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During an archaeological expedition in Mexico, two professors, the senior Dr. Joshua Pitt and young Terry Scott find a clue to buried treasure. The clue was a cipher carved on a stone tablet. Before the older professor had time to translate it, he and the tablet disappeared! Terry tells Nancy of his suspicions of a Mexican couple, posing as scientists, who vanished the sam During an archaeological expedition in Mexico, two professors, the senior Dr. Joshua Pitt and young Terry Scott find a clue to buried treasure. The clue was a cipher carved on a stone tablet. Before the older professor had time to translate it, he and the tablet disappeared! Terry tells Nancy of his suspicions of a Mexican couple, posing as scientists, who vanished the same night as Dr. Pitt. Nancy follows a tangled trail of clues that lead to Florida and Mexico and a secret of antiquity that can only be unlocked by three black keys. This book is the revised text. The plot of the original story (©1951) is similar with minor revisions.


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During an archaeological expedition in Mexico, two professors, the senior Dr. Joshua Pitt and young Terry Scott find a clue to buried treasure. The clue was a cipher carved on a stone tablet. Before the older professor had time to translate it, he and the tablet disappeared! Terry tells Nancy of his suspicions of a Mexican couple, posing as scientists, who vanished the sam During an archaeological expedition in Mexico, two professors, the senior Dr. Joshua Pitt and young Terry Scott find a clue to buried treasure. The clue was a cipher carved on a stone tablet. Before the older professor had time to translate it, he and the tablet disappeared! Terry tells Nancy of his suspicions of a Mexican couple, posing as scientists, who vanished the same night as Dr. Pitt. Nancy follows a tangled trail of clues that lead to Florida and Mexico and a secret of antiquity that can only be unlocked by three black keys. This book is the revised text. The plot of the original story (©1951) is similar with minor revisions.

30 review for The Clue of the Black Keys

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    4 stars & 4/10 hearts. I enjoyed this mystery... although I do have a few grips. 1, why does Nancy always get herself captured and tied up (and either locked up somewhere or carried off)? You'd think she'd have caught on by now that going into places after dangerous people alone is just asking for trouble?? And why does she never take seriously any warnings?? Also, I'm kind of tired of Nancy having unlimited money at her disposition even though she doesn't work or do school... idk, it's just a m 4 stars & 4/10 hearts. I enjoyed this mystery... although I do have a few grips. 1, why does Nancy always get herself captured and tied up (and either locked up somewhere or carried off)? You'd think she'd have caught on by now that going into places after dangerous people alone is just asking for trouble?? And why does she never take seriously any warnings?? Also, I'm kind of tired of Nancy having unlimited money at her disposition even though she doesn't work or do school... idk, it's just a minor grip but it bugged me in this book. Also how she manages to get herself into special groups and gets special privileges. I know, Nancy is awesome and perfect, but every once in a while I get tired of her perfectness! Finally, the mystery was a little too fast-paced and easy and... unrealistic, in my opinion. All that said, I enjoyed the mystery. The new characters were fun, and the plot was intriguing. It just had too many of the stuff that bugs me in the Nancy books for me to give it 5 stars. Maybe I'll like it better upon reread. ;)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    Nancy's 28th adventure takes her all the way to the Florida keys, and she has experiences with boats, islands, a wee drop of torture, buried treasure, academics, test taking, and a mysterious green powder that can either save mankind or destroy it but when found gets only one sentence! I wish for the rest of the story on that! I'm over halfway through on my serial read. . . this one was in the middle of the pack, like most. Nancy's 28th adventure takes her all the way to the Florida keys, and she has experiences with boats, islands, a wee drop of torture, buried treasure, academics, test taking, and a mysterious green powder that can either save mankind or destroy it but when found gets only one sentence! I wish for the rest of the story on that! I'm over halfway through on my serial read. . . this one was in the middle of the pack, like most.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    Rather a silly episode, focused on Mexican ancient cultures, and involving a trip to a town and archaeological dig in Mexico. How many diversity points does Nancy get? Unfortunately Zero. The ancient culture lore is all made up, the bad guys are the only ones with Hispanic-inspired names: Mr. and Mrs. Juarez Tino. Mrs. Tino doesn't even tell us her first name. She just yells it before attempting to clobber Nancy. (I am Mrs. Juarez Tino! Does that mean anything to you?!") The same Mrs. Tino is as Rather a silly episode, focused on Mexican ancient cultures, and involving a trip to a town and archaeological dig in Mexico. How many diversity points does Nancy get? Unfortunately Zero. The ancient culture lore is all made up, the bad guys are the only ones with Hispanic-inspired names: Mr. and Mrs. Juarez Tino. Mrs. Tino doesn't even tell us her first name. She just yells it before attempting to clobber Nancy. (I am Mrs. Juarez Tino! Does that mean anything to you?!") The same Mrs. Tino is astoundingly inept at apprehending her enemies. As soon as she sets eyes upon Nancy's accomplice, who simply enters the room, Mrs. Tino flies into a rage, trips over a chair, and falls to the floor. So Nancy's associate simply unties Nancy, and uses those ropes to tie up Mrs. Tino. A couple stars go toward the accurate depiction of academic departments: a cluster of old guys who are crabby and distrustful of each other. An extra star goes toward the "What in the heck?" category. The professors are seeking an ancient treasure, in the shape of a silver frog. But beware, the treasure may also bring "the destruction of mankind"!! Nancy, being Nancy, of course finds the treasure. Fully prepared to prevent the world's destruction, she watches as the professors open the frog, and a mysterious green powder trickles out. Luckily, no one is destroyed. The scientists decide to bring the frog and powder to a university laboratory, where the items can be studied. And this is the end of the tale. No one in this book has any curiosity about this substance. It really bothers me. And because all these Nancy books are stand-alone novels, readers will never know if this batch of professors die horribly via the powder, or gain immortality by the powder. What is it? Penicillin? Wasabi? Matcha? Something illegal?? Nancy doesn't care. She's already looking forward to her next case, whatever it may be.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This is #28 of the Nancy Drew Mystery Series. I re-read it on a whim. I think that it's one of the better Nancy Drew mysteries. Young Professor Terry Scott comes to Nancy with a broken key that was found in Mexico with some stone tablets. The tablet, 2 keys, and another Professor have all disappeared. Terry wants Nancy's help. The story then takes place in the (Black) Florida Keys where Nancy searches for the missing professor and a treasure. This is #28 of the Nancy Drew Mystery Series. I re-read it on a whim. I think that it's one of the better Nancy Drew mysteries. Young Professor Terry Scott comes to Nancy with a broken key that was found in Mexico with some stone tablets. The tablet, 2 keys, and another Professor have all disappeared. Terry wants Nancy's help. The story then takes place in the (Black) Florida Keys where Nancy searches for the missing professor and a treasure.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    A fun little mystery. It has been YEARS since I last read a Nancy Drew book and it was great to read this story. I liked the treasure hunt aspect and, of course, Nancy and her friends were great characters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Treslyn

