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The Clue of the Black Keys (Nancy Drew #28)

By Carolyn Keene

Terry Scott, a tender archaeology professor, seeks Nancy’s assist in unearthing a mystery of antiquity that can in basic terms be unlocked through 3 black keys. whereas on an archaeological excursion in Mexico, Terry and Dr. Joshua Pitt came upon a clue to buried treasure. The clue was once a cipher carved on a stone capsule. earlier than the professor had time to translate the cipher, the pill disappeared – besides Dr. Pitt! Terry tells Nancy of his suspicions of the Tinos, a Mexican couple posing as scientists who vanished an analogous evening as Dr. Pitt. Nancy and her acquaintances persist with a tangled path of clues that bring about the Florida Keys and eventually to Mexico during this suspense-filled tale that might thrill readers.

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After lunch she back to the library and did extra interpreting till it used to be time to visit type. because the scholars flocked in to take their seats, Dr. Anderson arose from in the back of his table. “Please keep in mind that none of you can be given precise consideration,” he acknowledged, having a look directly at Nancy. “If you recognize the topic, you are going to move. in the event you have no idea the solutions, you are going to fail. ” He gave out the quiz sheets and the blue notebooks within which the scholars have been to write down their solutions. Nancy’s hours within the library, she came across, were good spent.

Aloud she stated, “I regarded up the reply to the query I overlooked at the quiz. concerning the Zapotecs. ” The professor in basic terms nodded. Then Nancy pointed out the Indian tribes in Florida. She spoke guardedly of a diary which defined their legends. It have been written, she acknowledged, partly in an Indian tongue. “Might were Timucuan,” growled Dr. Anderson. “At the time of the conquest, Timucuan was once the language recognized in every single place Florida. ” After he acknowledged that, his face flushed and his eyes obtained fiery. “Look right here, pass over Drew, why don’t you admit you’ve been operating for Terry Scott—that you continue to paintings for him?

Pitt eyed him contemptuously. “The treasure belongs to none people. it's the estate of the Mexican govt. ” “But the place is the key, Dr. Pitt? ” Nancy requested. “The magnificent mystery of antiquity that you simply say can smash mankind? ” “It should be found,” the professor answered, “inside this huge silver frog. ” Taking the finely carved relic in his palms, he confirmed the others the tiny mark the place one foot of the frog have been connected. Joshua Pitt pulled off the foot. A greenish powder trickled out. He plugged the outlet fast.

The 3 ladies walked jointly to Nancy’s motor vehicle and she or he stepped in. “We have company,” George whispered. Nancy appeared in the course of the rear window of her vehicle. Terry Scott was once hurrying towards her and waving an arm. Nancy brought him to Bess and George. “I’m sorry approximately that rumpus with Porterly,” Terry begun. “I was once in a sales space attempting to name a taxi. I heard shouts, yet I hadn’t any suggestion you have been concerned. ” “No damage done,” stated Nancy. “My neighbors right here got here to my security. ” “And we suggest to maintain on protecting you till we get you accurately home,” George promised.

Togo, Nancy’s terrier, used to be with Mr. Drew’s sister, who was once spending a three-weeks’ holiday at her summer time domestic. whilst Nancy got here downstairs at 9 o’clock the following morning, she came across Bess Marvin anticipating her. Bess sat on the desk and chatted excitedly whereas Nancy ate breakfast. “Mrs. Gruen instructed me all approximately final night,” Bess started. “If you are taking Terry Scott’s case, whatever lousy is sure to take place. ” Nancy raised her eyebrows. “But what? ” “Well, it kind of feels so harmful. And Ned Nickerson won’t love it a section.

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