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Nancy is asked to solve a puzzling mystery then encounters a second case. The first concerns a valuable collection of rare books. Wealthy Mrs. Merriam has commissioned a supposedly reputable art dealer to sell it, but soon believes the man is a swindler. The second mystery involves the theft of a beautiful marble statue, rumored to whisper, has an uncanny resemblance to Na Nancy is asked to solve a puzzling mystery then encounters a second case. The first concerns a valuable collection of rare books. Wealthy Mrs. Merriam has commissioned a supposedly reputable art dealer to sell it, but soon believes the man is a swindler. The second mystery involves the theft of a beautiful marble statue, rumored to whisper, has an uncanny resemblance to Nancy! As suddenly as it disappeared, the marble statue is returned and is discovered to be a reproduction! To solve both mysteries, Nancy adopts an alias and a disguise, becomes an employee of the suspicious dealer, gathering evidence against a clever ring of art thieves. This book is the revised text. The plot of the original story (©1937) is different.


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Nancy is asked to solve a puzzling mystery then encounters a second case. The first concerns a valuable collection of rare books. Wealthy Mrs. Merriam has commissioned a supposedly reputable art dealer to sell it, but soon believes the man is a swindler. The second mystery involves the theft of a beautiful marble statue, rumored to whisper, has an uncanny resemblance to Na Nancy is asked to solve a puzzling mystery then encounters a second case. The first concerns a valuable collection of rare books. Wealthy Mrs. Merriam has commissioned a supposedly reputable art dealer to sell it, but soon believes the man is a swindler. The second mystery involves the theft of a beautiful marble statue, rumored to whisper, has an uncanny resemblance to Nancy! As suddenly as it disappeared, the marble statue is returned and is discovered to be a reproduction! To solve both mysteries, Nancy adopts an alias and a disguise, becomes an employee of the suspicious dealer, gathering evidence against a clever ring of art thieves. This book is the revised text. The plot of the original story (©1937) is different.

30 review for The Whispering Statue

  1. 4 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    TOGO!!! Nancy Drew's #14 adventure gives us Togo. . .a dog that came from different DNA lines, depending on which version of the book you just read. There was a lot going on in this adventure, starting with art thefts (a switch?) and then, as the title implies, statuary whispers to the living. Scary. This one had way too much going on, and felt a little crowded, but still, an ND is an ND and I will continue on! Off to #15! TOGO!!! Nancy Drew's #14 adventure gives us Togo. . .a dog that came from different DNA lines, depending on which version of the book you just read. There was a lot going on in this adventure, starting with art thefts (a switch?) and then, as the title implies, statuary whispers to the living. Scary. This one had way too much going on, and felt a little crowded, but still, an ND is an ND and I will continue on! Off to #15!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ruthie Jones

    I read all the Nancy Drew books (and the Hardy Boys) when I was a child, but I will admit that I have read them all again as an adult (a few years ago). The stories are old fashioned, but that's why I like them so much. I read all the Nancy Drew books (and the Hardy Boys) when I was a child, but I will admit that I have read them all again as an adult (a few years ago). The stories are old fashioned, but that's why I like them so much.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    Suddenly I skipped ahead of the series. Nancy now has 2 friends who go everywhere with her. And she also has a "special friend" named Ned who plays football and goes to college. I guess I'll have to fill in the gaps at some point to see how Nancy acquired these folks. This plot has some laughable moments where Nancy goes in "disguise," wearing a wig and sunglasses. And I'm seeing a pattern where her esteemed attorney father Carson Drew ALWAYS goes out of town when his daughter embarks on sleuthin Suddenly I skipped ahead of the series. Nancy now has 2 friends who go everywhere with her. And she also has a "special friend" named Ned who plays football and goes to college. I guess I'll have to fill in the gaps at some point to see how Nancy acquired these folks. This plot has some laughable moments where Nancy goes in "disguise," wearing a wig and sunglasses. And I'm seeing a pattern where her esteemed attorney father Carson Drew ALWAYS goes out of town when his daughter embarks on sleuthing missions. It's like "See you later, honey. Have fun endangering yourself in the company of criminals. If you need me, I'll be 300 miles away and unreachable except by long distance telephone or telegram." However, Nancy has a great support group. And she gets to hang around in a yacht club in this book! She has some fun times whenever the criminals aren't trying to injure or kidnap her.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dean Cummings

