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A masquerade party quickly turns into a mystery when Nancy and Ned spy an enigmatic man in a black cloak and an exotic woman in a glittering Javanese costume. Are they members of the gang of wily thieves who sneak into parties hosted by wealthy citizens to rob jewels and painting treasures? Why is the owner of the black velvet hooded mask Ned found during the party despera A masquerade party quickly turns into a mystery when Nancy and Ned spy an enigmatic man in a black cloak and an exotic woman in a glittering Javanese costume. Are they members of the gang of wily thieves who sneak into parties hosted by wealthy citizens to rob jewels and painting treasures? Why is the owner of the black velvet hooded mask Ned found during the party desperate to retrieve it? To find the answers, Nancy and George switch identities. George soon discovers that it can be both exciting and dangerous to masquerade as Nancy Drew! This book is the revised text. The plot of the original story (©1953) is similar with minor revisions.


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A masquerade party quickly turns into a mystery when Nancy and Ned spy an enigmatic man in a black cloak and an exotic woman in a glittering Javanese costume. Are they members of the gang of wily thieves who sneak into parties hosted by wealthy citizens to rob jewels and painting treasures? Why is the owner of the black velvet hooded mask Ned found during the party despera A masquerade party quickly turns into a mystery when Nancy and Ned spy an enigmatic man in a black cloak and an exotic woman in a glittering Javanese costume. Are they members of the gang of wily thieves who sneak into parties hosted by wealthy citizens to rob jewels and painting treasures? Why is the owner of the black velvet hooded mask Ned found during the party desperate to retrieve it? To find the answers, Nancy and George switch identities. George soon discovers that it can be both exciting and dangerous to masquerade as Nancy Drew! This book is the revised text. The plot of the original story (©1953) is similar with minor revisions.

30 review for The Clue of the Velvet Mask

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    The Good: This is standard fare for this series, which isn't a bad thing. A great whodunit with action, peril, a convoluted plot...what's not to like? Fans of the famed teenage sleuth will love it! The Bad: Nothing to complain about, really; it just wasn't anything spectacular. Conclusion: You probably already know if this is for you, but, I'll say it anyway: Fans of the franchise will have a blast with this...but, if this kind of book isn't your thing, nothing in this will change your mind. The Good: This is standard fare for this series, which isn't a bad thing. A great whodunit with action, peril, a convoluted plot...what's not to like? Fans of the famed teenage sleuth will love it! The Bad: Nothing to complain about, really; it just wasn't anything spectacular. Conclusion: You probably already know if this is for you, but, I'll say it anyway: Fans of the franchise will have a blast with this...but, if this kind of book isn't your thing, nothing in this will change your mind.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katja Labonté

    5 stars & 5/10 hearts. Okay, I really liked this one! The whole masquerade & party stuff was really cool. The plot and storyline were really intriguing (I did NOT expect George's mini storyline; it was awesome!) and I really liked it. Also, I really liked the characters... all except Ambrose, who was really dumb. And T., but that's to be expected! Also Mr. L was annoying but he did redeem himself. the excitement got pretty intense and I really enjoyed it. Overall, this was an earlier version tha 5 stars & 5/10 hearts. Okay, I really liked this one! The whole masquerade & party stuff was really cool. The plot and storyline were really intriguing (I did NOT expect George's mini storyline; it was awesome!) and I really liked it. Also, I really liked the characters... all except Ambrose, who was really dumb. And T., but that's to be expected! Also Mr. L was annoying but he did redeem himself. the excitement got pretty intense and I really enjoyed it. Overall, this was an earlier version that I actually really enjoyed! Content: a kiss on the cheek & a mention that a costume would have a hard time getting onto a man's muscular body.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    OMG if you're going to invest in a costume shop as a front to your figurine-smuggling ring, you should not use a traceable indelible ink to mark all your costumes, come on! And also, I do not know what to do with the awful illustrations in this one. "How do I look?" asks Ned... "Cool!" Nancy literally replies. Also, see this picture here. As lame and lazy as it is, it could churn up a heck of an All-Lady action flick! Use your imagination. OMG if you're going to invest in a costume shop as a front to your figurine-smuggling ring, you should not use a traceable indelible ink to mark all your costumes, come on! And also, I do not know what to do with the awful illustrations in this one. "How do I look?" asks Ned... "Cool!" Nancy literally replies. Also, see this picture here. As lame and lazy as it is, it could churn up a heck of an All-Lady action flick! Use your imagination.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    Nancy's 30th (who's counting?) mystery is all about thievery. . .a group that uses a costume renting company to case rich houses, and then execute robberies. It goes on for a remarkably long time, with Nancy bringing it to everyone's attention repeatedly that there is a pattern here. . .finally, thieves are caught and dealt with appropriately. Lots of dress-up, and a weird scaredy-cat reaction from George Fayne, of all people! And that's never really explained. . . On to 31. Nancy's 30th (who's counting?) mystery is all about thievery. . .a group that uses a costume renting company to case rich houses, and then execute robberies. It goes on for a remarkably long time, with Nancy bringing it to everyone's attention repeatedly that there is a pattern here. . .finally, thieves are caught and dealt with appropriately. Lots of dress-up, and a weird scaredy-cat reaction from George Fayne, of all people! And that's never really explained. . . On to 31.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    The villain in this book couldn't have been more obvious if he was twirling the ends of a handlebar mustache and cackling manically, yet only Nancy Drew can figure out he's bad news. Sounds about right. Seriously, you couldn't pay me enough to live in River Heights. People are drugged and kidnapped pretty much every week, and the cops are absolutely useless. What are they going to do if Nancy moves away?! The villain in this book couldn't have been more obvious if he was twirling the ends of a handlebar mustache and cackling manically, yet only Nancy Drew can figure out he's bad news. Sounds about right. Seriously, you couldn't pay me enough to live in River Heights. People are drugged and kidnapped pretty much every week, and the cops are absolutely useless. What are they going to do if Nancy moves away?!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chloe the MovieCritic

