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When Mrs. Putney seeks Nancy's help in recovering her stolen jewelry, the search for the thieves takes the girl detective and her friends, Bess and George, to an abandoned mansion in the River Heights vicinity known as Blackwood Hall and to the colorful French Quarter of New Orleans. When the quest is hampered by the strange behavior of Mrs. Putney and two young women who When Mrs. Putney seeks Nancy's help in recovering her stolen jewelry, the search for the thieves takes the girl detective and her friends, Bess and George, to an abandoned mansion in the River Heights vicinity known as Blackwood Hall and to the colorful French Quarter of New Orleans. When the quest is hampered by the strange behavior of Mrs. Putney and two young women who are being victimized by so-called spirits, Nancy must fight these unseen perpetrators of a cruel hoax! The resourceful young sleuth wants to help, but is hindered. The ghostly spirits have warned these gullible victims to not to have anything to do with Nancy Drew! This book is the original text. The plot of the revised story (©1967) is similar with minor revisions.


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When Mrs. Putney seeks Nancy's help in recovering her stolen jewelry, the search for the thieves takes the girl detective and her friends, Bess and George, to an abandoned mansion in the River Heights vicinity known as Blackwood Hall and to the colorful French Quarter of New Orleans. When the quest is hampered by the strange behavior of Mrs. Putney and two young women who When Mrs. Putney seeks Nancy's help in recovering her stolen jewelry, the search for the thieves takes the girl detective and her friends, Bess and George, to an abandoned mansion in the River Heights vicinity known as Blackwood Hall and to the colorful French Quarter of New Orleans. When the quest is hampered by the strange behavior of Mrs. Putney and two young women who are being victimized by so-called spirits, Nancy must fight these unseen perpetrators of a cruel hoax! The resourceful young sleuth wants to help, but is hindered. The ghostly spirits have warned these gullible victims to not to have anything to do with Nancy Drew! This book is the original text. The plot of the revised story (©1967) is similar with minor revisions.

30 review for The Ghost of Blackwood Hall

  1. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    A bunch of local young women are entangled in a mail fraud scam that at first appeals to their better natures. The scam begs them for their hard-earned money to support a privately owned orphanage, even though the organization offers no proof of existing. Yet the girls donate through the recommended outlets: the girls are instructed to put their money into hollow trees in strategic locations in the local forest. Seems completely legit, right? Oh, and also, these generous girls somehow also to get A bunch of local young women are entangled in a mail fraud scam that at first appeals to their better natures. The scam begs them for their hard-earned money to support a privately owned orphanage, even though the organization offers no proof of existing. Yet the girls donate through the recommended outlets: the girls are instructed to put their money into hollow trees in strategic locations in the local forest. Seems completely legit, right? Oh, and also, these generous girls somehow also to get themselves BOTH brainwashed and blackmailed, so they will continue to donate their money into the trees, which, remember, is supposed to then be delivered to an orphanage. Nancy Drew knows this scheme is ridiculous, yet she has a difficult time finding the culprits. The group uses several aliases, among them one "Floyd Pepper," who I am fairly positive is one of Jim Henson's Muppets, but whatever. I'm sure it's just a coincidence. Eventually, of course Nancy solves the case, and thus the "flimflamming" is put to a stop! Never doubt Nancy Drew! She has massive amounts of confidence in herself, but unfortunately, maybe a touch too much pride. An odd exchange occurs between Nancy and her friend Bess, who learns some alarming news and exclaims, "Lola White has been talking wildly about you in her sleep!" Whereupon Nancy replies, "What's so serious about that?" Is it like she's so famous, she expects people to be dreaming about her?! Don't make me start worrying about hubris here, Nancy. A little humility please!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    COUNTDOWN: Mid-20th Century North American Crime BOOK 99 (of 250) And, of course, many of us read Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew! In a compilation entitled "Books to Die For" (edited by John Connolly), this Nancy/Keene novel is highly recommended. I had to find the reason. Hook=3 stars: "If I ever try to solve a mystery [having a ghost] I'll use a smart cat to help me...cats aren't afraid of ghosts..." Nancy says to her fox terrier on page 1. Nancy, a dog, a ghost, cats! This is no cliched opening abou COUNTDOWN: Mid-20th Century North American Crime BOOK 99 (of 250) And, of course, many of us read Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew! In a compilation entitled "Books to Die For" (edited by John Connolly), this Nancy/Keene novel is highly recommended. I had to find the reason. Hook=3 stars: "If I ever try to solve a mystery [having a ghost] I'll use a smart cat to help me...cats aren't afraid of ghosts..." Nancy says to her fox terrier on page 1. Nancy, a dog, a ghost, cats! This is no cliched opening about the weather, or rather in detective crime when the lovely lady walks into the P.I.'s office. Nice start! Pace=3: This particular author offers an odd assortment of issues as Nancy investigates: for me, the red herrings kept the pages turning. Plot=4: Surprisingly adult-oriented, Nancy investigates the possibility of a group of thieves involved in scamming the elderly and needy. Here in 2018 the same types of scams continue since the publication of this 1948 book: after 70 years thieves are using similar tactics brought back from the past. This author, using the Keene name, ups the quality from previous books in this rather uneven series. Characters=3: Nancy has passed her 18th birthday. Lafitee, a pirate of old, enters the story. A gullible elderly lady, lonely, falls for a scam. And there is a nasty team of villains. Atmosphere=4: The last Nancy/Keene novel I read took us to Florida, and no one noticed any humidity, the architecture seemed impossible, and I felt the author had never visited Florida and lazy on atmosphere. Here, readers visit NOLA, Louisiana, and architectural details consists of ornate iron fences, "delicately tinted plaster" interiors, old courtyards, cemetery tombs above ground, and more. Nancy and her friends hear "the soft-spoken dialect...a blend of French, Cajun..." Then there is the very creepy "Church of Eternal Harmony." This author takes us on a nice visit to the French Quarter of NOLA. Summary: This entry does stand out from a number of other Keene books: the atmosphere is nicely done and, as previously noted, the plot is on the adult side for an overall rating of 3.4. If you've never read a book in this series, I'd recommend this one. And, yes, this book does indeed belong in "Books to Die For."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katja Labonté

