The Hidden Staircase
Just as soon as she hangs ...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
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 ...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
But anyhow, I owned and read about 20 ND books and this was the first, and to me, the best. I le ...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
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
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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.
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
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
(It seems unfair to give a formulaic ghostwritten ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Edna and Harriet Stratemeyer inherited the company from their father Edward Str ...more