    It's my first Nancy Drew book and now i'm hooked.... hey that rhymed! It's my first Nancy Drew book and now i'm hooked.... hey that rhymed!

  7. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Dark mystery as Nancy Drew travels to Mexico to help solve and international mystery.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Seema ♥Nerdgirl♥

    Great Nancy Drew read. Would recommend for a Nancy Drew fan.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Naomi

    I read this one in a two book combo I have and it was super fun! The plot twist at the end shocked me and I loved all of the characters! I love it how her dad always supports here, he reminds me of my own dad, who has always supported me! Terry was super funny and Ned's reaction when he met him was so funny lmao! I read this one in a two book combo I have and it was super fun! The plot twist at the end shocked me and I loved all of the characters! I love it how her dad always supports here, he reminds me of my own dad, who has always supported me! Terry was super funny and Ned's reaction when he met him was so funny lmao!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    A 'okay' mystery that gives us some interesting bits of history and scenes in the Florida Keys. What I found fascinating was how despite not being allowed to do anything too action-packed, because she's 'just a girl', or having any actual authority, Nancy is in charge of everyone and everything and seems to keep all the men in her thrall. Her relationship with Ned has a weird almost sexual tension to it that is worthy of the 'Sex in the city' girls. A 'okay' mystery that gives us some interesting bits of history and scenes in the Florida Keys. What I found fascinating was how despite not being allowed to do anything too action-packed, because she's 'just a girl', or having any actual authority, Nancy is in charge of everyone and everything and seems to keep all the men in her thrall. Her relationship with Ned has a weird almost sexual tension to it that is worthy of the 'Sex in the city' girls.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I love Nancy Drew. I picked this book off my shelf out of nostalgia. Also, after reading Girl Sleuth, I have a new appreciation for the books. And anyway, who wouldn't love a book that uses the word rumpus? I love Nancy Drew. I picked this book off my shelf out of nostalgia. Also, after reading Girl Sleuth, I have a new appreciation for the books. And anyway, who wouldn't love a book that uses the word rumpus?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nick Baam

