The Sign of the Twisted Candles is the ninth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. As the second volume written by Walter Karig, it was originally published in 1933 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Due to Karig having died in 1956, as of January 1, 2007, the 1933 book and the other two Nancy Drew books he wrote, have passed into the public domain in Canada and other countries with a life-plus-50 policy.
Summaries (original edition)
In the course of solving the mystery of an old man’s disappearing fortune, Nancy both starts and ends a family feud and reveals the identity of an orphan of unknown parentage. This story focuses on Nancy’s encounter with a 100-year-old man at The Sign of the Twisted Candles, a roadside inn and restaurant. Nancy and her friends, Bess and George, take afternoon tea there while waiting out a storm, where Nancy’s roadster is blocked by a fallen tree. They encounter Asa Sidney, celebrating his 100th birthday, and the maid and waitress, Carol Wipple, mistreated by her adoptive parents, Frank and Emma Jemmit.
Nancy discovers Mr. Sidney is an elderly relative of Bess and George, and her willingness to communicate with him launches a family feud upon his death a few days later. This leaves Nancy without allies in the family, as the cousins refuse to associate with her.
Carol is named as the major benefactress, and Nancy sets out to prove Frank and Emma Jemmit have misappropriated property. Nancy also must discover why Asa was interested in young Carol. Meanwhile, relatives from the Sidney and Boonton families fight over the money.
While investigating, Nancy is reunited with her friends. Later, during the climax of the book, she is nearly killed when pushed from a ladder that had been laid against a tower window, illustrated in the original 1933 edition. Carol is discovered to be the great-niece of Asa Sidney; thus she owns the rights to a number of inventions awaiting patents from Sidney. The family feud is resolved due to Nancy’s discoveries.
Nancy Drew #9 The Sign of the Twisted Candles First Edition Book Identification Points
Only the first few printings of the first/second year are included. Printings codes are based on the Farrah Guide, 12th printing. Please refer to the guide for later printings.
Note: Glossy+: Glossy frontis + 3 glossy internals.
|Printing||Frontis||Copyright Page||Rear Book Ads|
|1932C-1||Glossy+||Nancy Drew #1-9||Nancy Drew #1-8/Judy Bolton #1-3|
|1932D-2||Glossy+||Nancy Drew #1-9||Nancy Drew #1-8/Judy Bolton #1-4|
Nancy Drew #9 The Sign of the Twisted Candles First Edition Dust Jacket Identification Points
|Printing||Front Flap||Rear Cover||Rear Flap||Reverse/Inside||Format|
|1932C-1||Nancy Drew #1-6, 8, 9||Judy Bolton #4, 1-3||Blythe Girls #1-12||Nancy Drew #1-9 ao||3|
|1932D-2||Nancy Drew #1-6, 8, 9||Judy Bolton #4, 1-3||Blythe Girls #1-12||Nancy Drew #1-9 ao||3|
ao: Among other titles.
- Farah’s Guide to Nancy Drew, 12th printing