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Nancy, as mediator in a generation-old feud, divulges an unknown birthright.


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30 review for The Sign of the Twisted Candles

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    With the tower room, the twisted candles, and the mysterious old man forming the basis for the setting, there’s just enough of a creepy factor to make this an enticing read. Throw in some secret and stealthy searches, the usual bad guys, and a few overzealous relatives and you’ve got the makings of a good mystery. I liked this one better than #8 but not as well as some of the others. I can see kids being enchanted by the story but as an adult I found it just average.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bobby Underwood

    They are out of print now (I'm fortunate to own all but a couple they published) but Applewood Books turned back the hands of time and gave the real Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys back to readers with these facsimile editions. The reproduction of the original dust jackets conjured up images and phrases from the enchanted America of yesteryear. Faithfully restored to its original form, word-for-word, The Sign of the Twisted Candles is the Nancy your mother or grandmother remembers. These beautifully r They are out of print now (I'm fortunate to own all but a couple they published) but Applewood Books turned back the hands of time and gave the real Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys back to readers with these facsimile editions. The reproduction of the original dust jackets conjured up images and phrases from the enchanted America of yesteryear. Faithfully restored to its original form, word-for-word, The Sign of the Twisted Candles is the Nancy your mother or grandmother remembers. These beautifully reproduced hardback editions are not condensed, rewritten or updated. In Sign of the Twisted Candles, we have not only the Nancy of the 1930s, with her blonde bob, but one of the best written books of the entire series. While it is still a book designed for youthful readers, there is much better writing, a bit more depth, and not a small dose of nostalgia when read today. You can almost see the Coke sign outside the River Heights Theatre showing the latest Nancy Carroll picture as Nancy goes whizzing past in hot pursuit of a clue. A warm and affectionate introduction by popular mystery writer Carolyn G. Hart is the only addition or deviation from Twisted Candles first appeared in this lovely edition. Nancy and her pals George and Bess are caught in a rainstorm and seek shelter at The Sign of the Twisted Candles. Nancy befriends a young orphan named Sadie and finds danger and mystery lurking at the Twisted Candles, of course. The plot revolves around Asa Sydney and his will, and a family feud which will cause George and Bess to desert Nancy for a time until a lesson about loyalty is learned. Nancy's father, famous lawyer Carson Drew, gets involved on behalf of his daughter, and Hannah Gruen, the Drew's houskeeper and mother-figure to Nancy, is present here as well. Buried secrets and an attempt to run Nancy off the road offer plenty of action unmarred by today's brand of violence for readers. An exciting and heartfelt conclusion punctuates a wholesome mystery which provides a role model even today. These Applewood editions stand head and shoulders above the others, helping young readers discover Nancy in a romantically nostalgic past. It is a past more innocent to be sure, filled with ice cream parlors and roadsters, five-cent Saturday mornings at the movies watching our favorite serial adventure and, of course, Nancy Drew. And yes, before someone in the PC brigade squawks, attempting to apply current views with those closing in on a hundred years ago, there are societal elements portrayed here which have changed for the better. However, this is an accurate presentation of the views during the time period in which this was written. It is a quite charming and very nostalgic read. The Sign of the Twisted Candles is one of the finest in the series, in its original form, and this is the real Nancy Drew. Most older readers will certainly emit a wistful sigh for a time long gone in America's past, at the turning of the final page...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)

    Actual rating: 2.5 Stars I just popped my Nancy Drew cherry and it went basically how I expected it to go. Only more boring! Nancy's great mystery was about an old man with a lot of money and his family fighting with each other and waiting for him to die so they could have a share of his fortune. Meanwhile a young girl named Carol is the only one who actually cares about the old man. Please tell me you already can't tell what's going to happen? Maybe this book was exciting back when it was written, Actual rating: 2.5 Stars I just popped my Nancy Drew cherry and it went basically how I expected it to go. Only more boring! Nancy's great mystery was about an old man with a lot of money and his family fighting with each other and waiting for him to die so they could have a share of his fortune. Meanwhile a young girl named Carol is the only one who actually cares about the old man. Please tell me you already can't tell what's going to happen? Maybe this book was exciting back when it was written, but I find it to be boring now. I did not like the writing style. Nancy thought too much to herself "dialogue style" and kept deciding to investigate. That's it! That's the depth of her character. The other characters were all one dimensional and way too flat. Carol was just a tree truck! She had only one purpose, and that's just lazy writing! Honestly, I appreciate the legendariness of the series, but it wasn't that good of a mystery. Perhaps my kid self would've enjoyed this more. Or not! I've always been very critical of books.   I still don't think this is a bad book. It is enjoyable in its own right and can be consumed quite fast. Maybe the other books in the series could be better even. So yay for my first Nancy Drew book! I may come back to this series for something fast and mindless in the future.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jaksen

