Title: Mystery of the Tolling BellNancy Drew #23 - Mystery of the Tolling Bell
Author: Carolyn Keene
Pages: 181
Recommended Ages: 8-10
Star Rating: ★★★★

Nancy Drew.

The Story.

Nancy Drew and her friends, Bess Marvin and George Fayne, have been invited to coast town named Candleton at the invitation of Mrs. Chantrey, one of Carson Drew’s clients. While there Nancy and her friends are supposed to investigate the embezzlement of Mrs. Chantrey’s funds – however, their investigation widens after Mrs. Chantrey tells them about a nearby cliff from which the sound of a ghostly bell emanates.

Can Nancy discover who is responsible for the thefts – and the ghostly apparitions?


OBVIOUSLY the supposition is offered that a ghost is responsible for the tolling bell and rushes of water. Also, while Nancy is partially sedated, she sees two short men who she (in her sleepy state) identifies as elves.

Nancy finds a letter from a young woman “which had been written by Amy to her parents. Obviously it was sent two years ago, soon after her runaway marriage. In the letter she disrespectfully referred to her mother and father as being far behind the times.” I find it fascinating that this story was written at a time when calling behavior “disrespectful” was normal.

Conclusion. A fine installment.


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