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At the Van Pelt estate, home of a local acting troupe called the Footlighters, a mysterious dancing puppet haunts the grounds. From the moment Nancy, Bess, and George arrive at the mansion, the dancing puppet mystery is further complicated by the Footlighters’ temperamental leading lady and a Shakespearean actor. Nancy’s search of the mansion’s dark, musty attic for clues At the Van Pelt estate, home of a local acting troupe called the Footlighters, a mysterious dancing puppet haunts the grounds. From the moment Nancy, Bess, and George arrive at the mansion, the dancing puppet mystery is further complicated by the Footlighters’ temperamental leading lady and a Shakespearean actor. Nancy’s search of the mansion’s dark, musty attic for clues to the weird mystery and an encounter with two jewel theft suspects add perplexing angles to the puzzle. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.


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At the Van Pelt estate, home of a local acting troupe called the Footlighters, a mysterious dancing puppet haunts the grounds. From the moment Nancy, Bess, and George arrive at the mansion, the dancing puppet mystery is further complicated by the Footlighters’ temperamental leading lady and a Shakespearean actor. Nancy’s search of the mansion’s dark, musty attic for clues At the Van Pelt estate, home of a local acting troupe called the Footlighters, a mysterious dancing puppet haunts the grounds. From the moment Nancy, Bess, and George arrive at the mansion, the dancing puppet mystery is further complicated by the Footlighters’ temperamental leading lady and a Shakespearean actor. Nancy’s search of the mansion’s dark, musty attic for clues to the weird mystery and an encounter with two jewel theft suspects add perplexing angles to the puzzle. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.

30 review for The Clue of the Dancing Puppet

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    Actually taking my time instead of speed-reading gives the twists and turns of a book like this more impact. Tammi reminded me of the character Victoria Justice played in Spectacular!, ironically with the same name (down to the distinct spelling). This one was enjoyable indeed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    HAS THERE EVER BEEN A CREEPIER COVER THAN THIS?!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I was cleaning and I stumbled upon a bunch of these Nancy Drew books. My mom and grandma used to buy them for me each trip to Half Price way back in the day and I remember being super obessed with this series. Unfortunately, I had to throw like half of the ones I found away because they were mildewy. NEVER LEAVE BOOKS IN A CRAWLSPACE FOR 8+ YEARS! It's not a good idea!! The Clue of the Dancing Puppet was a fun read. I don't think it was the best Nancy Drew book I've ever read, but it wasn't horr I was cleaning and I stumbled upon a bunch of these Nancy Drew books. My mom and grandma used to buy them for me each trip to Half Price way back in the day and I remember being super obessed with this series. Unfortunately, I had to throw like half of the ones I found away because they were mildewy. NEVER LEAVE BOOKS IN A CRAWLSPACE FOR 8+ YEARS! It's not a good idea!! The Clue of the Dancing Puppet was a fun read. I don't think it was the best Nancy Drew book I've ever read, but it wasn't horrible. The way the puppet was described was creepy and I wish there had been more of the actual puppet doing stuff. There was so much focus on millions of other things happening that I wondered how all these events were going to factor into the main mystery. The ending itself was alright and everything came together, but I'm still sort of confused as to what was done by who. This was actually for the most part unintentionally hilarious. Since this was written in the 60's, it's a bit dated in certain ways. I also found myself cracking up at the constant 'knocking out' of Nancy throughout the series. One of Mr. Drew's clients has a mystery for Nancy to solve and so she and Bess and George head out to the Van Pelt estate. Nancy is seriously only in the house all of three minutes and she's cannon ball bludgeoned by some unseen person and then literally ten pages later there's another scene where she's rendered unconcious again. Nancy could probably be considered a Mary Sue nowadays, but I didn't care or get as annoyed as I should have gotten. Nancy is pretty much the best at everything. She's the prettiest, smartest, etc. She also possesses a wealth of acting talent and I wouldn't be surprised if one of the mysteries take her to a haunting at an old steel plant and she ends up being an amazing engineer as well.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

