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The Hidden Staircase

(Nancy Drew #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  28,677 ratings  ·  1,352 reviews
After receiving a call from her friend Helen Corning, Nancy agrees to help solve a baffling mystery. Helen's Aunt Rosemary has been living with her mother at the old family mansion, and they have noticed many strange things. They have heard music, thumps, and creaking noises at night, and seen eerie shadows on the walls. Could the house be haunted?

Just as soon as she hangs
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published 1992 by Grosset and 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.
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

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
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
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
*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,
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it, even a decade later 😁
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

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
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:
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
Aug 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 23, 2007 rated it liked it
I loved Nancy Drew as a young girl. This was the first one I ever read.
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💪!
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.
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
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Tanja Voosen
This was a fun and short (indeed very short!) mystery. Nancy Drew is a likeable character and overall I think this series is great for a younger audiance - it's a classic for a reason. But did I mention that it is a very short book? Jup. The problem with short books is, that there are a few things missing. Like descriptions or character developement. A bit more show don't tell would have been nice :-)
Feb 23, 2019 added it
Shelves: children, mystery
In the midst of all of my serious group reads, one part of my brain was like, "What's that Nancy Drew book where she runs up and down a staircase to figure out which steps don't creak?" I had to read it again immediately despite having read it probably 52 times when I was young. Nancy knows how to get an owl out of a room! Hannah Gruen cooks a four-course meal no matter what the hell goes down! The bad guys are always scowling! What's not to love?

(It seems unfair to give a formulaic ghostwritten
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the two part mystery of this. Both the proving a ghost haunt is really a human hoax (and who) and the case of her father and the railroad legalities. I loved seeing how they blend together. A good, clean mystery. Nancy is very persuasive but also respectful, even to criminals who have done her wrong! SHe is one to be admired! And helpful and kind too. She seems to genuinely care for those around her. I want to know where her mother is though. Her father must be a very good lawyer to affo ...more
Amy Burt bibliophile
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think l liked this book better than the first book in the series. Nancy solves another mystery when staying with her friends aunts and ends up solving two mysteries in one when she decides to search for clues about vanishing objects of the aunts and weird noises upstairs. They catch the bad guys as always
Gary Butler
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
94th book read in 2017.

Number 348 out of 658 on my all time book list.

GHOSTS!!! Not as good as book one but still fun.
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a kid my mom would take us to the local library, which was in a fantastically ancient house on Main Street. The comforting smell of old books, ink, and wood polish combined with the sacred hush and shrewd eye of the a-social librarian made these trips feel sacrosanct.

To get to the children and youth section, you climbed a set of echoing, wooden stairs which, no matter how hard you tried to tread softly, elicited a reproachful stare from the (presumable) spinster at the desk. Upstairs, in one
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
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
Nov 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
VERY GOOD BOOK! i love this one!
Gracie B
This is a very easy book to read I read it all in one day. A very good classic.
Raegan Angela Jones
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a thriller, chills came down my spine as if I was in the moment of the book. "STOP! YOU CAN'T GO UP THERE!"
Alyona Francis
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nancy Drew was one of my early role models! I always loved reading these mysteries and all the peachy keen details. This one has a haunted house and Nancy's father mysteriously disappears! Once again the savvy teenage sleuth is drawn into intrigue and danger. Always nice to visit the pages of a favorite from childhood!
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