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The Flying Saucer Mystery
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Author Carolyn Keene
Cover artist Ruth Sanderson
Country United States
Language English
Series Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
Genre Juvenile literature
Published April 16, 1980
Publisher Wanderer Books
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Preceded by The Triple Hoax 
Followed by The Secret in the Old Lace 

The Flying Saucer Mystery is the 58th volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was written in 1980 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene and published by Simon & Schuster under the Wanderer imprint. It was later republished in both Wanderer and Minstrel imprints, each time with a new cover. In 2005, Grosset & Dunlap reprinted it in the yellow hardback "glossy flashlight" format. The original edition cover and six internal illustrations were by Ruth Sanderson. These illustrations were removed in the two subsequent printings.

Plot summary

Nancy Drew and her friends visit the Shawniegunk Forest in search of a mysterious flying saucer that is disturbing the locals. While they are working on this mystery, a naturalist who lives in the area asks them to help him search for a treasure left to him by his late father. They also must solve the mystery of a Native American man who mysteriously appears and disappears.


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  • Nancy Drew
  • Carson Drew: Nancy's father
  • Hannah Gruen: Nancy's family housekeeper
  • Bess Marvin: Nancy's best friend
  • George Fayne: Nancy's best friend, and Bess's first cousin
  • Ned Nickerson: Nancy's boyfriend
  • Burt Eddleton: George's boyfriend
  • Dave Evans: Bess's boyfriend
  • Mr Hal Drake: Guide
  • Mrs. Jan Drake: Guide and Hal Drake's wife
  • Joseph Austin (Old Joe): Nturalist who lives in the forest
  • Shoso: Native American who mysteriously appears and disappears
  • Dr. Doyle: Veterinarian
  • Dr. Caffrey: Carson Drew's friend
  • Dr. Halpern: Chemical expert
  • Dr. York: Scientist
  • Prof. Hendriks: Botany expert
  • Colonel Akon
  • Major Tanner


  • Susan B: Nancy's horse
  • Goalpost: Ned's horse
  • Trixie: Old Joe's dog
  • Kitty: Old Joe's wildcat
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