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Comments for The Clue of the Broken Locket

The Clue of the Broken Locket  cover art (Link goes to Powells)The Clue of the Broken Locket: 07/13/10

My library mostly has copies of the re-written versions of the Nancy Drew series from the 1950s and 1960s. So when I saw a reprint of the original text (obvious from the reproduced cover art) I had to grab it to see what an unaltered Nancy Drew is like. The one I read was The Clue of the Broken Heart which is the 11th in the series.

The story begins in media res. Nancy's father is working on the adoption of twin babies by a celebrity couple. Just after the deed is done a note surfaces begging the adoption process to be stopped. Nancy decides to investigate into the twins' background. Her only clues are a leaky boat, a broken locket and a newspaper.

The Clue of the Broken Locket falls into the category of "parents these days." Clearly the author (which ever one was taking the pen as Carolyn Keene for this volume) was anti adoption and anti wealth. The adoptive parents are horrible from the very get-go.

Ignoring the horrendous parents, there is a well crafted mystery. Those initial clues combined with some leg work by Nancy and her friend turn up a series of leads that come back together for a happy ending.

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Comment #1: Wednesday, July, 14, 2010 at 17:58:54

Linda

I think it would be an interesting bookish post if you told the story of the changes, why they were changed, and went into a bit more detail. Just saying. ;)

I had no idea they were altered. I never quite got into Nancy Drew, but then, I still aren't much into whodunnits.



Comment #2: Saturday, July, 17, 2010 at 11:13:57

Pussreboots

It's only the third Nancy Drew I've read. Wikipedia has some articles that track the changes on a book by book basis. Right now, though, I don't feel qualified to make a post about the changes. Maybe in the future.



Comment #3: Thursday, July, 15, 2010 at 12:12:11

Amy

It's been so long since I've read a Nancy Drew mystery. I should see if I can dig one up. I loved this series as a kid.



Comment #4: Saturday, July, 17, 2010 at 11:17:21

Pussreboots

My library has most of the books, though not all of them have the original text.