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Nancy and her friends witness an explosion and the burning of a beautiful country mansion. Fearing its occupants may be trapped in the blazing building, they rush to the rescue--and unexpectedly find themselves confronted with a mystery that seems insoluble. The first clue is an anonymous diary--its entries in a handwriting difficult to decipher. Who dropped the diary? WasNancy and her friends witness an explosion and the burning of a beautiful country mansion. Fearing its occupants may be trapped in the blazing building, they rush to the rescue--and unexpectedly find themselves confronted with a mystery that seems insoluble. The first clue is an anonymous diary--its entries in a handwriting difficult to decipher. Who dropped the diary? Was it the stranger Nancy saw running away from the fire? What was he doing there? Finding out how Nancy discovers the answers to these questions makes for another exciting Nancy Drew mystery. Praise for the Nancy Drew series on audio......

Title : The Clue in the Diary
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ISBN : 9781557091611
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Number of Pages : 202 Pages
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The Clue in the Diary Reviews

  • vic
    2019-05-19 14:40

    i didn't expect much from this. as a child, i only read 'nancy drew and the clue crew' which is more the elementary grade of level of this series. this was a bit more mature in the nature of the crimes that nancy is trying to solve like fires instead of things like stolen shoes, snowmen missing, etc. but despite the way these crimes were structured, there wasn't much from this book. the wording seemed extremely elementary even though i would usually put this as a middle grade book. a lot of this was cliche, as you KNOW that nancy is probably going to solve the crime, etc, etc. but despite the fact that it's pretty damn obvious the case will be closed, it's pretty stupid. first, where is the feminism? mostly here, the women are oh-so useless and helpless ( besides our totally valiant nancy drew, of course ). i just don't like it. maybe this book was published last century, but i don't care! i'm judging from where i am now, not the 1900s. second of all, i just, this plot was eh. i only own books 5, 6, 7, and 8 i believe and i don't really see any plot twists or oh-my-god-no-way moments? the only feeling i got was oh-my-god-so-boring.i dunno 'bout you but i ain't rereading this anytime soon.

  • Jaksen
    2019-05-01 13:27

    At last, book number 7 in the series and Ned Nickerson appears! (Nancy Drew's boyfriend who finally and bravely is written into the series.)This mystery is fairly standard, like a paint-by-numbers book on how to write a mystery for twelve-year old girls born in the 1930s. Nancy comes upon a burning house, witnesses a man fleeing from it, does some 'sleuthing' and finds both a signet ring and diary near the house, but then she can't get away from the property due to all the fire trucks AND dozens of cars belonging to spectators who arrive to watch the fire burn. (Later in the book Nancy says there are very few houses near this one, and that there really are no neighbors. So where did everyone come from? I dunno.) Anyhow it's Ned-to-the-rescue who moves Nancy's car, a fancy convertible, away from the raging fire, and also serves as traffic cop to get everyone off and onto the road when it's over.I DO tend to believe that everyone nearby would race to their car and to the fire. I believe it. I've seen newsreels from the 1930's and 40's where people are just jamming a famous person leaving a courtroom or scrambling over each other so they can talk to or touch a celebrity. And police officers? I don't know where they are. So I suppose it is plausible that in an area with a house in the middle of nowhere there would be dozens of spectators clamoring...I'm off on a tangent! The most important part of this initial scene is NOT the fire, per se, but the arrival of Nick. Nick will now be the second man in Nancy's life, after father, prominent lawyer, Carson Drew. But Nick will surpass Nancy's father in importance because he will assume a real role in all her future mysteries. He will be the go-to guy, the one who can be with Nancy when she investigates some old building or factory or abandoned whatever. Even Mrs. Hannah Gruen, the Drew family housekeeper tells Nancy that she needs to have 'a man' with her when she goes off to do something which is dicey or dangerous.(Sorry, Nancy, you could only go solo for six adventures because now you need a man.)Too much digression. This mystery involves arson and the possible murder of a shady guy, Felix Raybolt, who steals inventors' ideas and sells them, keeping the profits to himself. There aren't really a lot of interesting twists and turns and Nancy is neither sideswiped by a car or grabbed by an ominous stranger or tied up or anything like that. She follows 'clues' one by one to discover what really was going on in the burned-down house and what Raybolt, if he's guilty, was up to. Along the way she and her friends (and Nick!) help yet (another) poor woman with a child to raise on limited income.(Nancy and her friends buy the woman groceries, then later clothes for the child. Nancy is awesome, you know. She also cautions another character that if he goes to trial for the arson, etc., her dad, prominent lawyer Carson Drew, will defend him for no charge.)But there's that theme, or trope again, which I mentioned in earlier Nancy Drew mystery reviews: the poor woman with children, or two older women, or young girls, etc., who have 'no means of support' unless Nancy can free their male relative, or prove that someone's stealing from them, or if she can find the hidden --- whatever --- which contains information which will provide (somehow) the poor woman with children an income or funds or jewels. Women are so darn helpless in these books, except for our intrepid heroine, Nancy Drew, of course. And she does save the day. And party at a fraternity. And have lunch at a teahouse. (There are teahouses everywhere in Nancy's world.) And explore an abandoned shack. And meet the dream boyfriend of every-1930's-era-girl: tall, blond and charming Ned Nickerson.

