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Nancy Drew is enjoying a luxury cruise aboard the ship where her friend George is the new social director. It seems like great fun until Nancy overhears a plan to sell CIA secrets to another country. Meanwhile . . . the Hardy Boys are working undercover on the same cruise ship trying to track down a dangerous group of thieves who prey on rich passengers.


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Nancy Drew is enjoying a luxury cruise aboard the ship where her friend George is the new social director. It seems like great fun until Nancy overhears a plan to sell CIA secrets to another country. Meanwhile . . . the Hardy Boys are working undercover on the same cruise ship trying to track down a dangerous group of thieves who prey on rich passengers.

30 review for Double Crossing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Rush

    Nancy Drew! The Hardy Boys! But mostly Nancy Drew! It really is mostly Nancy's story, with the occasional visit from Frank and Joe, who are concerned with their own side-mystery for most of the story. Nancy is trying to enjoy a little vacation with her buddy on a cruise ship, but suddenly your typical American CIA-kid snob clique shows up and spoils the whole thing, what with their espionage, treason, murder, and the usual CIA-kid snob clique shenanigans. I haven't read a lot of either Nancy Dre Nancy Drew! The Hardy Boys! But mostly Nancy Drew! It really is mostly Nancy's story, with the occasional visit from Frank and Joe, who are concerned with their own side-mystery for most of the story. Nancy is trying to enjoy a little vacation with her buddy on a cruise ship, but suddenly your typical American CIA-kid snob clique shows up and spoils the whole thing, what with their espionage, treason, murder, and the usual CIA-kid snob clique shenanigans. I haven't read a lot of either Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys adventures (I was mainly a 3 Investigators guy growing up), but this does bring an immediate since of much-welcome nostalgia. Sure, there is mayhem and murder and other unpleasant things (with a bizarre undercurrent of romantic flirtation between Nancy and Frank, despite her immediate commitment to put the kibosh on that ... until the next chapter), but this takes us back to the good ol' '80s spy adventures of Remington Steele, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, and the like. It was a good time, and this "super mystery" (not all that much of a mystery, really, since the author gives us enough obvious clues and red herrings throughout so we can figure it out fairly easily) sends us back there for a good romp. Though, we are left wondering why Nancy keeps allowing herself to get trapped, bamboozled, and tricked at the end of every chapter.

  2. 5 out of 5

    steph

    #1 on my Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Super Mystery re-read of 2012. CHECKLIST: A compelling and interesting mystery. √ Joe flirting with all the females. √ Surprising twists. √ Nancy trying to ignore her attraction toward Frank due to the fact they are both seeing other people but still lusting after him anyways √ George getting attached and then her heart (almost) broken by a new guy √ Joe or Frank or Nancy or George or Bess getting almost killed/murdered/maimed/kidnapped/locked away etc before being re #1 on my Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Super Mystery re-read of 2012. CHECKLIST: A compelling and interesting mystery. √ Joe flirting with all the females. √ Surprising twists. √ Nancy trying to ignore her attraction toward Frank due to the fact they are both seeing other people but still lusting after him anyways √ George getting attached and then her heart (almost) broken by a new guy √ Joe or Frank or Nancy or George or Bess getting almost killed/murdered/maimed/kidnapped/locked away etc before being rescued at the last possible minute by one (or two or three) of the others √ A happy ending that wouldn't have come around if the teenage detectives hadn't figured it out. √ Ok, so while this particular book WASN'T one of the books I read as a kid, I don't recall them being on a cruise ship with this particular mystery, I still really enjoyed it anyways. It was a quick, fast and easy read and I think all the hallmark Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys elements are here in all their eternal glory. What I really liked about this, however, was how all the detectives knew each other so we didn't have to go through, who's that girl/guy? The Frank/Nancy stuff we got every 30 pages or so made me happy, tomboyish George was perfect and I love Joe (as usual). Looking forward to reading #2 (as soon as someone puts it up on ebay. Come on people!)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    A Quickie Review When you combine the two--or, technically, three--best known literary mystery solvers of the past century or so, you'd expect a rather convoluted mystery...and that's what you get here. The action and suspense from the Nancy Drew files is ever-present here, and the story is definitely a page-turner. While rather dated--most computers these days don't even use disks much anymore--mystery fans will find plenty to love about this. Content Concerns: • Sex: Flirting. 4/5 • Nudity: As thi A Quickie Review When you combine the two--or, technically, three--best known literary mystery solvers of the past century or so, you'd expect a rather convoluted mystery...and that's what you get here. The action and suspense from the Nancy Drew files is ever-present here, and the story is definitely a page-turner. While rather dated--most computers these days don't even use disks much anymore--mystery fans will find plenty to love about this. Content Concerns: • Sex: Flirting. 4/5 • Nudity: As this takes place on a cruise ship, people are described as being in swimsuits. 4/5 • Language: None. 5/5 • Violence: Action scenes throughout. One character is murdered; another character is presumed to be killed, but is shown to be alive at the end. 3/5 • Drugs: A mention of tobacco; another of chloroform. 3/5 • Frightening/Intense Sequences: Some "PG"-level peril; a scene where a character is nearly attacked by a scorpion; a girl is locked in a closet. 3/5 Score: 4/5

