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When Nancy learns the Drews’ housekeeper has been duped by an elegantly dressed woman into buying a stolen fur piece, the young detective starts a search for the clever swindler. To Nancy’s astonishment, she discovers the woman is using the name Nancy Drew! The dishonest acts of the impostor point the finger of suspicion at Nancy herself! Following the trail of the clever When Nancy learns the Drews’ housekeeper has been duped by an elegantly dressed woman into buying a stolen fur piece, the young detective starts a search for the clever swindler. To Nancy’s astonishment, she discovers the woman is using the name Nancy Drew! The dishonest acts of the impostor point the finger of suspicion at Nancy herself! Following the trail of the clever fur thieves and stock swindlers to New York and into Canada, Nancy is tireless in her quest for justice, determined to clear her good name! This book is the revised text. The plot of the original story (©1952) is similar with minor revisions.


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When Nancy learns the Drews’ housekeeper has been duped by an elegantly dressed woman into buying a stolen fur piece, the young detective starts a search for the clever swindler. To Nancy’s astonishment, she discovers the woman is using the name Nancy Drew! The dishonest acts of the impostor point the finger of suspicion at Nancy herself! Following the trail of the clever When Nancy learns the Drews’ housekeeper has been duped by an elegantly dressed woman into buying a stolen fur piece, the young detective starts a search for the clever swindler. To Nancy’s astonishment, she discovers the woman is using the name Nancy Drew! The dishonest acts of the impostor point the finger of suspicion at Nancy herself! Following the trail of the clever fur thieves and stock swindlers to New York and into Canada, Nancy is tireless in her quest for justice, determined to clear her good name! This book is the revised text. The plot of the original story (©1952) is similar with minor revisions.

30 review for Mystery at the Ski Jump

  1. 5 out of 5

    Madeline

    Every girl needs to go through a Nancy Drew phase at least once. For me, that was when I was in 6th grade and read...I don't even know how many of these books. At least eight, I think. This one sticks out in my mind the most because over the course of her ski-related escapades, Nancy taught me something that I still consider really important: how to signal an SOS with a flashlight after you've managed to escape the abandoned cabin in the middle of the woods where The Bad Guys tied you up and lef Every girl needs to go through a Nancy Drew phase at least once. For me, that was when I was in 6th grade and read...I don't even know how many of these books. At least eight, I think. This one sticks out in my mind the most because over the course of her ski-related escapades, Nancy taught me something that I still consider really important: how to signal an SOS with a flashlight after you've managed to escape the abandoned cabin in the middle of the woods where The Bad Guys tied you up and left you for dead. The books are full of her doing awesome stuff like that, by the way. In one book, she gets tied up on an airplane and reaches back into her pocket for her lipstick, which she then uses to write a backwards SOS on the window of the plane (and then closes the blind so the people inside can't see it) In another one, she and her friend Bess get tied up (Nancy spends about 50% of her mystery-solving time getting tied up and stowed away somewhere) and left in a toy warehouse, so they use a scrap of metal to cut the ropes, and then find a chemistry set and use it to make fake smoke so the guys gaurding the door run into the warehouse and then Nancy and her friend get away. When you're twelve years old, that sounds pretty awesome.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Tribble

