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The Secret of Red Gate Farm

(Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #6)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  10,855 ratings  ·  368 reviews
When Bess Marvin purchased an expensive bottle of Oriental perfume, she never expected to stumble into a mystery. Now Bess, Nancy, George, and their new friend Jo are out to unravel the secrets of a mysterious conspiracy, a secretive cult, and a ring of counterfeiters in The Secret of Red Gate Farm.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Applewood Books (first published September 1st 1931)
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Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t remember this one from my childhood, but I’m sure I must have read it. As an adult it is rather absurd, but as a kid looking for adventures, I’m sure it was exciting and suspenseful.

As an adult it is always easy to pick out features of children’s mystery books that help give away the clues and allow the reader to potentially solve the mystery on their own. Here we can see how the author makes it easy to pick out the “bad guys.” They are always described using words with negative
Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I am reading this in order, minus Book #2 which I cannot find (in my house) though I own two copies of it!

This book, #6, continues an ongoing theme in the early Nancy Drew books, that is someone needs money, desperately needs it, in order to keep their home, or ranch, or inn, or this case, their farm. The mortgage is overdue, or they're living in poverty and were promised money in an old man's will, or similar. I think these themes all come out of the 1930's, when the first ND books were
vic (indefinite hiatus)
i swear i'm not reading these just to give scathing reviews although i might seem like it i swear on myself-

but the premise of which this book revolves around is pretty simple, and overhyped. it's extremely common and not very amusing or exciting.

basically, nancy has a hunch! nancy thinks something shady is happening! money is involved! nancy's wits save the day......again.

not much to it, hm?

not to mention, yet again, this thing all happens on one opinion. the person who was shady ( or persons,
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read Nancy Drew like crazy when I was a kid, and loved them. I could get through a book in a single afternoon, often between getting home from school and eating dinner. So it was with a sense of nostalgic excitement that I opened this book and re-read it, about 40 years after the first time.

What a disappointment. They say you can't go home again, and that is true here. This is #6 in the series, so it was pretty old even when I read it the first time - first published 1931 - and the writing is
Apr 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Our f2f group did a session where we all read one or more original editions of a Nancy Drew as well as the 1960s revised version. Some of us even read one or more of the most recent Nancy Drew series books. We then had a "compare and contrast" discussion that was lots of fun. Very interesting changes in style, characterizations & sociological aspects.

I found the 1931 facsimile edition from Applewood to be much better than I expected having grown up reading the "modern" 1960s versions. The
"'Miss Drew,' he said earnestly, 'I want to thank you for your work which has resulted in the solution of one of the most baffling cases of counterfeiting the United States Government has ever had. How did you do it?'"

And that, my friends, is Nancy Drew in a nutshell. A mystery that's in fact quite easy to solve, and yet no one but Nancy Drew can.

As to how she does it, IT'S BECAUSE SHE'S NANCY DREW.

She may be a special snowflake, but she's MY special snowflake.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middlegrade
I didn't like the fat shaming in this book but, hey, that's the 1930's for ya. Whatchu gonna do?
Laura (Book Scrounger)
I don't think I'll bother to sort through or call to mind enough from my large Nancy Drew collection in order to give them all ratings on Goodreads, but, this one is special because it's the first one I ever read. My grandparents had taken me to a thrift store or flea market, and ended up buying it for me -- it had that wonderful "old book smell" to it since it was an older edition, and it also ended up involving a cult, which to me at the time was particularly creepy and mysterious. And so that ...more
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, children, audio
This was the first Nancy Drew book that I listened to and I loved it! The narrator, Lara Linney, does a wonderful job and she needs to read more than just the first 7 Nancy Drew books. I laughed out loud many times. The story was fun, but because of the audio I bumped it up to 4 stars.
Nov 23, 2012 added it
Shelves: own
Review originally posted on my blog

Previously on Sleuthing Saturdays, I discovered The Secret of Shadow Ranch. It involved ghost ponies. And farms. And some really interesting culture, actually.

So. This week, I learned several things while reading The Secret of Red Gate Farm. The first, and probably the most important thing, is that if you’re with Nancy Drew and you get bit by a snake – don’t panic! She can whip up a tourniquet at moment’s notice AND
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun mystery to read for sure -- one that even includes the Secret Service. That was really cool.

So, it makes for a nice read...
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Nancy Drew returns as she investigates the goings on of a secret society. Yet another home run for the book series.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, usa
During a shopping expedition, Nancy, Bess, and George find it curious that a saleswoman was so reluctant to sell them a perfume. They then meet Joanne, whose grandmother owns a farm but is off to find a job in the town so as to be able to make ends meet. The girls offer to help her, and soon find themselves embroiled in a fun mystery.

In a bid to help Joanne, the three girls decide to go and stay in Red Gate Farm as boarders, paying rent and working in the farm as well! The land and caves nearby
Another win for Nancy! Finally we have George and Bess, and this one has a Cult in it!! A cult is defined in a ND mystery as people who dance around in the middle of the night dressed in white from head to toe, hoods - of course, and wave their arms in a frantic, crazy way. HA! Some things don't change (SEE Outlander opening, Seasons 1 and 2).

Am having fun re-reading these!
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
#6 in my Nancy Drew read project!

