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Nancy is intrigued by a magazine article offering a large reward to anyone finding a missing medieval stained-glass window. She invites Bess and George to join her on a search in Charlottesville, Virginia. During the girls' investigation of Ivy Hall, an old rundown, southern mansion, rented by a superstitious actress, they encounter a hostile ghost. Eerie sounds come from Nancy is intrigued by a magazine article offering a large reward to anyone finding a missing medieval stained-glass window. She invites Bess and George to join her on a search in Charlottesville, Virginia. During the girls' investigation of Ivy Hall, an old rundown, southern mansion, rented by a superstitious actress, they encounter a hostile ghost. Eerie sounds come from a beautiful neighboring estate that is surrounded by a high brick wall. Could these mysterious noises and the ghost at Ivy Hall be connected? This book is the revised text. The plot of the original story (©1956) is similar with minor revisions.


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Nancy is intrigued by a magazine article offering a large reward to anyone finding a missing medieval stained-glass window. She invites Bess and George to join her on a search in Charlottesville, Virginia. During the girls' investigation of Ivy Hall, an old rundown, southern mansion, rented by a superstitious actress, they encounter a hostile ghost. Eerie sounds come from Nancy is intrigued by a magazine article offering a large reward to anyone finding a missing medieval stained-glass window. She invites Bess and George to join her on a search in Charlottesville, Virginia. During the girls' investigation of Ivy Hall, an old rundown, southern mansion, rented by a superstitious actress, they encounter a hostile ghost. Eerie sounds come from a beautiful neighboring estate that is surrounded by a high brick wall. Could these mysterious noises and the ghost at Ivy Hall be connected? This book is the revised text. The plot of the original story (©1956) is similar with minor revisions.

30 review for The Hidden Window Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Goodbrand

    Not the biggest fan of this one yet it was pretty good. 😄

  2. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    I would like to know which ghost writer composed this particular mystery. AND I would like to know what recreational substance they were enjoying while writing. I needed to keep returning to this book, to page through it, to remind myself if THAT many instances of ballyhoo and highjinx REALLY occurred here, or if I was actually thinking of a different book. Nope, it's all here! Mail scams, an unconscious postman, flying peacock feathers, an actual peacock strutting around and fleeing a crime sce I would like to know which ghost writer composed this particular mystery. AND I would like to know what recreational substance they were enjoying while writing. I needed to keep returning to this book, to page through it, to remind myself if THAT many instances of ballyhoo and highjinx REALLY occurred here, or if I was actually thinking of a different book. Nope, it's all here! Mail scams, an unconscious postman, flying peacock feathers, an actual peacock strutting around and fleeing a crime scene, bronzed bird feet (supposedly an obvious copy of a peacock's, as if peacock feet are shaped differently than all other bird feet) . . . The list goes on. Two car crashes, a purchase of new car, Southern hospitality*, a creepy attic, secret passage ways and a "ghost" . . . A class on stained glass making, tree climbing to escape an attacking dog, falling into an underground river and swimming to safety while wearing pajamas. It still continues! A luncheon party, a little flirtation with a young man who is NOT Ned Nickerson, followed by a date with, yes, Ned Nickerson. A mother and daughter who have bought aforementioned "haunted" manor house, needing to comfort the mother who often goes into hysterics and faints, needing to support the daughter who is trying to say NO to a creep who keeps asking for a date. A mysterious neighbor who lives in a manor house surrounded by huge walls: If he is not hatching some evil plan, the community would like him to open his gates and host a frikkin Garden party, come on, man, don't be a loser. *The "Southern hospitality" that is lavished about in this novel, supposedly placed somewhere in Virginia, is fake and sugar-coated. When Nancy and George navigate those underground tunnels, they happily mention things like, "Oh, the slaves used these to carry food between the kitchen and the manor house. This is not a good place to drop a giant turkey, lololol." The tone sweeps along like slaves were happy servants, glad to help their masters, yes ma'am and yes sir, what a beautiful day, we're so glad you take good care of us. But actually these days everyone needs to realize that slaves can be defined as "prisoners with jobs," and such a practice had no business happening so recently in history. It's horrid. Nonetheless, there are No boring moments in this Nancy book. Aside from that one rankling blitheness about an ugly history, the plot is madcap and unlike any other I've read so far.