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

  5. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    I can feel free to criticize this Nancy adventure. The whole plot is centered around white bread and vanilla type things: summer stock theater, costumes, puppets, etc. It is so fun how Nancy always gets into these mysteries intending to be "under the radar," or "Behind the scenes," but inevitably she lands herself the lead part in a play, and everyone thinks she's better than the professionally trained starlet who unfortunately lost her voice during the very same week that Nancy is in residence. I can feel free to criticize this Nancy adventure. The whole plot is centered around white bread and vanilla type things: summer stock theater, costumes, puppets, etc. It is so fun how Nancy always gets into these mysteries intending to be "under the radar," or "Behind the scenes," but inevitably she lands herself the lead part in a play, and everyone thinks she's better than the professionally trained starlet who unfortunately lost her voice during the very same week that Nancy is in residence. Hmmm... not suspicious at all. And it is sweet how Nancy's friend Bess, who is the one who actually WANTED to be in the theater group, is very glad for Nancy, even though it seems like Bess herself did not get a big part in the play. Bess has been "stage struck" all summer, and she has been "reducing" to fit herself into sample size costumes, I guess? No luck for Bess, but you know what, Bess keeps her envy to herself. She really does not want to get all the attention that Nancy gets, as Nancy gets attacked by giant puppets and a cannon ball is mysteriously dropped on her head. Mechanical things, stolen jewelry, and mean people from California round out this caper!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    Ahh!! I love these books!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Jade

    I was going through some of things when I discovered this worn out book that I read when I was in 3'rd grade. I skimmed through it and remembered it immediately. A clear thing I remember about this is that I remember my copy was from a library, but I lost it and was so freaked out. Turns out the librarian didn't even care for this book (Can you believe it?) and just ignored that I lost it, and went on with her life. Some book lover. On to the point, I also remember this book a lot. The plot, char I was going through some of things when I discovered this worn out book that I read when I was in 3'rd grade. I skimmed through it and remembered it immediately. A clear thing I remember about this is that I remember my copy was from a library, but I lost it and was so freaked out. Turns out the librarian didn't even care for this book (Can you believe it?) and just ignored that I lost it, and went on with her life. Some book lover. On to the point, I also remember this book a lot. The plot, characters, everything. It was creepier than other Nancy Drew books and I loved every moment of it. From then on I told myself I was going to read every Nancy Drew book, but turns out I only read five. Um. Fail, much? So now I'll be taking up my time to try and read this whole series, because they're still very good, a classic, and who doesn't love them? I'll be recording my process on Goodreads obviously so I can keep track of them. The five books I already read don't count. I just bought three books to add to my collection because they were all on sell today. And thus my Nancy Drew journey begins! ;) If you'd like to keep up with my Nancy Drew reviews, just visit my page.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    The word "reducing" appears somewhere that the word "auditioning" or "rehearsing" should appear, like "been reducing to get a part in a play." However, it's in reference to Bess, so maybe "reducing" is the correct word. (There is some hideous fat-shaming in this book; Bess watches TV in order to skip dessert, once a dessert is substituted with a healthier one, and at another time she reaches into the fridge and grabs a jar of mayonnaise, to the immediate derision of George and Nancy.) There's ver The word "reducing" appears somewhere that the word "auditioning" or "rehearsing" should appear, like "been reducing to get a part in a play." However, it's in reference to Bess, so maybe "reducing" is the correct word. (There is some hideous fat-shaming in this book; Bess watches TV in order to skip dessert, once a dessert is substituted with a healthier one, and at another time she reaches into the fridge and grabs a jar of mayonnaise, to the immediate derision of George and Nancy.) There's very little plot and it's all in the last two chapters. Apparently some random guys are looking for a lost puppet because it contains "a secret that will make the finder wealthy," which is, as always, a Lost Textile Process (in this instance, aluminum fuel cell technology). We also find that Nancy is a skilled actress, and the troupe she's performing with is called the Footlighters, but every time I see it I think Foo Fighters. Nancy loses consciousness when an unknown assailant throws a cannonball at her head. Nancy, Bess, and George lose consciousness when someone rams their parked car.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I recently came into possession of a box of old books, most of them Nancy Drew mysteries! I have been reading them sequentially, as much as possible! While reading this volume, I noticed something I hadn't really paid attention to before! The author(s) end most of their chapters with exclamation points! I'm all for enthusiasm, but after a while, it gets really annoying! Seriously, folks ... is there anything 18-year-old Nancy can't do? In this volume, she's not only a sleuth, but in her spare tim I recently came into possession of a box of old books, most of them Nancy Drew mysteries! I have been reading them sequentially, as much as possible! While reading this volume, I noticed something I hadn't really paid attention to before! The author(s) end most of their chapters with exclamation points! I'm all for enthusiasm, but after a while, it gets really annoying! Seriously, folks ... is there anything 18-year-old Nancy can't do? In this volume, she's not only a sleuth, but in her spare time, she becomes the lead actress of a local theater group, replacing the erstwhile star on a moment's notice.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alex Howard

