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Excitement is high when Nancy delves into the theft of a fabulous sapphire formed by nature millions of years ago. Her father’s client is Mr. Ramsey, a designer of beautiful and unusual synthetic gems. He is accused of stealing the magnificent spider sapphire and exhibiting it as his own creation. In River Heights and while on a safari with a group of college students, Nan Excitement is high when Nancy delves into the theft of a fabulous sapphire formed by nature millions of years ago. Her father’s client is Mr. Ramsey, a designer of beautiful and unusual synthetic gems. He is accused of stealing the magnificent spider sapphire and exhibiting it as his own creation. In River Heights and while on a safari with a group of college students, Nancy has several thrilling experiences. In Africa, she uncovers a nefarious scheme directed at Mr. Ramsey and locates a missing jungle guide. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.


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Excitement is high when Nancy delves into the theft of a fabulous sapphire formed by nature millions of years ago. Her father’s client is Mr. Ramsey, a designer of beautiful and unusual synthetic gems. He is accused of stealing the magnificent spider sapphire and exhibiting it as his own creation. In River Heights and while on a safari with a group of college students, Nan Excitement is high when Nancy delves into the theft of a fabulous sapphire formed by nature millions of years ago. Her father’s client is Mr. Ramsey, a designer of beautiful and unusual synthetic gems. He is accused of stealing the magnificent spider sapphire and exhibiting it as his own creation. In River Heights and while on a safari with a group of college students, Nancy has several thrilling experiences. In Africa, she uncovers a nefarious scheme directed at Mr. Ramsey and locates a missing jungle guide. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.

30 review for The Spider Sapphire Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Madeline

    Oh yes, I'm still reading Nancy Drew novels. As an adult with far too much literary criticism classes, reading them is a very different experience for me than it was as a kid. Then, reading these books was like watching action blockbusters - sure, in the back of my mind I knew they were silly and outlandish and there were better things I could be doing, but dammit I was having fun. Nowadays, the experience is a little different. Reading Nancy Drew now is like watching a Mystery Science Theater s Oh yes, I'm still reading Nancy Drew novels. As an adult with far too much literary criticism classes, reading them is a very different experience for me than it was as a kid. Then, reading these books was like watching action blockbusters - sure, in the back of my mind I knew they were silly and outlandish and there were better things I could be doing, but dammit I was having fun. Nowadays, the experience is a little different. Reading Nancy Drew now is like watching a Mystery Science Theater short - one of those 1950's informational ones on personal grooming or careers for ladies. Now the outlandish, outdated absurdity is brought forward into the harsh light of day, and I am suddenly aware of how stupid these books really are. But I still read them, because they're still fun. The casual sexism and racism is just a bonus. That's why I think Spider Sapphire Mystery is the ideal introductory book for initiating the innocent into the world of Nancy Drew. There's jewel thieves and rich people and lots of attempts to kill Nancy and her friends (Ned even gets kidnapped and then anything that may have remained of his masculinity is destroyed when Nancy rescues him). And the majority of the story takes place in Africa (Nancy and the gang get to go on a safari, yay!), so there's lots of great vintage racism. And at the same time, everything is just so goddamn wholesome it makes your teeth hurt: "Before long, the chattering, laughing Emerson group hurried aboard the chartered plane. When they were airborne, small groups began singing songs, some of them college numbers, others from musical comedy hits. Once in a while someone would call out a wisecrack and set everyone laughing." Doesn't that just sound swell? Safaris! Nice, grinning natives! Chartered planes! Musical comedy singalongs! WISECRACKING! Someone in this group needs to figure out that it's the 60's, and fast. Shrooms and rock music and premarital necking for everyone!