    In an interview, American actress Keri Russell was discussing her love for reading when she said: “I must have ready every Nancy Drew book on the planet!” And after reading “The Whispering Statue,” Nancy Drew # 14, I can definitely relate to Russel’s enthusiasm. The story is well written, the plot engaging and the characters, both primary and supporting, were diverse and compelling enough to keep me absorbed. Simply put, this book was a delight to read! For those who haven’t read this one yet, here In an interview, American actress Keri Russell was discussing her love for reading when she said: “I must have ready every Nancy Drew book on the planet!” And after reading “The Whispering Statue,” Nancy Drew # 14, I can definitely relate to Russel’s enthusiasm. The story is well written, the plot engaging and the characters, both primary and supporting, were diverse and compelling enough to keep me absorbed. Simply put, this book was a delight to read! For those who haven’t read this one yet, here’s a basic overview: Mrs. Horace Merriam is wealthy, dignified, statuesque, slender and pretty, but despite everything she has going for her, she’s stuck with a problem she’s unable solve on her own. This eventually prompts her to call on River Height’s most respected, experienced and adept attorney, Mr. Carson Drew. As for Drew, when Mrs. Merriam informs him of the nature of her predicament, he realizes that he has a problem of his own. He’s unable to dedicate the time to Mrs. Merriam’s case that he knows is required: “I know Mrs. Merriam is in a hurry to have this mystery solved. Unfortunately I am busy on another case which will take me out of town for a while.” Suddenly, an idea comes to him and he knows he has the answer. He’ll bring his work home. Rather than making an appointment at the office, He invites Mrs. Merriam to his home for dinner with his family where he introduces her to the Drew’s longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Hannah Gruen, his daughter’s best friend George Fayne, George’s cousin, Bess Marvin and lastly, his daughter, the superstar amateur sleuth, Nancy Drew. After the introductions, Carson asks Mrs. Merriam to share the nature of her dilemma with the group. Her uncle, she explains, had left her a fine library of rare books, and apparently the collection was so large she was unable to shelve them at her residence. She then hired a certain Mr. Willis Basswood, the owner of a high-class art gallery and bookshop, to act as a commissioned seller of the books. At first everything seemed to be going well, and Basswood was able to fetch a few fairly favorable sums for the first couple of volumes. Then suddenly the money stopped coming. It was about that time that Mr. Basswood began to comport himself in a cagey fashion. “The books are not selling,” he’d declared rather defensively. Mrs. Merriam gave it a bit more time and when no additional funds were coming her way, she began to suspect that Mr. Basswood was actually selling the books and not turning the money over to her. That, she told the group, was when she contacted Carson Drew to look into the case. After Mrs. Merriam told her story, Carson Drew noticed how engaged and intrigued his daughter Nancy was. He was already thinking that his daughter was ready to take on a case of her own, especially after she’d recently solved the “Mystery of the Ivory Charm.” She was showing greater and greater promise as a detective and Carson also knew that George and Bess would be a wonderful help to her on top of giving him a greater sense of confidence that she would be safe while out of town. Soon, it was decided that Nancy, George and Bess would travel to Waterford, the coastal town where Mrs. Merriam lived. Once there, they would begin to investigate the case. It was at that point that Nancy, George and Bess learned that there would be yet another mystery awaiting them in Waterford. It was about a whispering statue no less! “It concerns the yacht club,” Mrs. Merriam began, “Maybe you three girls would like to solve that mystery too?” She saw that she had a fascinated audience before her: She then told the girls of the life-size statue made of fine marble. It had been imported from Italy many years before by a man of Italian descent. “He lived on the mansion, which is now the Waterford Yacht Club. The statue stood on the front lawn.” Then Mrs. Merriam seemed to be studying Nancy’s face, her expression was curious: “You know, as I recall the face of the sculpture, the young woman looked very much like you. Actually, she was supposed to resemble the wife of its owner. The couple had come from Italy, but she never got over the feeling of homesickness. She passed away in her twenties.” She then told the girls how the husband died shortly after and how it took a long time to settle the estate. In the meantime, the Waterford Yacht Club purchased the estate. It was sometime between the signing of the contract and the day the yacht club took title of the property that the statue was stolen. The police had made a careful investigation, but no clues were ever found. “Did you ever hear the statue whisper?” Mrs. Merriam was asked. “Indeed I did. It was kind of weird. Sometimes you could almost distinguish words. There were warnings and then affectionate little murmurings.” Her story left everyone speechless. A couple days later, Nancy, George and Bess all met at the airport. Their destination was Waterford, the case of the missing book collection, and most amazing, the mystery of the legendary whispering statue. That is where the story really began, and what followed was an amazing saga complete with, clever disguises, sailboat attacks, fine art forgeries and attempted kidnappings. In addition to this, “The Whispering Statue” was brimming with many of the “Nancy Drew Features” that I love so much! These include: cut telephone lines, great character names (i.e. “Trunk Rasson”), hidden passageways to secreted rooms and letter fragment clues. And this review would not be complete without my favorite moment in this book. Fear not, it does not spoil anything! I won’t tell you exactly what happened, but suffice it to say, if you suddenly realize that you are about to be discovered by a goon, and you happen to be in a room containing empty picture frames…then I suggest to stand inside that frame…and remain very, very, still! Nancy Drew in “The Whispering Statue” is an outstanding story. My only complaint was that it all ended far too soon.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Danny Reid

