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An antique dealer's revelation about a former queen's priceless heirloom starts Nancy on a trail of exciting adventures. Madame Alexandra, now living incognito in River Heights, asks Nancy to find her missing grandson. With only one clue to go on -- a faded photograph of the prince at the age of four -- the young detective begins her search, which rapidly involves her in a An antique dealer's revelation about a former queen's priceless heirloom starts Nancy on a trail of exciting adventures. Madame Alexandra, now living incognito in River Heights, asks Nancy to find her missing grandson. With only one clue to go on -- a faded photograph of the prince at the age of four -- the young detective begins her search, which rapidly involves her in a series of dangerous and harrowing adventures. When Nancy needs help, she calls on Bess, George, Burt, Dave, and her special friend, Ned. How Nancy's discovery of the heirloom's secret unmasks a slick imposter and reunites the long-separated family climaxes this suspense-filled mystery story.


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An antique dealer's revelation about a former queen's priceless heirloom starts Nancy on a trail of exciting adventures. Madame Alexandra, now living incognito in River Heights, asks Nancy to find her missing grandson. With only one clue to go on -- a faded photograph of the prince at the age of four -- the young detective begins her search, which rapidly involves her in a An antique dealer's revelation about a former queen's priceless heirloom starts Nancy on a trail of exciting adventures. Madame Alexandra, now living incognito in River Heights, asks Nancy to find her missing grandson. With only one clue to go on -- a faded photograph of the prince at the age of four -- the young detective begins her search, which rapidly involves her in a series of dangerous and harrowing adventures. When Nancy needs help, she calls on Bess, George, Burt, Dave, and her special friend, Ned. How Nancy's discovery of the heirloom's secret unmasks a slick imposter and reunites the long-separated family climaxes this suspense-filled mystery story.

30 review for The Clue in the Jewel Box

  1. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

    Before we get to the review portion, I would like to take a moment to gripe about the Goodreads-provided cover image for this book: stop making Nancy a blonde. She is described in every single damn book as being "titian haired." (the original series, anyway; I don't even know what they've done with the modern revamps - probably made Nancy an official blonde and turned Ned into a sensitive indie-rocker type) "Titian" means red hair, people. RED. Ahem. Alright, so in this installment of the plucky Before we get to the review portion, I would like to take a moment to gripe about the Goodreads-provided cover image for this book: stop making Nancy a blonde. She is described in every single damn book as being "titian haired." (the original series, anyway; I don't even know what they've done with the modern revamps - probably made Nancy an official blonde and turned Ned into a sensitive indie-rocker type) "Titian" means red hair, people. RED. Ahem. Alright, so in this installment of the plucky teen sleuth's adventures, Nancy finds out that her elderly neighbor is actually a deposed queen from an tactfully-unnamed country, and not two seconds after Nancy meets her the old lady is inviting her over to tea and letting her mess with all the priceless antiques. Turns out the queen had a grandson who was smuggled out of the country to live in hiding in...wait for it...America! The only thing the queen has to remember her grandson is an old picture of him at age four, and she wants Nancy to track the guy down. Because this is a Nancy Drew novel, this takes about ten pages, but luckily further drama ensues to stretch out the story a bit more. This one wasn't my favorite. For starters, it was blatantly obvious who the bad guy was from like, page thirty. And Carolyn Keene works really hard to keep the Very Important Clues from being revealed to the reader so the ending doesn't get spoiled, so she has Nancy discover said clues and then never mention them to anyone until the appropriate time, forty pages later. Also, there's something that I noticed when I read these books as a 7th grader but wasn't as bothered by then: do we really need to be constantly reminded how fucking perfect Nancy is? When she's not being lovingly described as "slim and attractive", we get even more random compliments thrown in that have nothing to do with anything. Example: there's a subplot involving Nancy modeling a friend's dress at a fashion show, and we get told over and over how Nancy is "keeping perfect time to the music" and has "perfect composure and the grace of a professional model." WE GET IT. NO REALLY, WE DO. Nancy is pretty insufferable in this one, to be honest. Usually her moments of "look at me with my spiffy little roadster and perfect figure and perfect hair being perfect" are overshadowed by her moments of "look at me being awesome and escaping from an abandoned cabin where I've been tied up and left for dead in the middle of the winter." But there aren't any in this book. Nancy gets trapped in a phone booth once, and doesn't even have to escape - a policeman comes along and helps her. COME ON. Speaking of insufferable, can we talk about Ned, Nancy's "special friend"? Good lord, what a schmuck. There's a scene where they're on a Ferris wheel (enjoying some forbidden hand-holding, I'm sure) and it breaks down, causing them to be trapped at the top. Nancy, being perfect, stays positive and says, "They'll fix it soon. In the meantime, let's enjoy the view." Ned responds, "The sun's hot and I'm thirsty." Hey Ned, what's it like dating a girl who's got bigger balls than you? Bet that's awkward.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Delee

