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Nancy and her friends are invited by Helen and Jim Archer to join a ghost-hunting trip with them and three other married couples. The group investigates five haunted locations. The first one has a self-propelling canoe appearing on a lake. The next concerns a fortuneteller’s prophecy hut; people hear thunder during séances but storms are not present. A phantom horse appear Nancy and her friends are invited by Helen and Jim Archer to join a ghost-hunting trip with them and three other married couples. The group investigates five haunted locations. The first one has a self-propelling canoe appearing on a lake. The next concerns a fortuneteller’s prophecy hut; people hear thunder during séances but storms are not present. A phantom horse appears with its ghost rider chasing it at the third location. The fourth site is an old fort; people report seeing the ghosts of prisoners. The final investigation is at the home of a skull and shell collector regularly visited by an “invisible intruder!” This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.


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Nancy and her friends are invited by Helen and Jim Archer to join a ghost-hunting trip with them and three other married couples. The group investigates five haunted locations. The first one has a self-propelling canoe appearing on a lake. The next concerns a fortuneteller’s prophecy hut; people hear thunder during séances but storms are not present. A phantom horse appear Nancy and her friends are invited by Helen and Jim Archer to join a ghost-hunting trip with them and three other married couples. The group investigates five haunted locations. The first one has a self-propelling canoe appearing on a lake. The next concerns a fortuneteller’s prophecy hut; people hear thunder during séances but storms are not present. A phantom horse appears with its ghost rider chasing it at the third location. The fourth site is an old fort; people report seeing the ghosts of prisoners. The final investigation is at the home of a skull and shell collector regularly visited by an “invisible intruder!” This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.

30 review for The Invisible Intruder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessaka

    A Psychic Who Can’t Solve Mysteries Few things have changed over the last 70 years of Nancy Drew’s life, and that is how it should be. She is still in high school and still dating Ned who is still in college. And she still owns a convertible, which replaced her darling roadster years ago, and I would rather have her driving that roadster. Oh, well. The big difference is that her two friends, Bess and George, have boyfriends.How long has that been going on? This book, though, presents no real myste A Psychic Who Can’t Solve Mysteries Few things have changed over the last 70 years of Nancy Drew’s life, and that is how it should be. She is still in high school and still dating Ned who is still in college. And she still owns a convertible, which replaced her darling roadster years ago, and I would rather have her driving that roadster. Oh, well. The big difference is that her two friends, Bess and George, have boyfriends.How long has that been going on? This book, though, presents no real mystery in that it is solved in the first two or three chapters. By then you know who the culprits are, but you just have to catch them. So, instead of a Who-Done-It, it is: To Cath a Thief, in this case, thieves. Had I not been under the weather due to weather changes, I would not have read this dreary weather book. But then, I learned that I was wrong. The mystery had not been solved, but it was still dreary. So, what is this story about? A psychic asks Nancy and her friends and their boyfriends to join her in solving five mysteries, which we soon learn are all committed by the same couple. It appears that they wish to buy inns and resorts around the area, but the owners of the various properties won’t sell them at all, especially at reduced prices. So, this couple decide to spook the guests at the various inns by creating ghosts. Or, in some cases, are there any real ghosts? This, in turn, causes the guests to quit coming, and the innkeepers to decide to sell. And here I thought that people loved to rent rooms in haunted inns, so why the problem? The big question I ask is this: Are not psychics supposed to solve crimes without help?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Listen, Ned: If two guys kidnap you and you somehow manage to escape, you HAVE TO TELL THE POLICE. I know your girlfriend is a detective and all, but that doesn't really count. You can't just tell her. And--20 pages later, mind you--when it becomes clear that the bad guys are trying to drive the prices down on various pieces of real estate (including the Red Barn Inn) by making them seem haunted, that's not the best time to conveniently remember that oh, you saw a piece of paper in the back of t Listen, Ned: If two guys kidnap you and you somehow manage to escape, you HAVE TO TELL THE POLICE. I know your girlfriend is a detective and all, but that doesn't really count. You can't just tell her. And--20 pages later, mind you--when it becomes clear that the bad guys are trying to drive the prices down on various pieces of real estate (including the Red Barn Inn) by making them seem haunted, that's not the best time to conveniently remember that oh, you saw a piece of paper in the back of the kidnappers car that said "Force sale Red Barn." Ned, that's a MAJOR CLUE! The bad guys WROTE DOWN THEIR EVIL PLAN and then LEFT IT IN THE BACKSEAT OF THE CAR THEY KIDNAPPED YOU IN! See, this is why you're not a boy detective like the Hardy Boys. Don't kid yourself: Nancy keeps you around because you're easy on the eyes, not because you're a teenage Sherlock Holmes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Nancy Drew strikes again in this tale of a haunted house and room full of skulls.

