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Aunt Eloise invites Nancy, Bess, and George to New York to help a friend who has been swindled out of a sizable sum of money. There, the girls see a performance of a magicians' group who stun their audiences with clever sleight-of-hand tricks. Because the magicians temporarily remove people's wallets and handbags, Nancy feels the actors aren't above suspicion. Her hunch is Aunt Eloise invites Nancy, Bess, and George to New York to help a friend who has been swindled out of a sizable sum of money. There, the girls see a performance of a magicians' group who stun their audiences with clever sleight-of-hand tricks. Because the magicians temporarily remove people's wallets and handbags, Nancy feels the actors aren't above suspicion. Her hunch is borne out and a whirlwind chase ensues.


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Aunt Eloise invites Nancy, Bess, and George to New York to help a friend who has been swindled out of a sizable sum of money. There, the girls see a performance of a magicians' group who stun their audiences with clever sleight-of-hand tricks. Because the magicians temporarily remove people's wallets and handbags, Nancy feels the actors aren't above suspicion. Her hunch is Aunt Eloise invites Nancy, Bess, and George to New York to help a friend who has been swindled out of a sizable sum of money. There, the girls see a performance of a magicians' group who stun their audiences with clever sleight-of-hand tricks. Because the magicians temporarily remove people's wallets and handbags, Nancy feels the actors aren't above suspicion. Her hunch is borne out and a whirlwind chase ensues.

30 review for The Triple Hoax

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    It's late, so, I can't do my regular detailed review. All I'll say is that I enjoyed this one, as usual. It's late, so, I can't do my regular detailed review. All I'll say is that I enjoyed this one, as usual.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    This book was very intriguing. Nancy is nearly killed three times. It makes your heart jump every time. This book is a thriller. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes action and mystery.

  3. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    For some reason, it was not as good as the other Nancy Drew books that I have read, but in the same breath, it was like running into an old friend that you haven't seen for a long time. For some reason, it was not as good as the other Nancy Drew books that I have read, but in the same breath, it was like running into an old friend that you haven't seen for a long time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katja Labonté

    4 stars & 4/10 hearts. I enjoyed this mystery. I feel like it was rather different from the others in set up. The characters were quite unique. And I enjoyed the whole sleight-of-hand aspect to the mystery. It had a very 70s feel though, not at all like Thirteenth Pearl. You can tell it’s a new start. ;)

  5. 5 out of 5

    iz

    great! but I miss the writing of the older hardback books :(

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    Although written by the same author, there is a completely different voice in this book than what I've come to expect. Of course, this book was written much later than the majority of the series, and I was delighted to pick up this and a few others of the last of the hardback original series. Almost have them all, and will enjoy reading them once. Not sure I'll want to keep these latest ones, though. Mystery is not as well developed, conversations seem stilted, and the whole book just felt "off" Although written by the same author, there is a completely different voice in this book than what I've come to expect. Of course, this book was written much later than the majority of the series, and I was delighted to pick up this and a few others of the last of the hardback original series. Almost have them all, and will enjoy reading them once. Not sure I'll want to keep these latest ones, though. Mystery is not as well developed, conversations seem stilted, and the whole book just felt "off".

  7. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Why in the world are these books so popular?? I like a good mystery and I don't dislike books written for a much younger audience, but this book was just bad. It was poorly written and it was rambly and it was not believable. Maybe someone younger could appreciate it? Except, I keep thinking about what CS Lewis said "no book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally - and often far more - worth reading at the age of 50 and beyond." So, this book should be skipped by all. Why in the world are these books so popular?? I like a good mystery and I don't dislike books written for a much younger audience, but this book was just bad. It was poorly written and it was rambly and it was not believable. Maybe someone younger could appreciate it? Except, I keep thinking about what CS Lewis said "no book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally - and often far more - worth reading at the age of 50 and beyond." So, this book should be skipped by all.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

    Wow. Some Nancy Drew mysteries carry through to present day just fine. This one... did not. Nancy is called into the mystery when a friend of her aunt's is defrauded of some money. This fraud is connected to a group of magicians who call themselves the hoaxsters. Just couldn't handle the story. Nancy was being a ninny. Wow. Some Nancy Drew mysteries carry through to present day just fine. This one... did not. Nancy is called into the mystery when a friend of her aunt's is defrauded of some money. This fraud is connected to a group of magicians who call themselves the hoaxsters. Just couldn't handle the story. Nancy was being a ninny.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    I consider this to be the first real chapter book I ever read, and it jump started my journey into reading with a passion. I owe a lot to it!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    The Triple Hoax, which concerns Nancy trailing a group of dishonest magicians, is the first of the modern Nancy Drew mysteries (but in following the numbering of the original series, it's labeled 57). Although I much prefer the original books, just for a change I decided to read this book and the succeeding volume. Previously I had read a couple of modern ND mysteries that were acceptable, but this one turned out to be just awful. The plot itself is thin, with hardly a mystery until the last sev The Triple Hoax, which concerns Nancy trailing a group of dishonest magicians, is the first of the modern Nancy Drew mysteries (but in following the numbering of the original series, it's labeled 57). Although I much prefer the original books, just for a change I decided to read this book and the succeeding volume. Previously I had read a couple of modern ND mysteries that were acceptable, but this one turned out to be just awful. The plot itself is thin, with hardly a mystery until the last several chapters, and despite an exciting climax, there is little suspense or action throughout the story. The skimpy writing pales by comparison with the original books. In addition, the story is often silly and unrealistic. Some examples: ~ Bess and George are now classified as amateur detectives just as much as Nancy, when they are supposed to be merely her assistants. ~ The three girls are trusted immediately by any non-evil character. ~ When Nancy hopes that their boyfriends can join them, she bluntly asks her hostess (who has already given them free room and board on sudden notice), “Would you mind having three more guests?” And the lady responds, “Of course not! The more the merrier.” All in all, this mess of a book earns no more than 1 out of 5 stars. Buy one of the original 56 Nancy Drew volumes instead; they are well-worth reading again and again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Story_Girl

