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


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 9
  • 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: 7.6 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon are the pseudonyms under which many ghostwriters penned the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, respectively. Both series were created by Edward Stratemeyer, founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate book packaging firm, in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Stratemeyer's daughter, Harriet, and syndicate writer Mildred Wirt Benson were the two people primarily responsible for bringing the iconic character of Nancy Drew to life in the minds and hearts of millions of readers around the world.


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All Nancy Drew Mystery stories are great.
Margarita
This is a fantastic book to read out loud with your child; it will make them shiver with excitement and curiosity!
Rudolph Schmidt
The mystery is interesting, the writing is good and there is plenty of action and suspence.
J. Thiel

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1999
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Karen Sampson Hudson on November 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Thiel on May 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George M. Peters on February 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Dieleman on October 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is my favorite of all the Nancy Drew books. I love the story, plot, clues, and charecters. I think that if you only read one Nancy Drew book it should be this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EKAMRYAN on February 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My niece loves Nancy Drew books and this one didn't disappoint according to her. She had it read in 1 day. Nice hardcover book!
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