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First published in 1944, this mystery finds Nancy searching for some unpublished musical manuscripts which she believes are hidden in the dark, cluttered attic of a rundown mansion.


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First published in 1944, this mystery finds Nancy searching for some unpublished musical manuscripts which she believes are hidden in the dark, cluttered attic of a rundown mansion.

30 review for The Secret in the Old Attic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessaka

    Yellowed musty pages, musty as an old attic; my book is 73 years old. I read it when I was a young girl, remembering only that Nancy Drew was in the attic and there was a black widow spider. Later on I connected it to a real story of the time that my 16 year old brother and I at age 12, began to explore the boarded up cellar at our home. It must have been the window that was boarded up. After taking off the boards, he poked his head in and then when he backed it out a black widow spider was clim Yellowed musty pages, musty as an old attic; my book is 73 years old. I read it when I was a young girl, remembering only that Nancy Drew was in the attic and there was a black widow spider. Later on I connected it to a real story of the time that my 16 year old brother and I at age 12, began to explore the boarded up cellar at our home. It must have been the window that was boarded up. After taking off the boards, he poked his head in and then when he backed it out a black widow spider was climbing down its thin sticky thread, and had he not pulled his head out at that time, it would have landed right on his head. And then he asked me if I would go into the cellar to explore and to bring things out. And I did. I was brave. And then my brother added to my story after reading this: He wanted to kill the black widow spiders, so he took some .22 short shells, pulled out the bullets, took a lit candle and dripped wax into them. He then placed them in the refrigerator, and when the wax hardened, he loaded his rifle, taped a flashlight to the barrow so he could see the spiders and went back to the cellar. After placing the rifle inside the cellar, a black widow spider began crawling down its thread, almost landing on the rifle. He gave up that idea but came up with another. He lit a stink bomb and put it down in the cellar, or was I the one to go down into the cellar with it? I forgot to ask. I remember the stink bomb well for the fumes chased the spiders into the house, and for a while we were very busy killing spiders. There was shelving in that cellar that went went up to the ceiling, and on those shelves were old canning jars. One day I pulled out the shelving, and the room above it, the bathroom, began to pull away from the house. My mom was not too happy. You see the house was built without a bathroom. The original owners had an outhouse. That add-on bathroom was not added on too well, and they just expected that shelving to hold that add-on in place, and for many years it had. Nancy Drew has her own scary moments in this book as she explores the attic of an old man’s home, looking for his son’s music sheets. One music sheet had already been stolen and was already being played on the radio. She needs to find the others before the thief finds them all. Instead, she finds black widows and kills them. She finds secret rooms and goes looking for clues in a factory where she finds more black widows. I thought, no wonder all I remember about this book was a black widow, but it is so much more than that because she has quite a a few adventures. What fun to explore an old attic. How I wish that I had had them to explore, but every time Nancy goes up into that old attic and finds things, I am right along side of her. Note: Copyright, 1944. My name is printed in the book. How strange to look back and see how you use to print. The two Es in my name looked like a U, and the B in my name, an H. And two other names are in the book, Sally Dunsecon? The last part of the name is too faded to tell. And then there is the name, Beir. When I see that I had kept that book all these years, I think of other things that I wish I had kept. Some mothers keep their children's school work; I wish mine had. I wish I had the painting of a blue bird that the teacher asked my mom to come and look at. The teacher praised it. I was 7 years old at the time. Then I had high school art work, and a story that my teacher read to the class and asked if he could keep. And college term papers. When you are young you don't think of keeping things, but when you get older, I am 75 now, you wish you could see them again. I hope mothers and kids will read this and keep things, even if they are not important to them now. Read again August 1, 2017

