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The Secret of Red Gate Farm by Carolyn Keene

The Secret of Red Gate Farm (1931)

by Carolyn Keene

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Series: Nancy Drew (6)

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Delightful! ( )
  Beammey | Nov 20, 2017 |
#6 Nancy and her friends, Bess and George, meet Joanne Byrd on a train ride home. Joanne lives at Red Gate Farm with her grandmother, but if they do not raise enough money to pay the mortgage, they will soon lose the farm! Nancy, Bess, and George decide to stay at Red Gate for a week as paying customers. Soon, they learn about the strange group of people who rent a cave on the property. They describe themselves as a nature cult called the Black Snake Colony. Nancy investigates their group and helps to uncover a ring of counterfeiters in town! ( )
  LynneQuan | Sep 21, 2017 |
I love the Nancy Drew Mystery Series. This book is really good ( )
  lindalovestoread | Jul 8, 2017 |
Books of the Nancy Drew series certainly weren't meant for adult males, but personal circumstances have led me to read several. In general, they are pretty bad from any standpoints by which fiction is usually judged (e.g. plot, prose, believability, character development, etc.). Their social merit mainly lies in the their value as inspiration to young girls to emulate the 18-year-old Nancy herself. After all, she shows courage, determination, intelligence, and empathy, and persists in the face of danger to solve the crimes with which she's faced.
In this work, she seeks to help a woman and her daughter keep their beloved "Red Gate Farms" in the face of mortgage payments that the woman cannot afford, and despite pressure from an unscrupulous man who tries to take advantage of her plight. (Anyone who has had a mortgage payment may find it amusing how the small amount of money generated from borders suffices to keep the farm from being repossessed). The mystery relates to the nature and activities of the "Black Snake Colony" which rents some of the property. The members dress in white robes and cavort about the hillside at dusk, waving their arms and making strange sounds. As it turns out, they are a local band of counterfeiters who have a secret cave in which they mint and distribute fake money. They are masking their identity and activities by pretending to be a weird cult -- as if having ceremonies in which they dance around in masks and bedsheets is a good way to not attract attention from the locals. Of course, Nancy and her friends spy on them and are discovered and captured, and are tied up by the bad people who plan to leave them in the house "without any food" (!). However, after a flight through a cave, they are rescued by a local branch of the Secret Service. Thus Nancy and her friends live to detect in future books, with gratitude from the authorities and admiration from her father. Little wonder that books of this kind led my younger sister to want to be a Lady Detective someday.

PS. This book does nothing to get its readers over an unreasonable fear of snakes. One of the girls is bitten by a snake, and fearing that it might have been poisonous, Nancy affixes a tourniquet on the leg and opens the wound to let out the poison... ( )
1 vote danielx | May 14, 2017 |
Its funny to see them talk about $20 being a very expensive price for perfume. And how it is specious that a teenage would have $20 to spend at the Café. ( )
  nx74defiant | Apr 30, 2017 |
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Cross, AmandaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When Bess Marvin purchased an expensive bottle of Oriental perfume, she never expected to stumble into a mystery. Now Bess, Nancy, George, and their new friend Jo are out to unravel the secrets of a mysterious conspiracy, a secretive cult, and a ring of counterfeiters.
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