  • Sheila
    2019-05-19 08:38

    Typical Nancy Drew, though is seems as though Nancy might have found herself a boyfriend in this one, if this Ned guy sticks around to help her with more mysteries! This girl has all the luck too! I mean, what are the odds that she would be driving by a remote house at the very second it is blown up by a bomb, and what are the odds that she would find the diary that leads to solving the mystery of who done it? Okay, okay, I know, that is what makes these stories Nancy Drew mysteries. But doesn't anyone else ever wonder just how this girl always is in the exact right spot at the exact right time, every single solitary time?

  • Whitney
    2019-05-08 08:49

    Oh boy here comes Ned Nickerson. Here's good boy Ned Niskerwhiskers. Here he is Fred Nienermeiser. He telephones Nancy five times a day, and he eagerly agrees when she tells him to drive old ladies around on their errands. He's gonna be yet another character getting underfoot during investigations.The mystery in this book: Nancy sees a house explode. Of course she rushes directly toward it. Upon arrival she sees a man dive into the bushes and escape. He leaves behind Sweedish-looking things: a signet ring and a diary that is difficult to read because the language is . . . wait for it. . . Sweeedish! Luckily Nancy knows five-dozen Swedish speaking people in her little New England town, but none of them are home when she tries to find them.

  • Melinda
    2019-05-08 08:29

    I have to point out that I read every Nancy Drew I could get my hands on back in the late 70s. I was about 10 years old. They were consistently interesting, with cool facts about geography, science, and history. They were not too scary or gory; they always ended well. Nancy had a steady boyfriend and two best female friends; she could drive and, though she didn't have a mother, had a loving mother-figure in her life, without the messiness of a stepmother or a parental divorce. At the time I attached no importance whatsoever to her having a boyfriend; I just knew, as I had been taught by my parents, that dating would have to wait until I was 16. I was okay with that restriction; it relieved me to know I did not have to worry about boys until then (I could either ignore them or be friends, without romance). That was the first extended series of books I ever read; I have not found any other series since then that was as fulfilling to me as those books were then. It was what I needed. Of course, part of the bliss was that I had relatively few books to compare them with; my love affair with books was new. I recently was at loose ends, wanting the ability to dip into a book and swim in it, uninterrupted, blissfully intrigued in the story. This book I found on my shelf; my daughters are reading Nancy Drew occasionally now. I reread it so I could remember and rate it, and felt again that Nancy's world is simpler and happier, though still challenging, than the adult world I now inhabit. There is a place for stories that do not challenge the frontiers of fiction, that encourage and refresh with the knowledge that sometimes things work out beautifully for everyone.I also have to point out that my 1962 edition had been rewritten from the original Clue in the Diary, which I did not know until this time around. I've never read the original. I strongly suspect Nancy Drew is being rewritten yet again; I'd rather keep the ones I'm familiar with. The 'modern' paperbacks of Nancy Drew that I read in the mid-80s felt different, somehow; they didn't have the same 'everything will be fine' assumption. I missed it, and so for my children I've kept the older volumes.

  • Lindsey
    2019-05-03 07:39

    I spent many summers growing up reading and rereading nancy Drew and always loved these books! I picked up one at the library the other day feeling very nostalgic. The book was every bit as delightful and engaging as I remember! I picked the clue in the diary vaguely remembering it was one of my favorites and soon realized it's the book where we meet Ned--no wonder it was a favorite! I just love nancy. I wish I had "chums" and ate "luncheon" and drove a roadster and could pull off a beret....ah, you've still got it nancy!