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lou Hoffman

    When I was about 10 or 11, my mother signed me up for a book of the month club. Every month, I received two Nancy Drew or two Hardy Boys books. Every month, they were both read in a week and I was asking when the next book would be there! I thank my mother for recognizing and encouraging my love of reading.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    3.5 stars This gets an extra half star just for the following passage alone: "By this time Mr. Drew had reached River Heights. Bess thought that she and George ought to go home, and were driven to their respective houses. 'If you and your father have a job to do, ' said Ned, 'perhaps I should go too. ' 'Oh please stay!' Nancy urged. Mr. Drew added, 'I believe we'll need an extra man before the night's over! One with strong muscles!' " The day my dad tells my boyfriend that he has strong muscles will 3.5 stars This gets an extra half star just for the following passage alone: "By this time Mr. Drew had reached River Heights. Bess thought that she and George ought to go home, and were driven to their respective houses. 'If you and your father have a job to do, ' said Ned, 'perhaps I should go too. ' 'Oh please stay!' Nancy urged. Mr. Drew added, 'I believe we'll need an extra man before the night's over! One with strong muscles!' " The day my dad tells my boyfriend that he has strong muscles will be the day!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Twila

    Little Susan's parents have died and she's left in the care of her Grandfather, Phillip March. Having not enough finances to support her, he desperately needs the help of Nancy Drew to find some musical manuscripts hidden in his homestead/very creepy house by his late son. This was definitely one of Nancy's more intense mysteries. While hunting for the manuscripts, she finds a literal skeleton in the closet, gets captured and tied up, and is threatened by Black Widow spiders. And that is only Little Susan's parents have died and she's left in the care of her Grandfather, Phillip March. Having not enough finances to support her, he desperately needs the help of Nancy Drew to find some musical manuscripts hidden in his homestead/very creepy house by his late son. This was definitely one of Nancy's more intense mysteries. While hunting for the manuscripts, she finds a literal skeleton in the closet, gets captured and tied up, and is threatened by Black Widow spiders. And that is only like half of it. So, the pace was definitely great and I liked how the story was constantly moving forward. It's been a while since I've read a Nancy Drew story so I couldn't remember much about her. I found her kind of annoying this time. She gets excited for everything and uses a lot of exclamation points. And not to mention that she talks to herself all the time! When she was hiding in a bush, waiting for a suspect to walk by, she would be constantly taking to herself and I'm just like 'No wonder you keep getting caught!' Besides that little thing, the story was enjoyable and a page turner. And Ned was in this one, yay!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    Our story begins with Nancy and her attorney father receiving a stack of letters, which may be important clues to a new case that Mr. Drew has been asked to take on. However, they decline to read these "love letters" because they might possibly be of a private nature. Next, an old man arrives, the very same man whose deceased son wrote those letters. Not only is the son dead, but his wife, the recipient of those letters, is also dead. Naturally, as soon as they married (but before they died of co Our story begins with Nancy and her attorney father receiving a stack of letters, which may be important clues to a new case that Mr. Drew has been asked to take on. However, they decline to read these "love letters" because they might possibly be of a private nature. Next, an old man arrives, the very same man whose deceased son wrote those letters. Not only is the son dead, but his wife, the recipient of those letters, is also dead. Naturally, as soon as they married (but before they died of course), they had a daughter, who was left with no other guardian but the feeble old man. The family used to be wealthy, and the son had a great musical talent. Here are some problems: Despite the young man's amazing talent, he (A) Never published his music but instead stuffed the written compositions into various crevices in the decrepit family mansion. (B) Never performed his music, but instead joined the armed forces, and thus he was killed during a "routine training mission." This wasn't even active duty! We have a squandered life and squandered talent on our hands. Ugh! Next: now that the old man has a young girl to look after, and no source of income, he spends half a decade selling valuable family heirlooms in his house, because his son would be heartbroken to know that his father would seek "charity" or assistance. To keep things even more interesting, as soon as the old man relates this sadness to Nancy and her father, he meets an incident right outside their house! "As he stepped outside, a rock came whizzing through the air toward him. It struck Mr. March on the head and he slumped to the flagstone walk." Gee, it's like the community suddenly realized: Hey! That man is thinking about asking for charity! Get him! Of course Nancy assists and gets the man's life back in order; she solves the case and secures a proper inheritance for the man's granddaughter. Added bonus: a look behind the scenes of the music industry! Since Mr. March's son wrote "very fine" music, "the kind of up-to-date music you young people like," naturally, some thugs have hatched an elaborate plan to steal the sheet music from the old mansion and instantly put it on the radio. But don't worry! Nancy and her gal pals track down the music thief. They simply go to hotels and ask if he's there. The hotel desk attendant helpfully informs them that they have the man's pseudonym, and she informs them of his actual name. Now that's customer service! What a world Nancy lives in!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ruthie Jones

    I read all the Nancy Drew books (and the Hardy Boys) when I was a child, but I will admit that I have read them all again as an adult (a few years ago). The stories are old fashioned, but that's why I like them so much.