    A surprising Nancy Drew mystery with plenty of twists. It all begins when Nancy is asked to help a friend of her Aunt Eloise's who has been conned. The investigation leads Nancy to an illusion show which features an act in which audience members find their handbags, wallets, purses, watches etc. disappear. All items are returned, but not until after the show. Why the delay? Then a new friend of Nancy's becomes the next victim, only things take a serious turn when her granddaughter is kidnapped a A surprising Nancy Drew mystery with plenty of twists. It all begins when Nancy is asked to help a friend of her Aunt Eloise's who has been conned. The investigation leads Nancy to an illusion show which features an act in which audience members find their handbags, wallets, purses, watches etc. disappear. All items are returned, but not until after the show. Why the delay? Then a new friend of Nancy's becomes the next victim, only things take a serious turn when her granddaughter is kidnapped and held for ransom. What is tie is there between the cons, the kidnapping and the show? Well, before you work that out lets through in an ancient vial of poison that is stolen out of an beautiful old costume. And with Bess, George and Ned along for the ride, its certainly an exciting mystery.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    This book marks a change in the illustrator and, it seemed to me, writing style of the Nancy Drew books. I am a little sad to lose the more minimalist/sketchy illustrations of the previous books, but I'm sure I'll get used to these new ones soon. As for the writing changes, I believe this is the first time Dave, Burt, and Ned are referred to explicitly as boyfriends, a lot being said about the difference between amateur and professional detectives, and, at least in the case of Bess seducing a cu This book marks a change in the illustrator and, it seemed to me, writing style of the Nancy Drew books. I am a little sad to lose the more minimalist/sketchy illustrations of the previous books, but I'm sure I'll get used to these new ones soon. As for the writing changes, I believe this is the first time Dave, Burt, and Ned are referred to explicitly as boyfriends, a lot being said about the difference between amateur and professional detectives, and, at least in the case of Bess seducing a customs officer, a more explicit use of their "feminine wiles". The rest of the mystery is pretty standard Nancy Drew with some insensitive remarks about other cultures, Nancy having conveniently useful skills (speaking Spanish), and of course the boys' plan being hijacked. I was a little concerned that Nancy was going to the movies and attending parties while a child had been kidnapped, especially when the child's family was clearly very anguished. Don't get me wrong, I loved reading this, but because I love it I also acknowledge it's shortcomings.

