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When she is told that a large inheritance from a Greek tycoon, meant for her friend Helen Nicholas, was stolen, Nancy agrees to find the culprit. A poisonous snake in a basket of apples and a strange symbol stamped on a rare Byzantine mask are clues in this mystery set in the beautiful and exotic country of Greece. These clues lead Nancy and her friends to a ring of art sm When she is told that a large inheritance from a Greek tycoon, meant for her friend Helen Nicholas, was stolen, Nancy agrees to find the culprit. A poisonous snake in a basket of apples and a strange symbol stamped on a rare Byzantine mask are clues in this mystery set in the beautiful and exotic country of Greece. These clues lead Nancy and her friends to a ring of art smugglers and to the secret of the Greek symbol.


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When she is told that a large inheritance from a Greek tycoon, meant for her friend Helen Nicholas, was stolen, Nancy agrees to find the culprit. A poisonous snake in a basket of apples and a strange symbol stamped on a rare Byzantine mask are clues in this mystery set in the beautiful and exotic country of Greece. These clues lead Nancy and her friends to a ring of art sm When she is told that a large inheritance from a Greek tycoon, meant for her friend Helen Nicholas, was stolen, Nancy agrees to find the culprit. A poisonous snake in a basket of apples and a strange symbol stamped on a rare Byzantine mask are clues in this mystery set in the beautiful and exotic country of Greece. These clues lead Nancy and her friends to a ring of art smugglers and to the secret of the Greek symbol.

30 review for The Greek Symbol Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shana

    I read quite a few Nancy Drew books when I was a girl and thought I'd enjoy the nostalgia of reading one again. I checked a title out from the library that I'd never read and was more than a little disappointed in this one. The story jumped straight from one incredibly lucky clue to another without making the setting clear to the reader. While I know that the Nancy Drew series is light on description and character building, this book had none. After reading some of the other reviews, I see I'm not I read quite a few Nancy Drew books when I was a girl and thought I'd enjoy the nostalgia of reading one again. I checked a title out from the library that I'd never read and was more than a little disappointed in this one. The story jumped straight from one incredibly lucky clue to another without making the setting clear to the reader. While I know that the Nancy Drew series is light on description and character building, this book had none. After reading some of the other reviews, I see I'm not alone. I think I'll write this one off and try another.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    Another enjoyable whodunit, this time in an exotic locale.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Well these stories certainly did not get better the further into the series they were. This story, #60 in the series, was published in the 1980's. While the original 10 books were humorous at least, this one was just convoluted and unrealistic. Nancy and her friends are all the same, yet the "clues" were bizarre, and other than having a Greek island setting, this was just a lot of nothing. It is amazing that everyone is able to instantly just pick up and jet to Greece too, even the three boys wh Well these stories certainly did not get better the further into the series they were. This story, #60 in the series, was published in the 1980's. While the original 10 books were humorous at least, this one was just convoluted and unrealistic. Nancy and her friends are all the same, yet the "clues" were bizarre, and other than having a Greek island setting, this was just a lot of nothing. It is amazing that everyone is able to instantly just pick up and jet to Greece too, even the three boys who joined the three girls half way through the story. I guess these teens already had their passports, and they must all have plenty of money to be able to buy overseas plane tickets at the drop of a hat.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ariana

