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The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew #2)

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In seeking to solve the mysterious happenings in an old stone mansion, Nancy uses her courage and powers of deduction and tackles a situation that would have appalled a far older person.

ebook, 192 pages
Published May 1st 1930 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 1930)
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Ivy L. I read this book when I was about 9-10, it's not that scary, but there may be some slightly creepy parts.
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Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
Mar 02, 2016 Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids like me!
Recommended to Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨ by: Emer

Guess who goes on a date this time around??! *Hush Hush*
Nancy's father goes missing. Helen's great grandmother Miss Flora's Twin Elms home is haunted, a mystery which Nancy decides to investigate upon her close friend Helen's insistence.

What would Nancy Drew do? Go after her father or help her friend? Imagine Nancy's surprise when Nathan Gomber, the very man who threatened Nancy's lawyer father, turns up at Twin Elms to coerce Miss Flora into selling him her much vaunted colonial
Sep 03, 2008 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I blame these books for my first recess of having to sit on the bench while the other kids played. It was third grade, I was reading one of these under my desk during math time, and totally got caught answering, "Wha-hu?" instead of the answer to a long division problem. It was traumatizing, I had never been in trouble! (Except that one time we got in trouble for throwing snowballs on the playground in the middle of January. No, really.) But it tells you how much I love these books that I didn't ...more
I read this as a buddy read with my dear friend Adita

Is it a wise decision to re-visit a series that you adored as a child as an adult????? They say you can never truly go back….but maybe you can a little?????? A short while ago my lovely Goodreads friend Adita read and reviewed the first book in the Nancy Drew series; you can read that wonderful review here. This review brought back the most wonderful memories for me and so I decided to partake in a little nostalgia and join Adita in her Nanc
Empress of Books
Probably my favourite so far. Though, I've only read 8 of them. I love mystery books; probably because the only mystery in my life is who ate the last cookie and, duh, we all know the answer to that one; me, I did.
Sep 16, 2016 Courtnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, classics, 2016

Nancy Drew could probably bake a beautiful pie, crochet an afghan, tutor French, write a column on comportment and change her little blue convertible's oil all in the same afternoon.

I hate her perfectness, but I love her courageousness and cleverness.

This was my first Nancy Drew, I just didn't grow up reading her as many do. I chose this book for my mystery square because it had elements that fit the theme of the Halloween book bingo - a haunted mansion and a thieving ghost.

It was cute and quick

Aug 21, 2016 Daniel rated it liked it
Moram priznati radnja je ovde dosta interesantnija i fina ideja mesanja uklete kuce i pokusaja pronalaska nestale osobe. Ali opet je glavni problem sto je relativno naivno. Sada tu problem nije u knjizi posto je ocigledno pisana za mladju publiku negu u meni posto sam ocito davno prerastao ovaj serijal.

Generalno mogu da preporucim knjige al ja ih necu citati dalje.
Nov 09, 2014 Jaksen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, yeah, prob my first Nancy Drew book. Read the original version; it was my older sister's. Hardcover with an intact dust jacket. The idea that there might be a 'hidden staircase' in a house, fascinating, and then I learned my grandmother had one in her house, built in 1888. (Behind a 'closet door' which she kept locked.) It was an old servant's staircase. (The stairs were old, not the servants.) :D

But anyhow, I owned and read about 20 ND books and this was the first, and to me, the best. I le
I listened to this on audiotape in my car.

I originally put this book on here a few years ago to represent my love for Nancy Drew, since this one was my favorite.

Upon my "re-read", I found this to still be a fun story. These are definitely dated books, but they're timeless in my opinion.

Nancy can really be annoying sometimes, though. Is there anything she's not perfect at?

I clearly have to give this 5 stars due to my love of this book as a kid.