  4. 5 out of 5

    debbicat

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4! I enjoyed it for the nostalgia feel. I needed a book that started with an "I" for my scrabble challenge. This fit very nicely and was an amusing afternoon escape at under 200 pages. It is campy and fun. Light summer reading. Love the covers of the new editions. The octopus and skulls here! Oh my! BAM has them all! I believe I will slowly work my way thru them this year. Why not? Nancy is an adventurous character. I can hang with her!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    The Invisible Intruder (Nancy Drew #46; 1969) was one of my favorite Nancy Drew books when I was a young reader. It ranks up there with The Clue of the Broken Lock, The Clue in the Crumbling Wall, The Hidden Staircase, and Mystery of the Glowing Eye in the top five. I first read it from the school library, but naturally I had to get a copy for my very own. When the Birth Year Reading Challenge was revived this year, I decided I needed to read my copy of the Nancy book that is as old as I am. Nanc The Invisible Intruder (Nancy Drew #46; 1969) was one of my favorite Nancy Drew books when I was a young reader. It ranks up there with The Clue of the Broken Lock, The Clue in the Crumbling Wall, The Hidden Staircase, and Mystery of the Glowing Eye in the top five. I first read it from the school library, but naturally I had to get a copy for my very own. When the Birth Year Reading Challenge was revived this year, I decided I needed to read my copy of the Nancy book that is as old as I am. Nancy's friend Helen invites her, Ned Nickerson, Bess Marvin, George Fayne, Burt Eddleton, and Dave Evans to join her and her husband Jim as well as three other couples on a ghost-hunting trip. They've pinpointed five places with mysterious reputations: Pine Grove Camp with a haunted canoe that propels itself across Lake Sevanee; Madame Tarantella's prophecy hut which is plague by ghostly thunderstorms; the Red Barn Guesthouse with its phantom horse and unseated ghost rider; a mountaintop inn which was an old fort and has the ghosts of prisoners flitting about; and a private home with an invisible intruder. Most of the young people are prepared to play ghost-busters, but Rita Rodriguez is hoping for a real ghost or two. It isn't long before Nancy realizes that there are some common factors in all the "hauntings" and that some very real humans have ulterior motive for scaring the owners. Intruder is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it brings back Helen (Corning) Archer. Helen featured several of the early volumes (before the series was rewritten in 1959), but rarely had much of an active role in the investigations. This book gives her--and her husband and married friends--a somewhat larger part, though it is still Nancy and company who do most of the clue-finding. As Helen says when the group draws lots for sentry duty in their investigation of the phantom horse: We didn't see a thing....I'd like to bet that if there is going to be any excitement it will come during the time Nancy Drew is here! I did enjoy that she and Jim were able to assist Nancy and Ned in the grand finale--capturing the crooks and handing them over to the police. The other interesting feature of this book is that Nancy and her friends set out to investigate five mysteries instead of just one. In the other books Nancy is interested in mysterious happenings at one location or surrounding one particular person. This time she and her friends move from place to place checking out incidents affecting a number of people. Of course, they find clues that indicate there may connections but this is the first mystery to cover so much ground. I had just as much fun reading this now as I did when I was young. More of an adventure story than a mystery--it's pretty clear fairly early who is responsible for the hauntings, but it is interesting to watch Nancy and company figure out how each of the hauntings is really worked. First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    I had high hopes for this book, considering it included a picture of a "flying" octopus! Overall, though, it was a disappointment. Nancy's entourage is too big for my taste, and the adventure seems a bit lackluster -- at least until the end, when it picks up a bit. The illustrations are also less than impressive. At least the story includes a "talking" sting ray and a mention of "dangerous snails."