    I feel conflicted about how to rate this book. My elementary-school self would have given it 5 stars. I had such great memories of it that I convinced DD1 to read it with me this summer. Alas, my adult reread did not match my nostalgic expectations. As an adult, I have trouble believing that Mr. Drew would send Nancy and her besties off to Greece unsupervised to solve two mysteries and thereby face danger. And when he does join them eventually, he brings along each girl’s boyfriend. Who are these I feel conflicted about how to rate this book. My elementary-school self would have given it 5 stars. I had such great memories of it that I convinced DD1 to read it with me this summer. Alas, my adult reread did not match my nostalgic expectations. As an adult, I have trouble believing that Mr. Drew would send Nancy and her besties off to Greece unsupervised to solve two mysteries and thereby face danger. And when he does join them eventually, he brings along each girl’s boyfriend. Who are these people that can fly to Greece at the drop of a hat?? I also found Bess to be a kind of a pain, though I remember liking her character as a kid. I suppose she is intended to stand in for all of us, who would surely be tired, hungry, and in need of some shopping and swimming if we were on this trip, so I probably shouldn’t complain about her. Still, there were moments where it seemed like she should have known that this was not an ordinary vacation and was just whining. She seemed to get better by the end of the book, but I thought George was much more fun as a travel companion. The double mystery was OK, but it felt to me like it depended on a lot of coincidences. Someone trying to get rid of the smuggled mask just *happened* to slip it in into Nancy’s bag, thereby tipping her off about a smuggling operation. The two mysteries just *happen* to be interrelated. None of this bothered me as a kid, though, and DD1 didn’t complain about it, either. Despite my grown-up gripes, I still loved the location and sense of adventure in the book. And it seems like a good fit for middle grades. DD1 is not that big into mysteries, but she enjoyed it and didn’t voice any of the complaints that I did above. Maybe she’s planning for me to fly her with 2 besties to Greece when she’s 17! LOL! I’ll split the difference between my elementary-school and adult selves and give this 4 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    This has got to be one of the weirdest Nancy Drew books I’ve ever read—and I read that one with the crazy house and the psychotic robot. It felt like someone new was writing the stories and they hadn’t done their homework: the pacing was off, the characters were off, and sometimes things just didn’t make sense. There were multiple times I had to reread a page or two because I was confused about where people supposedly were or how time had passed, and Nancy Drew stories, God bless them, are not e This has got to be one of the weirdest Nancy Drew books I’ve ever read—and I read that one with the crazy house and the psychotic robot. It felt like someone new was writing the stories and they hadn’t done their homework: the pacing was off, the characters were off, and sometimes things just didn’t make sense. There were multiple times I had to reread a page or two because I was confused about where people supposedly were or how time had passed, and Nancy Drew stories, God bless them, are not exactly that difficult to follow. And I swear every description was some version of “stark contrast”.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hazel

    2.5 stars. This one didn't impress me at all. It was confusing and convoluted, and it did not seem to be plotted well. Things just felt random and difficult to follow. This one was published much later, in the 1980s, and I've found I prefer the earlier ones.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Nancy Drew, along with her two best friends, Bess and George, travels to Greece to solve a mystery. Loved these books as a kid, and having fun reading them again as an adult.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tarz

    It was a good story

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gigi Gallagher

    This is like any other nancy drew books I have read in the past.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Iz

    good but I am honestly a little bit confused!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christine Arvinth

    For the first time i did not understand what was going on in this book. The only part i understood was that they had to find Helen's cousin.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Malinda Ford

    In this book Nancy is going somewhere in Greek to solve a mystery when someone asks her to solve another mystery in the same place. Well she goes to Greek and she is constantly busy with both mysteries when someone keeps following her and going into her room. She is suspicious of this one lady who acts really strange. In the end she finds out why she's acting so weird. Bess and George are so different even though they're cousins. First Bess is a little plumper than George. When they are eating In this book Nancy is going somewhere in Greek to solve a mystery when someone asks her to solve another mystery in the same place. Well she goes to Greek and she is constantly busy with both mysteries when someone keeps following her and going into her room. She is suspicious of this one lady who acts really strange. In the end she finds out why she's acting so weird. Bess and George are so different even though they're cousins. First Bess is a little plumper than George. When they are eating Bess almost always goes for seconds. When there is a mystery to be solved Bess is the last one to volunteer to go on it. On the other hand George she is always the first one to go along. Why I liked is was because it kept me turning the pages. Another thing is I love mysteries. When I read a book I like to be in suspense. Also when I read a book I like it to take me right in. This is why I loved the book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mskychick