"The Secret of Red Gate Farm" was a solid entry in this mystery series. I randomly got the "Just As You Remember Them" version when I put a hold on it at the library - I actually secretly prefer these 1930s editions when I can get them, because I like reading the old-timey language (and sometimes laughing at the old-timey language). The only downer with that is that they are almost always completely different from the story in the yellow hardback editions, and
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nancy-drew
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Alex Grant
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was the first Nancy drew book i read.It was so interesting I finished it in one or a few hours.It has mystery,perfume,"ghosts"and more.It all starts when Bess buys a bottle of oriental perfume sold by a hesitant woman.On the train ride to river heights,she accidentally spilled some on Nancy.Then a girl across their aisle faints.Nancy then gets a cup of water.on the way she encounters a man who smells the perfume then says "Any word from the chief?". That is the start of Nancy's ...more
Kaethe Douglas
I've probably said this a zillion times already, but I love the absurdly complicated plots the bad guys think up. Like bad guys on Scooby Doo, they draw attention to themselves through some scheme that's supposed to scare people off. They communicate in needlessly complicated special ways, often in code. There's a baroque quality that I love, like the old-school murder mysteries that involve one bizarrely staged murder. It's that painstakingly crafted-by-hand complexity that still manages to fit ...more
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
6/6 for Nancy getting tied up! While I appreciated that Nancy has not only George and Bess, but new one-off friend Joanne as a group of smart and determined young ladies, the ending of thus one was not very creative. A minor character comes to the rescue in a literarily boring way. I prefer the volumes in which Nancy has been able to largely save herself.
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelf
Page turner! The beginning was already a mystery and as the story progressed, even more mysteries were added to the plot. I was more than halfway through and yet the mysteries keep piling on.

It was nice how everything tied up together. Plus, I wasn't able to guess the ending! 5 stars
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Enjoyed this book as a kid and enjoyed it again as an adult. Always enjoyed the adventures Nancy went on and how she grew with the addition of each new character she met. Will be fun to keep reading these classics.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
An extra good Nancy Drew book. This time I counted all the instances where Ms. Keene referred to Nancy as "the young sleuth," and there were fewer than usual - only nine - plus one "young detective." Jolly good fun.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoy Nancy Drew novels for a quick read. I enjoy reading how times have changed and how the way we speak is so different. This story moved pretty quickly and brought the several different incidents together nicely.
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
An interesting book. I enjoyed it more when I first read this book as a child, but it was still enjoyable this second time through.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I hadn't read any books from this series in a while, but this was an enjoyable return to it.
Nancy, Bess, and George save the day again (well, mostly Nancy). This time, they help a virtual stranger save their farm. Do you know three more "do-gooder" girls out there? Because I don't.

This time, Bess buys some perfume and it kicks off a mystery. Nancy is approached on the train based on the perfume scent, which really confused me because I would never be able to identify a perfume on someone. Oh, is that sparkling waters you are wearing? No, not me. But some random dude can? Please, Miss
Out of the Bex
This one felt a bit different than the first five. More description, more good-natured snark between the main characters, and more plot pieces than usual. It was still enjoyable—I’ve yet to read a Nancy Drew that’s not!—but definitely not quite the same vibe as the others.

On to book 7!
I am having a blast re-reading these Nancy Drew books. They just make me smile and long for a simpler time. The mystery in this particular book was not very compelling, and the "cult" didn't really make any sense, but I still enjoyed it.

I'm glad that Bess and George are finally in the books! I do wonder where Nancy's "dear friend" Helen disappeared to, though. We also got a brief mention of Ned Nickerson in book 5, but he was not mentioned in this one and we have yet to properly meet him. Good!
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Secret Of Red Garden
By Carolyn Keene

This is the sixth book in the Nancy Drew Series. It's about a mischevious teen detective whose name is Nancy Drew. She and her friends get accidentally tangled up in a major counterfeiting operation when Nancy's friend, Bess, buys a symbolic perfume at an Oriental store. When Nancy and her two friends; cousins Bess and George, meet a girl named Jo who's looking for a job, they can't help but become both suspicious and intruiged by all of the things going
Betsey Manzoni
May 11, 2012 rated it liked it
America's favorite girl sleuth is on the scene at Red Gate Farm. After Nancy and her two besties, Bess and George befriend Joanna, they go to visit her at her home, Red Gate Farm. They discover that some of the land that Joanne's family has leased out is being used by a cult called Black Snake Colony. Nancy daringly investigates as her and her friends infiltrate one of the cult meetings. They narrowly escape after being discovered. Nancy gathers enough evidence to blow the whistle on them after ...more
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Carolyn Keene is a writer pen name that was used by many different people- both men and women- over the years. The company that was the creator of the Nancy Drew series, the Stratemeyer Syndicate, hired a variety of writers. For Nancy Drew, the writers used the pseudonym Carolyn Keene to assure anonymity of the creator.

Edna and Harriet Stratemeyer inherited the company from their father Edward

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“Nancy, you're a whiz, as I've often told you," her friend declared.” 12 likes
“George took a quick inventory of their purchases, then laughed. “Bess, it’s a good thing we got you to leave that last department store or you wouldn’t have had enough money left to buy your ticket home,” she stated bluntly.” 1 likes
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