    Though written better than some of the ND books, this one is so convoluted I can only imagine myself at eleven or twelve years old saying what? What just happened? What? There's an old man being kept 'sortof' as a prisoner in the tower room of a mansion, and said mansion is now a restaurant. Said mansion is also filled with all sorts of rooms and corridors and even, added at the very end of the story, a hidden staircase. Okay, so when you need a way for evil persons and their cohorts to get in an Though written better than some of the ND books, this one is so convoluted I can only imagine myself at eleven or twelve years old saying what? What just happened? What? There's an old man being kept 'sortof' as a prisoner in the tower room of a mansion, and said mansion is now a restaurant. Said mansion is also filled with all sorts of rooms and corridors and even, added at the very end of the story, a hidden staircase. Okay, so when you need a way for evil persons and their cohorts to get in and out of a big, spooky house, ADD a staircase, make it hidden, tell everyone that oh, we sortof forgot that was there! Now add in a banker who acts like a superhero and is only on scene when needed; a prominent lawyer,Carson Drew, who is really a big-time player in this story; a foster child being overworked and abused by her foster parents; a long-time family feud which just so happens to involve Nancy's two friends, Bess and George; AND a boyfriend who shows up at the most opportune of moments. Also, a storyline involving a will, hidden valuables, and guards who are too easily drugged to be believable. (Who needs security guards who are so stupid as to believe, hey, one of you can go home now? Oh, whoops, you're drugged!) This story is so bloated and contrived and trope-laden, it needs a new title: The Sign of the Twisted Tropes, and yes if you've ever heard of a mystery contrivance, it's here... Nancy gets drugged, hidden under a bed, hides in a closet (wardrobe), is briefly estranged from her two best friends, helps a foster child, and deals with two nasty people who are nasty from the get-go. She gets struck early on by a nasty woman but will 'let it go' if the woman promises to treat her foster daughter better. (Like that would happen! Come on!) Nancy drags her father into things as well as kindly Hannah Gruen, the housekeeper, a woman who stupidly allows the foster girl to be kidnapped right from under her nose! (Fire that woman, please, Mr. Carson Drew, you prominent lawyer, you!) There's a terrible storm at the start of the book - isn't there always? - and tire-slashing and car chases involving a taxi and people creeping around with boxes which they bury in a mere foot of dirt or hide in an old building. There are so many characters in this short little book I should have made a cue card. (Sometimes I do!) The book was a whirlwind of convolution, contrivance and complete confusion. I cannae give it any more than two stars and even that's generous.

  5. 4 out of 5

    A.L. Sowards

    This was another audiobook listen for the kids and me. The twins weren't so sure about it at first (I guess they're used to the more modern installments, and this was our first vintage Nancy Drew), and I had to convince them to give it more than one chapter. They ended up loving it. This was another audiobook listen for the kids and me. The twins weren't so sure about it at first (I guess they're used to the more modern installments, and this was our first vintage Nancy Drew), and I had to convince them to give it more than one chapter. They ended up loving it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    C.