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    this is an insanely fascinating book if you're, ah, less than sober and your friends are trying to get you to play travel-size scrabble. i think in my nancy drew years i read maybe one of hers and more of the hardy boys, none of which i could recall details from if you paid me to. but were they always this ridiculous? i mean, the CIA has been trying to bring down the big bad soviet james bond for years, but nancy drew and the hardy boys, with their powers combined just happen to be able to preva this is an insanely fascinating book if you're, ah, less than sober and your friends are trying to get you to play travel-size scrabble. i think in my nancy drew years i read maybe one of hers and more of the hardy boys, none of which i could recall details from if you paid me to. but were they always this ridiculous? i mean, the CIA has been trying to bring down the big bad soviet james bond for years, but nancy drew and the hardy boys, with their powers combined just happen to be able to prevail where a goverment agency failed? come on. not to say i didn't enjoy it. i think i actually refused to sleep that night until nancy cracked the case.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sable Rose

    As a young girl I loved to resd Nancy Drew and the Hardy boys series. These books are the very ones that gave me a passion for reading. I just never read all them. But from time to time I find myself in the Library, and just can't help myself, I check one or two out. the fond memories it always brings me back too is wonderful. sitting under the old Pecan tree at my Grandparents house in a warm spring day reading. I can almost smell that fresh grass again and feel like a young girl once more. The As a young girl I loved to resd Nancy Drew and the Hardy boys series. These books are the very ones that gave me a passion for reading. I just never read all them. But from time to time I find myself in the Library, and just can't help myself, I check one or two out. the fond memories it always brings me back too is wonderful. sitting under the old Pecan tree at my Grandparents house in a warm spring day reading. I can almost smell that fresh grass again and feel like a young girl once more. These memories are priceless to me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gwnhwyfer

    How do you rate nostalgia? I read (most of) this series as a preteen/teen and absolutely loved them. Now, as I re-read them in (roughly) numerical order, I'm finding them really...corny. But I can see why I enjoyed them at that age - and I can see how they shaped my future (and current) reading choices. How do you rate nostalgia? I read (most of) this series as a preteen/teen and absolutely loved them. Now, as I re-read them in (roughly) numerical order, I'm finding them really...corny. But I can see why I enjoyed them at that age - and I can see how they shaped my future (and current) reading choices.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jordan (The Heart of a Book Blogger)

    This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger. I won't re-rate this book because I ADORED it as a kid and I had a fun trip down memory lane rereading it. But now I do want to reread them all (and make a list of the most Nancy/Frank-centric books because yes I still ship them). This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger. I won't re-rate this book because I ADORED it as a kid and I had a fun trip down memory lane rereading it. But now I do want to reread them all (and make a list of the most Nancy/Frank-centric books because yes I still ship them).

