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Nancy, Bess and George visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras. While on vacation for the festivities, the three friends become involved with pirates, ghosts, and investigating an old showboat, rumored to be haunted, that must be restored in time for the gala celebrations. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.


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Nancy, Bess and George visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras. While on vacation for the festivities, the three friends become involved with pirates, ghosts, and investigating an old showboat, rumored to be haunted, that must be restored in time for the gala celebrations. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.

30 review for The Haunted Showboat

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I came across The Haunted Showboat (Book #35) in near mint condition at a local antique show this past fall and decided it was time to read my very first Nancy Drew mystery. Published in 1957 and stamp-marked 2.95 (no dollar sign) on the back cover, I gladly paid my $10.Anyway, in this case, our young sleuth is summoned to travel to New Orleans to solve the mystery of why someone is sabotaging the rehab of an old storm damaged showboat. The story starts out like gangbusters with auto theft and c I came across The Haunted Showboat (Book #35) in near mint condition at a local antique show this past fall and decided it was time to read my very first Nancy Drew mystery. Published in 1957 and stamp-marked 2.95 (no dollar sign) on the back cover, I gladly paid my $10.Anyway, in this case, our young sleuth is summoned to travel to New Orleans to solve the mystery of why someone is sabotaging the rehab of an old storm damaged showboat. The story starts out like gangbusters with auto theft and car bombs and proceeds along at a fast pace with a mysterious and dangerous pursuer desperately trying to stop Nancy and friends from arriving at their destination.But Nancy does arrive and fearlessly seeks out clues until she, of course, uncovers the big secret behind the sabotage and locates (view spoiler)[ the missing pirate treasure in the hold of the old vessel. (hide spoiler)] I can sure understand why this young adult mystery series was so popular in its time with the wonderful old stamps within the front and back covers, and the lovely illustrations throughout the book, but one fact is blatantly obvious from start to finish and that is Nancy's well-mannered attitude and respect for everyone. A super fun and enjoyable read for young and old alike.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    "When Nancy, Bess and George travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to the Mardi Gras they are enveloped in a mystery involving a haunted showboat. Nancy unravels the mystery involving an impostor and a search for pirate's gold." [x] - The bomb in Nancy's car is such a serious incident yet the girls seem to shake it off as nothing but an inconvenience. - I'm surprised Mr. Drew would buy Nancy such a flashy car that's easy to spot. Being a detective you'd think a subtle car that blends in would be the sm "When Nancy, Bess and George travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to the Mardi Gras they are enveloped in a mystery involving a haunted showboat. Nancy unravels the mystery involving an impostor and a search for pirate's gold." [x] - The bomb in Nancy's car is such a serious incident yet the girls seem to shake it off as nothing but an inconvenience. - I'm surprised Mr. Drew would buy Nancy such a flashy car that's easy to spot. Being a detective you'd think a subtle car that blends in would be the smart choice. - The second the girls find out Uncle Rufus is a voodoo doctor they start to think he must be holding secret voodoo meetings on the old showboat and is responsible for scaring away visitors. This is such a leap and also kind of offensive. - I'm surprised Nancy doesn't consider Charles a suspect. As a spurred lover of Donna Mae he has plenty of reason for wanting to sabotage the showboat thus ruining her engagement announcement. - Both restaurants mentioned in this book, Antoines and Broussards, are still in existence and have pretty good reviews. Makes me think how fun it'd be going to all the real life restaurants Nancy's been to! You can read the rest of this review at VintageGirlsBooks.blogspot.com You can see all the illustrations from this book at www.pinterest.com/Nancydrewart

