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The Ringmaster's Secret (1953)

by Carolyn Keene

Series: Nancy Drew (31)

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Nancy Drew joins the circus in order to investigate the mystery surrounding a gold charm bracelet and a young orphaned aerialist.



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Nancy's Aunt Eloise, aware of her niece's current interest in learning horseback riding stunts, sends her a second-hand golden bracelet bearing charms of horses in all five gaits; a sixth charm is missing. Coincidentally, the Sims Circus, former employer of Nancy's equestrian instructor, is coming to town. Nancy investigates the link between the unhappy circus star, young aerialist, Lolita, and her bracelet. Lolita is the adopted daughter of the acting manager, Ringmaster Kroon, and his wife. Pietro, the young, handsome clown, tells Nancy Lolita has the missing charm from her bracelet. Nancy's regular appearances at the circus, and her detective reputation brings the ire of Kroon. When a bareback rider is injured, Nancy is asked to join the show as her replacement. Bess Marvin stands in at an interview with Kroon, and agrees to audition later, while Nancy lightens her hair and cuts it to resemble her friend. Nancy's travels with the circus come to an abrupt end when she and George are kidnapped and left aboard the car of a freight train. After their escape, Nancy continues following up on clues, including a mysterious woman in England linked to both the bracelet and Lolita! In the climax of the story, Nancy is rescued by Ned when Kroon tries to imprison her in the lion's cage, and all is revealed!
1974 Edition: the story is a shortened and abridged version of the original, lacking detail in the subplots, and quickening the pace. Nancy uses a wig to resemble Bess, as well, since her hair is titian in the revision. The story is basically a simplified version of the original. ( )
  LynneQuan | Sep 15, 2017 |
I enjoyed the read, but found a few things about it that bugged me as I'm no longer in the target age group.

http://allbookedup-elena.blogspot.ca/2014/11/nancy-drew-ringmasters-secret-carol... ( )
  ElenaGwynne | Nov 18, 2014 |
Nancy knows that something is up in the circus, because Hitch a groom at her hourse riding academy is being secretive. Hitch also tries to ruin Nancy, but, Nancy knows what and which thing is right or wrong. After researching for evidence and working with friends, she learns that the cruel ringmaster, also Lolita a acrobat's foster father... Nancy solves question one, what does the ringmaster want? She knows that the cruel men work for him is always just for money... and Wealth...Which, eventually, leads her to the "case solved". ( )
  jians | May 12, 2011 |
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“Oh, Nancy, I worry so about your doing that trick riding,” remarked Hannah Gruen, looking fondly at the slender attractive girl in jodhpurs and a tight-fitting coat.
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