Kindle The Secret of Shadow Ranch As I began to read I sensed something different
Kindle The Secret of Shadow Ranch As I began to read, I sensed something different in this fifth volume in the Nancy Drew mysteries. In fact, there are several differences. First, the book starts with Nancy in Phoenix. In the previous books, Nancy is at home in River Heights, or at least not too far away, and the mystery comes to her. She is sought out for her sleuthing skills and to solve the mystery. In The Secret of Shadow Ranch, she goes to Arizona to meet up with friends and discovers the mystery at hand. That brings us to the introduction of her two best friends, George and Bess. This is the first book in the series where they are mentioned and become supporting characters. I must also note the brief mention of Ned Nickerson, who in later books is Nancy's boyfriend. Also, Nancy is much more of an independent detective in this volume. Her father, Carson Drew, and her housekeeper, Hannah Gruen, are not there to offer guidance and support. Sure, she has her friends close at hand, but there is a feeling of more independence and tightened focus on Nancy's sleuthing abilities. I found this complex mystery to be slightly more sinister than the previous ones Nancy has solved, but perhaps that is due to the nature of the ranch scene and the rugged characters. Young readers will learn new vocabulary relating to cowboys and rodeos. Overall, a solid mystery with several elements for the young reader to puzzle out.. The Secret of Shadow Ranch Viral Book Nancy drew arrives in Phoenix, Arizona, eagerly looking forward to a fun filled vacation at Shadow Ranch, but abruptly finds herself involved in a baffling mystery The ranch is being haunted by a phantom horse and maliciously damaged by an unknown enemy Local people believe that the ghostly animal is carrying out the curse of Dirk Valentine, the romantic outlaw who was kNancy drew arrives in Phoenix, Arizona, eagerly looking forward to a fun filled vacation at Shadow Ranch, but abruptly finds herself involved in a baffling mystery The ranch is being haunted by a phantom horse and maliciously damaged by an unknown enemy Local people believe that the ghostly animal is carrying out the curse of Dirk Valentine, the romantic outlaw who was killed many years ago at Shadow Ranch, where he had gone to fulfill a promise to his sweetheart.Suspecting that a treasure hidden by Valentine may be at the root of the Shadow Ranch mystery, Nancy undertakes a challenging search, aided by her friends Bess Marvin and George Fayne The first vital clue is found in an antique watch and sparks a series of clever deductions and dangerous developments While seeking further clues, the girls investigation in a ghost town ends in a near disaster when Nancy is trapped inside a building that is toppled by a rockslide a rockslide which is deliberately caused But the pretty titian haired detective remains undaunted in her determination to solve the mystery.. Carolyn Keene is a writer pen name that was used by many different people both men and women over the years The company that was the creator of the Nancy Drew series, the Stratemeyer Syndicate, hired a variety of writers For Nancy Drew, the writers used the pseudonym Carolyn Keene to assure anonymity of the creator.Edna and Harriet Stratemeyer inherited the company from their father Edward Stratemeyer Edna contributed 10 plot outlines before passing the reins to her sister Harriet It was Mildred Benson aka Mildred A Wirt , who breathed such a feisty spirit into Nancy s character Mildred wrote 23 of the original 30 Nancy Drew Mystery Stories , including the first three It was her characterization that helped make Nancy an instant hit The Stratemeyer Syndicate s devotion to the series over the years under the reins of Harriet Stratemeyer Adams helped to keep the series alive and on store shelves for each succeeding generation of girls and boys In 1959, Harriet, along with several writers, began a 25 year project to revise the earlier Carolyn Keene novels The Nancy Drew books were condensed, racial stereotypes were removed, and the language was updated In a few cases, outdated plots were completely rewritten.Other writers of Nancy Drew volumes include Harriet herself, she wrote most of the series after Mildred quit writing for the Syndicate and in 1959 began a revision of the first 34 texts The role of the writer of Carolyn Keene passed temporarily to Walter Karig who wrote three novels during the Great Depression Also contributing to Nancy Drew s prolific existence were Leslie McFarlane, James Duncan Lawrence, Nancy Axelrod, Priscilla Doll, Charles Strong, Alma Sasse, Wilhelmina Rankin, George Waller Jr and Margaret Scherf.. Bestseller Kindle The Secret of Shadow Ranch This continues my series of comparative reviews of the 1930s and 1950s editions of the Nancy Drew books.Shadow Ranch was the mystery with the biggest divergence of story so far. I've been trying to read them more or less in parallel, but that was pretty much impossible here - they're basically two distinct stories with different plots entirely.In the 1930s version, there are two main mysteries - what happened to Alice's father, and what's the deal with the little blonde girl who lives with the mysterious old women in the mountain shack. The majority of the book takes place on horseback in the mountains, where the girls have various adventures and Nancy shoots a lynx and a rattlesnake, leads them across raging floodwaters, and finds them shelter when they're lost overnight. Her clever deduction and a telegram back to her father for research solves one mystery, and the other gets wrapped up almost coincidentally.In the 1950s version, a phantom horse is frightening the inhabitants of the ranch and Nancy learns about the legend of an outlaw's treasure hidden somewhere on the property. Alice's father is still missing, but it's on a much shorter timeframe (months instead of years) and a much less subtle solution. Nearly all of the sleuthing takes place in the farmhouse, with hidden clues and trapdoors and all, or in town. There are a couple of wilderness excursions, but not nearly as many, nor does Nancy do anything particularly butch - even the flood rescue is credited entirely to her "water horse." Obligatory shopping and cooking scenes are inserted, and much is made of the girls' clothes and hair at every occasion.These are basically not the same book at all, despite the title in common, and the 1930s version is by far the more interesting one.
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