Dust off your Classics : The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

March 31, 2016 Book review, Dust off Your Classics 9 ★★★½

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.


Dust off Your Classics


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.


Dust off your Classics : The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn KeeneThe 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
Pages: 210
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

!@#$ addictive CRIME middle grade


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..

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-half-stars


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?


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9 Responses to “Dust off your Classics : The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene”

  1. Greg

    I read a few of these as a kid after exhausting all the Hardy Boys! I don’t remember which ones I read tho… this sounds fun in a throwback way. I re- read some Hardy Boys last year and it was fun to revisit. LOL about the title- yeah I supposed that gives it away! Still I’m glad you enjoyed it. I do like that Nancy is so independent, given when it was written.
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  2. Wattle

    Haha it’s pretty funny that the title gives it away! I’ve read a few Nancy Drew books in my time but I wasn’t a hardcore fan like some, they just filled in some gaps when I didn’t have anything else to read 😛 I think it’d be good fun to re-visit the series now though.

    And they are totally classics!
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  3. Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books

    I used to read Nancy Drew books ALL THE TIME when I was younger. I would like to read one or two as an adult just to see if I would still like them. I still remember that she would basically get in the head in EVERY BOOK. I swear, I was surprised she didn’t get brain damage or something from all the hits she took.
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  4. Rita @ View From My Home

    I read the whole Nancy Drew series when I was younger, starting with when I first learned to read chapter books. My mother bought me the original hardcovers and I devoured each one the same day I got it. Wish my mother had saved them– would’ve been wonderful to still have.

    When you are that young you don’t have the same take on the plot. It’s exciting to have a young woman heroine to cheer for/wish to emulate when you’re a preteen! She has a privileged lifestyle, a supportive father, loyal friends, an extensive wardrobe and a cool convertible!

    I’m sure I wouldn’t enjoy this book much if I was to read it today, except for the “trip down memory lane” factor, of course. And I never knew that there wasn’t a Carolyn Keene, that she was a collective effort, wow! I even thought I had heard she died awhile ago, but that must’ve been a hoax 🙁

    Thanks for a good review, for being fair to a book that will appeal to children more than adults, and will appeal to older folks rather than younger ones. A popular 1930 that is still famous? That’s a classic in my eyes.
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