    In stressful times like this-sometimes one needs a bit of Nancy Drew.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    5 stars & 5/10 hearts. Ooo yes. Long-lost family? Genteel poor? Royalty in distress? Jewellery mystery? Check, check, check, check. Some of my favourite tropes and they're all here! Madame Marie was so sweet, and I loved Anna! Michael was horrid, but Richard was awesome. So were Katharine and Mr. F. The storyline/plot was really cool and I enjoyed the mystery a lot, as well as the show (cool addition)! It was twisty and adventure-y but I didn't find it scary. ;P Also Ned and Jim were pretty awes 5 stars & 5/10 hearts. Ooo yes. Long-lost family? Genteel poor? Royalty in distress? Jewellery mystery? Check, check, check, check. Some of my favourite tropes and they're all here! Madame Marie was so sweet, and I loved Anna! Michael was horrid, but Richard was awesome. So were Katharine and Mr. F. The storyline/plot was really cool and I enjoyed the mystery a lot, as well as the show (cool addition)! It was twisty and adventure-y but I didn't find it scary. ;P Also Ned and Jim were pretty awesome, just saying.... XD

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    My mom saved all her Nancy Drew books for a future daughter, but I was never interested in reading them. I just found them in the attic. Perfect escapism!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    Nancy's 20th adventure never comes out and says, but seriously hints at the first victim in the tale being a lost Russian princess, complete with many, many jewels. That includes jeweled eggs and music boxes. There is a lost prince, who has landed in America somewhere and has adopted an American ID and all is lost unless Nancy and gang can unravel. There is a ballerina involved (with an accent, of course, although it doesn't say what kind. . . my mind provided a Russian/Slavic one). And, by end o Nancy's 20th adventure never comes out and says, but seriously hints at the first victim in the tale being a lost Russian princess, complete with many, many jewels. That includes jeweled eggs and music boxes. There is a lost prince, who has landed in America somewhere and has adopted an American ID and all is lost unless Nancy and gang can unravel. There is a ballerina involved (with an accent, of course, although it doesn't say what kind. . . my mind provided a Russian/Slavic one). And, by end of tale, there has been a number of happily ended pairings and all comes to positive outcomes. Dad showed up a few times, only to dash off during key moments on unexplained business. He did pay all the bills and provided legal help when needed, or at least a promise to look into all issues. 3 stars. I'm putting them in Ned's pocket for now. Onto #21. . . .

  6. 4 out of 5

    eve v.

    What can I say? People just don't write books quite like this anymore. This series is unique! What can I say? People just don't write books quite like this anymore. This series is unique!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    The Good: Like the other books in this series, this is a thrilling mystery with a convoluted plot. Nancy and her friends end up in one predicament after another, but, thanks to her smarts and skills, they escape and she ends up saving the day. Everything I like about this series was present in this volume. The Bad: I have no complaints; it just wasn't spectacular. Conclusion: Unless you're completely unfamiliar with this series, you probably know what to expect: sleuthing, peril, action, etc. This The Good: Like the other books in this series, this is a thrilling mystery with a convoluted plot. Nancy and her friends end up in one predicament after another, but, thanks to her smarts and skills, they escape and she ends up saving the day. Everything I like about this series was present in this volume. The Bad: I have no complaints; it just wasn't spectacular. Conclusion: Unless you're completely unfamiliar with this series, you probably know what to expect: sleuthing, peril, action, etc. This book delivers on those fronts and then some. If you're not a fan of the famed teenage detective, though, nothing in this will change your mind.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Fern Kuntz

