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When Nancy Drew receives a valuable moonstone as a gift from an unknown person, she is amazed and puzzled. But it is only the first of several startling events in this complex mystery that challenge the ingenuity of the pretty sleuth. Why are the Bowens--a missionary couple who recently returned to the United States--having so much trouble finding their missing seventeen-y When Nancy Drew receives a valuable moonstone as a gift from an unknown person, she is amazed and puzzled. But it is only the first of several startling events in this complex mystery that challenge the ingenuity of the pretty sleuth. Why are the Bowens--a missionary couple who recently returned to the United States--having so much trouble finding their missing seventeen-year-old granddaughter?


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When Nancy Drew receives a valuable moonstone as a gift from an unknown person, she is amazed and puzzled. But it is only the first of several startling events in this complex mystery that challenge the ingenuity of the pretty sleuth. Why are the Bowens--a missionary couple who recently returned to the United States--having so much trouble finding their missing seventeen-y When Nancy Drew receives a valuable moonstone as a gift from an unknown person, she is amazed and puzzled. But it is only the first of several startling events in this complex mystery that challenge the ingenuity of the pretty sleuth. Why are the Bowens--a missionary couple who recently returned to the United States--having so much trouble finding their missing seventeen-year-old granddaughter?

30 review for The Moonstone Castle Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    There's nothing like a Nancy Drew book to pick up your spirits. Who wouldn't love to stay for several weeks at a charming hotel, zip around the countryside in a convertible, and explore spooky old castles while wearing a dress and heels. Now, that's my idea of a good time.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    COUNTDOWN: Mid-20th Century North American Crime BOOK 171 (of 250) If you haven't read a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boy book recently, or not at all, and you like to read a little of everything, try one! They are enjoyable and a nice escape. I taught myself to read on Keene and Franklin Dixon (Hardy Boys) and Agatha Christie: they are my go-to comfort reads. HOOK=3 stars: "Hurry! Open the package, Nancy!" is the first line. Bess says, "Somebody is being very mysterious," as the address is composed of letter COUNTDOWN: Mid-20th Century North American Crime BOOK 171 (of 250) If you haven't read a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boy book recently, or not at all, and you like to read a little of everything, try one! They are enjoyable and a nice escape. I taught myself to read on Keene and Franklin Dixon (Hardy Boys) and Agatha Christie: they are my go-to comfort reads. HOOK=3 stars: "Hurry! Open the package, Nancy!" is the first line. Bess says, "Somebody is being very mysterious," as the address is composed of letters and numbers cut from a newspaper. The contents send Nancy, Bess, and George (a gal) off on another adventure. PACE=3: Solid: every chapter opening and closing with intriguing lines. Chapter 1 ends with Nancy calling for her dad, but "There was no answer." I believe all the original books in the series had to have 20 chapters, 20 'action sequences', and 40 attention grabbing lines to open and close each chapter, even the final lines of the last chapters leading us to the next adventure. The same formula, I believe, applied to the entire Hardy Boys series. And I like the subtle method Nancy and the Boys intersect, more on that in another Hardy Boys book review. PLOT=3: Something odd is going on at the titular Moonstone Castle in a small town, Deep River, nearby. Nancy and her friends check into a "delightful' and recommended hotel run by a family acquaintance. That's an early lesson to young readers: check out your future accommodations before checking in! And as adults, don't we do just that? One (or more) people are following Nancy around: friends or foes? And there could be a ring of thieves hiding out in plain sight of Deep River citizens. CHARACTERS/PEOPLE=3: Nancy's attitude, as are Bess's and George's, is always pleasant, kind, and very curious. Nancy's father is in the background, sort of watching out for the girls, as is Mrs. Thompson, the friend running the hotel. The girls meet boys (natch!) at the hotel pool, play tennis, go to picnics...and get into all kinds of trouble in the mysterious Moonstone Castle. We see only one side of characters, though, as everyone is either 'good' or 'bad'. ATMOSPHERE/PLACE=3: This author (there are several different 'Carolyn Keene' authors) has a blast with the castle: a moat, drawbridge that can be operated in several different ways, towers, staircases, cobwebs, bats, dust, hidden rooms, sliding panels, etc. The quaint town has a cozy tea room, and the hotel feels like a resort. These books are one-sit reads for adults, and this visit to Deep River, for me, was a pleasant vacation at home. Summary: 3.0 - An odd castle? That might be haunted? Or something? It's worth a visit.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    MOONSTONES ARE PRETTY! Nancy Drew receives a big one as a present, and her friends Bess and George tease her, asking if Nancys's good boy friend Ned has sent it, and Nancy replies in her typical eye rolling fashion to the tune of "Ha ha. No." The whole story is a delightful mess. Abandoned castle: yes. Someone steals Nancy's car: yes. The girls and their boy friends go on a boat ride: yes. Boat crashes: yes; twice. Boys participate in delightful banter, but it makes no sense, because it is cheesy. MOONSTONES ARE PRETTY! Nancy Drew receives a big one as a present, and her friends Bess and George tease her, asking if Nancys's good boy friend Ned has sent it, and Nancy replies in her typical eye rolling fashion to the tune of "Ha ha. No." The whole story is a delightful mess. Abandoned castle: yes. Someone steals Nancy's car: yes. The girls and their boy friends go on a boat ride: yes. Boat crashes: yes; twice. Boys participate in delightful banter, but it makes no sense, because it is cheesy. Their conversation literally goes like this: Burt says: We are renting a boat called the Sea Witch Dave says: Which witch? Burt pretends to throw Dave into the river. Super cute but stupid. The bad guy names in this book are also worse than usual. One in particular goes by the alias "Mr. Seaman," and his real name is supposedly Ben Oman. Which is worse? (Which witch??!!) (Author is thrown into the river.) We also come across a chapter helpfully titled "BATS!" I'll leave future readers to guess what our intrepid heroines encounter here. AND, never forget the most important part of any Nancy book! Our ladies find a fantastic tearoom during their busy day sleuthing, and they have a nice luncheon on several occasions. No matter what town or city they visit, they ALWAYS find a nice tearoom for luncheon. These books are just the best!

