The Clue of the Leaning Chimney

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The Clue of the Leaning Chimney
Original edition cover
AuthorCarolyn Keene
Cover artistRussell H. Tandy
CountryUnited States
SeriesNancy Drew Mystery Stories
GenreJuvenile literature
PublisherGrosset & Dunlap
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Preceded byThe Ghost of Blackwood Hall 
Followed byThe Secret of the Wooden Lady 

The Clue of the Leaning Chimney is the twenty-sixth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was first published in 1949 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The actual authors were ghostwriters George Waller, Jr. and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.


A rare and valuable Chinese vase is stolen from a pottery shop and the owner asks Nancy for help. During the investigation, Nancy searches for a leaning chimney, which leads her to missing pottery experts. She also stumbles on a dangerous gang of people exploiting immigrants as slave labor.