  7. 4 out of 5

    White

    I am giving this review through the eyes of me as a child. I couldn't get enough of these books. My library of Nancy Drew books was massive in my bedroom when I was a pre-teen. I had every one of them that was in print at the time. I use to read through them in just a matter of hours. I believe that Carolyn Keene handed me my love for reading, any imagination I may have, and my passion for writing as well. She was my childhood superhero, the only "celebrity" that I honored who was a woman. I won' I am giving this review through the eyes of me as a child. I couldn't get enough of these books. My library of Nancy Drew books was massive in my bedroom when I was a pre-teen. I had every one of them that was in print at the time. I use to read through them in just a matter of hours. I believe that Carolyn Keene handed me my love for reading, any imagination I may have, and my passion for writing as well. She was my childhood superhero, the only "celebrity" that I honored who was a woman. I won't do a review on all of the Nancy Drew Mysteries that I have read because there are just too many of them. However, I can honestly say that I remember some of them down to very minute details and feelings. These books were one of the greatest works of art for me as I was becoming literate and gaining expression. What a wonderful thing for a child. It's very strange how none of my own children ever took to them.

  8. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Nancy Drew returns with yet another page turner to keep you up at night.

  9. 4 out of 5

    C.

    This is an excellent novel by Mildred A. Wirt in 1944, unrecognized as its author for years. Unless pertaining to computers or freedom, I disregard remarks about a story feeling outdated. It would be silly to expect literature or films to accommodate 2012 (and all the years my review gets read). A story is current when it’s composed. People shouldn’t penalize era of origin in feedback. A man in a declining mansion he can’t afford, is raising his Granddaughter, Susan. Her Dad Philip March, a decea This is an excellent novel by Mildred A. Wirt in 1944, unrecognized as its author for years. Unless pertaining to computers or freedom, I disregard remarks about a story feeling outdated. It would be silly to expect literature or films to accommodate 2012 (and all the years my review gets read). A story is current when it’s composed. People shouldn’t penalize era of origin in feedback. A man in a declining mansion he can’t afford, is raising his Granddaughter, Susan. Her Dad Philip March, a deceased soldier and composer, identified hidden sheet music for his late wife in coded letters. Publishing the songs would bring money Susan and her Grandpa desperately need but some were located and stolen. This sub-plot is weak because one cannot pose as a musician and bring music notes to a radio station, airing a finished product in a week! That's my sole critique: suggesting sheet music is an instant commodity, as accessible and valuable as stealing a key or social insurance number. However if we take the rest as is, this is a compelling mystery. Nancy cons a disliked peer, sneaks into a high security factory, and works on codes. I am always excited by secret compartments and rooms. They are ample here, to heart's content! Nancy's Dad, who is a lawyer, has tremendous respect for her by utilizing her investigative talents on difficult cases. It was also extremely brave for a 20 year-old to glean information from a family she dislikes and to sneak into a rival laboratory after hours. Like “Harry Potter”, don't be dissuaded by the target demographic. I maintain that the most enthralling, suspense-raising mysteries, are those that involve anything except 'a dead body'! Most fiction siphons their plots from a murder. Secrets and clues are far more original and gripping!