    It has been so long since I read the Nancy Drew books, I can't believe it! I read this one now because I couldn't remember if I read it before. Usually I remember every book I've read, so this was kind of weird for me to be confused. I know that I remembered the first few chapters perfectly, but after that it was all brand new. There was one bit that seemed familiar but maybe it was used before in another Nancy Drew book. I probably read this already, but it was fun to revisit it. It has been so long since I read the Nancy Drew books, I can't believe it! I read this one now because I couldn't remember if I read it before. Usually I remember every book I've read, so this was kind of weird for me to be confused. I know that I remembered the first few chapters perfectly, but after that it was all brand new. There was one bit that seemed familiar but maybe it was used before in another Nancy Drew book. I probably read this already, but it was fun to revisit it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    Guys, I think it's so fantastic that my 30th book of the year--the one that means I hit my 2014 reading challenge (and will probably slaughter it by the end of the year, I'd hope)--is a freaking Nancy Drew mystery of all things. Oh unknowable world, you are delightful. Listen: I read the shit out of the Nancy Drew catalog when I was younger, and I don't regret that for a second. America's Sweetheart detective, along with Laura Ingalls Wilder and whoever the hell wrote Misty of Chincoteague basica Guys, I think it's so fantastic that my 30th book of the year--the one that means I hit my 2014 reading challenge (and will probably slaughter it by the end of the year, I'd hope)--is a freaking Nancy Drew mystery of all things. Oh unknowable world, you are delightful. Listen: I read the shit out of the Nancy Drew catalog when I was younger, and I don't regret that for a second. America's Sweetheart detective, along with Laura Ingalls Wilder and whoever the hell wrote Misty of Chincoteague basically turned me into an avid reader, so I can't exactly hate on them too much, you know? I mean, it's hardly good literature. I'm aware. Imagine my absolute dismay when I learned, well into my adult life, that the most prominent series of my youth (namely mah gurl Nancy and those rascally Babysitters' Club kids) were actually ghost-written. That was a gut-punch, for sure. For some reason, I felt betrayed (and maybe jealous, I don't know.) You mean these formulaic stories and mysteries didn't spring forth from one brain, but from many? Damn. But there's something slightly comforting about returning to a childhood favorite, y'know? Like, who would I be today if my mom hadn't passed down her original-edition Nancys? Or if my parents hadn't bought me a bookshelf for Christmas and filled it with a set of Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedias and the entire Little House on the Prairie series? How come some kids turn into readers, and some kids cry (literally, I've seen legit tears in my classroom) when the act of reading or the title of a novel is even mentioned? I should probably know more about the research surrounding this. Note to self.... So I know this review has nothing to do with the book itself, which is fine, because I don't think a 30 year-old woman should be expected to actually review a Nancy Drew novel. But here, just in case you were dying to know: there's a mystery, and *SPOILER ALERT* Nancy solves it, using a fake fire she constructed from a chemistry kit that she pulled out of a box in a department store basement after having freed her kidnapper-certified rope bonds despite the room being windowless and without a lamp. Also, there is some period-appropriate sexism and more than a few moments where a character says "Just as I suspected..." and then goes on to describe something that no reader, 8-years-old and wide eyed with wonder or 30-and-bemused, would actually have suspected. To close out book 30, I'll say that the things we read as kids are sometimes far less about the stories themselves and often much more about engaging in an act that, over time, will be rendered "uncool" and "boring" by other kids who simply never got to fall in love with it. I feel sad for them. PS That 5-star rating is totally emotional. Deal with it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    M. Reads Often