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    4.5 stars & 5/10 hearts. This one was fun! I enjoyed the unusual setting. I disliked Alex from the start, but Donna Mae turned out okay. I really liked Charles! I liked the storyline a lot too, and the mystery. What takes off half a star is some mentions of voodoo/spiritualism... easily edited out.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    New Orleans is the setting for Nancy's #35. . . .Mardi Gras and all the fun that leads to and from that holiday! There is a haunted showboat complete with ghosts, voodoo drums, gold pirate treasure and a true love, along with a false love. Dances and moonlit sleuthings. Ned and his boys. All those fun ingredients add up to 184 pages of fast, fun reminders of how much I loved this series in my past - we never had $$ to spend on books and the library never had all the ones I hadn't yet read, so thi New Orleans is the setting for Nancy's #35. . . .Mardi Gras and all the fun that leads to and from that holiday! There is a haunted showboat complete with ghosts, voodoo drums, gold pirate treasure and a true love, along with a false love. Dances and moonlit sleuthings. Ned and his boys. All those fun ingredients add up to 184 pages of fast, fun reminders of how much I loved this series in my past - we never had $$ to spend on books and the library never had all the ones I hadn't yet read, so this is me, sweeping them all down so I can say I've read them all! On to #36.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Yet another great novel in the Nancy Drew mystery book series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    It could have been so much better. The "Showboat" was not haunted, and neither was there a Show on it!!! We do see Nancy, Bess, and George going to visit Bess's cousin who lives in Louisiana. The cousin had previously been sweet and nice, and engaged to a nice fellow. But suddenly the cousin has tossed aside the nice fellow, and now she has gotten herself entangled in another engagement with an outsider! And this fiance number two seems to have a phony accent! A weird moment occurs when the brain It could have been so much better. The "Showboat" was not haunted, and neither was there a Show on it!!! We do see Nancy, Bess, and George going to visit Bess's cousin who lives in Louisiana. The cousin had previously been sweet and nice, and engaged to a nice fellow. But suddenly the cousin has tossed aside the nice fellow, and now she has gotten herself entangled in another engagement with an outsider! And this fiance number two seems to have a phony accent! A weird moment occurs when the brainwashed bride asks Bess and company to try on some pixie costumes that are "essential" to an upcoming engagement party. George and Bess reject said costumes by acting with wildly inappropriate vocalizations and behavior. Can someone please rewrite this day in Nancy's life please? Her weird friends are totally upstaging her.

  7. 4 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 Franklin Dixon. I also loved the Hardy Boys. No wonder I loved these seri 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 Franklin Dixon. I also loved the Hardy Boys. No wonder I loved these series. Great for girls aged 8 and up.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    My book is the original 1957 printing of this title. This is a classic Nancy Drew mystery. While I enjoyed re-reading it very much, I think perhaps my tastes have become jaded over the years. Perhaps once I would have given the book 5 stars but after all, this is a simple mystery of the era in which it was written and can't compete with the more complex books written for young adults today. On the other hand, I could not give it less than 4 stars so 4 it is. Nancy and her chums travel by car to My book is the original 1957 printing of this title. This is a classic Nancy Drew mystery. While I enjoyed re-reading it very much, I think perhaps my tastes have become jaded over the years. Perhaps once I would have given the book 5 stars but after all, this is a simple mystery of the era in which it was written and can't compete with the more complex books written for young adults today. On the other hand, I could not give it less than 4 stars so 4 it is. Nancy and her chums travel by car to New Orleans to solve the mystery of an old haunted showboat. Along the way there are some thugs with evil plans but the girls always triumph. I just sure wish that my daddy could have afforded to go out and buy me a new convertible if my (hypothetical for me) old convertible was stolen. Mr. Drew tells his savvy daughter, "I was going to buy you a new one for your next birthday anyway." It's just as well because Nancy Drew has not had a birthday in the 20 years before this book nor in the 59 years since! The eternal 18 year-old.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Roland Millsaps

