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The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1)

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In this first of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Nancy, unaided, seeks to find a missing will. Her search not only tests her keen mind but also leads her into a thrilling adventure. This volume presents the original, 1930 version of the story. In 1959 the story was rewritten and condensed and this original version went out of print.
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Applewood Books (first published January 1st 1930)
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Jessica
Jul 03, 2008 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: girl sleuths who've recently learned to read
I see this edition is actually a postcard book, but I wanted to review The Secret of the Old Clock with its proper cover.

This was the first chapter book I ever read. I have a very clear memory of my mom giving it to me in the car on the way back from Palo Alto, which can't possibly be correct because she wouldn't have handed me a book while driving on the freeway. Maybe she gave it to me before we started driving, and I was reading it in the car? It's kind of a mystery.

Anyway, these books taught...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)
So I was watching the BDSM episode of Our America, and this one chick said that she first discovered her fascination with being tied up when Nancy was being tied up by the bad guys...

I TOTALLY DIDN'T GET THE MEMO THAT I SHOULD HAVE BEEN GETTING EXCITED.

Anyway, I loved this series as a child. I intend to revisit it someday. Nancy was my girl...and apparently these books are a gateway drug to a kinkier life.
Cheryl
Sep 09, 2007 Cheryl rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: teens
Shelves: ya
I think Nancy drew was the beginning of the end for me. Her adventures and the mysteries that she solved made me yearn to solve my own. This made me inquisitive, leading to a job as a journalist at 14. It also made me want to write.

And here I am...just a few years later (Ok, more than a few), and I'm a writer of suspense, mysteries and thrillers! :) Go figure.

I recommend this book for pre-teens and young teens. It's a great escape. And for women who want to remember a piece of their youth, pick...more
☆Brittany☆
Honestly reading this book as an adult was almost brutal. Nancy's whole demeanor/thoughts/words used etc were just so cheesy.
BUT, I read quite a few Nancy Drew books during my preteen years & I absolutely LOVED them. I loved them enough to never part with the books & if I find the "old style" edition of a Nancy Drew book that I don't have I buy it, still.
So, I am giving the book 5 stars because when I was a kid I really did think these books were amazing. Now, as an adult, they are ridi...more
Summer
I want to give this a five because of the enormous impact it's had on the popular imagination, and because it's the first book in a series that features a female main character who is smart and brave and rescues her boyfriend instead of the other way around, and because I read it about 100000 times when I was a kid, but the writing is just so bad. One thing that never struck me before: why are there so many pairs of siblings in this book? Two aging sisters, two aging brothers, two young sisters,...more
Katie
This is the first time I've read Nancy Drew since I was about seven, and imagine my delight when she turned out to be absolutely out of her mind bonkers. She's always mulling over fresh tire tracks and sparkling her eyes at her own father while wearing an attractive linen suit. I love her. The only things missing for me were Bess and her extra five pounds.
Alex
Oct 06, 2013 Alex rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: 8 - 10--year-olds?
Shelves: 2013
I almost didn't give this a star rating. Tough to know how to judge a book like this.

When I was a kid I blasted through all of these books one summer, and came away with a lifelong automatic crush on any woman who has strawberry blonde hair. Which, btw, she doesn't even have in this first book, it's just blonde. I looked it up and apparently her hair color evolved. Two stars for blonde hair.

This is a children's book, written at a very basic level. I don't know, eight-year-olds? Whatever the sta...more
Andy Deemer
Oh, Nancy, how damned earnest you are! What infuriated me the most about this book -- and infuriated I was -- was the two-dimensional nonsense that spewed from each flat character's mouth. "I wish we could travel," say the two brothers, "if only we'd been left money in the old man's will!" Every time we meet them, which is not a few times, they'll speak that same one damned line. Alison constantly harping on about her desire for voice lessons, Judy's minders dreaming they could send the promisin...more
Jodi
Somehow with my huge reading appetite as a child, I never picked up a Nancy Drew Book. I managed to read a few Bobsey Twin books, Box Car Children, Laura Ingalls, The Littles, Betsy-Tacy, and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Anne of Greene Gables, but never Nancy Drew. I guess I missed out! Anyway, I got to enjoy my first book with my daughter who after seeing the Nancy Drew movie a few months ago has become a huge fan.

