Danger Down Under (Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys Super Mystery Series #20)by Carolyn Keene
Nancy Drew joins the Hardy Boys, Frank and Joe, in the outback of Australia to help an Aboriginal friend when tribal artifacts start to disappear. In hot pursuit of the villains, their party runs into poisonous snakes and gunshots--with the trio directly in the line of fire!
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Mick Devlin, who once sought to romance NANCY DREW, now seeks her help in solving a mystery. His good friend Nellie Mabo, an Austrailian Aborigine, has made a disturbing discovery. A tjuringa board, an ancient artifact sacred to her tribe, is missing. Nancy suspects Ian and Marian Royce, owners of an opal mine, who are feuding with Nellie's people over land rights. But Nancy's search for the lost tjuringa leads to a sudden and startling revelation.
Nancy hooks up with FRANK and JOE HARDY on a rugged hike into the outback. But the expedition soon turns into a perilous confrontation with raging brushfires, poisonous snakes, and near-fatal gunshots. First, the trio learns that a poacher is on the loose, killing off the country's rarest species. Then comes news of a theft at the opal mines--a crime that the Royces blame on Nellie Mabo! Hot in pursuit of the real desert desperadoes, Nancy, Frank and Joe are directly in the line of fire...