    Tried to read a Nancy Drew book a few years back and it was all "you can't go home again," but when I was indexing them last week I noticed I had an original and a rewritten volume of The Mystery at the Ski Jump, and I thought it'd be fun to compare the two. I've done that with some Hardy Boys mysteries where the only connection between the original and the rewrite were a few names; the plot had been entirely changed. In this case, however, they were essentially the same; the rewrite was missing Tried to read a Nancy Drew book a few years back and it was all "you can't go home again," but when I was indexing them last week I noticed I had an original and a rewritten volume of The Mystery at the Ski Jump, and I thought it'd be fun to compare the two. I've done that with some Hardy Boys mysteries where the only connection between the original and the rewrite were a few names; the plot had been entirely changed. In this case, however, they were essentially the same; the rewrite was missing a bit of color and a few quips, and added another award (for skiing) to Nancy's insanely large collection. Both versions send her out on the ice for a partners skating competition that she aces, despite the fact that they invented the performance on the fly, without one rehearsal. *sigh* Although actually I got more irritated with Nancy's perfection as a kid than I do now (I always preferred Trixie Belden). One thing that interested me is that both versions introduce Bess with the line, "Bess loved sweets and worried little about her weight," and, although she's the one who cries over Nancy's survival once, I didn't notice that Bess was particularly hysterical. Most of the new volumes I got as a kid, Bess worried considerable about her weight, and fell apart right regular, which is one of the reasons I preferred the older ones I'd track down at my grandma's. I guess those changes went through in the early '70's. Also noticed that the original writer knew more about skiing than whoever did the rewrite; where the original has her pushing off with her poles, the rewritten version has Nancy leaning her poles against a tree and apparently leaving them there before skiing off to do a jump! But on the whole I enjoyed it -- and was irritated by it -- in pretty much the same ways I was as a kid. So I guess you can go home again, so long as you're in the right mood when you head in that direction!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Hypers, I'm definitely George. This started mostly as nostalgia-reading, but now I'm super interested in the Grosset & Dunlap edits and the feminist politics (and failures) of Nancy Drew. keywords: mink furs, stolen identity, Aunt Eloise, skiing, Canada, telegrams, near-death Nancy, Mizti Channing

  4. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Unique Nancy Drew story, as Nancy chases after a thief and a con artist masquerading as Nancy Drew!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    Oh boy oh boy oh boy. The ski jump mystery is fun! Not because anything with a ski jump is a big part of the plot, and not exactly because I LIKE the plot . . . It's about the shoplifting and blackmarket selling of mink pelts. I mean honestly, mink is not a desirable commodity anymore. Wearing animal fur as a luxury is an unethical practice. For survival in awful climates, sure, go for it, but with global warming going out of control, I can't imagine many places will require the wearing of fur f Oh boy oh boy oh boy. The ski jump mystery is fun! Not because anything with a ski jump is a big part of the plot, and not exactly because I LIKE the plot . . . It's about the shoplifting and blackmarket selling of mink pelts. I mean honestly, mink is not a desirable commodity anymore. Wearing animal fur as a luxury is an unethical practice. For survival in awful climates, sure, go for it, but with global warming going out of control, I can't imagine many places will require the wearing of fur for human survival. Ugh, humans, what's the deal with humans?! And furthermore, it was a bogus scheme for the crooks to not only target uninformed women who just wanted to show off a fur neckpiece or whatever, but the crooks ALSO coaxed these women into buying stock for the fake fur company! And it still is common practice these days for bogus companies to target women into investing and then leaving them in the lurch. I'm looking at you, McLeggings and SmellyScents! Ahem, but anyway, speaking of women, I love this book because I bought a used copy, and the previous owner really heightened my reading experience. When she was reading this book in 1952 or whenever it was, I assume that she was bored and fidgety and was more interested in "art" than in reading. She had a blue ballpoint pen handy, and yes, she did indeed use it! At least a dozen times, she practiced her signature in the margins. Hey, Alison, where are you now?? Next, Alison designed some wonderful drawings of the daring girl group! And finally, she attempted a full body drawing, but wasn't pleased with how it was going, so she crossed out the face, and helpfully labelled the thing: "Crappy George." Cheers, Alison! Thanks for enhancing my reading experience of this dated story!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Piper

    The villains are people who sell fraudulent stock, making this not quite the most exciting Nancy Drew mystery.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sahifa

