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

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  6,929 ratings  ·  149 reviews
When Bess Marvin purchased an expensive bottle of Oriental perfume, she never expected to stumble into a mystery. Now Bess, Nancy, George, and their new friend Jo are out to unravel the secrets of a mysterious conspiracy, a secretive cult, and a ring of counterfeiters in The Secret of Red Gate Farm.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Applewood Books (first published September 1st 1931)
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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...more
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...more
John Yelverton
Nancy Drew returns as she investigates the goings on of a secret society. Yet another home run for the book series.
Alex Grant
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
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
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.
I am having a blast re-reading these Nancy Drew books. They just make me smile and long for a simpler time. The mystery in this particular book was not very compelling, and the "cult" didn't really make any sense, but I still enjoyed it.

I'm glad that Bess and George are finally in the books! I do wonder where Nancy's "dear friend" Helen disappeared to, though. We also got a brief mention of Ned Nickerson in book 5, but he was not mentioned in this one and we have yet to properly meet him. Good!...more
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...more
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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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...more
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...more
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This is the sixth book in the Nancy Drew Series. It's about a mischevious teen detective whose name is Nancy Drew. She and her friends get accidentally tangled up in a major counterfeiting operation when Nancy's friend, Bess, buys a symbolic perfume at an Oriental store. When Nancy and her two friends; cousins Bess and George, meet a girl named Jo who's looking for a job, they can't help but become both suspicious and intruiged by all of the things going...more
The Secret of Red Gate Farm is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 6th book in the Nancy Drew series.

Solving crime never takes a vacation! While off on a summer visit to Red Gate Farm, Nancy becomes suspicious of a secret society gathering near the ranch. Her curiosity gets the best of her and she is drawn to investigate.

Despite the risks to her own safety, the pretty titian-haired detective remains undaunted in her determination to solve the mystery.

I’ve always been a vor...more
May 16, 2013 Fran rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pre-teen girls, mystery lovers
Recommended to Fran by: Mother
There are two important things one should keep in mind about this book in particular and the series in general: the social settings will be dated, as the series was conceived in the 1930s, and they are written with young children in mind. As such, the mystery isn't going to be something deep and complex; it will, instead focus on the adventure itself and the apparent cleverness of a main character who always outsmarts the adult criminals and often beats even the police to an arrest. The book had...more
Betsey Manzoni
America's favorite girl sleuth is on the scene at Red Gate Farm. After Nancy and her two besties, Bess and George befriend Joanna, they go to visit her at her home, Red Gate Farm. They discover that some of the land that Joanne's family has leased out is being used by a cult called Black Snake Colony. Nancy daringly investigates as her and her friends infiltrate one of the cult meetings. They narrowly escape after being discovered. Nancy gathers enough evidence to blow the whistle on them after...more
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
Mitchi Honda
One of the Nancy Drew books that I like! *heart heart*

Nancy Drew couldn't be without mystery, adventure, and problem-solving in feminine style and chicness. This book hooks me up like John Grisham novels. Anyway, another thing I love in this book is the rural setting in the farm. I could just imagine Nancy and her friends tending to the other boarders and having fun just like all other teens while waiting for the right chance to catch the cult in the act.
Nancy, George and Bess meet Joanne while on the train back from the city. Nancy helps the girl find a business in a neighbouring town where she's applying for an office job. The man in the office does not appear to be a normal businessman and Nancy gets suspicious when he gets a phone call while she's waiting for Joanne. He writes down something on a piece of paper and leaves it on the outer desk. Nancy writes the coded message down. The girls take Joanne home to Red Gate Farm and stay for a vac...more
I am about to read this for my Vintage Book Circle children's literature discussion group. My personal copy, purchased in 1959 or 1960, is copyright 1961. An edition I borrowed from the library is copyright 1989, 1961, 1931. A cursory glance reveals that these appear to be two completely different stories, just as my friend nc discovered with the two editions of The Secret at Shadow Ranch. Very mysterious! Can't wait to read both and confirm this initial suspicion.

Now that I've finished Red Gate...more
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- The ending of this one was a bit of a surprise to me. I don't know why, but it just wasn't what I was expecting. Loved that!

- Nancy seems a lot older than 18. She just seems more mature, confident, and smarter than usual 18 year old.

- I loved that Nancy studied and learned how to decipher codes! She keeps adding new skills to her repertoire. I just admire her!

- I like that the police take Nancy seriously and value her tips and advice. They see her as a contributor rather than a nuisance, and i...more
Elizabeth Day
This was good. It's different from the rest because of how and when the mystery starts. I feel like the characters were slightly off too. I was wondering whether or not some of the characters would do/say/feel some of the things that they did. However, it was still good.
After Bess buys a perfume called Blue Jade, Nancy becomes ensconced in a mystery. Bess accidentally spills some of the perfume on Nancy who is then approached by a strange man speaking in code! Plus Nancy helps a waif-like girl trying to find a job and ends up at that girl's farm where a mysterious cult is renting a cave nearby! That happens all the time! Somehow Nancy figures out that maybe the perfume mystery and the farm mystery and the cult mystery and the counterfeiter mystery (I didn't men...more
This mystery was a little bizarre, with Nancy tackling a "cult." Basically nothing happens in the first 16 chapters, with more time spent on Nancy trying to pull together a costume than anything else. Although I would never call a Nancy Drew mystery particularly grounded, this story was incredibly flimsy. I loyally enjoyed reading the book, but I was also glad to move to the next.
I don't remember this one as well since I read it so long ago and not as many times as some of the others. I guess that's why I am going to re-read the whole series! I do remember that I was surprised by the ending of this one.
This is probably my least favorite of the Nancy Drew books. It's not as interesting as the other books to me. Also, there are some outdated aspects of this book. For example, the characters would use the term "Oriental", which , frankly, struck me as racist. In addition, at the scene where Nancy and her friends are caught by the bad guy (whose name I won't say because I don't want to give anything away), the bad guy says something along the lines of "no girl is going to foil my scheme!!" I thoug...more
I have not read the Nancy Drew books since 3rd Grade so I forgot a lot of them and some I never got to read. This by far is my favorite of the books.I liked having Bess and George in the book. The story was good and I liked the cult angle. It was easy to figure out but if your an adult it read be easy to figure out. It does not take away from the enjoyment of the books though. Nancy Drew is from a simpler time. They are cozy, comfy fun reads. Nancy is polite but feisty without being a real brat....more
Betsie Bush
I hadn't read any Nancy Drew as a child, but I wish I had. This mystery is so transparent to an adult that I wish I had a memory of reading this type of book from a child's perspective.
Tara Lynn
I know I've been reading these out of order, but I've just been grabbing what's handy. Now that I have the chance to re-read these as an adult, I find it so funny how utterly formulaic these stories were. When I was a kid, I wanted so badly to be either Nancy or Frank and Joe Hardy, that I never paid much attention to the details of how each story fell together like a sitcom. Nevertheless, they're still well written, extremely entertaining stories. (As an adult, it now occurs to me that Nancy al...more
This is one of my favorite Nancy books. They dress up as members of a cult and go join the dancing just to see what's up! This is also one of the most random ones that I can recall. No one asks her to investigate anything, she's just nosy. She sees a guy write down some numbers, decides they must be code and uncovers the Hale Syndicate! It's genius, really. This story also contains some of the most unlikely coincidences. I'll admit that many of the books rely on Nancy stumbling over fifteen diff...more
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