    The Clue in the Jewel Box is about eighteen-year-old Nancy Drew. This book takes place in Nancy's home town of River Heights. In this book there are two mysteries. The first mystery is about a pickpocket who is going around and pickpocketing everyone, including her own father, Carson Drew. Not only is this pickpocket very trained but, there is someone who looks exactly like him. It turns out in the end these two people are working together. They also are working with someone posing as an old wom The Clue in the Jewel Box is about eighteen-year-old Nancy Drew. This book takes place in Nancy's home town of River Heights. In this book there are two mysteries. The first mystery is about a pickpocket who is going around and pickpocketing everyone, including her own father, Carson Drew. Not only is this pickpocket very trained but, there is someone who looks exactly like him. It turns out in the end these two people are working together. They also are working with someone posing as an old woman's long lost grandson. That is the other mystery. There is an old woman who used to be a queen in Europe. She came to America during the war. She only had a few of her most valuable things. All of her relatives were dead except her grandson. She didn't know where he was. All she knew is that he came to America. During the course of all of this one of Nancy's greatest friends comes back to America from Paris. Her friends name is Helen. Helen brought a friend she had meet in Paris. Helen's friend was a little older than Nancy. Her name was Katherine. She was fashion designer. Katherine and Nancy decided to enter the fashion show. Katherine made the dresses and Nancy modeled them. They won the contest. At the end of this book they celebrate Carson Drew's birthday. They figure who the real grandson of the old lady is. During this time the three men who worked together are in jail. I like this book because was wrote very well. I loved trying to figure out two mysteries at once. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    3.5 star rating in my opinion. I really loved some aspects of this book and didn’t like others. What I loved: this is one of the only Nancy Drew’s that is actually hard to solve yourself. I didn’t know who to suspect. What I didn’t like: Although I like how a long lost grandson is looking for his grandma, it got too complex some times and didn’t add on to the story in a good way. Other than that, everything else worked perfectly and I recommend this book to any mystery-lovers!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Another mystery solved by Miss Goodie Two Shoes - er, Nancy Drew. Honestly I know these books are geared toward a juvenile audience but they still come across as heavy handed in the 'do good' department. Anyway, this mystery was pretty good and I enjoyed reading it. Nothing too outrageous happened and the cast of characters were interesting. Although I enjoyed this I'm not sure my much younger self would have, though. Another mystery solved by Miss Goodie Two Shoes - er, Nancy Drew. Honestly I know these books are geared toward a juvenile audience but they still come across as heavy handed in the 'do good' department. Anyway, this mystery was pretty good and I enjoyed reading it. Nothing too outrageous happened and the cast of characters were interesting. Although I enjoyed this I'm not sure my much younger self would have, though.

  11. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Another wonderful addition to the Nancy Drew mystery book series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This book contained several mysteries all of which Nancy figured out. The mystery of the long-lost grandson of a wealthy former queen who had fled her country following a revolution and ended in River Heights and met Nancy. Next there were several instances of pickpocketing going on and a man who kept getting mistaken for the culprit. Nancy’s father’s wallet, papers and donation money for the Boys Club were stolen. There was also a mysterious song played by one music box with details about a hid This book contained several mysteries all of which Nancy figured out. The mystery of the long-lost grandson of a wealthy former queen who had fled her country following a revolution and ended in River Heights and met Nancy. Next there were several instances of pickpocketing going on and a man who kept getting mistaken for the culprit. Nancy’s father’s wallet, papers and donation money for the Boys Club were stolen. There was also a mysterious song played by one music box with details about a hidden compartment about another music box. There was a man impersonating the long lost Prince (missing grandson). The last mystery is about an old method for making enamel that perfected in the queen’s former country that Nancy finds as well. Eventually Nancy figures out that the real prince was robbed on a train by the imposter Prince who worked with the pickpockets to steel money and jewels from the old queen. The music box has a hidden compartment with a note from the nurse of the Prince saying thy the prince has a mark on his foot from birth that will help prove who he is. Nancy finds out the bad guys are all working together and helps the police find their hidden loot. She also models a dress in a fashion show that loosely ties into the story. Miraculously Nancy is not bound, gagged, or kidnapped in this book. The Queen and her servant are bound and gagged and the real prince is kidnapped and Nancy and her friends rescue all of them. The criminals admit in no time to their crime and are astounded that Nancy figured it all out. Others praise Nancy for her skills and she humbly demurs. She’s just perfect and it’s amusing to see what skill she has perfected in each book. They are good books for young girls and I read them so I can finish the whole collection and because they are truly light, quick reading.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura (Reading is a Doing Word)

