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While vacationing at Camp Merriweather near Francisville, Mrs. Strook, an elderly citizen, asks Nancy to find an old stagecoach her great-uncle had hidden. This stagecoach may contain a valuable treasure that would benefit the town that needs funding to build a new school. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.


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While vacationing at Camp Merriweather near Francisville, Mrs. Strook, an elderly citizen, asks Nancy to find an old stagecoach her great-uncle had hidden. This stagecoach may contain a valuable treasure that would benefit the town that needs funding to build a new school. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.

30 review for The Clue in the Old Stagecoach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    "Nancy searches for an antique stagecoach that, according to legend, contains something of great value to the people of Francisville." [x] This book holds memories for me because it was one of the Nancy Drew books in my elementary school library. I never read it then but I looked at the covers of all the books a lot so this one has been ingrained into my mind. I didn't read this one until I was an adult and owned a copy, I recall loving it the first time. However not so much the second time...in f "Nancy searches for an antique stagecoach that, according to legend, contains something of great value to the people of Francisville." [x] This book holds memories for me because it was one of the Nancy Drew books in my elementary school library. I never read it then but I looked at the covers of all the books a lot so this one has been ingrained into my mind. I didn't read this one until I was an adult and owned a copy, I recall loving it the first time. However not so much the second time...in fact I'm not even sure I finished it the second time. My GoodReads rating was 4 stars so lets see if that holds true. - I've always enjoyed the bet Nancy and Bess make against George. If George loses she has to knit the girls each a sweater. Ok wow, so I ended up taking no notes. There just wasn't much in this book to comment on. It was a good story, I thought the locations were very cozy from the camp to Ms. Snook's home to the Zucker farm and even Art Warner's office. The location of the old stagecoach is quite unique I think, although something about it reminds me of the ending to Clue in the Diary. I was a bit surprised by who the culprit was even tho it was obvious but the character just seemed like more of an annoying nuance wrapped up in some other underhanded scheme. You can read the rest of this review and many others at VintageGirlsBooks.blogspot.com You can see all the illustrations from this book at www.pinterest.com/Nancydrewart

  2. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    So cute! Camping resort, tennis and badminton competitions, a runaway stagecoach that perhaps has CLUES inside, which leads Nancy and her gal pals George and Bess to explore the option of at least one other stagecoach that has for some reason been dismantled and buried on a farm. Naturally, because the team hasn't managed to destroy all the stagecoaches in town, the locals decide to invite the young folks to participate in a parade. The girls need to wear those awful prairie dresses and bonnets; So cute! Camping resort, tennis and badminton competitions, a runaway stagecoach that perhaps has CLUES inside, which leads Nancy and her gal pals George and Bess to explore the option of at least one other stagecoach that has for some reason been dismantled and buried on a farm. Naturally, because the team hasn't managed to destroy all the stagecoaches in town, the locals decide to invite the young folks to participate in a parade. The girls need to wear those awful prairie dresses and bonnets; the boys are given vests and breeches, whereupon either Burt or Dave (they are interchangeable) complain how skinny their legs are. And Naturally, because this is Nancy Drew's team, during this parade, no doubt at least one of the girls falls out of the stagecoach in a near catastrophe. The story features not one, but TWO widowed ladies who are called "Mrs." or "Aunt" Something-or-Other, and they are trying to find some stolen or lost money that will benefit the needy townsfolk or a school or something. And as usual, the bad guys, a caucasian gang of ne'er do wells, are rude to Nancy, and she gets assistance from the local police. Nancy Drew can handle kidnapping and stolen goods, but when someone is rude, it's time to get the law involved!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    Such a fun and exciting book! Nancy is is danger all the time, and there were a wide variety of suspects, unlike having only like 1 or 2. The wild west theme just makes it more exciting. This book is for any ages who enjoy mystery and adventure!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Goodbrand

    loved this one!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Yet another great addition to the Nancy Drew mystery book series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Apurva Khadye

    Exciting read. Bit different than others in the series. Here there are wide range of suspects than usual.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Nancy dates some guy other than Ned while at camp! Luckily that guy's father becomes gravely ill right before Ned and co show up to help the girls. At some point, the girls have lunch that consists of chicken sandwiches and "molded vegetable salad." I have no idea what that is, and they're visiting an elderly widow, so it could either be something made of gelatin or something made during the Roosevelt administration. They find treasure to help a town build a new school. The find, (view spoiler)[ol Nancy dates some guy other than Ned while at camp! Luckily that guy's father becomes gravely ill right before Ned and co show up to help the girls. At some point, the girls have lunch that consists of chicken sandwiches and "molded vegetable salad." I have no idea what that is, and they're visiting an elderly widow, so it could either be something made of gelatin or something made during the Roosevelt administration. They find treasure to help a town build a new school. The find, (view spoiler)[old postage stamps (hide spoiler)] seems crazily anachronistic to me, but hey, whatever. At least it wasn't jewels or coins again. Nancy loses consciousness when she pulls a heavy box onto her head. The Gang of Six loses consciousness when someone sprays them with "sleeping gas" as they're digging out in the open for treasure.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Greta