    So this was another from the Nancy Drew mystery series. I was thoroughly bored and craved for some light reading. This book came as a saviour. This was possibly a re-read for me because I remember reading this as a child, however the plot was completely forgotten. So coming to the review , this book is undoubtedly written very nicely and was really an enjoyable read. There was not much of a mystery but lots of events happening and lots of sleuthing. The good part was that it didnt had any fancy s So this was another from the Nancy Drew mystery series. I was thoroughly bored and craved for some light reading. This book came as a saviour. This was possibly a re-read for me because I remember reading this as a child, however the plot was completely forgotten. So coming to the review , this book is undoubtedly written very nicely and was really an enjoyable read. There was not much of a mystery but lots of events happening and lots of sleuthing. The good part was that it didnt had any fancy stunts or unbelievable detection unlike many other later titles. I really enjoy these simplistic plots of nancy drew rather than supernatural ones or overtly technical ones. So overall a thumbsup for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I saw the library added a ton of Nancy Drew e-books, and with the Winter Olympics happening, what better flashback to childhood than the Mystery of the Ski Jump? First of all, it wasn't about a ski jump at all. That was like two pages of the whole book. Second, it's so interesting to read a book like this written in the...past. I almost thought about classifying it as historical fiction! I would be so interested to talk to a current pre-teen reading these older versions of Nancy Drew. It probabl I saw the library added a ton of Nancy Drew e-books, and with the Winter Olympics happening, what better flashback to childhood than the Mystery of the Ski Jump? First of all, it wasn't about a ski jump at all. That was like two pages of the whole book. Second, it's so interesting to read a book like this written in the...past. I almost thought about classifying it as historical fiction! I would be so interested to talk to a current pre-teen reading these older versions of Nancy Drew. It probably wouldn't be easy to read quickly with the dated language. Third, Nancy is still annoying. She knows everything and can do everything. But she's also Just A Girl, so bad things have to happen to her. For instance, early in the book, Nancy reminisces about winning a random slalom ski race. But later on, she hangs out with a ski instructor and demurs that she's not that great at skiing, and she does end up falling on a mogul. In some other scenes, she does a waltz and then the next day, subs in to a skating competition somehow because she could do the waltz on skates (?!). But near the end--she gets overtaken by the baddies and is kidnapped and almost dies!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    The captcha on this book is full of weird errors, more than most of the other books. And Nancy is a decent ice skater but not really impressive on skis, even though she won a novice slaloming competition a year before the book takes place. A phony stock scheme, like book 23 and 25. If you read these sequentially, the tropes recycle way too quick. Also Nancy's identity is stolen like in book 4. And of course, she's kidnapped and bound and gagged again when the people she's with turn their backs fo The captcha on this book is full of weird errors, more than most of the other books. And Nancy is a decent ice skater but not really impressive on skis, even though she won a novice slaloming competition a year before the book takes place. A phony stock scheme, like book 23 and 25. If you read these sequentially, the tropes recycle way too quick. Also Nancy's identity is stolen like in book 4. And of course, she's kidnapped and bound and gagged again when the people she's with turn their backs for two minutes. She gets stunned falling on a ski slope but it's not clear if she actually loses consciousness, and she lapses into hypothermic semi-consciousness near the end.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I read this for some research and like most Nancy Drew books, I liked it. Written in 1952 (and I did have the 1952 edition), I found it interesting that this had to do with minks and furs. I grew up seeing those little animals biting each other draped around women's necks with their fake beady eyes. While selling fur in the fifties and sixties was accepted as normal, I wonder how today's generation accepts this?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I just love Nancy's world, where the good guys all look honest, the bad guys have beady-eyes and pencil-thin mustaches, criminals put their return addresses on their mailings, and yet it still takes an 18-year-old amateur detective to round up a theft ring. Gotta love it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    A con artist is using the name Nancy Drew. Nancy must solve this mystery to clear her own name. A fun and entertaining story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    I would say out of all the Nancy Drew books this one is the most outdated. The mystery revolves around a large amount of women in River Heights and surrounding areas buying stolen fur coats and stock in a fake fur company. When Nancy travels to the Adirondack Mountains (northern New York) she visits a mink farm and doesnt find anything wrong about the animals being raised and killed for their fur. Nancy also almost puts her hand into a steel claw trap, something which has been banned for quite som I would say out of all the Nancy Drew books this one is the most outdated. The mystery revolves around a large amount of women in River Heights and surrounding areas buying stolen fur coats and stock in a fake fur company. When Nancy travels to the Adirondack Mountains (northern New York) she visits a mink farm and doesnt find anything wrong about the animals being raised and killed for their fur. Nancy also almost puts her hand into a steel claw trap, something which has been banned for quite some time. As Nancy is supossed to have the strongest moral compass in the world (girl wont even pass the speed limit while chasing a crook) its very strange to see her okay with the fur industry. And yes, i know this book was originally written in 1952 when wearing fur was not as scandals but it was rewritten in 1968, several years after the anti-fur movement had gained traction. The first half of this book is quite good and entertaining but it goes downhill after Nancy returns from Canada. Her trip to Canada and the Adirondacks are too similliar to be two different trips and her return to River Heights feels unnecessary.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Eric Wood

