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The Secret of Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew #5)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  10,128 ratings  ·  272 reviews
Nancy drew arrives in Phoenix, Arizona, eagerly looking forward to a fun-filled vacation at Shadow Ranch, but abruptly finds herself involved in a baffling mystery. The ranch is being haunted by a phantom horse and maliciously damaged by an unknown enemy. Local people believe that the ghostly animal is carrying out the curse of Dirk Valentine, the romantic outlaw who was k...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 15th 1992 by Armada (first published 1931)
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I would love to see another edition of this book. In the order of the series, this is number five, but Ned Nickerson, Nancy's longtime and long suffering boyfriend gets several mentions. Too bad he doesn't make his first appearance until book seven! I have the "purple" editions, the double editions that were published two books to each volume as a collectible set. The books have, over the years, gone through a lot of edits to "update" them. I'd love to know if this quirk is particular to a certa...more
Jeremy Preacher
This continues my series of comparative reviews of the 1930s and 1950s editions of the Nancy Drew books.

Shadow Ranch was the mystery with the biggest divergence of story so far. I've been trying to read them more or less in parallel, but that was pretty much impossible here - they're basically two distinct stories with different plots entirely.

In the 1930s version, there are two main mysteries - what happened to Alice's father, and what's the deal with the little blonde girl who lives with the m...more
John Yelverton
Nancy Drew leaves the big city, but uncovers a mystery in the Arizona wilderness. Another great addition to this book series.
Nancy Drew arrives in Phoenix , Arizona , eagerly looking forward to a fun-filled vacation at Shadow Ranch , but abruptly finds herself involved in a baffling mystery . The Ranch is being huanted by a phantom horse and maliciously damaged by an unknown enermy . Local people believe that the ghostly animal is carrying out the curse of Dir-k Valentine , the romantic outlaw who was killed many years ago at Shadow Ranch , where hee had gone to fulfill a promise to his sweetheart .
Suspecting that a...more
This is my fifth Nancy Drew Book in a month. Although I'm not sure who really wrote this book, it's obvious it's a different writer. Nancy's engaged friend Helen Corning is gone and the cousins George and Bess have replaced her. This book takes Nancy to Arizona far from River Heights and her family. Her father, Carson Drew and housekeeper Hannah Gruen are only mentioned in passing and play no part in this book. Also we hear for the first time of a boyfriend - Ned. Those who have read other Nancy...more
Brooke C
This book was a very good book about Nancy and her friends going on vacation but stumble upon a mystery and end up in the middle of it trying to solve it. I love these bacause Nancy is always geting into a mystery and danger but always finds a way out of it like all good detectives do. I love the whole Nancy Drew series bacause I love mysteries and this one is awesome as well. I love mysteries and think Nancy always shows good perservirence and never gives up.
Jun 17, 2014 Tweety rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nancy Drew fan and mystery lovers
Recommended to Tweety by: my grandmother
I love this particular edition of The Secret at Shadow Ranch, because it's completely different to The Secret of Shadow Ranch. Having read this one first and then the "revised edition" I can see that it changed way more then just some editing.

In this one it is about a kidnapped child, the the revised it is about a shadowy horse. Big editing, right? (Like chop out the whole plot and write a new one) Both are good, but while the older is Imo superior, the later was just okay. I think Nancy changed...more
Whenever I need a filler book (one that I know won't take very long to read), I tend to reach for those from my childhood. I have several Nancy Drew mysteries on my book shelf and I've read each of them many times (to the point where, as I am reading it, I pretty much know exactly what's coming next).

This particular one is a favorite; Nancy, along with her faithful companions Bess and George, find themselves on a ranch in Arizona helping Bess and George's aunt and uncle discover who is wrecking...more
This instalment is tricky to reflect upon. I'm bestowing three stars because it entails several exciting events that elevate the interest and pace. I like that it is a fresh setting to dig into away from Nancy Drew's 'River Heights' neighbourhood; although I don't know which American state that's in. The desert evokes inspiring terrain and mood-setting history; as does the ranch.

The nocturnal horse does not contribute the spooky atmosphere it should. Nancy clarifies from the start that she predi...more
Mandy Sickle
Nancy has just finished a case headed for a much needed vacation with her best friends Bess and George in Arizona at Shadow Ranch. However her vacation may be short lived because upon arriving she learns that a mystery is unfolding at the ranch that could force all the girls’ home early. Before the girls can even leave the terminal they encounter a stranger warning them away from Shadow Ranch, as if that’s not enough they have car trouble on the way to the ranch.

As the girls arrive at the ranch...more
Helen Corning ceases to exist while Nancy gets new friends that she's apparently had all along. It's Bess and George, of course! Nancy ventures to Bess and George's aunt and uncle's ranch for a vacation and finds a mystery to be solved (of course). Well, there's like 3 mysteries going on. One is the phantom horse and the sabotage that follows at Shadow Ranch. Then there is Bess and George's younger cousin's missing father. And then there is the missing treasure of outlaw, Dirk(!) Valentine. Of c...more
I totally had a crush on Dave the cowboy! At one point, I was hoping that he and Nancy would get together but it was not meant to be. Anyway, plotwise, it was exciting albeit not as much as the previous installment. The villains were being obvious from the start but as usual, the good guys could not do anything about it without solid proofs.

