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Eloise Drew asks her niece to investigate the disappearance of her neighbor, a young university student. In New York, Nancy, Bess and George are drawn into the intrigue and danger of a smuggling ring. Nancy plans a clever ruse: George is disguised as the missing Chinese girl! The girl detective is also suspicious of an unpleasant bookstore owner and his loud, overbearing f Eloise Drew asks her niece to investigate the disappearance of her neighbor, a young university student. In New York, Nancy, Bess and George are drawn into the intrigue and danger of a smuggling ring. Nancy plans a clever ruse: George is disguised as the missing Chinese girl! The girl detective is also suspicious of an unpleasant bookstore owner and his loud, overbearing female customer. A series of clues lead the girls to Hong Kong. Ned, who is studying in Hong Kong, joins them. The amateur detectives follow more clues to the international smuggling ring. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.


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Eloise Drew asks her niece to investigate the disappearance of her neighbor, a young university student. In New York, Nancy, Bess and George are drawn into the intrigue and danger of a smuggling ring. Nancy plans a clever ruse: George is disguised as the missing Chinese girl! The girl detective is also suspicious of an unpleasant bookstore owner and his loud, overbearing f Eloise Drew asks her niece to investigate the disappearance of her neighbor, a young university student. In New York, Nancy, Bess and George are drawn into the intrigue and danger of a smuggling ring. Nancy plans a clever ruse: George is disguised as the missing Chinese girl! The girl detective is also suspicious of an unpleasant bookstore owner and his loud, overbearing female customer. A series of clues lead the girls to Hong Kong. Ned, who is studying in Hong Kong, joins them. The amateur detectives follow more clues to the international smuggling ring. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.

30 review for The Mystery of the Fire Dragon

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessaka

    Most reviewers on here and on Amazon really loved this book; I didn’t. It didn’t read like an old Nancy Drew mystery, at least not one where they are finding secrets in an old attic, or believe that there are ghosts in an old mansion, or see shadows in the night. It also wasn’t written by Mildred Wirt Benson, who wrote many of the Nancy Drew books that I loved. And why can’t I find out who really wrote this one? Also, what is Ned Nickerson doing living in Hong Kong. My, this series has changed, Most reviewers on here and on Amazon really loved this book; I didn’t. It didn’t read like an old Nancy Drew mystery, at least not one where they are finding secrets in an old attic, or believe that there are ghosts in an old mansion, or see shadows in the night. It also wasn’t written by Mildred Wirt Benson, who wrote many of the Nancy Drew books that I loved. And why can’t I find out who really wrote this one? Also, what is Ned Nickerson doing living in Hong Kong. My, this series has changed, this book being written in 1961. In this story, Nancy Drew receives a call from her Aunt Eloise, who lives in an apartment in New York. Her neighbor’s granddaughter, Chi Che is missing. So Nancy and her friends fly to New York to help solve the mystery. Her friend, George Fayne, dresses up like Chi Che because she looks Chinese. Yeah, right. I could never figure out why they thought that this stunt would help them find Chi Che, nor could I figure out why a fire cracker going off in front of Chi Che’s grandfather’s apartment door was going to scare him, and what even the purpose was. Anyway, Nancy and her friends get to fly to Hong Kong to solve this mystery, and so the story becomes a little more exciting, as from dull to okay. They meet Ned, who helps them solve the mystery, or so it seems, but at least it gets solved, and I am now able to read other more exciting books. Note: Written in 1961.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    Nancy's #38 takes readers from River Heights to New York and to Hong Kong - even all her buddies go (Ned is learning Cantonese and is conveniently present for all the important protection bits). Fun for George, too, she gets to wander in Chinese disguise because she has that haircut, and has an Asian figure. Yeah, there was some stereotyping going on, that popped me out of the tale waving flags. Chinese culture was lightly explored and characters were sympathetically portrayed. Nancy and Ned go Nancy's #38 takes readers from River Heights to New York and to Hong Kong - even all her buddies go (Ned is learning Cantonese and is conveniently present for all the important protection bits). Fun for George, too, she gets to wander in Chinese disguise because she has that haircut, and has an Asian figure. Yeah, there was some stereotyping going on, that popped me out of the tale waving flags. Chinese culture was lightly explored and characters were sympathetically portrayed. Nancy and Ned go to Aberdeen. . ."It's the oldest village of the fishermen of Hong Kong Island," he explained. "Families live on the junks and even in the small sampans." Tidbits like this send me a-googling and I found the very restaurant Ned took Nancy to . . .Sea Palace. (Yes, I know, this is fiction. But still. . .) Turns out there have been a number of them, all famous and popular. Right now, it is under the name Jumbo Kingdom and is closed due to COVID-19. Anyway - #38 was a good read - I liked the range and different activities that were folded into Nancy's mystery solving. On to #39!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    The main character, aside from Nancy, does not appear in this book except by recollections told by her family and friends. She is perhaps kidnapped! Her name is Chi Che and she lives with her grandfather in New York City. Nancy and her gal pals Bess and George visit Nancy's Aunt Eloise, who lives in the city, and who happens to be the next-door neighbor in an apartment building with Chi Che and her author grandfather. And so it seems that George, who is limber with short, dark hair, somehow resem The main character, aside from Nancy, does not appear in this book except by recollections told by her family and friends. She is perhaps kidnapped! Her name is Chi Che and she lives with her grandfather in New York City. Nancy and her gal pals Bess and George visit Nancy's Aunt Eloise, who lives in the city, and who happens to be the next-door neighbor in an apartment building with Chi Che and her author grandfather. And so it seems that George, who is limber with short, dark hair, somehow resembles Chi Che . . . Somehow the topic is almost handled sensitively: George putting on a silk dress and "Chinese" makeup. And anyway, Chi Che's kidnapper is a red-haired man, so he attempts to re-kidnap George-as-Chi-Che when he spots her on the street. This man also kidnaps Nancy, who is lured on to a plane by a Chinese woman named Chi Che, but she (surprise!) is a different Chi Che who disappears from the plot as soon as she arrives. Nancy does an impressive stunt during this kidnapping. While her hands are tied behind her back, she gets into her purse, finds her lipstick, and writes SOS backwards upon the airplane window. Her friend Ned sees the window and enlists a nearby pilot to chase and rescue the criminal plane! Hurrah! To wind down, the pair go out to dinner: an exotic feast! ~Bacon and cucumber soup ~Stewed shrimp ~Sweet-and-sour pork ~Beef fried in oyster sauce ~Bamboo shoots ~Rice ~Almond tea It must be a really special date! They forego their favorite snack of hamburgers and milk. That's good, kids! Try new things, you know, when you're not busy getting kidnapped or tracking down illicit manufacturers of mah-jongg sets! And also, of course Nancy finds Chi Che, and the escape begins!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Connie N.