  13. 5 out of 5

    LuAnn

    Nancy naming the mystery herself is a throw-back to some of the original texts of the stories. The premise is clever and it has the feel of earlier “travelogues” like 99 Steps and Whistling Bagpipes. The number of dramatic incidents is overdone which puts this in what I consider the “crazy period” of the NDMS which includes the infamous Flying Saucer Mystery. But it’s not a bad start for the Simon & Schuster paper back period of the series and I like that Ned, Burt and Dave joined the girls in L Nancy naming the mystery herself is a throw-back to some of the original texts of the stories. The premise is clever and it has the feel of earlier “travelogues” like 99 Steps and Whistling Bagpipes. The number of dramatic incidents is overdone which puts this in what I consider the “crazy period” of the NDMS which includes the infamous Flying Saucer Mystery. But it’s not a bad start for the Simon & Schuster paper back period of the series and I like that Ned, Burt and Dave joined the girls in LA for the end of the mystery, although I guess you had to be there for their joking on page 152. Ruth Sanderson is a fitting successor to Rudy Nappi as a cover artist and her internal illustrations are good (too bad the publishers dropped them when they redesigned the cover), but to me they are no match for the neat line illustrations of the '50s and '60s.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    I found one of the many Nancy Drew books I've collected that I hadn't read yet, so I thought why not? It was a fun little break into what originally got me reading cozy mysteries and interesting now to see how Nancy and the gang solved mysteries back in a non tech world. I found myself stumped at times too, how did that happen when sometimes I guess the killer in a cozy, lol. It was just a good time read with Nancy and her besties and their boyfriends, some bad guys got caught and a little girl I found one of the many Nancy Drew books I've collected that I hadn't read yet, so I thought why not? It was a fun little break into what originally got me reading cozy mysteries and interesting now to see how Nancy and the gang solved mysteries back in a non tech world. I found myself stumped at times too, how did that happen when sometimes I guess the killer in a cozy, lol. It was just a good time read with Nancy and her besties and their boyfriends, some bad guys got caught and a little girl got back home to her parents.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Nancy Drew and her friends, Bess and George, get to travel some more for this mystery - New York, Mexico City, and Los Angeles. The mystery starts with a friend of Nancy's aunt, who has been swindled. This leads to a related case that involves a kidnapping. Typical Nancy Drew book. Nancy and her friends solve a mystery. Nancy Drew and her friends, Bess and George, get to travel some more for this mystery - New York, Mexico City, and Los Angeles. The mystery starts with a friend of Nancy's aunt, who has been swindled. This leads to a related case that involves a kidnapping. Typical Nancy Drew book. Nancy and her friends solve a mystery.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I don't feel like this was as good as Nancy Drew usually is. But we know that the original 56 are the best, and everything else is hit and miss. I mean, it's only one away from original, but I dunno. I just didn't care for this one much. The way they talked about Mexico and the people, etc. Seemed simplistic. I don't feel like this was as good as Nancy Drew usually is. But we know that the original 56 are the best, and everything else is hit and miss. I mean, it's only one away from original, but I dunno. I just didn't care for this one much. The way they talked about Mexico and the people, etc. Seemed simplistic.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Nancy and her friends get to do a lot of traveling in this adventure: first to New York, then to Mexico City, and finally to Los Angeles. I haven't read all the Nancy Drew books, but I was not aware that Nancy spoke Spanish (apparently fluently) or that George knew judo. Nancy and her friends get to do a lot of traveling in this adventure: first to New York, then to Mexico City, and finally to Los Angeles. I haven't read all the Nancy Drew books, but I was not aware that Nancy spoke Spanish (apparently fluently) or that George knew judo.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Something was weird with the writing of this story. Maybe they changed authors. It just didn't seem like a typical Nancy Drew book. Something was weird with the writing of this story. Maybe they changed authors. It just didn't seem like a typical Nancy Drew book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mindy K.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a good book if you get hooked on suspense and mystery.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sandhya

    This book had twists and turns and was thrilling.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Nealen

    George - quit fat shaming Bess!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Reading Nancy Drew is always a stretch but this one carried things a bit far culminating in her climbing a fence around a known criminals home, with him in the yard.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura (Reading is a Doing Word)

    This romp was rather too packed with events. Hoaxes every minute and no real sense of the villains.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Racist. Insensitive. Overuse of the word “attractive” (Seriously, get a thesaurus.) Just icky.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Kinda racist.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nansi

    I wish half stars were an option. I'd give it two and a half. Quite a few comical moments, but overall I just didn't care what happened. I wish half stars were an option. I'd give it two and a half. Quite a few comical moments, but overall I just didn't care what happened.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sahifa

    I just finished reading another book from Nancy drew series and I must state that I am tremendously dissappointed. The book is well -written in terms of language and narrative but it lacked the flavor of a good detective fiction. I thoroughly agree that its a children book and hence one cannot expect the gravity of a proper classic. still, the book could have been a lot better. The major problem that set me off was the complexity and unnecessary additions to the plot. In my opinion a good detect I just finished reading another book from Nancy drew series and I must state that I am tremendously dissappointed. The book is well -written in terms of language and narrative but it lacked the flavor of a good detective fiction. I thoroughly agree that its a children book and hence one cannot expect the gravity of a proper classic. still, the book could have been a lot better. The major problem that set me off was the complexity and unnecessary additions to the plot. In my opinion a good detective fiction involves one crime (or two related crimes) and the detection follows however in this book there is a gang of swindlers ,a series of thefts,arson,attempt to murder ,some piece of smuggling ,a kidnap and a seriously unnecessary and completely avoidable plane hijack. A lot of action and travelling from one country to the other does not make a story more interesting . so on a whole the book lacked the technique and felt like an haphazarad narrative flowing from one scene to another without any purpose

  28. 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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Overall, this book had a lot of good action and movement. However, the part where the boys (Ned, Burt, and Dave) are on a plane that gets hijacked, without any real connection to what is happening in the rest of the story, is too ridiculous of a plot assist. It was a cheap, and poorly executed, way of getting the boys held up on their way to help Nancy, Bess, and George. I also really hated how much George picked on Bess for her weight in this book. It was a lot more intense, and frequent, than Overall, this book had a lot of good action and movement. However, the part where the boys (Ned, Burt, and Dave) are on a plane that gets hijacked, without any real connection to what is happening in the rest of the story, is too ridiculous of a plot assist. It was a cheap, and poorly executed, way of getting the boys held up on their way to help Nancy, Bess, and George. I also really hated how much George picked on Bess for her weight in this book. It was a lot more intense, and frequent, than in books earlier in the series. Such attitude would certainly be a terrible example for young girls who are reading the book series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This is such a good book because Nacy Drew has this Mystery that she has to solve and it is like this little girl is kidnapped and she has to find her!

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