    Great Nancy Drew. It had sense of setting which was interesting, a vacation hotel and the time period references to the old west were interesting. There was some fun humorous and campy moments with the girls. The villians were fun and will help give young readers a sense of character traits. The story plot had a poignancy and human interest angle that set it apart from some other mystery stories. The plot was action filled in way more like the first books in the Nancy Drew series!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ella

    I love these books because they jump right into the story and they don't make me bored in the beginning or in the middle. Throughout the book things are always happening that make the story intense and gripping. I never get bored of them!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Suziey

    While staying at a camp, Nancy is asked by Mrs. Strook to help her find her Great-Uncle Abner’s hidden fortune. The old man passed away before he could tell anyone where it was hidden. The lone clue is an unfinished letter he wrote. Mrs. Strook hopes to use the money to fund the town’s educational program. Nancy, Bess and George quickly offer to help in any way they can.  Nancy comes to the conclusion that the key to solving the mystery is in Uncle-Abner’s old stagecoach. The problem is, nobody k While staying at a camp, Nancy is asked by Mrs. Strook to help her find her Great-Uncle Abner’s hidden fortune. The old man passed away before he could tell anyone where it was hidden. The lone clue is an unfinished letter he wrote. Mrs. Strook hopes to use the money to fund the town’s educational program. Nancy, Bess and George quickly offer to help in any way they can.  Nancy comes to the conclusion that the key to solving the mystery is in Uncle-Abner’s old stagecoach. The problem is, nobody knows where it is. So as she hunts about for clues someone seems to be one step ahead of her.  This mystery was simple but kind of boring. From the get-go we are introduced to a couple that cause nothing but trouble for Nancy. I did find it funny how she and her friends continually blew them off. Nancy even dates Rick Larrabee, some college engineering student. But when he is quickly called back home due to a family emergency, who should show up but Ned and the guys. Yeah.  I didn’t hate this mystery. But I didn’t exactly love it either. Like I said, it was kind of dull. My over all feeling: meh.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    This Nancy Drew book has intrigued me for years because the title led me to believe it would have something to do with the old west. Imagine my surprise when I finally read it and realized it was actually about a "young adult" version of summer camp. Despite my initial disappointment, this is a solid entry in the Nancy Drew series, though not one of my favorites. There were definitely a few "WTF, Nancy??" moments. Like when she lets herself into a woman's home so she can show her friends how cut This Nancy Drew book has intrigued me for years because the title led me to believe it would have something to do with the old west. Imagine my surprise when I finally read it and realized it was actually about a "young adult" version of summer camp. Despite my initial disappointment, this is a solid entry in the Nancy Drew series, though not one of my favorites. There were definitely a few "WTF, Nancy??" moments. Like when she lets herself into a woman's home so she can show her friends how cute it is even though the woman supposedly isn't home. Or when she and her friends make fun of an annoying couple at camp and, when she finds out that they overheard everything, she hopes the couple learn a lesson to not suck so much. Honestly, those moments are my favorite part of Nancy Drew books (aside from the descriptions of their clothes and meals, of course), and I always find myself busting a gut at how outrageously rude Nancy can be sometimes. The actual mystery in this book wasn't that interesting, but the adorable camp scenes more than made up for it. Tennis matches? Water ballet? Dances? NED?! Sign. Me. Up.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Story_Girl

    Another good old Nancy Drew mystery. This time Nancy is hunting for a long-lost stage coach that may or may not contain an important clue leading to a fortune. If she can find it for her elderly client, she might be able to help an entire town, by funding a school. But it isn't going to be easy. Nancy will have to contend with locals who do not want progress coming to their town, two fellow holidaymakers who are a little too nosy, explosions and threats. But that shouldn't be a problem when she Another good old Nancy Drew mystery. This time Nancy is hunting for a long-lost stage coach that may or may not contain an important clue leading to a fortune. If she can find it for her elderly client, she might be able to help an entire town, by funding a school. But it isn't going to be easy. Nancy will have to contend with locals who do not want progress coming to their town, two fellow holidaymakers who are a little too nosy, explosions and threats. But that shouldn't be a problem when she has not only Bess and George to help, but Ned, Dave and Burt...and three new 'boyfriends' as well. Of course, there is plenty of time for recreation - they are at camp after all. Tennis, water-ballet (that's right), and exploring abound. Fun, a little silly and very Nancy Drew.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Connie N.

