The Quest of the Missing Map – It wasn’t stolen.

Nancy Drew Mystery Series book #19 and book #6 for Collin’s London edition.

I’ve changed some things. Instead of recaping a whole book in one post, I’ll do each section that I read. It’ll be great if you read along with me. It’ll be like a book club.

Chapter 1-3

Nancy Drew came home from art class [When did she become so interested in art?] and overheard Hannah talking to a dark haired girl about a mystery. The girl’s name was Ellen. Ellen  had been offered a job as a piano teacher to Trixie Chatham; daughter of the owner’s at Rocky Edge estate. She didn’t know whether she should take it since the daughter is known to be unruly.

They paid a visit to Rocky Edge. Trixie had had many piano teachers and I guess she hated them all. After listening to Nancy recite some limericks, it didn’t take long for Trixie to like her. Kids just love limericks don’t they?

Nancy approached The Ship Cottage (a music studio inside) in the estate but Trixie claimed it to be haunted and ran away. Nancy went in anyway and tried to play the piano but there was no sound. How could this be? It was called the Ship Cottage because there were several model ships displayed. Suddenly a wall panel behind her slid open and a man stared at her and said, “Leave here at once and never come back!” She accidentally pressed on the piano keys and this time, there was sound! How strange!

Carson Drew said the previous owner was an inventer with unsuccessful gadgets and had passed away. He advised Ellen to wait before accepting the job.

Ellen invited Nancy, George and Bess to her home to talk about her mystery. Tomlin Smith (Ellen’s father) spoke to the girls about his story. His mother died at a young age so he and his fraternal twin brother travelled the seas with their father. The family name was Tomlin. Just as one of the ships was about to sink in a hurricane, T. S.’s father told the twins that their grandfather had hidden a treasure on an uncharted island in the Atlantic. He’d been searching it but failed. Instead of handing the map to them, he tore it in half and gave each piece to each twin. The twins sailed in different direction and Tomlin Smith never saw his brother again. His father must have died with the ship. He was then adopted by the Smith family, hence his name. Without the other half of the map, they could not find the treature. T. S. kept the map in hoping to reunite with his brother and look for the treasure together, unfortunately with no success thus far.

Mr. Rorke wanted to buy the map so Nancy decided to follow his car.

Remember, I have not read beyond this. I’m guessing that the strange man in the Ship Cottage is the twin brother. I mean the cottage is filled with ship models, so that makes sense doesn’t it? There’s something about the gadgets that need to be tied into this story too. Did the inventor really pass away?

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…

The Bungalow Mystery, Nancy Drew’s third

This is the first Nancy Drew book I finished that was written so long ago before Simon and Schuster took over. I find these books really hard to get into. It took me forever to finish it until I got through half of the book, which is where things start to get exciting. I have the Great Britain edition and it actually says this is book number thirteen. Why must they change the numbers around for the Great Britain edition? It doesn’t make sense if you read it because somewhere in the book it states Nancy solved two mysteries before hand, and then it goes her next mystery is The Whispering Statue.

 The book starts with Helen and Nancy and her friend Helen Corning stuck in a storm in Twin Lakes. There’s a good possibility they might die from drowning in the lake. This is only book number three, there’s no way in hell Nancy’s going to die. So REST easy. Helen – this is the first I’ve ever heard of her, so if she goes it wont be so bad. A girl named Laura Pendleton saves them just when they lost all hope.

 Laura acts like she knows Nancy and trust her very well just because she read about her in the newspaper. Laura’s mother past away and her new gaurdians will be Mr and Mrs. Aborn. The girls are all wet and they stay in this bungalow near by. No mystery yet.

 Nancy and Helen are supposed to be over for a holiday. When Nancy finds out that Hannah Gruen has had an accident and is in crutches, Nancy promises to return as soon as possible. Laura comes to them because she doesn’t like her gaurdian. She only met them for one night and she’s already turning up at their doorsteps. Nancy and Helen met the Aborns and they both seem very nice. They met Mrs. Aborn previously and she was very unpleasant and find it strange that she could have such a huge personality change. She was all wet when they first met her so they can’t really blame her. It reminds me of the first time the gang of Friends met Emily.

 Nancy says goodbye to Helen and returns to River Heights. Hannah is fine, except she’s upset that she wont be the one cooking for the family. Carson Drew comes home with a mystery for Nancy. Monroe National Bank had many valueable sercurities but are missing from the banks main vault. Securities were bonds so whoever has the bonds can cash them. Many missing securities belong to the residents of the community. This is all very confusing. I don’t know anything about bonds and securities and banks. Mr. Drew hands her a list of people who have missing securities and are suspects of robbing the bank. ???? . So confused.

 Nancy sets off the to meet these people and try to get insights into their character.

Mrs. William Farley – Nancy asks the lady if she is willing to help out recreational youth centre, the organisation she works for. Mrs. Farley hands her a check. Nancy concludes that the women never did a mean thing in her life.

 Two actors, the Dowds aren’t home so she can’t talk to them. They’re going to be in some sort of play. There’s more but I really don’t want to get into that.

 She meets Don Cameron, black-haired boy from River Heights High whom she went to the Spring Dance with, and he invites her to a barbeque.

 Nancy received a mysterious phone call but was cut off. Later on, who to show up at the door but Lauren. These two became friends within a night! Yeesh. Lauren claims that her gaurdians are trying to steal her jewels her mother left her. This time I believe her. Nancy is too busy to attend the barbeque with Don and lets him take Lauren as his date. Somehow I find Don more interesting than Ned. Nancy returns to Melrose Place (where Lauren lives) and investigates. She follows Mr. Aborn who heads into a shack with some things. Nancy gets suspicious and tries to see if she can see anything through the window. Too late. Mr. Aborn caught her and acts all agressive. What a scary man. He explains that he thought Lauren was hiding out in here because she ran away. Whatever Mr. Aborn, we believe you.

 It’s strange how Lauren’s mother would let these two weirdos to look after her own daughter. Maybe Mr. and Mrs. Aborn aren’t Mr and Mrs Aborn and that the real ones aren’t here yet. Then at the end of the book, Lauren would have the real Aborns and live happily ever after. Just a hunch.

 Nancy decides to return to the shack after sneeking into the Aborns home. She thought she heard something when she was there before. Her torch is running out of battery but she goes in anyway and finds a long staircase underground. She walks in and sees Mr. Aborn. No, wait a second, that isn’t him, but he looks awfully like him. He screams for help. He hasn’t drinken any water for a day and has been chained to the wall for about two weeks. Poor man. He says he’s Mr. Aborn and the couple pretending to be Mr and Mrs Aborn are the Dowds. Aha! This is either predictable or I should be a detective myself. Nancy puts the pieces together with how the Dowds are suspects of the banks securities. They stole the inheritance money from Lauren’s mother for themselves and told Lauren that she had nothing left.

 Mr Dowd comes behind Nancy and knocks her unconcious. She and Mr Aborn are going to die in the shack. Hannah promised Nancy if she doesn’t come back she’d call the police, which she did.

 The ending is a huge chasing scene. It would be so cool if it was on television, just watching the visual effects, I use to dream of becoming a director. I kind of do but I don’t take it seriously as I use to.

 Anyway, it ends with everyone becoming a happy family and Nancy and Lauren are so greatful for their friendship. Does Lauren ever get another mention in other books? Maybe when they finally introduce George and Bess, Lauren and Helen are forgotten.

 I’m not going to rate this because I’m new to the old series so maybe other books would be better then this one. Very enjoyable.