Title: The Clue in the Old AlbumNancy Drew #24 - the clue in the old album1
Author: Carolyn Keene
Pages: 180
Recommended Ages: 8-10
Star Rating: ★★★

A missing inheritance and gypsy violin music? HERE I AM.

The Story.

If Nancy hadn’t apprehended a man picking Mrs. Struthers’ purse at the River Heights Concert Hall, she would never have been taken into the lady’s confidence – or launched on a wild search for a missing doll which holds significant but unknown import in the identity of Mrs. Struther’s granddaughter, Rosa.

But Nancy isn’t the only person on the hunt – a gypsy woman named Nitaka is also on the prowl, and she is far less timid about using her claws!

Will Nancy come out on top in this mad race for the doll?

Discussion.

This story made a lot less sense to me than other Nancy Drew stories. This is probably because other stories, although they may muddle a little, always end clearly. This story ended on a question mark. I say this not because the mystery hasn’t been solved but because the explanation of the doll’s importance is – if I may say so – slightly sci-fi-ish.

See, the doll is no ordinary doll. It is a life-sized doll which is filled a substance found on some mountain or another which radiates positive energy. A person who stands in its presence is rejuvenated and reenergized. Like I said, a little sci-fi-ish…

In their encounters with gypsies, Nancy and Ned come across several who offer to take their fortunes. Nancy accepts this offer once, but it becomes clear that the “fortune teller” is actually trying to scare Nancy.

Conclusion. Not my favorite in the series.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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