    #37 in the Nancy Drew Mysteries children's series This was another enjoyable mystery, geared towards middle grades. I'm not sure if the idiosyncrasies are due to changing times or if they are odd when seen through adult eyes, but I'm always amazed at some of the actions in these books. For instance, when Nancy contacted the police about a clue she had discovered about the bad guys, she was asked to help with canvassing the neighborhood to help find them. And when they were arrested, she and her f #37 in the Nancy Drew Mysteries children's series This was another enjoyable mystery, geared towards middle grades. I'm not sure if the idiosyncrasies are due to changing times or if they are odd when seen through adult eyes, but I'm always amazed at some of the actions in these books. For instance, when Nancy contacted the police about a clue she had discovered about the bad guys, she was asked to help with canvassing the neighborhood to help find them. And when they were arrested, she and her friends were allowed to participate in interviewing the criminals. I don't remember having a problem with any of these things when I read these books as a child, but they sure seem silly now. But the mystery was good, the action kept moving, and it was a quick and enjoyable read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jess-Marie

    This story was overall really entertaining and the search for the clue was fun to follow. The writing felt a little slow at first with a lot more telling than showing, but picked up as the story progressed. My main issue with the story was that the bad guys in this one were (to quote Ray Stevens) about as "subtle as a chainsaw." They were constantly confronting Nancy, questioning what she was up to or even threatening her to her face! Losing the who-dun-it? aspect of the mystery was a little disa This story was overall really entertaining and the search for the clue was fun to follow. The writing felt a little slow at first with a lot more telling than showing, but picked up as the story progressed. My main issue with the story was that the bad guys in this one were (to quote Ray Stevens) about as "subtle as a chainsaw." They were constantly confronting Nancy, questioning what she was up to or even threatening her to her face! Losing the who-dun-it? aspect of the mystery was a little disappointing, but again, the search for the Clue in the Old Stagecoach and figuring out what that clue led to were very entertaining.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    I grew up reading and collecting the yellow bound 1970s versions of this series. A lot of them were lost through the years so I’ve slowly recollecting been them and recently was able to get 7 more giving me now 42 of them. This I one of them. While staying at a camp for a vacation, Nancy and her friends are asked to solve a mystery involving a missing stagecoach that may include a clue to lost treasure. There's a lot of confusing clues, details and people that were hard to follow at times. Some di I grew up reading and collecting the yellow bound 1970s versions of this series. A lot of them were lost through the years so I’ve slowly recollecting been them and recently was able to get 7 more giving me now 42 of them. This I one of them. While staying at a camp for a vacation, Nancy and her friends are asked to solve a mystery involving a missing stagecoach that may include a clue to lost treasure. There's a lot of confusing clues, details and people that were hard to follow at times. Some didn't make sense and felt a bit contrived. Fave scene: the bear.

  16. 4 out of 5

    MysteryReaderLee

    In this book Nancy and her friends go to a camp. When they are out driving, they see a stagecoach. Later on, they talk to a woman and she says that she has a great Uncle who owned an old stagecoach with a hidden secret in it that could be very valuable and it could help make a new school. Nancy imminently thinks of the stagecoach that she saw only a few hours earlier. (SPOILER the old stagecoach she sees in the beginning is not the one that holds the secret) Honestly I didn't like this book to m In this book Nancy and her friends go to a camp. When they are out driving, they see a stagecoach. Later on, they talk to a woman and she says that she has a great Uncle who owned an old stagecoach with a hidden secret in it that could be very valuable and it could help make a new school. Nancy imminently thinks of the stagecoach that she saw only a few hours earlier. (SPOILER the old stagecoach she sees in the beginning is not the one that holds the secret) Honestly I didn't like this book to much because there wasn't much adventure in it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Atlanta

    It's Nancy Drew. It's easy to read, the characters fall neatly into each their archetype and there's a mystery to be solved! It uses the fairy tale way of story telling, challenges and the heroes coming in groups of 3, and it foreshadows key information early on without it feeling obvious. Maybe not the most mentally challenging book for an adult, but definetly enjoyable when you just want to relax with some tea and escape into a world where young girls can be detectives without risking being shot It's Nancy Drew. It's easy to read, the characters fall neatly into each their archetype and there's a mystery to be solved! It uses the fairy tale way of story telling, challenges and the heroes coming in groups of 3, and it foreshadows key information early on without it feeling obvious. Maybe not the most mentally challenging book for an adult, but definetly enjoyable when you just want to relax with some tea and escape into a world where young girls can be detectives without risking being shot (most of the time)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    One of my favorite parts of the Nancy Drew books is there's always a section where you get taught something new--in this book it was about stamps. Additionally, I learned that, at least at the time this was written, swimming ballets were a thing. Who knew?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Another delightful little Nancy Drew re-read. However - who is this Rick Larrabee that Nancy is dating while on vacation?!?! She seems to have more chemistry with Rick in the one week she knows him than she's ever had with Ned. Poor Ned.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Isabella

