Author Carolyn Keene
Series: Nancy Drew Mystery #2
Publisher Grosset and Dunlap
Publication Date February 19, 2009
Nancy resolves to help Helen Corning's relatives solve the mystery of the ghost haunting their old mansion. A mysterious man appears at the Drew home to warn Nancy that her father, Carson Drew is in danger. This warning prompts a search for the missing Willie Wharton, a land owner, who can prove he signed away his land to the railroad and save the railroad from a lawsuit. Meanwhile, the disappearance of Mr. Drew, thefts and mysterious goings on at Twin Elms, and the discovery of a hidden staircase lead Nancy to solve these baffling mysteries.
Is it just me or does Nancy get overly excited when learning about a new mystery which usually comes around containing other people’s misfortune? She is described as becoming giddy, sitting on the edge of her seat her eyes becoming wider and wider. Yes, she would make the perfect girl scout sell hundreds of Thin Mints, but sometimes she is almost too keen to solve a mystery and isn’t very becoming. Maybe I’m being too hard on Miss Drew as she is still a wonderful role model for girls.Now on to the book, The Hidden Staircase was not my favorite Nancy Drew Mystery; I didn’t think the plot was as strong as others in the series such as The Clue In The Old Album and half of the book consisted of one or another female characters fainting. Despite her faults I still love Nancy but wasn’t crazy about The Hidden Staircase.