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Nancy Drew must solve this case of fraud, counterfeiting, and blackmail before it's too late!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Oh, Nancy Drew... When I was a kid, I'd read a Nancy book a day. I couldn't put them down. The adventures were top notch and she was such a strong female character who had strong female, kick-ass friends. So I wanted to revisit. This is what I hope will be the first of many re-read Nancy books. As usual, within the first 10 pages, Nancy is in a scrape and some criminals are stealing her purse and trapping her car in a parking lot for no reason. In this mystery, a rare gem is stolen and Nancy is pu Oh, Nancy Drew... When I was a kid, I'd read a Nancy book a day. I couldn't put them down. The adventures were top notch and she was such a strong female character who had strong female, kick-ass friends. So I wanted to revisit. This is what I hope will be the first of many re-read Nancy books. As usual, within the first 10 pages, Nancy is in a scrape and some criminals are stealing her purse and trapping her car in a parking lot for no reason. In this mystery, a rare gem is stolen and Nancy is put on the case. Her travels take her to Africa (because she is that cool!) and she ends up having run-ins with thieves, while finding a lost man with amnesia and helping him recover his memory. The books was a bit racist, but these were written a long time ago. My biggest disappointment is that Nancy's friend George doesn't pull many judo moves in this one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    This book is actually an insanely boring hunt for a sapphire with a fossilized spider inside it. OMG GUNFIRE! Someone shoots out Nancy's tires. Actually, no, they shoot at her tires while she's parked, but don't manage to actually puncture them. So. Hm. Safari to East Africa! Wondering when she's going to go to Antarctica to look for Bernadette. If a person is black, they're referred to as "a black," like, "the cab driver was a black wearing a gold chain." There's also some bitchy girl who chills This book is actually an insanely boring hunt for a sapphire with a fossilized spider inside it. OMG GUNFIRE! Someone shoots out Nancy's tires. Actually, no, they shoot at her tires while she's parked, but don't manage to actually puncture them. So. Hm. Safari to East Africa! Wondering when she's going to go to Antarctica to look for Bernadette. If a person is black, they're referred to as "a black," like, "the cab driver was a black wearing a gold chain." There's also some bitchy girl who chills out and is beautiful after a baboon steals her blond wig. Ned is drugged and kidnapped by unknown assailants. Nancy briefly loses consciousness when someone ties a bag over her head. George gets kidnapped by a "baboon" that ends up being a black in disguise. Ned gets knocked unconscious in a fight. Nancy and Ned get their hands burned by acid.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I remember having read this book, but otherwise very little about it. I got it from the mobile library that used to park on Kirkham Road, Southport, outside the Temperance Hall. I would have been about 8 years old and attracted to it by the spider in the title and on the cover - I liked spiders, and still do. My rating of 3 stars is rather arbitrary, but as it's stuck in my mind all these years I will give it the benefit of the doubt.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mskychick

    Placeholder for reread of Ilona Andrews' Magic Rises

  7. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    Loved these books when I was a kid. Have enjoyed rereading them as an adult.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Woodman

    I absolutely adored these growing up, much more so than the Hardy Boys, and still carry a fondness for them into adulthood

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brianna D

    The Spider Sapphire Mystery By: Carolyn Keene In the book, The Spider Sapphire Mystery by Carolyn Keene, Nancy faces a mystery including a spider sapphire being stolen. Part of the mystery takes place in her hometown, River Heights, and in Africa on a trip. She faces many dangerous encounters while working the mystery. The lexile for this book is 760L. I think the theme of this book would be to never intentionally do bad things. Over the course of the book the people behind the mystery that stole The Spider Sapphire Mystery By: Carolyn Keene In the book, The Spider Sapphire Mystery by Carolyn Keene, Nancy faces a mystery including a spider sapphire being stolen. Part of the mystery takes place in her hometown, River Heights, and in Africa on a trip. She faces many dangerous encounters while working the mystery. The lexile for this book is 760L. I think the theme of this book would be to never intentionally do bad things. Over the course of the book the people behind the mystery that stole the gem put people in danger and, of course, stole something. This lead to them being in trouble at the end of the book. As Nancy found out more of the case, they would keep putting her and her friends in danger, which like I said, lead to major consequences. When they made the first threat on Nancy, there were going to be many more. The setting is very important because it shows that no matter where Nancy goes to solve the mystery, they’ll be there to try and stop her. Nancy deciding to work on the mystery and to keep working on the mystery provoked the thieves to harm her. “In an instant Nancy realized that they were parked so close she could not open either of her doors. The two drivers immediately jumped out and hurried away” (p. 1). “Was she being harrassed to make her father give up the case? Nancy wondered” (p. 2-4) “ ‘Nancy, don’t worry. Everything is all right here. But I’m not so sure it will be all right for you in Africa. I want you to watch your step very carefully. Our police got a tip that Jahan and Dhan took off for Africa’ “ (p. 55). I recommend you read this book because overall it was a good book. Some parts of it were confusing at the beginning and throughout the book but made a little more sense at the end. It wasn’t predictable at all because the author always leaves you in suspicion at the end of each chapter and surprises you with things throughout the book. The author includes sketches throughout the book to help you visualize some things which I think is neat. She also usually evens out the chapters so ones not super long and ones not super short. I think really anyone in middle school could read this book and enjoy it. It keeps you wanting to read more and is at a good reading level.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ella

