The Hidden Staircase
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
But anyhow, I owned and read about 20 ND books and this was the first, and to me, the best. I le ...more
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. ( ...more
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: ...more
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 ...more
This really was a good one! Nancy solves two mysteries, rescues her father from kidnapping, and finds time to enjoy herself playacting in o ...more
The Bad: While there weren't any serious issues, this book wasn't outstanding, which is why I'm only giving it four stars.
• Sex: None. 5/5
• Nudity: None. 5/5
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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Edna and Harriet Stratemeyer inherited the company from their father Edward Str ...more