The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion
is the eighteenth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
series published by Grossett & Dunlap, and was first published in 1941. The original text was written by ghostwriter, "Mildred Wirt Benson" based upon a plot outline from Stratemeyer Syndicate co-owner, "Harriet Stratemeyer Adams". The book's title was changed to "Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion" when it was revised in 1971, because the story is completely different and not much of the investigation takes place at the title location. In the original, many plots and much investigation all tie back to the same house deep in the forest, while Nancy helps her father locate an heiress, expose an imposter, explore a murder, and investigate strange screams at the Mansion; none of the action in the original story took place in "River Heights".
Plot summary - 1941 edition
Nancy's father Carson Drew enlists her help in tracking down a missing heiress, and Nancy, Bess and George stumble upon a mysterious moss-covered mansion. They later hear that someone was murdered near the mansion and they hear strange noises coming from inside. The volume is 25 chapters in length, and includes a great deal of action, including a murder, gypsies, a missing heiress, a needy elderly lady, a reclusive artist, an airplane accident, and a forest fire.
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