Written by: Harriet Adams (1962)

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). 

Here’s hoping the next one is a little more exciting!

8 thoughts on “Nancy Drew (#39): The Clue of the Dancing Puppet by Carolyn Keene

  1. Girl, you know POC would be out the house, no “who is it?” We out.
    Yes, George, call em out! 👏 That’s a good example to set.
    The Shakespearean aspect is exciting! I hope there’s a bit of explaining and analysis there… it would be like learning *dribbles*
    This one sounds really good, despite the ‘why’ letdown!

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    1. Haha right? Um, no I’m not investigating anything thank you very much. I’ve seen this horror movie before and POC always die first. So, no haha.
      It was more like he would incorporate quotes from the plays in his dialogue and the girls figured out which play it was from. I felt so smart when I recognized one lmao.

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      1. LOOOOOOOOOOOL bruh, don’t worry about that in real life us POC aren’t investigating and you know how horror films have a qwhite approach to POC’s in horror films.
        And please tell me it wasn’t Romeo & Juliet. 😂

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