Nancy Drew 02: The Hidden Staircase (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 1, 1930 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
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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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Review: The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew #2)

User Review  - Madyson - Goodreads

It was kind of spooky but really really good at the same time. So good I couldn't put it down. It was amazing!!!!!!!!! Read full review

Review: The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew #2)

User Review  - Goodreads

It was kind of spooky but really really good at the same time. So good I couldn't put it down. It was amazing!!!!!!!!! Read full review

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The Haunted House
The Mysterious Mishap
A Stolen Necklace
Strange Music
A Puzzling Interview
The Gorilla Face
Frightening Eyes
A Startling Plunge
The Newspaper Clue
The Crash
An Urgent Message
A New Suspect
Through the Trap Door
A Confession
The Hidden Staircase

A Worrisome Delay
The Midnight Watch
An Elusive Ghost
Nancys Victory

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About the author (1930)

Carolyn Keene was the pseudonym that Mildred Wirt Benson and Walter Karig used to write Nancy Drew books. The idea of Nancy Drew came from Edward Stratemeyer in 1929. He also had other series, that included the Hardy Boys, but he died in 1930 before the Nancy Drew series became famous. His daughters, Harriet and Edna, inherited his company and maintained Nancy Drew having Mildred Wirt Benson, the original Carolyn Keene, as the principal ghostwriter. During the Depression, they asked Benson to take a pay cut and she refused, which is when Karig wrote the books. Karig's Nancy Drew books were Nancy's Mysterious Letter, The Sign of the Twisted Candles, and Password to Larkspur Lane. He was fired from writing more books because of his refusal to honor the request that he keep his work as Carolyn Keene a secret. He allowed the Library of Congress to learn of his authorship and his name appeared on their catalog cards. Afterwards, they rehired Benson and she wrote until her last Nancy Drew book (#30) was written in 1953, Clue of the Velvet Mask. Harriet and Edna Stratemeyer also contributed to the Nancy Drew series. Edna wrote plot outlines for several of the early books and Harriet, who claimed to be the sole author, had actually outlined and edited nearly all the volumes written by Benson. The Stratemeyer Syndicate had begun to make its writers sign contracts that prohibited them from claiming any credit for their works, but Benson never denied her writing books for the series. After Harriet's death in 1982, Simon and Schuster became the owners of the Stratemeyer Syndicate properties and in 1994, publicly recognized Benson for her work at a Nancy Drew conference at her alma mater, the University of Iowa. Now, Nancy Drew has several ghostwriters and artists that have contributed to her more recent incarnations.

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