Posted in Children, Liked It, Nancy Drew

The Secret of the Old Clock

I really enjoyed my trip down memory lane. So I’m going to take another one.

This is the first in the Nancy Drew series. This series was first published in the 1930’s but it was revised beginning in 1960.
Nancy Drew lives with her father Carson and their housekeeper Hannah Gruen in the fictional town of River Heights. Her father is a well-known attorney in the town. Nancy is described as being a Titian-meaning red head. It is interesting to note that the Drew family seems uneffected by the Great Depression which affected the country at this time.
Nancy is 18 years old and clearly finished high school. Aside from that she doesn’t seem to have anything productive to do with her time besides charities.

The story begins with her father having her deliver some documents to the judge in the next town. On the way back she nearly runs a child, Judy, over in her blue convertible.

When she takes the injured child into the house she meets Mary and Edna Turner who are relatives of Josiah Crowley, who recently died a left a good deal of money according to a last will. The two older women are interested in the money for the little girls sake as they will be unable to educate her when she is older. Nancy decides to do something about it.
On the way she runs into who are the family to inherit under the current terms of the will (The Richard Tophams), she also meets the Hoover sisters-one of which will become a promising singer. Nancy also meets Abby Rowan, an older cousin of Josiah Crawley, who gives Nancy the secret that she needs namely that the key to the will is in the Old Clock. Well guess who the clock belongs to?

Nancy uses subterfuge and a whole host of tricks to elude thieves, foil her captors, and ultimately find the missing will.
I remember this book started me on a Nancy Drew mania. I made my mom drive me to the library headquarters every week during the summer.
I did some wikipedia research. It seems the books were heavily edited. The first books had Nancy as a 16 year old. This first book was rewritten to exclude the car chase involving guns. Hmm I think I need to track down these original. If anyone has first additions please comment on the differences.


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