The Secret of the Old Clock/The Hidden Staircase, Volume 1, Issue 2

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Grossett & Dunlap, 1987 - Juvenile Fiction - 362 pages
652 Reviews
Nancy Drew investigates two cases, one in which her father is kidnapped, and the other involving a missing will.

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Good plot, fast read. - Goodreads
LOL Writing was not really the best, I suppose. - Goodreads
Charming introduction. - Goodreads
But, it was a cute story, with a nice moral ending. - Goodreads
What this book does lack is some steamy love scenes. - Goodreads
The prose lacks the essential touch. - Goodreads

Review: The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1)

User Review  - Rebecca McNutt - Goodreads

I really enjoyed the Nancy Drew novels as a kid, so they have nostalgic value, but I don't think that this was the best one. It's an okay start to this series but it's filled with choppy sentences and an unoriginal mystery. Read full review

Review: The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1)

User Review  - Elaine - Goodreads

I had fun rereading this book today. Read full review

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Contents

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About the author (1987)

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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