    Shhh... Not too old to read this... It's another lovely gentle old fashioned mystery where nobody gets hurt (too badly), and it does exactly what you think it will. In some ways, it's a bit like Scooby Doo without Shaggy & Scooby and where Fred is a girl - the same wholesome image with the assurance that the baddies will be caught. One small clue - it's not Old Man Withers... Shhh... Not too old to read this... It's another lovely gentle old fashioned mystery where nobody gets hurt (too badly), and it does exactly what you think it will. In some ways, it's a bit like Scooby Doo without Shaggy & Scooby and where Fred is a girl - the same wholesome image with the assurance that the baddies will be caught. One small clue - it's not Old Man Withers...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    When I first started reading novels, it was the mystery novels I adored the most, especially Nancy Drew. For some reason, the eeriness of this book stood out in my memory, and I found myself in the bookstore buying a copy of it recently.... and I still enjoyed it!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mikayla

    I picked this up wanting a cute, light read that I knew I would enjoy. I've read it three or four times before, so there wasn't many surprises, but its always fun for me to re-read old favorites. Nancy Drew never fails to entertain me, and make me love her more.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Suziey

    Nancy is asked by a theater director to help him get to the bottom of a strange occurrence at his estate. It seems that a human-sized puppet keeps appearing, dancing on its own, no strings or puppeteer in sight.  Yeah, the whole dancing puppet thing kind of freaked me out haha. Nancy is able to figure out how it works though. Some kind of mechanical contraption. Duh. Still. I’d be freaked out if I saw one of those on my lawn.  Now, the mystery is set primarily at an estate, where an amateur acting Nancy is asked by a theater director to help him get to the bottom of a strange occurrence at his estate. It seems that a human-sized puppet keeps appearing, dancing on its own, no strings or puppeteer in sight.  Yeah, the whole dancing puppet thing kind of freaked me out haha. Nancy is able to figure out how it works though. Some kind of mechanical contraption. Duh. Still. I’d be freaked out if I saw one of those on my lawn.  Now, the mystery is set primarily at an estate, where an amateur acting group performs. As it turns out, Bess is a part of the group. Nancy and George join as backdrop painters to have better access to the mystery.  There are A LOT of Shakespeare references in this book. One of the group members is some kind of Shakespearean actor so he is always quoting from one of the plays. And I mean, always. Some of them went over my head, but luckily Nancy and friends are well-versed in the Bard.  Overall, the mystery was okay. It was pretty straight forward and you have a good idea of who may be responsible. The why, however, isn’t resolved until the end. That part was a bit of a letdown. Although, I must say, George is quickly becoming my favorite character. At one point, she goes off on the main actress, and I was here for it! (The actress was incredibly rude to them). 

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eric Wood

    A very good ND mystery! The mystery was quite engaging, very interesting, and keeps you guessing. The most interesting character in this book was Tammi Whitlock. She was pretty entertaining and added some enjoyment to the story(even though she's a total brat). However, there was one scene where Nancy is trying to get into a suspect's apartment and randomly thinks there's a password to get in and of course, she's right! I was also surprised that in a earlier scene, when a suspect's car that hit h A very good ND mystery! The mystery was quite engaging, very interesting, and keeps you guessing. The most interesting character in this book was Tammi Whitlock. She was pretty entertaining and added some enjoyment to the story(even though she's a total brat). However, there was one scene where Nancy is trying to get into a suspect's apartment and randomly thinks there's a password to get in and of course, she's right! I was also surprised that in a earlier scene, when a suspect's car that hit her car is brought into a garage, Nancy doesn't ask what the owner of the car looks like! Isn't that an important thing to ask Nancy? I was also surprised Nancy doesn't suspect a certain person that could be involved with jewelry thieving, especially when it seemed pretty obvious. Also, Nancy doesn't really catch the culprits in this book, the police do for two culprits and Nancy does by pure luck for the other culprit. Overall though, this is a pretty good book, the story moves along very smoothly, and there isn't as much coincidences here, as there is in most other original ND books. 4 stars.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sahifa