    I’m not sure what’s up with Nancy Drew, but these books are a little odd. Maybe if I had read them when I was younger? It’s pretty standard fare for a mystery, but nothing is making me go wow. I could see myself picking up more of these. But I think I’m just into the the show on the CW and the cheesy newer movie to really love these books in the same manner. But it’s great to see some of the original writing for some of the YA mysteries I’ve enjoyed over the years.

  9. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    What a scary Nancy Drew novel, as she and her boyfriend Ned are witnesses to a crime. The cover always freaked me out on this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tabi34

    This was one of the better stories so far, except that George falls apart. I guess she isn't so tough after all. No sign of Burt or Dave in this book, but Ned shows up now and then to get beat up by the bad guys. As with all Keene novels, the plot line gets a bit convoluted and there are always several bad guys and gals involved so it is sometimes hard to keep them all straight and remember who is doing what and how they fit in. Someone (or in this case a gang) is robbing homes of wealthy people This was one of the better stories so far, except that George falls apart. I guess she isn't so tough after all. No sign of Burt or Dave in this book, but Ned shows up now and then to get beat up by the bad guys. As with all Keene novels, the plot line gets a bit convoluted and there are always several bad guys and gals involved so it is sometimes hard to keep them all straight and remember who is doing what and how they fit in. Someone (or in this case a gang) is robbing homes of wealthy people in River Heights. I have decided that River Heights is NOT the place to live; too much crime. And the cost of living must be quite high as it seems like everyone has money and their homes are lavishly decorated with antiques, priceless paintings and silver. And that is what the gang is stealing. They sneak into the homes as guests - conveniently these people are all giving masquerade parties. Must be when you're rich you lose your common sense - don't have a masquerade party if that's how the thieves are getting in. George is kidnapped and scared shitless. She is no help whatsoever in this book until the end. She just sits at home and whines and cries that Nancy is in danger. Bess is the one who hangs out with Nancy, but she's a dimwit and doesn't pay attention so both she and Nancy are kidnapped. But once again, Nancy is able to rescue both of them, catch the thieves and save the day.

  11. 4 out of 5

    David Allen Hines

    Somehow I got a little sidetracked from my 2 years long project to re-read the 190 Hardy Boys books of my youth and have been reading some Nancy Drew titles I picked up over the years as collectibles! The Clue of the Velvet Mask is a good solid mystery read. Jewel thieves devise a racket to invade high end costume parties to rob wealthy homes. Part of their scheme is to wear black velvet masks containing codes. Nancy finds herself mixed up in the mystery, and works to clear a local costume compa Somehow I got a little sidetracked from my 2 years long project to re-read the 190 Hardy Boys books of my youth and have been reading some Nancy Drew titles I picked up over the years as collectibles! The Clue of the Velvet Mask is a good solid mystery read. Jewel thieves devise a racket to invade high end costume parties to rob wealthy homes. Part of their scheme is to wear black velvet masks containing codes. Nancy finds herself mixed up in the mystery, and works to clear a local costume company of involvement before its reputation is ruined. Nancy suspects an employee of the company has been wrongfully implicated and works to clear her also. Nancy ends up a prisoner in an abandoned inn before the mystery is solved! This is a very interesting story that has aged well, and the story remains exciting and plausible even today. I think any Nancy Drew fan will really enjoy this book. I also very much admired the cover artwork, though I continue to be puzzled by the fact the inside pencil sketches of the hardcover Nancy Drew series are markedly more primitive than those in the Hardy Boys series. Overall though a good read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    This is an interesting ND book. There have been a chain of robberies occurring during parties in River Heights. Nancys friend is suspected so Nancy goes undercover as a coatroom attendant to do some sleuthing. The reason this is interesting is because Nancy is working at a few parties when robberies take place and she picks up no clues. Also Nancy goes to a costume party dressed up as a Spanish senorita. Her costume consists of items that had belonged to her mother. One of the few times her moth This is an interesting ND book. There have been a chain of robberies occurring during parties in River Heights. Nancys friend is suspected so Nancy goes undercover as a coatroom attendant to do some sleuthing. The reason this is interesting is because Nancy is working at a few parties when robberies take place and she picks up no clues. Also Nancy goes to a costume party dressed up as a Spanish senorita. Her costume consists of items that had belonged to her mother. One of the few times her mother is mentioned. Overall it's a good read and I'd recommend it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura (Reading is a Doing Word)