  4. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    This was a really great book that adds to the greatness of the Nancy Drew mystery book series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Randall

    Charming and soothing - classic Nancy Drew

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid

    I took a walk down memory lane and reread one of my favorite Nancy Drew books. Some of the writing is a bit old fashioned, but it is a great story. I still would like to be like Nancy and zip around in a convertible and stay at different places.

  7. 4 out of 5

    jakira

    Read this in an hour.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    Not up to par with the rest of the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jayant Saket

    The Moonstone Castle Mystery deals with an apparently established plot in the universe of Nancy Drew.But what comes of as a surprise is the way the plot has been executed.Familiar characters and the use of aliases rank this book higher.The story feels cinematic at times making you go to the depth of the story.Though there was a letdown due to the very usual treatment for the title location,the book does a good job in building the adventures around the dawn bridge castle.The crooks were not that The Moonstone Castle Mystery deals with an apparently established plot in the universe of Nancy Drew.But what comes of as a surprise is the way the plot has been executed.Familiar characters and the use of aliases rank this book higher.The story feels cinematic at times making you go to the depth of the story.Though there was a letdown due to the very usual treatment for the title location,the book does a good job in building the adventures around the dawn bridge castle.The crooks were not that memorable except for the one who is really a surprise.It was nice to see someone(Joanie Horton)who plans to offer our heroines special gifts.The cover of this book was especially engaging.A 4.5 star rating will be good.After all,its in the top ten.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan Liston

    I remember getting this book, we went in a toy store to buy a birthday gift for someone and I spotted it and conned my mother into buying it for me. I was about 9. So that would explain why I thought these books were so great. Although I never warmed up to Nancy like I did to say, Trixie Belden. She's a Mary Sue and a half, and I notice now, awfully reckless and sometimes just plain stupid. But this is why you read these books when you are nine.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Caleb

