The Secret of the Old Clock (2001 printing) by Carolyn Keene
The Secret of the Old Clock is the first Nancy Drew book. In this story, Nancy meets several people who thought they’d been named heirs in a man’s will, but after his death, the only will to surface is one that leaves everything to an already-wealthy man and his obnoxious family. Many suspect that a more recent will exists, but no one has any idea of where to start looking for it. Nancy likes her new friends and decides to go will-hunting on their behalves.
One thing that strikes me as odd is how often Nancy eats in this rewrite of the original story. She goes somewhere, she has a meal, she looks around and/or talks to some people, and then she goes somewhere else. To put it more succinctly, she eats, sleuths, and leaves. Here’s an example.
Nancy ate a dish of strawberries, then started on the waffles. “These are yummy,” she stated, pouring maple syrup over a second one.
She had just finished eating when the phone rang. . . .
Nancy┬á went upstairs for her purse, then drove to her father’s office. . . .
The amount of description that goes into some of these meals is odd. Do I need to know that she said the waffles were yummy, or that she had two? But even in this rewrite, there is something endearing about Nancy and her adventures are still exciting. Though I suspect the original is better, I enjoyed this version and gave it a B+ grade.