  7. 4 out of 5

    E

    "Helen was very pretty, and her tall, good-looking husband was full of fun."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Julesy

    I last read this book in 2009 and rated it 3.5 stars. I think I like it a little bit better the umpteenth time around reading it, particularly the last few chapters that talk about the giant clam, snail that builds shells on itself, and the starfish. I learned a lot about sea life! However, the previous chapters with the ghost hunting were pretty boring. Even though I am bumping up my rating to 4 stars, it really is more of a 3.75 stars, rounded up. I would place this book in the bottom half of I last read this book in 2009 and rated it 3.5 stars. I think I like it a little bit better the umpteenth time around reading it, particularly the last few chapters that talk about the giant clam, snail that builds shells on itself, and the starfish. I learned a lot about sea life! However, the previous chapters with the ghost hunting were pretty boring. Even though I am bumping up my rating to 4 stars, it really is more of a 3.75 stars, rounded up. I would place this book in the bottom half of the 56 classic Nancy Drew mystery series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I think the book needed to be longer in order for all five mysteries in the book, to be better written. Otherwise the mysteries were interesting.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    While I enjoy what could be with this book, the mysteries are so thin. Seriously, if the bad guy can invent some of the technology used in this book he could make more off the patents than what his schemes would ever think of bringing in. Wilbur Prizer kind of reminds me of the silver age Lex Luthor, a scientist who spent obscene amounts of money to create robots and such to distract Superman while millions were stolen. Does. Not. Compute. :-)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    I didn't like this one as much as I had remembered. I loved having the whole gang there, but they really weren't in their best form. instead of finishing each of the mystery's as she went along, Nancy always left as they got close to an answer claiming "She'd be back later." It makes sense for the flow of the book but not Nancy's character.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This was my first Nancy Drew and is still my favorite. Thank you Ms Drew for giving me the love of reading and mysteries!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lik C

    I got bored with Nancy and her friends ghost hunting in different locations and finding rare shells each time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eric Wood

    A very enjoyable mystery! I enjoyed all the different ghost locations Nancy and the gang go to. Although, there are problems. Most of the ghost locations aren’t very explained in detail, which was hard to visualize the settings. The biggest coincidence in this book is that all 5 mysteries are connected and are being caused by the same people!! Wow! I feel this book's title should be changed. The Invisible Intruder of this book has little to nothing to do with the story(in fact I don't even know A very enjoyable mystery! I enjoyed all the different ghost locations Nancy and the gang go to. Although, there are problems. Most of the ghost locations aren’t very explained in detail, which was hard to visualize the settings. The biggest coincidence in this book is that all 5 mysteries are connected and are being caused by the same people!! Wow! I feel this book's title should be changed. The Invisible Intruder of this book has little to nothing to do with the story(in fact I don't even know who or what the invisible intruder is!). There are also three married couples that join Nancy's group and are barely introduced and pretty much do nothing in the story. Nancy and her friends get all the excitement and action, so what's the purpose of throwing in useless people we never heard of with forgettable personalities? It would be better if Nancy and her friends were the only ones investigating. One of the villains in this book is really stupid. Near the end when Nancy and her friends are captured, Ned manages to escape and when the villain checks up on them, Jim pretends to be Ned and the villain falls for it! Really? By the end of the story, the end started to tire me and I wanted to be done with. The story is a bit convoluted, too many incidents occur. I thought the solution could also have been more explained. I could mention a whole lot of other problems(this book really has a lot!), but if you can ignore most of them, this is an enjoyable, fun book. 4 stars.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Suziey