    Nancy goes undercover as a shopgirl to catch a ring that threatened her father and, even when she notices that they’ve skipped out, she continues making sales. She keeps reopening the shop even when staking out the villain, and sells thousands in merchandise, even when she knows it’s counterfeit! Nancy, work on your damn priorities.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessaka

    THE WHISPERING STATUE by Carolyn Keene Another good book that was actually written by Mildred Wirt, my favorite Nancy Drew writer, but then the outline came from a person who has no sense of adventure. Still, Mildred Wirt pulled it off as best she could. “Another season and the house surely will topple into the sea. Toward the right lay what remained of a garden. There were a few scraggly rose bushes entangled among a jungle of weeds. Yet when the visitors came within view of the Whispoering Girl THE WHISPERING STATUE by Carolyn Keene Another good book that was actually written by Mildred Wirt, my favorite Nancy Drew writer, but then the outline came from a person who has no sense of adventure. Still, Mildred Wirt pulled it off as best she could. “Another season and the house surely will topple into the sea. Toward the right lay what remained of a garden. There were a few scraggly rose bushes entangled among a jungle of weeds. Yet when the visitors came within view of the Whispoering Girl statue, they halted and stared in awe, for the figure tended to dignify its unkempt surroundings.” Not much of this book centers around this statue or this house as in the way of exploring it or having heard of ghosts that haunt it, and this is what would have given the book five stars for me. It center on its owners. The elderly man’s wife is gone, and he had bequeathed his house to his long lost daughter, but because she had not shown up to accept her inheritance, the house goes to waste, and the ocean keeps taking more of the cliff that the house sets on away. When I read reviews of this book I realize that the edited edition is way different than what I had read in my first edition book. In this book Nancy is followed by a dog that she just can’t get rid of, and so she names him Togo and brings him home with her. I have done that with dogs. Togo then becomes part of the Drew family. She also ends up with a monkey for awhile but finds its owner, a foreigner who desires to steal the statue. What could go wrong in this story? Well, for me, it is that although I had just read the book I can’t tell you much about it. I recall The Happy Hollister’s with more detail and so am confusing the two mysteries. Ah, ha. I recall her meeting a woman on a train that is wearing a cape, and when the cape gets ruffled up it exposes her money, so a man who sees her money comes over to sit with her. Nancy tries to warn her but the woman won’t listen. She spends her time trying to warn her to the very end of the book. So, we have two mysteries, one the monkey man desiring to steal a statue, and another man desiring to steal money from a woman. And that is it for me. Note: This was a reread of the 1937 edition.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    "The intruder was taken completely by surprise. It was easy for the three girls to hold him. As he became obstreperous, George used a judo trick which buckled the man's knees and he fell." "When the girls arrived at the yacht club, it was near lunchtime and Bess declared she was starving, 'I could go for a big steak and French fries and a chocolate fudge sundae,' she said. George looked at her cousin sternly, 'Eat all the steak you want but no French fries or sundaes. How about substituting a big "The intruder was taken completely by surprise. It was easy for the three girls to hold him. As he became obstreperous, George used a judo trick which buckled the man's knees and he fell." "When the girls arrived at the yacht club, it was near lunchtime and Bess declared she was starving, 'I could go for a big steak and French fries and a chocolate fudge sundae,' she said. George looked at her cousin sternly, 'Eat all the steak you want but no French fries or sundaes. How about substituting a big bowl of spinach and a grapefruit?' Her cousin did not reply. She merely made a face at George." "'I hate to brag,' Nance replied, 'but we really have some fabulous clues.'"