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wow. I am journeying back in time with this review because "Carolyn Keene's" The Haunted Showboat is the very first Nancy Drew (or Hardy Boys) novel I ever read. Ok, technically, this is not completely true. I had read a ND book the previous year before...but I really didn't know what I was "doing." The Haunted Showboat is the first ND novel that I specifically picked up to read, knowing full well what I was "getting myself into." I'll go more into detail about this story in a moment, but let's Wow. I am journeying back in time with this review because "Carolyn Keene's" The Haunted Showboat is the very first Nancy Drew (or Hardy Boys) novel I ever read. Ok, technically, this is not completely true. I had read a ND book the previous year before...but I really didn't know what I was "doing." The Haunted Showboat is the first ND novel that I specifically picked up to read, knowing full well what I was "getting myself into." I'll go more into detail about this story in a moment, but let's go ahead and get the... ...General Housekeeping out of the way. Nancy Drew is the perpetually youthful, 18 year-old who lives in River Heights, USA (my guess is upstate New York). She is a gorgeous, strawberry-blond (sometimes, "titian-haired") amateur detective...(more than) partially inspired in pursuing this career path by her father, the famed criminal defense attorney, Carson Drew. Nancy lives with Mr. Drew, and their sweet, matronly housekeeper, Hannah Gruen. Mrs. Gruen is sort of a "surrogate mother" to Nancy as Mrs. Drew died when Nancy was a small child. Nancy is almost always assisted in her sleuthing by her two friends, George Fayne and Bess Marvin. "Georgia" (a tomboy, goes by "George") is dark-haired and athletic (she knows judo); Bess, a blond, is the most feminine of the three--a "hot chick" despite being slightly overweight...and she also has this fearful, "Chet Morton thing" going on: "Was taking this case really necessary, Nancy?" Nancy and her friends date three students from nearby Emerson College...all of whom are star football players (imagine that): Ned Nickerson (Nancy), Burt Eddleton (George), and Dave Evans (Bess). The Haunted Showboat As stated, this was the first ND novel (see above) I read, and it remains my favorite to this day. It deals with a trip to New Orleans, Mardi Gras and a wedding. Oh yeah, there is a "haunted showboat," The River Princess, moored out in the bayou...and voodoo is being practiced in the showboat's vicinity, too. Briefly...Bess and George's wealthy young cousin, (Beautiful, but a bit self-centered) Donna Mae Harris, is getting married, and the girls are invited... Donna Mae apparently just broke off an engagement with ex-beau Charles Bartolome (another rich dude) in order to marry the new guy: Oxford-educated Alex Upgrove... Seems he breezed into New Orleans and swept her off her feet... They are going to have the wedding reception on an ancient showboat, sitting out in the bayou... Problem: the ship is haunted, and Donna Mae's family cannot get anyone near it--to restore it for the wedding... See? The wealthy havetheir problems, too... Don't worry, Donna Mae, Nancy's on it! ...If she can only make it down there, that is... Her car (for like the 100th time--and it's only Volume 35) has been stolen! ...No problem!, Mr. Drew (for like the 100th time) has come home with a brand new car for Nancy! ...The trip is quite eventful (see below)... Nancy and friends finally make it to The Big Easy and nothing is going right... Alex is a jerk, and Nancy immediately dislikes him... We all know what that means!... No one will take Nancy out to the showboat, either... Alex suggests they "turn the house into a showboat" for the reception... That must be one big house!... Nancy meets a voodoo doctor, Uncle Rufus, and he takes her out to The River Princess... Nancy gets there and finds/meets Charles Bartolome... He is still in love with Donna Mae--and is even trying to fix the showboat by himself for her!... Even despite Donna M's "dumping" him... Donna Mae gets jealous of Nancy spending time with Charles, and invites the "Emerson Trio" down... No problem, cos Nancy exposes Alex as a fraud and Donna Mae reunites with Charles... Alex vanishes--but gets greedy and returns... Seems there is pirate gold hidden somewhere inside the showboat, and Alex and his accomplice, Spike (how original), were "haunting" it for this reason... Nancy and Ned find the pirate gold hidden deep inside the showboat's hold... Alex and Spike steal the gold from them, and leave our couple for dead!... Don't worry--everybody's okay... Spike gets picked up by the police... And Ned provides all the needed muscle to catch--and hold on to--Alex, who "got greedy" a second time... Turns out it was Spike who stole Nancy's car, which (of course) gets found in New Orleans... The wedding (with Charles) is back on!... And Donna Mae appears to (thankfully!) have grown up a bit by the story's end. A good read, indeed. What I liked As I've stated, this is my favorite "Nancy" story, and it is quite entertaining from start to finish. I remember that (as a child) the very beginning of this story, when Nancy's car is stolen, struck a very positive chord with me because Nancy gave an extremely-detailed description of the car thief to the police. I remember thinking, "Wow. She is good!" I also enjoyed the trip to New Orleans. As I alluded to earlier, it is quite eventful, and holds you in suspense as to what will happen next the entire time. Of course, as you may have guessed, the interaction between "Nancy and friends" with Donna Mae and her family...including Alex, is quite entertaining. Alex Upgrove is Nancy's evil "alter-ego," and it is enjoyable watching the two go (verbally, and otherwise) back and forth. Alex also goes to great lengths to keep Nancy away from the showboat, and it is entertaining to watch how she manages to outwit him in this regard, too. Finally, the whole "New Orleans, Mardi Gras" setting just adds to the overall feel of the book--and I have to be completely honest here and admit I enjoyed "seeing" Donna get back together with Charles. What I didn't like I wonder if it is even necessary to continue mentioning this with regard to Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys mysteries...but plot-holes, plot-holes, plot-holes. Actually, they are down quite a bit in this story, so maybe just only one of the aforementioned "plot-holes" would have sufficed. Two (of three total) glaring ones are in regards to Nancy's car. I really don't have that much of a problem with it turning up in New Orleans (as Alex and Spike were working out of The Big Easy), but her Dad bringing home a new car ("coincidentally") was a bit too much, even for my elementary-school-age mind. I also do not like the use of racial stereotypes in the characterization of Uncle Rufus. The publishers could have, andshould have, done a lot better with respect to his said characterization. One last thing: Why (?) would two crooks, after successfully getting away with stealing priceless pirate gold--from Nancy and Ned--inexplicably return to New Orleans to participate in the Mardi Gras parade...when, with all the Mardi Gras festivities going on, it would be so easy to slip out of town? I don't know, either. I also don't buy the story's reasoning...Welcome to the world of Nancy Drew (and The Hardy Boys), I suppose. Finally I've already stated this is my favorite Nancy Drew story, and, despite the aforementioned problems I have with it, I have to rate it with five stars. I do hope, seeing as how this book is still in publication, the publisher, if it hasn't already done so, will go back and re-edit out the negative stereotyping. The Haunted Showboat is a great read, otherwise--and this (a re-edit) would make it even better. Thank you for reading. Nancy Drew Mysteries Volume 35 - The Haunted Showboat The Haunted Showboat was first published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1957. It was ghost-written by Harriet Stratemeyer Adams. Thank you, Wikipedia.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jayant Saket

