The Sign of the Twisted Candles (Nancy Drew, Book 9)

by Carolyn Keene

Hardcover, 1968

Status

Available

Local notes

Fic Kee

Collection

Publication

Grosset & Dunlap (1959), Edition: Revised, 192 pages

Description

While solving the mystery of an old man's disappearing fortune, Nancy ends a family feud and reveals the identity of an orphan of unknown parentage.

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

1933

Physical description

192 p.; 5 inches

ISBN

0448095092 / 9780448095097

Barcode

2657

User reviews

LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
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 befoore, 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.
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LibraryThing member TamiHindes
Nancy is at it again - solving crimes, making friends and saving the day - or in this case another orphan. Orphans play a big role in the series. But this time, Nancy has to solve the mystery without the help of her trusty side-kicks - Bess and George. They're mad at her for interferring. The case revolves around an old man and his will - of which Bess and George are named. In the end - the orphan finds family members, the will is no longer contested and the bad guys and girls are in jail.
Ned Nickerson makes a brief appearance - but does little to help Nancy in this case. It's a fun trip back in time before cell phones and computers - because there is no way Ned would leave Nancy alone at a creepy old inn with bad people stalking her to go get the cops nor would cut phone wires be a problem- they'd just whip out the cell phone. Also Nancy wouldn't have to make so many trips to check on clues - she could just google everything she needed to know these days. But the fact that she doesn't have these modern day convienences makes it a bit more creepy.
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LibraryThing member Snukes
I remember this Nancy Drew book better than any of the others, though I'm not sure why. Something about the idea of twisted candles burning more slowly has always stuck in my mind, I guess.
LibraryThing member regularguy5mb
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.
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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Nancy Drew has to stop thieving caretakers from stealing a man's money, stop the relatives from running off with it, and get it to the girl who is supposed to receive it. To complicate things, although her father is on her side, Bess and George aren't- they think she's cheating them of an inheritance. Nancy has to convince them that she isn't- and find secret panels throughout an inn hidden behind pictures of twisted candles.… (more)
LibraryThing member KimmyKay
not really happy with her friends in this book. not sure i would have been so quick to forgive...
LibraryThing member DrFuriosa
A satisfying mystery about an old inn, a family feud, and a forlorn orphan. Nancy gets into and out of all kinds of thrilling scrapes. Just the kind of fun, escapist reading I need right now.
LibraryThing member justagirlwithabook
*Duplicate Copy* I absolutely loved Nancy Drew growing up. This was a series I latched on to for dear life and never let go. Anytime my mom and I would go to antique stores, we'd peruse the Nancy Drews and add them to the collection (oftentimes my mom had to make deals with me on how many I could buy). So, while I don't remember the exact details of each and every one, the entire series was amazing and really fed my love for reading (especially novels full of suspense and mystery). Thank you, Carolyn Keene, for giving us an intelligent female character to fall in love with in Nancy Drew!… (more)
LibraryThing member justagirlwithabook
I absolutely loved Nancy Drew growing up. This was a series I latched on to for dear life and never let go. Anytime my mom and I would go to antique stores, we'd peruse the Nancy Drews and add them to the collection (oftentimes my mom had to make deals with me on how many I could buy). So, while I don't remember the exact details of each and every one, the entire series was amazing and really fed my love for reading (especially novels full of suspense and mystery). Thank you, Carolyn Keene, for giving us an intelligent female character to fall in love with in Nancy Drew!… (more)
LibraryThing member Ayanami_Faerudo
I still don't like Bess.
LibraryThing member jguidry
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.… (more)
LibraryThing member regularguy5mb
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.
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Lexile

730L

Pages

192

Rating

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