The Secret of Red Gate Farm

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Grosset & Dunlap, 1989 - Fiction - 178 pages
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Nancy and her friends, Bess and George, meet Joanne Byrd on a train ride home. Joanne lives at Red Gate Farm with her grandmother, but if they do not raise enough money to pay the mortgage, they will soon lose the farm! Nancy, Bess, and George decide to stay at Red Gate for a week as paying customers. Soon, they learn about the strange group of people who rent a cave on the property. They describe themselves as a nature cult called the Black Snake Colony. Nancy investigates their group and helps to uncover a ring of counterfeiters in town!

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a thrilling mystery

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in this book in the Nancy Drew series, Nancy tries despertly to unearth the secret as to why stange lights are in the nearby forest and the scaming busness of conterfits. Read full review

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This is really Nancy's great failure---foolishly taking her friends into cave of counterfeiters in disguise---didn't it occur to her they would TAKE OFF THEIR HOODS INSIDE? George and Bess (really shouldn't been there, nothing to do, just brought to pay rent ) are actually berating Nancy---"I really ought to have had my head examined!" says George, "I knew this was far too dangerous to try," Bess, completely breaking down. Nancy's lucky they continued on with her! She couldn't save them---they and Joanne Byrd had to be rescued by Treasury Agents, Karl Abbott, Jr. Sad seeing poor, abused Mrs. Hale taken away in handcuffs, never heard what became of her. Finally, Nancy makes the cave a tacky tourist trap!
Here's how it SHOULD have gone---
Back to dinner---Karl has eye for Joanne, not Nancy. Night at cave---NANCY GETS AWAY. Maurice Hale decides not to wait, blow up girls in cave, gags them when they scream, knocks wife out cold when she struggles to stop him, leaves her to die. Hale cutting fuse for dynamite when hears crying down cave. Nancy, in fear, dragged in by hooded pursuers. Hale and gang come over.
Suddenly one of the hooded men PULLS OUT A GUN! He calls back and more men in suits and guns come around bend, WITH NANCY'S PURSUERS--- BOUND AND GAGGED!
Hooded men pull off hoods---AGENT HORTON, KARL ABBOTT, JR.!
Nancy unties friends, Karl Joanne. George apologizes, "I should have known you'd get us out of this, somehow!" Nancy explains caught outside by one pursuer when Karl appeared, fought, knocked him out. Karl explains how he came to visit his father, heard fears girls gone to cave, called agents, went on ahead. Horton says were going to rush cave, Nancy's idea pose as captive, catch gang off-guard, prevent possible shooting endangering girls, Karl volunteering to go in. Later he and Nancy receive Justice Department medal for civilian heroism.
Four months later, start of autumn, Nancy, Bess, George pay last visit to Red Gate Farm---SAVED BY REWARD MONEY, NOT TOURIST TRAP! Nancy awarded 75%, Karl, 25%, gave to Byrds. They see Mrs. Hale, finally happy---at trial Mr. Drew represented free of charge at Nancy's request she was easily acquitted, now lives on farm both guest and friend. Girls see Karl and Joanne walking in field, hand-in-hand. "I think another knot's going to be tied on Red Gate Farm," George comments, joke about been bound hand and foot. "Yes," Nancy smiles, "I'd say in the spring."

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About the author (1989)

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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