    2 stars & 2/10 hearts. I was really intrigued by this one and so didn't want to put it down. But it was a bit weird/creepy. All the stuff about spirits & the séances & hypnotism... eh, it just wasn't for me. I would have really liked it, but as I said, the séance & fake séances were just really weird. 2 stars & 2/10 hearts. I was really intrigued by this one and so didn't want to put it down. But it was a bit weird/creepy. All the stuff about spirits & the séances & hypnotism... eh, it just wasn't for me. I would have really liked it, but as I said, the séance & fake séances were just really weird.

  4. 4 out of 5

    C.E.

    Ghosts, suspense, an intriguing mystery...this is my favorite Nancy Drew book! The setting of the mansion is also great, and only enhances the spookiness.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dean Cummings

    “Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it.” – Samuel Johnson The story opens with a scene of Nancy at home with only her fox terrier, Togo, and Hannah Gruen, the family housekeeper to keep her company. The quiet afternoon serenity is broken when Togo begins to bark, and seconds later, Nancy hears the sound of a car door slamming shut, it’s coming from the driveway. She walks to the front door just in time to see Mr. Freeman, the local jeweler, walking up the sidewalk. After Mr. “Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it.” – Samuel Johnson The story opens with a scene of Nancy at home with only her fox terrier, Togo, and Hannah Gruen, the family housekeeper to keep her company. The quiet afternoon serenity is broken when Togo begins to bark, and seconds later, Nancy hears the sound of a car door slamming shut, it’s coming from the driveway. She walks to the front door just in time to see Mr. Freeman, the local jeweler, walking up the sidewalk. After Mr. Freeman enters the vestibule, and greetings are exchanged, he gets to the point of his visit: “I’ve come here from the jewelry store and should be getting back soon…but I came here to ask for your help, as a customer, and a friend.” He then pointed to the car parked in the driveway. “Mrs. Putney is out there, waiting in the car, I tried to get her to talk to the police, but she refused. She won’t even tell me all the details of the theft, says there’s a good reason why she must keep the matter to herself. She says she will only speak to you.” The jeweler was becoming exasperated. By this point, Nancy’s curiosity was aroused, “Mr. Freeman, could you please bring Mrs. Putney in?” He readily agrees, goes back to the car, retrieves the elderly lady, and moments later, they are all seated in the living room. Mrs. Putney looks about, then fixes her gaze on Nancy, “I shouldn’t have come,” she nervously announces, while twisting a handkerchief in her hand, “No one can help me now.” Nancy turns to the jeweler, “Please explain what happened,” she asks, deciding that the elderly woman was to upset to explain anything at all. Mr. Freeman briefly glances at Mrs. Putney, then draws a small leather case from his pocket. Even from across the room, Nancy could see that there was dried mud on the case. He then opened it and displayed a sizeable collection of rings, necklaces, pins and even a dazzling looking string of pearls. He sighed as he looked at the cache in his hands, “These are clever imitations, each and every one.” He seemed to be frustrated, and begrudgingly impressed at the same time. He was staring at the fake jewels in amazement, as if he still couldn’t believe that someone pulled this off. “Imitations?” Nancy observed, they looked genuine to her. Mr. Freeman shook his head, “When Mrs. Putney brought them to me to be cleaned, I advised her to go the police at once!” Mrs. Putney then spoke up, and alarmed looked on her face, “I can’t do that…there must be no publicity!” Nancy looked to the jeweler, then to Mrs. Putney, “Suppose you tell me everything,” she suggested. The older woman hesitated, the looked Nancy squarely in the eye, “Do you promise never to reveal what I’m about to tell you?” “Of course, if that is your wish,” Nancy replied calmly, and evenly. Mrs. Putney then looked over to the jeweler, “I cannot speak of this in your presence.” Mr. Freeman looked relieved. His elderly client would be in good hands with Nancy Drew, he knew, “You’re wise to confide in Miss Drew, she can help you, Mrs. Putney.” He then turned to Nancy, “And now, I must be getting back to the store.” They then said their goodbyes. Now that it was just the two of them in the living room, Mrs. Putney began to speak, “I’m all alone now, my husband died a few months ago, and since then I’ve been having strange premonitions that my house was to be robbed.” “And was it robbed?” Nancy asked. “No,” the older woman began hesitatingly, “But I did a very foolish thing. I gathered all the family jewels and buried