    After from being the first Nancy Drew book I read,this book also became my third favourite book.The Haunted Showboat — with crossing 185 pages — is a bit - lengthy than the others.The positive review for this book has been possible through its decent story,likeable characters,wondrous descriptions,feel-alive atmosphere and a pretty good villain in the form of the young Alex Upgrove. The story isn’t much but still remains to be decent.The mystery gets to be sidelined through the extreme emphasis After from being the first Nancy Drew book I read,this book also became my third favourite book.The Haunted Showboat — with crossing 185 pages — is a bit - lengthy than the others.The positive review for this book has been possible through its decent story,likeable characters,wondrous descriptions,feel-alive atmosphere and a pretty good villain in the form of the young Alex Upgrove. The story isn’t much but still remains to be decent.The mystery gets to be sidelined through the extreme emphasis surroundings (which are admittedly wondrous and beautiful).But we never get ourselves lose the track of the story.I personally think that the location of the treasure was quite tricky.I had to read those portions 2 times to get myself clear.The story moves on a breezy note.The inclusion of voodoo magic never felt gripping though.I can’t seem to have a stable on that part of the book.The chapter “A Curious Alligator” has been brilliantly titled.Donnae Mae and Charles were good characters while Alex was one of the better villains here.New Orleans has been vividly described.A 4.7 star-rating is enough.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another dangerous mystery with a rather violent man trying to stop Nancy’s trip to New Orleans by stealing her car, putting a bomb in the new one, pouring acid on ... something. But he’s caught “offscreen.” Boo. Still, I couldn't put this one down! It is exciting. Nancy is hired by cousins(?) of Bess and George to solve the mystery of a haunted showboat the "Colonel" (sigh)... wants to restore. So the girls set out, but Nancy's car is stolen first! Then an almost deadly road trip (see above!0 lea Another dangerous mystery with a rather violent man trying to stop Nancy’s trip to New Orleans by stealing her car, putting a bomb in the new one, pouring acid on ... something. But he’s caught “offscreen.” Boo. Still, I couldn't put this one down! It is exciting. Nancy is hired by cousins(?) of Bess and George to solve the mystery of a haunted showboat the "Colonel" (sigh)... wants to restore. So the girls set out, but Nancy's car is stolen first! Then an almost deadly road trip (see above!0 leads to encounters on an abandoned showboat, car chases, canoe chases, alligators, and falls off and through things. Why do Bess and George’s parents let them go with Nancy? One of them always gets hurt! This time it’s both girls! Not to mention the BOMB in the car! I did like that Hannah wasn’t all “don’t go, it’s too dangerous “ like she was in the last book. For being written by the same ghostwriter, characterizations vary each book. Instead of the interesting bad guy trying to kill her, Nancy gets to investigate pretend posh boy Alex. Who is smarmy and oily and no one likes. Obvs the bad guy. He stole away the heart of Donna Mae, the Colonel's daughter, from her intended fiancee (is it not official until it's been announced?) while Charles was on a long trip. It's unclear if Charles was mad that Donna was out with another boy while he was away or if Donna Mae cheated on him, either way, she's now engaged to Alex with the official announcement set after Mardi Gras at a big party. Of course he’s only after Donna Mae’s name and the possible hidden treasure. All is well by the end of the book, but I’d be a little wary of the engaged couples’ chance at future happiness. Just saying. Girl‘s engaged three times in one book. There are actually POC in this book! Several! The first ones we meet are the servants of Donna Mae's parents, Mammy Matilda and Pappy Cole (sigh)... and the narrator continually refers to them by their "full names." Sigh. Uncle Rufus is the other POC and he's rather fun. He practices voodoo, but surprisingly the text does not make him evil or portray him as foolish. I found that quite refreshing, plus he hits an alligator on the head with a paddle to save Nancy. Even the white characters speak well of him! There is the red herring of Nancy and Co. thinking Rufus is holding voodoo meetings on board the old boat and scaring away others... I mean, why? He's got a perfectly good house. He's there for most of the adventures. Rufus was my fav part. Part of me wishes I could see Nancy's New Orleans as the author describes the town beautifully. I wonder how much of it still exists. Ironically, the girls get a tour of the Mississippi and Donna Mae raves about the New Orleans' great flood protection. Ha. Ned, Burt, and Dave show up to help save the day and Ned gets to tackle the bad guy. Honestly, he wasn't bad in this book. He didn't whine or complain, he just helped. Nice. Quite an enjoyable read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Jo

    I used to love Nancy Drew books and I enjoyed rereading it all these years later. I was reminded about why I loved them and why I now love reading mysteries. Such a great series to engage young readers!