    Thanks to Melanie Rehak's enlightening treatise on the Stratemeyer company; I know Walter Karig penned volumes 8-10, after hardworking Mildred A. Wirt refused a pay cut. Walter blew the Carolyn Keene cover; a guarded pseudonym. I was aware of keener enjoyment of “The Sign Of The Twisted Candles”; noticeably more creative and engrossing than volume #8. My grade is three stars because this fantastic setting did not milk the awe of searching-out hiding places. It furnished little more than idiots r Thanks to Melanie Rehak's enlightening treatise on the Stratemeyer company; I know Walter Karig penned volumes 8-10, after hardworking Mildred A. Wirt refused a pay cut. Walter blew the Carolyn Keene cover; a guarded pseudonym. I was aware of keener enjoyment of “The Sign Of The Twisted Candles”; noticeably more creative and engrossing than volume #8. My grade is three stars because this fantastic setting did not milk the awe of searching-out hiding places. It furnished little more than idiots running around, asininely trying to steal valuables that were monitored! A duo very dumbly kept returning to the property after being expelled, instead of fleeing with what they had stowed! Their culpability was clear! They were wanted for arrest but kept stealing and rendering guards unconscious! The premise that started out plausibly is cousins Bess and George hearing a relative might be in distress. When they check Asa Sidney's mansion with Nancy, which runs a restaurant; it is plain the couple he employed confined him upstairs and was harsh with their foster daughter. This is great material with important portrayals to the present day: non-physical abuse of the elderly and young. A feud divided the patriarch from relatives. The poorest-written part is Bess and George hardening towards Nancy because her Dad becomes his lawyer. No reader believes they would turn on her, especially so flimsily. I feel this error stemmed from Walter not being invested in these iconic friends like Mildred. Jenny letting herself be nabbed from Nancy's house was ridiculous too. There were numerous aspects I loved, had this mystery been plotted intelligently. I learned the word “chandler” and thrillingly observed Asa celebrating his hundredth birthday with Nancy, Bess, George, and Jenny! Also early in the novel, it felt triumphant when Carson Drew took charge and locked the house.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    In my great re-read of the ND series, so far #9 is the top. . . more energy, more actual conflict, and a dead guy (old, of natural causes, but still. . . .). Families were conflicted and Nancy was caught in the middle since her good buddies, Bess and George were in the conflicted families. The drama never seems to involve Nance directly, but in this case it did. The writing by committee that just about killed #8 completely is not an issue in #9 - which means the committee may have simply delegat In my great re-read of the ND series, so far #9 is the top. . . more energy, more actual conflict, and a dead guy (old, of natural causes, but still. . . .). Families were conflicted and Nancy was caught in the middle since her good buddies, Bess and George were in the conflicted families. The drama never seems to involve Nance directly, but in this case it did. The writing by committee that just about killed #8 completely is not an issue in #9 - which means the committee may have simply delegated to someone who could actually write better than the co-op! 4 stars since this was better. My exercise in visiting the past is losing a little of its original glow, but having invested in the set, I'm carrying on. . . . .I do have to channel the youthful me to get there tho, and that's not easily done. . .

  8. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    Seeking shelter during a terrible storm, teen sleuth Nancy Drew and her friends Bess Marvin and George Fayne find themselves at the Sign of the Twisted Candles, a Civil War-era mansion turned into a restaurant and hotel. Here they encounter Sadie Wipple, the much-put-upon adopted daughter of the couple running the restaurant, and Mr. Asa Sidney, the elderly man who owns the mansion, and who is turning one hundred on the day they arrive. Celebrating with Mr. Sidney, the friends little realize tha Seeking shelter during a terrible storm, teen sleuth Nancy Drew and her friends Bess Marvin and George Fayne find themselves at the Sign of the Twisted Candles, a Civil War-era mansion turned into a restaurant and hotel. Here they encounter Sadie Wipple, the much-put-upon adopted daughter of the couple running the restaurant, and Mr. Asa Sidney, the elderly man who owns the mansion, and who is turning one hundred on the day they arrive. Celebrating with Mr. Sidney, the friends little realize that his sad life - the death of his young daughter many years before, the break-up of his family, and the beginning of a multi-generation family feud - will effect them as well. As Nancy and her father get involved in Mr. Sidney and Sadie's affairs, Bess and George, who turn out to be involved in the family feud, turn their back on Nancy. When Sadie is named Mr. Sidney's heir, things become even more complicated, and Nancy must step in to protect the timid young girl... Originally published in 1933, The Sign of the Twisted Candles is the ninth entry in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, and the second, after Nancy's Mysterious Letter , to be ghost-written by Walter Karig, rather than Mildred Benson, who wrote most of the first twenty-five books in the series. Like all of the early Nancy Drew books, there are two versions of the story: the original one, and the revised and condensed one created in the late 1960s. I read the Applewood Books edition from 1996, which contains a facsimile reproduction of the original 1933 text. This was an enjoyable entry in the series, with plenty of atmosphere, thanks to the gloomy old mansion, and lots of excitement, as Nancy engages in everything from a road race with the dastardly Mr. Semmit, to a confrontation in which she is drugged and left behind, when Sadie is kidnapped. This also had a little bit more of an emotional pull than these books usually do for me, due to the rift between Nancy and her friends. Recommended to young mystery lovers, and to fans of Nancy Drew and her daring adventures.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I have to call this a favorite.... this was the book that started my obsession with reading. My parents bribed me into reading by telling me I could have $1 for every Nancy Drew book I finished. The Sign of the Twisted Candles was the first one I finished and I LOVED it. I loved it enough to keep going without remembering to get the $$ from the parents. I've been a bookworm ever since. :) I have to call this a favorite.... this was the book that started my obsession with reading. My parents bribed me into reading by telling me I could have $1 for every Nancy Drew book I finished. The Sign of the Twisted Candles was the first one I finished and I LOVED it. I loved it enough to keep going without remembering to get the $$ from the parents. I've been a bookworm ever since. :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Deb Sharp

