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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 a pen name used by a variety of authors for the classic Nancy Drew Mystery series. The first author to use the pseudonym was Mildred Wirt Benson, who wrote 23 of the original 30 books. Other writers who have adapted the "Carolyn Keene" moniker include Leslie McFarlane, James Duncan Lawrence, Walter Karig, and Nancy Axelrod.
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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,812 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 book was somthing that I was always in the mood to read. I was solving the mystery right along with Nancy. Just when you think you have figured it out it completely changes. Along with the mystery it add romance, crime, and excitement! This is the best book I have ever read. Once you start you can not put it down! I would recomend this to anyone who loves Romance novles and a Great mystery too. I was amazed at how real this was, it seemed as if it happen yesterday or an hour ago and it was not just a story. The author makes you seem like you are Nancy's best friend. This was an Amazing Book! You have got to read it!!!
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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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One of the very best Nancy Drew mysteries - and certainly one of the best of the "later" (after 1960) Nancy Drews.
This one has it all - an eerie, deserted castle with creepy passageways and secret panels, Nancy and her pals on vacation in a picturesque small town and investigating a mystery, sinister characters, odd disappearances, threats and conspiracies.

A suspenseful page-turner that is huge fun. Pure escapism.
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Format: Hardcover
I have read alot of Nancy Drew books in my life.But the Spider Sapphire Mystery was my favorite of all the NANCY Drew books.I highly recommond this book.If you want a good mystery and you really like Nancy Drew books or any other mystery books like Hardy Boys READ Nancy Drew and the Spider Sapphire Mystery.JESSICA AGE 10
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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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