Whispering Statue, #14

What a wonderful looking cover. Nancy has never looked so beautiful, and the title, Whispering Statue, sounds so interesting. This is the equation that I usually hold for books:

Pretty Front Cover + Mysterious Title = An Interesting Book

Unfortunately my equation is incorrect because this was terrible! I finished this more than a week ago and I wasn’t very eager to talk about this chapter book because I hated it! I’ve only read two classic Nancy Drew books before this (as you can tell) and I thought they were great. So I thought, maybe all the original classics are great. I was wrong.

Before I begin talking about this book, I would like to say, Bess and George will be referred to as Chums. Just Chums. Not Nancy’s chum. Just Chums. This is because the ghost writer used it so many times (never used friends, companions, etc) that’s all I know.

Nancy and chums head to Harrison Park, to attend the formal opening exercises. They are only there for a second before a bull-terrier follows them. The dog doesn’t have a collar but doesn’t look stray. Of course he is only attracted to Nancy because she’s the greatest person in River Heights and follows her wherever she goes. They find two old ladies (one is going to make a speech) talking to each other. They leave and Mrs. Owen (the one to make the important speech) forgets her handbag! Nancy must return it to her but Togo takes it, they chase him, he goes into the lake and drops the bag. Mrs. Owen must have her handbag because that’s where her speech is placed. There’s a lot of commotion about retrieving the bag. Ned Nickerson comes by and helps to tell people to move away from the lake. Guess what, they’re not together. He is just referred to as “true friend”. British Editions boggle my mind. Mrs. Owen finally gets her bag but the notes are wet and smudgy. Nancy notices she has a personal advertisement from the newspaper in her bag that says, “Rexy, come home. All is forgiven, Alice.” As she helps Mrs. Owen with her speech she wonders why she has the advertisement. I honestly didn’t really care. When Mrs. Owen finally gives her speech, Nancy stands close by and whispers her speech if she ever forgets. She knows Mrs. Owen speech better than Mrs. Owen!

Lots of thanks occur. Mrs. Owen tells her that she look strikingly like a marble statue called ‘The Whispering Girl’ in Sea Cliff. That’s exactly where they are heading! Nancy and chums are going with Carson Drew because Carson has business to transact. Togo will not leave them alone and even hops onto the train they take to Sea Cliff. On the train Togo fools around and reveals to Nancy that a lady, Miss Morse, has lots of money in her cape. Mr. Mitza notices it too and becomes friendly with her. Nancy tries to warn Miss Morse about him but she doesn’t listen.

At their hotel, they find Miss Morse’s luggage. “Well of all things!” exclaimed Bess. They find out that nobody knows a wealthy person called Miss Morse in Sea Cliff.

Carson Drew’s client is Charles Owen. He entered into partnership with Frank Wormrath. They didn’t get along. One night the firm’s warehouse was broken into and valueble stock were stolen. No one knew who did it but Wormrath broke up the partnership. The firm did not make much money but Wormrath had lots of money to start a new company. Mr. Drew is trying to prove Wormrath did it. Wormrath is dangerous and will do anything to destroy any evidence. Nancy thinks that Charles Owen and Mrs. Owen are related. Mr. Drew doubts it because it’s a common name. I betted they are related. Mr. Drew tells Mr. Owen to come over because his life is in danger.

While trying to return Miss Morse’s luggage (wrong Miss Morse), Nancy and chums hear Mitza talks to someone about tricking Miss Morse into giving five thousand dollars. Nancy finds a letter that has Miss Morses’s address on it.

Nancy and chums take a break by going to the beach. The waves are too dangerous but they manage to save a young guy called Jack Kingdon from drowning. He takes them to the Whispering Statue. There’s actually three of them. The mansion and its surroundings looks awful because no one has lived there in years. It’s by the water so the waves sweep over the house. It’s about to collapse.

Next Nancy, Jack and chums rescue a pilot and his passenger from a crashing plane. I thought it was Mr. Owen. I was right. The pilot has been drugged and they believe Wormrath did this. Mr. Owen is in really bad condition but Nancy tells him about Mrs. Owen because Mr. Owen had a wife called Alice who he thinks is dead. Turns out Mr. Owen’s nickname is Rexy! They’re husband and wife.

A man named Mr. Albin pretty much went up to them and told them the mansion belonged to his best friend Mr. Conger. He had a daughter, Bernice who eloped with a troubled person and was never seen since. Mr. Conger was going to die and Mr. Albin couldn’t stand to see him so sad that his daughter doesn’t love him, so he wrote letters to Mr. Conger pretending to be Bernice. Mr. Conger left the estate to her but Mr. Albin doesn’t even know if she’s alive or whether she’ll ever come back.

Ending : Miss Morse is not Miss Morse. Her real name is Bernice Conger. She reveals she isn’t afraid of Mitza because she’s his mother and Frank Wormrath is her husband. She gave Mitza up for adoption because she doesn’t want her son to live a life with criminals.

“It’s too bad Nancy can’t think of another mystery to solve,” says Bess. What mystery? Nancy didn’t have a mystery to solve. Everything that opened up in her eyes. Nancy didn’t have to do anything except meddle into people’s business. What mystery did she solve?

This book has put me off Nancy Drew. Thankfully it’s been over a week so maybe I’m ready to read another one.

The thing that made this book so bad was when Nancy had a white cloak around her. She saw Mitza. She had no place to hide. There was only one statue left so she stood on one of the platforms and pretended to be a marble statue! Then it started to rain and she thought that if her cloak gets wet Mitza would find out she wasn’t a statue! Gosh…


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