  13. 4 out of 5

    kenzie

    as the kids say nowadays: big yikes

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brianna D

    In this book “The Haunted Showboat” from the Nancy Drew series ,and authored by Carolyn Keene, Nancy is invited to go with her cousins, George and Bess, to New Orleans to solve a mystery and also have some fun at the “ Mardi Gras Parade.” Nancy learns new and exciting things that lead up to her solving the mystery. This book always interests me and I always love when I have the free time during school to read this book. At the end and beginning of every chapter you are either learning some new o In this book “The Haunted Showboat” from the Nancy Drew series ,and authored by Carolyn Keene, Nancy is invited to go with her cousins, George and Bess, to New Orleans to solve a mystery and also have some fun at the “ Mardi Gras Parade.” Nancy learns new and exciting things that lead up to her solving the mystery. This book always interests me and I always love when I have the free time during school to read this book. At the end and beginning of every chapter you are either learning some new or you are left with a cliffhanger at the end of the chapter. I really like this book and recommend you read this book and the rest of the series. The author always makes me want to read more. Carolyn Keene, the author, has a great way to hook you and doesn’t use a lot of hard words for my age as a 7th grader. Everything she puts in has an impact later in the book. An example for that would be if she hadn’t put the character Alex Upgrove in the book the story line would be way different. He has a great impact on the story. Donna Mae was an important character because if she wasn’t in the story Alex Upgrove nor Charles Bartolome would be in the story which are also important characters. I can’t tell you why Charles or Alex are important because it will spoil the story for you if you have not read it yet. Nancy, Bess, and George would not have been invited to New Orleans if it weren’t for Donna Mae, so that is another reason why Donna Mae is an important character in this story. Nancy, Bess, and George are important because if they weren't in the story the mysteries wouldn’t have been solved without them. “But along came Alex Upgrove from New York and Donna Mae lost her to him completely.” (page 2) Another thing that is important is this story is the “River Princess,” the River Princess is a boat that legend has said that there was a treasure on. The River Princess was beat down because hardly anyone took care of it anymore. The reason why no one took care of it anymore was because a lot of workers reported to see scary things and events happening. Donna Mae wanted to use the River Princess for the Mardi Gras Parade because she was putting on a ball in the theatre of the River Princess. “The ball will take place in the theatre of the boat.” (page 3) I recommend you read this book because it always makes you want to keep reading and always hooks you. I enjoy reading the series and love how the reading level isn’t super hard nor super easy. The book isn’t confusing because the author always explains things thoroughly. The book wasn’t predictable because you never see things coming. When I read the book I wasn’t expecting Nancy and her cousins to get in so much trouble to get to New Orleans because someone kept stopping them. I loved the ending and the ending of all the other books in the series because Nancy and her cousins or friends always solve the mystery. Carolyn Keene, the author, also puts in the title of the next book so you know which mystery is next. My favorite part is when Donna Mae says at the end “Nancy, you helped me recover something more precious than all the gold in the world, “ Donna Mae whispered.” (page 184) Donna Mae was talking about Charles Bartolome who she was going to be engaged to again. In the book it talks about how there is a big garden in the backyard of the Haver’s house, and I thought about the big nice house and big garden in the show “The Series of Unfortunate Events,” which is also a book series. The authors style of writing in this book is very nice and neat. She orders it nice and always leaves a cliffhanger at the end of a chapter. “The reptile's jaws were aiming for Nancy’s hand!” (page 88) This why I recommend you read this book and the rest of the series. |I also apologize if their is spelling errors in this review but that is how the words are spelled in the book |

