Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
These are the original Nancy Drew Stories. The first 56 books (The Secret of the Old Clock to The Thirteenth Pearl) were published from 1930 to 1979 by Grosset & Dunlap. In 1979, The Stratemeyer Syndicate (creator of Nancy Drew) changed publishers and Simon & Schuster started publishing the stories with Book 57, The Triple Hoax. There are now 175 books in the series. Oftimes, Books 57-175 are referred to as Nancy Drew Digests because they were printed as digest-size paperbacks. A few of the books between 57 and 78 were also available in hardback.
Of special note is the fact that Books 1-34 are available in an original text and a revised text version. From the years 1959 to 1977, the earlier books were changed and/or updated to shorten the length from 25 to 20 chapters; remove outdated slang, stereotypes, and prejudices; and to update Nancy's character a bit. In general, she was aged up to 18 and her personality was toned down and evened out to make her a bit less feisty.
Recommended Age: 8-14 Recommended Grade Level: 4-7 AR Book Level: 3.8-6.4
Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Book List
Publication Dates: 1930 - 2003
- The Secret of the Old Clock
- The Hidden Staircase
- The Bungalow Mystery
- The Mystery at Lilac Inn
- The Secret of Shadow Ranch
- The Secret of Red Gate Farm
- The Clue in the Diary
- Nancy’s Mysterious Letter
- The Sign of the Twisted Candles
- The Password to Larkspur Lane
- The Clue of the Broken Locket
- The Message in the Hollow Oak
- The Mystery of the Ivory Charm
- The Whispering Statue
- The Haunted Bridge
- The Clue of the Tapping Heels
- The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk
- Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion
- The Quest of the Missing Map
- The Clue in the Jewel Box
- The Secret in the Old Attic
- The Clue in the Crumbling Wall
- The Mystery of the Tolling Bell
- The Clue in the Old Album
- The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
- The Clue of the Leaning Chimney
- The Secret of the Wooden Lady
- The Clue of the Black Keys
- Mystery at the Ski Jump
- The Clue of the Velvet Mask
- The Ringmaster’s Secret
- The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
- The Witch Tree Symbol
- The Hidden Window Mystery
- The Haunted Showboat
- The Secret of the Golden Pavilion
- The Clue in the Old Stagecoach
- The Mystery of the Fire Dragon
- The Clue of the Dancing Puppet
- The Moonstone Castle Mystery
- The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes
- The Phantom of Pine Hill
- The Mystery of the 99 Steps
- The Clue in the Crossword Cipher
- The Spider Sapphire Mystery
- The Invisible Intruder
- The Mysterious Mannequin
- The Crooked Banister
- The Secret of Mirror Bay
- The Double Jinx Mystery
- The Mystery of the Glowing Eye
- The Secret of the Forgotten City
- The Sky Phantom
- The Strange Message in the Parchment
- Mystery of Crocodile Island
- The Thirteenth Pearl
- The Triple Hoax
- The Flying Saucer Mystery
- The Secret in the Old Lace
- The Greek Symbol Mystery
- The Swami’s Ring
- The Kachina Doll Mystery
- The Twin Dilemma
- Captive Witness
- Mystery of the Winged Lion
- Race against Time
- Sinister Omen
- The Elusive Heiress
- Clue in the Ancient Disguise
- Broken Anchor
- The Silver Cobweb
- Haunted Carousel
- Enemy Match
- The Mysterious Image
- The Emerald-Eyed Cat Mystery
- The Eskimo’s Secret
- Bluebeard Room
- Phantom of Venice
- The Double Horror of Fenley Place
- The Case of the Disappearing Diamonds
- The Mardi Gras Mystery
- The Clue in the Camera
- The Case of the Vanishing Veil
- Joker’s Revenge
- The Secret of Shady Glen
- The Mystery of Misty Canyon
- The Case of the Rising Star
- The Search for Cindy Austin
- The Case of the Disappearing Deejay
- The Puzzle at Pineview School
- The Girl Who Couldn’t Remember
- The Ghost of Craven Cove