  8. 5 out of 5

    R

    A decent mystery and a fun trip down memory lane.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    I'm quite ashamed that I didn't know the existence of this series, but since I'm pretty sure this wasn't readily available in my country before, I'm happy that I had the opportunity to read it now. Anyway, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and George had great teamwork and even helped in each other's cases. It seemed though that the characters would prompt the readers that they'll be solving a case over the other with sentences like, "We'll back out of this case for awhile. Our client expects result, s I'm quite ashamed that I didn't know the existence of this series, but since I'm pretty sure this wasn't readily available in my country before, I'm happy that I had the opportunity to read it now. Anyway, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and George had great teamwork and even helped in each other's cases. It seemed though that the characters would prompt the readers that they'll be solving a case over the other with sentences like, "We'll back out of this case for awhile. Our client expects result, so we'll finish our case first then we'll help you." The writing style used was similar to the mothership series, so Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys knowing each other seemed natural.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Niyati

    I don't have a rational reason for coming back to these again and again. This book, like the rest of them, has an easy feel to them. The stakes, however high they may be, are always defeatable. There is no nail biting action, no moments when I'm sitting on the edge of my seat. But maybe that's why I love them so much. It reminds me when I first started reading Nancy Drew and I would get so scared every time someone used chloroform (when did my mind start normalising chloroform kidnapping in books? I don't have a rational reason for coming back to these again and again. This book, like the rest of them, has an easy feel to them. The stakes, however high they may be, are always defeatable. There is no nail biting action, no moments when I'm sitting on the edge of my seat. But maybe that's why I love them so much. It reminds me when I first started reading Nancy Drew and I would get so scared every time someone used chloroform (when did my mind start normalising chloroform kidnapping in books?!?!) Also, Frank and Nancy?? Please get together??? (I neeeeed to read Secrets of The Nile, the ultimate Francy book) I'll stop rambling now haha

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alicat

    As always my three favorite detectives solve the case after a near death by the suspect of course! I actually enjoyed the fact that Bess was not tagging along on this adventure because at times I think she is only good for getting in the way, but I will admit she does have her moments. Awwww Nancy and Frank how I wish they could be a real couple but their love for their significant others is truly an amazing thing. I do enjoy there romantic escapades together. Anyways the case is rapped up into As always my three favorite detectives solve the case after a near death by the suspect of course! I actually enjoyed the fact that Bess was not tagging along on this adventure because at times I think she is only good for getting in the way, but I will admit she does have her moments. Awwww Nancy and Frank how I wish they could be a real couple but their love for their significant others is truly an amazing thing. I do enjoy there romantic escapades together. Anyways the case is rapped up into a net little bow and then I wait for the next one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    As always, Nancy Drew + Hardy Boys calls for a rip-roaring good time. And it's aboard a cruise ship, which is like #3 on my list of Top 10 Places That A Murder and/or Murder Investigation Should Take Place. If you're looking for fun, a bit of mystery, and Nancy describing the Eldest Hardy Boy in salivating, scintillating detail and then going "and there's Ned. He's a Ned.", then you've come to the right place. I cannot Wait to read the rest of them. As always, Nancy Drew + Hardy Boys calls for a rip-roaring good time. And it's aboard a cruise ship, which is like #3 on my list of Top 10 Places That A Murder and/or Murder Investigation Should Take Place. If you're looking for fun, a bit of mystery, and Nancy describing the Eldest Hardy Boy in salivating, scintillating detail and then going "and there's Ned. He's a Ned.", then you've come to the right place. I cannot Wait to read the rest of them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    BOOK BOOKS

    DID ANYONE READ ANY OF THOSE NANCY DREW/HARDY BOYS TEAM UP ONES? I REMEMBER ONE IN LIKE QUEBEC CITY OR MONTREAL AND ONE IN HAWAII. LOL I SHIPPED NANCY/FRANK. THE ONE ON THE CRUISE SHIP AND THE ONE WHERE THEY WENT ON A SKI TRIP WERE THE BEST. I READ A COUPLE BUT I FOUND THEM BORING.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    this was BALLER, its funny how u can tell its like .... very much the 80s i like how there are 2 mysteries going on at the same time the amount of YEARNING nancy is doing for frank.... stop kidding yourself queen

  15. 5 out of 5

    Goodreader

    It was fine. Haven't read a Nancy Drew book in absolutely ages, and although it was very simplistic and childish in its plot, it was probably great for the intended audience at the time it was written. It was fine. Haven't read a Nancy Drew book in absolutely ages, and although it was very simplistic and childish in its plot, it was probably great for the intended audience at the time it was written.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Doris Ware

    Good mystery

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rod

    The best one so far: 2 good mysteries, some humor, and nice nascent romantic possibilities (although none really came to fruition)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eugena

    It's a francy story and isn't that all that matters??? It's a francy story and isn't that all that matters???