    "The clue of the dancing Puppet" is number 39 in the Nancy Drew mystery series. The book is written very beautifully with all the constituent of an original Nancy Drew mystery.It had the same appetizing aroma of a delicious old-fashioned mystery. The beginning is bland but the interest arises once the story begins to unfold. The book is sufficiently interesting and intriguing and holds up the Nancy Drew banner high. The plotline is simple and plausible and is really enjoyable for a one-time read "The clue of the dancing Puppet" is number 39 in the Nancy Drew mystery series. The book is written very beautifully with all the constituent of an original Nancy Drew mystery.It had the same appetizing aroma of a delicious old-fashioned mystery. The beginning is bland but the interest arises once the story begins to unfold. The book is sufficiently interesting and intriguing and holds up the Nancy Drew banner high. The plotline is simple and plausible and is really enjoyable for a one-time read. The story is about mysterious apparitions of a dancing puppet which seems a bit spooky and eerie in the beginning but the reader gradually starts to piece the puzzle together as the story proceeds. The inclusion of excerpts from the works of Shakespeare made it even more interesting. The charachter of Tammi was rather amusing and added a lot of drama to the book. Definitely not the best of the lot but not bad either. At the end I would only say that you will not regret reading it and you would also not regret not reading it so make your choice accordingly.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I remember always liking this one, and I still highly enjoyed it this time around. There was an interesting moment in chapter one, where it says "Mrs. Drew had passed away from a sudden illness." It was always somewhat of a mystery what happened to Nancy's mother, as it had previously only ever said she died when Nancy was three, giving no details. Just something I noticed. Oh, and we can now add acting to the list of things Nancy does better than anyone, and poor Bess has lost five pounds but s I remember always liking this one, and I still highly enjoyed it this time around. There was an interesting moment in chapter one, where it says "Mrs. Drew had passed away from a sudden illness." It was always somewhat of a mystery what happened to Nancy's mother, as it had previously only ever said she died when Nancy was three, giving no details. Just something I noticed. Oh, and we can now add acting to the list of things Nancy does better than anyone, and poor Bess has lost five pounds but still has to hear condescending remarks about her weight from George. I know I say it all the time but: poor Bess.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    When I was a young girl, summers included time to read Nancy Drew books. The Clue of the Dancing Puppet was my favorite. There was something very spooky about the life size dancing puppet featured in this book ... plus there was a local theater theme setting. I decided to reread this book over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it! Now I am off to dust off more Nancy Drew books here -- and find the others at the local library. Such nostalgic fun!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lik C

    Nancy is our all-around detective. In this story, she discovers her talent for acting which is also well received by patrons. Being a self-proclaimed understudy paid off in her investigation. Aside from her superb acting skills, she can survive car crashes, pry loose floorboads, and vault over walls even better than policemen. The dancing puppet did not really scare me, until an actual person played the part of the puppet once.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    I went back to my roots and found exactly what I'd been looking for all along! Long before Tik Tok, this titular puppet set the world to dancing! No book has spent longer at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list! Translated into more languages than the Bible! Nancy, Bess, George, Carson, Hannah, Ned, and Burt at their crime-solving best! Short-listed by Man Booker before the prize even existed! With this novel, Carolyn Keene was at the height of her narrative powers! Not to be missed!

  20. 5 out of 5

    IrishFan

    This was one of my favorites from when I was a young girl reading these books. This was a pretty straightforward mystery for her to solve. Although I did crack up at her car getting damaged (again), and her being able to go directly to the garage (24 hours no less!) to get it fixed immediately. She must have gotten at least 4 car accidents and new cars since reading these again. Great memories.

  21. 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. Nancy gets involved in a mystery at a local theater group that’s being haunted by a ghostly dancer. Fave scene: Nancy on stage.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    As i get further along in the Nancy Drew stories it is becoming annoying how perfect she is. She's a great actor, she's a great detective, an excellent driver...she has no flaws. Regardless, this is one of the more interesting stories. Although i wish the background of the culprits was more developed.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nola Lorraine

    I picked up this 1962 Nancy Drew at a book sale. Not a bad mystery, but the writing seems very out-of-date now. 'Show, don't tell' is almost non-existent, and I can certainly see why they've revamped the series since. Still, it was a nice, wholesome mystery and worth reading for the nostalgia value.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Woerner

    An old favorite but still a favorite. I was obsessed with this series as a kid and I can't explain how much fun I'm having rereading this series. Every book, including this one, is fun, creepy, and mysterious with just the right touch of danger. Can't wait to get on the next one!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kris Kizer

    I'm getting worried about the possibility of brain damage for poor Nancy. She gets knocked unconscious at least once every mystery. Since I believe she's 18 for all of the books, that's a frightening amount of potential concussions. At the very least she needs an NFL-approved helmet.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Houston

    good Nancy Drew story

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    A dancing apparition? Seemingly unconnected jewelry heists? Nancy Drew killing it as an amateur actress? Hell yeah.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laura Beth

    back to picking on Bess's weight

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joilyn Magayon

    Well, I've been a fan of nancy drew since first reading it and this book truly just gave me so much fun while nancy goes on to her usual sleuthing.

  30. 5 out of 5

    MysteryReaderLee

    This Nancy Drew book's cover was creepy. Lol Overall this book was pretty good.

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