    This is the first Nancy Drew book I've read as an adult, and I enjoyed it very much. The writing is fast-paced and interesting, and the mystery was entertaining. I was impressed with Keene's ability to make the mystery somewhat believable (certainly on a YA level), but it was amusing to read that the police went all-out to help Nancy solve the crime, even calling her with updates and allowing her to join them on searches and tails of suspects. There were an amazing amount of details that were si This is the first Nancy Drew book I've read as an adult, and I enjoyed it very much. The writing is fast-paced and interesting, and the mystery was entertaining. I was impressed with Keene's ability to make the mystery somewhat believable (certainly on a YA level), but it was amusing to read that the police went all-out to help Nancy solve the crime, even calling her with updates and allowing her to join them on searches and tails of suspects. There were an amazing amount of details that were simply glossed over and solved without any real effort, such as having unlimited money to fly to Hong Kong and the ability to get passports while they waited, simply on the basis of the policeman's vouching for them. There was certainly a difference in style since this book was written in the 1960's, which means the women all wore dresses and had to stop to make phone calls. I did like the message, though, of "right over wrong" and people helping each other and showing respect for each other. Very nice, light, old-fashioned read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    A.

    To be honest, I just read a whole bunch of Nancy Drew books, and I don't actually remember which one it was in, but so many of them had similar content that I'll just put it here: Why can't they be nicer to Bess? There were so many times when they actually told her to stop eating so much or she'd never have a man fall in love with her. Or that she was too fat, at which statement every one laughed, Bess blushed, and put down her cookie, and everyone acted like that was an ok way for friends to ac To be honest, I just read a whole bunch of Nancy Drew books, and I don't actually remember which one it was in, but so many of them had similar content that I'll just put it here: Why can't they be nicer to Bess? There were so many times when they actually told her to stop eating so much or she'd never have a man fall in love with her. Or that she was too fat, at which statement every one laughed, Bess blushed, and put down her cookie, and everyone acted like that was an ok way for friends to act. Again, it might not have been in this one, but this one probably had some commentary about Bess lack of restraint when it comes to food.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katja Labonté

