Once upon a time there were two bookworms who wanted to read Classics. But they were afraid, a little intimidated and needed encouragement. So they joined forces and formed the Dust off your Classics challenge to support each other. Dee from Dee Read’s and myself read our way through some good classics, some great classics and found so much in these books that is surprisingly still relevant. So much so that I want to continue reading them and will continue to share my thoughts here on any I get through.
This time around I’m dusting a book that I’m considering a classic – you might have guessed that I’m very free and easy with my definition of a classic. And I’m reading a Nancy Drew (I think it’s my first time as I don’t remember reading them as a child.
The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
Series: Nancy Drew, #1
Published by Applewood Books on 2 Jan 1930
Genres: Classic, Middle Grade, Mystery & Detective
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Nancy Drew solves her first mystery when the accidental rescue of a little girl who lives with her two great-aunts leads on an adventurous search for a missing will.
Nancy Drew has to help Mr. Crowly's friends find his missing will, before the evil Topham family steals his full inheritance.
Note on this eddition: A special treat for Nancy Drew fans! Out just in time for Nancy's 80th anniversary, we're releasing a limited number of copies of The Secret of the Old Clock , the first book in the series. It's the exciting mystery that readers have fallen in love with for 80 years, with a terrific new look and bonus material! Collectors won't want to miss this.
Five Thoughts on The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene:
- It’s an entertaining but formula driven read.
- I’m envious of the the life that Nancy seemed to lead, driving a blue convertible, doing a few odd jobs for her father and basically wandering around here, there and everywhere. Sign me up for that!
- She is fiercely independent and I loved that she could set her hand to tackling thieves, escaping out of a locked cupboard, changing a tyre and fixing a motor boat. Our Nancy is a multi skilled super sleuth and she does it all with twinkling eyes and a cute wardrobe! Go Nancy!
- The books were first published in the 1930s and were written by a team of ghost writers which is something I don’t actually like. As that just feels very generic and I’m assuming they will be very repetitive. STILL to dip in and out of one every now and again sounds very attractive to me. But I’ll admit I’m a bit biased as I love ‘childrens’ books.
- It also cracks me up that this book is about a missing will and the name of the book is a spoiler! You need never actually read the book to solve the mystery, just look at the cover and you’re good..
Did I feel it?
Who should read The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene?
I think it’s a timeless tale and should still appeal to children who are looking for a mystery with a fast pace. Of course it has aged but Nancy is still super cool! And adults who loved Nancy as a child might enjoy the trip down memory lane.
Talk to Trish: Have you read Nancy Drew? What did you think of them and would you reread them nowadays?