them about ten miles from my house, a place I was instructed to go to in a dream.” Nancy sat there, looking at this frail senior citizen, wondering how she came to travel the ten miles, then hike to the spot to bury jewels. She must have felt quite compelled to do something so unconventional, she thought. It looked as though Mrs. Putney was about to say more, so Nancy waited. After a moment of pause, the older woman continued, “I’d then decided that I’d been unwise, so this morning I went and dug up the jewels I’d buried.” Mrs. Putney sat there, a bit embarrassed, she then went on, “I then took the collection to Mr. Freeman to have them cleaned, and the moment he saw them, he announced they were fake.” She was now shaking her head, apparently considering her own ill-advised actions, “Someone must have dug up the genuine jewels, and replaced them with the imitations before I’d returned to retrieve them!” Nancy could see that just saying the words was upsetting her all over again. She wondered what concrete steps could be taken next, then decided, announcing, “I’d like to see the place where you’d buried the case, why don’t we drive out in my car?” Mrs. Putney agreed, and a short time later she indicated to Nancy the place they should turn off the main road. They then took a narrow lane, drove under and old-fashioned covered bridge, then Mrs. Putney said they should park the car in a designated spot. They both got out, then walked through a small copse of trees, soon finding themselves on the verge of a small grassy clearing. Even from the edge of the trees, Nancy could see the spot where the earth had been disturbed. They drew near and Nancy began inspecting the area for clues while Mrs. Putney stood nearby. A moment later, they both turned back to the road, there was a shrill screaming coming from that very direction! “We should take a look,” Nancy decided, Mrs. Putney agreed. Soon, they’d reached the section of the road where they guessed the scream came from. Nancy detected fresh tire tracks and what looked like a men’s shoe sized print in the soft earth at the edge of the road. Nancy briefly considered pursuing the mystery vehicle that had disappeared, but by now, she reluctantly decided, it would be too far away… As I reached this part, it was clear that another intriguing Nancy Drew mystery was unfolding. Simply put, I never tire of escaping into these atmospheric and amazing stories, not to mention the fact that reading each one is like a taking part in my own personal story crafting masterclass. A writer myself, I aspire to be able to craft my own stories in such a concise, yet so colorful and detailed manner. They are, each of them, brilliant works of fiction. And as I reached the end, I was once again delighted by this, another Nancy Drew page turner. I also remembered that people refer to these as exclusive to the domain of “kid’s books.” As I completed “The Ghost of Blackwood Hall,” I was once again firmly convinced that this assessment takes into account a very limiting view of the variety of readers, young and older, that this series appeals to. Here were a few themes I’d encountered in this one book alone, that in my opinion, would indicate that the audience for these books might be wider than that of children only: In this edition, super sleuth Nancy Drew sends a letter to the government’s record of corporations in order to find out if “Three Branch Ranch” is a legitimate, government registered business. The department’s reply indicates that this company is not listed, which raises Miss Drew’s suspicions that this is indeed a fraudulent organization. Later in the story, Nancy reaches out to the United States Postal Inspection Service to help her investigate a stock scheme that is being offered via the United States Postal Service, one that she suspects of being spurious. Also, as I read, I discovered that one of the key themes in this story is Nancy’s pursuit of a New Orleans based “fence” who is receiving and disposing of the stolen goods of an unscrupulous designer and salesman from a certain jewelry chain. Nancy and her friends attempt to unravel the complex inner workings of this interstate crime syndicate. Do these themes sound as though they would be appreciated by kids only? And if that’s not enough, there’s the incredible vocabulary in this story. Here were two I encountered after only reading the first few chapters: “Alight” – Nancy and her friends alighted from the car. “Bedraggled” – The college group made joking remarks to Ned about his bedraggled appearance. If indeed these books are only appropriate for kids, then I guess having the smarts of a kid is something I should aspire to! Maybe continuing to read Nancy Drew’s stories will help.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    My absolute FAVORITE book for many years as a child! This book shaped my existence!