  • Brittney
    2019-05-14 09:32

    The Clue in the Diary by Carolyn Keene is the seventh book in the Nancy Drew mystery stories trilogy. While Nancy and her friends, George and Bess, are returning from a carnival, they witness an explosion in a beautiful mansion. Hoping that no one is in the blazing building, they run to the rescue and unexpectedly figure out that they are confronted in a mystery. As their interesting day goes on, Nancy finds a couple artifacts knowing that it is connected to the mystery. Finding these artifacts makes Nancy and her friends anxious and determined to figure out the mystery.The clue in the diary has moments of brilliance especially in the Drue’s house. As well, a more courageous and clever Nancy is revealed. On the other hand, I believe that readers will be satisfied by the many mysteries that happen in the story and cannot wait to figure out the answers to all of them.Nevertheless, I consider The Clue of the Diary as an interesting mystery leaving the reader in great suspense. I look forward to reading the rest of the book and anxious to figure out the exciting and interesting mystery.

  • Anna
    2019-04-30 14:25

    This one was okay. Nothing extra-specially interesting mystery-wise, but nothing I felt like I had to slog through. An average entry.BUT this is the book where Nancy meets Ned!! I always assumed he was a built-in boyfriend like Bess and George are introduced as built-in friends; I was super excited to read about this random guy they meet who introduces himself as Ned Nickerson, and it was a total meet-cute as Nancy is not 100% certain he is not trying to steal her car at the time. Gotta love it.

  • Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
    2019-05-07 06:34

    Find this review, plus more, on my blog: Booklikes OR Blogger Basic InfoFormat: Audio Pages/Length: 3hrs 10minsGenre: Middle School; Mystery Reason For Reading: Continue seriesAt A GlanceLove Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: NoCliff Hanger: NoTriggers: n/aRating: 2 starsScore SheetAll out of tenCover:6Plot: 5Characters: 5World Building: 4Flow:3Series Congruity: 8Writing: 6Ending: 4Total: 4In DepthBest Part: It was shortWorst Part: The ending was like scooby doo. Thoughts Had: Bore, next!ConclusionContinuing the Series: YesRecommending: SureShort Review: This was the first Nancy Drew book to bore me. There was a fire in the first part, which was crazy exciting, then nothing really happens after that. Some guy keeps hiding in the bushes, they think someone faked the fire, they find explosives in someone's house, but it was just told in a crazy boring way. Then the ending, dull! Damn the wife thou, she needed to be put in her place. And the narrator did some offensive accents. Misc. Book Boyfriend: N/ABest Friend Material: Pass. Review in GIF Form:

  • Golden
    2019-05-09 09:35

    I couldn't resist picking this up in a book sale the other day. This was the first Nancy Drew I read as a girl, I found it lying around my Grandparents house in Marshfield; a cast off of an older cousin or Aunt.It was everything I remember plus with my aging has taken on a new level of hilarity. As an added bonus, this is the one where she meets Ned Nickerson (who is a slightly creepy stalker type).

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-05-12 10:36

    I read every single Nancy Drew available, and this one, I suspect mostly because the title intrigued us, was the most eagerly awaited and passed around book of the series, among my friends ages 9-10. The Nancy Drew books were the second mystery series I ever read; the first was the Bobbsey Twins.

  • John Yelverton
    2019-05-06 08:36

    Yet another great Nancy Drew story. In this one she uses a diary to try and free a prisoner wrongfully accused.

  • Emily
    2019-05-21 13:26

    I love this book because it is always keeping you on you toes. For example it is making you think that one person did the crime when someone else was at fault. In this book there is never a boring chapter. For example, there is always something big occurring. New information found or testing old information out. When you read this book be ready for police chasing, criminal friends, plots, secret passageways and soooo much more!!

  • Dakota
    2019-05-21 09:35

    This book series is really great each book is very similar mystery,action, and adventure but each book is also different in it's own way. That's why I like this series and the book itself it doesn't fit a cookie cutter mold per say it brings its own style to the table. I am excited to continue to read the series. Sure this book in particular might not be on my to read list exactly but it is about enjoying what you read as well as getting into the habit of reading.

  • Linda
    2019-04-26 09:30

    I really enjoyed this book. Some of it was funny. Nancy Drew Mysteries are the best books to read. I highly recommend the Nancy Drew Mystery Series. You can still buy the books from Amazon. I have the first 23 Books now in the Nancy Drew Mystery Series. I buy one or two per month. I have read the first 7 Books now in the Nancy Drew Mystery Series. Give This Book 5/5 Stars.Happy Reading

  • Susan Molloy
    2019-04-24 09:46

    Good, suspenseful, and beautifully written. I never tire of these mysteries.