    Nancy investigates a gang using velvet masks to disguise themselves while robbing society fancy dress parties. I enjoyed this! There was plenty of sleuthing and a coherent plot. The villain was a bit obvious but Nancy's escapades at the various parties were fun. Nancy investigates a gang using velvet masks to disguise themselves while robbing society fancy dress parties. I enjoyed this! There was plenty of sleuthing and a coherent plot. The villain was a bit obvious but Nancy's escapades at the various parties were fun.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    Thieves are targeting the wealthy, so Nancy sleuths to solve the mystery. A fun and entertaining read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This was probably my favorite Nancy Drew read in a while! It was super fun, the villains were interesting, and Nancy stayed put in River Heights, for the first time in a while. It was a back-to-basics mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed, and Miss Drew was at her absolute best! I recommend this to those who enjoy Nancy Drew mysteries, those who are looking to try a Nancy Drew Mystery, or those just getting into chapter books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Raima Muhammad

    This is a fast-paced book. It was really interesting. The storyline was intriguing and the characters were amazing, especially Nancy. To become a detective a person needs to have a bright mind and Nancy have that bright mind. Nancy is inquisitive, sharp-witted, and smart. Moreover, she is loyal to her friends and family members. She had a big heart and thinks openly. Not only she is smart, but she is also brave enough to spy on the thieves and suspects. Overall this book was remarkable. Carolyn This is a fast-paced book. It was really interesting. The storyline was intriguing and the characters were amazing, especially Nancy. To become a detective a person needs to have a bright mind and Nancy have that bright mind. Nancy is inquisitive, sharp-witted, and smart. Moreover, she is loyal to her friends and family members. She had a big heart and thinks openly. Not only she is smart, but she is also brave enough to spy on the thieves and suspects. Overall this book was remarkable. Carolyn is a tremendous mystery/thriller author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Penny Igarashi

    Of coarse, being a lifelong fan, I have re-read a number of Nancy Drew Mystery Stories over the years when I needed to. This one was fun but not my favorite, being a hometown story set in River Heights. A diabolically clever gang has a system of robbing homes of their treasures during parties. And what could be better than a masquerade party? And more than one person wearing a velvet mask!

  18. 5 out of 5

    nico

    this cover looks like a goth hamburglar

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    I had never read this one before and I really enjoyed. It is filled with action and overall it is believable. Potential suspects notice they are being followed and give Nancy the slip. People are resentful about her intrusive questions. There are consequences of taking things even if they don't happen to her. When the thieves continue to outwit her she comes up with a clever plan to keep uninvited guests out of the parties and step-up security. Of course, the thieves adapt as well. Also, someone I had never read this one before and I really enjoyed. It is filled with action and overall it is believable. Potential suspects notice they are being followed and give Nancy the slip. People are resentful about her intrusive questions. There are consequences of taking things even if they don't happen to her. When the thieves continue to outwit her she comes up with a clever plan to keep uninvited guests out of the parties and step-up security. Of course, the thieves adapt as well. Also, someone actually shows something like PTSD after a harrowing experience. Not Nancy, but the intrepid George; it wasn't the more obvious Bess. Though I don't believe that George would have kept quiet about the threats to her family. They were already in potential danger and the best way to protect them was to tell the police. After all, the police and Nancy knew these were dangerous criminals. They kidnapped George. It has the hallmarks of a Nancy Drew: mystery, adventure, danger and working for good. There are also some differences. George and Bess play unusual roles. The criminals seem to enjoy more success than most in pulling off their capers even with Nancy on the job. In the end, however, everything is right with the world and Nancy triumphs. I would love to read the original and see how it differs from this one. The original texts are longer and have more substance to them.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maddison Holland