  7. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Yet another great Nancy Drew mystery with a hint of New Orleans seasoning.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    Nancy's #25 adventure had a real criminal crew throwing seances, prancing around as ghosts, using chemicals, and swindling gullible persons yearning to hear from their beloved dead. Nancy's client fired her a number of times for not hitting the bullseye (but she really had!), and I can't recall that having ever previously happening. . . clients have wanted to stop pursuit of whatever their mystery was, but this was a client continuing on, just not wanting Nancy involved because of performance is Nancy's #25 adventure had a real criminal crew throwing seances, prancing around as ghosts, using chemicals, and swindling gullible persons yearning to hear from their beloved dead. Nancy's client fired her a number of times for not hitting the bullseye (but she really had!), and I can't recall that having ever previously happening. . . clients have wanted to stop pursuit of whatever their mystery was, but this was a client continuing on, just not wanting Nancy involved because of performance issues. That surprised me. Meanwhile, Ned stepped up and behaved more like a law enforcement intern rather than a frat boy. My project to go through all of Nancy's first adventures is beginning to wear on me. As it relates to this series of books I'm feeling the difference between my youthful excitement (and all I missed????), and myself as an older reader (and of all the MANY disconcerting hiccups which now seem so very apparent). Oh, well. I will carry on. Off to #26. 3 stars. Mr. Drew showed up a lot more, too, in this one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura (Reading is a Doing Word)

    What starts as a search for missing jewellery ends up as a pursuit of a ruthless gang of con artists posing as fake mediums and swindling folk out of their money. There were a lot of fake ghosts, hypnotised victims and secret passages in this story. It was a little disjointed to read but entertaining enough.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie Randolph

    I’ll say it. Not Nancy’s best. Probably time to get a new ghostwriter.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessaka

    A woman's husband dies, and she thinks that his ghost has come to visit her, and upon his request she buries her jewelry in the woods, just to have it replaced by fakes. We get get a splash of New Orleans, séances, money scams, people walking around under hypnosis, and ab almost drowning in the river. The book becomes much more entertaining when Nancy Drew and her friends hear chanting at an old abandoned house, Blackwood Hall, and begin investigating. Now they have ghosts to deal with along wit A woman's husband dies, and she thinks that his ghost has come to visit her, and upon his request she buries her jewelry in the woods, just to have it replaced by fakes. We get get a splash of New Orleans, séances, money scams, people walking around under hypnosis, and ab almost drowning in the river. The book becomes much more entertaining when Nancy Drew and her friends hear chanting at an old abandoned house, Blackwood Hall, and begin investigating. Now they have ghosts to deal with along with anything else bad that could happen to them. Note: I see that there are certain myths about hypnosis that are presented in this book. 1. You will not do anything that is against your morals when you are hypnotized, 2. No one can hypnotize you for hours on end. If the hypnotist is no longer talking to you, you will come out of that state on your own or fall to sleep and when you wake up you will be out of that state, and 3. Hypnosis is not of the devil, nor is it of the occult. Note: 1948 edition

  12. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    Nancy Drew helps solve a mystery for an older woman about her jewelry. Also, Nancy and her friends travel to New Orleans. A fun and entertaining mystery.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    It’s complicated. There are a lot of things I’m sure weren’t on my mom’s radar when I was a kid and read these books. For instance, her privilege is almost grotesque in how the narrator describes it and contrasts Drew with other characters (even with her friend Bess). If (re)reading this book, it is important to remember that it was written in 1948. While Carolyn Keene wasn’t considering things like race, SES or body image (all problematic in this book) the ability of so many older men to hear, It’s complicated. There are a lot of things I’m sure weren’t on my mom’s radar when I was a kid and read these books. For instance, her privilege is almost grotesque in how the narrator describes it and contrasts Drew with other characters (even with her friend Bess). If (re)reading this book, it is important to remember that it was written in 1948. While Carolyn Keene wasn’t considering things like race, SES or body image (all problematic in this book) the ability of so many older men to hear, support and validate Drew is what really pushes the needle for me, and keeping me reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mel (ReadUntilTheLastPage)

    “Cats aren’t afraid of ghosts. Did you know that, Togo?” This is definitely one of the better Nancy Drew books! I like the ghost story & mystery as well as the New Orleans setting!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hillary

    This one was a really great mystery! The story held together extremely well from characterization to motive to plot, even rereading as an adult.