  • Anita
    2019-05-01 07:46

    Classic Nancy Drew. Published in 1962. I read this as part of a book challenge for the year to find a book to reread from my childhood. This was a fun afternoon read, nothing too complicated. A little suspense, happy ending for the good guys and where most people are honest and uncomplicated.

  • Tabi34
    2019-05-08 10:38

    Nancy Drew finds a Clue in a Diary - unfortunately the diary is written in Swedish and the person she knows who can translate it is so sick he's hospitalized but this doesn't deter Nancy. A quick synopsis -Nancy and her friends George and Bess, meet a woman with a little girl at a carnival who are financially desperate. On the way home they spot a fire, while George and Bess drive to a neighbor's house, Nancy runs up to the house and tries to rescue anyone who might be trapped. Instead she sees a man running away, finds a diary, has her car rear-ended and meets her boyfriend Ned Nickerson. Ned finds a signet ring with a D on it and calls Nancy to ask if it's her - that set Nancy all a twitter. The man turns out to be the lost husband/father of the woman and her daughter. He's a good guy, but the checks he's been sending home have been getting stolen. Nancy solves that crime too. But now he's a accued of setting the fire and killing the homeowner. Nancy sets a trap and along with Bess and George figures out the mystery. Her father and Ned show up just in time to head off the real villian as Nancy is chasing him. This book is quite obviously written by a third writer. I found some discrepencies from the previous books. The most glaring of these is that Ned is mentioned in book 5. Bess makes a comment that Ned is returning home and that he is Nancy's boyfriend. But in book 7, Nancy meets Ned for the first time.In previous books, the emphasis has felt more like feminism. In fact in the first couple of books, Nancy doesn't need a man to help her and barely needs a female side-kick. She is a role model of the independent young woman. In book 7, every time Ned is mentioned she gets giddy. She runs home to get dressed up for their dates, after he calls, she dances around the room. It's a wonder Nancy can stay focused enough to solve the mystery. Also gone this time are the lengthy descriptions of meals. Hannah Gruen is still a fabulous cook and can just whip up a cake from scratch so Nancy can serve Ned cake and ice cream. The book also doesn't spend so much time describing the clothes that are worn. By now, I have some questions. How old is Nancy? She's out of high school and her friend Helen was a few years older than she was. I always thought she was probably 18 or 19. If Hannah Gruen practically raised Nancy and they are so affectionate, why do the Drews still treat her like a servant? Where is River Heights? I know it's suppose to be a fictional city, but what state is it located in? The books mention Mr. Drew going to Cleveland and taking the train to Chicago - so my guess is that it's someplace in Illinois, Indiana or possibly Wisconsin.Next question, why doesn't Nancy or any of her friends have jobs? If they're suppose to be independet women, you'd think they would have jobs at least in a department store. And why doesn't Nancy attend college? Her father has the money and he himself is edcuated, but by book 7 she is just tooling around in her convertible solving mysteries and not being paid. Well, it's off to book 8.

  • C.
    2019-05-13 12:33

    The "Nancy Drew" suite is a wildly-ranging melting pot. I appreciate its refusal to depend on crime. Readers mistake "mystery" as a synonym for "crime fiction". Authors forget the immense array of scenarios they can create, without 'a body'! I commend and appreciate that it most often creates 'mystery for the sake of mystery'. Riddles, attics, hidden passageways.... these are why there is a melting pot of numerous flavours.One disadvantage, is that many titles work out to be superior. This one fell short. One thinks of a diary as a discovery in a secret place, or representing an artifact of age. There was no ostentatious production of unearthing it in a wooden chest, no anticipation of seeking the diary in the first place, and no historical aura of reading inked memories of long ago. Nancy, George, and Bess stop to offer aid at a fire, which by happenstance that is bluntly contrived, is connected with a disadvantaged child they have visited. The diary is a technical journal that she picks up from the ground.I like that we incorporate Swedish. A good deal of legwork and collaboration is organized to clear blame from a man Nancy believes honest, rather than a resolution popping up by accident. Cornering a chain of post office thieves was superb and following the trail of a hideout. Besides lack of enchantment, I was most dismayed by Nancy’s absurd visits seeking translation of the journal when its writer or his wife could have read the thing for her! The store owner’s previous absences give the effect of staving off answers until the novel is nearly through. The police would procure a translator regardless. A recitation via Nancy wouldn’t do. Whichever form of photocopying they had: proof of the Swede as the inventor, is the point.