    A very strong entry. Nice characters, nice plot, a few exotic locales, Mr. Drew is very good, as usual, and the illustrations of Nancy some of the best, the young sleuth rarely looking better, save the cover illustration, which doesn't look like Nancy at all. A very strong entry. Nice characters, nice plot, a few exotic locales, Mr. Drew is very good, as usual, and the illustrations of Nancy some of the best, the young sleuth rarely looking better, save the cover illustration, which doesn't look like Nancy at all.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Nancy does some traveling to solve this mystery that involves an archaeological find in Mexico. A fun and exciting story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If there were a "what are the worst elements of Nancy Drew" bingo card, this one would win. A group of (white) scientists are on an archaeology trip in Mexico, looking for a buried treasure. To their credit, they 100% acknowledge that what they are looking for isn't theirs, and would belong to the Mexican government. They find a stone tablet with three black keys attached, but before they can decipher the tablet, one of the scientists, Dr. Pitt, disappears, along with the tablet. Dr. Terry Scott If there were a "what are the worst elements of Nancy Drew" bingo card, this one would win. A group of (white) scientists are on an archaeology trip in Mexico, looking for a buried treasure. To their credit, they 100% acknowledge that what they are looking for isn't theirs, and would belong to the Mexican government. They find a stone tablet with three black keys attached, but before they can decipher the tablet, one of the scientists, Dr. Pitt, disappears, along with the tablet. Dr. Terry Scott is on the trip, and he thinks a shifty ethnic type named Juarez Tino (??!??!) who is described as swarthy and just a general asshole is behind it. He comes to Carson Drew for help, and Carson refers the case to Nancy because, eh, whatevs. But Carson also cautions Nancy because Terry's story seems kinda... implausible. Terry has half of one of the black keys, though. Also, Juarez Tino has an equally awful (and ethnic) wife. So Nancy agrees to take Terry's case, but not before there's a dance at Emerson, bitches! Ned asks Nancy to bring along "an old professor" who is apparently an Omega brother, who is invited to the dance. Said "old professor" is Terry, of course. On the way there, someone moves a detour sign and Nancy's car plunges into the ditch! The car is okay, though, and they're both all right. Nancy thinks Ned being unaware that Terry is a hot younger guy is hilarious, because she knows that Ned is a jealous son of a bitch, and she's not wrong. Terry makes Nancy promise him a dance, but Ned presumably claims all her dances. When he asks about going to the Thanksgiving dance back in River Heights, Nancy says she's not sure she'll be going and Ned's like "cause of Terry?" and Nancy's like, "no, Mexican treasure!" And Ned says he wants her back in one piece for the Emerson winter prom. OF COURSE Y'ALL. Then Terry is held captive by a pair of swindling assholes and left for dead! Nancy tracks him down and gets the cops to break in and saves his life! And Terry's all like "I would have died if not for you" and I'm like "chill out, Nancy has a bf." And the next day Terry's like "hey guess who's goin' to Mexico! Bye bitches!" Because a near-death experience ain't shit. Nancy asks a college professor planning an archaeology trip to Florida if she can come along (her father won't let her just traipse off to Florida without a chaperone) and he's like "if you can pass the quiz I'm about to give for my college class which has been learning about this for a month" and Nancy's like "bring it!" She goes to the library and crams for like 4 hours and passes the quiz. Of course she does. Nancy meets Fran and a few other students, and Fran has an older cousin (I think) who has a speedboat, so they meet up with that guy and waterski and look for a possible villain hideout. Terry pops back up because he needs to get Nancy to Mexico, and they find Dr. Pitt on one of the Florida keys! Terry and her relative go for help/the cops, and Nancy and Terry and Dr. Pitt are captured by the Tinos and the swindling assholes, and Mrs. Tino has an EVIL TORTURE BRACELET Y'ALL. And they use it on Nancy! Those assholes! The torture isn't to get Nancy to talk; it's to get the guys to talk, and it works. The bad guys take Dr. Pitt to Mexico so he can find the treasure for them. Nancy, Terry, and the cops head to Mexico to stop them. Dr. Pitt is sure the treasure is evil or cursed, so he doesn't want it found, but the bad guys give him no choice. The bad guys are taken into custody and the good guys dig up the treasure, which is a treasure box full of frogs. One of them has a mysterious green powder inside! Terry thinks the markings say that it will benefit mankind. Dr. Pitt is immediately like "seems legit," and the guy who led the Florida school trip, Dr. Anderson, is like "I wish all my students were as awesome as you, Nancy Drew!" As do we all, Dr. Anderson.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Suziey