    A former European queen living incognito in River Heights enlists Nancy's help you find her long lost grandson. Nancy is also involved in investigating a pickpocket scam. There is a singing Easter egg and a secret compartment in a jewel box. Among all the clues Nancy uncovers an imposter, gets the pickpockets and reunites Queen Alexandra and her grandson. While the imposter was obvious I quite enjoyed the mystery of opening the jewel box and tracking the pickpockets. A former European queen living incognito in River Heights enlists Nancy's help you find her long lost grandson. Nancy is also involved in investigating a pickpocket scam. There is a singing Easter egg and a secret compartment in a jewel box. Among all the clues Nancy uncovers an imposter, gets the pickpockets and reunites Queen Alexandra and her grandson. While the imposter was obvious I quite enjoyed the mystery of opening the jewel box and tracking the pickpockets.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. OH, HOLY SHIT. So in this one Nancy and the supersquad are out shopping when an old lady is like "I have the vapors, please help" and they hustle her out to a cab. Old lady, you need a companion. They take her home and she's like "y'all the best, come back anytime," and she has a servant (!!!). Nancy finds out Madame Alexandria is displaced European royalty (the book very carefully does not say from where) and she has a fucking Faberge egg (although again it isn't called that for reasons) and her OH, HOLY SHIT. So in this one Nancy and the supersquad are out shopping when an old lady is like "I have the vapors, please help" and they hustle her out to a cab. Old lady, you need a companion. They take her home and she's like "y'all the best, come back anytime," and she has a servant (!!!). Nancy finds out Madame Alexandria is displaced European royalty (the book very carefully does not say from where) and she has a fucking Faberge egg (although again it isn't called that for reasons) and her house is full of expensive highly breakable shit. And she wants to be BFFs with Nancy because who doesn't. Also a DASTARDLY PICKPOCKET is at work in River Heights, like stealing EVERYTHING. Whenever the cops think they've found him, the guy they catch is like HOW DARE YOU and doesn't have it on him and they're like "well damn, you're free to go." Nancy witness a pickpocketing in progress, recovers the wallet, sees an old pic of a wee boy in a sailor suit - and recognizes it from the smorgasbord of Madame Alexandria's royal stuff. She's found Madame's long-lost grandson! Who, this isn't much of a plot twist based on his complete dickish behavior, turns out to be an imposter who found the documents the real heir would have used to bolster his case and was like HELL YEAH. Fakeprince McAssholepants is 100% wanting to get up on Nancy's jock because a) she's the best detective ever and b) she's cute. Ned is, of course, not excited about Nancy meeting with a (not actually) legit prince. And it takes Nancy too long to realize that the pickpocket and doppelganger pickpocket are both pickpockets, but from a realistic standpoint it makes sense. Plot 3: Nancy needs to find a gift for her dad's upcoming birthday but his wallet is stolen and SADFACE the local Boys Club will be kicked out of their home and other such shenanigans, nooooo poor cute orphans. Plot 4: Helen Corning surfaces from the wilds and introduces Nancy to Katherine, a foreign (you guessed it, she's from the same place as Madame) fashion designer who is like HELL YES YOU SHALL MODEL MY FORMALWEAR when she meets Nancy. This is foolish because, of course, Nancy spots a suspect while modeling and manages to fuck up like 25% of her one-of-a-kind Renaissance princess frock, after one of the shows. NO NANCY NO. At least she says "I guess I should stop this shit 'cause I ain't ever gonna give up chasin' bad guys." Which, way to be self-aware slightly too late, but we love ya, girl. Everything ties up: Nancy/Katherine win the fashion show so the latter can launch her own shop, Nancy finds the real prince (who has a MARK carved into his foot to confirm his identity, and I totally wanted it to be a tattoo but no, just fuckin' slash marks on his poor baby foot), Fakeprince totally CLEANS OUT the queen's place but Nancy figures out who took that shit like immediately, and... oh, yeah, finds a boss gift for Daddy. Ned alerts: -Ned and his Emerson posse take a group out to Star Island for a picnic and Fakeprince McAssholepants invites himself along, and his "police dog" (German Shepherd) comes too, and Ned's like I AM 1000% DONE WITH THIS GUY and he and his buddies arrange to strand Fakeprince on the island. (I mean it's just for a couple hours 'cause a ferry is gonna come but still.) GO NED GO. -Ned takes Nancy to the fair, and on the roller coaster she clings to his arm and Ned's like YES TO ALL THIS and wants them to do it again, but instead they get stuck on a Ferris wheel (girl NEVER GET ON A FERRIS WHEEL IT ALWAYS GOES BADLY FOR YOU) and Nancy talks a girl out of committing panic-suicide up there and the newspaper person on the scene snaps a shot of Our Couple of Infinite Awesome with a headline about her being great. And I'm sure that shit went immediately into Ned's heart-and-initial-covered scrapbook. -Nancy's like "Ned I need you for something" and Ned's like "YES YES MORE" and... shit, I can't remember what it was because I wanted it to be "we must marry to discover the Clue in the Jewel Box" but that wasn't it. That, or some crazy hot (off-page because this is the 1940s and it's a children's book) heavy petting I guess? Anyway, Ned suggests they take a moonlight stroll to find clues because he's like "I mean or we could make out a little," not really, but that's totally what's on his mind. At the end of the book Nancy's discovered the formula for unbreakable enamel? As you do. And she says "hey, let's form a business to produce this shit and since I'm rolling in it, all my profits are going to the BOYS CLUB YEAH!" cause it's her dad's birthday party and he loves that place. But I am intrigued by this because I think it has zero repercussions later. I don't remember Nancy ever opening mail and being like "hell yeah, some more royalties from that sweet-ass adamantine enamel factory we got goin' on." Also Nancy's walking by a cemetery when a pickpocket steals a fake jeweled hairpiece from her and did I kind of want it to be a ghost? Yes. Although that would be completely out-of-regular for this universe.