  8. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    A very spooky Nancy Drew novel. Based in a seaside town, Nancy tries to find a missing statue.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I enjoyed this Nancy Drew very much, probably because it had to do with art and statuary. The story was pretty well constructed and was easy to follow and enjoy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Awallens

    Everyone who knows me knows I love Nancy Drew. But this book was crazy. Nancy Drew giving spiritual advice? Nancy Drew causing a couple of people to have heart attacks? Nancy Drew not having impeccable judgment? This book was bananas. And not in a good way. I like my formula to stay the way it is when I read a book like this. And this one seemed totally off.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan needs more books, not really

    Pretty good mystery about a missing (or was it) statue at a yacht club, shady dealings in a book/statue shop with sneaky/scary people and unknown persons trying to scare Nancy away from any discoveries. And at one point Nancy (view spoiler)[ended up entrapped inside a statue cast with only a few air holes (hide spoiler)] . That surely gave some young readers nightmares! This one wasn't as good as the story I just finished but was entertaining enough. Pretty good mystery about a missing (or was it) statue at a yacht club, shady dealings in a book/statue shop with sneaky/scary people and unknown persons trying to scare Nancy away from any discoveries. And at one point Nancy (view spoiler)[ended up entrapped inside a statue cast with only a few air holes (hide spoiler)] . That surely gave some young readers nightmares! This one wasn't as good as the story I just finished but was entertaining enough.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cathyl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thought this was a great book. I really like how Nancy disguised herself while solving the whole mystery and how she took chances to work under Basswood's nose. I am very happy that she finally found the whispering statue and solve two mysteries that (of course) is connected. Anyways, the book was great and I hope people also enjoy it, even though it might be over risky! I thought this was a great book. I really like how Nancy disguised herself while solving the whole mystery and how she took chances to work under Basswood's nose. I am very happy that she finally found the whispering statue and solve two mysteries that (of course) is connected. Anyways, the book was great and I hope people also enjoy it, even though it might be over risky!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    It Was ok But the Older Versions are better.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura (Reading is a Doing Word)