- The Case of the Safecrackers Secret
- The Picture-Perfect Mystery
- The Silent Suspect Nancy Drew
- The Case of the Photo Finish
- The Mystery of Magnolia Mansion
- The Haunting Of Horse Island
- The Secret at Seven Rocks
- A Secret in Time
- The Mystery of the Missing Millionairess
- The Secret in the Dark
- The Stranger in the Shadows
- The Mystery of the Jade Tiger
- The Clue in the Antique Trunk
- The Case of the Artful Crime
- The Legend of Miner’s Creek
- The Secret of the Tibetan Treasure
- The Mystery of the Masked Rider
- The Nutcracker Ballet Mystery
- The Secret at Solaire
- Crime in the Queen’s Court
- The Secret Lost At Sea
- The Search for the Silver Persian
- The Suspect in the Smoke
- The Case of the Twin Teddy Bears
- Mystery on the Menu
- Trouble at Lake Tahoe
- The Mystery of the Missing Mascot
- The Case of the Floating Crime
- The Fortune Teller’s Secret
- The Message in the Haunted Mansion
- The Clue on the Silver Screen
- The Secret of the Scarlet Hand
- The Teen Model Mystery
- The Riddle in the Rare Book
- The Case of the Dangerous Solution
- The Treasure in the Royal Tower
- The Baby-Sitter Burglaries
- The Sign of the Falcon
- The Hidden Inheritance
- The Fox Hunt Mystery
- The Mystery at the Crystal Palace
- The Secret of the Forgotten Cave
- The Riddle of the Ruby Gazelle
- The Wedding Day Mystery
- In Search of the Black Rose
- The Legend of the Lost Gold
- The Secret of Candlelight Inn
- The Door-to-Door Deception
- The Wild Cat Crime
- The Case of Capital Intrigue
- Mystery on Maui
- The E-Mail Mystery
- The Missing Horse Mystery
- The Ghost of the Lantern Lady
- The Case of the Captured Queen
- On The Trail Of Trouble
- The Clue of the Gold Doubloons
- Mystery at Moorsea Manor
- The Chocolate-Covered Contest
- The Key in the Satin Pocket
- Whispers in the Fog
- The Legend of the Emerald Lady
- The Mystery in Tornado Alley
- The Secret in the Stars
- The Music Festival Mystery
- The Curse of the Black Cat
- The Secret of the Fiery Chamber
- The Clue on the Crystal Dove
- Lost in the Everglades
- The Case of the Lost Song
- The Clues Challenge
- The Mystery of the Mother Wolf
- The Crime Lab Case
- The Case of the Creative Crime
- Mystery by Moonlight
- Bike Tour Mystery
- Mistletoe Mystery
- No Strings Attached
- Intrigue at the Grand Opera
- The Riding Club Crime
- Danger on the Great Lakes
- A Taste of Danger
- Werewolf in a Winter Wonderland
The Secret of the Old Clock (original text)
In this first of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Nancy, unaided, seeks to find a missing will. To the surprise of many, the Topham family will inherit wealthy Josiah Crowley's fortune, instead of deserving relatives and friends who were promised inheritances.
Nancy determines that a clue to a second will might be found in an old clock Mr. Crowley had owned, and she seeks to find the timepiece. Her search not only tests her keen mind, but also leads her into a thrilling adventure.
The Secret of the Old Clock (revised text)
In The Secret of the Old Clock, Nancy discovers a mystery surrounding the will of Josiah Crowley: While some of Crowley's impoverished relatives -- the Turners -- claim that he had included them in his will, several of his arrogant relatives -- the Tophams -- claim that they possess the only copy, which leaves them in total possession of the deceased man's fortune. However, it is said that Crowley's antique clock, which is missing, contains a clue to the location of his real will.
Is it possible that strange old Josiah Crowley made two wills -- one genuine and one a fake? Intrigued by the situation, Nancy begins searching for the clock, but it seems that someone doesn't want her to find it. Will Nancy be able to overcome the challenges of her investigation and outwit those who are trying to stop her? And will the clock's contents turn out to be what she's expecting?