  15. 5 out of 5

    thewestchestarian

    "Nancy Battles the False Prince of River Heights". So this guy with a troublesome dog takes the train in River Heights one day and finds himself an exiled prince. That foreign royalty takes refuge in Nancy's home town seems a little far fetched but it could happen. Nancy goes about disproving the interloper Michael's claim as the long, lost prince with her standard stop and start sleuthing. As with other books, she spends time with the local antiques dealer,acts as an agent for the local constab "Nancy Battles the False Prince of River Heights". So this guy with a troublesome dog takes the train in River Heights one day and finds himself an exiled prince. That foreign royalty takes refuge in Nancy's home town seems a little far fetched but it could happen. Nancy goes about disproving the interloper Michael's claim as the long, lost prince with her standard stop and start sleuthing. As with other books, she spends time with the local antiques dealer,acts as an agent for the local constabulary despite being an 18 year girl and has Ned kidnap and rough up people, particularly Michael, despite that being somewhat illegal. As the odd aside, and there always is on, she takes up modelling clothing. It doesn't really advance the plot but obviously it is necessary to fill out these books. This installment has at least one false ending and tends to overstay its welcome as it meanders towards The Big Reveal. Did anyone notice that her French friend and clothing designer has accepted the proposal of the true prince before finding out who he really was and was kind of put off by it. Seems like you would be. In short, a decent story in the Nancy Drew pantheon although it goes on a little long.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I read the 1943 version, and I still think the original ones are much better written. I also like that Nancy isn't as perfect in them, and has more of a personality. They also provide unintentional laughs with sentences such as, "Nancy dropped a fifty-cent piece on the table to pay her check". Must be nice! I also liked Ned yelling "Leaping catfish!" (?) and Nancy telling the old lady, "I'll prove to you that my slippers have little wings!" (???) I am curious about one thing, though. Nancy walks I read the 1943 version, and I still think the original ones are much better written. I also like that Nancy isn't as perfect in them, and has more of a personality. They also provide unintentional laughs with sentences such as, "Nancy dropped a fifty-cent piece on the table to pay her check". Must be nice! I also liked Ned yelling "Leaping catfish!" (?) and Nancy telling the old lady, "I'll prove to you that my slippers have little wings!" (???) I am curious about one thing, though. Nancy walks everywhere in this book, or takes a taxi. Since Carson Drew hands his daughter a new convertible every other book or so, where was it in this one?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Miss Red

    I thought the mystery in this book was really interesting and had a lot of components to be considered. But for me, the story dragged a bit since it was obvious to me the solutions to the mysteries or the reason for inconsistencies with the characters. I don't know if it's because I've read the series and have gotten used to it, but it was frustrating to have "called it" in the first few chapters and read Nancy wondering why she things aren't adding up for the next 15 chapters. I thought the mystery in this book was really interesting and had a lot of components to be considered. But for me, the story dragged a bit since it was obvious to me the solutions to the mysteries or the reason for inconsistencies with the characters. I don't know if it's because I've read the series and have gotten used to it, but it was frustrating to have "called it" in the first few chapters and read Nancy wondering why she things aren't adding up for the next 15 chapters.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Greta

    Highlights include: abnoxious, crass villian with bad manners that refuses to go away, sleuthing process interesting. For some reason I was very into picturing the jewel box just as it was one the cover..it still intrigues me. It must have had some underlying metaphorical, archetypal meaning.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I always enjoy Nancy Drew and I realize it was written in a different time so I usually overlook stuff but in this one the snobbishness of Nancy and her friends bothered me. I still liked the story though.