    Nancy is invited by Helen Archer to go with her and her husband on a mystery-hunting expedition. There have been strange happenings around five different places and Helen puts together a group to figure out what is happening.  I absolutely enjoyed this mystery!! First of all, Helen and her husband Jim are back! It’s been a while since they’ve appeared. Second of all, this is one big mystery, made up of 5 smaller cases. They all tie in together, but that’s something the reader doesn’t find out unt Nancy is invited by Helen Archer to go with her and her husband on a mystery-hunting expedition. There have been strange happenings around five different places and Helen puts together a group to figure out what is happening.  I absolutely enjoyed this mystery!! First of all, Helen and her husband Jim are back! It’s been a while since they’ve appeared. Second of all, this is one big mystery, made up of 5 smaller cases. They all tie in together, but that’s something the reader doesn’t find out until later.  The group Helen puts together is made up of about 7-8 couples. So with all of these people focused on solving the cases, it was interesting to see how they all worked together. Of course, my girl Nancy does most of the sleuthing though haha. 

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    The hottest new ghost hunter--Nancy Drew! Intrepid investigator of awry elements, ghostly canoes, spirit horse riders and haunted mansions! No threat from the great beyond will frighten off this seeker of truth. This could be a lead-in to one of the many "reality" tv ghost hunting shows but is actually one of the modern Nancy Drews. Mysteries galore, danger, kidnappings and a suspicious medium create an exciting and fun adventure. I enjoyed that various types of tricks and technology were used in The hottest new ghost hunter--Nancy Drew! Intrepid investigator of awry elements, ghostly canoes, spirit horse riders and haunted mansions! No threat from the great beyond will frighten off this seeker of truth. This could be a lead-in to one of the many "reality" tv ghost hunting shows but is actually one of the modern Nancy Drews. Mysteries galore, danger, kidnappings and a suspicious medium create an exciting and fun adventure. I enjoyed that various types of tricks and technology were used in the different hauntings. Not everything was done the same way and it wasn't the same ghost story behind each haunting. Slightly different than most Nancy Drews.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lyssa

    One of the better nd mysteries, I feel. Or maybe just more entertaining ? Although I thought the group was too big. I liked the large collection of mysteries and how quickly she moved through them. The plot/motive was pretty worn out. And I think one of the mysteries was not actually solved- thunder during the seances?

  18. 5 out of 5

    DeAnna

    This book is a very action packed, adventurous book. I love the Nancy drew series because of all of the creepy chapters. The thing I love about this book is that at the end of every chapter, she puts a cliffhanger so that you will want to keep reading. I recommend this book for anyone. Five stars!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Carter

    I was excited at the onset by the 5 separate ghost mysteries. But then it became too much for the Nancy Drew writing machine to cover in 176 pages. There were so many unbelievable plot points and happenings that I got frustrated and wanted to write a counterpoint book where all the illogical things got pointed out by other characters and circumvented!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    I think the story was a little too coincidental. Of course, that's the way with a lot of Nancy Drew books, but for some reason, it was on the border of really unbelievable. Though the ending has a twinge of sadness which really was different from many Nancy Drew books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Madeline Slovenz

    I'm not sure why I liked Nancy Drew books when I was a child, but looking back at this series from an adult perspective makes me wonder what the draw is. Sorry kids if this is one of your favorites. It's only one person's opinion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Really enjoyed it n all the haunting events. Too many characters n may was not needed. Made it a great discussion books. Provided space for questions.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Madelyn Flammia

    This book is one of my favorite Nancy Drew books. I enjoyed rereading it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    IrishFan

    I didn't care for this one too much. It seemed complicated with 5 mysteries to solve. Although the gang did have to work harder to solve this one, it took awhile to evolve.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Savannah Helmer

    An unusual Nancy Drew mystery, 5 mysteries in one book! Quite thrilling and unexpected!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I like Nancy Drew because at the end of all the chapters it has something really unexpected that makes you want to read more.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    A large group set out to solve five mysteries involving ghostly apparitions. The plot was pretty thin, and Nancy got injured again, several times. But again, for kids, this would be all right.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Like watching Scooby and the gang in action.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Iz

    was NOT expecting the thing on the cover to actually be a stingray. the tech stuff in this one was cool!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eve Alana

    Definitely average!

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