    This Armada edition was the original text. It's definitely one of the more ridiculous stories! Nancy acquires a stray dog who catalyses an encounter with a women called Mrs Owens at an event in River Heights. The woman tells Nancy she strongly resembles a Whispering Girl statue she once saw on an old estate on the coast. Coincidentally (!) Nancy then leaves for the very same costal town to holiday while her father investigates a case. She determines to see the statue for herself. On the journey sh This Armada edition was the original text. It's definitely one of the more ridiculous stories! Nancy acquires a stray dog who catalyses an encounter with a women called Mrs Owens at an event in River Heights. The woman tells Nancy she strongly resembles a Whispering Girl statue she once saw on an old estate on the coast. Coincidentally (!) Nancy then leaves for the very same costal town to holiday while her father investigates a case. She determines to see the statue for herself. On the journey she meets an old woman she suspects of being the mark of a swindler, however the women Miss Morse, is not receptive to Nancy's warnings. When on the coast Nancy is embroiled in her father's investigation, in trying to find the statue and then prevent its theft, there's an escapee monkey and also a long lost husband and wife and a delinquent daughter and long lost son and a house that falls into the sea.....it's ridiculous! Entertaining if only for the humour of the outlandish plot!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Typical Nancy Drew, again with the apparently requisite kidnapping. How on earth can people get kidnapped so often??? Why is kidnapping almost always included in these stories?? It is like the publishers required this item in their plot scenario. Oh, yes, and this one also included a statue that may or may not "whisper", which is stolen. Typical Nancy Drew, again with the apparently requisite kidnapping. How on earth can people get kidnapped so often??? Why is kidnapping almost always included in these stories?? It is like the publishers required this item in their plot scenario. Oh, yes, and this one also included a statue that may or may not "whisper", which is stolen.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Josiah

    This was a nice book, not the best, but still pretty good. I really like Nancy going undercover in a disguise, and working in the criminal’s store. That was probably the best part. Overall I would recommend to all mystery and adventure lovers!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Malia Saldaña

    I’ve always loved Nancy Drew. This one was such a fun mystery, and it reminded me of when I was younger. I only had four or five of the Nancy Drew books, and I would read them over and over and over again. So, it was nice reading another one from the series. I highly recommend.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    Yet another great mystery featuring everyone's favorite teenage sleuth. Yet another great mystery featuring everyone's favorite teenage sleuth.

  19. 4 out of 5

    iz

    forgery mysteries might be what Nancy does best, but especially this one!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Noor

