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The Hidden Staircase

(Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  34,642 ratings  ·  1,690 reviews
Nancy Drew is alarmed when Nathan Gombet threatens her father. Gombet sold a piece of land for a railroad bridge through Carson Drew and now believes that he was cheated.

Meanwhile, valuable objects are disappearing from rooms in the Turnbull mansion even while the Turnbull sisters, Rosemary and Florette, are at home in their locked house. Having heard about her reputation
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published 1996 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 1930)
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May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You're never too old to re-read childhood favorites. I'm currently working my way through the Nancy Drew hardcovers. In this book, Nancy discovers a hidden staircase and solves the mystery of unexplained happenings at the mansion. A quick, easy read with an element of danger. ...more
Sep 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kids like me!
Recommended to Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨ by: Emer (A Little Haze)

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
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Nancy and Helen Go A-Sleuthing

I am now listening to Nancy Drew books rather than reading the old ones that I own. And so I now ask, Who is Helen, and what happened to Nancy’s old friends? asn’t Nancy’s hair brown and not blonde? And since when did she own a blue convertible instead of a roadster?

Times change, and yet Nancy has not grown up. She is still in the 1930s. Perhaps she bleached her hair. I must have missed that.

Getting into the book wasn’t easy for me under these conditions, plus I am
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very unpleasant man confronts Nancy Drew one day when she is alone in the house. Thanks to her resourcefulness, he is quickly sent on his way. He’s pushed out of Nancy’s mind when an acquaintance begs her to help solve what seems to be a haunting at a local mansion. When Nancy goes for a week’s stay, mysterious events come fast and furious. Could there really be a ghost? Or is there an all-too-human reason for someone to want two older ladies to abandon their family home?
I borrowed this o
Emer (A Little Haze)
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 Na
The Hidden Staircase is the 2nd book in the Nancy Drew series. First published in 1930, the book still remains in print today, although edited and updated from the original just a bit. I am revisiting a lot of favorite children's books at the moment, because a summer cold is totally kicking my butt. I found several Nancy Drew audio books on my library's digital site.....perfect! The audio versions are about 3 hours long on average. Perfect listening time for someone who is stuck indoors coughing ...more
Alice (Married To Books)
*Borrowed from my library's e-book service!*

I grew up on anything Nancy Drew, from the video games to one of my childhood favourites: The Secret of the Old Clock. The Hidden Staircase is the second in the original Nancy Drew series, published in 1930 and still remains in print! Nancy is trying to solve two mysteries: A haunting tale of a ghost that is running amok in an old mansion or so it seems... and a mystery surrounding threats made to her own father. This was a very dialogue driven novel,
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, classics, mystery

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

Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it, even a decade later 😁
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nancy-drew
I just finished a bizzarro version that was written in 1930, prior to the edits and whitewashing that re-did the Nancy novels in the 1950s. Ah, mass-market paperbacks. Write a book twice and sell it to two different generations.

Offensive racial stereotypes? Take them out and pretend they never existed!

But of course Now I Need to find the more recent version of Hidden Staircase to figure out what got changed. Nancy Drew is so cute and compelling, dammit. A real plucky go-getter.
Enjoyed #2 of Nancy's adventures. . . this, like #1 continues with her older friend, Helen Corning. In and out of old - VERY OLD - homes, dating back to Revolutionary days. The homes are connected and honeycombed with all kinds of hidey-holes to keep posessions and persons hidden from any who would try and take off with valuables.

In my original reading of these books, elements like time and historical context were not even present in my kid-brain. The place where Nancy lived, in my young mind wa
Kat | Rustic Pages
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‪I remember this being a childhood favorite and I definitely enjoyed it the second time around now as an adult reader!

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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
I know I read these over and over. I probably would have rated them 4**** back then but I’d say an enjoyable 3*** nowadays.
Nov 09, 2014 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
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished book #2 with Laura Linney. I just love these audiobooks of the classic girl detective. They have interstitial music... you know the kind where it emphasizes significant events. The actress Laura Linney does a great job voicing Nancy and her friend.

What you discover after picking these up after 30-40 years is just how well crafted the mysteries are. There are threats to the safety of the detective and others, but no real violence. Just some sketchy characters doing menacing very well. (
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.

(original review:
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was a huge Nancy Drew fan and loved her mysteries. Since my library has many books that I read as a child, I thought I'd revisit some of them.

Nancy receives a warning that her father's life may be in danger. Carson Drew tells her there is nothing to worry about; someone was just trying to scare them. So when Nancy's friend, Helen, invites her to go with her to visit her aunt and grandmother, Nancy decides to tag along. When they arrive, they find that the inhabitants are very nervous. Small it
Sep 23, 2007 rated it liked it
I loved Nancy Drew as a young girl. This was the first one I ever read.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, usa, children
Nancy's friend, Helen Corning, asks her for help in solving a mystery involving her great grandmother. There is a ghost in the family mansion, and Nancy has to get rid of it! At the same time, Nancy has other things on her plate. A crooked lawyer openly is threatening her father with danger over a railway company case. Which mystery should she concentrate on?

This really was a good one! Nancy solves two mysteries, rescues her father from kidnapping, and finds time to enjoy herself playacting in o
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Prabhjot Kaur
Nancy Drew is back with yet another mystery but this one is personal. Nancy's lawyer father goes missing. So Nancy does what she does best. She tries to solve this mystery.

Nancy finds out that the ghosts are stealing objects from a mansion and the residents at the mansion seek Nancy's assistance in finding out the truth. Nancy uncovers more than she thought possible.

This book was full of little mysteries and it was fast paced. It is always delightful to read about Nancy Drew and her detective sk
Welp, I read another YA novel!
I love the fact that my last three books have women characters that are really brave and great. Love it. Girl power💪!
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoy Vintage Girls' Fare
Home alone one afternoon, Nancy Drew receives a most unwelcome visitor in the form of Nathan Gombet, a rude man who barges into the Drew home, raving about how Nancy's father, Carson Drew, had cheated him in a property deal. Shortly after this unpleasant episode, while visiting with Abigail Rowen, an elderly lady she aided in her first adventure, The Secret of the Old Clock , Nancy is introduced to a Miss Rosemary Turnbull. Miss Turnbull and her sister Floretta, older maiden ladies, live toge ...more
Dec 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Okay, here's my problem; I didn't realize but I picked up the re-written Nancy Drew book, which is apparently really crappy compared to the original one, and I agree. This was not what I was expecting at all. Many of the exciting aspects of the original text were taken away from this re-written version, and for many reasons, I didn't end up enjoying it!

Nancy Drew was asked to talk to many of the suspects multiple times because she was "persuasive", but all she did was pout, say a few sentences,
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
2006 audio file of this 1959 book. I suddenly became interested in the long long long life and popularity of Nancy Drew. I love these books when I was a kid, but I am interested and why kids nowadays would be interested In stories with no video games no I phones no computers. I mainly wanted to make sure that this version of the book that was currently offered as an audiobook by my library was actually the version of the book that I had read. It was. As a kids book and even as a light read I thi ...more
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I shall continue forth on my quest to read and review each of the Nancy Drew mysteries as an adult! May the nostalgia continue!

Perhaps it is just my exhausted little brain, but I found that this mystery was a bit more enticing for me as it was less predictable than the first book was. It's mostly centered around inexplicable haunting events occurring at Twin Elms, a red brick colonial home built in 1785. From the beginning, multiple mysteries were introduced which made the story feel a bit off b
May 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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