    Ya can't beat a Nancy Drew Mystery! Ya can't beat a Nancy Drew Mystery!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Clara Ellen

    My daughter and I enjoyed this as a read-aloud..we used the original version, and I really like the way the original Nancy Drew books are written. This was a great mystery 'in an old house,' one of my favorite types of mysteries. My daughter and I enjoyed this as a read-aloud..we used the original version, and I really like the way the original Nancy Drew books are written. This was a great mystery 'in an old house,' one of my favorite types of mysteries.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    4.5 stars & 5/10 hearts. So apparently when Nancy ISN'T in trouble with the police, she's being kidnapped by her enemies? This book was really mysterious. The villains were quite frankly terrible and I was a little surprised at how intense things got at the end. Carol was a sweetheart and I liked old Abe... I was confused by the feud, but then I was reading so fast, it's not surprising. The Bess & George issue was a surprising and interesting touch! I really liked Carson Drew in this one too. A b 4.5 stars & 5/10 hearts. So apparently when Nancy ISN'T in trouble with the police, she's being kidnapped by her enemies? This book was really mysterious. The villains were quite frankly terrible and I was a little surprised at how intense things got at the end. Carol was a sweetheart and I liked old Abe... I was confused by the feud, but then I was reading so fast, it's not surprising. The Bess & George issue was a surprising and interesting touch! I really liked Carson Drew in this one too. A bit of an intense but quite interesting and enjoyable read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    Nancy, George and Bess visit George and Bess's family members at an inn known as "The Sign of the Twisted Candles". Here they're caught in a family feud over the oldest member of the family's fortune. 100-year-old Asa Sydney passes away, but no one knows what became of his priceless fortune. And let me tell you, this family gets vicious. They're very cutthroat and manipulative over who gets what. But of course Nancy is willing to help out, especially when it comes to young Carol, a foster child Nancy, George and Bess visit George and Bess's family members at an inn known as "The Sign of the Twisted Candles". Here they're caught in a family feud over the oldest member of the family's fortune. 100-year-old Asa Sydney passes away, but no one knows what became of his priceless fortune. And let me tell you, this family gets vicious. They're very cutthroat and manipulative over who gets what. But of course Nancy is willing to help out, especially when it comes to young Carol, a foster child of two of the people involved. I liked the fact that this wasn't a typical mystery for Nancy. It focused mostly on family dynamics rather than an actual crime.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I should be embarrassed to add this to my "read" books, but I just finished it and wanted to record it in Goodreads. Wanting something light and fun to read, I selected it from our bookroom, and enjoyed every minute reading it...again. The last time I read it was a looooong time ago. Today the language is rather stilted, but the action moves right along. Why the old man wanted to keep Sadie's heritage a secret is not revealed. That part of the book was nonsensical to me, but then again, it is a I should be embarrassed to add this to my "read" books, but I just finished it and wanted to record it in Goodreads. Wanting something light and fun to read, I selected it from our bookroom, and enjoyed every minute reading it...again. The last time I read it was a looooong time ago. Today the language is rather stilted, but the action moves right along. Why the old man wanted to keep Sadie's heritage a secret is not revealed. That part of the book was nonsensical to me, but then again, it is a Nancy Drew mystery, and just a fun read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jaret