  • Whitney (First Impressions Reviews)
    2019-05-13 13:21

    Okay, so Nancy finds a diary during a house fire and believes there could be a clue in it to find the arsonist. (hence, the title) while leaving the scene, her car is in an accident and meets Ned Nickerson -- Yay! He falls head-over heals in disgusting puppy love and will do anything to help solve the case. As in every Nancy Drew book she has a charity case, The Swensons, whose father/husband has gone on the job hunt and not sending money! Of course this sends Nancy on another case --Yippee and in turn helps with the first, the mysterious house fire of the disliked Raybolts. Then the Nancy Drew normal happens, the charity case goes all "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi you our hope" minus the cinnamon-bun hair-do. Nancy saves both intertwining case and all is right in the world again.I liked this installment, I didn't love it but it was a good read-in-a-day book. I really liked that Ned has come into the picture now, someone who will probably be on the same level of mystery-solving instead of her friends George and Bess, who basically follow Nancy around and take the incentive. The Clue in the Diary was clever, well thought-out and an enjoyable read. Carolyn Keene is starting to branch out from a "Clue" kind of mystery crime solving i.e. Mr. Mustard, in the library with the revolver; giving a deeper storyline and developing Nancy' character. She is not just some girl who runs around solving mysteries, but a thought provoking, intelligent wanna-be-your-best-friend kind of girl.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-23 07:19

    One of my favorites. Especially with the introduction of Ned Nickerson. This is the first "book on tape" I've "read". It was... Interesting. Laura Linney was narrating, and I love her, but when she did the accents for the Swansons, who are Swedish, they sounded like Stephen Hawking with a slight brogue... Entertaining, but, I like the voice I have in my own head when I read a book I guess. This is another one I am revisiting. I am an avid Nancy Drew fan, and read all of the series starting with the blue ones from the 1930s, and ending with the yellow covers of the 60s I believe. But I digress... This is one of my favorites, but I took out a star for just this being the audio version. Not my cup of tea, but it was nice to be able to sit at work and instead of music have Nancy Drew on in the background.

  • Darcy Stewart
    2019-04-27 09:46

    I really liked this book. Wow she really takes down the criminal. Too bad the owner of the diary had to go jail for a while. At the beginning I was very suspicious of him. Towards the middle of the book I realized he wasn't. I'm so glad Ned Nickerson came into the picture. It's quite funny when he moves Nancy's car. Ned was very helpful to Nancy. It's interesting how all of the mysteries tie into one. I like how George and Bess are in this one. I like Nancy's too best friends. I love how George and Bess have a different personality. The adventures were really fun in this one. Nancy is so good at what she does.

  • Veronica
    2019-04-23 10:41

    This is the 1932 edition! I didn't even know the Nancy Drew books had been changed so much. The language is much more poetic and precise, charming, interesting! Words like "indolent" and "laden" and "to divine her unspoken thoughts"I read the more recent edition and it has some things added for more details, but I prefer the better vocabulary in this older edition and I am having my eight year old look up some of the words.I am up reading it to be able to explain the words and talk to her about the difference words can make :-)I love a well-written book!

  • Michelle
    2019-05-03 08:27

    So happy to learn that Nancy Drew stands the test of time. Loved, loved her as a kid in the 70's. And what's not to love...she drives a smart convertible, has great friends/cousins, is smart, brave, daring. In this book we meet Nancy's boyfriend, Ned Nickerson. The story moves along nicely although a bit too quickly at times. Much is left for the reader to imagine, in a nice way. Now if only I could persuade my daughter to read the series!

  • Melanie
    2019-04-28 07:22

    This Nancy Drew mystery was really good! I love that Ned was introduced and in the story a lot. I also enjoyed the mystery.

  • Stacey
    2019-05-13 13:42

    Not the most mysterious of the Nancy Drew books and there was no doubt as to who "did it", but still a good read non the less.

  • Jerry
    2019-05-09 13:44

    I enjoyed this one.

  • MK
    2019-04-24 14:48

    Nancy solved the mystery and got a boyfriend. Look at her go!

  • Mikell
    2019-05-13 11:34

    This is maybe my top 3 favorite

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-05 06:24

    In this book we finally meet Ned. The handsome and helpful boyfriend of stylish and super smart Nancy!