    This was the first "long" book I ever read. So it's kinda special. I loved this book as a kid so I thought I could reread it. Of course it wasn't that amazing like 6 years later. Things happened very fast which is good bcs I'm not a big fan of unnecessary things. The story was a bit messy. I got the names confused at times. But the most annoying thing was when someone said "Africa is an amazing country!". I don't know if the mistake was made while translating or writing it. I found it very annoy This was the first "long" book I ever read. So it's kinda special. I loved this book as a kid so I thought I could reread it. Of course it wasn't that amazing like 6 years later. Things happened very fast which is good bcs I'm not a big fan of unnecessary things. The story was a bit messy. I got the names confused at times. But the most annoying thing was when someone said "Africa is an amazing country!". I don't know if the mistake was made while translating or writing it. I found it very annoying.

  11. 5 out of 5

    IrishFan

    I thought this one was a good one. It didn't seem too easy for her, where all the pieces fell together easily. Although, she always seems to have an unlimited amount of $ for a girl her age, and so do her friends. When all of their clothes were ruined? No big deal, lets just run out and buy brand new wardrobes!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I liked this because it was interesting to see her go out on a safari. I liked the new character Gwen once she changed her attitude!🧐

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tarz

    I love Nancy drew, I found this book in a second hand book store and I fell in love with the mystery

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jocelin

    I just re-read this book because I found an article about the original Carolyn Keene (Mildred Wirt Benson), that said this book was her favorite. It was fun, and interesting to read as an adult.

  15. 4 out of 5

    CAREY TOWNE CHRISTENSON

    Awesome book!!! I have to admit even though that the series is way under my reading level I can always turn to nancy drew for an adventurous quick read!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christine Arvinth

    Nancy helps solve the mystery of the missing spider sapphire jewel with the help of her friends Bess,George,Ned, Burt ,and Dave in Africa.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This was my favorite Nancy Drew book when I was younger. Rereading it now isn't quite the same, you notice the flaws when your older. But it is still a enjoyable read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Boomer

    I am happily back enjoying the Nancy Drew mystery series again. I appreciate the clean, nonviolent, non sexual or evil emphasis but good simple adventure and mystery-solving.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Phe

    The Spider Sapphire Mystery is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 45th book in the Nancy Drew series. Nancy Drew's latest mystery starts in her home town where her lawyer father's client, Floyd Ramsey—who fashions beautiful and unusual synthetic gems, is accused of stealing the magnificent spider sapphire—a synthetic sapphire with a spider embedded in it—and exhibiting it as his own creation. When Mr. Ramsey's enemies blackmail him, and by their own vicious acts try to d The Spider Sapphire Mystery is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 45th book in the Nancy Drew series. Nancy Drew's latest mystery starts in her home town where her lawyer father's client, Floyd Ramsey—who fashions beautiful and unusual synthetic gems, is accused of stealing the magnificent spider sapphire—a synthetic sapphire with a spider embedded in it—and exhibiting it as his own creation. When Mr. Ramsey's enemies blackmail him, and by their own vicious acts try to deter Nancy from going on the safari, the daring young sleuth uncovers their nefarious scheme, and solves the strange disappearance of an injured jungle guide as well. I’ve always been a voracious reader. So, as a child, one of my favorite things about summer was the frequent trips to our local library, which was less than a mile from our house. Like most young girls of a certain age (ahem), my love for mysteries started with Nancy Drew—there simply was no mystery too baffling that she couldn’t solve. And as I would read her most current adventure, I would imagine myself following in her footsteps … taking charge and plunging ahead, getting into mischief, chasing down culprits and solving the mystery. Even though I haven’t re-read any of these books since I was a child, I still think that Nancy is a great character—her courage, confidence and fierce independence, makes her an iconic source of inspiration for young girls everywhere. A must-read children's book, The Spider Sapphire Mystery is another wonderful Nancy Drew mystery.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mariya Shareef