  10. 4 out of 5

    American

    Nancy Drew is my all time favorite detective book character, and one of my all time favorite book characters of all time. Nancy Drew is a classic in my family. My family and I read them together so often. I often watch the black and white movies, and watch the 1970s TV show, but reading the original books by Carolyn Keene is fun for all the family. When my mom reads aloud, she sometimes adds some funny sentences, not silly non-sense sentences, but she adds something that seems like something th Nancy Drew is my all time favorite detective book character, and one of my all time favorite book characters of all time. Nancy Drew is a classic in my family. My family and I read them together so often. I often watch the black and white movies, and watch the 1970s TV show, but reading the original books by Carolyn Keene is fun for all the family. When my mom reads aloud, she sometimes adds some funny sentences, not silly non-sense sentences, but she adds something that seems like something that the characters would almost say themselves. They are mysteries, but they don't have a twist to the ending. Nancy gets into some hot water at times, (if you ever read all the series you'll understand how this is rather funny), but she soon gets out of it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Has an old school scary attic plot and skeleton that I really enjoyed. Also, one of the best if not the best Nancy Drew covers. I loved the bad guy. He's a real psycho who wields poisonous black widow spiders as his weapon of choice of all things. How cool is that? Nancy's claws are out as she bags on the neighborhood stuck up b. behind her back yet deftly uses her to further her investigation. I liked the plot developments with the perfume bottles ploy & spider silk fabric formulas. Held my Has an old school scary attic plot and skeleton that I really enjoyed. Also, one of the best if not the best Nancy Drew covers. I loved the bad guy. He's a real psycho who wields poisonous black widow spiders as his weapon of choice of all things. How cool is that? Nancy's claws are out as she bags on the neighborhood stuck up b. behind her back yet deftly uses her to further her investigation. I liked the plot developments with the perfume bottles ploy & spider silk fabric formulas. Held my interest all the way. Top notch Nancy Drewing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Yrsa

    Den här var lite annorlunda mot andra Kitty-böcker jag har läst i avseendet att man i den här boken får veta saker som inte Kitty vet om. Till exempel när en tjuv såg henne (men hon inte tjuven) så fick man veta vad tjuven i den stunden tänkte - utan att avslöja vem det var, såklart. Jag tror inte att jag har stött på ordet "fängelsekund" tidigare. Älskar gamla översatta böcker, de har ett helt annat språk en de modernare.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I hope we never hear about Effie again. What a dingbat. Also, (view spoiler)[how conveeeeeenient that the two cases were intertwined (hide spoiler)] . Nancy seriously just falls into answers half the time, no real detective work is ever needed. Still, I love re-reading these books when I don't feel very well. They're just so timeless, and they make me smile.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    Anoter light re-read. With all the "heavy" things I've been reading for classes lately, yesterday was just a Nancy Drew day. Light mystery, no thinking involved, just immerse myself in a shallow story it didn't take much at all to read. Might do another one today.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Grace Rief

