Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew, #2) by Carolyn Keene

The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew, #2)
By: Carolyn Keene
Published: 1959
Published By: Grosset and Dunlap
Format Read: Hardcover
Genre: Children’s Literature, Middle-Grade, Mystery, Classics
Date Read: August 23, 2016
                                                               Rating: 3/5

Strange occurrences have been reported at the Twin Elms mansion and Nancy Drew is called in to solve the mystery. Meanwhile a new railway line is set to be constructed and her father is the representing lawyer. But when the landowners begin to demand more money from the railroad, Mr. Drew is caught in the middle, which puts his safety in jeopardy. The Hidden Staircase is the second book in the classic Nancy Drew mystery series.

After listening to the first book in this series in audio format, I decided to borrow a physical copy of this second book from my local library.

The Hidden Staircase was an interesting story that held my attention. As this book was first published in 1930, readers of today’s middle-grade generation may find the story dated. However I really enjoy this aspect of these books and would hate to see them updated for a more modern day audience. There is a certain level of respect that the books of today lack. Although the stories in this series may be overly predictable there is a wholesomeness to them that is comforting.

I would recommend The Hidden Staircase and the other Nancy Drew mysteries to those who enjoy classic children’s literature. 

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  1. I need to reread Nancy Drew and I haven't read many. I have the whole collection though. Bought many from Costco and the rest on Amazon.

  2. Ha! I started to reread this favorite childhood series. I bought the first three and have read just the first at this point. I have always been a big Nancy Drew fan. It's good to see that there are other adults that still consider the series worth picking up.