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    The Haunted Showboat (1957) finds Nancy invited to New Orleans at Mardi Gras time. Bess & George's uncle had planned to move and restore the River Princess, an old river showboat that's been abandoned in the swamp. He wants the boat in good order in time for a gala celebration--a costume ball to celebrate the engagement of his daughter Donna Mae to Oxford graduate Alex Upgrove. There are just a few problems....the boat is rumored to be haunted; no one is willing to move the boat; and every time The Haunted Showboat (1957) finds Nancy invited to New Orleans at Mardi Gras time. Bess & George's uncle had planned to move and restore the River Princess, an old river showboat that's been abandoned in the swamp. He wants the boat in good order in time for a gala celebration--a costume ball to celebrate the engagement of his daughter Donna Mae to Oxford graduate Alex Upgrove. There are just a few problems....the boat is rumored to be haunted; no one is willing to move the boat; and every time any repairs at all are done onboard they are immediately destroyed. The uncle specifically requests Nancy to come to the rescue (I'm guessing Bess & George have been bragging to their family about all of Nancy's detecting skills--'cause how would he know otherwise? ) So, the girls get all set to head south in Nancy's blue convertible when it gets stolen! But, no worries, Carson Drew comes to the rescue with a brand new yellow convertible (because he was planning to get her a new one for her birthday anyway). There's a bomb scare and acid on car bits and a game of hide-and-seek with the culprit all along the way--but they arrive safely in New Orleans and Nancy is ready to get busy solving the mystery. Except Donna Mae seems determined to prevent any detective work--which makes absolutely no sense when you consider the party planned for the boat is supposed to be for her. Of course, she seems to be very jealous of Nancy and afraid that our detective will run off with her boyfriend. It doesn't help that Alex seems way more interested in what Nancy's doing than in his fiancée. Fortunately, Nancy doesn't let a little interference stand in her way and soon she's taking night-time boat trips to the swamp and learning about pirate treasure. Ned Nickerson and his pals Burt & Dave show up in time to help Nancy tackle the bad guys. I'm not entirely sure why this one wasn't a bigger favorite of mine when I was younger. There's a lot to appeal to the young reader--a car race of sorts as Nancy, Bess & George try to out-distance their pursuer on the way to New Orleans; a spooky old showboat with a ghost in the middle of the swamp; and a hidden treasure! What's not to love about that? And yet--for some reason, this was a "one and done" book for me. I initially read it because it was part of my mom's six-book collection, but as far as I can remember I never picked it up again. Until I found this Cameo Edition to add to my own collection and decided that I needed to give the book another try. It definitely has a stronger mystery element than many of the stories and makes for quite an exciting adventure. First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Nancy takes another trip to New Orleans (like in Blackwood Hall, maybe?) to stay with another cousin of Bess n George. They are a retired colonel and his wife and 20-year-old daughter, and they have house slaves named Mammy and Pappy. The daughter's fiance is besotted by Nancy and he's totally a dubious character from the outset. Nancy's car is stolen in the first chapter, and her father immediately buys a replacement which is sabotaged before she even leaves town. Then she nearly drives the seco Nancy takes another trip to New Orleans (like in Blackwood Hall, maybe?) to stay with another cousin of Bess n George. They are a retired colonel and his wife and 20-year-old daughter, and they have house slaves named Mammy and Pappy. The daughter's fiance is besotted by Nancy and he's totally a dubious character from the outset. Nancy's car is stolen in the first chapter, and her father immediately buys a replacement which is sabotaged before she even leaves town. Then she nearly drives the second replacement over a cliff. So three cars before we even hear about the mystery. Then they have a Negro river guide named Uncle Remus Rufus (he sounds more Georgian than Cajun Creole) whose "ka-noo" is destroyed by an underwater barricade. Anyway, there's apparently gold on this abandoned showboat and the fiance and his friend are looking for it. Nancy and Ned lose consciousness when they're both cracked over the head at the same time by these two assailants. The girls have a great time at the Mardi Gras parades, and the beads are flying freely. Of course. Book reads like a travelogue of New Orleans.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Suziey