    Nancy helps Professor Terence “Terry” Scott find one of his missing colleagues, Dr. Pitt who mysteriously disappeared in Mexico while on an expedition. Professor Scott also asks Nancy to help him hunt for the treasure that he and his colleagues discovered whilst on said expedition. What I Loved: 1) All of the Travel. The story starts off with Nancy returning from a trip to New York with Bess and George. At the airport, she meets Terry. The mystery takes Nancy first to Baltimore, Maryland. But this Nancy helps Professor Terence “Terry” Scott find one of his missing colleagues, Dr. Pitt who mysteriously disappeared in Mexico while on an expedition. Professor Scott also asks Nancy to help him hunt for the treasure that he and his colleagues discovered whilst on said expedition. What I Loved: 1) All of the Travel. The story starts off with Nancy returning from a trip to New York with Bess and George. At the airport, she meets Terry. The mystery takes Nancy first to Baltimore, Maryland. But this stop turns out to be a ruse perpetrated by the criminals she’s hunting down, so she quickly returns to River Heights. Then, the clues lead her to Florida. Her father is hesitant to let Nancy travel there by herself, so she joins a special trip being conducted by one of Terry’s colleagues, Dr. Anderson. Finally, the mystery comes to a close in a Mexican jungle.   2)The characters. Specifically Terry and Sergeant Malloy. Terence Scott is a handsome 25-year old professor. He and Nancy work extremely well together. At one point, she comes to his rescue. Not the other way around. Which made me absurdly happy. I would love to see more of this guy! There are sparks there!! Sorry Ned! Anyway, Sergeant Malloy is a straight-up decent officer. Sometimes the police don’t take Nancy seriously because she’s a young woman. But Sergeant Malloy meets Nancy and listens to her and believes in her abilities. And when there’s a car chase, he lets Nancy take the wheel haha.  3) The humor. When Nancy is tied up in her bedroom and escapes, George makes this quip:  “Talk about a cat having nine lives. This must be your forty-ninth!" I laughed way too hard and for way to long at this. 4) I fell down a research rabbit hole. It all started when Nancy figures out what the mysterious number 74772 is. A phone number. More accurately, River Heights 7-4772. Now, that got me thinking about phone numbers. Because in a lot of old movies and shows, it’s the same thing. You use an exchange followed by 5 numbers. So I did research on the history of phone numbers. It’s a little complex. Final Thoughts To be fair, I should mention one thing I didn’t like. Because even though I loved this book, it has its flaws. A few times it is mentioned that Nancy needs a man with her to protect her while she works the case. And it’s an idea that appears in so many of these mysteries. It got old, real quick. Nancy has proven herself capable on multiple occasions. Why is that not enough? It’s a sign of the times, I guess.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    This one was meh. Too many plot points and, yet again, someone is kidnapped and drugged. That's the go-to for Nancy Drew villains. Something about this bothered me and it was halfway through the book that I realized what. The villains are, going by their name and description, Mexican. Yet all the good guys involved are white. Just like in"Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion," the locals are the bad guys. It would have been better if the Tinos had been part of the original expedition and then mak This one was meh. Too many plot points and, yet again, someone is kidnapped and drugged. That's the go-to for Nancy Drew villains. Something about this bothered me and it was halfway through the book that I realized what. The villains are, going by their name and description, Mexican. Yet all the good guys involved are white. Just like in"Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion," the locals are the bad guys. It would have been better if the Tinos had been part of the original expedition and then make one of the white professors the bad guy who is stealing other people's work. Because that's what usually happens! Is Ned in this one? I think so? Oh yes, because Nancy teases him with how cute Professor Scott is at Emerson. Ah, Ned. What are you majoring in, anyway? The book was a bit of a slog, honestly. A lot happening too fast. It's River Heights to New York to Florida to Mexico. The ending felt a bit rushed, but it was cool. Nancy staying at 18 is getting a bit harder to believe at this point.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    2018 Nancy Drew Sleuths Convention theme. 5/5 stars! Read the original text and I was transported back to 1951 when this book was originally written. The fashions, language, dialogue, atmospheres, and many descriptions held my attention the entire time. While reading about a mystery set in the Florida Keys, I learned about the 1950s time period as well. When Terry Scott, a university professor, literally bumps into Nancy Drew one day, he enlists her help in solving a mystery surrounding ancient Me 2018 Nancy Drew Sleuths Convention theme. 5/5 stars! Read the original text and I was transported back to 1951 when this book was originally written. The fashions, language, dialogue, atmospheres, and many descriptions held my attention the entire time. While reading about a mystery set in the Florida Keys, I learned about the 1950s time period as well. When Terry Scott, a university professor, literally bumps into Nancy Drew one day, he enlists her help in solving a mystery surrounding ancient Mexican empire tablets, holding a mystery involving frogs and obsidian black keys. Nancy, along with her best pals Bess and George, learn of new details surrounding this mystery and follow various leads and clues, only to find their detective work must continue in Florida. Nancy poses as a student on Professor Anderson's college class field trip, another man dedicated to studying the history of Florida, to visit Florida's many islands and unearth the secret Black Key treasure!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Santomartino