    Another classic Nancy Drew episode. Nancy helps her friends George and Bess check on a long-lost relative. I found it very ironic that the mystery they ask Nancy to help with, almost ruins their friendship. That just added a little bonus to the overall mystery. I really liked that Nancy interacted more with her father in this episode. I loved seeing their relationship up-close.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    One of the challenges of my book group wwas to read a childhood favorite. I grew up with Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames and the Hardy boys. In this book, Nancy tries to help an old man who is imprisoned in the tower of a home he owns. The caretakers are keeping people from seeing him, and stealing his fortune. Nancy discovers their scheme, finds hidden hoards of stocks and jewelry (marked by the sign of the twisted candle) and discovers that the old man's great grandaughter has been working for the car One of the challenges of my book group wwas to read a childhood favorite. I grew up with Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames and the Hardy boys. In this book, Nancy tries to help an old man who is imprisoned in the tower of a home he owns. The caretakers are keeping people from seeing him, and stealing his fortune. Nancy discovers their scheme, finds hidden hoards of stocks and jewelry (marked by the sign of the twisted candle) and discovers that the old man's great grandaughter has been working for the caretakers for several years without knowing who she was.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Oh, no! In this book, Bess and George have a tiff with Nancy while things slowly heat up with Ned. Nancy and her father team up to thwart greedy heirs as they maneuver to steal an elderly man's fortune. Some surprising violence ensues but all is well, as always, in the end. Oh, no! In this book, Bess and George have a tiff with Nancy while things slowly heat up with Ned. Nancy and her father team up to thwart greedy heirs as they maneuver to steal an elderly man's fortune. Some surprising violence ensues but all is well, as always, in the end.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gourica

    The Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Knee is a mystery book which follows Nancy solving a mystery. The mystery is that Nancy stops at a restaurant in a storm but as usual, discovers some things that lead to her solving the same. Plot and mystery The plot was simple, and a little boring. All Nancy Drew books that I have read, the plot and mystery is really simple. Nancy goes somewhere, finds something, has a gut feeling, talks to her father, investigates further (which is really nothing, The Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Knee is a mystery book which follows Nancy solving a mystery. The mystery is that Nancy stops at a restaurant in a storm but as usual, discovers some things that lead to her solving the same. Plot and mystery The plot was simple, and a little boring. All Nancy Drew books that I have read, the plot and mystery is really simple. Nancy goes somewhere, finds something, has a gut feeling, talks to her father, investigates further (which is really nothing, just further clues automatically come to her. Kind of.), talks to the police (whom, despite being police, believe everything she says without proof.), gut feeling is right, many times get caught, someone saves her at the NICK OF TIME, official forces come, everything is saved. Summary of the plot. Almost all of them follow this similar pattern. The mystery, though, was a little intriguing. We saw Nancy being resourceful and smart in this one, and I really liked that. She was being threatened, chased, confused, hit, she was hiding, fighting – everything a mystery book includes. And for ONCE, someone was not nice to her (apart from the villains). In this book, she was not that perfect, and needed help, which was refreshing after reading her books in which she is the perfect girl whom everyone likes. The conflict was over a will, which we also saw in the 1st book, The Secret of the Old Clock, but this one was different and I highly appreciate that. Writing The writing was okay for me, but good for the reading age. It’s quite good for children, and a nice start to reading for them! I would like to share a quote from the book to which still makes me laugh. "Er-- excuse me a minute. I have to mass the grow-- I mean maw the gross, you know. Mow the grass. Ha ha! There's no charge for your snack you understand. We like to cuss our treatamores-- I mean-- treat our customers--" Characters Nancy Drew was ok. I did not find her to be really good, but she was okay. Her