    Nancy is invited by Bess and George to spend Mardi Gras in New Orleans with their aunt, uncle and cousin. The uncle, is especially eager to have Nancy get to the bottom of the mysterious incidents occurring on an old showboat he is restoring. From the beginning, the trip was riddled with problems. First, Nancy’s car is stolen. But it all works out when her dad buys her a new one. Then someone places a bomb in the new car and later damages the exterior when the bomb is disarmed. Once in New Orlean Nancy is invited by Bess and George to spend Mardi Gras in New Orleans with their aunt, uncle and cousin. The uncle, is especially eager to have Nancy get to the bottom of the mysterious incidents occurring on an old showboat he is restoring. From the beginning, the trip was riddled with problems. First, Nancy’s car is stolen. But it all works out when her dad buys her a new one. Then someone places a bomb in the new car and later damages the exterior when the bomb is disarmed. Once in New Orleans though, things settle down.  Bess and George’s cousin, Donna Mae is engaged to Alex Upgrove. Much to Bess’s dismay as she preferred Donna Mae’s former fiancé Charles. There is a bit of drama going on there. Especially when Charles invites Nancy, Bess, and George to dinner. Donna Mae becomes upset and insists on inviting Ned, Burt and Dave so that the girls won’t date Charles and his friends. Girl, you’re engaged. Let them do whatever they want!  Anyway, the mystery was a piece of cake for Nancy. There were no major impediments to her sleuthing. Her hunches were always spot on and Bess and George provided her with good clues.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    My favorite independent bookstore, Octavia Books, mentioned "The Haunted Showboat" during Mardi Gras in an Instagram post. I had to buy it because I miss living in New Orleans. And how did I not know that Nancy Drew went to the Mardi Gras?? As I get older, I feel increasingly nostalgic about my childhood. I loved Nancy Drew then and still do today, though some of my mild criticisms of it as an adult were things I found mesmerizing or delightful as a suburban pre-teen. The language is a bit dated, My favorite independent bookstore, Octavia Books, mentioned "The Haunted Showboat" during Mardi Gras in an Instagram post. I had to buy it because I miss living in New Orleans. And how did I not know that Nancy Drew went to the Mardi Gras?? As I get older, I feel increasingly nostalgic about my childhood. I loved Nancy Drew then and still do today, though some of my mild criticisms of it as an adult were things I found mesmerizing or delightful as a suburban pre-teen. The language is a bit dated, which is to be expected, and amusing at times. Despite Nancy and her friends' proven ability to handle threats, there is a scene in which they defer to a male authority's admonition ("'Girls, don't go on this man hunt. Those fellows are too dangerous.'"). It's a clear and common hallmark of gender stereotypes at the time. Nancy is no damsel in distress! Her easy confidence is why I enjoyed it as a kid, and still find it to be a pleasant read 35+ years later.

  19. 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Nancy's car is stolen right out of her garage, her dad buys her a brand new one (because of course he does), and then a bomb is planted in the new car - and all this within the first two chapters! This was much more action-packed than usual, which made it a lot of fun to read. Uncle Rufus' "dialect" was uncomfortable to read, however, but I have to keep reminding myself that these were published such a long time ago in a different world. I always laugh when the criminals immediately confess every Nancy's car is stolen right out of her garage, her dad buys her a brand new one (because of course he does), and then a bomb is planted in the new car - and all this within the first two chapters! This was much more action-packed than usual, which made it a lot of fun to read. Uncle Rufus' "dialect" was uncomfortable to read, however, but I have to keep reminding myself that these were published such a long time ago in a different world. I always laugh when the criminals immediately confess everything to Nancy as soon as they are caught. "Yup, that was me who tried to blow you up in your car! No hard feelings?" I'm assuming the Miranda rights weren't around back then....

  21. 4 out of 5

    Greta

    Best things about this one is the ambiance of a swamp setting and the colorful capture of the villain which has a fun dramatic flair. Low marks for some racism. News bulletin: referring to black servants as "Mammy", "Pappy", and other black people as "Uncle" is a throwback to names from slavery times. This book was republished in 1980s.....these offensive terms should have removed. Best things about this one is the ambiance of a swamp setting and the colorful capture of the villain which has a fun dramatic flair. Low marks for some racism. News bulletin: referring to black servants as "Mammy", "Pappy", and other black people as "Uncle" is a throwback to names from slavery times. This book was republished in 1980s.....these offensive terms should have removed.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    well now I have read a classic nancy drew. I do not have to read any more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    This one made me the most uncomfortable—so much “1950’s-acceptable” racism and sexism. I felt icky.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hazel

