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The Secret at Shadow Ranch

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Children's stories
Mystery and detective stories
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1 - A Curious Stranger
2 - Dangerous Surprises
3 - Warning Rattle
4 - A Red Clue
5 - Desperado's Gift
6 - Shorty's Shortcut
7 - Rockslide!
8 - Escaped Dog
9 - Tack Room Prisoner
10 - Hidden Entrance
11 - A Rewarding Search
12 - Lights Out!
13 - Missing Issing Artist
14 - The Nettle Trick
15 - A Perilous Erilous Ride
16 - The Sheriff's Quarry
17 - An Interrupted Program
18 - The Black Phantom
19 - The Cliff's Secret
20 - Daring Tactics
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A series of middle grade novels written to appeal to young girls starring Nancy Drew who solves mysteries.  They were written by several people using the pen name Carolyn Keene.  The first thirty-four books in the series were later revised to be more up-to-date and to remove some unfavorable stereotypes beginning in  1959 until 1977.

This series includes the original 64 books starting with The Secret of the Old Clock and ending with Captive Witness (1981) and only includes the revisions of the first 34 books.  The copyright dates for these are the revised dates since I consider the originals to be different "books" even though they have the same title.  I have not decided whether not to document the titles for the original series as of now.

For the books in this series I've added the "true" author to the list (even if this is questionable) along with the psuedonym Carolyn Keene that is credited on each book.

1) The Secret of the Old Clock
2) The Hidden Staircase
3) The Bungalow Mystery
4) The Mystery at Lilac Inn
5) The Secret at Shadow Ranch
6) The Secret of Red Gate Farm
7) The Clue in the Diary
8) Nancy's Mysterious Letter
9) The Sign of the Twisted Candles
10) The Password to Larkspur Lane
11) The Clue of the Broken Locket
12) The Message in the Hollow Oak
13) The Mystery of the Ivory Charm
14) The Whispering Statue
15) The Haunted Bridge
16) The Clue of the Tapping Heels
17) The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk
18) The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion
19) The Quest of the Missing Map
20) The Clue in the Jewel Box
21) The Secret in the Old Attic
22) The Clue in the Crumbling Wall
23) The Mystery of the Tolling Bell
24) The Clue in the Old Album
25) The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
26) The Clue of the Leaning Chimney
27) The Secret of the Wooden Lady
28) The Clue of the Black Keys
29) The Mystery at the Ski Jump
30) The Clue of the Velvet Mask
31) The Ringmaster's Secret
32) The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
33) The Witch Tree Symbol
34) The Hidden Window Mystery
35) The Haunted Showboat
36) The Secret of the Golden Pavilion
37) The Clue in the Old Stagecoach
38) The Mystery of the Fire Dragon
39) The Clue of the Dancing Puppet
40) The Moonstone Castle Mystery
41) The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes
42) The Phantom of Pine Hill
43) The Mystery of the 99 Steps
44) The Clue in the Crossword Cipher
45) The Spider Sapphire Mystery
46) The Invisible Intruder
47) The Mysterious Mannequin
48) The Crooked Banister
49) The Secret of Mirror Bay
50) The Double Jinx Mystery
51) Mystery of the Glowing Eye
52) The Secret of the Forgotten City
53) The Sky Phantom
54) The Strange Message in the Parchment
55) Mystery of Crocodile Island
56) The Thirteenth Pearl
57) The Triple Hoax
58) The Flying Saucer Mystery
59) The Secret in the Old Lace
60) The Greek Symbol Mystery
61) The Swami's Ring
62) The Kachina Doll Mystery
63) The Twin Dilemma
64) Captive Witness
Copyright © 1993, 1965, 1931 by Simon & Shuster, Inc.
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"Here I am girls!" exclaimed Nancy Drew as she hugged her two best friends.
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"I hope your dad doesn't need that sweater very soon!"
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Thinking quickly, Nancy jumped aside and toppled the tower of baskets into the thief's path.  With a cry he stumbled among them and pitched forward, the bag of loot flying from his hand.