    5+ stars & 6/10 hearts. Ooooooooo! Okay, this is one of my favourite Nancy Drews so far! I really, really liked the plot! Che Che was so nice, and so was her grandfather and uncle. I enjoyed the fact that the mystery was centred in New York and Hong Kong,--and the disguise!! It was quite an exciting story and full of awesome characters.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    "Nancy Drew is called to New York City by her Aunt Eloise to solve a missing-person case. The granddaughter of her elderly Chinese neighbor, Mr. Soong, has been kidnapped. The search is on, first by disguising Nancy's friend George Fayne as the missing Chi Che, and then pursuing a lead at Chi Che's place of employment, a book store, where Nancy encounters its suspicious owner, Mr Stromberg. A series of clues leads the girls to Hong Kong, where Nancy's boyfriend, Ned Nickerson, joins the action" "Nancy Drew is called to New York City by her Aunt Eloise to solve a missing-person case. The granddaughter of her elderly Chinese neighbor, Mr. Soong, has been kidnapped. The search is on, first by disguising Nancy's friend George Fayne as the missing Chi Che, and then pursuing a lead at Chi Che's place of employment, a book store, where Nancy encounters its suspicious owner, Mr Stromberg. A series of clues leads the girls to Hong Kong, where Nancy's boyfriend, Ned Nickerson, joins the action" [x] I've only read this once before and the only thing I remember about it is not liking it. I've been terrible at writing reviews for the last few books I've read and this one is starting quite late into the book. - I decided to do a quick research on Kowloon, which is where Nancy and the gang stays, and it was quite interesting. The hotel Nancy stays at, The Peninsula, is still up and operating and has an interesting history in itself. The Kai Tak airport is no longer in existence but it was the reason for the 3 story buildings Nancy comments on; the skyline was kept low for the planes. - Nancy is so stupid for having gotten on the plane with the girl claiming to be Chi Che. It was clearly a trap as there was no reason Chi Che couldn't have gotten off the plane to talk to Nancy. - While walking down the street of Kam Tin Nancy remarks that there's nothing to suggest Chi Che is being held prisoner there...what did Nancy expect? A giant sign saying "Chi Che Soong is definitely not being held prisoner inside this building, nuhuh, no way, never even heard of her so don't investigate in here, ok?". 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. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    The Good: Nancy Drew is one of the most beloved and well-known literary characters, so, you'd expect this book to be great...and it is! A seemingly unsolvable whodunit leads the famed teenage sleuth to two different corners of the globe. Will she be able to track down the culprits? (If you've read these books before, the answer is obvious.) Like a good television series, this is one where every episode keeps my interest. The Bad: Nothing, really; it just wasn't spectacular. Content Concerns: Sex: N The Good: Nancy Drew is one of the most beloved and well-known literary characters, so, you'd expect this book to be great...and it is! A seemingly unsolvable whodunit leads the famed teenage sleuth to two different corners of the globe. Will she be able to track down the culprits? (If you've read these books before, the answer is obvious.) Like a good television series, this is one where every episode keeps my interest. The Bad: Nothing, really; it just wasn't spectacular. Content Concerns: Sex: None. 5/5 Nudity: None. 5/5 Language: None. 5/5 Violence: Mild violence throughout. 4/5 Drugs: None. 5/5 Frightening/Intense Scenes: Scenes of peril; themes of kidnapping. 4/5 Score: 4/5

  9. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Yet another great addition to the Nancy Drew mystery book series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Caleb