    (This review is for the revised text only) A very good ND book! Even though the beginning of the book started too fast and I did get a little tired of the book near the end, I enjoyed it all the way through and it was engaging. The writing style and the snowy settings really added the enjoyment to reading this book and I enjoyed Nancy's search for the swindlers, the traveling around, and her investigating, though as usual with most of these original ND books, plenty of coincidences helped Nancy s (This review is for the revised text only) A very good ND book! Even though the beginning of the book started too fast and I did get a little tired of the book near the end, I enjoyed it all the way through and it was engaging. The writing style and the snowy settings really added the enjoyment to reading this book and I enjoyed Nancy's search for the swindlers, the traveling around, and her investigating, though as usual with most of these original ND books, plenty of coincidences helped Nancy solve the mystery. The biggest coincidence has to be wherever Nancy goes, the swindlers just happen to be right near her! The title for this book really has nothing to do with the story. There is no mystery at a ski jump and the title really should be "The Secret at The Ski Jump"(which is shown on the cover with the man putting a bag into the snowman) or "The Search for The Elusive Swindlers". Overall, this is a very enjoyable mystery, and will keep you turning the pages. 4 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mariya Shareef

    Again, I have read a Nancy Drew book, and loved it. In this book, someone is impersonating Nancy, and stole fur and sold it to Hannah, (her housekeeper as the book says, but Nancy calls her a mom-ly figure multiple times throughout the series). The person who sold it is using Nancy's name, and the real Nancy Drew has to find out who this really is. I have nothing that I dislike about this book, however there really wasn't much about a ski jump. Usually the tittles have more to do with the main s Again, I have read a Nancy Drew book, and loved it. In this book, someone is impersonating Nancy, and stole fur and sold it to Hannah, (her housekeeper as the book says, but Nancy calls her a mom-ly figure multiple times throughout the series). The person who sold it is using Nancy's name, and the real Nancy Drew has to find out who this really is. I have nothing that I dislike about this book, however there really wasn't much about a ski jump. Usually the tittles have more to do with the main setting of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a thriller mystery.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Magali Najarian

    3.5 Good book but it was all about furs and for a vegan it's not the easiest thing to read about. It was a decent mystery for the age group it's meant for and even entertaining for adults. I would have villanized a few of the characters though.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shivara

    This was my very first Nancy Drew and I got hooked after reading it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy Murphy

    This book had me at the edge of my seat.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Adams

    OT- Ned jealous, fur trappers, gift of mink, earrings, and pin. Montreal, Adirondacks, and New York. not particularly exciting and hard to stomach the fur trade.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Savannah Helmer

    "Mystery at the Ski Jump" was a very satisfying read on a snowy weekend. Confusing mystery, many victims, and several suspects, new friends, and adventurous winter sports. Highly recommended!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    I just read this as a quick, cozy reminder of an old friend.

  22. 4 out of 5

    IrishFan

    Another good quick read. It's amazing how much Nancy Drew can do. She can figure skate well enough to be in a professional show, she can ski jump, snowshoe for miles, ha ha. Great imagination.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christine Arvinth

    Well Nancy had quiet an adventure in this book. I still do not know how she manages to learn something new while she is sleuthing. And i really liked the book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Phe

    The Mystery at the Ski Jump is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 29th book in the Nancy Drew series. Nancy Drew's sleuthing finds her looking for an unscrupulous door-to-door fur saleswoman with counterparts whose trails take Nancy and her friends from New York to Canada. 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 The Mystery at the Ski Jump is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 29th book in the Nancy Drew series. Nancy Drew's sleuthing finds her looking for an unscrupulous door-to-door fur saleswoman with counterparts whose trails take Nancy and her friends from New York to Canada. 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 Mystery at the Ski Jump is another wonderful Nancy Drew mystery.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Luisa