  20. 5 out of 5

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    For this and other book reviews, visit www.bargain-sleuth.com From the publisher: An antique dealer’s revelation about a former queen’s priceless heirloom starts Nancy on a trail of exciting adventures. Madame Alexandra, now living incognito in River Heights, asks Nancy to find her missing grandson. With only one clue to go on — a faded photograph of the prince at the age of four — the young detective begins her search, which rapidly involves her in a series of dangerous and harrowing adventures. For this and other book reviews, visit www.bargain-sleuth.com From the publisher: An antique dealer’s revelation about a former queen’s priceless heirloom starts Nancy on a trail of exciting adventures. Madame Alexandra, now living incognito in River Heights, asks Nancy to find her missing grandson. With only one clue to go on — a faded photograph of the prince at the age of four — the young detective begins her search, which rapidly involves her in a series of dangerous and harrowing adventures. When Nancy needs help, she calls on Bess, George, Burt, Dave, and her special friend, Ned. How Nancy’s discovery of the heirloom’s secret unmasks a slick imposter and reunites the long-separated family climaxes this suspense-filled mystery story. “ The Original Text (OT) of The Clue in the Jewel Box was written at the height of World War II in 1943. The publishers decided to do away with Nancy’s car and in this volume, she walks, bikes or takes the ferry to various places. Apparently her dad sacrificed her car for the war effort. 😉 This mystery involves the former queen of a country that had a revolution and killed all her family members except one, a grandson who was spirited away to America by his nurse. The former queen does not wish to be known as such, just call her Mrs. Alexandra, please. She has many fine jewels and antiques and a special little hand-crafted egg, which has a nightingale hidden inside. There’s a secret switch that makes the bird sing in her native tongue, and it says “The Clue in the Jewel Box.” Mrs. Alexandra introduces Nancy to a Mr. Farber, whose father was the jeweler for the court and made many of the pieces the former queen owns, including the egg. It doesn’t take a dummy to figure out that this story eludes to the Russian Revolution, which was only 25 years prior to this book’s publication, and the Faberge’ eggs. After the revolution, for years, there were various crackpots who claimed to be the lost prince or one of the princesses. Most of them seemed to make their way to America, so this book, at the time, has a ripped-from-the-headlines feel to it. Nancy takes a ferryboat and as usually in a Nancy Drew book, a storm comes up, and the ferryboat crashes into another vessel. For some reason, which is very un-like a Nancy Drew book, Nancy is not thrown overboard, nor does she hit her head, although she does gets drenched. Helen Corning returns, but in the OT, she’s not married. In the Revised Text (RT) of The Clue in the Jewel Box, Helen gets married to Jim Archer in one of the early volumes and doesn’t help Nancy on her cases anymore which opens the way for Bess and George to appear to fill the void. In the OT and in the RT, Helen brings back a young woman from a foreign country who is a clothing designer. Helen’s dad (or Jim, depending on the version) put up the money for Katherine to open her own dress shop. There’s a local fashion show and Helen has entered Katherine in it and offers Nancy up as a model for the multi-day show. There’s also a rash of wallets and purses stolen in River Heights, including Carson Drew’s wallet, which contained a ton of cash to secure a Boys Club in town. (Why not a girls club, Carson?) Nancy thinks she’s tracked down the pickpocket, but it turns out to be a man that looks just like the thief. At one crime scene, she picks up a picture of a young boy in a sailor suit. Dontcha know that the picture is of Mrs. Alexandra’s long-lost grandson! So Nancy has a pickpocket to find and a lost prince to locate. What are the odds that of all places in America to settle, the prince would be in River Heights? If it’s a Nancy Drew book, the chances are pretty good. For one of the first times in the OTs, the police are seen as appreciative of Nancy’s help and are the good guys. In the earlier volumes, they snickered at Nancy’s sleuthing ability and are seen to be more of a nuisance than a help, a bumbling police force as it were. Ned makes an appearance, showing up because his job as a swimming coach at a boys camp is done. He actually helps Nancy kidnap a man, who originally Nancy thought to be the long lost Prince Michael, but turns out to be a thief. Could he be in league with the pickpockets Nancy is pursuing? If it’s a Nancy Drew book, the answer is most assuredly yes! In random happenings, Nancy saves a boy who falls off a speedboat. The speedboat is driven by a Mr. Ellington, a well-known artist in the area. Also random, Nancy and Ned are stuck at the top of a rickety Ferris Wheel at the local carnival and she almost misses her modeling debut, where she slips on a loose board and falls into the arms of Mr. Ellington. Of course, Nancy finds the two pickpockets, who happen to look a lot alike and are working together, who just so happen to be involved with the fake Prince Michael, and finds the lost prince! The OT and the RT are the same story. The RT is just revised, cleaning up some minor loose ends that were in the original, and made shorter. This makes the story a little choppier, and as it was updated inn 1972, the storyline seems out-of-date given that there weren’t many foreign revolutions from the recent past. The RT features Bess and George and their boy friends more, which I always like, but in this case, I prefer the OT.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    If I could give 0 stars, I would. I must have read this 5 times hoping each time I would change my mind and like it but nope it's awful. If I could give 0 stars, I would. I must have read this 5 times hoping each time I would change my mind and like it but nope it's awful.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Nancy Drew helps a woman find her grandson. A delightful and charming mystery.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Suziey