"Help!" shouted Nancy as she ran into the street and picked up the paper bag.  "Sheriff!"

The man scrambled to his feet, and kicking the baskets aside, darted into a narrow passage between two stores.

At the same time, a young Indian girl and a man ran from the coffee shop next door.

"What happened?" cried the girl.  "I'm Mary Deer."  Quickly Nancy told her about the thief.  "My shop - robbed!" she exclaimed.

"Almost robbed," said Nancy, smiling and handing over the brown paper bag.  As the girl thanked her warmly, George, Dave, Sheriff Curtis, and a few merchants ran up.  Nancy repeated her story rapidly and described the thief.  "He wore a black kerchief over his nose and mouth, was in shirt sleeves, and had on dark trousers."

As the men dashed into the passage where he had vanished, Nancy turned to the Indian girl.  She was wearing a vivid red beaded dress and had a glossy black braid over each shoulder.  Nancy introduced herself and George.

Gratefully Mary Deer said, "You were wonderful to get this back for me, Nancy.  I would like to give you a reward."

"That's not necessary.  I'm glad I could help."

Mary Deer invited the girls into the shop, which was cool and smelled of leather goods.  To one side stood a long glass case containing shelves of jewelry.  One front panel was open and a shelf was empty.

"There's no lock on the case," Mary explained.  "I guess I shouldn't have left the shop open, but I never expect customers this early."  Then she added, "Where are you from?  You don't sound like a Westerner."

Nancy explained that she was a visitor at Shadow Ranch.

The Indian girl smiled.  "Then I have the perfect reward for you."  She reached into the paper bag and took out a small gold object.  It was a lady's old-fashioned watch on a fleur-de-lis pin.


Added: 21-Feb-2024
Last Updated: 10-Apr-2024


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For cliff-hanging suspense and thrilling action read THE NANCY DREW MYSTERY STORIES® - the world's most popular mystery series for young readers!  Millions of fans have matched wits with Nancy Drew, helping her solve more than fifty baffling cases from THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK to the haunting mystery of THE THIRTEENTH PEARL.  Join the fun!  Start your collection of original hardcover Nancy Drew® Mysteries today!

#1 The Secret of the Old Clock
#2 The Hidden Staircase
#3 The Bungalow Mystery
#4 The Mystery at Lilac Inn
#5 The Secret of Shadow Ranch
#6 The Secret of Red Gate Farm

50 additional titles in hardcover!
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2002 Printing
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Grace Grote  

Carolyn Keene  
Birth: 07 Jul 1905 Ladora, Iowa, USA
Death: 28 May 2002 Toledo, Ohio, USA

Edward L Stratemeyer (1862-1930), owner of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, hired writers (beginning with Mildred Wirt) to write the manuscripts for the Nancy Drew books.  They were paid $125 per book and were required to give up their rights to their works and to maintain confidentiality.  Harriet Adams (Stratemeyer's daughter) rewrote the original books and added new titles after the withdrawal of Mildred Benson nee Wirt.


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  • I try to maintain page numbers for audiobooks even though obviously there aren't any. I do this to keep track of pages read and I try to use the Kindle version page numbers for this.
  • Synopses marked with an asterisk (*) were generated by an AI. There aren't a lot since this is an iffy way to do it - AI seems to make stuff up.
  • When specific publication dates are unknown (ie prefixed with a "Cir"), I try to get the publication date that is closest to the specific printing that I can.
  • When listing chapters, I only list chapters relevant to the story. I will usually leave off Author Notes, Indices, Acknowledgements, etc unless they are relevant to the story or the book is non-fiction.
  • Page numbers on this site are for the end of the main story. I normally do not include appendices, extra material, and other miscellaneous stuff at the end of the book in the page count.

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