personality seemed unreal. I mean, nobody is and was perfect, even in the 1930s. She is really pretty; with blonde hair and blue eyes she is smart and intelligent(which the author reminds us a lot of times). For example, a line from a book reads “Automatically Nancy’s mind deduced the meaning of Semitt’s activities, which to an untrained observer would have been dismissed as some unimportant chore." Like was it really necessary to remind us that Nancy is perfect? She doesn’t have a flaw. All her hunches are correct. Perfect. We did not know any of her flaws. She solves many mysteries, and speaking of mysteries, she has NO enemy. Everyone is polite to her and helps her, except the villains, obviously. Also, she is at a huge and unreal advantage as her father is a lawyer. Everyone believes her. EVERYONE. Just because she is the daughter of Carson Drew, the famous lawyer. She has a nice car, everything. She is just too perfect to seem real. Carson Drew was better than Nancy, and certainly acted like his role. We can expect a lawyer and father to be like Carson, always reminding Nancy to be careful. A nice character, overall. I am going to review only these characters in this review, as the others' review from this book may be a spoiler. All in all, the book was good, and simple. It was an enjoyable read. The plot was ok, mystery a little bit good, but as mainly a Young Adult reader, I have read and seen far better books and plots. P.S – I first rated this book a 5. I seriously didn’t know what was going in my mind.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    Finally! Another Nancy Drew book with a proper meal in it! Nancy and her friends find themselves at an inn, where the caretakers (as usual) have made the unwise decision of abusing the elderly owner who may or may not have a large fortune to dispose of in his will. This happens often in Nancy Drew novels, it seems. At any rate, while the caretakers are taking a break from belittling their staff and neglecting the elderly benefactor, Nancy places a fancy lunch order, because, surprise! Mr. Elderly Finally! Another Nancy Drew book with a proper meal in it! Nancy and her friends find themselves at an inn, where the caretakers (as usual) have made the unwise decision of abusing the elderly owner who may or may not have a large fortune to dispose of in his will. This happens often in Nancy Drew novels, it seems. At any rate, while the caretakers are taking a break from belittling their staff and neglecting the elderly benefactor, Nancy places a fancy lunch order, because, surprise! Mr. Elderly Benefactor is turning 100 years old today. The Meal ~jellied consommé ~sliced breast of chicken ~hearts of lettuce with Roquefort dressing ~nut bread ~ice cream ~chocolate layer cake ~fruit punch When asked about the secret of his longevity, elderly man answers: "The only reason I have lived to be a hundred is because I have not died!" What a cheery thought while digging into that consommé, Roquefort, and nut bread. Lo and behold, our centenarian friend provides many clues for Nancy to uncover whilst the caretakers may or may not be trying to kill her and everyone else. What fun!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    When Nancy's friends ask her to investigate the treatment of an elderly relative of theirs things get a bit...twisted. Nancy heads out to an old inn called "The Sign of the Twisted Candles" (which as a name for an inn doesn't really make sense but oh well). There she finds an elderly man confined to a tower room being looked after by a couple and their foster daughter. As time passes it becomes apparent that the couple are mistreating both the elderly man and the child. Nancy takes matters into When Nancy's friends ask her to investigate the treatment of an elderly relative of theirs things get a bit...twisted. Nancy heads out to an old inn called "The Sign of the Twisted Candles" (which as a name for an inn doesn't really make sense but oh well). There she finds an elderly man confined to a tower room being looked after by a couple and their foster daughter. As time passes it becomes apparent that the couple are mistreating both the elderly man and the child. Nancy takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers the scheming couple's motives. After some car chases, chloroforming, ladder climbing & snake wrangling the bad guys are brought to justice. This installment was fast paced, witty and overall a fun read. It was shorter than most of the other books and that helped with the pacing. The characters seemed genuine and there was a lot of interaction between Nancy and her father which I enjoy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan Freeman