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Love this book and series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Joe gets thrown overboard within the first 50 pages. Frank and Nancy go on a non-date. Good stuff

  21. 5 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    Cleanliness: There is probably more romance in this than parents realize. Message me to request this be bumped to the top of the list so you can clean up your child's copy! **Like my reviews? Then you should follow me! Because I have hundreds more just like this one. With each review, I provide a Cleanliness Report, mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents and/or conscientious readers (like me) can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not. Content sur Cleanliness: There is probably more romance in this than parents realize. Message me to request this be bumped to the top of the list so you can clean up your child's copy! **Like my reviews? Then you should follow me! Because I have hundreds more just like this one. With each review, I provide a Cleanliness Report, mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents and/or conscientious readers (like me) can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not. Content surprises are super annoying, especially when you’re 100+ pages in, so here’s my attempt to help you avoid that! So Follow or Friend me here on GoodReads! You’ll see my updates as I’m reading and know which books I’m liking and what I’m not finishing and why. You’ll also be able to utilize my library for looking up titles to see whether the book you’re thinking about reading next has any objectionable content or not. From swear words, to romance, to bad attitudes (in children’s books), I cover it all!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Swenson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am using this book for a Mystery book report. It is a very interesting book, and this is my first time reading a Nancy Drew book. I think Carolyn Keene has a great way to keep you interested in the book, and has strange twists on the end of every chapter. I was very surprised at the way it Ended, and when I found out Marcy was still alive I had that moment of "Whaaaaaaaat!?" I am using this book for a Mystery book report. It is a very interesting book, and this is my first time reading a Nancy Drew book. I think Carolyn Keene has a great way to keep you interested in the book, and has strange twists on the end of every chapter. I was very surprised at the way it Ended, and when I found out Marcy was still alive I had that moment of "Whaaaaaaaat!?"

  23. 5 out of 5

    TheoVonG

    A very weak introduction to the series. It does not show a proper first meeting between the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, they work on separate cases rather than truly teaming up, and the cases are imbalanced in stakes and urgency. Full review (with spoilers) on my blog. A very weak introduction to the series. It does not show a proper first meeting between the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, they work on separate cases rather than truly teaming up, and the cases are imbalanced in stakes and urgency. Full review (with spoilers) on my blog.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Krissy

    This book is apparently the first of the series in which the top teen detectives of the world join forces and solve a mystery together. In some of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Super Mystery Series, they meet on purpose. Sometimes they meet on Chance.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I loved Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. I used to read them when I was younger and from time to time go back and read them because of how much I like them. Now not saying that this is as believable as some of their stories but it is still good. Some day I will own all of these books.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lyly

    Talk about a walk down memory lane, I must have been about 14 when I first started to read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, it was really good at that time Nancy Drew's relationship with Frank Hardy is very annoying to say the least. Other than that it's a great book for Teens to read. Talk about a walk down memory lane, I must have been about 14 when I first started to read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, it was really good at that time Nancy Drew's relationship with Frank Hardy is very annoying to say the least. Other than that it's a great book for Teens to read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    I think this book is exciting and also very cliff-hanging. I have read both Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, but never have I seen them together! If you are looking for a good read, like a time-waster, this book is strongly recommended for kids and adults.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kareena

    Just like I feel with every Nancy Drew book or Hardy Boys book, this one was no exception. Loved it not only once but loved it twice as much because it was a combination of both! It was also a really nice break from some of the books I've been reading lately. ;) Just like I feel with every Nancy Drew book or Hardy Boys book, this one was no exception. Loved it not only once but loved it twice as much because it was a combination of both! It was also a really nice break from some of the books I've been reading lately. ;)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I think the key to rereading these is going to be reading them in one sitting. Picking it up sporadically did not help with sustaining ~feelings~ and those are why I'm reading them. Not enough Nancy/Frank in this one, though. That I'm damned sure of. I think the key to rereading these is going to be reading them in one sitting. Picking it up sporadically did not help with sustaining ~feelings~ and those are why I'm reading them. Not enough Nancy/Frank in this one, though. That I'm damned sure of.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    What it lacked in originality of a mystery, this book features a memorable teaming of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. The three teens match wits to bring justice in a case that points a guilty finger to the wrong person. This book was one of the episodes on the tv series.

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