The Secret of the Old Clock
Hello, before I get this review on the road, I will be outlining these only slightly differently than my normal reviews. This is for my Summer 2017 Project, “Nancy Ain’t No Yellowback Girl”. I absolutely love the series, and decided it would be best to re-read them this summer! I hope you all enjoy this review, and the ones to come. 🙂
Author: Carolyn Keene
Pages: 180 pages
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Released: 1987 (first published 1930)
Series: Nancy Drew Mysteries
Character(s): Famous teen sleuth, Nancy Drew; Carson Drew, successful lawyer and father; Josiah Crowley, deceased man who promised money to like…. everyone.
Setting: River Heights
Began: May 26th, 2017
Finished: May 27th, 2017
Nancy, unaided, seeks to find a missing will, and the search not only tests her keen mind but also leads her into a thrilling adventure.
Stream of Thoughts
Chapter One – The Rescue
- Where were Edna and Mary Turner when Judy was in the middle of the road?? For cripes sake, they’re losing their minds.
- DON’T SELL FURNITURE TO STRANGERS. Bottomline.
- Such vintage names for all of the characters so far, love it.
- “They kind of had large noses.” Don’t be so judgmental Mary, you barely can watch your own great niece.
Chapter Two – A Missing Will
- They use the word “ruefully”. YOU WILL RUE THIS DAY NANCY DREW, RUE IT!
- Ada and Isabel Topham. Blech.
- Hannah Gruen is ACTUALLY a character?! Score one! I love her, and I hope she appears in later books.
- Also, Hannah is petty as heck and I love it.
- Apple pudding? That’s a thing? Drools.
Chapter Three – An Unpleasant Meeting
- Hannah is such a motherly figure, awwweeeee.
- Ada and Isabel Topham: the Real Housewives of River Heights.
- Does everybody freaking know about Josiah Crowley’s money?
Chapter Four – Racing the Storm
- Are the papers to be delivered to Judge Hart in Masonville reminiscent of Tubby’s Telegrams in Titusville?
- Nancy has lunch with a random judge and his wife. I wish I had this life of free food.
- Who jacked up Nancy’s convertible roof?
- I love how she finds no fear driving to random places continuously.
Chapter Five – A Surprising Story
- GIRL. If you hit someone with your car, you would’ve felt it.
- A shadowy figure, ooooooh.
- “Nancy was attracted to both girls”. Okay, okay, I can roll with this.
- How can you not afford company? Like, you don’t always have to pay to entertain.
- Cake with chocolate frosting? I’m starving just writing this review.
- I see a lot of myself in Allison Hoover.
- “Don’t let it worry you, Allison. It’s your birthday.” Okay, listen Nancy, if you bring up something upsetting and then tell this girl to not get upset, then…????
Chapter Six – An Exciting Appointment
- I wonder if Nancy named her car.
- The word mystery is mentioned for the first time in this chapter!!!
- Signor Mascagni. What a name.
- Nancy talks to herself a lot.
- Nancy is also super charitable.
- Isabel and Ada Topham need to leave River Heights, now.
- Nancy is a very good eavesdropper.
Chapter Seven – The Angry Dog
- Nasal voice? Ew.
- “Mother watched him like a hawk.” Rude. He was a nice man.
- Isabel and Ada Topham are extremely reliable on their parents.
- “putting up with him” Again, rude! He literally was nice to EVERYONE. Even you scumbags.
- Carson Drew is a smart-ass.
- ” I promise to be as careful as a pussycat walking up on a slippery roof.” What the hell?
- Reference to Titusville!
- Nancy gets nearly attacked by a dog. Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake?
Chapter Eight – A Forgotten Secret
- The word fracas is fun to say.
- “I guess William and I counted our chickens before they were hatched.” Hm, interesting.
- Nancy is literally begging an old eighty year old woman to remember things, even after someone told her her mind was slipping.
Chapter Nine – Helpful Disclosures
- Helen Corning shows up!
- Moon Lake? Now, why does that sound familiar?
Chapter Ten – Following a Clue
- Nancy gets a flat tire. Bad shit is always happening to this girl.
- Is Barby even a name? I’ve heard of Barbie, but never Barby.
- “He’s the tallest man I’ve ever seen outside of the circus.” Helen, be nice.
Chapter Eleven – An Unexpected Adventure
- Nancy frequently handles motorboats? She is definitely a jack-of-all-trades.
Chapter Twelve – A Desperate Situation
- Nancy’s the type of girl to run upstairs, even though she knows the culprit is coming up there.
- I’ve learned Nancy can’t hold in a sneeze to save her life.
Chapter Thirteen – The Frustrating Wait
- “That old Greek scientist, Archimedes…” Resourceful, Nancy, resourceful.
- Does the caretaker really believe she’s one of the culprits throwing their voice off as a female?
- Hornswoggled. This book is chocked full of fun words.
Chapter Fourteen – A Tense Chase
- There is a picture of the caretaker in this chapter, and he is literally shorter than Nancy, despite what Helen said about him earlier.
- Nancy stopped at the police to tell them to chase after the culprits, yet she could’ve just done it herself and saved time.
Chapter Fifteen – Nancy’s Risky Undertaking
- “I must notify the police at once … now’s my chance to look for the Crowley clock!” Girl, make up your mind!
- So. Much. Coincidence.
Chapter Sixteen – The Capture
- I love how Nancy just runs into the police at all times of the night.
- Does everyone know who Carson Drew is? Even a few counties over??
Chapter Seventeen – Strange Instructions
- Nancy seems reluctant to get in the car with a state trooper?
- Hannah thinks food fixes everything. And she’s pretty much correct.
- Cinnamon cake with hot applesauce? Are you for real?
Chapter Eighteen – A Suspenseful Search
- Nobody seems to care for the Tophams.
Chapter Nineteen – Startling Revelations
- Not many thoughts on this chapter. Just yay for conclusions!
Chapter Twenty – A Happy Finale
- Hahah, suck it, Tophams!
- Literally though, they’re the worst.
What I Enjoyed
- It was Nancy Drew’s first mystery! Imagine being a small girl in the 1930’s, picking up your first yellowback book. I would’ve been so excited!
- The simplicity of this mystery is classic.
- I love how eager Nancy is to be like her father, he is most definitely her idol.
- Hannah Gruen!!!
What I Didn’t Like
- The Tophams suck butt.
- Missing Bess and George even though I know I have to wait till the fifth book for them. 😦
- Such a run all over the kind of place mystery. She had to go like three counties over to solve the darned mystery.
- The fact that Josiah Crowley just couldn’t get his crap together, even though I love the old man.
All in all, this was great for a first mystery! I remember first picking this one up when I was a little girl, and it was so fun to re-read it again for nostalgic purposes. I can’t wait to get into The Hidden Staircase, as I completely forgot what that one was about! My favorite part of this book was honestly Hannah Gruen.
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