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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.
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 m [...]
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 [...]
I would love to see another edition of this book. In the order of the series, this is number five, but Ned Nickerson, Nancy's longtime and long suffering boyfriend gets several mentions. Too bad he doesn't make his first appearance until book seven! I have the "purple" editions, the double editions that were published two books to each volume as a collectible set. The books have, over the years, gone through a lot of edits to "update" them. I'd love to know if this quirk is particular to a certa [...]
Well, of the four I've recently read, The Secret of the Old Clock (#1), The Bungalow Mystery (#3), The Mystery of Lilac Inn (#4) and this one, The Secret of Shadow Ranch (#5), this is by far the best. (I can't find my TWO copies of The Hidden Staircase (#2), so haven't re-read and reviewed it yet.)This mystery, considering it's the world of Nancy Drew, is well-written, and contains clues, evidence, and a storyline that seems more natural than the others and less 'forced.' Nancy does move from on [...]
A patron let me borrow a copy of the book in its original 1931 form, and it was such a fun throwback. I particularly liked how when Nancy and Co. couldn't get a man to accompany them on their hike into the mountains, their aunt thought they should at least take a revolver to keep them safe. And spoiler alertNancy ends up shooting an animal that is now on the endangered species list because she is one badass beeyotch.
Wow, I somehow never read this Nancy Drew canon entry in my youth, but I loved the HerInteractive computer game based on it and this book definitely did justice to my high expectations. Wild West roping, riding, treasure, danger, a great background history love story, and phantoms! I'm barely started in my series read project so I feel it's entirely too soon to name a favorite, but I bet this will be a serious contender. 13-year-old me would have been crazy about this.
Nancy Drew leaves the big city, but uncovers a mystery in the Arizona wilderness. Another great addition to this book series.
This is my fifth Nancy Drew Book in a month. Although I'm not sure who really wrote this book, it's obvious it's a different writer. Nancy's engaged friend Helen Corning is gone and the cousins George and Bess have replaced her. This book takes Nancy to Arizona far from River Heights and her family. Her father, Carson Drew and housekeeper Hannah Gruen are only mentioned in passing and play no part in this book. Also we hear for the first time of a boyfriend - Ned. Those who have read other Nancy [...]
I'd never read a Nancy Drew, because, you know, I was a boy and it would have been unthinkable and all. As an adult, I always thought I should at least read The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1). But when I came across this original text version of #5, I knew the universe was speaking to me.Nancy and.ducing Bess and George (so I'm told), and a cousin Alice go to a ranch for the summer (several day train trip to "the west") and go more than a third of the book not even knowing what mystery [...]
Whenever I need a filler book (one that I know won't take very long to read), I tend to reach for those from my childhood. I have several Nancy Drew mysteries on my book shelf and I've read each of them many times (to the point where, as I am reading it, I pretty much know exactly what's coming next). This particular one is a favorite; Nancy, along with her faithful companions Bess and George, find themselves on a ranch in Arizona helping Bess and George's aunt and uncle discover who is wrecking [...]
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 huanted by a phantom horse and maliciously damaged by an unknown enermy . Local people believe that the ghostly animal is carrying out the curse of Dir-k Valentine , the romantic outlaw who was killed many years ago at Shadow Ranch , where hee had gone to fulfill a promise to his sweetheart . Suspecting that a [...]
I love this particular edition of The Secret at Shadow Ranch, because it's completely different to The Secret of Shadow Ranch. Having read this one first and then the "revised edition" I can see that it changed way more then just some editing.In this one it is about a kidnapped child, in the revised it is about a shadowy horse. Big editing, right? (Like chop out the whole plot and write a new one) Both are good, but while the older is Imo superior, the later was just okay. I think Nancy changed [...]
This book was where Bess and George were first introduced even though no references were made to them in the first four books.I liked the setting of the story, in which they solve a mystery in a ranch in Arizona owned by Bess and George's aunt and uncle, but the actual mystery didn't really do anything for me. I thought it was laughable how naive writers in the 1930's were about Native American and Latino culture. Nancy and her friends dressed up in "Indian" costumes, i.e. imitation dresses from [...]
While these classic Nancy Drew stories are certainly NOT realistic, I do like the fact that Nancy is a strong, smart, independent young woman who tackles any challenge, is not afraid, does not let any man boss her around or walk over her, and who is always victorious at the end of the story. So while the plots can be a bit silly, I am enjoying sharing this character and her good qualities with my daughter as we read these stories together at bedtime.My daughter also enjoyed the fact that this bo [...]
This book was a very good book about Nancy and her friends going on vacation but stumble upon a mystery and end up in the middle of it trying to solve it. I love these bacause Nancy is always geting into a mystery and danger but always finds a way out of it like all good detectives do. I love the whole Nancy Drew series bacause I love mysteries and this one is awesome as well. I love mysteries and think Nancy always shows good perservirence and never gives up.
