nancy This is one of my favorite Nancy Drew books! There was more humor in this one than there is in the other books of the series, which I enjoyed. It helped the lighten the mystery. This book also did a good job of keeping the reader interested. Carolyn Keene included plenty of suspense. From almost being attacked by crocodiles to receiving mysterious phone calls, Nancy and her friends encounter plenty of surprises on their trip to Florida. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the Nancy Drew series, or mystery books in general.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    I confess I squeezed this fast read in this afternoon to get my year-end total up (success!). I haven't read a Nancy Drew in years. I was struck by the utter lack of mystery and plot twists, and, for an 180-page book, a staggering amount of loose ends. But it was a very fun read, and it comes from a defiantly pre-helicopter-parenting era when a lawyer would think nothing of sending his teenage daughter down to the Florida Keys on her own to battle homicidal smugglers. I confess I squeezed this fast read in this afternoon to get my year-end total up (success!). I haven't read a Nancy Drew in years. I was struck by the utter lack of mystery and plot twists, and, for an 180-page book, a staggering amount of loose ends. But it was a very fun read, and it comes from a defiantly pre-helicopter-parenting era when a lawyer would think nothing of sending his teenage daughter down to the Florida Keys on her own to battle homicidal smugglers.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Carson Drew dreams up yet another ingenious way of seeing off his smart alec daughter. Having recently been to see Live & Let Die at the cinema, this time it was death by crocodiles. I used to devour these at a ridiculous rate when I was young, and was a bit disappointed coming back to this one 15 years later. The characters are so cardboard and the stories so predictable.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Nancy seemed more of a busybody than detective in this story, and the police were actually the ones that discovered a lot of the key details. I really didn't enjoy this mystery, and considering there's (legitimately) only one left, I was extra disappointed. I recommend to die-hard fans of Nancy Drew, this is not a good introduction to Nancy's prowess as a detective. Nancy seemed more of a busybody than detective in this story, and the police were actually the ones that discovered a lot of the key details. I really didn't enjoy this mystery, and considering there's (legitimately) only one left, I was extra disappointed. I recommend to die-hard fans of Nancy Drew, this is not a good introduction to Nancy's prowess as a detective.

  16. 4 out of 5

    John

    Don't be fooled by the great cover art! This is the worst of the Drew novels I have read this far. The author clearly ran out of paper and doesn't even explain how the critical action resolves! Skip this amputated adolescent novel. Don't be fooled by the great cover art! This is the worst of the Drew novels I have read this far. The author clearly ran out of paper and doesn't even explain how the critical action resolves! Skip this amputated adolescent novel.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathyanngallagher

    This was not the best in the Nancy Drew mystery series....black market cameras? Employees that couldn't leave the island....ever....submarines with periscopes, kidnapping, assaults...too too far fetched. Nancy now has strawberry blonde hair. This was not the best in the Nancy Drew mystery series....black market cameras? Employees that couldn't leave the island....ever....submarines with periscopes, kidnapping, assaults...too too far fetched. Nancy now has strawberry blonde hair.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    This one is weird because Nancy doesn't even solve the mystery. Her and her friends see the police go by on their way to bust the bad guys and they just follow them. Seriously, it's weird. This one is weird because Nancy doesn't even solve the mystery. Her and her friends see the police go by on their way to bust the bad guys and they just follow them. Seriously, it's weird.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan Steeves

    This one ended rather abruptly.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Nancy and her friends, Bess and George, go to Florida to solve a case. Another fun Nancy Drew mystery.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Liesl

    My son checked this out from his school and seemed very reluctant to read it after bringing it home; I surmise that he was drawn to the crocodile in the title but didn't realize that the story was centered on a teenage girl. I took advantage of the COVID-19 closures to read it aloud to him so he could give it a legitimate chance and I could experience my first Nancy Drew novel. It turns out that the kid's instincts were correct and that this book is kind of a dud. The sleuthing that Nancy and he My son checked this out from his school and seemed very reluctant to read it after bringing it home; I surmise that he was drawn to the crocodile in the title but didn't realize that the story was centered on a teenage girl. I took advantage of the COVID-19 closures to read it aloud to him so he could give it a legitimate chance and I could experience my first Nancy Drew novel. It turns out that the kid's instincts were correct and that this book is kind of a dud. The sleuthing that Nancy and her friends engage in isn't particularly exciting, the details feel wildly outdated at times and the story ends rather abruptly after a weak climax. Not what I expected from a mystery prominently featuring a crocodile on the cover.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Likens