    I think this book was pretty good. I liked it because things were stolen and trips to different places were made. A spider mde out of sapphires was stolen and Nancy, Bess, and George had to go all the way to Africa because of it. There was also some blackmails which made the story even jucier. Every Nancy Drew book I have read, I have always loved. There's not a single thing I do not like. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    This book focuses on Nancy going on a Safari with the Emerson boys, and Bess and George. Before leaving Nancy is boxed in by three Indians. She also has heard about a sapphire with a spider in it that was made synthetically by a man in River Heights. It was modeled after a real one that lives in Mombasa. She goes to see the fake sapphire and sees a sign that says it is the real one and it is stolen. the curator says that three indians were at the museum. before leaving nancy meets a singer whole This book focuses on Nancy going on a Safari with the Emerson boys, and Bess and George. Before leaving Nancy is boxed in by three Indians. She also has heard about a sapphire with a spider in it that was made synthetically by a man in River Heights. It was modeled after a real one that lives in Mombasa. She goes to see the fake sapphire and sees a sign that says it is the real one and it is stolen. the curator says that three indians were at the museum. before leaving nancy meets a singer whole brother Tizam went missing. Nancy agrees to look for him. Ned also goes missing, but they find him. He was watched by Sawhili Joe. They go to Africa. They go on many safaris, and when they are at a party, a man almost suffocates Nancy. They stay at the treetops inn and george is taken away, but she escapes. One day they meet the man whose sapphire was stolen. They find out that Tizam lived with a tribe for a while but he had amnesia. They find him, and find the sapphire. they realize that it was the secretary that arranged the whole thing. Review: Yes this book refers to Indians in a harsh manner, and I am not condoning this language. I will say that these books were written in a time when this language was acceptable. just like you read Huck finn with its language, you can read these books and still take them for what they are. Another great mystery by Nancy Drew, Love the books where she travels.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Nancy Drew is trying to unlock the case about the missing spider sapphire and one made in a lab. Although one is in River Heights it is not the same one the real one has spinettes but it River Heights it doesn't. Nancy gets hooked in to this mystery because her friend Ned went missing right before Nancy, Bess, George, Burt, Dave, and Ned were going to go on a trip with the boy's collage. The gang got beat up, kidnappped twice, and Nancy got a plastic bag put over her head. The people with the spi Nancy Drew is trying to unlock the case about the missing spider sapphire and one made in a lab. Although one is in River Heights it is not the same one the real one has spinettes but it River Heights it doesn't. Nancy gets hooked in to this mystery because her friend Ned went missing right before Nancy, Bess, George, Burt, Dave, and Ned were going to go on a trip with the boy's collage. The gang got beat up, kidnappped twice, and Nancy got a plastic bag put over her head. The people with the spider sapphire really didn't want Nancy interfering with their hopes to sell the sapphire. In the end Nancy and Ned go into this dungeon in search for the sapphire. Nancy finds it in a box that was hidden in the earth a little. She took the sapphire and put it in a mask she had gotten. Thats when they tried to leave but couldn't then out walked the men who had broughten all the trouble for the gang. They wanted the sapphire and they thought Nancy had which she did but said she didn't. The searched Nancy and Ned the couldn't find the sapphire anywhere. Thats when they started telling Ned and Nancy the plan the was suppose to happen. Then the police walked in and arrested the men. They asked Nancy if she knew where the gem was and she said she had it. She said she would return it to the owner herself and the police said it was okay. Nancy saves the day once again.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    Carolyn Keene did a great job at writing this book. It wasn’t as detailed as some of the books that I’ve read but you knew how she felt. I liked how there were those dramatic parts that their enemies did and just caught you by surprise. I’ll definitely read another one of Carolyns book when I get the chance to. It was interesting how there were some facts in there too like about the spider. It was an interesting book to read will definitely read another one of Carolyn’s book. I loved how you wer Carolyn Keene did a great job at writing this book. It wasn’t as detailed as some of the books that I’ve read but you knew how she felt. I liked how there were those dramatic parts that their enemies did and just caught you by surprise. I’ll definitely read another one of Carolyns book when I get the chance to. It was interesting how there were some facts in there too like about the spider. It was an interesting book to read will definitely read another one of Carolyn’s book. I loved how you were caught by surprise from enemy attacks. It really catches your attention and you want to find out what happened to Nancy Drew and her friends. If there was more detail about different things it would make the book even better. Other than that I liked the book and want to read another one. I would recommend this book to people that like mysteries because it was about a detective and her helpful friends trying to solve mysteries of stolen items and much more. It was a very interesting book to read and I enjoyed it too.