  3. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Yet another great mystery story to this add to this great book series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

    The whole time I was reading this, I kept hearing the chase music from the original series of Scooby Doo, Where Are You? in my head. From George exclaiming "Hypers!" (Yoicks!) every five minutes to the girls sliding down a hidden chute in the middle of the night (probably going "Whoooops!" like the gang from the Mystery Machine), this instalment felt much more 1966 than 1956. Particularly when one of the adults has hysterics from a car accident, and the doctor injects a sedative saying she'll "s The whole time I was reading this, I kept hearing the chase music from the original series of Scooby Doo, Where Are You? in my head. From George exclaiming "Hypers!" (Yoicks!) every five minutes to the girls sliding down a hidden chute in the middle of the night (probably going "Whoooops!" like the gang from the Mystery Machine), this instalment felt much more 1966 than 1956. Particularly when one of the adults has hysterics from a car accident, and the doctor injects a sedative saying she'll "sleep for an hour and wake up much steadier." Where can I get me some of that? At another point the "escape scene" for Nancy and co. owes more to Westerns of the period. Nancy and her pals head south in this story, and the ghostwriter propagates the old legend of Jefferson's bed that could be "raised up to the ceiling" to get it out of the way during the day. This tale was made up by someone in the 19th century and doubted even then, as it appears in only one very doubtful source. Wonder why the writer put it in? Ned and his pals, football players all, turn up from college for one short evening. Not once are they referred to as "college students"--but of course you know Nancy would be dating the captain of the football team! Curiously enough, she is 18 and "has already attended art school"--when did she find time for that between the prom and all the sleuthing and travelling around she's done so far in her short life? Of course we have the delightful (!) ND meme of the police bringing her to the suspects and allowing her to question them at length--and of course the baddies answer right up and tell all! Three stars because it made me laugh so hard--in all the wrong places.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathyanngallagher

    I believe I read an original version with 214 pages, but it didn't appear in the choices I had to pick from. That being said, it was another Nancy Drew book. Full of mystery and suspense, sort of.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Another delightful trip down memory lane! And as a side note - Ned's status is downgraded here. While he is usually referred to as Nancy's "special friend" and MAYBE as her boyfriend once or twice, here we are told "they had been friends for years." Just friends. Poor Ned.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    I know I read this when I was younger, but when I realized that it was sent in the city I now live in, I had to read it again. A typical Nancy Drew mystery that is short and simple to read. Kept me entertained and reminded me of how much I loved these books as a young girl.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Claire S