    Nancy meets Mrs. Alexandra, when the older woman has a fainting spell while at the mall. Nancy quickly takes the woman home. It is later, that Nancy discovers Mrs. Alexandra is a queen in her native country. But when a revolution occurred, she fled. Everyone in her family was killed, except her grandson, Michael, who was whisked away to America by his faithful nurse, Nada. Since then, the elderly Queen has been desperately searching for her missing grandson. Nancy happens to stumble across a clu Nancy meets Mrs. Alexandra, when the older woman has a fainting spell while at the mall. Nancy quickly takes the woman home. It is later, that Nancy discovers Mrs. Alexandra is a queen in her native country. But when a revolution occurred, she fled. Everyone in her family was killed, except her grandson, Michael, who was whisked away to America by his faithful nurse, Nada. Since then, the elderly Queen has been desperately searching for her missing grandson. Nancy happens to stumble across a clue to his whereabouts and sets out to find him.  Meanwhile, Nancy is also hot on the trail of a pickpocket terrorizing River Heights. It takes her a while to catch on to how he manages to escape capture. It seemed pretty obvious from the beginning. She does eventually figure it out, though. Managing to wrap up one of her mysteries. Although, for once, Nancy Drew was wrong about one of the cases resolutions. Early on in the story, Nancy believes she has found the prince. A young man residing in River Heights that goes by the name of Francis Baum. Then he turns out to be an imposter! Which thank goodness he wasn’t the prince because boy, the guy was awful. Obviously she figures out who the real prince is. But not before the fake prince steals a lot of valuable items from the queen (which are later recovered).  Helen Corning Archer and her husband Jim reappear! She introduces Nancy to a fashion designer name Katherine, who is from the same country as the queen. (I don’t know what country that is. The book never says). Helen and Katherine ask Nancy to model a dress designed by Katherine in a fashion contest. Nancy is hesitant, but finally agrees.  There is a subplot involving instant love. And I mean instant. Katherine meets Mr. Ellington one day. They meet again at the fashion show where he seems smitten with her. Then two, three days later they’re engaged. Yup. They’ve known each other for at least a week. I guess, when you know, you know?  Reasons I Liked This Book 1) Because of gems like this: Nancy and Ned go to a carnival and get on many rides. Then,  … Ned bought tickets for the roller coaster. As the car dashed madly down each incline, Nancy held her breath and clung to Ned. He enjoyed this so much that he suggested a second ride. “No, let’s try something else,” Nancy pleaded. “How about the ferris wheel?” “Too tame.” “After that wild ride I crave something mild.” “Then up we go,” Ned gave in reluctantly. The poor boy got shut down . You know what’s funny? Situations like this still happen today. Hello, scary movies. How many times have I seen people in the theater clinging to their date in fear?  This next one is possibly my favorite quote from the book:  He was glad of an excuse to walk in the moonlight with Nancy. As they followed the road that wound in and out along the river, Ned felt only the romance of the evening. But Nancy’s thoughts kept reverting to the mystery. Haha, poor Ned. He’s feeling all kinds of romantic. And Nancy has her mysteries on the brain. Classic.  2) Nancy’s friends show some spine. Usually Nancy and her friends are squeaky clean and nice. This time around, they showed a little more realness. When Francis Baum crashes the groups picnic and acts like an entitled ass, the group of friends flee when he’s not looking, leaving him stranded at the park. Nancy objects to the whole thing, of course. But when everyone runs, she does too. Ha!  3) Dark Nancy Nancy asks Ned to help her kidnap Francis. Yes, kidnap. At this point, she strongly suspects he’s a fake and she wants him to confess. She also wants information to the identity of the missing prince, which she believes he has. When he does confess to his crimes, Nancy promptly turns him over to the police. 

  24. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Title: The Clue in the Jewel Box Author: Carolyn Keene, Mildred Wirt Benson Series: Nancy Drew, #20 Format: hardcover Length: 181 pages Rating: 3 stars Synopsis: An antique dealer's revelation about a former queen's priceless heirlooms leads Nancy on a series of exciting and dangerous adventures. Mrs. Marie Alexandra, living in River Heights in exile, asks Nancy to search for her long-lost grandson. Using an old, faded photo of the prince at age four, Nancy begins her quest. A secret discovered in the Title: The Clue in the Jewel Box Author: Carolyn Keene, Mildred Wirt Benson Series: Nancy Drew, #20 Format: hardcover Length: 181 pages Rating: 3 stars Synopsis: An antique dealer's revelation about a former queen's priceless heirlooms leads Nancy on a series of exciting and dangerous adventures. Mrs. Marie Alexandra, living in River Heights in exile, asks Nancy to search for her long-lost grandson. Using an old, faded photo of the prince at age four, Nancy begins her quest. A secret discovered in the elderly woman's treasured jewel box helps Nancy unveil a slick impostor and reunite the long separated family. Mini-review: This was a good Nancy Drew. I read one of my last updates on it back in 2016 and it said “Nancy, why are you such an idiot?” And I can honestly say I have no idea what part that was about. I thought this was good, very diverse for it’s time, as nearly everyone is from a foreign country, which I suspect is based on the Latin community. This series is full of memories for me, I love it. Fan-cast: Nancy - Katherine McNamara George - Brianna Hildebrand Bess - Abigail Breslin Ned Nickerson - Ansel Elgort Dave Evans - KJ Apa Burt Eddleton - John Boyega Carson Drew - Paul Rudd Hannah Gruen - Mary Steenburgen Helen Corning-Archer - Cleopatra Coleman Jim Archer - Hugh Skinner Chief McGinnis - Vincent D’Onofrio Marie Alexandra - Rita Mereno Mr. Faber - Stanley Tucci Anna - Sofia Vergara Francis Baum/Michael - Tyler Hoechlin Katherine Kovna - Francia Raisa David Dorrance/Cordova - Hayden Christensen Richard Ellington - Lin-Manuel Miranda