The Hidden Staircase (original text)
The Turnbull sisters, Rosemary and Floretta, ask Nancy to help them solve the mysterious "haunting" of their Civil War-era home, The Mansion. The sisters explain that numerous valuables have gone missing but they cannot understand how anyone could have entered the locked house to commit the thefts.
Before Nancy sets off to stay at The Mansion for a week, she receives a threatening letter telling her to stay away from the Turnbull mystery.
The Hidden Staircase (revised text)
After receiving a call from her friend Helen Corning, Nancy agrees to help solve a baffling mystery. Helen's Aunt Rosemary has been living with her mother at the old family mansion, and they have noticed many strange things. They have heard music, thumps, and creaking noises at night, and seen eerie shadows on the walls. Could the house be haunted?
Just as soon as she hangs up the phone, a strange man visits Nancy's house to warn her and her father that they are in danger because of a case he is working on buying property for a railroad company. This warning leads Nancy and her father Carson to search for the missing Willie Wharton, a landowner, who can prove he signed away his land to the railroad and save the railroad from a lawsuit. Will Nancy be able to find the missing landowner and discover how these mysteries are related?
The Bungalow Mystery (original text)
Nancy and Helen are trapped in a violent lake storm and rescued by a young orphan, Laura Pendleton. Upon meeting Laura's guardian, Jacob Aborn, the girls are disturbed by Mr. Aborn's odd and crass behaviors. Soon Laura confides in Nancy about Mr. Aborn's mistreatment toward her.
While trying to help Laura, Nancy has a perilous experience in and around a deserted bungalow at the hands of a crafty villain, from which only her bravery and quick thinking save her.
The Bungalow Mystery (revised text)
While driving a motorboat around the Twin Lakes, Nancy and her friend Helen get caught in a dangerous storm. Luckily, they are rescued by another teenage girl in a rowboat. They soon learn that their rescuer is Laura Pendleton, whose mother has recently passed away. Laura has come to meet up with her new guardians, but something isn’t quite right about them. Nancy investigates the situation, and soon she stumbles upon a shocking surprise in the cellar of a bungalow!
The Mystery at Lilac Inn (original text)
A theft at Lilac Inn of Emily Crandall's diamonds has Nancy searching for the thieves -- despite troublesome housekeeper issues in the Drew household following Hannah’s unplanned absence. The girl detective is suspicious of a sullen girl who, formerly impoverished, has sudden wealth. A dramatic encounter with the wily thieves has Nancy bound and gagged on a ship before this mystery reaches a satisfactory resolution.
The Mystery at Lilac Inn (revised text)
Nancy and her friend Helen visit their friend Emily Willoughby at Lilac Inn, which Emily now owns, to help her plan her wedding. Emily plans on selling inherited diamonds in order to help fix up the Lilac Inn. However, Nancy soon learns that someone has been impersonating her and making expensive purchases under her name. Soon after, Emily's diamonds are stolen! Can Nancy find the thieves and recover the missing diamonds?
The Secret at Shadow Ranch (original text)
Nancy Drew is looking forward to a fun-filled vacation at Shadow Ranch in Arizona, but she soon finds herself involved in solving a baffling mystery surrounding a mistreated child. With her chums, Bess Marvin and George Fayne and their cousin Alice Regor, the girls investigate the plight of young Lucy Brown who lives with Martha Frank, a mean-spirited woman. Nancy also determines to help Alice who has a mystery of her own - her father went missing years ago.
The Secret of Shadow Ranch (revised text)
Nancy Drew arrives in Phoenix, Arizona, eagerly looking forward to a fun-filled vacation at Shadow Ranch, but abruptly finds herself involved in a baffling mystery. The ranch is being haunted by an unknown enemy. Local people believe that the ghostly animal is carrying out the curse of Dirk Valentine, the romantic outlaw who was killed many years ago at Shadow Ranch, where he had gone to fulfill a promise to his sweetheart. Aided by her friends Bess Marvin and George Fayne, Nancy comes face-to-face with disaster when she is trapped inside a building that is toppled by a rockslide -- a rockslide which is deliberately caused. But the pretty titian-haired detective remains undaunted in her determination to solve the mystery.