    This was the first Nancy Drew book I ever read. Why start on #30? My friend had a themed birthday party, so to better understand the premise, I read this book. I fell in love with Nancy Drew and read about 100 of the 175 old series. I had a favorite book section that I would scan the highlighter yellow spines for a new adventure. I learned they were written by several different people and it became amusing to me how Nancy kept evolving and gaining more exceptional talents, yet stayed 18 with her This was the first Nancy Drew book I ever read. Why start on #30? My friend had a themed birthday party, so to better understand the premise, I read this book. I fell in love with Nancy Drew and read about 100 of the 175 old series. I had a favorite book section that I would scan the highlighter yellow spines for a new adventure. I learned they were written by several different people and it became amusing to me how Nancy kept evolving and gaining more exceptional talents, yet stayed 18 with her 2 best friends, Bess & George. :) I totally shipped Nancy and Ned for-- forever actually I still ship them. XD I think they set good standards for what a respectful, affectionate, and appropriate relationship looks like. I daydreamed constantly about Nancy and her gang of friends.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Another piece in the ongoing puzzle of Nancy Drew and her historical context. She's always ahead of her time, but still of her time, so I both respect her and find her historically fascinating. The books are formulaic and dated (hence the three-star rating) yet also charming, engaging, and edifying. And she's been a smart, tough girl since the 1930s, so I gotta love that. I intend to keep collecting them when I can find them for cheap. Another piece in the ongoing puzzle of Nancy Drew and her historical context. She's always ahead of her time, but still of her time, so I both respect her and find her historically fascinating. The books are formulaic and dated (hence the three-star rating) yet also charming, engaging, and edifying. And she's been a smart, tough girl since the 1930s, so I gotta love that. I intend to keep collecting them when I can find them for cheap.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Berneen

    I admit, I also have the entire Alice series. I love Alice and her friends Bess and Marion. I read every single one when I was younger. Those where the first books I actually read...I start right from the start with la Bibliotheque verte and then I was reading both French classics, litterature jeunesse or international classics...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Seashelli

    I grew up on Nancy Drew and still collect the books for fun. I read the original text of this book...I tend to like the original texts better then the revised..more descriptive and more chapters! This book was classic Nancy with crazy thieves and danger. Plus plenty of antics with Bess and George.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Read for Golden Vintage Mystery Bingo -- read a book from the year you were born: 1953. Actually not a bad mystery, but I thought the identity of the ringleader was so obvious.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    My favorite so far