A fun mystery that takes Nancy Drew to a ranch with a phantom horse mystery. Although I have to admit that my favorite character is Chief the dog (who politely asked Nancy if he could ride on a horse with her, to get across the river too cute!).
A Quickie ReviewGood for what it isbut not as good as the other entries in this series, in my opinion.Score: 3/5
I read the 1930s version. Nancy carries a revolver and shoots a lynx and a rattlesnake. She clearly hates Bess as with all Nancy Drew books. It was fascinating to see a glimpse into literature of the 30s and even more fascinating that the 1950s version had an entirely different plot. This was about a little girl being kidnapped and the 50s version is about a ghost horse?
I just picked the books for our summer neighborhood book group. The theme is -Female Sherlock, and what better way to start than Nancy? It has been so long (I refuse to say how many years) since I read one of these. Fun to go back and see their appeal. 2nd month will be Enola Holmes and 3rd month will be an Elizabeth Peters novel. Should be lots of fun.
1931 versionNancy and her gal pals learn to ride horses and on the following days get lost on the dangerous trails five million times. They do not know the 6 "C"s of survival. (Combustion tool, Container, Cordage, Cover, Cutting tool, and Compass) (And yes, the compass had been invented 2000 years ago, so they had No excuse not to have one.)Also, they meet a super nice little girl who for some reason is being forced to live with a mean ol' hag. (ooooh, mysterious.)1957 versionNancy and her gal p [...]
I thought it was a really good book because, it was a little scary but not to intense. I also found out that there was two problems: Alice's Father has gone missing and A ghost horse keeps on appearing and causing mass destruction. Come join Nancy Drew and solve this mind-boggling mystery in The Secret Of Shadow Ranch!!!!!!!!
Decided to read something light and fun and Nancy Drew is exactly where I went. I quite enjoyed this one.
Horses! Good, suspenseful, and beautifully written. I never tire of these mysteries.
Nancy has just finished a case headed for a much needed vacation with her best friends Bess and George in Arizona at Shadow Ranch. However her vacation may be short lived because upon arriving she learns that a mystery is unfolding at the ranch that could force all the girls’ home early. Before the girls can even leave the terminal they encounter a stranger warning them away from Shadow Ranch, as if that’s not enough they have car trouble on the way to the ranch. As the girls arrive at the r [...]
Nancy and her friends go west to Shadow Ranch with Bess' 15 year old cousin Alice and her Aunt Nell who owns the ranch. While there, she becomes intrigued by the cranky and dangerous neighbor Martha Frank and her charge Lucy Brown who is obviously not Frank's daughter and is terribly abused by the woman. Nancy and her friends, on vacation ride about the mountains having adventures among the wildlife and the rugged landscape, but constantly are drawn back to the squatter's hut and the poor little [...]
This instalment is tricky to reflect upon. I'm bestowing three stars because it entails several exciting events that elevate the interest and pace. I like that it is a fresh setting to dig into away from Nancy Drew's 'River Heights' neighbourhood; although I don't know which American state that's in. The desert evokes inspiring terrain and mood-setting history; as does the ranch.The nocturnal horse does not contribute the spooky atmosphere it should. Nancy clarifies from the start that she predi [...]
mariesbookgarden/Can you believe that I've never read a Nancy Drew book? This was my first! I read it because of a delightful little second grader--daughter of a close friend--who's obsessed with them at the moment.I'm glad to be able to say I have read Nancy Drew--she was a plucky detective but she was awfully concerned with her looks and her friend's weight! But I understand that many of the original Nancy Drew books were rewritten in the 1950s to make her more feminine. I'd love to read the a [...]
Helen Corning ceases to exist while Nancy gets new friends that she's apparently had all along. It's Bess and George, of course! Nancy ventures to Bess and George's aunt and uncle's ranch for a vacation and finds a mystery to be solved (of course). Well, there's like 3 mysteries going on. One is the phantom horse and the sabotage that follows at Shadow Ranch. Then there is Bess and George's younger cousin's missing father. And then there is the missing treasure of outlaw, Dirk(!) Valentine. Of c [...]
I totally had a crush on Dave the cowboy! At one point, I was hoping that he and Nancy would get together but it was not meant to be. Anyway, plotwise, it was exciting albeit not as much as the previous installment. The villains were being obvious from the start but as usual, the good guys could not do anything about it without solid proofs. The lack of Hannah Gruen and Carson Drew from the book seemed to give way for George and Bess as Nancy's assistants. I liked the idea though. More girls rat [...]
`this is a realy good book out of all of her books that i have read. im on pg. 93 and i would recomend it to any one who likes mysteries. the main charictors name is nancey drew and she is a young detective and this one is about she gose to this ranch with her two best friends (george and bess) and her best friends relatives own the ranch. and the relatives think the ranch is like being sabotaged . and she also hast to solve a old legand about the ranch . and so yea its a realy good book.