The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene

Title: The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew #2)
Author: Carolyn Keene
Published:
1959 by Grosset and Dunlap
Genre: Young adult mystery
How I got the book: It was being donated and I took it

Summary:

Nancy resolves to help Helen Corning’s relatives solve the mystery of the ghost haunting their old mansion. A mysterious man appears at the Drew home to warn Nancy that her father, Carson Drew is in danger. This warning prompts a search for the missing Willie Wharton, a land owner, who can prove he signed away his land to the railroad and save the railroad from a lawsuit. Meanwhile, the disappearance of Mr. Drew, thefts and mysterious goings on at Twin Elms, and the discovery of a hidden staircase lead Nancy to solve these baffling mysteries.

My Review:

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This second mystery was back-to-back the first one. I enjoyed the first one, so I figured I’d read this second one right away.

 

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Nancy’s father, a lawyer, is kidnapped due to real estate issues about the railroad. Meanwhile, there’s a ghost inside a mansion that Nancy has to get rid of.

I found this plot to be a lot more in depth and suspenseful than the first book and I enjoyed it more. Nancy stays at the haunted mansion to figure out the “ghost” in the house all the while trying to find her father and solve that mystery.

Between the two mysteries, the plot moved along nicely and kept my attention.

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With the help of Helen, Nancy explores the haunted mansion which is inhabited by Miss Flora and Aunt Rosemary. The four of them wander the house and investigate any happenings. They were all a great help to Nancy and I enjoyed following the four of them on the investigation together.

There weren’t too many other characters involved up until the very end as Nancy got closer to the truth, but I enjoyed the four main girls.

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As a children’s story, the writing is pretty simple. The POV breaks a couple of times and there’s a lot of inner monologue from Nancy in which she states the obvious a lot.

Still, it’s easy to read and it’s relaxing in a way because even though you’re trying to help solve the case, you don’t have to think too much.

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This was a fun read. It’s a nice, simple mystery with a few twists here and there.

The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene gets…
4 stars book review4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“It sounded as if Helen had picked the squeakiest spot on each step!” –Carolyn Keene, The Hidden Staircase

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The Secret Of The Old Clock (Nancy Drew 1) by Carolyn Keene

Title: The Secret of the Old Clock
Author: Carolyn Keene
Published:
1987 by Grosset and Dunlap
Genre: Young adult mystery
How I got the book: The book got donated and I took it

Summary:

Nancy, unaided, seeks to find a missing will, and the search not only tests her keen mind but also leads her into a thrilling adventure.

My Review:

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Nancy Drew was a big thing went I was younger. Did I hop on that train? No. So, when my dad brought home some books from his work that they were getting rid of, I picked out this Nancy Drew story and thought I’d give it a read.

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Nancy Drew is an 18-year-old young lady whose father is a lawyer. She by no means is an actual detective, but she certainly acts like it and actually gets the job done.

When a man named Josiah Crowley passes away, Nancy meets all sorts of people who were supposed to get money from his will, people who actually need the money. But of course, the only will that came to light was a will that gave one snobby family everything.

Nancy knows there’s a second will out there, an updated one, and goes on the hunt to find it. At the same time, she stops a band of robbers.

It’s a simple plot, but it worked. It certainly isn’t a “hardcore” mystery and there’s no murder involved. I honestly think this is the first mystery I’ve read without murder being involved. It was a simple search, almost like a race against time, and it was refreshing to read.

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Honestly, Nancy wasn’t who I thought she’d be. She was a great character, especially as a protagonist, but there were definitely times I thought she was younger than 18. Still, I enjoyed reading in her voice.

Her father was an awesome character as well. He was kind and supported Nancy in anything she did all the while doing his job and helping other people.

There were various other characters in the book that all had a purpose and kept the story going. It was well done.

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This is a short book being 180 pages. And, while it’s classified as young adult, I see it more as middle grade. There was a lot of inner monologue for Nancy, yet the third-person limited was broken a couple of times.

Still, it was an easy read. There were a handful of illustrations throughout the story and even though they were simple, they were fun to look at.

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This was a fun read. I can’t believe I missed out on reading Nancy Drew as a kid, but I’m sure I’ll be reading the rest of the series in time.

The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew 1) by Carolyn Keene gets…
4 stars book review 4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“I promise to be as careful as a pussycat walking up a slippery roof.” –Carolyn Keene, The Secret of the Old Clock

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