The Clue of the Broken Locket

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The Clue of the Broken Locket
Original edition cover
AuthorCarolyn Keene
IllustratorRussell H. Tandy
CountryUnited States
SeriesNancy Drew Mystery Stories
GenreJuvenile literature
PublisherGrosset & Dunlap
Publication date
1934, 1965
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Preceded byThe Password to Larkspur Lane 
Followed byThe Message in the Hollow Oak 

The Clue of the Broken Locket is the eleventh volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was first published in 1934, and was written by Mildred Benson under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene.

Plot summary (1934 edition)[edit]

When two adopted parents are unsuitable for caring of baby twins, Nancy sets out to search for the rightful birth mother with the help of a broken locket.

1965 revision[edit]

The revised 1965 imprint features two separated cousins, and takes place in Maryland. A ghostly launch appears on a nearby lake, and two twin children are missing! The mysterious Pudding Stone Lodge seems to harbor many secrets that have a lot to do with the cousins and are very important to Nancy. Nancy invite Ned and his friends to come to the lake to help.


The cover art for the original dust jacket is uncredited. Russell H. Tandy drew the frontispiece and original three internal illustrations for the volume in 1934. A facsimile of this edition is available from Applewood Books. In 1950, the cover art was modernized by Bill Gillies. In 1962 the cover art was modernized again, by Rudy Nappi. Nappi inserted himself as an old man with a pipe on the cover. In 1965, when the story was revised, Nappi made another cover, in print today, showing a dark, sinister lake, with Nancy, Bess, and George discovering the title object while wading to a ruined boat.