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The Secret of Red Gate Farm (Nancy Drew #6)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  9,119 Ratings  ·  253 Reviews

Nancy, suspicious of a secret society, daringly investigates.

Hardcover, 178 pages
Published August 1st 1974 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published September 1st 1931)
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Leona No, but now that you say something, I guess the "cult" costumes kind of look like that.

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Nov 17, 2015 Jaksen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this in order, minus Book #2 which I cannot find (in my house) though I own two copies of it!

This book, #6, continues an ongoing theme in the early Nancy Drew books, that is someone needs money, desperately needs it, in order to keep their home, or ranch, or inn, or this case, their farm. The mortgage is overdue, or they're living in poverty and were promised money in an old man's will, or similar. I think these themes all come out of the 1930's, when the first ND books were written
Our f2f group did a session where we all read one or more original editions of a Nancy Drew as well as the 1960s revised version. Some of us even read one or more of the most recent Nancy Drew series books. We then had a "compare and contrast" discussion that was lots of fun. Very interesting changes in style, characterizations & sociological aspects.

I found the 1931 facsimile edition from Applewood to be much better than I expected having grown up reading the "modern" 1960s versions. The
"'Miss Drew,' he said earnestly, 'I want to thank you for your work which has resulted in the solution of one of the most baffling cases of counterfeiting the United States Government has ever had. How did you do it?'"

And that, my friends, is Nancy Drew in a nutshell. A mystery that's in fact quite easy to solve, and yet no one but Nancy Drew can.

As to how she does it, IT'S BECAUSE SHE'S NANCY DREW.

She may be a special snowflake, but she's MY special snowflake.
Nov 20, 2012 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read Nancy Drew like crazy when I was a kid, and loved them. I could get through a book in a single afternoon, often between getting home from school and eating dinner. So it was with a sense of nostalgic excitement that I opened this book and re-read it, about 40 years after the first time.

What a disappointment. They say you can't go home again, and that is true here. This is #6 in the series, so it was pretty old even when I read it the first time - first published 1931 - and the writing is
Sep 14, 2015 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, children, audio
This was the first Nancy Drew book that I listened to and I loved it! The narrator, Lara Linney, does a wonderful job and she needs to read more than just the first 7 Nancy Drew books. I laughed out loud many times. The story was fun, but because of the audio I bumped it up to 4 stars.
Apr 05, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read any books from this series in a while, but this was an enjoyable return to it.
#6 in my Nancy Drew read project!

"The Secret of Red Gate Farm" was a solid entry in this mystery series. I randomly got the "Just As You Remember Them" version when I put a hold on it at the library - I actually secretly prefer these 1930s editions when I can get them, because I like reading the old-timey language (and sometimes laughing at the old-timey language). The only downer with that is that they are almost always completely different from the story in the yellow hardback editions, and I
I don't think I'll bother to sort through or call to mind enough from my large Nancy Drew collection in order to give them all ratings on Goodreads, but, this one is special because it's the first one I ever read. My grandparents had taken me to a thrift store or flea market, and ended up buying it for me -- it had that wonderful "old book smell" to it since it was an older edition, and it also ended up involving a cult, which to me at the time was particularly creepy and mysterious. And so that ...more
Alex Grant
Oct 26, 2012 Alex Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Nancy drew book i read.It was so interesting I finished it in one or a few hours.It has mystery,perfume,"ghosts"and more.It all starts when Bess buys a bottle of oriental perfume sold by a hesitant woman.On the train ride to river heights,she accidentally spilled some on Nancy.Then a girl across their aisle faints.Nancy then gets a cup of water.on the way she encounters a man who smells the perfume then says "Any word from the chief?". That is the start of Nancy's adventures.H ...more
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nancy Drew returns as she investigates the goings on of a secret society. Yet another home run for the book series.
An interesting book. I enjoyed it more when I first read this book as a child, but it was still enjoyable this second time through.
I've probably said this a zillion times already, but I love the absurdly complicated plots the bad guys think up. Like bad guys on Scooby Doo, they draw attention to themselves through some scheme that's supposed to scare people off. They communicate in needlessly complicated special ways, often in code. There's a baroque quality that I love, like the old-school murder mysteries that involve one bizarrely staged murder. It's that painstakingly crafted-by-hand complexity that still manages to fit ...more
Jul 29, 2013 Joei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelf
Page turner! The beginning was already a mystery and as the story progressed, even more mysteries were added to the plot. I was more than halfway through and yet the mysteries keep piling on.

