The Secret of Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew, No. 5)

By Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew arrives in Phoenix, Arizona, eagerly watching for a fun-packed holiday at Shadow Ranch, yet without warning reveals herself interested in a baffling secret. The ranch is being haunted through an unknown enemy. area people think that the ghostly animal is conducting the curse of Dirk Valentine, the romantic outlaw who was once killed decades in the past at Shadow Ranch, the place he had long gone to meet a promise to his sweetheart. Aided by means of her associates Bess Marvin and George Fayne, Nancy comes face-to-face with catastrophe whilst she is trapped inside of a construction that's toppled by means of a rockslide —a rockslide that's intentionally brought on. however the lovely titian-haired detective continues to be undaunted in her choice to resolve the secret.

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Crying for pleasure, Alice helped her father sit up straight and the 2 embraced. After introductions, Mr. Regor defined that he had made the thumping noise via kicking his heels. “My throat was once so parched I couldn’t yell out to you. ” Then Alice’s father advised his tale. “I’ve been a prisoner within the cabin for 6 months—ever given that they abducted me on the time of the financial institution theft. yet this morning the group meant to move after the Rawley treasure social gathering, in order that they moved me right here, the place they proposal I wouldn’t be came across. ” “Why did you visit the financial institution the evening of the theft, Daddy? ” Alice requested. “To get a few vital papers I had left there. i used to be operating at domestic and wanted them. ” He acknowledged he had interrupted the theft, and the crowd took him alongside to maintain him from making a choice on them. “They’re Westerners,” he went on, “and have used this cabin hideout earlier than. the belief was once to stick the following for a cooling-off interval. ” “How many are within the gang? ” Nancy requested. “Three. at the start Shorty and Sid Brice stayed within the cabin with me whereas Al Diamond lived in Tumbleweed and taken us provides. ” “Who’s Sid Brice, Uncle Ross? ” Bess requested. “The gray-haired fellow who feels like me. ” “He calls himself Bursey,” Nancy instructed him. “I know,” stated Mr. Regor. “One day A1 Diamond got here to the cabin all excited. He’d talked to an Indian woman named Mary Deer and discovered all approximately Valentine’s treasure. So Diamond made up our minds that the group should still move after it and despatched Shorty to get a task at the ranch. He was once speculated to unfold the phantom-horse tale and force the Rawleys off. ” Nancy seemed afflicted. “Mr. Regor, what occurred to the financial institution loot? ” “It was once hidden within the cabin until eventually Shorty suggested that you just ladies had noticed where. “The subsequent day Diamond and Brice moved the money to the ghost city and made me cross alongside. that they had simply accomplished hiding the loot within the previous inn after we heard your horses forthcoming. Brice hustled me down the hill. All i may do was once drop certainly one of my crayons and wish anyone could locate it. ” “Oh, we did, Daddy! ” exclaimed Alice. Mr. Regor stated Diamond had remained within the ghost city to undercover agent at the ladies. “Later he advised us he had prompted a rockslide. ” Nancy pointed out discovering the espresso cups at the desk within the cabin. “Yes. We heard your horses clattering up the slope, so Brice compelled me out the window in again and into the little rocky passage. He had the puppy on a rope and made him pass too. yet later he broke free. ” “We discovered certainly one of your images at the desk, Uncle Ross,” stated George. the guy smiled. “I’ve been drawing images to maintain myself busy. Brice has been promoting them and protecting the cash for himself,” he additional. “Those negative males! Have they mistreated you, Daddy? ” The financial institution president acknowledged he had now not been damage, yet have been underfed and was once susceptible. “I as soon as heard Brice say there has been time sufficient to cast off me once they left Shadow Mountain. ” whereas Alice instructed her father all that had occurred to this point, Nancy, Bess, and George flashed their lighting approximately Mr. Regor’s criminal. the ground used to be affected by items of damaged pottery and rock.

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