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sahifa

    This is what I call a real Nancy Drew delight. I liked the book so much that I am still shrouded in the veil of that pleasure which accompnied me throughout the book. This is one of the earlier stories of Nancy Drew penned down by Mildred Benson under the pseudonym of Carolyn Keene. It held the same charm which all the Mildred editions possessed and much more.There were no incidents of foolishness or any hard -to- believe coincidences.The plot was clear and conceivable.I really had high hopes and This is what I call a real Nancy Drew delight. I liked the book so much that I am still shrouded in the veil of that pleasure which accompnied me throughout the book. This is one of the earlier stories of Nancy Drew penned down by Mildred Benson under the pseudonym of Carolyn Keene. It held the same charm which all the Mildred editions possessed and much more.There were no incidents of foolishness or any hard -to- believe coincidences.The plot was clear and conceivable.I really had high hopes and the book pleased me completely.I really liked the story of the Queen and her quest for her lost grandson ,the narrative of her valuable and mysterious possessions and a sub-plot accompanying it all.It had all the right ingredients of a cozy mystery .This one is definitely going to my Nancy Drew favourite shelf. "Oh Nancy Drew how much I love you,you keep a part of my childhood alive!"

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ananya P

    When you are looking for a good book to read but don’t know what genre, well a good genre is mystery. And I know a good book in that genre. It’s called The Clue In The Jewel Box by Carolyn Keene. It is part of a series, the Nancy Drew series. If you don’t know what that is already, it is a series of this girl named Nancy who solves many mysteries that include her family or someone new she met. I personally like this book/ the series because the way the author writes it really captures your atten When you are looking for a good book to read but don’t know what genre, well a good genre is mystery. And I know a good book in that genre. It’s called The Clue In The Jewel Box by Carolyn Keene. It is part of a series, the Nancy Drew series. If you don’t know what that is already, it is a series of this girl named Nancy who solves many mysteries that include her family or someone new she met. I personally like this book/ the series because the way the author writes it really captures your attention and makes you want to read the entire book as soon as you start it. I like books when they can really get you to want to read more. I would recommend this book to people who like mystery or want to try something new. Disclaimer: The series is 51 books long maybe too long for some.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This excellent story is a thinly veiled Romanov story of Imperial Russia and the assassination of the Tsar and his family by Bolsheviks. The author took that true story and made it into a Nancy Drew mystery featuring the escape of the Dowager Queen and her grandson. Wishful thinking. The grandson has been missing since the revolution and believed to have been brought to America. Nancy determines to find the missing Prince, now grown. She is also involved with pursuing pickpockets who are preying This excellent story is a thinly veiled Romanov story of Imperial Russia and the assassination of the Tsar and his family by Bolsheviks. The author took that true story and made it into a Nancy Drew mystery featuring the escape of the Dowager Queen and her grandson. Wishful thinking. The grandson has been missing since the revolution and believed to have been brought to America. Nancy determines to find the missing Prince, now grown. She is also involved with pursuing pickpockets who are preying upon citizens in River Heights, including Mr. Drew. This story is carefully crafted and is very enjoyable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    April

    The original was published in 1943, so during WWII. Nancy meets an elderly lady who is secretly a queen of a foreign land (my guess is Russia, or a neighboring country given the time frame). Nancy helps track down her long lost grandson - they lost touch during the revolution and when they escaped from their country. In the midst of this River Heights is experiencing a rash of pick pocketers and Nancy is able to solve that mystery too.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aurora

    Coincidence, I think not! Lol, yeah, there were quite a few coincidences that lead Nancy to solving this mystery, but it was still overall a pretty good mystery. Just would have liked to know the name of the country they're from. It sounds like it's heavily based on France. I, for some reason, kept thinking it was Greek based. Maybe it's a mix of the two? I don't know, but it was an enjoyable read. Coincidence, I think not! Lol, yeah, there were quite a few coincidences that lead Nancy to solving this mystery, but it was still overall a pretty good mystery. Just would have liked to know the name of the country they're from. It sounds like it's heavily based on France. I, for some reason, kept thinking it was Greek based. Maybe it's a mix of the two? I don't know, but it was an enjoyable read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Allie Grace

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I still really can’t remember if I’ve read this book or not— it seems familiar but at the same time it doesn’t so I’m not too sure. ~ I started to suspect towards the end that Richard Ellington was Michael (Francis Baum— the code name given by Nada.) and I was of course, correct. ~ I’m curious, however, how the fake Michael knew all those things about Richard, and had the picture, letter, and lamb.

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