    I saw this book at an Antique Store and decided to give it a quick read. It was great fun and I enjoyed it. The big surprise came for me when I looked up Carolyn Keene to see how many books she had written, only to find out her name is a psuedonym! All these years I thought Carolyn Keene was for real. As a child I loved Nancy Drew and often pretended to be her. I believe I probably had the first 20 or so of the books, but knew I had never read Crocodile Island. I am glad I did and will try to fi I saw this book at an Antique Store and decided to give it a quick read. It was great fun and I enjoyed it. The big surprise came for me when I looked up Carolyn Keene to see how many books she had written, only to find out her name is a psuedonym! All these years I thought Carolyn Keene was for real. As a child I loved Nancy Drew and often pretended to be her. I believe I probably had the first 20 or so of the books, but knew I had never read Crocodile Island. I am glad I did and will try to find #56 which would be the last book under the publishers Grosset and Dunlap. After that the books got a little too modern for my taste.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Grace B.

    Nancy and her friends Bes and George get involved with a mystery at Crocodile Island. Crocodile Island is located in the Florida Keys. Nancy and her friends wonted to prove that the operators of Crocodile Island were doing something illegal. After Nancy was kidnapped, threatened, and hold for ransom, Nancy discovered that the criminals were smuggling cameras out of the country. They sold them in Mexico. The criminals were caught and went to jail, and then Nancy and her friends went back home.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    The story was mostly good, until the ending. It feels very rushed. Nancy has spent the whole book trying to get access to the island, but before she even has a chance to investigate, the police show up and round up all the culprits with almost no help from Nancy. Nancy does get to overhear some of the culprits confessing (In a very clumsy 'as you know' confession), but even the final danger scene is resolved off-screen. The story was mostly good, until the ending. It feels very rushed. Nancy has spent the whole book trying to get access to the island, but before she even has a chance to investigate, the police show up and round up all the culprits with almost no help from Nancy. Nancy does get to overhear some of the culprits confessing (In a very clumsy 'as you know' confession), but even the final danger scene is resolved off-screen.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Crikey! What's happening on Crocodile Island? Nancy Drew is on her way to the Florida Keys to find out! Pretty interesting mystery featuring two sketchy owners of an island where crocodiles are bred, with Nancy being sent there by the third owner who feels like something fishy is going on and it has nothing to do with the proximity to the Atlantic... Then there's also buried treasure, boating mishaps, and more that await Nancy and Co. Crikey! What's happening on Crocodile Island? Nancy Drew is on her way to the Florida Keys to find out! Pretty interesting mystery featuring two sketchy owners of an island where crocodiles are bred, with Nancy being sent there by the third owner who feels like something fishy is going on and it has nothing to do with the proximity to the Atlantic... Then there's also buried treasure, boating mishaps, and more that await Nancy and Co.

  26. 4 out of 5

    SarahBubbalooStitch

    Not my favourite theme, being about crocodiles, but I should have figured that out from the title. I did enjoy the familiarity of the plot lines you find in this series & would recommend if you have enjoyed other Nancy Drew. I don’t think its one that will stick with me & probably won’t reread. The ending felt very rushed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nahalreads

    I found this book in a beautiful vintage bookshop in Galway, Ireland when I went there with school. This book follows Nancy and her friends as they're trying to solve the mystery of the crocodile island in Florida. It was very entertaining, but unfortunately not as clever as I had imagined. Still, I really had a great time reading it and I'm going to continue reading Nancy Drew books. I found this book in a beautiful vintage bookshop in Galway, Ireland when I went there with school. This book follows Nancy and her friends as they're trying to solve the mystery of the crocodile island in Florida. It was very entertaining, but unfortunately not as clever as I had imagined. Still, I really had a great time reading it and I'm going to continue reading Nancy Drew books.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I'm rating this through my children's eyes. This was a fascinating read for them. They couldn't wait until we could read it again to see what happened! Especially when the chapter ended and left you in suspense. I myself have never read Nancy Drew that I know of. It goes will all the other series of it's kind. :) I'm rating this through my children's eyes. This was a fascinating read for them. They couldn't wait until we could read it again to see what happened! Especially when the chapter ended and left you in suspense. I myself have never read Nancy Drew that I know of. It goes will all the other series of it's kind. :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    There is so much to dislike about this book, like the implausible mystery, the fact that Ned and the boys just fly down to Florida for one day, and the really cringey "Indian" parts. But you know what? I was sick while reading this, and it made me smile and forget about that fact, so it must have done something right. There is so much to dislike about this book, like the implausible mystery, the fact that Ned and the boys just fly down to Florida for one day, and the really cringey "Indian" parts. But you know what? I was sick while reading this, and it made me smile and forget about that fact, so it must have done something right.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    Although very improbable, I loved this action-packed mystery. Nancy Drew will always catch her villain, man, woman, or child! (Not that children are normally her “bad guy”...) I personally recommend this book to any one who’s searching for a good mystery!

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