The lack of Hannah Gruen and Carson Drew from the book seemed to give way for George and Bess as Nancy's assistants. I liked the idea though. More girls rat...more
IT WAS AWESOME! I LOVED it! Like all the nancy drews I'm always a fan!
Emma boyer
`this is a realy good book out of all of her books that i have read. im on pg. 93 and i would recomend it to any one who likes mysteries. the main charictors name is nancey drew and she is a young detective and this one is about she gose to this ranch with her two best friends (george and bess) and her best friends relatives own the ranch. and the relatives think the ranch is like being sabotaged . and she also hast to solve a old legand about the ranch . and so yea its a realy good book.
Megan Lengel
Nancy Drew arrives in Phoenix, Arizona, eagerly looking forward to a fun-filled vacation in Shadow Ranch, but abrubtly finds herself involved in a baffling mystery. The ranch is being haunted by a phantom horse and maliciously damaged by an unknown enemy. Local peopel believe that the ghostly animal is carrying out the curse of Dirk Valentine, the romantic outlaw who was killed many years ago at Shadow Ranch, where he had gone to fufill a promise to his sweetheart.
"The Secret of Shadow Ranch"...Carolyn Keene/Various Authors. The Secret of Shadow Ranch was Amazing!!! This story had my undivided attention. The whole entire story was great , I liked the fact that Bess and George were involved in the mystery with Nancy . Because In the "The Secret of Shadow Ranch" Computer game Bess and George weren't involved. One of Favorite Nancy Drew Books in the series.
*(nancy and george- favorite characters)*

titian haired nancy dons some cool western duds and heads out to join shorty, tex, bud, uncle ed and cowboys at scenic shadow ranch.
i must say, it's nice to see nancy and the girls be a little butch in their blue jeans. of course, george is always butch. this book is alot fun with alot of western atmosphere. one of my favorites.
I read this book during our afternoon nap time (yes, it's that quick of a read). For what they are, Nancy Drew books are amazing. Parts of them would be considered politically incorrect nowadays but I personally find it part of the charm of these half century old books.
Really enjoyed this story from the Nancy Drew cannon - glow-in-the-dark horse :), buried treasure, yee-haw cowboys and we meet Bess and George in this outing.

I'm adding this one to the list of favorites I've read so far.
Amy Bourmatnov
Carolyn Keene's book, Secret of Shadow Ranch, kept me turning pages all night long. With "cliff-hangers" at the end of each chapter, I couldn't bear to put it down! Readers who crave mystery will definitely enjoy this series.
I really want to finish reading the series. I never did when I was reading it as a kid.
The Secret of Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, No 5) by Carolyn G. Keene (1980)
This is one of my favorite Nancy Drew books.
What is more dependable for a quick, engaging story than one of the famous Nancy Drew mysteries? Though the title detective has been involved in a number of book series down through the years, and even been portrayed in the feature film industry, it's the original series that seems to capture the attention of sincere devotees as no other revival has managed to do. One knows basically what one is going to get when picking up a Nancy Drew book, but the exact way the plot unfolds is always differe...more
This is my dad's favorite book out of the original sixty something series. Nancy Drew has played a pivotal role in my life. At first, it was my dad reading these books aloud to me and my sisters. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my dad sitting in his rocking chair with one of these books cracked open and me on the floor doodling a portrait of him. My sisters were too young to really get much out of the whole story reading ordeal--they'd always fall asleep a few pages in. But my dad w...more
Timothy Darling
May 24, 2012 Timothy Darling rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Timothy by: Ellie Kreider
Nancy and her friends go west to Shadow Ranch with Bess' 15 year old cousin Alice and her Aunt Nell who owns the ranch. While there, she becomes intrigued by the cranky and dangerous neighbor Martha Frank and her charge Lucy Brown who is obviously not Frank's daughter and is terribly abused by the woman. Nancy and her friends, on vacation ride about the mountains having adventures among the wildlife and the rugged landscape, but constantly are drawn back to the squatter's hut and the poor little...more
- Another fun and satisfying Nancy Drew mystery!

- I like that Nancy Drew went all western in this story. It was a western treasure hunt! Great stuff! I love that each Nancy Drew is so different and unique. The hunt for an outlaw's treasure was cool, and I wish there had been more back story on Valentine.

- A girl named George?

- Nancy knows a lot of people! She has friends everywhere! I guess it is no surprise. She is very polite and kind, and I would like to be her friend.

- I feel like a charact...more

Book 5. After Mystery of Lilac Inn and before The Secret of Red Gate Farm. Kindle e-book version of the 1965 rewrite of the 1931 original. Harriet Stratemeyer Adams outlined the original story. Midlred Wirt Bensen wrote the original story in 1931. Grace Grote rewrote the story in 1965.

Cousins, Bess Marvin and George Fayne, are introduced as Nancy's best friends. Ned (Nickerson) is mentioned by first name, but not explained; nor, does he make an appearance.

Premise: Someone is sabotaging the...more
Dec 29, 2012 Tara added it
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Previously on Sleuthing Saturdays, I solved The Mystery at Lilac Inn. And things were INTENSE. Luckily Nancy Drew came through without a scratch, because now she has to discover The Secret of Shadow Ranch.

And oh boy, I loved The Secret of Shadow Ranch. Namely because we finally got to meet Bess and George! I was wondering when they’d show up and then bam, there they were. Plus, The Secret of Shadow Ranch has ponies! Yay...more
While visiting Shadow Ranch, with her friends Bess and George, (surprise surprise) a mystery turns up. The ranch is supposedly haunted by the outlaw Dirk Valentine, who died leaving a hidden treasure to his sweetheart said to be on the property of Shadow Ranch. Not only does Nancy take this case but also a young girl's who's father is missing. Nancy Drew -- two mysteries for the price of one! So immediately this became a game of clue for me, all the ranch-hands, owners and even Alice's father be...more
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Carolyn Keene is a writer pen name that was used by many different people- both men and women- over the years. The company that was the creator of the Nancy Drew series, the Stratemeyer Syndicate, hired a variety of writers. For Nancy Drew, the writers used the pseudonym Carolyn Keene to assure anonymity of the creator.

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