  16. 5 out of 5

    E

    My all-time favorite ND. I can remember many a late-1960s Louisiana-childhood afternoon—too scorched with heat and humidity to climb the huge, ancient live oak in our yard—squandered inside by my 10/11-year-old self lying on my belly, Nancy Drew close to my nose, on a twin-bed “couch” covered by a clean but cheap ribbed, olive-green bedspread in my father’s small study, surrounded by books. Nancy confirmed the lessons of my parents: that it was not only acceptable, but encouraged for girls to be My all-time favorite ND. I can remember many a late-1960s Louisiana-childhood afternoon—too scorched with heat and humidity to climb the huge, ancient live oak in our yard—squandered inside by my 10/11-year-old self lying on my belly, Nancy Drew close to my nose, on a twin-bed “couch” covered by a clean but cheap ribbed, olive-green bedspread in my father’s small study, surrounded by books. Nancy confirmed the lessons of my parents: that it was not only acceptable, but encouraged for girls to be smart, independent, analytical, and intellectually helpful, as well as respectful to adults without automatically accepting their authority or “good intentions.” Thanks, Nancy!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    this. book. has. everything: stolen jewels. hypnotism. mysterious lakeside cabins. haunted mansions. “husky” and devoted boyfriend Ned Nickerson. Nancy? fakes a seance. gets chloroformed. is locked in a dumbwaiter. commits mail fraud. WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    The Ghost Of Blackwood Hall was interesting and creepy at times. Great book! I just felt like it dragged on at some parts thats why I give it 4 stars not 5.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    In this mystery, I found myself as frustrated as Nancy as she tried to help Ms. Putney and the other girls, despite their continual trust in the thieves who were tricking them. I liked that the bad guys in this mystery actually seemed to be able to upset Nancy's work better than the usual suspects--they often go after her with scare tactics or physical harm, but these thieves turned her own clients against her. I thought things at the Mansion got a little convoluted with the glowing figure and s In this mystery, I found myself as frustrated as Nancy as she tried to help Ms. Putney and the other girls, despite their continual trust in the thieves who were tricking them. I liked that the bad guys in this mystery actually seemed to be able to upset Nancy's work better than the usual suspects--they often go after her with scare tactics or physical harm, but these thieves turned her own clients against her. I thought things at the Mansion got a little convoluted with the glowing figure and sliding door and everything, but overall it was a good mystery.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Side note: I absolutely love Nancy's outfit on this cover. She just looks so super cute! In which NANCY AND NED ARE CAUGHT IN QUICKSAND. So, Nan's just chilling at home with Togo when a businessman brings Mrs. Putney by Nancy's house. He's like "you can talk to her because she's A GIRL" and Nancy's like "...you're not wrong." The "ghost" of Mrs. Putney's husband appeared to her and swore her to secrecy, saying that she couldn't tell any man or woman about it, hence the "girl" thing. Mrs. Putney, w Side note: I absolutely love Nancy's outfit on this cover. She just looks so super cute! In which NANCY AND NED ARE CAUGHT IN QUICKSAND. So, Nan's just chilling at home with Togo when a businessman brings Mrs. Putney by Nancy's house. He's like "you can talk to her because she's A GIRL" and Nancy's like "...you're not wrong." The "ghost" of Mrs. Putney's husband appeared to her and swore her to secrecy, saying that she couldn't tell any man or woman about it, hence the "girl" thing. Mrs. Putney, who is an idiot, listened to the "ghost" and buried her jewelry where the "ghost" told her. Then she dug it up and took it to be cleaned and the jeweler was like "...uh honey this is all fake." Nancy's task is to find the stolen jewelry. And she doesn't tell the woman that she's a total idiot, so there's that. Nancy follows a lead to New Orleans, and while the Notorious NBG are there, Bess very nearly asks a medium a question during a show. Nancy's like "NOOOOOO SHUT UP" and after, Bess says she just wanted to ask about Lola White, who's been acting weird. So Nancy, whose eyes light up at just this kind of talk, says she'll go see Lola. Lola's been keeping money from her job instead of giving it to her mom to help support the household, and Nancy finds out she's been giving it to the Three Branch Ranch. The "ranch" (which is fake obvs) takes care of "orphans," and the "dead parent ghosts" are the ones who appear at seances and beg those idiots to take care of the kids. Ugh. It's the worst. Lola was told to leave money in the hollow of a big ol' tree, and Nancy finds out one of those dropoffs is "Humphrey's" tree, and Humphrey owned Blackwood Hall (ding ding ding!). The house is empty, but there are "ghosts" in there. Nancy also gets knocked the fuck out, and the girls get Togo to track her, which he does, because he's sometimes an asshole but he is #1 at tracking his mistress. Mrs. Putney is taken to a seance and afterward won't trust Nancy anymore. Nancy and Ned try to find where the seance was held to find clues, and rescue Lola from almost drowning while in a trance state. They also run into quicksand, and Ned is able to pull Nancy out, and then she runs and finds a rope and pulls Ned out, and they just stand there looking at each other realizing how they almost died, and I'm like "I mean you can make out a little if you want." Sigh. Then Mrs. Putney goes to a lake 100 miles away, under her ghost husband's direction, to withdraw some of her inheritance from said dead husband (so the thieves can steal it). Nancy and Ned manage to convince her to put it back in the bank. Nancy and Ned also go back out to Blackwood Hall to look for clues, and Nancy is nearly poisoned and held captive in the secret elevator, and Ned pursues the bad guys, and when he gets back he finds out what happened to her, and he's like "I'm never going to go pursue bad guys if I'm not sure you're okay again." (I like that he doesn't say "and I'm gonna stick like glue to you forever," 'cause we all know how that would be.) Nancy, Carson, and Ned also do a fake seance for Lola, to convince her to stop being such an idiot and giving her money away, which works. I'm trying to imagine Nancy getting through a fake seance without laughing her ass off. Anyway. All the bad guys are rounded up (after trying to kill Nancy) and Nancy, Ned, and Carson call on the police A LOT in this one to help them catch bad guys, but yeah, Nancy gets the major collar. Mrs. Putney figures out she's been a jackass and thanks Nancy by giving her a cameo that was passed down in her husband's family, because she has no one else to give it to. So hooray!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lacon