  24. 5 out of 5

    LobsterQuadrille

    As the original Nancy Drew books go, The Spider Sapphire Mystery is pretty average. Once you've aged out of the intended audience, there's definitely some suspension of disbelief required, but there can still be a certain nostalgic charm to them. The Spider Sapphire unfortunately shows its age quite glaringly at times(it is kind of weird to see characters so casually discussing the uses of elephant and rhino ivory), and the resolution to the mystery subplot of Tizam's disappearance is very rush As the original Nancy Drew books go, The Spider Sapphire Mystery is pretty average. Once you've aged out of the intended audience, there's definitely some suspension of disbelief required, but there can still be a certain nostalgic charm to them. The Spider Sapphire unfortunately shows its age quite glaringly at times(it is kind of weird to see characters so casually discussing the uses of elephant and rhino ivory), and the resolution to the mystery subplot of Tizam's disappearance is very rushed and not particularly believable(amnesia as a plot device rarely seems to work very well anyways). But it was cool to have a different setting for a Nancy Drew mystery, and I quite enjoyed the subplot of Gwen's transformation(it was very pleasant and refreshing, so I don't mind even if it's not wholly realistic). Otherwise, not much stood out to me about this book, even if it was a nice diversion.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This Nancy Drew novel was intriguing to me because it was a destination story -i.e. not solely based in River Heights or America. I loved the incorporation of East Africa into the plot line as well as the different culture and society and learning about it too, even though some of the information may be (most likely is) outdated. The lure of jewels was quite tempting as well and I am always amazed at how Nancy manages to wriggle herself into the strangest most convenient situations, like she and This Nancy Drew novel was intriguing to me because it was a destination story -i.e. not solely based in River Heights or America. I loved the incorporation of East Africa into the plot line as well as the different culture and society and learning about it too, even though some of the information may be (most likely is) outdated. The lure of jewels was quite tempting as well and I am always amazed at how Nancy manages to wriggle herself into the strangest most convenient situations, like she and her friends Bess and George are allowed to accompany a university class of students and their professor on a trip to East Africa -how convenient for you Nancy that THAT happens to be where your mystery hunt will take you next! Always good fun and a delightful read to pass the time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Reali-Elliott

    The very first Nancy Drew book I read, and still my favorite!

  27. 5 out of 5

    ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    I remember the first time I read Nancy Drew. It blew my mind that there were girls presented with a brain. Most of the stuff I'd read up to that time, was that girls were sugar and spice - fluffy. No brains. To also learn about George who is a tomboy was a nice validation. Carolyn Keene wrote just for me! That is how I felt. When I did more research, I was shocked to find out, Ms. Keene was actually a man ... writing under Frank Dixon. I also loved the Hardy Boys. No wonder I loved these series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    Nancy is a world traveler! To Africa! With fewer comments about Bess's weight! No, really, I don't think it was as bad in this book. Nancy stumbles into a mystery when she learns that a fabricated gem containing a spider may be swapped out for the real deal. It belongs to an Indian gentleman but he is somehow in Africa? She, of course, solves the mystery, finds the gem and even locates the missing brother of a famous singer who was thought to have been mauled to death by lions but really made it Nancy is a world traveler! To Africa! With fewer comments about Bess's weight! No, really, I don't think it was as bad in this book. Nancy stumbles into a mystery when she learns that a fabricated gem containing a spider may be swapped out for the real deal. It belongs to an Indian gentleman but he is somehow in Africa? She, of course, solves the mystery, finds the gem and even locates the missing brother of a famous singer who was thought to have been mauled to death by lions but really made it out alive but with amnesia.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    I loved the Nancy Drew books when I was a child but realize now that they are very simplistic and really stretch the imagination. There is absolutely no way a young girl could accomplish the things Nancy does in these books. I guess if you're a tween, they'd be engaging but certainly not if you've actually lived for any length of time. I read this for a challenge (needed something published in 1967), otherwise I would never have picked this up.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    I read all the Nancy Drew books available (about 50) as a girl. I was challenged to "reread an old favorite" and thought I want to see if these are as good as I thought. Well, with a bit of suspension of disbelief, I actually thought it was still a worthwhile read. Thanks, Carolyn Keene for all those years of fun and suspense!

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