    This Nancy Drew book was different and more engaging than some of the later ones. It seemed that Nancy had a new love interest, if you consider Ned Nickerson more than a platonic pal. It wasn't until later books that Nancy could even get a peck from a boyfriend. The basic story was interested but got bogged down in dubious facts and confusing bad guys. I felt there was a big of misdirection as well. I believe that Carson Drew's domination of Nancy was a bit too severe in this one--it was like sh This Nancy Drew book was different and more engaging than some of the later ones. It seemed that Nancy had a new love interest, if you consider Ned Nickerson more than a platonic pal. It wasn't until later books that Nancy could even get a peck from a boyfriend. The basic story was interested but got bogged down in dubious facts and confusing bad guys. I felt there was a big of misdirection as well. I believe that Carson Drew's domination of Nancy was a bit too severe in this one--it was like she had no voice being legally an adult and none of her own money, falling under the complete control of her father. As usual it was light and entertaining reading, nothing to bother your head about at bedtime and actually better than some others in the series. I always wondered how Ned Nickerson could go through year after year of college, being a saleman, camp counselor and Nancy is eternally 18.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Title: The Clue of the Black Keys Author: Carolyn Keene Series: Nancy Drew, 28 Format: hardcover Length: 174 pages Rating: 3 stars Synopsis: During an archaeological expedition in Mexico, two professors, the senior Dr. Joshua Pitt and young Terry Scott find a clue to buried treasure. The clue was a cipher carved on a stone tablet. Before the older professor had time to translate it, he and the tablet disappeared! Terry tells Nancy of his suspicions of a Mexican couple, posing as scientists, who vanish Title: The Clue of the Black Keys Author: Carolyn Keene Series: Nancy Drew, 28 Format: hardcover Length: 174 pages Rating: 3 stars Synopsis: During an archaeological expedition in Mexico, two professors, the senior Dr. Joshua Pitt and young Terry Scott find a clue to buried treasure. The clue was a cipher carved on a stone tablet. Before the older professor had time to translate it, he and the tablet disappeared! Terry tells Nancy of his suspicions of a Mexican couple, posing as scientists, who vanished the same night as Dr. Pitt. Nancy follows a tangled trail of clues that lead to Florida and Mexico and a secret of antiquity that can only be unlocked by three black keys. Mini-review: So this was one I hadn't read before and it's always nice to read Nancy Drew books that I've never read. As a kid I reread the same ones over and over again, but a couple of years ago my mom and her friend found a box of all the classics from Secret of the Old Clock to the Thirteenth Pearl, so I went through them and took all the ones I hadn't read and only now am I getting to them. Wish the gang had been in it more, and I really, really, really wish that George would stop saying "Hypers!" Fan Cast: Nancy Drew - Katherine McNamara Hannah Gruen - Mary Steenburgen Carson Drew - Paul Rudd Bess Marvin - Abigail Breslin George Fayne - Brianna Hildebrand Ned Nickerson - Ansel Elgort Sergeant Malloy - Jeremy Jordan Terry Scott - Joseph Mazzello Dr. Anderson - Kyle McLachlan Frances "Fran" Oakes - Jenna Boyd Jack Walker - Aaron Tveit Juarez Tino - Pedro Pascal Dr. Graham - David McCallum

