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The Sign of the Twisted Candles

(Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #9)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  12,708 ratings  ·  350 reviews
Nancy, as mediator in a generation-old feud, divulges an unknown birthright.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 1st 1959 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 1933)
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With the tower room, the twisted candles, and the mysterious old man forming the basis for the setting, there’s just enough of a creepy factor to make this an enticing read. Throw in some secret and stealthy searches, the usual bad guys, and a few overzealous relatives and you’ve got the makings of a good mystery. I liked this one better than #8 but not as well as some of the others. I can see kids being enchanted by the story but as an adult I found it just average.
Bobby Underwood
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They are out of print now (I'm fortunate to own all but a couple they published) but Applewood Books turned back the hands of time and gave the real Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys back to readers with these facsimile editions. The reproduction of the original dust jackets conjured up images and phrases from the enchanted America of yesteryear. Faithfully restored to its original form, word-for-word, The Sign of the Twisted Candles is the Nancy your mother or grandmother remembers. These beautifully r ...more
Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)
Actual rating: 2.5 Stars

I just popped my Nancy Drew cherry and it went basically how I expected it to go. Only more boring!
Nancy's great mystery was about an old man with a lot of money and his family fighting with each other and waiting for him to die so they could have a share of his fortune. Meanwhile a young girl named Carol is the only one who actually cares about the old man.
Please tell me you already can't tell what's going to happen?

Maybe this book was exciting back when it was written,
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Though written better than some of the ND books, this one is so convoluted I can only imagine myself at eleven or twelve years old saying what? What just happened? What?

There's an old man being kept 'sortof' as a prisoner in the tower room of a mansion, and said mansion is now a restaurant. Said mansion is also filled with all sorts of rooms and corridors and even, added at the very end of the story, a hidden staircase. Okay, so when you need a way for evil persons and their cohorts to get in an
In my great re-read of the ND series, so far #9 is the top. . . more energy, more actual conflict, and a dead guy (old, of natural causes, but still. . . .). Families were conflicted and Nancy was caught in the middle since her good buddies, Bess and George were in the conflicted families. The drama never seems to involve Nance directly, but in this case it did.

The writing by committee that just about killed #8 completely is not an issue in #9 - which means the committee may have simply delegat
A. L. Sowards
This was another audiobook listen for the kids and me. The twins weren't so sure about it at first (I guess they're used to the more modern installments, and this was our first vintage Nancy Drew), and I had to convince them to give it more than one chapter. They ended up loving it.
Apr 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Thanks to Melanie Rehak's enlightening treatise on the Stratemeyer company; I know Walter Karig penned volumes 8-10, after hardworking Mildred A. Wirt refused a pay cut. Walter blew the Carolyn Keene cover; a guarded pseudonym. I was aware of keener enjoyment of “The Sign Of The Twisted Candles”; noticeably more creative and engrossing than volume #8. My grade is three stars because this fantastic setting did not milk the awe of searching-out hiding places. It furnished little more than idiots r ...more
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Mystery Lovers / Nancy Drew Fans
Seeking shelter during a terrible storm, teen sleuth Nancy Drew and her friends Bess Marvin and George Fayne find themselves at the Sign of the Twisted Candles, a Civil War-era mansion turned into a restaurant and hotel. Here they encounter Sadie Wipple, the much-put-upon adopted daughter of the couple running the restaurant, and Mr. Asa Sidney, the elderly man who owns the mansion, and who is turning one hundred on the day they arrive. Celebrating with Mr. Sidney, the friends little realize tha ...more
Sep 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have to call this a favorite.... this was the book that started my obsession with reading.

My parents bribed me into reading by telling me I could have $1 for every Nancy Drew book I finished. The Sign of the Twisted Candles was the first one I finished and I LOVED it. I loved it enough to keep going without remembering to get the $$ from the parents.