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thought it was an intriguing book, and the ends of the chapters will leave readers on their toes and can't wait to read more.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Welcome to MY SHIPPER HEART'S DREAM. Nancy's dad has been asked to help find some hidden sheet music. The music was written by a guy who went to fight in WWII and was killed (although the text bends over backwards to NOT mention WWII, but this one was published in '44). The dead soldier's father, who fought in WWI and is a bit frail, is poor and raising his orphaned granddaughter and needs to sell the music to support said adorable moppet. Where's the music? In the creepy old attic OF COURSE. All Welcome to MY SHIPPER HEART'S DREAM. Nancy's dad has been asked to help find some hidden sheet music. The music was written by a guy who went to fight in WWII and was killed (although the text bends over backwards to NOT mention WWII, but this one was published in '44). The dead soldier's father, who fought in WWI and is a bit frail, is poor and raising his orphaned granddaughter and needs to sell the music to support said adorable moppet. Where's the music? In the creepy old attic OF COURSE. All the other shit has been sold. The attic is like some kind of antiques bonanza though. Side plot: Carson has ALSO been asked to prove that Mr. Dight's plant stole a special silk formula from his client's plant, via a nefarious sadist named Bushy Trott (worst drag name or WORST DRAG NAME?). Dude has a thing for black widow spiders, and he's like 1% less creepy about them than Jean Marsh in The Culex Experiment. Plot 3: There's a fun dance coming up at Emerson and NED HASN'T INVITED NANCY. CODE RED. CLEARLY SOME SHIT IS GOING DOWN. Nancy is unaware that some NEFARIOUS BITCH stole a telegram right off her front porch (CLEARLY SAID NED-VITATION). Seriously EVERYONE in fuckin River Heights is like "What, Ned didn't invite you? WTF?" Because it's clear to everyone that deep in his heart, Ned has a shrine to Nancy and there's a candle lit there 24/7. Some asshat named Horace Lally keeps gettin all up on Nancy's jock trying to get her to agree to attend with him and she's like IT'S NED OR NO ONE SO JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP but she's too polite for that. So, this one is all about a creepy skeleton and SPIDERS and finding secret places to hide shit, etc. Okay also Bess being super casually racist while they're touring the "old slave quarters" at the house in question. Oh holy shit. So racist. (Racist for 1944? I don't think so.) The resolution to THE BEST SUBPLOT IN THE HISTORY OF THE MYSTERY STORIES: after Nancy has FUCKING POISON-FUME-INDUCED ANXIETY DREAMS WHERE NED SAVES HER LIFE (as a parachutist? Maybe he was drafted and served in that way?), after she just HAPPENS TO put the clue-containing packet of love letters next to the SMILING PHOTO OF NED ON HER BEDSIDE TABLE, and considers moving it because HE BROKE HER HEART BY INVITING ANOTHER GIRL TO THE DANCE, Ned FUCKING SAVES HER FROM A TARANTULA (which she thinks is poisonous but it likely isn't shut up she fucking SWOONS IN HIS ARMS) and he's like THANK GOD I SAVED YOU CAUSE I SERIOUSLY NEED TO GET ON ONE KNEE AND PROPOSE SOON (I projected that last part) and he's like "that bitch Diane said you were out of town and practically invited herself to go with me and fuck that noise, YOU ATTEND WITH ME, MY QUEEN" and Nancy just smiles and is like "fuck yeah I do." The best part is Nancy lying to herself about how hurt and sad she is when HOLY SHIT GIRL, she is so fucking upset about Ned going to the dance with someone else. For... reasons. Involving Ned being HER special friend so ALL Y'ALL JUST GET YOUR HANDS OFF HIM. So, yes. Good times.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary Keroson

    I book from my childhood to meet requirement for 2015 Reading Challenge. Doesn't come better than a Nancy Drew mystery to take you back to your youth.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tabi34

    Yes, I've read 21 of the Nancy Drew books over the past year.This story involves some stolen music and silk manufacturing and luckily for Nancy and her father, they intersect so that Nancy solves not one but two mysteries for the price of one. Fipp March was a composer until he was killed in the army, but he hid music in his boyhood home to take care of his family. Unfortunately, no one knows where and everyone but his father and his little daughter are still alive. The elder March needs to find Yes, I've read 21 of the Nancy Drew books over the past year.This story involves some stolen music and silk manufacturing and luckily for Nancy and her father, they intersect so that Nancy solves not one but two mysteries for the price of one. Fipp March was a composer until he was killed in the army, but he hid music in his boyhood home to take care of his family. Unfortunately, no one knows where and everyone but his father and his little daughter are still alive. The elder March needs to find the music so he can take care of his granddaughter. But before the music can be found by the rightful heirs, it's stolen and produced. Nancy solves this mystery pretty much on her own. I read the updated version - from 1971. The original book written in the early 40s. According to my research, the revision takes out a mention of the stone wing of the March mansion as being the slave quarters, and Bess's comment about mammies singing and pica ninnies dancing. There are some other slight changes - such as Mr. March originally collapses of undernourishment instead being hit in the head with a rock. Susan runs away in the original instead of getting sick. The biggest change is the missing 5 chapters - the evil Diane Dight convinces the gullible Ned Nickerson to take her to the Emerson College dance. Apparently Nancy is to busy and never has time to appreciate Ned. These chapters are missing in the revised book. Ned makes a brief appearance at the end of the book - just in time to save Nancy from a Black Widow spider. I didn't get to read the original, but I'd like too. It would be nice to see Nancy more human - most of the time she's too perfect.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gina Valdes

