"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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We were so accustomed to Laura Linney's narration that this new girl threw us off. Laura Linney made Nancy Drew sound sophisticated and smart. The new reader sounds like Ruby from Max and Ruby. We like Ruby's voice but not for Nancy Drew. It would have been allright had we started the series with this one.
The actual story is probably one of the best Nancy Drews
Not our favorite narrator for this piece.
This is a very good Nancy Drew mystery story, but I have to say, the narrator, Danica Reese, just ruined it for me. She tried to give each character a different voice and it just made it hard to listen to because after a while, she would sometimes get confused with character voices or else I'd forget whose voice was whose. It was just distracting. And her tone of voice is not that convincing or engaging. It's a bit monotonous. Also, there is no background music to help engage the excitement of certain highlights in the story. It was very disappointing. I found myself wanting the story to be over. I'd much rather read the book than listen to this narrator.
Dreadful performance. Odd inflections, choppy. Ruined the book for me. I think audible need to better check the narrations in their offerings.
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Sandra Day O'Connor said she was inspired by Nancy Drew, and I can see why. Though there are many writers who use the nom de plume "Carolyn Keene" the stories never seem
formulaic. I, too, am inspired by her courage, ability to make impromptu ad hoc plans while
right in the middle of often dangerous situations, her love and loyalty for her family, Ned, and friends, and like Sherlock Holmes, has knowledge of things, including airplanes and cars, that always serves her. (I did not know where the fuel tank opening was on a small plane.)
This story has such an innocuous title, but, through an odd but brief kidnapping of a doctor friend of her father's, who was "summoned" to help an elderly woman with a dislocated shoulder, Nancy tries to help locate her, as she appeared to be under involuntary constraint in an asylum of some sort. Meanwhile, another mystery presents itself at the door of the family of Hannah Gruen's niece, who came to help Nancy and her
father when Hannah inadvertently hurt herself and is now abed. They are being plagued by an eerie blue moving circle of lights near their cottage,which concomitantly seem to be scaring their houseman, or butler.
This story was much more than just facing down a few angry, thieving caretakers, as in
Inn of the Twisted Candle, though that was certainly good enough evil to confront. She has to really hunt to find the place the doctor friend was driven to, which is fine logic in itself, but once she discover's it, the problem suddenly mushrooms, and evil possibilities
can come from several persons or sources.
Exciting, suspenseful, tense- this episode was all of them! And of course, at the end, Ned, her boyfriend surmised that the only thing that would make her happier than having
saved two good people (the older woman, and the butler) from very bad ends, would be a
new mystery. She assented without even a breather - which is what I needed!
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