It was nice how everything tied up together. Plus, I wasn't able to guess the ending! 5 stars
Vivienne Linville
This is one of my favorite books!
Mary Ellen McWhirter
Nancy Drew books were instrumental in my becoming a reader. I remember them as the 'under the covers with a flashlight' series.
Mary Beth
Jun 09, 2017 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 09, 2017 Kelly.S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ruthy Ballard
May 31, 2017 Ruthy Ballard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One very rainy summer in Maine, when I was nine, I discovered a whole shelf of Nancy Drew mysteries in the local library. I started reading them one-by-one. We were staying in my grandparents' cabin, right on the coast, and there was a tiny loft above the living room just the right size for a kid to hang out and read. It was a magical time. The Secret of Red Gate Farm was (and is) one of my favorites. The version I have was written in 1931. I have original jacket cover.
May 21, 2017 Stef rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a totally loony story! To no one's surprise, a shyster is attempting to oust a little old lady and her granddaughter from their farm, and so the cops let Nancy do their job for them. This gem includes lots of references to "Orientals" and Klansmen--er, cultists writhing around in a cave in white robes, whom Nancy and her friends infiltrate by wearing sheets or some such.
Daniel and Rebekah Eikum
Road trip + Laura Linney's expert voice + Nancy Drew = awesome. Laura Linney makes the audiobook come alive. The old language is fun. There was lots of peering and alighting. I used to devour Nancy Drew books over my childhood summers. Fun to discover I still love Nancy's fearless ways.
Aug 08, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 24, 2011 Tabi34 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nancy-drew
The fun part of reading the Nancy Drew books a second time and this time in order is the fact that I can discern between authors - even though they are all writing under the nom de plume of Carolyn Keene.

This is the 6th book of the series; Helen Corning, Nancy's BFF and side kick isn't even mentioned and neither is Ned Nickerson, her mentioned but not seen boyfriend in the 5th book. The story takes place near Nancy's home of River Heights, but it's on a farm a few hours away. Nancy befriends a
Review originally posted on my blog

Previously on Sleuthing Saturdays, I discovered The Secret of Shadow Ranch. It involved ghost ponies. And farms. And some really interesting culture, actually.

So. This week, I learned several things while reading The Secret of Red Gate Farm. The first, and probably the most important thing, is that if you’re with Nancy Drew and you get bit by a snake – don’t panic! She can whip up a tourniquet at moment’s notice AND ster
Malinda Ford
Sep 06, 2016 Malinda Ford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning of the book Nancy is suspicous of the sales woman at the store then she gets on the train and meets a girl named Joanne. Then she gets off the train with Joanne and she helps Joanne find a job. The man writes down some numbers in code and while Joanne and the man are in the office Nancy copies down half of the numbers because she didn’t have enough time to do them all. Nancy and Joanne go for a drive. Then they go back home and Nancy tries to break the code. Nancy and f
Feb 16, 2014 C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was particularly good, although I preferred Helen as an accomplice; mature and poised. She was omitted after marrying. George is a tomboy who too often refers to Bess’s weight. It is appalling that she seemed to have been dubbed a picked-on figure. She’s looked upon as blundering: the most timid in dangerous situations; if anyone stumbles, it is she. If anyone accidentally alerts villains of their presence; again blame falls on this allegedly useless sleuth, who nonetheless consensual ...more
Aug 27, 2015 Xyra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As this is #6 in the series, it is classic Nancy Drew! Well written and filled with action (nefarious and kind). Love the vocabulary.

In the Secret of Red Gate Farm, the action started on page one and it didn't let up (much) until the last page. Nancy and her friends, Bess and George, are heading home from a shopping trip in the city. Bess fell in love with a type of perfume and the sales clerk tried not to sell it to her. Nancy is ready to brush it off when the train lurches and the perfume spil
Sep 03, 2016 Lengleng rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm now starting to consider not reading any more of ND... this particular story was so bland, I didn't want to finish it.

Can’t Nancy be any more perfect? Why is it, every time there’s a young man, he’s suddenly attracted to her? Is this really necessary? I don’t see anything about it that helps with the plot at all.

Also, the author doesn’t need to tell the reader titles of her previous cases and end the book with a future case in every book, do they? Unless it was necessary for advertising the
Whitney (First Impressions Reviews)
I really didn't see The Secret of Red Gate Farm as much of a mystery, not because there wasn't something to be solved but because it dealt more with cults. However loosely used, a group of people run around flapping their arms to a tribal dance during the full moon, dressed in white sheets that I pictured akin to the KKK. I do not mean to say that they participated in the same actions but using pillowcases/sheets as garb reminded me of it.

The gist of the story is Nancy helping (yet again) a newl
Nancy Drew fans will enjoy meeting old chums: tomboy George and timid Bess; Nancy's supportive dad, Carson Drew; and of course,the clever sleuth, Nancy, herself. Added to the mix this time are anew friend whose grandmother is about to lose her farm, money-laundering thugs, and a mysterious cult. For those who can overlook corny cliches, annoying adverbs, and stereotypical characters, this book has a well-structured, suspenseful plot with lots of twists and turns and enough danger to keep young r ...more
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Basic Info

Pages/Length: Little less than 3hrs
Genre: Middle School; Mystery
Reason For Reading: Continue series.

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 2.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
World Building: 6
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 7
Ending: 5

Total: 5

In Depth

Best Part:
Worst Part: Dense MFer's
Thoughts Had: Oh man, this is rough.

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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.

Edna and Harriet Stratemeyer inherited the company from their father Edward Str
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