    This is one of the first Nancy Drew Mystery Series that I have read in a really long time. When I was little I’m pretty sure I read every single one of them! I absolutely loved these mystery books. Maybe its because I was young and my mind was more naïve, but I really didn’t like this book as much as I remembered. It was extremely predictable, which would make sense because I read it for a formula fiction chapter book. Carolyn Keene is a good author, every single one of her Nancy Drew books seem This is one of the first Nancy Drew Mystery Series that I have read in a really long time. When I was little I’m pretty sure I read every single one of them! I absolutely loved these mystery books. Maybe its because I was young and my mind was more naïve, but I really didn’t like this book as much as I remembered. It was extremely predictable, which would make sense because I read it for a formula fiction chapter book. Carolyn Keene is a good author, every single one of her Nancy Drew books seem to be the exact same layout. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. Of course reading it as an adult, it isn’t that entertaining and somewhat difficult to finish. But the fact that it is so predictable could be useful in a younger age classroom. A teacher could use these books for discussion and students can gather clues to make predictions as to what will happen next. Nancy Drew can also be seen as a sort of role model symbolism for girls. Many books do not portray the girl as such a strong person. I think young girls could learn a lot from reading these books and it could be a great influence for them.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    Nancy Drew was helping her father with some love letters that might have been important(she help solve mystery's and her dad was a lawyer). When she was looking for Phillip"Fipp" March the writer of the letters she learned that his father needed money too help raise Fipp's daughter(Fipp and his wife died). Nancy is lead on a new mystery that is filled with strange twists and turns that also involves another mystery . "The Secret of the Old Attic" is a fun book to read and curl up with. It has al Nancy Drew was helping her father with some love letters that might have been important(she help solve mystery's and her dad was a lawyer). When she was looking for Phillip"Fipp" March the writer of the letters she learned that his father needed money too help raise Fipp's daughter(Fipp and his wife died). Nancy is lead on a new mystery that is filled with strange twists and turns that also involves another mystery . "The Secret of the Old Attic" is a fun book to read and curl up with. It has all the things a mystery book should have suspense, cliff-hanging, a hint of spook, and the way they keep going at a dead end before they catch the crook. Its also a nice book to read if you have a spooky attic or like mystery's. I like this book because I like spooky and mysterious books. I sometimes didn't get some parts like the end but I still enjoyed it. I started to read this because, A: my mom wanted me to get a book at my pay grade, and B: I read another book that had a character that like Nancy Drew books. -C

  21. 5 out of 5

    Xyra

    Love, love, love this Nancy Drew installment! She stays in River Heights...how can it be better than the great places I have been with her lately? The main setting is one of the things that really excites me...an old mansion with secret rooms and passageways! Furniture with hidden drawers and compartments. AND a factory with a secret laboratory. I could have done without the black widow spiders, but that's a small price to pay. Nancy is awesome! Strong, compassionate, inquisitive, intuitive, and Love, love, love this Nancy Drew installment! She stays in River Heights...how can it be better than the great places I have been with her lately? The main setting is one of the things that really excites me...an old mansion with secret rooms and passageways! Furniture with hidden drawers and compartments. AND a factory with a secret laboratory. I could have done without the black widow spiders, but that's a small price to pay. Nancy is awesome! Strong, compassionate, inquisitive, intuitive, and so much more. She does most of the work this time with help from Effie (who is most definitely the complete opposite of Effie from The Hunger Games trilogy) as well as Bess and George. We do get to see how manipulative she can be in how she used Diana, but Nancy felt guilty doing so. And I finally understand my friend who notes how great Ned is to appear...well, that would be a spoiler so I'll let you find out what he does. Yep, perfect boyfriend. A great read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maria Tag

    A satisfying mystery with a big surprise!