I've been a bookworm ever since. :)
Deb Sharp
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ya can't beat a Nancy Drew Mystery!
Clara Ellen
My daughter and I enjoyed this as a read-aloud..we used the original version, and I really like the way the original Nancy Drew books are written. This was a great mystery 'in an old house,' one of my favorite types of mysteries.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nancy, George and Bess visit George and Bess's family members at an inn known as "The Sign of the Twisted Candles". Here they're caught in a family feud over the oldest member of the family's fortune. 100-year-old Asa Sydney passes away, but no one knows what became of his priceless fortune. And let me tell you, this family gets vicious. They're very cutthroat and manipulative over who gets what. But of course Nancy is willing to help out, especially when it comes to young Carol, a foster child ...more
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I should be embarrassed to add this to my "read" books, but I just finished it and wanted to record it in Goodreads. Wanting something light and fun to read, I selected it from our bookroom, and enjoyed every minute reading it...again. The last time I read it was a looooong time ago. Today the language is rather stilted, but the action moves right along. Why the old man wanted to keep Sadie's heritage a secret is not revealed. That part of the book was nonsensical to me, but then again, it is a ...more
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-5-star-books
Another classic Nancy Drew episode. Nancy helps her friends George and Bess check on a long-lost relative. I found it very ironic that the mystery they ask Nancy to help with, almost ruins their friendship. That just added a little bonus to the overall mystery. I really liked that Nancy interacted more with her father in this episode. I loved seeing their relationship up-close.
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
One of the challenges of my book group wwas to read a childhood favorite. I grew up with Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames and the Hardy boys. In this book, Nancy tries to help an old man who is imprisoned in the tower of a home he owns. The caretakers are keeping people from seeing him, and stealing his fortune. Nancy discovers their scheme, finds hidden hoards of stocks and jewelry (marked by the sign of the twisted candle) and discovers that the old man's great grandaughter has been working for the car ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, no! In this book, Bess and George have a tiff with Nancy while things slowly heat up with Ned. Nancy and her father team up to thwart greedy heirs as they maneuver to steal an elderly man's fortune. Some surprising violence ensues but all is well, as always, in the end.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nancy-drew
Finally! Another Nancy Drew book with a proper meal in it!

Nancy and her friends find themselves at an inn, where the caretakers (as usual) have made the unwise decision of abusing the elderly owner who may or may not have a large fortune to dispose of in his will. This happens often in Nancy Drew novels, it seems.

At any rate, while the caretakers are taking a break from belittling their staff and neglecting the elderly benefactor, Nancy places a fancy lunch order, because, surprise! Mr. Elderly
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Nancy's friends ask her to investigate the treatment of an elderly relative of theirs things get a bit...twisted. Nancy heads out to an old inn called "The Sign of the Twisted Candles" (which as a name for an inn doesn't really make sense but oh well). There she finds an elderly man confined to a tower room being looked after by a couple and their foster daughter. As time passes it becomes apparent that the couple are mistreating both the elderly man and the child. Nancy takes matters into ...more
Susan Freeman
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full of adventure and mystery on every page. I will say that Nancy is often saving the future of some poor orpaned girl who one day will inherit a fortune, perhaps a bit far fetched, but fun for young girls. A dear friend of mine recently told me that her seven year old granddaughter is working her way through Nancy's mysteries, and loving them. I think it's wonderful that yet another group of young girls are enjoying these mysteries as much as we once did. I will also note that I don't seem to ...more
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite Nancy Drew books, and one of my favorite books that I have ever read. I can't recommend this one enough.
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
As usual, this series delivers.
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3.5 Stars
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nancy, Bess, and George don't think they're driving into another mystery when they go to the rural inn, the Twisted Candle, to check on an elderly relative of Bess and George. But it's Nancy Drew, so of course they find that the wealthy old man is a near prisoner in his own house, and not only are the people he hired to run the inn and the restaurant robbing him blind, his feuding relatives are frothing at the mouth for him to die so they can get their hands on his money. Nancy's father steps in ...more
Willow Redd
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another of my mother's Nancy Drew books, this one I had read when we first found them, but it's been a while so I decided to give this one another go with my current nostalgia trip.

This one starts on a dark and stormy night, which causes Nancy and her friends Bess and George to stop at an isolated place none of them had ever heard of called the Sign of the Twisted Candles. While waiting out the storm, Nancy stumbles onto her next mystery, involving the proprietor of the inn, a young orphan g
Oct 26, 2013 rated it liked it
It's been years since I picked up a Nancy Drew book to read. Growing up, I was more of a Trxie Belden fan than Nancy Drew. However, this was a very fast read. Nancy finds herself in the midst of another mystery and her friendship with Bess and George may become a casualty of this new mystery.

I found the book to be very sweet. I loved the way that Nancy would get to the bottom of the mystery. Maybe it's because I'm older. Or maybe because I've read so much more, but the actual writing had an alm
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So far, one of my favorites! This one had characters that were in I think there are people in real life that act like these characters did! Some were cruel while others were generous, some were kind and innocent while others were selfish and reactionary. The plot revolves around the secrets of a 100 year old candle maker and the relatives circling around him like vultures waiting for the end. Some things never change. Except Nancy's fierce defense of her friends and the truth!
Oct 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nancy-drew
This is the case that almost, tears Nancy , Bess, and George apart. Old Asa Sidney, great grand uncle of Bess and George is in some trouble. Thievery, sniveling, abusive caretakers, angry, dominating male relatives, and broken friendships cause angst. This was THE Nancy Drew I wanted so, so bad when I was little. Great cover.
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-it
One of my all time favorite Nancy Drew books. At the time I was about 10 and I found this to be one of the more suspensful books in the series. When I think back to my childhood readings, this book always pops into my mind.
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nancy-drew
I remember as a kid sitting in the living room by the fire reading Nancy' s mysteries! They all had the same theme, but I didn't care. At that age, I couldn't wait to read more!
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