    I read a bunch of these as a girl, along with a few Hardy Boys, and even a few.. was it 'Bobbsey twins'? Not sure if I read this one or not, but came across it as a grown up. Thought I'd explore how well they stood the test of time with my daughter - not well. In our case. But perhaps some others do still find them fun. For that instance, thought I'd mention a few things. This one takes place in a mansion in Charleston, SC; which has a number of interesting features. One set of fe I read a bunch of these as a girl, along with a few Hardy Boys, and even a few.. was it 'Bobbsey twins'? Not sure if I read this one or not, but came across it as a grown up. Thought I'd explore how well they stood the test of time with my daughter - not well. In our case. But perhaps some others do still find them fun. For that instance, thought I'd mention a few things. This one takes place in a mansion in Charleston, SC; which has a number of interesting features. One set of features has to do with its history as a plantation house during the slave days. There is a long tunnel that goes below the house: "When the girls reached the pool into which George had fallen, she laughed. "Probably this was where the slaves paused to fill pitchers on their way to serve meals." Finally, at the end of the tunnel, there is a bolted door; and beyond that - the slave quarters. None of which is of note to the characters in the book, which was bizarre to me as a grown-up. Maybe it's a Southern thing. The other thing is that this mystery centers on peacock feathers. They keep popping up in the story, which has to do also with parts of the house that were decorated by peacock feather designs originally. Turns out, one of the characters in the book is from India, and he had been hiding the peacocks because he thought Americans were superstitious about them, believing them to bring bad luck. Earlier on in the book is mentions that the feathers in their fantails, especially, are said to bring bad luck. That notion is scoffed at (they use words like 'scoff' in these books). Actually in the text, "Nancy remarked that in India peacocks are held to be sacred. 'That's right," Mr. Ritter agreed. "And so are the cow and the monkey.' " " 'This bird is sacred to us Indians,' Mr. Honsho said, gazing affectionately at the beautiful feathered creature." Anyway, the mystery had to do with an antique stained-glass window (which showed a Knight riding off to battle, holding the family shield which has a peacock emblazoned on it), which had been covered up with brick in order to preserve it during the Civil War. Alls well that ends well: "'Well, Nancy,' she said, 'besides solving this whole mystery and exonerating innocent people, you've even proved that peacocks are above suspicion!'" So, those are some elements involved in this one instance..

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Secret passageways and a hidden tunnel! And not available for kindle! Someone breaks into a house where the girls are staying and steals their lingerie. No joke. Nancy destroys yet another boat. Racism! I think this rewrite probably turned the house help from black to unambiguously raced, but they talk like mammies. Also, apparently peacocks are evil and bring bad luck. Nancy loses consciousness when hit by a rock thrown by an unknown assailant. George cuts Secret passageways and a hidden tunnel! And not available for kindle! Someone breaks into a house where the girls are staying and steals their lingerie. No joke. Nancy destroys yet another boat. Racism! I think this rewrite probably turned the house help from black to unambiguously raced, but they talk like mammies. Also, apparently peacocks are evil and bring bad luck. Nancy loses consciousness when hit by a rock thrown by an unknown assailant. George cuts her hand on glass and falls into water.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    After reading "The Hidden Window Mystery" by Carolyn Keene, I am completely speechless. This book is beyond amazing. This book has me reading non-stop, one page after another. The best features of this book are the way the author completely develops them. Nancy, the detective, and a friend, George are always wanting to see what happens next in solving the hidden window mystery. Where Bess is more of a cautious person. You would have never thought one specific event happened because of the beginn After reading "The Hidden Window Mystery" by Carolyn Keene, I am completely speechless. This book is beyond amazing. This book has me reading non-stop, one page after another. The best features of this book are the way the author completely develops them. Nancy, the detective, and a friend, George are always wanting to see what happens next in solving the hidden window mystery. Where Bess is more of a cautious person. You would have never thought one specific event happened because of the beginning. You are always eager to see what happens next, which I why I recommend this to mystery lovers!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Story_Girl

    Nancy certainly had her hands full with the mystery, or should I say these mysteries? It all starts with a missing letter, and a new neighbor determined to sue the postman for losing it, or Nancy for steeling it. Then comes a hunt for a very old, very valuable stain glass window featuring a peacock. With a reward on the cards though, this mystery attracts the attention of some pretty dishonest people. Then there is Nancy's cousin's, Susan Carr's, car accident. Side-swiped by another car, was it Nancy certainly had her hands full with the mystery, or should I say these mysteries? It all starts with a missing letter, and a new neighbor determined to sue the postman for losing it, or Nancy for steeling it. Then comes a hunt for a very old, very valuable stain glass window featuring a peacock. With a reward on the cards though, this mystery attracts the attention of some pretty dishonest people. Then there is Nancy's cousin's, Susan Carr's, car accident. Side-swiped by another car, was it an accident or deliberate act? And why would anyone want to hurt Susan? Then Susan and her husband give Nancy yet another mystery - mysterious Mr Honsho has bought one of the nearby mansions but he refuses to open it for Garden Week. They want Nancy to find out why and change his mind. While she is at it, perhaps she can work out what the strange screaming sounds coming from the property are. And finally actress Shelia invites Nancy, Bess and George to stay with her and her daughter at their new home, Ivy Hall, because they here strange sounds in the house at night, strange footsteps and strange peacock related incidents. With so many mysteries to solve, this is a quite fast paced Nancy Drew story, with lots of secrets and dangerous situation. One of the better stories, I think anyway.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Suziey

