Nancy Drew 02: the Hidden Staircase

Nancy Drew 02: the Hidden Staircase

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Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase hits the big screen in March of 2019! Read the classic book that inspired the movie! 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 up the phone, a strange man visits Nancy's house to warn her and her father that they are in danger because of a case he is working on buying property for a railroad company. This warning leads Nancy and her father Carson to search for the missing Willie Wharton, a landowner, who can prove he signed away his land to the railroad and save the railroad from a lawsuit. Will Nancy be able to find the missing landowner and discover how these mysteries are related?
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 127 x 194 x 18mm | 238g
  • Grosset & Dunlap Inc.,U.S.
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0448095025
  • 9780448095028
  • 78,503

About Carolyn Keene

Carolyn Keene is a pen name used by a variety of authors for the classic Nancy Drew Mystery series. The first author to use the pseudonym was Mildred Wirt Benson, who wrote 23 of the original 30 books. Other writers who have adapted the Carolyn Keene moniker include Leslie McFarlane, James Duncan Lawrence, Walter Karig, and Nancy Axelrod.
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35,187 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
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4 35% (12,390)
3 26% (9,254)
2 4% (1,514)
1 1% (468)

Our customer reviews

I've read a few Nancy Drew stories since I was 9, to know others are better than "The Secret Of The Old Clock". With the pioneering volume watered down to action scenes and sentences made dull for small children; the superior quality of volume two is impressive. "The Hidden Staircase", 1930, demonstrates how a mystery should be done! Diving into the crux is a continuous trademark but there are no irrelevant mishaps to engineer excitement. Every event pertains to the two well-plotted threads and this time, colour is put into the settings and characters along the way. You feel a full-dimensional journey unfold, instead of a stilted jerk from cliff-hanger to cliff-hanger. Helen's aunt and Great-Grandmother consult Nancy about a theft and unexplained occurrences in their locked mansion. Simultaneously, her Dad Carson is threatened by a neighbourhood bitterly selling their properties to a railroad. These are two reasonably serious circumstances for a teenager to take on at once and she muddles through both in a manner that feels realistic; with candour about how stressed out she is. There are no farfetched leaps to solutions, no secret halls are located with any ease, and Nancy isn't thrown into closets or cellars to create a fright factor like in other novels. Hands down, this is the best Nancy Drew I have ever read. Ranking could only be higher if the story were truly paranormal! The reader knows from the start that the girls don't believe a haunting has taken place but dub the intrusion 'the ghost' in good fun. The absence of an actual spectre is what children of the 1970s call 'a Scooby Doo outcome'. On the subject of literary richness, rare for this series: Mildred A. Wirt's description of Nancy's view from the manor roof is an unexpectedly lovely more
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