    This mystery was very good, Nancy's aunt is suspicious when her neighbor disappears without a trace and calls Nancy to investigate the matter. Nancy two best friends Bess and George come along to help and they eventually travel to Hong Kong following clues where they meet up with another friend to try to crack the case. This mystery was very good, Nancy's aunt is suspicious when her neighbor disappears without a trace and calls Nancy to investigate the matter. Nancy two best friends Bess and George come along to help and they eventually travel to Hong Kong following clues where they meet up with another friend to try to crack the case.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Ned Nickerson is studying Chinese culture? Since when? Since The Leaning Chimney book? Aunt Eloise(!) in NYC has a Chinese-themed mystery (nothing AT ALL to do with a Fire Dragon, though there are fireworks and a few references to dragons as Chinese legend) which conveniently leads Nancy and B&G to Hong Kong, where they were planning on going anyway. Not sure exactly who is paying for this but it sounds like Aunt Eloise picked up the tab. George masquerades as a Chinese girl, but apparently no on Ned Nickerson is studying Chinese culture? Since when? Since The Leaning Chimney book? Aunt Eloise(!) in NYC has a Chinese-themed mystery (nothing AT ALL to do with a Fire Dragon, though there are fireworks and a few references to dragons as Chinese legend) which conveniently leads Nancy and B&G to Hong Kong, where they were planning on going anyway. Not sure exactly who is paying for this but it sounds like Aunt Eloise picked up the tab. George masquerades as a Chinese girl, but apparently no one notices that she's 5'8". Bess gets kidnapped in NYC, and Nancy gets kidnapped (conned onto a small plane) and Ned and the Navy get them to turn around and land the plane. Good thing this happened pre-9/11. Nancy gets kidnapped AGAIN right at the end, after some obnoxious woman falls for the Georga-as-Chinese-girl ruse AGAIN and guys take Nancy right to the Chinese girl, where they escape. This book is ostensibly about a smuggling ring but is mainly just about tracking down a kidnapped girl. Nancy was knocked unconscious after someone hurled a flower pot down on her head in Chinatown.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    Fun read! It's been a while since I've read one of this series, and I enjoyed the experience. Easy, fluffy, happy story that makes me wish I lived in a world where I could feel safe & secure about running around on my own while solving mysteries and exploring foreign countries -- knowing that even if you do get into trouble, you'll always discover a clever way of escape or will be rescued by vigilant friends! But the best part of reading this 182 page story is I finished it in less than a week, Fun read! It's been a while since I've read one of this series, and I enjoyed the experience. Easy, fluffy, happy story that makes me wish I lived in a world where I could feel safe & secure about running around on my own while solving mysteries and exploring foreign countries -- knowing that even if you do get into trouble, you'll always discover a clever way of escape or will be rescued by vigilant friends! But the best part of reading this 182 page story is I finished it in less than a week, and it gets me caught up on my reading challenge!! Yeah, Nancy!! ;-)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mskychick

    Placeholder for reread of Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hans

    Moving for the first time in over a decade and some of our books are not making the move. My wife decided that she did not need to hold onto a random pair of old Nancy Drew books. I never picked one of these up, so decided to give them a try before they ended up in a little free library. And this is probably not the best book to start with. The characters feel relatively timeless, but the book is very dated. The biggest issue is the mid-century approach to life outside of the Western countries, Moving for the first time in over a decade and some of our books are not making the move. My wife decided that she did not need to hold onto a random pair of old Nancy Drew books. I never picked one of these up, so decided to give them a try before they ended up in a little free library. And this is probably not the best book to start with. The characters feel relatively timeless, but the book is very dated. The biggest issue is the mid-century approach to life outside of the Western countries, so the characters make a lot of references to the Orient. That part is of its era...but the part that just doesn't play well in 2019 is that Nancy has one of her (white) friends dress up as the missing Chinese girl. They are doing it for a good cause...but it's...hmmm...not quite right. Especially when it has to happen several times in the book. One other issue is that one of Nancy's friends is constantly being fat-shamed...while the illustrations present her appearance as basically the same as Nancy and George. And when Nancy, George, or other characters don't have the energy to bash on Bess, the author starts in on her. Here are a few samples: --"...and the trail leads to New York City," guessed blond, slightly plump Bess. --"Do you suppose Ned will bring along a couple of dates for George and me?" // George grinned. "He probably will. But maybe you'd better go on a diet, Bess. Your huge appetite may frighten the boys away." --[going to a dinner with chopsticks] "I'll never be able to manage that and get enough to eat!" Bess said. Her companions laughed. --Bess's worries did not seem to affect her appetite and she was able to eat every crumb of the food brought to her. George and Nancy declined dessert, but Bess and Ned ate custard-pudding dotted with almonds. A few good lines / scenes: --"It may be a clue," the girl detective remarked. --Nancy, meanwhile, had slipped into the back room when the clerk was not looking. She knew that legally she must not open the drawers in the desk or the closet in the room. // "But maybe I can detect something without doing that," Nancy told herself. --I've seen it in old comic books and movies, but can't remember a book that uses the trick of trying to knock out a character by dropping a plant on their head. But detectives must get a concussion or it isn't a real mystery. --Okay, so Nancy Drew is a badass. 1) (view spoiler)[With her hands and feet tied up, she fishes out a tube of lipstick and writes "SOS" backwards on a plane window to indicate where she is being held captive. (hide spoiler)] and 2) (view spoiler)[In the end, she saves herself and the missing girl. They don't wait to be saved, but take action and dive into the waters off Hong Kong to swim to the nearest friendly boat. (hide spoiler)] --The classic ending to the older kid's series that reminds me of the line that pops up at the end of a James Bond movie "James Bond will return." Here we get: "The mystery of the fire dragon had been solved--there was nothing more for her to do! But Nancy was sure that soon another case would come along. It proved to be The Clue of the Dancing Puppet." Though my next visit with Nancy Drew will be jumping backwards from book #38 to book #10...then they go to a local little free library.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aubrey