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennipher

    Nancy & her gal pal Bess just land at River Heights airport from a fabulous girls trip in the Big Apple. Bess makes it home but Nancy becomes distracted by a handsome professor who has something she is unable to resist, an exotic mystery that will lead her to explore the Florida Everglades & the “jungles” of interior Mexico. After being bound & gagged in her own home you would think she’s had enough of this lifestyle but it just ignites her resolve at catching the bad guys. I’m sure Bess & Georg Nancy & her gal pal Bess just land at River Heights airport from a fabulous girls trip in the Big Apple. Bess makes it home but Nancy becomes distracted by a handsome professor who has something she is unable to resist, an exotic mystery that will lead her to explore the Florida Everglades & the “jungles” of interior Mexico. After being bound & gagged in her own home you would think she’s had enough of this lifestyle but it just ignites her resolve at catching the bad guys. I’m sure Bess & George appreciate the break from all the detective drama as she becomes embroiled in handsome Terry Scott’s mission to find his elderly colleague kidnapped by a gang hellbent on torturing Nancy for inconveniencing their plot for world domination.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Actual torture happens in this one. Well… As torture-y as anything can be in a Nancy Drew. By far one of the more menacing stories from the original series. Nancy gets caught up in another mystery, this time with a handsome your college professor. Juarez Tina (yeah.. That’s his name) and his band of miscreant’s will stop at nothing to find the treasure. kidnapping, deliberate car wrecks, intentional fires, and narrowly escaping death - it’s all just another day in the life of a girl detective.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Penguin

    Original 1951 edition. Potentially a little racism on the part of a description of a minor character. Definitely bias based on looks if nothing else. Plot was great until the end where it wraps up way too quickly and just felt rushed and rather trying too hard. Starting to get to the point here of where Nancy is still feisty but becoming a do-gooder Mary Sue (rescuing kids from smoke-filled houses in a single page like "oh, it was nothing"). This book was ghost-written by Whilemina Rankin and is Original 1951 edition. Potentially a little racism on the part of a description of a minor character. Definitely bias based on looks if nothing else. Plot was great until the end where it wraps up way too quickly and just felt rushed and rather trying too hard. Starting to get to the point here of where Nancy is still feisty but becoming a do-gooder Mary Sue (rescuing kids from smoke-filled houses in a single page like "oh, it was nothing"). This book was ghost-written by Whilemina Rankin and is the only book of the pre-revision 34 that she wrote.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I really enjoyed this mystery, it was fun, but a bit shallow-on a story that really should have had more depth. There was more prominent sexism than usual, and it was pretty grating, but not distractingly so. I recommend this book to anybody who enjoys Nancy Drew mysteries, who is interested in reading a Nancy Drew mystery, or is looking for a good juvenile mystery read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    IrishFan

    I had been looking for the last 5 original ND stories to finish my re-read of them. I finally found this one at a used bookstore for a reasonable price. I remember this one from when I was younger. As always, Nancy gets good luck while solving her mysteries, the pieces just seem to fall into place for her. Lucky gal!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    This was a pretty good story with lots of travel involved. Hannah and Nancy both got tied up more than their fair share, but in the end our fair sleuth managed to figure out who would be where and when, and then work to set a proper trap with the police, and rid the world of a few more bad guys and girls.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Rowe

    First time ever reading a Nancy Drew book but was happy to join Sally from Mad Men (S04E09) in it. I can see why young girls love these books. I feel like if I had a daughter I would love reading them with her.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Savannah Helmer

    "The Clue of The Black Keys" was a thrilling edition to the Nancy Drew Mysteries! I learned many things that I didn't know about Indians and Aztecs, and also that even when the going gets tough, hard work and determination are vital keys to achieving success! "The Clue of The Black Keys" was a thrilling edition to the Nancy Drew Mysteries! I learned many things that I didn't know about Indians and Aztecs, and also that even when the going gets tough, hard work and determination are vital keys to achieving success!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Adams

    Very exciting! 3 black glass keys, travel to the Florida Keys, and tons of Ned and Nancy relationship talk from others. oh bother! A young professor leaves an impression on Bess. Nancy makes new friends while Bess and George stay home.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sahifa

    I am reading these Nancy drew books towards a challenge to read all Nancy drew originals. this is somewhat a later book in nancy drew series and hence lack the charm.I didnt like the book much and this could be easily avoided

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Moore

    Can't beat a good, nostalgic Nancy Drew when I'm in need of a quick read! I'm pretty sure I've read this at some point before in my life, because bits of it sounded familiar, but I'd forgotten enough of it that it was still fun to read over the past few days. Can't complain! Can't beat a good, nostalgic Nancy Drew when I'm in need of a quick read! I'm pretty sure I've read this at some point before in my life, because bits of it sounded familiar, but I'd forgotten enough of it that it was still fun to read over the past few days. Can't complain!

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