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The Mystery of the Tolling Bell (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, No 23) Hardcover – January 1, 1946

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From the Back Cover

Nancy becomes involved in a maze of mystery when she accepts an invitation from Mrs. Chantrey, a client of Mr. Drew, to vacation at her cottage in a picturesque seaside town. Carson Drew has promised to join his daughter, but fails to arrive. The alarming disappearance of Mr. Drew and the odd circumstances surrounding his rescue are only the start of a series of highly dangerous adventures for Nancy and her friends Bess and George.

About the Author

Carolyn Keene is the author of the ever-popular Nancy Drew books.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; New edition edition (January 1, 1946)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448095238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448095233
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. In my opinion this is one of the best Nancy Drew books written. I always enjoyed all of the suspence. I never knew which characters to trust in this book. This book is basically about a mysterious ghoust and a mournful tolling bell in a dark cave. Every time the ghost appears and the bell sounds water will rush through the cave and almost drown anyone around the cave. When the book begins 5 people had already been nearly drowned and 1 person had already lost their life. Nancy and George are almost drowned by the rushing water!I won't tell you anything else because it will ruin the book. I would definalty recommend this book to anyone who loves Nancy Drew books. This is one great book! Really!!!
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Nancy, George and Bess are bound for a week at the seashore, intending to swim, sun and relax, when they encounter a mystery. There is a cave at the edge of the sea which, when the incoming tide arrives, resonates with the deep sound of a tolling bell. Local legend has it that the bell warns anyone exploring in the cave that they have only a few minutes to flee for their lives before the water surges powerfully through the cave.
I recently read this book for the first time as an adult, and I appreciate the marvelous plotting, smooth and exact language, and finely drawn characters of author Carolyn Keene. Readers of any age will be captivated. Highly recommended.
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Nancy travels to the East Coast and finds a thrilling mystery in a cave. A strange ghost who lives there is said to ring a bell whenever the tide comes in. Although she is warned against it, Nancy investigates the old cave and is nearly drowned! The ending is the most thrilling of all Nancy Drew mystery's. The surprising ending will thrill all readers.
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This review concerns the original 1946 edition and the revised 1973 edition which is similar to the original, only it is shorter. Nancy, Bess and George travel to Candleton to help one of Mr. Drew's long-time clients, Mrs. Chantrey, who has been cheated out of some of her money. While there, Nancy also learns of another mystery concerning a nearby cave along the coast. The cave is reported to be inhabited by a ghost. Whenever anyone comes too near to the cave, the ghost sounds a tolling bell as a warning to leave at once before water comes rushing out of the cave. Several people have almost drowned and one person actually did die. Intrigued by the mystery, Nancy becomes determined to learn the true secret of the cave. This is definately one of the better Nancy Drew books. The mystery is interesting, the writing is good and there is plenty of action and suspence. I enjoyed this book very much and was never bored by it at all. Something I particularly liked about this book was that Nancy actively participated in capturing most of the criminals. This is a great book that I strongly recommend to any fan of Nancy Drew.
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This was the eighth book I read,and possibly the best! When Nancy goes on vacation she ends up in a mystery. Her father isn't there yet so she goes out looking for him. She also is sloving the case of the tolling bell which tolls right before water comes rushing out. Aperson dies and a ghost has been seen the end is for you to find out.
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I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Nancy Drew as a girl. Being a very fast reader I zipped through the book, and in retrospect should have just checked it out from the library. Like of all of Carolyn Keene's stories, enjoyed it.
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What struck me about the Mystery of the Tolling Bell was its setting-- coastal New England! (Maine, maybe?) such a mystery would delight a Maine-iac like me! Also, it turned out that there WAS a tie-in between that mysterious cave and the

case that Mr. Drew sought to solve for Mrs. Chantrey. It was in this cave where the phonie cosmetic business was in operation. When, after boating accident, Nancy climbed to top of cliff to get her bearings, she felt weak and dizzy and went to sleep. In her dream, two elves carried her away and put them down. The elves were in fact part of the racket, Grumper (who did the chemical work) and his cousin Franz. So, this dream helped Nancy solve the case and bring the swindlers to justice (as she was able to identify two of the crooks). The ringleader, Harry Tyrox,

had a dozen ailases, like Monsieur Pappier, Mr. James et al. So did Mary Smith, the apparent front woman, who called herself Madame, Spanish Senora etc. Like all of the original Nancy Drews, this one is throwback to when many things we take for granted did not exist: there were no computers, transistor radios, dial phones, DVD's, audio CD's, or television (NOT EVEN MUNTZ TV's!) All in all, a very nice one.
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Nancy drew finds herself in yet another mystery,one where a mysterious bell must be found and returned to its original owner. But that’s not all. Someone, or something, is causing anyone near a haunted cliff to die a terrible death: a huge wave that drowns almost anyone who doesn't heed the tolling bells’ warning. Will Nancy discover the answer to this terrible fate before she dies the same way?
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