Because these books were written in the 50s (30s? - my book says 30s but would a girl have...more
Victoria
Jul 14, 2012 Victoria rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Girls who love a good mystery who are ready to read
Recommended to Victoria by: Raven (Thanks for recommending me this series!)
Nancy Drew books have always been my favorite series growing up. When I was in 4th grade, I didn't discover this series until my best friend, Raven, urge me to read it. I was a bit skeptical since I didn't read a lot of mystery books when I was little. After a lot of nagging and her begging me to read this, I decide to read it! And I must say--I LOVE IT! I thanked Raven a lot and I was so happy that she recommended me this series. Without her, I would probably not have found out this series and...more
Melanie
How can you work on a girls' mystery series project and *not* read Nancy Drew? I don't think you can, so my inaugural Nancy is the 1938 printing of ND #1. How did I not read this book as a child?

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Hmmm...I wish I had read Nancy for the first time as a kid, because I think I would have loved her then: she's spunky, independent, and ready to right the world's injustices. As an adult, though, I couldn't quite get past the fact that the injustices Nancy set out to resolve hinged upon putting tha...more
Jeremy Preacher
I found these reprints of the 1930 versions of the Nancy Drew series, and read them side-by-side with the 1950s versions. What a fascinating exercise!

The standout difference, aside from the really appalling portrayal of the one black person in the early edition, was the addition in the 50s of a number of incidents that seem to be intended to heighten the tension, including an orphan child and her elderly caretakers who desperately need a chunk of the inheritance and a dog attack that consists of...more
Christina
When a young girl, Judy, is almost hit by a large moving van and falls off a bridge in her attempt to avoid being hit, eighteen-year-old Nancy Drew quickly rescue the girl and brings her back to Judy’s home, which she shares with her Great Aunts Mary Edna Turner. The two elderly ladies share with Nancy that they don’t have a lot of money, especially since their promised inheritance from Josiah Crowley fell through. Mr. Crowley’s fortune was willed to the snobby, rude, and already rich Topham fam...more
Sheila
When I was younger, there was a book store in a small mall in a town near where I lived that carried these Nancy Drew books. Actually, it wasn't really just a book store, it was more of a book, toy and hobby shop, as they also stocked Breyer horses, model car kits and the like. The reason I remember these books is that they were right across the aisle from the Breyer horses, which were my PASSION at the time. Anyone else who was ever a pre-teen horse loving girl will know what I am talking about...more
Lynn
Okay -- yes I am about 25 years too old to be reading this book ... but I tried to read it when I was the appropriate age and couldn't get past the gloves and convertible running errands for Daddy.

I finally got past all that and decided, you know, it wasn't half bad. I am not a t-shirt wearing convert but at least I successfully read it and may try to read another at some point.

As previously mentioned, Nancy runs errands for her father the handsome widower Carson Drew, attorney at law. She has a...more
Eden
After delivering some papers to her father, Nancy Drew is driving on a country road and spots a young girl almost getting hit by a van. She goes to the girl's rescue when she falls into the water.
Nancy takes the young girl into her aunt's house and after some talking, Nancy learns that the family doesn't have very much money and that they were supposed to get an inheritance from Josiah Crowley. Nancy decides to take the mystery into her own hands.

This is my first time ever reading a Nancy Drew b...more
Simon
Jul 14, 2012 Simon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Simon by: Samantha Pellegrino
I love this book despite how old it is or how it seems very juvenile, even though Nancy is my age.
I read it for the first time back in Grade 7 and I fell in Love with the series, I have made it a mission to own all of them (including the Hardy Boys) i have only managed to read up to the 9th book however, so now with the help of this website and my own determination, I will read all of them.

I think it is safe to say that some of the crimes committed in this book, couldn't happen today due to te...more
Elizabeth
Dec 12, 2009 Elizabeth rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Elizabeth by: my older cousin. (=
I remember the first time I read this series. I was 8 and they were my older cousins so I wanted to read them to. (I wanted to be just like her and do everything she did.). As soon as I started reading it I was OBSESSED. I LOVED this series! it took me about 3 months to read all the books the local library had, and I started requesting them for birthday gifts ETc. I own almost the whole series, and I will never get rid of them. I want to pass them on to my own kids someday.
I wouldn’t say thes...more
Ashley
Just realized I've never added any of the Nancy Drews to Goodreads. My mom has hardcover first editions of all of them (except one little bugger near the end of the run) and they're basically how I learned to read. Oh, man. I should really go back and re-read. I wonder how they hold up?
John Yelverton
The very first Nancy Drew book. It's so good that the series is still being published 80 years later.
Bibek Thapa
It was fun to go on Nancy's first adventure as a young detective, but I truly missed Bess and George.
Alex
I listened to this on audiobook in my car. (As an aside, I really loved the way Laura Linney read this story!)