    Secrets, a captive, and much more will keep readers curious to see how the whole story unfolds. I thought that this book was one of my more favorite books in the Nancy Drew series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    I'm approaching this review in a slightly different manner. First, I'm going to list the basic components of what happens: 1. Basic theme: theft of inheritance 2. Kidnapping 3. Threatening notes 4. Someone follows Nancy 5. Someone spies outside the Drew home 6. Crooked 'servants' 7. Boat Nancy is in crashes (plus second kamikaze-like attack on another boat she is in) 8. Nancy's car is stolen 9. Nancy is almost hit by lightning. 10. Nancy works closely with the local police. These are elements found in vari I'm approaching this review in a slightly different manner. First, I'm going to list the basic components of what happens: 1. Basic theme: theft of inheritance 2. Kidnapping 3. Threatening notes 4. Someone follows Nancy 5. Someone spies outside the Drew home 6. Crooked 'servants' 7. Boat Nancy is in crashes (plus second kamikaze-like attack on another boat she is in) 8. Nancy's car is stolen 9. Nancy is almost hit by lightning. 10. Nancy works closely with the local police. These are elements found in various other stories. The basic concept of the book is that a group of crooks is trying to steal inheritance money and other money from older people. Nancy, Bess and George set out to investigate, their investigation dovetailing with something Mr. Drew is working on. They find an old castle-like structure complete with a water-filled moat and a drawbridge. There's a group of crooks that uses the place to store loot. Ned and the boys appear briefly and help out. It's a somewhat complicated set of things that happen but Nancy, as always, is able to make sense out of clue chaos and bring the crooks to justice. A typically interesting story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tweller83

    Challenge 17: book you loved as a child (Nancy Drew books) Giving this 3 stars because the very young Toni devoured Nancy Drew, had to read them in order and probably would have given them 5 stars at the time. But honestly, these are terrible as rereads and wold probably give it a 1 now, so combined comes the 3 star rating. Haha, not so much terrible in a bad way, but just as an example, there is a picture of Nancy & George swimming in the moat with their purses! 😂 And the police chief tells her Challenge 17: book you loved as a child (Nancy Drew books) Giving this 3 stars because the very young Toni devoured Nancy Drew, had to read them in order and probably would have given them 5 stars at the time. But honestly, these are terrible as rereads and wold probably give it a 1 now, so combined comes the 3 star rating. Haha, not so much terrible in a bad way, but just as an example, there is a picture of Nancy & George swimming in the moat with their purses! 😂 And the police chief tells her what prisoners tell him and let her tag along to nab the bad guys. Sorry, but even in the early 60s when these were written I don't think that happened. But just as I sink into a good J.D. Robb "in death" book or a Nora Roberts romance these days, reading about the same characters doing the same sorts of things again and again feels like coming home. You don't have to think too hard and feel like these familiar characters are friends. As formulaic as it is, it can be a soothing read and something I thougoughly enjoyed back in the day. Good 'ole Nancy Drew

