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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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Eventually, in one of the many moves my family made while I was growing up, that beloved original set of 10 books somehow didn't make it with us. I was devastated, but I started my collection again with the newer Grosset & Dunlap books from the 1970s. But, Nancy was not MY Nancy from those original 10 books.
Enter Applewood and its line of reprints of several of the 1930s original Nancy Drew mysteries. Of course I had to buy this one. Possibly because it was the first of the series I ever read, this one will always be my favorite. Nancy is independent, competent, intelligent, and level-headed as she depicts a teenager who manages to push the boundaries of her society's gender expectations. The writing isn't as "snappy" as the revised versions of the 1970s, but there is more richness in these original versions that is not equalled by the 1970s versions.
What I especially like about these Applewood reprints, and especially this one, are the introductory essays by writers who shed some interesting light on the series and the characters. Mystery at Lilac Inn is introduced by Mildren Wirt, one of the original "Carolyn Keene" ghost writers, who had forward-thinking ideas of gender roles when she was writing back in the 1930s. It is a pleasure to re-read this and the other Applewood reprints. It's a window into our social history.
We purchased the 4 DVD set of the Nancy Drew movies that were made during 1938-1939 and absolutely fell in love with them. As a result my wife bought me the first 6 books in a set. These were the yellow cover books that had been revised from the originals.
Then I ran across the Applewood reprints of the original books. For someone my age it is my opinion that the Applewood books are more appropriate. The vocabulary and writing style of the late 1920's and 1930's was something with which I could identify.
Reading the stories was like talking with my parents and grandparents again - wonderful. For me it was a return to the age of innocence that was long lost: Innocence lost due to time and war.
The 'Sign of the Twisted Candles' is a great, fun tale full of twists and turns just as the book title suggests. I count it among my favorites, but then no matter which of the original Nancy Drew books I happen to read it too immediately becomes a favorite.
The story shows Nancy at her best when confronted with a deep mystery and neither she nor you could ever be dissappointed with this 'Twisted Tale". I highly recommend that you read it - and share the book with your Grandfather.
Any Nancy Drew fan will love this book and read it more than once.