    Just a typical Nancy Drew mystery. In a good way. :) I love Nancy Drew, and I have ever since I read my first ones SUPER out of order back in middle school. I think I just wanted to read them in the order they were on the shelf, which for some reason wasn’t in series order, but I remember starting with 40-something lol. The Mystery of the Fire Dragon follows Nancy, Bess, and George as they help Nancy’s aunt and her Chinese neighbors to find the girl Chi Che. Chi Che is the niece of Aunt Eloise’s n Just a typical Nancy Drew mystery. In a good way. :) I love Nancy Drew, and I have ever since I read my first ones SUPER out of order back in middle school. I think I just wanted to read them in the order they were on the shelf, which for some reason wasn’t in series order, but I remember starting with 40-something lol. The Mystery of the Fire Dragon follows Nancy, Bess, and George as they help Nancy’s aunt and her Chinese neighbors to find the girl Chi Che. Chi Che is the niece of Aunt Eloise’s neighbor. They find themselves faking identities, sneaking through bookstores, and traveling abroad. It’s kind of hard to review some of the Nancy Drew books because this was written more than 50 years ago and is considered children’s fiction. Some of the things said in reference to ethnicity would not be okay today. The whole time, the Chinese families and students were called Orientals. So that wouldn’t be okay, but at the time it was written it was a more acceptable term. Like I said above, this was just a typical Nancy Drew mystery. I don’t think that it’s really possible to figure out ‘whodunnit’ because you’re never given enough information to make inferences, but it was still a fun read. It was super fast and I read it in one day. I will forever recommend this series to young readers! https://pointextaken.com/2018/06/05/r... Aubrey Joy

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    The Mystery of the Fire Dragon (1961) is the 38th entry in the Nancy Drew mystery series. This time Nancy is called upon by her Aunt Eloise to investigate the disappearance of a young Chinese woman. The young woman is the granddaughter of Miss Drew's neighbor in her New York City apartment building. It soon becomes apparent that Chi Che has been kidnapped because she stumbled across something in her job at a bookstore that made her dangerous to a certain group of people. Nancy, Bess, and George The Mystery of the Fire Dragon (1961) is the 38th entry in the Nancy Drew mystery series. This time Nancy is called upon by her Aunt Eloise to investigate the disappearance of a young Chinese woman. The young woman is the granddaughter of Miss Drew's neighbor in her New York City apartment building. It soon becomes apparent that Chi Che has been kidnapped because she stumbled across something in her job at a bookstore that made her dangerous to a certain group of people. Nancy, Bess, and George set out to discover just what Chi Che found out and what these people are up to. The trail leads to Hong Kong--where fortuitously Carson Drew has business to attend to and Ned Nickerson just happens to be studying abroad. There are, in fact, several kidnappings, a couple of impersonations, and (as is to be expected) an exciting escape by Nancy. There are several of the Nancy Drew stories that I read over and over (The Clue of the Broken Locket and The Clue of the Dancing Puppet are two that come to mind). But Fire Dragon was never one of them. I haven't any idea why. It involves a bookshop that contains clues to the mystery. It has Nancy making a daring escape at the end. And--going back and reading it as an adult, (view spoiler)[I think the use of the mahjong sets as a cover for nefarious activities was quite interesting. (hide spoiler)] Some of the material and viewpoints are a bit dated, but I think the adventure itself holds up rather well. It was a lot of fun revisiting this episode in the Nancy Drew adventures--particularly since I didn't remember every last detail the way I would for several of the stories. ★★★★ I was left with one question at the end of the day: Why did the bad guys steal Grandfather Soong's manuscript? If an explanation for that was given, I totally missed it. First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eve (Eve Alana Reads)

    I loved that Nancy stepped out of her comfort zone and solved a mystery in a new place! This one really had me questioning how realistic these books are, though. She goes to New York, and the NYPD listen and take her concerns seriously!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    see review on other edtion