    The postman tells Nancy about an advertisement in a local paper offering a reward for the location of a missing stained glass window. Nancy is quickly intrigued and decides to donate the money to a children’s hospital, if she finds the window. The mystery takes her, Bess and George to Virginia.  I liked this mystery. Nancy is basically trying to find a window before someone else. Yes, unscrupulous characters do appear and cause major trouble. But the stakes weren’t exceptionally high. The postman tells Nancy about an advertisement in a local paper offering a reward for the location of a missing stained glass window. Nancy is quickly intrigued and decides to donate the money to a children’s hospital, if she finds the window. The mystery takes her, Bess and George to Virginia.  I liked this mystery. Nancy is basically trying to find a window before someone else. Yes, unscrupulous characters do appear and cause major trouble. But the stakes weren’t exceptionally high. It’s only a window, after all.  We also meet Nancy’s cousin, Susan Carr, who is married and lives in Charlottesville. The poor woman is caught up in Nancy’s mystery early on. She does take the girls to a lot of historical places like President Jefferson and President Monroe’s homes (Monticello & Highland, respectively). I always enjoy these moments. The girls doing ordinary touristy things.  A nice, simple mystery. Lovely.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    I grew up reading and collecting the yellow bound 1970s versions of this series. A lot of them were lost through the years so I’ve slowly been recollecting them and recently was able to get 7 more giving me now 42 of them. This I one of them. Nancy finds out about an English Lord searching for a family heirloom: a lost 14th century stained glass window featuring a peacock. It was last seen in the Richmond, Virginia area, so Nancy and her friends set out to find it. I love peacocks and I grew up reading and collecting the yellow bound 1970s versions of this series. A lot of them were lost through the years so I’ve slowly been recollecting them and recently was able to get 7 more giving me now 42 of them. This I one of them. Nancy finds out about an English Lord searching for a family heirloom: a lost 14th century stained glass window featuring a peacock. It was last seen in the Richmond, Virginia area, so Nancy and her friends set out to find it. I love peacocks and collect the feathers myself. And they’re so interesting to color in coloring books. Fave scene: visiting the peacocks. Footnote 1) One thing that always amazed me is how much money the Drew’s and friends must have. They have a live-in housekeeper and think nothing of just flying off someplace or paying for things right and left. Like money means nothing to them. Now that I think of it a lot of the families in TV shows, etc. of the era were like that.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed reading The Hidden Window Mystery book. This one was about Nancy, who had found an article about a reward if you found a missing stained glass window that was most likely in Charlottesville. She and her friends traveled to her cousin's house in Charlottesville so she could try to find it. She found so many different clues and people to suspect, but in the end, it turned out to be Alonzo Rugby who was very mean to her and made a fake window to get the reward money. Nancy found the hidde I enjoyed reading The Hidden Window Mystery book. This one was about Nancy, who had found an article about a reward if you found a missing stained glass window that was most likely in Charlottesville. She and her friends traveled to her cousin's house in Charlottesville so she could try to find it. She found so many different clues and people to suspect, but in the end, it turned out to be Alonzo Rugby who was very mean to her and made a fake window to get the reward money. Nancy found the hidden window at a place called Ivy Hall and gave the reward money to the River Heights Hospital (she lives in River Heights). I enjoyed reading this book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Wow! I got interested in re-reading the Nancy Drew series after contemplating a writing project for a children's mystery...I picked this one up because I've always loved stained glass and I remembered that she spent some time in a studio working on a project. What I did NOT remember was that this one has to be one of the craziest event-after-crazy-event books in the series! So many of the classic tropes--and so many off the wall names! As much as I DID like it, after I finished it, I definitely Wow! I got interested in re-reading the Nancy Drew series after contemplating a writing project for a children's mystery...I picked this one up because I've always loved stained glass and I remembered that she spent some time in a studio working on a project. What I did NOT remember was that this one has to be one of the craziest event-after-crazy-event books in the series! So many of the classic tropes--and so many off the wall names! As much as I DID like it, after I finished it, I definitely see why I never bothered re-reading it much when I was younger (my favorites I read over and over, sometimes finishing it just to flip back to page 1).