  14. 5 out of 5

    Abby Pearce

    Overall, this was an enjoyable book. There were bits of humor and it was a very well thought out mystery on Carolyn Keene's part. However, I felt as though it could have been better. Keene lacked her usually effective writing, which resulting in the book being a bit dull. The mystery was so creative and is capable of being great and suspenseful. Unfortunately, this book did not do the mystery justice. Nancy was sent a mysterious item from an unknown person. She then goes and tries to find a coup Overall, this was an enjoyable book. There were bits of humor and it was a very well thought out mystery on Carolyn Keene's part. However, I felt as though it could have been better. Keene lacked her usually effective writing, which resulting in the book being a bit dull. The mystery was so creative and is capable of being great and suspenseful. Unfortunately, this book did not do the mystery justice. Nancy was sent a mysterious item from an unknown person. She then goes and tries to find a couple's missing granddaughter who they think might have been kidnapped. While trying to do this, she stumbles across a castle that seems to be playing host to her enemies. This could be an excellent mystery novel! I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the Nancy Drew books. However, you are going to have to be patient while reading it, because it takes the book a while to start gaining suspense.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    A child disappears 15 years earlier without claiming an inheritance, and Nancy (well, actually Carson but he pawns his work off on her) and the girls have to track her down. In this one book, it is expressly stated that Carson Drew picks up all the expenses of the girls' trip. A ring of people swindles old ladies and gets them to write checks and securities to these people. No one is directly killed by them though, and I've realized that no one has ever directly been responsible for murder in any A child disappears 15 years earlier without claiming an inheritance, and Nancy (well, actually Carson but he pawns his work off on her) and the girls have to track her down. In this one book, it is expressly stated that Carson Drew picks up all the expenses of the girls' trip. A ring of people swindles old ladies and gets them to write checks and securities to these people. No one is directly killed by them though, and I've realized that no one has ever directly been responsible for murder in any of Nancy's cases. She seems to be pretty strictly white-collar. Lots of non-sequitur odd things happen, and it turns out that a former maid of Nancy's aunt is peripherally involved. No major characters lose consciousness but Nancy gets rendered semi-anesthetized by a vial of liquid in some guy's pocket.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mr

    Amelia Hurley NOvatny 178 pages SOmething happened 15 years ago. A little girl disapered and a 21 year old pretended to be her and got her inheritance. Nancy Drew finds out about the man who settled the estate, and he beggins to worry. He takes them on a boat ride, but then has to be taken to the hospital. He is kidnapped from the hospital. At the moonstone castle, Nancy finds a man and takes him to jail. He confesses that he had helped kiddnap the man. The Servants who kiddnaped little Joanie Ho Amelia Hurley NOvatny 178 pages SOmething happened 15 years ago. A little girl disapered and a 21 year old pretended to be her and got her inheritance. Nancy Drew finds out about the man who settled the estate, and he beggins to worry. He takes them on a boat ride, but then has to be taken to the hospital. He is kidnapped from the hospital. At the moonstone castle, Nancy finds a man and takes him to jail. He confesses that he had helped kiddnap the man. The Servants who kiddnaped little Joanie Horton are captured. The real JOanie Horton, now Jody Armstrong, knew nothing about all this. Will she get the inheritance back? Read the book to find out.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Miri

    Nancy mysteriously receives a Moonstone from an anonymous sender and is soon after roped into the mystery of the Bowens, a missionary couple who are searching for their long lost granddaughter who hasn't been seen in years. Nancy heads to the town where the little girl was last known to be and soon discovers that a woman who pretended to be the granddaughter may have made off with the girl's inheritance from her dead grandmother, but what happened to the little girl? Nancy discovers there may be Nancy mysteriously receives a Moonstone from an anonymous sender and is soon after roped into the mystery of the Bowens, a missionary couple who are searching for their long lost granddaughter who hasn't been seen in years. Nancy heads to the town where the little girl was last known to be and soon discovers that a woman who pretended to be the granddaughter may have made off with the girl's inheritance from her dead grandmother, but what happened to the little girl? Nancy discovers there may be a connection with the old abandoned Moonstone Castle, but how will this help her solve her mystery?

  18. 5 out of 5

    ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    I remember the first time I read Nancy Drew. It blew my mind that there were girls presented with a brain. Most of the stuff I'd read up to that time, was that girls were sugar and spice - fluffy. No brains. To also learn about George who is a tomboy was a nice validation. Carolyn Keene wrote just for me! That is how I felt. When I did more research, I was shocked to find out, Ms. Keene was actually a man ... writing under Franklin Dixon. I also loved the Hardy Boys. No wonder I loved these seri I remember the first time I read Nancy Drew. It blew my mind that there were girls presented with a brain. Most of the stuff I'd read up to that time, was that girls were sugar and spice - fluffy. No brains. To also learn about George who is a tomboy was a nice validation. Carolyn Keene wrote just for me! That is how I felt. When I did more research, I was shocked to find out, Ms. Keene was actually a man ... writing under Franklin Dixon. I also loved the Hardy Boys. No wonder I loved these series. Great for girls aged 8 and up.