    I started reading the Nancy Drew books when my school librarian announced a challenge to whoever could read 10 Nancy Drew books first wins a prize, then whoever reads 20 books gets the same reward and so on until 50 books were read. Having this challenge, I began reading these books. This is my 6th book of the 10. Having read 5 other books of the series, I started to get bored of reading this series for a lot of reasons. First, every Nancy Drew book goes the same way: She is having fun with her fri I started reading the Nancy Drew books when my school librarian announced a challenge to whoever could read 10 Nancy Drew books first wins a prize, then whoever reads 20 books gets the same reward and so on until 50 books were read. Having this challenge, I began reading these books. This is my 6th book of the 10. Having read 5 other books of the series, I started to get bored of reading this series for a lot of reasons. First, every Nancy Drew book goes the same way: She is having fun with her friends/dad then she comes across a clue, then she starts the clue, she then becomes enemies with most of the people and is being tailed while driving, next she will get the police involved and have them help her out, somehow her dads mystery connects to her mystery then they solve it together. Secondly, going back to my first comment, they end the same way EVERY time! You don't even have to read the book to know that in the end the mystery of the... will be solved! Lastly, I don't get why the author would write 58 books about the same subject! Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy reading it... (except the parts I listed above) I would recommend this book to anyone who likes solving mysteries and adventure.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    **This is for the revised edition which has a completely different story than the original** I've read this book a number of times and always enjoyed it but since its been a few years i figured I'd give it another reread. The aspect of this book I've always liked is Nancy working undercover in an art shop and wearing a disguise but the rest I really dont enjoy. All of the chapters involving boating were beyond boring to me. The paragraphs were filled with sailing terms that Im unfamiliar with and, **This is for the revised edition which has a completely different story than the original** I've read this book a number of times and always enjoyed it but since its been a few years i figured I'd give it another reread. The aspect of this book I've always liked is Nancy working undercover in an art shop and wearing a disguise but the rest I really dont enjoy. All of the chapters involving boating were beyond boring to me. The paragraphs were filled with sailing terms that Im unfamiliar with and, unlike other Nancy Drew books, these terms arent explained. The end chapter had me rolling my eyes though I wont go into details to avoid spoilers. After this reading I changed my rating from 5 stars to 3, sorry Nancy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    There is just something about a Nancy Drew book that is relaxing.While the actual story-line itself is very juvenile, it was a refreshing read. I still that a lot of the scenarios that Nancy gets into aren't realistic for the time period (late 1930's), I've found that the books are fun to read. This particular one has Nancy and her friends trying to solve two mysteries at one time - the vanished whispering statue and a collection of rare books. Being that trouble has a way of finding Nancy, she There is just something about a Nancy Drew book that is relaxing.While the actual story-line itself is very juvenile, it was a refreshing read. I still that a lot of the scenarios that Nancy gets into aren't realistic for the time period (late 1930's), I've found that the books are fun to read. This particular one has Nancy and her friends trying to solve two mysteries at one time - the vanished whispering statue and a collection of rare books. Being that trouble has a way of finding Nancy, she not only manages to solve both cases, but to get kidnapped as well. The book moved very quickly and it made for a pleasurable couple of days worth of reading. I read this for the Statue category in Book Cover Bingo and I rented the book from the library.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    How do the bad guys always know where Nancy is so they can call her/show up to threaten her? Maybe they could just assassinate her, since scaring her never works. Nancy dons a horrible black wig, applies self-tanner and horn-rimmed sunglasses, gives herself an alias, and with the help of Bess and George, manages to take down a band of forgers and thieves. No consciousness lost, but she does get shoved into a statue mold (think sarcophagus) and kidnapped. Also, she destroys yet another boat.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    Nancy's a working girl! And she spends most of her time in a disguise! That may be some of the more wild things she has done vs. risking her life confronting cult leaders, going up against burglars and kidnappers, etc. I enjoyed that it was a little different than the normal formula (at least in those two departments). I thought the flow was good and the story was interesting. An enjoyable Nancy Drew. Nancy's a working girl! And she spends most of her time in a disguise! That may be some of the more wild things she has done vs. risking her life confronting cult leaders, going up against burglars and kidnappers, etc. I enjoyed that it was a little different than the normal formula (at least in those two departments). I thought the flow was good and the story was interesting. An enjoyable Nancy Drew.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I am going to start re-reading (I am proud to say I read all of these when I was in 2nd grade) all of this series. A friend of mine's son had a whole stack of them at his house and I picked it up and found myself loving this series all over again. Great book, not the best writing, but still good for trying to figure out who the bad guy is. I am going to start re-reading (I am proud to say I read all of these when I was in 2nd grade) all of this series. A friend of mine's son had a whole stack of them at his house and I picked it up and found myself loving this series all over again. Great book, not the best writing, but still good for trying to figure out who the bad guy is.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    Nancy Drew is like the perfect sleuth. I never really expect a bad ending because I know she always gets the bad guys in the end. But I must admit I kind of wish she hadn't escaped the statue encasement. (Evil grin). Nancy Drew is like the perfect sleuth. I never really expect a bad ending because I know she always gets the bad guys in the end. But I must admit I kind of wish she hadn't escaped the statue encasement. (Evil grin).

  27. 4 out of 5

    Greta

    Ahhh. Nancy becomes entangled in a mystery involving art... enough said.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I read and re-read about half of the Nancy Drew series as a kid... they were great!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    A lot of fun. And of course the statue looks just like Nancy!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Monica Willyard Moen

    This book and treat me as a child, and I just had to read it again. The story is still interesting, and I still enjoyed it, though I knew what was coming in the plot this time.

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