    Full of adventure and mystery on every page. I will say that Nancy is often saving the future of some poor orpaned girl who one day will inherit a fortune, perhaps a bit far fetched, but fun for young girls. A dear friend of mine recently told me that her seven year old granddaughter is working her way through Nancy's mysteries, and loving them. I think it's wonderful that yet another group of young girls are enjoying these mysteries as much as we once did. I will also note that I don't seem to Full of adventure and mystery on every page. I will say that Nancy is often saving the future of some poor orpaned girl who one day will inherit a fortune, perhaps a bit far fetched, but fun for young girls. A dear friend of mine recently told me that her seven year old granddaughter is working her way through Nancy's mysteries, and loving them. I think it's wonderful that yet another group of young girls are enjoying these mysteries as much as we once did. I will also note that I don't seem to remember as much about them as I once did.

  22. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    This is my favorite Nancy Drew books, and one of my favorite books that I have ever read. I can't recommend this one enough. This is my favorite Nancy Drew books, and one of my favorite books that I have ever read. I can't recommend this one enough.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    As usual, this series delivers.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Samuelson (BookAddict30)

    Read in 2009

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}

    3.5 Stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Nancy, Bess, and George don't think they're driving into another mystery when they go to the rural inn, the Twisted Candle, to check on an elderly relative of Bess and George. But it's Nancy Drew, so of course they find that the wealthy old man is a near prisoner in his own house, and not only are the people he hired to run the inn and the restaurant robbing him blind, his feuding relatives are frothing at the mouth for him to die so they can get their hands on his money. Nancy's father steps in Nancy, Bess, and George don't think they're driving into another mystery when they go to the rural inn, the Twisted Candle, to check on an elderly relative of Bess and George. But it's Nancy Drew, so of course they find that the wealthy old man is a near prisoner in his own house, and not only are the people he hired to run the inn and the restaurant robbing him blind, his feuding relatives are frothing at the mouth for him to die so they can get their hands on his money. Nancy's father steps in to write a new will for Asa Sydney, but he knows it will cause endless problems--which it does. I have read almost no Nancy Drews (I grew up with Enid Blyton's Famous Five mystery series), so I was interested to see what it would be like. It was certainly action-packed and quite well-written, though of course a bit dated in dialogue and situations. I did find it rather unbelievable that Nancy and her father did not take immediate, strong precautions against the evident thievery going on (such as telling the police, perhaps?), because literally as soon as anyone's back was turned, the thieves were sneaking back in any way they could and stealing whatever they could; it was almost a bit Laurel and Hardy. Still, it was entertaining, though the audiobook reader read it the way a 7th grader would (trust me, I know), so it came off a bit breathy and emphatic.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Willow Redd

    Yet another of my mother's Nancy Drew books, this one I had read when we first found them, but it's been a while so I decided to give this one another go with my current nostalgia trip. This one starts on a dark and stormy night, which causes Nancy and her friends Bess and George to stop at an isolated place none of them had ever heard of called the Sign of the Twisted Candles. While waiting out the storm, Nancy stumbles onto her next mystery, involving the proprietor of the inn, a young orphan g Yet another of my mother's Nancy Drew books, this one I had read when we first found them, but it's been a while so I decided to give this one another go with my current nostalgia trip. This one starts on a dark and stormy night, which causes Nancy and her friends Bess and George to stop at an isolated place none of them had ever heard of called the Sign of the Twisted Candles. While waiting out the storm, Nancy stumbles onto her next mystery, involving the proprietor of the inn, a young orphan girl, and the hundred-year old property owner. Things get even more complicated when the old man reveals he is involved in an old family feud which just might include Nancy's friends Bess and George. I really enjoy this particular mystery. It doesn't rely as much on happenstance quite as much as some other detective tales of the time, instead relying on the reasoning skills of all involved. The Sign of the Twisted Candles becomes a thrilling tale of family estrangement and reunion, but not before a series of potential lawsuits are threatened.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    It's been years since I picked up a Nancy Drew book to read. Growing up, I was more of a Trxie Belden fan than Nancy Drew. However, this was a very fast read. Nancy finds herself in the midst of another mystery and her friendship with Bess and George may become a casualty of this new mystery. I found the book to be very sweet. I loved the way that Nancy would get to the bottom of the mystery. Maybe it's because I'm older. Or maybe because I've read so much more, but the actual writing had an alm It's been years since I picked up a Nancy Drew book to read. Growing up, I was more of a Trxie Belden fan than Nancy Drew. However, this was a very fast read. Nancy finds herself in the midst of another mystery and her friendship with Bess and George may become a casualty of this new mystery. I found the book to be very sweet. I loved the way that Nancy would get to the bottom of the mystery. Maybe it's because I'm older. Or maybe because I've read so much more, but the actual writing had an almost childish feel to it. It's a great book for kids. Or for adults who want to relive their childhood memories. I liked it. I didn't love it. I read this for the category candle in Book Cover Bingo.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    So far, one of my favorites! This one had characters that were real...as in I think there are people in real life that act like these characters did! Some were cruel while others were generous, some were kind and innocent while others were selfish and reactionary. The plot revolves around the secrets of a 100 year old candle maker and the relatives circling around him like vultures waiting for the end. Some things never change. Except Nancy's fierce defense of her friends and the truth! So far, one of my favorites! This one had characters that were real...as in I think there are people in real life that act like these characters did! Some were cruel while others were generous, some were kind and innocent while others were selfish and reactionary. The plot revolves around the secrets of a 100 year old candle maker and the relatives circling around him like vultures waiting for the end. Some things never change. Except Nancy's fierce defense of her friends and the truth!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This is the case that almost, tears Nancy , Bess, and George apart. Old Asa Sidney, great grand uncle of Bess and George is in some trouble. Thievery, sniveling, abusive caretakers, angry, dominating male relatives, and broken friendships cause angst. This was THE Nancy Drew I wanted so, so bad when I was little. Great cover.

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