kindle ¶ The Secret of the Old Clock Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #1 Ù 180 pages ☆ Carolyn Keene

ePub ´ The Secret of the Old Clock Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #1 õ Carolyn Keene

ePub ´ The Secret of the Old Clock Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #1 õ Carolyn Keene Nancy unaided seeks to find a missing will To the surprise of many the Topham family will inherit wealthy Josiah Crowley's fortune instead of deserving relatives and friends My February month of reading mysteries is finally ending I am excited for March as I have previously mentioned a little too excited To end an otherwise dreary and depressing month on a positive note I decided to sueeze in one mystery this one a buddy read This was no ordinary buddy read in a group but one with my seven year old daughter She is in first grade and is reading with ease Lately she has enjoyed the newer and probably easy for her Nancy Drew Notebooks Mysteries I decided to both challenge her and expose her to the original series and offered to read the original mysteries with her We happen to own a copy of The Secret of the Old Clock and I checked out a second copy of this classic from the library so we could read Nancy Drew's debut case together Did you know that Nancy Drew has solved over 500 cases in her career That is a lot of mysteries Secret of the Old Clock takes readers back over eighty years ago to where it all began for Nancy in River Heights a fictional town that is supposed to resemble Iowa City Iowa Nancy has finished with high school and still lives in the home of her widower father Carson Drew a prominent River Heights lawyer It is summer vacation and while Nancy is ready to begin the next chapter of her life a mystery happens to fall into her lap Josiah Crowley has passed away and unless a recent will turns up his entire estate will fall into the hands of the greedy Topham family of River Heights Not only are the Tophams well to do but they are also snobby and view Nancy Drew and her kind as a pest Yet word is that Josiah Crowley wrote a second will and Nancy is determined to find it She has been solving mysteries with her father in his office for her entire life and now she is ready to solve a case on her ownAlong the way Nancy meets the Turners the Hoovers the Mathews and Mrs Rowen all of whom stand to benefit if Crowley's second will turns up One notes immediately that these relations of Mr Crowley's deserve the money so than the Crowleys and hope beyond hope that Nancy pieces together enough clues to uncover the missing document Other than the Tophams and a band of robbers the rest of the characters all assisted Nancy in her uest or were otherwise sympathetic Unlike mysteries and thrillers geared toward adult audiences there was little intrigue for me as I knew that in the end Nancy Drew would come out on top The prose was dated yet refreshing to read and I enjoyed turning back the clock to this wholesome book that is still a guessing game for children as to whodunit My daughter enjoyed reading about Nancy as well and she has already checked out her next few cases from the libraryFebruary is over woohoo Where to now March is Women's History Month and I have a diverse lineup plan including two historical mysteries and one buddy read I enjoy reading about women and cultures from around the world so this isn't much of a stretch for me but exciting nonetheless In the meantime my daughter is getting hooked on mysteries herself and wants to continue with the Nancy Drew series I am glad that I used my February month of reading mysteries to expose her to this classic series We both enjoyed the bonding time reading it and I am sure there will be Nancy Drew buddy reads in both of our future4 bright stars

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kindle ¶ The Secret of the Old Clock Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #1 Ù 180 pages ☆ Carolyn Keene ☆ Nancy unaided seeks to find a missing will To the surprise of many the Topham family will inherit wealthy Josiah Crowley's fortune instead of deserving relatives and Who were promised inheritances Nancy determines that a clue to a second will might be found in an old clock Mr Crowley had owned and she seeks to find the timepiece Her searc A solid start to the series that got me started on not only mysteries but also series reads Nancy Drew embodies everything a girl hopes to be smart athletic ingenious brave friendly fun pretty adventurous well I could go on and on but you get the picture I love trying to solve the mystery along with Nancy although it is easier now as an adult and after I have already read it before Recommended to children as a suspenseful action packed mystery that they can work to solve alongside Nancy Recommended to adults for an easy nostalgic mystery read

Carolyn Keene õ The Secret of the Old Clock Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #1 ePub

The Secret of the Old Clock Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #1H not only tests her keen mind but also leads her into a thrilling adventure This book is the revised text The plot of the original story ©1930 is similar with minor revisio Although Trixie Belden was my favorite teen sleuth I also enjoyed Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys mysteries growing up I think I liked Trixie better as she was closer to my age and of a tom boycountry girl like I was I devoured books from all three series as fast as I could get my hands on them so the differences in characters didn't hamper my enjoyment of the mysteries I am making an effort to re visit favorite series and authors I've been re reading the Trixie Belden booksso finally came calling at the Drew home as well I did a bit of research on the series before starting the first book Just like the Trixie series Nancy Drew was written by various ghostwriters all under the pen name Carolyn Keene The first authors were paid 125 per book and were reuired to relinuish all claims to the books The original four Nancy Drew books were first published in 1930 actually written by Mildred Wirt Benson but were re written and updated in 1959 by Harriet Adams I have never read the original version of this story but have a copy of the re worked book With a bit of research I learned what changes were made The character was softened up a little and outdated stereotypes were removed opinions about nouveau riche were removed upper class views were toned down bad depictions of lower class were removed etc Some changes were fundamental action and suspense was added into the plot and the housekeeper was depicted as a valued member of the family rather than treated like a servant as in the original work I think these changes kept the books in circulation through the decades rather than them fading as the plots grew severely outdated and even a bit offensive I listened to an unabridged audio book version of this story Penguin Random House audio 2002 Narrated by Laura Linney the audio is just over 3 hours long Linney gives a great performance as usual I always enjoy her narrations The audio book also adds in some music and sound effects at suspenseful moments Very enjoyable listening experience I have hearing loss but was still able to hear and understand the entire book I enjoyed listening to Nancy's case unfold as she searched for a missing will Even though the book is short the mystery is not rushed There is plenty of action and interesting twists and turns Great story I enjoyed this re visit just as much as I enjoyed reading Nancy's first mystery as a young teen back in the early 1980s I'm glad they re wrote and updated these books I don't think I would have liked Nancy if she was portrayed as an upper class privileged snoot I have 20 matching hardback copies of this series on my keeper shelf that I found at a thriftshop for 1 per book Best purchase ever My copies are the older versions with no slipcover 1950s artwork on the front and the traditional yellow spine with a small picture of Nancy I hope to find to round out my collection There are 35 books in the original series with 43 added from 1959 1985 Then there are several modern spin off series as well Lots of reading to do I'm so curious to find out if the newer books are as good as the originalsRevisiting this story also makes me want to find episodes of the old 1970s television show I wonder if it is available online somewhere On to the next book The Hidden Staircase