  16. 5 out of 5

    Savannah Helmer

    "The Hidden Window Mystery" wasn't quite the same as Nancy Drew's other mysteries. Instead of having the usual one or two mysteries that intertwine this one had 4! Very exciting and lots of fun characters that were hard to tell at times who were the suspects and who were the victims!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    The mailman shows Nancy Drew a magazine article about a long-lost stained glass window that the descendent of the owner is offering a reward to be found. Nancy and her friends Bess and George decide to try to find the missing window and solve a few more mysteries too.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    Slightly better than the last.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    This was quite good. The intrigue was present and Nancy and her friends got into and out of trouble as they solved yet another mystery. Does anyone say sleuthing these days?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lyssa

    3.5 Nancy is actually suspicious of people outside the realm of usual suspects.

  21. 5 out of 5

    MysteryReaderLee

    This book was another great edition to the series!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Brought me back to being a teenager and reading these books! I loved Nancy Drew.

  23. 5 out of 5

    IrishFan

    I do remember reading this one when I was younger. I liked it this time around as well.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Corinna Bevier

    Apparently stained glass window are very interesting.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nikhil

    This is again another great Nancy Drew mystery. The hidden window mystery follows the usual Nancy Drew plot, where she stumbles on a few mysteries which happen to be connected, and at the end she solves them all. In the Hidden Window mystery, a Reward is offered for a lost stained glass window, but other evil people are looking to find it too, Nancy must find the window first in order to thwart the Evil plans of her competitors. I would recommend his book to people looking to a quick mystery.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Phe

    The Hidden Window Mystery is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 34th book in the Nancy Drew series. A magazine article offering a large reward to anyone who can find a missing medieval stained-glass window intrigues Nancy Drew. She asks Bess and George to join her on a search in Charlottesville, Virginia. And before the three friends leave River Heights, their adversary tries to get them to postpone the trip. But no such luck, as Nancy is determined to carry through her plans. I’ve/> The Hidden Window Mystery is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 34th book in the Nancy Drew series. A magazine article offering a large reward to anyone who can find a missing medieval stained-glass window intrigues Nancy Drew. She asks Bess and George to join her on a search in Charlottesville, Virginia. And before the three friends leave River Heights, their adversary tries to get them to postpone the trip. But no such luck, as Nancy is determined to carry through her plans. I’ve always been a voracious reader. So, as a child, one of my favorite things about summer was the frequent trips to our local library, which was less than a mile from our house. Like most young girls of a certain age (ahem), my love for mysteries started with Nancy Drew—there simply was no mystery too baffling that she couldn’t solve. And as I would read her most current adventure, I would imagine myself following in her footsteps … taking charge and plunging ahead, getting into mischief, chasing down culprits and solving the mystery. Even though I haven’t re-read any of these books since I was a child, I still think that Nancy is a great character—her courage, confidence and fierce independence, makes her an iconic source of inspiration for young girls everywhere. A must-read children's book, The Hidden Window Mystery is another wonderful Nancy Drew mystery.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christine Arvinth