    Through some sleuthing and with the help of her friends, Detective Nancy Drew works to solve a mystery around a secret fortune connected with an old stage coach. I liked the Western theme, and the larger range of characters involved. I found it a bit disjointed at times, and felt it wrapped up a bit too fast, but in all it was decent for a quick mystery read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    IrishFan

    I enjoyed this one, and do not remember reading this one when I was younger. They actually had trouble finding clues for this one, which is refreshing.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Pretty interesting cast of characters and scenery. It's Nancy Drew - what could go wrong?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    It was an atypical Nancy Drew...nice quick read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leeanne

    This was a very exciting Nancy Drew mystery with lots of twists and turns.

  25. 5 out of 5

    K.L.

    Bit of a random mystery. I did love the couple that were following Nancy etc about all the time, and the fact that the girls were so uncharacteristically rude to them😂

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tara Hall

    One of my favorite Nancy Drew stories!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    This was a solid entry into the Nancy Drew archives, even if some of the details of the mystery were a little strange. I enjoyed this story, and encourage other Nancy Drew fans to check it out.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Em

    awsome

  29. 4 out of 5

    rabbitprincess

    * 1/2 Now I know these books aren't supposed to be Great Works of Literature, but to put it mildly, I would not start any budding Nancy Drew fan on this book. While the Old West theme is cute and the idea of towns struggling financially and having to cope with new housing developments and the problems they bring is a timely topic, the mystery itself is solved in a ridiculous way and peopled with caricatures. Two of the bad guys are pointed out right away and are so painfully obvious that they may * 1/2 Now I know these books aren't supposed to be Great Works of Literature, but to put it mildly, I would not start any budding Nancy Drew fan on this book. While the Old West theme is cute and the idea of towns struggling financially and having to cope with new housing developments and the problems they bring is a timely topic, the mystery itself is solved in a ridiculous way and peopled with caricatures. Two of the bad guys are pointed out right away and are so painfully obvious that they may as well wear signs with neon flashing lights indicating "BAD GUY" on them. A third is so ridiculously cartoony that I nearly sprained my eyes from rolling them so hard every time he appeared. Also this may be more of a personal annoyance, but the three sleuths (Nancy, Bess and George [who is also a girl, in case you're not familiar with the series]) are staying at a camp in this book and seeing three guys at the camp when they already have boyfriends! And then when Nancy gets a letter from her REAL boyfriend saying "Hey, I'm going to come to the camp with Bess's and George's boyfriends," there is some discussion about what is going to happen when the two sets of guys meet up with each other, and Nancy just goes "Sometimes these situations just solve themselves." That is an extremely inappropriate message to be sending: that it's okay to cheat on your boyfriend when you're far away from him and then not take responsibility for your actions. And VERY CONVENIENTLY, just before the real boyfriends arrive, Nancy's boytoy's father takes ill suddenly and the three Camp Boyfriends (in the sense of "the boyfriends they have at camp", not the adjective) have to leave. That is not how life works! Not often, anyway. Of course Nancy and Ned could have an open relationship, but really, you have to wonder how much she actually told Camp Boy about her life back home. And while we're on the subject of boys, it kind of undermines Nancy's brave, independent spirit when she says "It's a good thing the real boyfriends are coming, because I have a hunch that this mystery will get dangerous, and we'll need boys around to help." ARGH GIRLS ARE JUST AS CAPABLE AS BOYS. I mean fine, wanting backup is a good idea, but that is probably a job for the police and not necessarily boyfriends. Of course I have to remember that this book was originally published in 1960, and therefore even though it annoys me to read about characters saying things like that, it's important not to colour them over with modern attitudes -- it provides a glimpse into past attitudes and perspectives. That being said, though, I don't think even a chance to talk about current affairs and older perspectives on women's independence is enough to get me to recommend this book. The mystery itself is not particularly exciting, written in a very connect-the-dots manner. There are better books in the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was all right. It felt like the entire book there was lead after lead that were dead ends. Then all of a sudden Nancy thinks of a way to solve the mystery that had never been mentioned before so it doesn’t make a lot of sense. The ending happens with in just a few pages.

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