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kira Nerys

    I'm reading this as some kind of faux-nostalgic venture, which I do with Nancy Drew every once in a while. A few chapters in, I always remember that I don't really like her. My biggest association with her character--aside from that stupid late-2000s film--is this dig from Inside the Shadow City: "So you're a detective now?" I teased Kiki once we were inside the creaking elevator. "Like Nancy Drew?" "Nancy Drew was just an amateur," Kiki sniffed, as if insulted by the comparison. "I'm the real th I'm reading this as some kind of faux-nostalgic venture, which I do with Nancy Drew every once in a while. A few chapters in, I always remember that I don't really like her. My biggest association with her character--aside from that stupid late-2000s film--is this dig from Inside the Shadow City: "So you're a detective now?" I teased Kiki once we were inside the creaking elevator. "Like Nancy Drew?" "Nancy Drew was just an amateur," Kiki sniffed, as if insulted by the comparison. "I'm the real thing." (235) This 1961 story, never updated despite republication, holds up fairly well as a child-oriented adventure. It captures a very early-'60s feel, which suggests to me that it will become easier to overlook some outdated cultural moments in a few more decades. For example, the constant teasing about Bess's appetite, despite her equally Barbie-like appearance in the illustrations. A few elements stand out as fantastical: the police, surprisingly eager for Nancy's help, the choices during the three kidnappings, and the ease of acquiring air travel. No, this mystery doesn't hold up very logically for an older audience, but it twists and turns and always presents some unexpected new danger. Nancy's daring shines here, but her detective work seems rather run-of-the-mill, and she acts fairly conservative for an 18-year-old in the '60s. Yet all the women play active roles in this story, sleuthing, seeking, and pretending to be someone else. The Chinese cultural focus relies somewhat on stereotypes but doesn't strike me as actively insensitive beyond a few slightly colonial perspectives. It reads like a children's book responsible for educating its readers about another culture: a bit too informative, a bit tokenizing, generally respectful despite white hero(ine)s saving the day. Unfortunately, the term "Oriental" appears constantly throughout this text in perhaps the most blatant cultural insensitivity. And that fact that George, dolled up, apparently looks like the missing Chinese girl. Incidentally, the best thing Nancy Drew ever did was name a girl George.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    it was really good but i thought it was the last book. I guess not..

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mallory G.

    For my goodreads I read The Mystery of the Fire Dragon. This book was a thrilling mystery about a Chinese girl named Chi Che Soong, who was kidnapped. As the story continues,Nancy Drew, George Fayne, and Bess Marvin were staying with her Aunt Eloise in her apartment. Chi Che and her grandfather lived next door to them. One night, a man came into the Soong’s apartment,and as he shoved Grandpa Soong to the ground, the man stole his manuscript and left. Grandpa Soong at this point, had to be chec For my goodreads I read The Mystery of the Fire Dragon. This book was a thrilling mystery about a Chinese girl named Chi Che Soong, who was kidnapped. As the story continues,Nancy Drew, George Fayne, and Bess Marvin were staying with her Aunt Eloise in her apartment. Chi Che and her grandfather lived next door to them. One night, a man came into the Soong’s apartment,and as he shoved Grandpa Soong to the ground, the man stole his manuscript and left. Grandpa Soong at this point, had to be checked into the hospital. When Nancy realizes this case is way more massive than it seems, she decides to fly to Hong Kong to solve this mystery. She understood that there was a large gang involved, that were trying to scare her. She was searching for every clue she could get,attempting to even have George dress up as Chi Che! Nancy soon becomes aware that this gang is smuggling gold into the United States and because Chi Che overheard a portion of there plan, she was captured.The three detectives were all venturing to capture this gang. Nancy too, had been kidnapped and taken to a junk ( a boat ) where, for the first time, met Chi Che! She was thrilled that she found Chi Che, and was determined to get both of them out of there. They finally got out by swimming, and had escaped to the hotel in less than an hour. In my opinion this book was extremely well written, and had several points that were very suspenseful. Carolyn Keene did a fabulous job creating a novel that was action-packed and fun to read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tabi34

    Think 1950s when you read this book, although it was written in 1960. So much of the material is dated. Nancy is busy tracking down a kidnapped girl and her journeys take her to Hong Kong. When this book was written, Hong Kong was still part of the British Empire. Ned, who is studying there, gives the girls a quick lesson in the history of politics there. Some of the language is dated - meaning it isn't politically correct today. What amazes me is the language with which these books are written. Think 1950s when you read this book, although it was written in 1960. So much of the material is dated. Nancy is busy tracking down a kidnapped girl and her journeys take her to Hong Kong. When this book was written, Hong Kong was still part of the British Empire. Ned, who is studying there, gives the girls a quick lesson in the history of politics there. Some of the language is dated - meaning it isn't politically correct today. What amazes me is the language with which these books are written. The vocabulary is way above what your typical teenager today would understand. One word that I noticed the author du jour using was alacrity - who uses that word today? But yet in 1960, it was a word that teenage girls would know without looking up. I find many words in the series that kids today wouldn't have a clue as to the definition. I'll admit, I have even had to look up a couple because I couldn't believe that the author really meant to use a particular word, but when looking up the definition, is was clearly appropriate. Another thing that makes these books charming is the sense of decorum that Nancy and her friends employ. They are strong young women but don't resort to unlady like measures. They are always polite; they are concerned about their appearance. They respect their elders and always ask permission from their parents before going any where. The books are a fun read, and a peak into the past.