What a fun trip down memory lane. I LOVED Nancy Drew when I was a kid, so much so that my best friend and I had a Nancy Drew Book Club (we were the only two members....) Her and I recently discussed that, which made me really want to re-read these books! I also was searching for new audiobooks for my commute, as I had just finished two long series that took a year and a half to listen to...more
Ryan G
Can I say how excited I was to read my first Nancy Drew book since about the 5th grade. I devoured these book throughout the school year and I really think Nancy gets some of the credit for my lifelong love affair with mysteries.

Underneath that excitement was just a small amount of fear. I haven't read this book in 25 years so I was scared that it wouldn't live up to the memory. It wouldn't be the first time that I reread a book I loved when I was younger only to find out that I really didn't ca...more
Kimberly
I recently saw a local ad for a 1959 set of nearly sixty Nancy Drew books and roughly the same number of Hardy Boys books in excellent condition at a great price. I'll admit that I was tempted to buy them, but I already have boxes of books that our current bookshelves can't accommodate, so to add over a hundred additional volumes at once seemed foolish. Plus, I've not revisited these books since my youth, and I suspect that they might not fare so well when read as an adult. I did a little poking...more
Whitney
Young girl sleuth, Nancy Drew is introduced in 1930 with The Secret of the Old Clock, the first in the classic mystery series. After aiding an injured child Nancy stumbles upon the mystery of Josiah Crowley's missing will. Josiah promised several members of his family that he would include them in his will but upon his death they were all omitted leaving everything to a snobby relations who claim to hold the only copy. Nancy sees the unjustness of the situation and feeling that something is not...more
03NicoleV
Title: Secret of the Old Clock
Author: Carolynn Keene
Year: 1959 Number of Pages: 180

Intended Audience: Mystery lovers!

Main Issue: A will was never found with a sum of money for different people.

Setting: Yes, it could take place in a different setting, but it wouldn't have the same affect.

Description of Main Characters: Nancy Drew- young girl detective, loves adventure; Carson Drew- Nancy's dad, works as a lawyer

Summary: Nancy was driving home one day when a moving van sped right in front of her g...more
Paul Darcy
by Carolyn Keene, published in 1959.

This is the first Nancy Drew mystery, and also happens to be the first one I’ve ever read. And it was not as bad as I thought it might have been. It was quite a departure from Science Fiction and Fantasy - my mainstays - for sure.

Nancy is a young sleuth very much interested in solving mysteries. Her father, a lawyer, is a great aid for her as eh has the legal slant on all the things she is trying to do as well as sagely advice when Nancy needs it. The way the...more
Kerli
So I have been a fan of the Adventure Games series a few years now and I decided I should read some books as well. And I bought this (I knew it was the edited version, where Nancy is toned down etc etc), but the game with the same name is my favourite, and I figured I should start from the beginning... Quite a disappointment. Too rushed, something happens in every short chapter, Nancy isn't as nice to people as I thought she should be... Is it just me? (And I still think of Hannah as black every...more
Texas Teckel
I loved Nancy Drew as a kid! My next door neighbor gave me my first ND book ("The Password to Larkspur Lane") when I was eight ... I think because she believed that the Egyptology books I was always reading were not kid-suitable. That was the beginning of my obsession. I used my allowance to buy more and was gifted with new books for birthdays and Christmas. My mother actually carried a list of the books I had around so that she would not pick out one I already owned. I still have books 1-56. 56...more
Namratha Kumar
Summer vacations as a kid were intricately linked with a stack of Nancy Drews and Enid Blytons (well, we didn’t have Cabot and Rowling back then!). I thought the sun shone out of Nancy’s every orifice…Ned Nickerson was my first non-dimensional crush…and I was content in the knowledge that come what may; the 18-year old strawberry blonde, girl detective extraordinaire would emerge victorious in the end.

At a book-fair recently, I came across the first Nancy Drew Mystery Story (The Secret of The O...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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