    This was the second Nancy Drew mystery I read and I can see the pattern of how these stories are written already. If you don’t love that pattern then these books could get old and boring real fast. Now this story and mystery did not make much sense to me, even at the end when everything was revealed I was still trying to figure out how this could happen. The villains pull a Scooby Doo villain and act like ghosts, attempting to scam their victims into donating to a fictitious orphanage...?? and t This was the second Nancy Drew mystery I read and I can see the pattern of how these stories are written already. If you don’t love that pattern then these books could get old and boring real fast. Now this story and mystery did not make much sense to me, even at the end when everything was revealed I was still trying to figure out how this could happen. The villains pull a Scooby Doo villain and act like ghosts, attempting to scam their victims into donating to a fictitious orphanage...?? and this all starts with a lady who had her jewels stolen. Still does not make sense to me. Not much really to say about this book. If you enjoy Nancy Drew books then you might enjoy this one but if you haven’t read Nancy Drew I would suggest not starting with this one. It was fine, nothing really more to say about it, didn’t love it or hate it but it was a quick read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lyssa

    This story seemed extra flimsy, with hypnotizing people and performing fake seances. The majority of people were almost stubbornly gullible. And I'm surprised that after 25 books, Nancy does not carry any kind of protection on her. Did they not have pepper spray back then? I know they had swiss army knives. I'm glad the stories aren't overtly violent, but they could be smarter, our heroine more savvy and better prepared. On a side note, it's interesting to catch a glimpse of how things used to be. This story seemed extra flimsy, with hypnotizing people and performing fake seances. The majority of people were almost stubbornly gullible. And I'm surprised that after 25 books, Nancy does not carry any kind of protection on her. Did they not have pepper spray back then? I know they had swiss army knives. I'm glad the stories aren't overtly violent, but they could be smarter, our heroine more savvy and better prepared. On a side note, it's interesting to catch a glimpse of how things used to be. No ID necessary- assuming a fake identity is as easy as making one up on the fly. And speaking of flying, it seemed as straightforward as hailing a cab, as open ended as riding a bus- being able to get off at one stop or another. That's one of my favorite things about these books- getting a snapshot of life back then, and being able to appreciate anew how things have changed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Damn, how many rich widows *are* there in River Heights? A mysterious woman uses many aliases, one of them being Mrs. Floyd Pepper! Oh, and she follows the girls on a trip to New Orleans. Bess is even more of a basket case than usual. And Nancy has a dog named Togo, but I'm pretty sure he hasn't appeared before. A phony stock scheme, hypnosis and stolen jewelry. Nancy is knocked unconscious by an unknown assailant, and drugged into unconsciousness with a "deadly sleeping potion". Gets kidnapped an Damn, how many rich widows *are* there in River Heights? A mysterious woman uses many aliases, one of them being Mrs. Floyd Pepper! Oh, and she follows the girls on a trip to New Orleans. Bess is even more of a basket case than usual. And Nancy has a dog named Togo, but I'm pretty sure he hasn't appeared before. A phony stock scheme, hypnosis and stolen jewelry. Nancy is knocked unconscious by an unknown assailant, and drugged into unconsciousness with a "deadly sleeping potion". Gets kidnapped and also gets mired in quicksand along with Ned. Apparently you can cure hypnosis with a bottle of phosphorous and oil.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Santomartino