  23. 5 out of 5

    PMP

    The one that started everything. I think I was top student in my school for Primary One, and the prize was that I would get to choose 2 books, in a magical room where all manner of books had been laid out on every possible surface for prize-winners. I don't remember why I chose this book when there was a picture of a skeleton hand on the cover that terrified me (and kept me away from all books for a long time). Eventually I read it, with much coaxing from my mother, and all the pieces fell in pl The one that started everything. I think I was top student in my school for Primary One, and the prize was that I would get to choose 2 books, in a magical room where all manner of books had been laid out on every possible surface for prize-winners. I don't remember why I chose this book when there was a picture of a skeleton hand on the cover that terrified me (and kept me away from all books for a long time). Eventually I read it, with much coaxing from my mother, and all the pieces fell in place.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    I remember the first time I read Nancy Drew. It blew my mind that there were girls presented with a brain. Most of the stuff I'd read up to that time, was that girls were sugar and spice - fluffy. No brains. To also learn about George who is a tomboy was a nice validation. Carolyn Keene wrote just for me! That is how I felt. When I did more research, I was shocked to find out, Ms. Keene was actually a man ... writing under Franklin Dixon. I also loved the Hardy Boys. No wonder I loved these seri I remember the first time I read Nancy Drew. It blew my mind that there were girls presented with a brain. Most of the stuff I'd read up to that time, was that girls were sugar and spice - fluffy. No brains. To also learn about George who is a tomboy was a nice validation. Carolyn Keene wrote just for me! That is how I felt. When I did more research, I was shocked to find out, Ms. Keene was actually a man ... writing under Franklin Dixon. I also loved the Hardy Boys. No wonder I loved these series. Great for girls aged 8 and up.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    Originally published in 1944, the story concerns some music that has been stolen and is being used by the thief to record the music and then make money off it when it hits the radio. Nancy is also helping her father on a case involving a chemical that has been illegally duplicated and is being used to make money. Both cases are complicated and both of them prove dangerous. There are deadly chemicals and poisonous spiders. There's a secret entrance into a house and a skeleton in a cupboard. Both Originally published in 1944, the story concerns some music that has been stolen and is being used by the thief to record the music and then make money off it when it hits the radio. Nancy is also helping her father on a case involving a chemical that has been illegally duplicated and is being used to make money. Both cases are complicated and both of them prove dangerous. There are deadly chemicals and poisonous spiders. There's a secret entrance into a house and a skeleton in a cupboard. Both cases are interesting on their own and both tax Nancy's detective abilities.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    PBS recently interviewed Millie Wirt Benson, the original ghostwriter who infused this beloved, preteen heroine with many of her own personal traits. I adored and devoured these books as a kid and was inspired to re-read them now. Wow, what a buttinsky Nancy Drew was! That surely explains a lot of my childhood confusion about boundaries. (Sometimes it's valuable to go back and look at your early influences for more than literary reasons.) The 5-star rating is my estimation of the book as a child PBS recently interviewed Millie Wirt Benson, the original ghostwriter who infused this beloved, preteen heroine with many of her own personal traits. I adored and devoured these books as a kid and was inspired to re-read them now. Wow, what a buttinsky Nancy Drew was! That surely explains a lot of my childhood confusion about boundaries. (Sometimes it's valuable to go back and look at your early influences for more than literary reasons.) The 5-star rating is my estimation of the book as a child.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Desiree Koh

    The first book in the Nancy Drew series -- how I wanted to be her growing up! It's interesting to study the evolution of the character through the years, particularly in the descriptions -- she begins as a redhead, and now she has titian hair. She used to drive a jalopy, now she drives a convertible. The image of Nancy has changed, depending on what girls' perceived as their ideal across the generations.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elle G

    I enjoyed this novel. It was full of suspense, which is what I like in a book. It was mainly about music and trying to find lost compositions. I got kind of tired of the music topic the whole time. The author did a good job of showing the characters emotions and feelings. It made me feel like I could be the same character because we were feeling the same way. It made me fell like I was a part of the book or as if I was that character.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ash

    I think this is the first Nancy Drew book I ever read. I'd love to reread the series sometime but I have a feeling they didn't age well. I always knew that these and the Hardy Boys books were by the same author, but I only just learned that they were actually ghost written for a syndicate... a SYNDICATE! Feeling a little betrayed, like my childhood has been commoditized. I should never have read the Goodreads page for Carolyn Keene.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I found a copy of this and several other Nancy Drew books while visiting family at Christmastime 1993. My 9-year-old daughter was reading mysteries, so I thought it was time for her to try a Nancy Drew. I got so enthusiastic about having Nancy in my life again that I had to read one myself. It was awfully good--took me back to fifth grade again...

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