    This mystery takes Nancy and her friends to Virginia where they find a gang of people who are trying to get the stained glass window for a reward .Among these people is Nancy's unfriendly next door neighbour.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tabi34

    This Nancy Drew had a different "feel" to it; maybe because Nancy changed her hair color - she's now a blonde. There is more danger in this book and people are seriously - but not too seriously injured. Her cousin is in a car wreck that was no accident. This one is set down South and the neighbors are fairly genteel, except the bad guys and girls. We find that while Nancy has been dating Ned for awhile now and he's totally in love with her (although he never says it), she's willing to play the f This Nancy Drew had a different "feel" to it; maybe because Nancy changed her hair color - she's now a blonde. There is more danger in this book and people are seriously - but not too seriously injured. Her cousin is in a car wreck that was no accident. This one is set down South and the neighbors are fairly genteel, except the bad guys and girls. We find that while Nancy has been dating Ned for awhile now and he's totally in love with her (although he never says it), she's willing to play the field. There is a party thrown by her cousin and another man occupies Nancy's time and she seems to quite enjoy it. Poor Ned...he really needs to move on. This one had some creepiness to it and I read it on a cold, blustry night in front of my fireplace and the creaking of my 100 year old home made me jump from time to time wondering if there were secret entrances in my house - oh wait...there are...but I checked and they were locked. I am re-reading most of the series because I loved them as a tween, but as an adult they still hold some charm and they are a quaint look back at a time that is very different than the 21st century with all of our hi-tech gadgetry.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caseyazalea

    Easy reading for a sick day at home. I felt like the plots and characters were a bit more even and plausible in this one than in the last few ND books I've read, and the "local color" and semi-educational information on the art & craft of stained glass windows provided some nice atmosphere - whether it's at all accurate or not, I have no idea. I guess I'm just getting used to all the casual concussions Nancy and her friends go through, and all the other ND tropes, the obvious "ill featured" Easy reading for a sick day at home. I felt like the plots and characters were a bit more even and plausible in this one than in the last few ND books I've read, and the "local color" and semi-educational information on the art & craft of stained glass windows provided some nice atmosphere - whether it's at all accurate or not, I have no idea. I guess I'm just getting used to all the casual concussions Nancy and her friends go through, and all the other ND tropes, the obvious "ill featured" villains and the other good old ND tropes. Just because I didn't find the plot so preposterous this time, I would be inclined to give it a good solid four stars and call it one of the best Nancy Drew books I've read so far. But. I read the un-revised 1956 version. All the romantic nostalgia for the genteel days of slavery on the old West Virginia estates is hideous. Bess is the worst. Does anyone in the real world really look at old slave quarters and think "ah, how romantic?" Ugh. So, I'm reluctantly giving this one two stars.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws

    I read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys throughout my school and college days. Nancy Drew is an amateur detective who solves crimes with occasional help from her best friends, Bess and George and, her boyfriend Ned. She also has occasional help from her father Carson Drew who runs a private law practice. From finding stolen goods to missing persons and solving mysterious happenings, Nancy is a force of nature. Until I discovered that Carolyn Keene is a pen name for a whole bunch o I read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys throughout my school and college days. Nancy Drew is an amateur detective who solves crimes with occasional help from her best friends, Bess and George and, her boyfriend Ned. She also has occasional help from her father Carson Drew who runs a private law practice. From finding stolen goods to missing persons and solving mysterious happenings, Nancy is a force of nature. Until I discovered that Carolyn Keene is a pen name for a whole bunch of ghostwriters, I used to feel confused about the slight differences in each character from books to book over the many series of Nancy Drew mysteries. I like the character of Nancy best in the original books written by Mildred Wirt Benson where Nancy is truly a character to root for – an independent and street smart girl with a penchant for trouble.

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