    I read these for relaxation and for nostalgia. They are pleasant reads with interesting characters, perfect for some stress free reading at bedtime. This was one of the better Nancy Drew mysteries over the last few volumes. Nancy finds herself trying to save a widow from herself as she is under the influence of false mediums pretending to give her instructions from her deceased husband to steal her money. Nancy discovers that not only is the widow effected but a number of young women in River He I read these for relaxation and for nostalgia. They are pleasant reads with interesting characters, perfect for some stress free reading at bedtime. This was one of the better Nancy Drew mysteries over the last few volumes. Nancy finds herself trying to save a widow from herself as she is under the influence of false mediums pretending to give her instructions from her deceased husband to steal her money. Nancy discovers that not only is the widow effected but a number of young women in River Heights. It is pretty suspenseful and different than her typical cases in many respects. If you like Nancy Drew Mysteries you should like this as well.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Evelynn

    I would have rated this book only two stars had it not been for the fact that it's a Nancy Drew book and the ghosts and such in it are a complete hoax and not portrayed as anything but one. I think this is my least favorite Nancy Drew book so far. The whole idea of seances, fake or not, bothered me a bit. But at least everything was fake, and Nancy, Bess, and George never really believed that the seances were real. Still, it was an interesting mystery, and I wouldn't hesitate to finish the rest of I would have rated this book only two stars had it not been for the fact that it's a Nancy Drew book and the ghosts and such in it are a complete hoax and not portrayed as anything but one. I think this is my least favorite Nancy Drew book so far. The whole idea of seances, fake or not, bothered me a bit. But at least everything was fake, and Nancy, Bess, and George never really believed that the seances were real. Still, it was an interesting mystery, and I wouldn't hesitate to finish the rest of the original 56 mysteries, which is exactly what I plan on doing.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tarini Thakur

    To all those hardcore Nancy Drew fans (like me) this one is yet another thrilling adventure on Nancy's list. Bonus, if you're a fan of ghost or horror stories. The story has a dark and mysterious theme going around as Nancy smells something fishy at New Orleans and you can feel the intensity of this page-turner. The spooky aura of the story makes it even more exciting. Keene has done it again and this time,with a ghostly touch that the readers will definitely enjoy! To all those hardcore Nancy Drew fans (like me) this one is yet another thrilling adventure on Nancy's list. Bonus, if you're a fan of ghost or horror stories. The story has a dark and mysterious theme going around as Nancy smells something fishy at New Orleans and you can feel the intensity of this page-turner. The spooky aura of the story makes it even more exciting. Keene has done it again and this time,with a ghostly touch that the readers will definitely enjoy!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hailey Westefer

    This book was ok, but the reason its not my favorite is because I like books that get right to the point and that have something exciting every time I turn the page. This book takes awhile to get to the point but once you get there it is a interesting book. If you like to read or if you like mysteries I would recommend this book but if you're like me I would not recommend it. It was hard for me to keep reading because it took so long to get to the climax of the story. This book was ok, but the reason its not my favorite is because I like books that get right to the point and that have something exciting every time I turn the page. This book takes awhile to get to the point but once you get there it is a interesting book. If you like to read or if you like mysteries I would recommend this book but if you're like me I would not recommend it. It was hard for me to keep reading because it took so long to get to the climax of the story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ava

    I love Nancy Drew, but this one wasn't the best one I have read. At the beginning, it seemed like there was 3 or 4 different mysteries going on. You have to read a lot until you finally get how they are connected. Also, most of the book wasn't solving the mystery, but finding the troublemakers, and figuring out their names. Overall, not the most exciting NDs I have read. I love Nancy Drew, but this one wasn't the best one I have read. At the beginning, it seemed like there was 3 or 4 different mysteries going on. You have to read a lot until you finally get how they are connected. Also, most of the book wasn't solving the mystery, but finding the troublemakers, and figuring out their names. Overall, not the most exciting NDs I have read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lou Hoffman

    When I was about 10 or 11, my mother signed me up for a book of the month club. Every month, I received two Nancy Drew or two Hardy Boys books. Every month, they were both read in a week and I was asking when the next book would be there! I thank my mother for recognizing and encouraging my love of reading.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Analissa Blackwater

    This was the first book I read of the series and my favorite. It had it all-ghosts, secret passageways, New Orleans, séances. It would be a shame if the time setting of these books is so alien to the young readers of today, but if they give it a chance, I think they can fall in love with the series just like I did in my youth. Yes, I admit, I reread a couple of them as an adult.

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