    My LAST Nancy Drew book--I have now read all of the original ones, which is something I've wanted to do since I was a kid. A few thoughts on the series: 1. how does Nancy have the time/$$ to go around solving all of these mysteries? 2. Nancy has got to be the biggest Renaissance-woman there ever was. In every book, she is taking some sort of lessons that happen to assist her in solving the mystery, usually when she is posing as an expert in the given field (for example, in this book, she posed a My LAST Nancy Drew book--I have now read all of the original ones, which is something I've wanted to do since I was a kid. A few thoughts on the series: 1. how does Nancy have the time/$$ to go around solving all of these mysteries? 2. Nancy has got to be the biggest Renaissance-woman there ever was. In every book, she is taking some sort of lessons that happen to assist her in solving the mystery, usually when she is posing as an expert in the given field (for example, in this book, she posed as a professional figure skater; in another one, she posed as a horseback-riding acrobat in a circus). You know what they say: jack of all trades, master of none...but I guess that doesn't apply to Nancy, because apparently she is master of all. 3. All of the books are basically the same. But I'm still glad I read all of them.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one. http://spreadthewordnevada.org/ Myself, I go ou My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one. http://spreadthewordnevada.org/ Myself, I go out on the weekends and shop thrift store and bulk book lots to rescue books and donate them. Sometimes I'll find a book I remember reading when I was young and will read it again before passing it on. I don't rate these books using my normal scale, instead I give most of them three stars. This isn't a Criticism of the book, simply my way of rating them as good for children.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I was a HUGE Nancy Drew fan as a kid and thus this is not the first time I've read this one, but as I was looking for a "book from a beloved childhood series" for my reading bingo and was feeling inspired by the Winter Olympics in Sochi, I chose this one. I remembered it involved mink pelts and skiing, but not much beyond that. It's fun to read these again as an adult--coincidences and things I thought nothing of when younger are kind of hilarious now, as are some culture-of-a-different-era thin I was a HUGE Nancy Drew fan as a kid and thus this is not the first time I've read this one, but as I was looking for a "book from a beloved childhood series" for my reading bingo and was feeling inspired by the Winter Olympics in Sochi, I chose this one. I remembered it involved mink pelts and skiing, but not much beyond that. It's fun to read these again as an adult--coincidences and things I thought nothing of when younger are kind of hilarious now, as are some culture-of-a-different-era things, such as the fact that when Ned's along Nancy lets him drive her car. Experiencing the books with a new perspective doesn't alter my enjoyment of them, though--a smart and resourceful girl detective with strong relationships with her friends and family is a good role model in my book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Madalyn Walker

    This book is simply amazing ( Just like all other Carolyn Keene books! ). Any one who is a fan of mysteries would love this book and all other Carolyn Keene novels. In this book, Nancy's father asks of her help to solve a mystery involving his legal work. Nancy, who is also nose deep in a mystery herself, flies to Montreal to help crack her father's case. While scouring for thieves, phonies, and liars, Nancy makes new friends and proves herself as a great detective. This is book number 29 in the This book is simply amazing ( Just like all other Carolyn Keene books! ). Any one who is a fan of mysteries would love this book and all other Carolyn Keene novels. In this book, Nancy's father asks of her help to solve a mystery involving his legal work. Nancy, who is also nose deep in a mystery herself, flies to Montreal to help crack her father's case. While scouring for thieves, phonies, and liars, Nancy makes new friends and proves herself as a great detective. This is book number 29 in the Nancy Drew series and I would recommend this book to anyone with high expectations. It didn't only meet MY expectations, it surpassed them. One again, well done Carolyn Keene.

  29. 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 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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I didn't love that the mystery revolved around the fur trade, but overall this was a good Nancy Drew book. I like that all of Nancy's friends were involved in solving the mystery, and I also liked that they travelled around a lot during the book. I tend to find these books more entertaining when Bess, George, and the boys are involved and/or when the whole story doesn't happen in River Heights.

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