    Placeholder for reread of Warcry by Elizabeth Vaughan

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    Nancy, Bess and George end up in Greece. Seems some money that was aimed to help a needy family has been lost or sidetracked somehow and they're there to find out what has happened. Right off the girls run into trouble when a poisonous snake in a basket of apples is put in their room. Then someone dumps a gold mask in Nancy's bag and the police end up suspecting her of being a thief. As it seems with most of the Nancy Drew books, her car is nearly run off the road. Things get complicated and nast Nancy, Bess and George end up in Greece. Seems some money that was aimed to help a needy family has been lost or sidetracked somehow and they're there to find out what has happened. Right off the girls run into trouble when a poisonous snake in a basket of apples is put in their room. Then someone dumps a gold mask in Nancy's bag and the police end up suspecting her of being a thief. As it seems with most of the Nancy Drew books, her car is nearly run off the road. Things get complicated and nasty as it seems that something far more major has been taking place involving the theft and selling of stolen antiquities. Action-wise it's a typical Nancy Drew book, but the issue of antiquities theft makes it quite modern since some countries, especially Egypt, are trying to recover artistic things take from them by England and other countries when their people were 'exploring' Egypt, finding things and keeping them. Hitler was one of the worst offenders of all and some of the things taken have never been recovered.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws

    I read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys throughout my school and college days. Nancy Drew is an amateur detective who solves crimes with occasional help from her best friends, Bess and George and, her boyfriend Ned. She also has occasional help from her father Carson Drew who runs a private law practice. From finding stolen goods to missing persons and solving mysterious happenings, Nancy is a force of nature. Until I discovered that Carolyn Keene is a pen name for a whole bunch of ghostwriters, I used t I read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys throughout my school and college days. Nancy Drew is an amateur detective who solves crimes with occasional help from her best friends, Bess and George and, her boyfriend Ned. She also has occasional help from her father Carson Drew who runs a private law practice. From finding stolen goods to missing persons and solving mysterious happenings, Nancy is a force of nature. Until I discovered that Carolyn Keene is a pen name for a whole bunch of ghostwriters, I used to feel confused about the slight differences in each character from books to book over the many series of Nancy Drew mysteries. I like the character of Nancy best in the original books written by Mildred Wirt Benson where Nancy is truly a character to root for – an independent and street smart girl with a penchant for trouble.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Day

    Out of all the Nancy Drew books I've read, this was the worst. It was kind of boring. The second time around reading this book was better, but I don't know. Things that were mentioned maybe once in the book were important at the end, or at least that I noticed. They'll talk about something once and then expect you to remember it the whole time. The longer Nancy Drew goes on the worse the books get.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    This is a good book if you like Greece or mystery I liked it, but I wouldn't read it again because I just really isn't really into them. This book is about This book is about Nancy traveling to Greek to solve a mystery for Mrs.Tomponson she was sending money to Greece and all of sudden the money stopped coming to the family while doing this she uncovers a bigger mystery.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Malin

    For once no one made a comment about Bess being overwheight. And she did some smart thinking as well. How refreshing! But why do they have to drag the boyfriends along in every single book now? They want to show us that they have a normal life with boys, and I get that. But do they have to do it so often? The books lose some of its girlpower.

  19. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    I never thought that it would be possible for me to dislike a Nancy Drew book, but sixtieth time was the charm. There was no mystery, Nancy simple ran around and had clues and suspects fall in her lap, and the police were portrayed as rude and brutish.

  20. 5 out of 5

    B.M.B. Johnson

    Is Beth's issue of weight finally behind us? Although, it's still an period of time when the term "Super Sleuths" can elicit guffaws from a group of teen-agers. Ah, longing for the simple times. Thank you 1980-somethings.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    My original school reading review This book was so good I wanted to carry on reading which was what I did I finished the and Started another book of the same sees which I had got for my holiday. (I read this book on holiday in Sunny Spain by the pool).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marts (Thinker)

    An inheritance, a snake, a symbol, a mask, smugglers, and all set in Greece, just another Nancy Drew mystery.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Natasia Angel

    I don't really remember the story... But I think it was okay...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    Eh....

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Hernandez

    love the fact nancy went to greece. made it sound beautiful and could not stop reading.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sophia W

    She is sure ugly on the cover of this one!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julie_ian_curtis

    The story is very vague and some events are a bit wtf (getting on the ship then off again ? Pointless?) another different reader who seems to regard this as a chance to practise her Greek accent.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alianna Kent

    I think it was fantastic!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Christensen

    Pretty typical Nancy Drew story. It's set in Greece with some info about the culture and language.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karsyn

    Never read before. One of the most boring and dull ever.

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