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Nancy Drew Mystery Stories : The Secret of The Old Clock and The Hidden Staircase Hardcover – September 2, 1987
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Nance Drew's keen mind is tested when she searches for a missing will. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As the series progressed and other writers began to generate Nancy Drew novels, the character changed and Nancy was "toned down;" instead of flatly rich, she became reasonably affluent; recklessness was replaced by commonsense caution; and while she might be willing to bend the law a bit she would never knowingly break it. In the 1950s and 1960s the earlier novels were re-written to reflect this change in character.
THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK was significantly rewritten in 1959, and the 1959 version is the only version currently in print. Given its era, you will find nothing in the way of cell phones, computers, or the like; Nancy's fashion sense includes gloves; and she always seems find time to whip up a credible meal from scratch for friends. This particular story finds Nancy involved in a search for a missing will. She is assisted in this by her father, who is a noted attorney, and by her older friend Helen Corning. (The re-occuring characters of George, Bess, and Ned do not appear in the earliest books.) As her investigation progresses she not only finds herself at odds with unworthy heirs, but confronting furniture thieves as well.Read more ›
With this in mind, it is important to understand that there is an extensive section involving racial stereotypes concerning an African American character that some may find offensive. For this reason, this book, in my opinion, is not really suitable for younger children. However, adults and older children who are familar with the Nancy Drew series and have read the 1959 version of this book will certainly enjoy reading this original text.
Having read both the 1930 and the 1959 version, my personal opinion is that the 1930 version is the better book. Unlike in the rewrite, we gain more insight into why Nancy and the Topham sisters do not get along, for example. There is also better character development and these characters seem more authentic. The rewrite suffers somewhat in these respects and should have simply been rewritten to remove the offensive material while leaving the remaining text mostly intact.
As the series progressed and other writers began to generate Nancy Drew novels, the character changed and Nancy was "toned down;" instead of flatly rich, she became reasonably affluent; recklessness was replaced by commonsense caution; and while she might be willing to bend the law a bit she would never knowingly break it. In the 1950s and 1960s the earlier novels were re-written to reflect this change in character. THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE was significantly rewritten in 1959.
In this particular story, Nancy is asked to investigate a supposed haunting at Twin Elms, a colonal mansion occupied by the elderly Miss Flora and her daughter Rosemary: not only have things gone bump in the night, jewelry has come up missing as well. She is assisted in this by her friend Helen, who is Rosemary's niece. Meanwhile Nancy's father, attorney Carson Drew, is working to defeat the shady dealings of the mysterious Mr. Gombet. Needless to say, before too long the two cases begin to link up.
The book is very much of its era: you will not find any cell phones, computers, or similar modern gadgets between its covers. Nancy herself is the "perfect good girl" according to the standards of the day: she tends toward skirts and jackets, wears gloves while gardening and for social occasion, and is never too busy to whip up a quick luncheon (chicken salad always seems to be a favorite) for family or friends.Read more ›
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Loved it. One of my all time favorite books of childhood. It's great to go back and read them againPublished 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
I remember these Nancy Drew mystery books from my childhood. I was fond of them then and purchased them for my granddaughter.Published 21 days ago by A. M. Yoakum
My introduction at a young age to mystery thriller fiction. I've been hooked on that genre ever since, and I became a life long fan of Nancy Drew.Published 1 month ago by Bigedsgirl1
This book was really good with lots of twists and turns. If you like mysteries then this is definitely the book for you!Published 1 month ago by chapell miller
I read this to my tween kids. They loved the adventure. Good story. Good clean detective story- that is hard to find nowadays. I love Nancy Drew. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sobelaiah
This is my 2nd Nancy Drew. I am a 65 year old Grandpa. I had never read a Nancy Drew, until I read #1 in the series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Len