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May 03, 2009 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the very first Nancy Drew book I read. One of my grammer school classmates gave it to me--sometime when I was in the sixth grade?
Now remember, girls in the 1950's were a LOT less sophisticated than now. I loved this book. To me then, it was a riveting mystery--except for the fact that I thought Nancy was way too independent. (My parents would NEVER let me do that!)
Anyway this book led me into a world of Nancy adventure to beg and borrow for more. At that time the libraries rarely carrie
Sep 23, 2007 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Nancy Drew as a young girl. This was the first one I ever read.
I really enjoyed this book. It was very predictable as far as who the person behind all the happenings was, but I still found some surprises along the way. I definitely want to pick up the rest of the Nancy Drew books and read them this Summer. My middle school me would be thrilled.

The writing I found to be pretty elementary, but that's to be expected in a children's series so I overlooked it. Since it has been a long time since I've read Nancy Drew, I was a little disappointed that Ned and Bes
Alyona Francis
Mar 14, 2017 Alyona Francis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So interesting I have similar comments to make about this book as i did with the other Nancy drew books that i have read I just think i am be a bit to old for these books but no matter what age i am i think i will always find these books interesting definitely recommend any Nancy drew books
May 22, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely wonderful to read. It brought a lot of happy childhood memories back and I am so glad that I have decided to start reading them all again. Nancy Drew is the epitome of my childhood, I remember spending multiple nights just sitting and reading about her adventures. These are the perfect books for children of all ages.

Nancy Drew is probably one of literature's best characters, and most well known. This second volume in the Nancy Drew series greatly expresses that through N
Dec 13, 2008 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nancy’s friend, Helen, and Helen’s Great-Aunt Rosemary ask Nancy to solve a mystery at her great-grandmother’s home, Twin Elms, a stately Colonial mansion in nearby Cliffwood. And Nancy is determined to check it out until she hears that her father is being threatened by crooked lawyer Nathan Gomber, who feels Carson, as attorney for the railroad, cheated property owners near a new railroad bridge. Carson Drew, Nancy’s father, tells her not to worry and Nancy and Helen go to stay at Twin Elms whi ...more
Jul 12, 2015 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Good: As you might expect, this is more of the same that the premiere Nancy Drew novel delivered, but, that isn't a bad thing. The usual suspenseful scenes and twists and turns that have taken place in many a mystery are present here...and that's just what readers are likely expecting. Nothing really to complain about.

The Bad: While there weren't any serious issues, this book wasn't outstanding, which is why I'm only giving it four stars.

Content Concerns:
Sex: None. 5/5
Nudity: None. 5/5
Oct 04, 2012 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Hidden Staircase" ...Carolyn Keene/Various Authors.
It took me a couple of hours to read this book , Well really I read the book last night and didn't finish until 3 am. I'm going to admit, I really enjoyed this story.The book really held my attention . The Hidden Staircase had tons of suspense and some small like horror for me with the glowing eyes chapter . I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Nancy Drew , The hidden staircase will hold your attention and really have chills go
A cute read for what it is, but really this is so unrealistic that it is almost laughable.

The father is kidnapped, Nancy believes he is probably being held prisoner somewhere, drugged, etc., yet she just continues to go nonchalantly along trying to solve the mystery of the ghost in her friend's mansion, with her father just being a sideline thought. Really??? If someone has been kidnapped and missing for many days, THAT should be your TOTAL focus! Hello! But she is having too much fun driving a
Dec 27, 2016 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I loved this series as a child. I'm re-reading them now as a stress-reducer. Looking at it from an adult's perspective, I can now appreciate the positive lessons Keene was presenting to girls reading these books. They were written in the 1930s, so it's especially impressive how independent and capable Nancy is. Great vocabulary-building words too. And the illustrations are a delight. I wonder of this book influenced writer Darcy Coates who wrote The Haunting of Gillespie House, both ...more
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nancy Drew returns in yet another fantastic story that keeps you turning the pages.
Aug 02, 2014 Aynslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Nancy Drew books were probably the first novels I ever read, and while this one is definitely not my favourite, it's still very good, and rereading it was a blast from the past.
Nov 16, 2008 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
VERY GOOD BOOK! i love this one!
Kaieva J.
Oct 12, 2016 Kaieva J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-nine-weeks
Nancy Drew is an 18 year old detective; this book is the second of the series, Nancy Drew. In this mysterious tale, Nancy Drew is warned by a man named Nathen Gomber that Nancy's father is being hunted because of all the ruckus Mr. Drew is making from building a railroad. The reason Mr. Gomber thinks Mr. Drew is being hunted is because there was one man named Willie Walton who did not sign the contract for his property to be a part of Mr. Drew's railroad. Nancy, of course, as any daughter would ...more
Nancy's father has been kidnapped and there's a ghost haunting Twin Elms. But it's definitely not a ghost, and Nancy's sure that if she finds the secret entrance where the ghost has been disappearing, it will somehow lead her to a clue of her father's whereabouts.