  19. 5 out of 5

    LobsterQuadrille

    I won't try to pretend that the books in this series are particularly profound in any way, but I will admit that I do enjoy this series when I'm feeling sick or lazy, or when I just want to lie outside in the hammock all day. This book was a fun, easy read with good action and an interesting mystery. Nancy, George, and Bess are searching for a missing girl, who is supposed to inherit money from her dead grandparents' estate. The conclusion to the mystery was rather surprising, as some of the pe I won't try to pretend that the books in this series are particularly profound in any way, but I will admit that I do enjoy this series when I'm feeling sick or lazy, or when I just want to lie outside in the hammock all day. This book was a fun, easy read with good action and an interesting mystery. Nancy, George, and Bess are searching for a missing girl, who is supposed to inherit money from her dead grandparents' estate. The conclusion to the mystery was rather surprising, as some of the people who were involved(I won't spoil it!) weren't who I expected.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sahifa

    This is one of my favourite childhood books. I really enjoyed it as a kid. The best part about this and other nancy drew books was that apart from the mystery story these books also provided some interesting facts /trivia about the country or culture in which the story was set. I still remember how I loved imagining about hawaiin islands or a japanese wedding or an african excavation while lying down on my cot and reading . I really believe that these are good books to introduce to a kid in the This is one of my favourite childhood books. I really enjoyed it as a kid. The best part about this and other nancy drew books was that apart from the mystery story these books also provided some interesting facts /trivia about the country or culture in which the story was set. I still remember how I loved imagining about hawaiin islands or a japanese wedding or an african excavation while lying down on my cot and reading . I really believe that these are good books to introduce to a kid in the begginning of their reading experience

  21. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I felt like the author(s) were a bit lazy in this episode. Nancy, Bess, and George blundered around the town of Deep River for about 18 chapters without making much progress, then BAM! A character whom we've never heard of before appears in the last couple of chapters and explains everything, like a deus ex machina. Not fair to the readers who like to follow the clues as revealed in the story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eric Wood

    A very enjoyable mystery! I enjoyed the sleuthing at the old castle and the story was quite smooth. Although, the mystery became pretty predictable about halfway through and there were some coincidences that helped Nancy solve the mystery(which is usual in these older ND books) But overall, I very enjoyed this mystery and the setting. 4 stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Megan Lengel

    When Nancy recieves a valuble moonstone as a gift from an unknown person, sh is amazed and puzzled. But it is only the first of several startling events in this complex mystery that challenge the ingenuity of the pretty sleuth.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I felt like this one did not have a very satisfactory ending. Things were tied up too quickly. But I do love losing myself in a Nancy Drew book where times were very very different. And I think this was the first one where it actually said in words that Ned kissed Nancy!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ria

    A really good Nancy Drew story but i think the ending in this one was a little rushed as small details like who kept the moonstone mentioned in the title at the end of the story. Very fast paced through out tho.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Arwen

    Nancy Drew was my third childhood hero (behind Robin Hood and Sacagawea.) As I run across old hard cover Nancy Drew books at garage sale or thrift shops I pick them up. This one was pretty run of the mill Nancy Drew.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marti Doktorchik

    You just can't go wrong with a Nancy Drew mystery on a cold, winter day. My favourite Nancy Drew books are ones with old mansions, draughty castles, and labyrinthine tunnels. So this one was a great read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Savannah Helmer

    One of Carolyn Keene's best works in her Nancy Drew series. I felt as if I was joining Nancy, George, and Bess as they tried to find the missing girl and solve the moonstone mystery. Very exciting and fast-paced!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Nancy Drew mysteries were my very favorite for several years. I read all of them 3 or 4 times.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I love Nancy Drew mystery's :D

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