  23. 4 out of 5

    James Crawford

    This is a rather complex story that covers the ground from River Heights all the way to Hong Kong when it was still a British colony. Ned is in Hong Kong studying. Aunt Eloise calls from New York and says she needs Nancy's help in order to help a Chinese couple named Soong. Mr. Soong's granddaughter, Chi Che, has been kidnapped. Meanwhile Nancy's father says he's going to need to go to Hong Kong to work on a case involving a will. Nancy, Bess and George go to New York and almost immediately run in This is a rather complex story that covers the ground from River Heights all the way to Hong Kong when it was still a British colony. Ned is in Hong Kong studying. Aunt Eloise calls from New York and says she needs Nancy's help in order to help a Chinese couple named Soong. Mr. Soong's granddaughter, Chi Che, has been kidnapped. Meanwhile Nancy's father says he's going to need to go to Hong Kong to work on a case involving a will. Nancy, Bess and George go to New York and almost immediately run into trouble. Someone throws a firecracker (it seems like an M-80 or something of that nature) near Nancy. Mr. Soong has written a manuscript and that gets stolen. There's a guy who has a bookstore and he seems to be one of the baddies. George dresses up as Chi Che and some thugs end up grabbing her. Some thug puts a big firecracker in a stove where Nancy is staying. Bess ends up being kidnapped then freed. The girls end plan to go to Hong Kong but some thugs threaten to blow up the plane they will be flying in. In Hong Kong there's more of the thugs, and Nancy is kidnapped. The British Air Force ends up becoming involved. The entire plot revolves around an illegal smuggling ring and, as usual, everything is tied up nicely at the end of the story. There's a lot of action and, as usual, some cultural information is tossed into the story. Another good book in the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    kate

    A problematic read for me. On one hand, reading The Mystery of the Fire Dragon brought me immediately back to fifth grade, when on Saturdays my parents would go to Costco, and I would be allowed to pick out a set of three new-to-me Nancy Drew novels. The yellow spines still make me smile to this day. I also have no recollection of reading The Mystery of the Fire Dragon, so it was a new mystery! George, Bess, Mr. Drew, Nancy, even Ned Nickerson and Mrs. Hannah Gruen all were involved. What really a A problematic read for me. On one hand, reading The Mystery of the Fire Dragon brought me immediately back to fifth grade, when on Saturdays my parents would go to Costco, and I would be allowed to pick out a set of three new-to-me Nancy Drew novels. The yellow spines still make me smile to this day. I also have no recollection of reading The Mystery of the Fire Dragon, so it was a new mystery! George, Bess, Mr. Drew, Nancy, even Ned Nickerson and Mrs. Hannah Gruen all were involved. What really astonished me though, was how much the books are not timeless. This particular story was originally published in 1961, and then reprinted in 1989. The language is very appropriate for the 1960s. However, the racial terminology (Oriental instead of Asian) made me cringe internally. As a librarian, what do I do? I still want to introduce my kids to the Nancy Drew mysteries. However, do I need to include a disclaimer now? "Hey, they might use words that aren't used the same way now" for example?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    A nostalgic read for the PopSugar 2017 challenge, this book is in a series I devoured when I was in elementary school. So old-fashioned now...I guess I'm getting old as this was written more than 50 years ago! So much of it was unbelievable to me now...how everyone from her Aunt to the police encouraged Nancy Drew to take it upon herself to solve serious crimes--and who exactly is paying for all the dinners out, airfares to Hong Kong and hotels, taxis and helicopter rentals? Well, it never bothe A nostalgic read for the PopSugar 2017 challenge, this book is in a series I devoured when I was in elementary school. So old-fashioned now...I guess I'm getting old as this was written more than 50 years ago! So much of it was unbelievable to me now...how everyone from her Aunt to the police encouraged Nancy Drew to take it upon herself to solve serious crimes--and who exactly is paying for all the dinners out, airfares to Hong Kong and hotels, taxis and helicopter rentals? Well, it never bothered me when I was young. On a positive note, it is a book where the female protagonist is fearless, smart and active (even while wearing a dress and sensible pumps), and for that reason might be considered a positive role model for girls during the decade in which it was written.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    In this exciting Nancy Drew mystery, Nancy arrives in New York to meet her Aunt, to discover the Miss Drew's neighbor Chi Che, is missing. Although a note from the girl says she is visiting, another note from Chi Che slipped under Aunt Eloise's door leads Nancy to believe that Chi Che s being held against her will. Join Nancy Drew as she solves "The Mystery of The Fire Dragon." This was a very enjoyable story, except for one small fact. Chi Che could have been any where in the world, and Nancy g In this exciting Nancy Drew mystery, Nancy arrives in New York to meet her Aunt, to discover the Miss Drew's neighbor Chi Che, is missing. Although a note from the girl says she is visiting, another note from Chi Che slipped under Aunt Eloise's door leads Nancy to believe that Chi Che s being held against her will. Join Nancy Drew as she solves "The Mystery of The Fire Dragon." This was a very enjoyable story, except for one small fact. Chi Che could have been any where in the world, and Nancy guessed correctly on her whereabouts. I enjoyed this mystery as I do most of the Nancy Drew books I read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    I remember the first time I read Nancy Drew. It blew my mind that there were girls presented with a brain. Most of the stuff I'd read up to that time, was that girls were sugar and spice - fluffy. No brains. To also learn about George who is a tomboy was a nice validation. Carolyn Keene wrote just for me! That is how I felt. When I did more research, I was shocked to find out, Ms. Keene was actually a man ... writing under Frank Dixon. I also loved the Hardy Boys. No wonder I loved these series. I remember the first time I read Nancy Drew. It blew my mind that there were girls presented with a brain. Most of the stuff I'd read up to that time, was that girls were sugar and spice - fluffy. No brains. To also learn about George who is a tomboy was a nice validation. Carolyn Keene wrote just for me! That is how I felt. When I did more research, I was shocked to find out, Ms. Keene was actually a man ... writing under Frank Dixon. I also loved the Hardy Boys. No wonder I loved these series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    LuAnn