    I’m still giving this 4 stars because I enjoyed it even though there was some racism and sexism in this one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I discovered the Nancy Drew books when I was about 10 years old, and from the moment I picked up the first book I was hooked. 32 years on, I have just started to read them all over again! In fact I probably only ever read about 10-12 of the original ones, out of over 70 books, so am really looking forwards to reading some of the ones I never got around to reading. Whilst I find them very predictable these days, I have to say I still really enjoy them. They are easy reading material, and you can eas I discovered the Nancy Drew books when I was about 10 years old, and from the moment I picked up the first book I was hooked. 32 years on, I have just started to read them all over again! In fact I probably only ever read about 10-12 of the original ones, out of over 70 books, so am really looking forwards to reading some of the ones I never got around to reading. Whilst I find them very predictable these days, I have to say I still really enjoy them. They are easy reading material, and you can easily get through a few chapters in a 15 minute coffee break, or between housework without getting bored. The haunted show boat was a pleasant read, it follows Nancy Drew and her 2 best friends to a Mardi Gras festival, and a mystery that goes with the old abandoned showboat "The River Princess", which all comes together towards the end of the book. Carolyn Introduces roughly 10 new characters to this story, all of whom I was able to relate to, to some degree; particularly Donna Mae, her ex fiancé Charles, and the sleezy Alex. I did however find that it lacked personal detail where some of the characters were concerned. The book itself had everything in it I would expect a classic Nancy Drew to have , right from the introduction to the mystery, suspicious characters, dangerous situations, Adventure and of course the story line, and grand finale. Many of Carolyn Keens books involve Pirates, theft, smuggling and some form of ghostly presence, and this book was no exception. I have given this particular book a rating of 3! Whilst I found this book enjoyable, I found it was lacking something that I couldn't quite put my finger on, therefore it didn't have me as gripped of some of her other books, hence a midway rating.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I don't know what to think about this book. Depending on what you like, the pacing is either good or terrible. It's good because it's consistently exciting and interesting. It's bad because it never seems to get to the point. The first five chapters involve Nancy's drive down to New Orleans. Then there are many chapters where Nancy attempts to investigate the haunted showboat only for people to stop her with 'let's go on a tour/shopping'. The last chapter has a hasty wrap up, as if the author sud I don't know what to think about this book. Depending on what you like, the pacing is either good or terrible. It's good because it's consistently exciting and interesting. It's bad because it never seems to get to the point. The first five chapters involve Nancy's drive down to New Orleans. Then there are many chapters where Nancy attempts to investigate the haunted showboat only for people to stop her with 'let's go on a tour/shopping'. The last chapter has a hasty wrap up, as if the author suddenly realized they were at the end of the book. Despite spending most of the book avoiding the mystery, I actually liked this one. Nancy is well aware that others are trying to keep her away from the mystery and outwits them at multiple times. She also has slight personal stakes in this, as her mother's shawl was stolen at the beginning. Considering how little Nancy's mom is mentioned across the books, I'm grateful for any mention of her. I also really liked the main suspect in this book. Rather than a random stranger or creepy neighbor, this book's suspect is a friend of the family who hired Nancy. This allows for many more scenes where Nancy interacts with the suspect in a non-suspcious setting. There's also a bit of a love triangle.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    This was not my favorite mystery, and really there wasn't a lot to the mystery, most of the book were inconsequential details that never really tied into what was happening on the showboat. I also was reading a 1957 edition of this book, which really didn't age well. I've read previously that Nancy Drew had to be revised for the times as new editions came out, and reading about the casual reference to "colored people," and "Negroes" was jarring and seriously detracted from any enjoyment to be ha This was not my favorite mystery, and really there wasn't a lot to the mystery, most of the book were inconsequential details that never really tied into what was happening on the showboat. I also was reading a 1957 edition of this book, which really didn't age well. I've read previously that Nancy Drew had to be revised for the times as new editions came out, and reading about the casual reference to "colored people," and "Negroes" was jarring and seriously detracted from any enjoyment to be had from this book. Meh, this isn't Nancy's best, I advise to skip it unless you're a committed fan. It's not terrible, but it's not a sterling example of this series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    The Haunted Showboat finds Nancy in New Orleans investigating an old showboat that is awaiting restoration but lately seems to be haunted. This book gave me the impression that the author was pressed for time and couldn't put enough effort into the story. Not only does the mystery itself feel underdeveloped, but it takes a long time to gain the spotlight; even when Nancy is told about it, we don't get full knowledge of the situation until small details are given throughout the book. In addition, The Haunted Showboat finds Nancy in New Orleans investigating an old showboat that is awaiting restoration but lately seems to be haunted. This book gave me the impression that the author was pressed for time and couldn't put enough effort into the story. Not only does the mystery itself feel underdeveloped, but it takes a long time to gain the spotlight; even when Nancy is told about it, we don't get full knowledge of the situation until small details are given throughout the book. In addition, there isn't much suspense or action after the first several chapters. The characters are all interesting, though, and the story is never less than entertaining. The climax is fairly exciting. All in all, I rate this volume 3 out of 5 stars – fairly enjoyable but needed improvement.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Remembering that these books were written for young girls changes the focus a bit. They are formulaic; they are repetitive, but they can be fun, too. With this book, it wasn’t just Nancy figuring everything out. She did ask the right questions, but still used her intuition and thought about things.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    A bit hard to follow at some points but otherwise I loved reading about Nancy solving another mystery! The haunted showboat was mysteriously attached to a legend of pirate's gold inside of it and a gang was going to stop at nothing to get it for themselves, even if it meant putting other people's lives in danger! A bit hard to follow at some points but otherwise I loved reading about Nancy solving another mystery! The haunted showboat was mysteriously attached to a legend of pirate's gold inside of it and a gang was going to stop at nothing to get it for themselves, even if it meant putting other people's lives in danger!

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