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The Password to Larkspur Lane by Carolyn…

The Password to Larkspur Lane (1933)

by Carolyn Keene

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Series: Nancy Drew (10)

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Nancy solves a mystery involving a disappeared elderly woman named Mrs. Eldridge who is being held in some unknown location, a passenger pigeon carrying a puzzling message, and a mysterious ghostly set of blue wheels of fire that appears near the lakefront house of her friends the Cornings. A lot happens along the way. Nancy has her entry to the flower show knocked over by a great Dane. A housekeeper with a secret past tries to steal the Corning's jewels, and Nancy has her purse snatched. The girls use clues gathered from the pigeon's message to find a house where the elderly lady is held captive, and using a password secured from that same message, find a way through the barbed wire enclosure while impersonating a nurse and another elderly lady. However, after rescuing Mrs. Eldridge, Nancy is locked in an underground cistern by the arch-criminal, from which she has to find a way to escape. Alerted by another message sent by passenger pigeon (apparently, when released, these birds go fly where they are told to go), the boyfriends fly small airplanes into the fenced-in enclosure to accomplish the final rescue. As it turns out, the old ladies were being held there until they turned over their money to the crooks. And the strange apparatus that generated rotating circles of fire was a way the crooks would signal across the lake. Why they didn't pick up a telephone or send another passenger pigeon was not explained. But all ends well and Nancy is ready for another mystery.

Silly stuff here, for an adult, but clearly adolescent girls love it, since the heroines exhibit courage and resourcefulness and all have tall, athletic boyfriends. ( )
  danielx | Aug 5, 2017 |
  SteppLibrary | Mar 8, 2017 |
If you could turn any of Nancy's books into a TV movie this would be it. It takes a village to solve this case, so many-a score card would be handy. There is more "real life" interaction between the characters then previous books. Loved every letter of this title. ( )
  seki | Nov 28, 2009 |
this is a grate book to read I just love it it is one of meny grate Nancy Drew books. It was a fun book to read. and any girl would enjoy this book. This book is about a house man who acts different then before adom thorn brakes out of jail. enjoy the book ( )
  Thebookworms | Feb 21, 2009 |
An ingured pigeon, a fierce great dane! So many clues to remember! ( )
  cathryn123 | Oct 1, 2008 |
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[1933] “If this were two thousand years ago—!”
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'Blue bells will be singing horses!' This strange message, attached to the leg of a wounded homing pigeon, involves Nancy Drew in a dangerous mission. Somewhere an elderly woman is being held prisoner in a mansion. Nancy is determined to find and free Mrs. Eldridge. 
While working on the case, the young detective's close friend, Helen Archer, begs her to solve a weird mystery. Helen's grandparents, the Cornings, are frightened by a sinister wheel of blue fire that appears after dark in the woods outside their home at lonely Sylvan Lake. When Nancy discovers the significance of the eerie signal, she also learns that her two mysteries are connected. 
How the clever young detective fathoms the meaning of the strange message, how she locates the stronghold of a ruthless ring of swindlers, and how she rescues the gang's victims makes absorbing and exciting reading.
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A wounded homing pigeon carrying a mysterious message lands in Nancy's yard and she finds herself investigating the workings of a sanatorium.

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