I guess I don't have as much love for Nancy Drew now as I did when I was a child. Nancy's lawyer father is kidnapped over some boring legal issue surrounding a railroad deal. I hate to say that I turned my ears off when they were talki
Caroline R
Oct 05, 2013 Caroline R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: form-i
The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew #2) by Carolyn Keene was one of the books my mother read when she was younger. I think that the theme in this book is that you should never give up, even when it's troubling. The Hidden Staircase is set mostly at Nancy's friend, Helen's, great-grandmother's house called Twin Elms. Helen's grandmother's old family mansion in Cliffwood. Strange things have been happening at Twin Elms. Helen asks Nancy for some help to figure out what's happening at Twin Elms. Nanc ...more
Mar 20, 2011 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had not read any Nancy Drew books as a child (I read the Ginny Gordon series). I checked two of the earlier Nancy Drew books from the library. This one is the second in a lengthy series that is still ongoing, almost 80 years later (many different authors, not Carolyn Keene). I enjoyed it, especially the setting and the old time morals of helping people that are elderly, washing dishes, preparing lunch, and obeying the traffic laws, even when trying to capture the bad guys. This book also is al ...more
Nancy has just gotten a phone call from her best friend Helen Corning (we don't get to meet Bess and George until a few books later). Helen tells Nancy that her great aunt and great grandmother have been living together at Twin Elms. Helen tells Nancy that her great aunt and great grandmother have just gotten a big spook. Helen says they were robbed, heard thumps in the night, and have heard strange music when no one has turned on the radio so she begs Nancy to come to Twin Elms and try to solve ...more
Darcy Stewart
Aug 08, 2009 Darcy Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I'm still amazed on how these books hold my attention. These books just seem to get better as you read along.The suspense is great. Nancy is called by her friend Helen Corning to investigate ghost haunting at Twin Elms. In the meantime a Nathan Gomber comes by to warn Nancy to stay close to her father. He says someone is out to hurt him. Nancy tells her father when he gets home. He tells her about a railroad in which an owner Willie Wharton goes missing. Willie says he never signed a contract an ...more
Petula Darling
Sep 02, 2010 Petula Darling rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I wasn't sure whether I should give this 1 star for being an absolutely terrible mystery or 5 stars for making me laugh out loud so many times, so I split the difference.
I do have to commend Nancy as a role model due to her bravery (even if it is often of the "fools rush in" variety). More importantly, I'd like to thank the book for convincing me to use the term "sleuthing" in daily speech and also for letting me know I should beware of people with shifty eyes (does anyone other than a silent fi
Julie Barrett
Jun 13, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hidden Staircase Nancy Drew Book by Carolyn Keene
Starts out with Nancy helping her dad Carson with railroad business. He has to find a man that signed off on the original railroad property. He has to leave town to do that as he can't locate the man locally.
She gets a visit from the owners of the mansion and it's twin house asking her to help them solve the mystery of the ghost in their house. Strange things have been happening and they want to know what to do about them. This book takes many
Dec 27, 2010 Sebastyne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh Nancy Drew! Like so many other reviewers, I too am not going to look up every Nancy Drew I've ever read, I think I read each and every one I could find. I am not quite sure if this is the exact book that still holds my curiosity, there is one that she finds an old diary that solves a mystery from decades ago. The thought of a hidden diary is such a powerful one, that to this day I still ache to find a hidden diary myself - of course I'm not as adventurous as Nancy so it's not likely to ever h ...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.

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