    Oh my, some people take these books too seriously in the reviews! They are mystery stories for kids, this one written in 1961, so of course it's dated and such! That's part of the fun, before Hong Kong and it's people started to look and act like all other large cities in the world. It's a typical, face-paced Nancy Drew Mystery with whirl-wind trips to New York City and Hong Kong, a used bookstore, a great masquerade by George as a young Chinese woman, not once but twice and a rescue by the Flee Oh my, some people take these books too seriously in the reviews! They are mystery stories for kids, this one written in 1961, so of course it's dated and such! That's part of the fun, before Hong Kong and it's people started to look and act like all other large cities in the world. It's a typical, face-paced Nancy Drew Mystery with whirl-wind trips to New York City and Hong Kong, a used bookstore, a great masquerade by George as a young Chinese woman, not once but twice and a rescue by the Fleet Air Arm of the British Royal Navy!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ak

    I really liked this book. Nancy drew has really gotten me into reading and stuff so, I owe it to Carolyn Keene. She did an amazing job creating the story, the characters, everything. I think she did an exceptional job on the mystery part because it really makes you think. They make you want to keep reading it. The character, nancy. I'd always thought she was so cool. I meal who else runs around solving mysteries? She was nice, smart and a great role model. I have to say, I love nancy drew, I alw I really liked this book. Nancy drew has really gotten me into reading and stuff so, I owe it to Carolyn Keene. She did an amazing job creating the story, the characters, everything. I think she did an exceptional job on the mystery part because it really makes you think. They make you want to keep reading it. The character, nancy. I'd always thought she was so cool. I meal who else runs around solving mysteries? She was nice, smart and a great role model. I have to say, I love nancy drew, I always have. I always will!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I was reminded of this book while discussing my brother-in-law's trip to Hong Kong today. And by reminded, I mean that as soon as Laurie finished telling us Matthew's description of transportation in Hong Kong, my aunt said "Everything I know about Hong Kong I learned..." and we finished in unison and with great glee, "...from Nancy Drew!" And the Nancy Drew descriptions really did match what Laurie had been telling us. I haven't read it in many, many years, but obviously it was memorable. :-) I was reminded of this book while discussing my brother-in-law's trip to Hong Kong today. And by reminded, I mean that as soon as Laurie finished telling us Matthew's description of transportation in Hong Kong, my aunt said "Everything I know about Hong Kong I learned..." and we finished in unison and with great glee, "...from Nancy Drew!" And the Nancy Drew descriptions really did match what Laurie had been telling us. I haven't read it in many, many years, but obviously it was memorable. :-)

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