  26. 5 out of 5

    Suzie

    Nancy and Ned are at a friend’s masquerade party when they see someone attempting to break into a second-story window. As they try to capture the person, the lights in the house go out. When they’re turned back on minutes later, the person is gone, along with valuable items in the house. The lone clue to the thief is a dropped velvet mask. Nancy and her friends endeavor to unmask the gang of thieves and put an end to any further robberies. Things Get Real I’m always wondering how Nancy takes her k Nancy and Ned are at a friend’s masquerade party when they see someone attempting to break into a second-story window. As they try to capture the person, the lights in the house go out. When they’re turned back on minutes later, the person is gone, along with valuable items in the house. The lone clue to the thief is a dropped velvet mask. Nancy and her friends endeavor to unmask the gang of thieves and put an end to any further robberies. Things Get Real I’m always wondering how Nancy takes her kidnappings with such stride. It doesn’t seem to faze her at all. But this time someone finally reacted normally!  When it becomes apparent that Nancy’s life is in danger, George decides to switch places with her. George dons a wig, and carries Nancy’s personalized luggage while the girls go on a trip by train. Suspicious people sit near the girls and when the train comes to a stop, George is drugged and kidnapped. Nancy and Bess spring into action but are blocked by an accomplice and lose sight of her. Eventually George is found safe. But she is not sound. The whole ordeal leaves her completely traumatized and out of action for most of the book. She suddenly snaps back when Nancy and Bess go missing.  Final Thoughts The mystery was well-written and simple to follow. Nancy manages to nab one of the suspects early on. One of the officers she works the case with is arrogant. But when Nancy solves the case, he does give her her due. Overall, an okay read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh my goodness, I haven't read a Nancy Drew book in years! We read them all the time when I was growing up, and I see why. The writing is a bit pedantic, but it's perfect for a preteen - or back in my day, a teen. The plot moves pretty fast from one exciting adventure to the next. With that said, my copy of this book was published in 1953. Modern teens would be confused by some of it, but I really enjoyed the trip back in time. Phone calls that cannot be traced because they came "from a dial pho Oh my goodness, I haven't read a Nancy Drew book in years! We read them all the time when I was growing up, and I see why. The writing is a bit pedantic, but it's perfect for a preteen - or back in my day, a teen. The plot moves pretty fast from one exciting adventure to the next. With that said, my copy of this book was published in 1953. Modern teens would be confused by some of it, but I really enjoyed the trip back in time. Phone calls that cannot be traced because they came "from a dial phone", a doctor who could not tell what was in an injection (no drug testing back then, apparently), a 'discharged' (fired) employee picking up his final paycheck on his way out, Nancy worrying what the neighbors would think when Ned kissed her while they were on the front porch, and the one line of dialogue that made me laugh out loud, when one character said, "You stupid dick, you can't pin this on me!" The police allowed Nancy to keep evidence from a crime scene ("We'll let you know if we need it"), and later a maid straightening up a crime scene before the police arrived... my, how things have changed! Modern young-uns might enjoy reading how the old days were, and us older folks, especially the old Nancy Drew fans, could spend a pleasant couple of hours reminiscing about the old days when men were bad guys and girls outsmarted them at every turn.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Oh Ned. You show up to take Nancy to a masquerade ball and then whine that you have to wear a costume. What did you expect? The characterizations here are off... especially George. Some of it is understandable, but then she's fine? Ned is his usual wishy-washy self. I could not stop reading it, though. Rich people who open their doors to anyone and then sue the party company when thieves rob them during the party the company threw. But I loved it for some reason. It was fun. Costumes! Masks! Crimin Oh Ned. You show up to take Nancy to a masquerade ball and then whine that you have to wear a costume. What did you expect? The characterizations here are off... especially George. Some of it is understandable, but then she's fine? Ned is his usual wishy-washy self. I could not stop reading it, though. Rich people who open their doors to anyone and then sue the party company when thieves rob them during the party the company threw. But I loved it for some reason. It was fun. Costumes! Masks! Criminals who write the dates of their crimes inside the mask... for some reason? However, it so, so obvious that Tambor was the bad guy and I was a little disappointed that it took Nancy a bit longer to figure it out. Still, there's kidnapping and intrigue and Nancy gets tied up AGAIN! I should start keeping track of that trope. Bess steps up to help out and even Dave and Burt make an appearance. I wish we got more of them. A fun read. Apparently the next one is one of Nancy's hardest mysteries.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christine Goodnough

    At a masquerade party Nancy encounters a friend who works at a costume rental place. They are putting on the event and Linda tells Nancy she's worried: at several previous events the homes were robbed while the party was in progress. And sure enough, not long after Nancy talks to Linda the lights go out and this home is also robbed. I had a hard time seeing this as anything near realistic. Even in those days would home owners be so naive as to leave valuables sitting in unlocked cases, more-or-le At a masquerade party Nancy encounters a friend who works at a costume rental place. They are putting on the event and Linda tells Nancy she's worried: at several previous events the homes were robbed while the party was in progress. And sure enough, not long after Nancy talks to Linda the lights go out and this home is also robbed. I had a hard time seeing this as anything near realistic. Even in those days would home owners be so naive as to leave valuables sitting in unlocked cases, more-or-less unguarded, when they invite dozens of guests to the house for a party? Security is pitiful and uninvited guests are allowed to join the fun. An invitation to thieves! And am I getting jaded, or do Nancy and her friends appear to take especially foolish risks in this story? In one case they seemed to know they were being lured into a trap but went anyway. But I guess they could because the outcome was guaranteed.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennipher

    The party scene of River Heights is the target of an elaborate crime ring. The ringleader is a bearish rapacious manager of the local costume shop. Nancy upon meeting this character senses the bad vibes. Without delay Nancy starts investigating and scheming to solve these party robberies. Unfortunately Nancy has revealed an even larger crime ring with its tentacles in neighboring towns and the ringleader is getting angry & nervous with Nancy. The search for the evidence and criminals proves to The party scene of River Heights is the target of an elaborate crime ring. The ringleader is a bearish rapacious manager of the local costume shop. Nancy upon meeting this character senses the bad vibes. Without delay Nancy starts investigating and scheming to solve these party robberies. Unfortunately Nancy has revealed an even larger crime ring with its tentacles in neighboring towns and the ringleader is getting angry & nervous with Nancy. The search for the evidence and criminals proves to be too much for one of Nancy’s teammates and succumbs to overwhelming anxiety after a botched kidnapping attempt. All ends well as usual when the spunky amateur detective halts the robbers during their final big heist.

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