AT A TRAVELING ANTIQUES SHOW, NANCY'S APPRAISING BURGLARIES, FRAUD, AND A GREEDY THIEF!
While visiting Chicago, Nancy, Bess, and George bring some items to the Old Can Be Gold show to see what they're worth, just for fun. In George's old tape recorder, a dealer finds a rare early tape by a famous rock group. But before George can get it insured, it's stolen -- like many other items brought to the show!
From a luxury condo on Lake Shore Drive to a hot blues club, Nancy discovers a mix of suspects. There's a seedy dealer, an ambitious publicist with access to the show's database, a talented singer in need of money, and drop-dead gorgeous twin brothers, one a top appraiser and the other a gifted photographer. Nancy's got to wind up the case -- before a desperate con artist erases her for good!
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August 27, 2001
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Excerpt from The Case of the Lost Song by Carolyn Keene
"Nancy! You're drenched!" Bess Marvin wailed one stormy October Friday as her friend Nancy Drew dashed up the steps of the Lakeview University Sports and Recreation Center. A red-and-gold banner, reading Old Can Be Gold, snapped over the entrance in the gusty wind.
Protected from the rain by the portico, Bess had the hood of her pink vinyl raincoat turned down and was fluffing out her straw blond hair. Bess's cousin and Nancy's other best friend, George Fayne, stood beside a large parcel swathed in black plastic trash bags. The three girls had driven to Chicago to check out the antiques and collectibles appraisal show.
Nancy threw back the hood of her slicker and shook out her thick red-blond hair. "My socks may be soaked, but at least this isn't!" The eighteen-year-old produced a blue plastic folder from under her raincoat. Her blue eyes shone with delight as she announced, "My dad's Al Capone Wanted poster is still in perfect condition."
"And the poster's what counts here," Bess declared. "While you were parking, I picked up our admission tickets and a brochure." The corners of several pages were already dog-eared. "There's a guy here who owns Crime Shoppers and Pop Smart. His blurb says he's interested in all sorts of crime memorabilia."
"Let's go for it," Nancy said.
The three friends marched into the state-of-the-art sports facility and lined up to check their coats. A large crowd bearing shopping bags, carryalls, and carefully wrapped bundles milled around the spacious lobby.
Nancy smiled as she glanced at George and Bess in front of her. They were cousins and best friends but so different. Blue-eyed Bess, curvy, fair, and on the short side, was passionate about shopping, clothes, decorating magazines, antiques, and boys -- not necessarily in that order. Tall, slim, athletic, with a mop of short dark curls and sparkling brown eyes, George vastly preferred wilderness camping to hanging out at malls.
George bent over and unwrapped her bundle, revealing a rectangular worn brown leatherette suitcase with metal hardware on the corners. The hardware was dull, rusty, and dented.