The Secret of Red Gate Farm (original text)
When Bess Marvin purchased an expensive bottle of Oriental perfume, she never expected to stumble into a mystery. Now Bess, Nancy, George, and their new friend Jo are out to unravel the secrets of a mysterious conspiracy, a secretive cult, and a ring of counterfeiters in The Secret of Red Gate Farm.
The Secret of Red Gate Farm (revised text)
Nancy and her friends, Bess and George, meet Joanne Byrd on a train ride home. Joanne lives at Red Gate Farm with her grandmother, but if they do not raise enough money to pay the mortgage, they will soon lose the farm! Nancy, Bess, and George decide to stay at Red Gate for a week as paying customers. Soon, they learn about the strange group of people who rent a cave on the property. They describe themselves as a nature cult called the Black Snake Colony. Nancy investigates their group and helps to uncover a ring of counterfeiters in town!
The Clue in the Diary (original text)
Nancy and her friends witness an explosion and the burning of a beautiful country mansion. Fearing its occupants may be trapped in the blazing building, they rush to the rescue -- and unexpectedly find themselves confronted with a mystery that seems insoluble.
The first clue is an anonymous diary -- its entries in a handwriting difficult to decipher. Who dropped the diary? Was it the stranger Nancy saw running away from the fire? What was he doing there?
Finding out how Nancy discovers the answers to these questions makes for another exciting Nancy Drew mystery.
The Clue in the Diary (revised text)
Nancy, Bess, and George, returning from a country carnival, witness the malicious burning of a stately home. Fearing its occupants might be trapped in the fire, they rush to the rescue. Other motorists including handsome, Ned Nickerson, are also at the scene.
Nancy notices a mysterious man running from the fire and finds a lost diary. Nancy learns the homeowner and the man who kept the diary are involved in a business transaction in which the latter was cheated. Despite strong evidence to the contrary, Nancy is convinced of the prime suspect's innocence. While working to exonerate the troubled man, Nancy is delighted by her new friendship with Ned.
Nancy's Mysterious Letter (original text)
By mistake, Nancy receives a letter from England intended for an heiress named Nancy Smith Drew. When the girl sleuth undertakes a search for the British heiress, it becomes obvious that a ruthless, dangerous man is determined to prevent the young detective from locating the missing woman. Nancy finds several clues that lead her to believe the cunning man, operator of a fraudulent Lonely Hearts Club, plans to marry the heiress for her inheritance.
Nancy's Mysterious Letter (revised text)
By mistake, Nancy Drew receives a letter from England intended for an heiress, also named Nancy Drew. When Nancy undertakes a search for the missing young woman, it becomes obvious that a ruthless, dangerous man is determined to prevent her from finding the heiress or himself. Clues that Nancy unearths leads her to believe that the villainous Edgar Nixon plans to marry the heiress and then steal her inheritance.
During her investigation Nancy discovers that Nixon is engaged in a racket that involves many innocent, trusting persons. The thrilling hunt for Nixon and the heiress takes Nancy in and out of many perilous situations.
How the teenage detective saves the British heiress from the sly, cunning schemer makes a highly intriguing story of mystery and suspense.
The Sign of the Twisted Candles (original text)
Nancy, Bess, and George visit an old inn and meet Asa Sidney, a distant relative of the cousins, on the day of his 100th birthday. Nancy generously arranges an impromptu celebration for Mr. Sidney through the innkeeper and his wife.
During the party, she befriends the foster daughter of these caretakers and discovers Mr. Sidney is virtually a prisoner in his own mansion. The young detective is further puzzled upon learning of the elderly man's disappearing fortune.
Following Mr. Sidney's sudden demise, Nancy searches the old inn for answers, but this quest and her new friendship with the young girl nearly cause her to lose Bess and George. With only the sign of the twisted candles to guide her, Nancy uncovers hidden treasures, an amazing letter, and ends a long-standing family feud.
The Sign of the Twisted Candles (revised text)
Another exciting mystery begins for the young detective when her friends Bess and George ask her to investigate a rumor that their wealthy great-granduncle, Asa Sidney, is virtually a prisoner in his own mansion. But solving the mystery and befriending Carol Whipple, the sixteen-year-old foster daughter of the caretakers of the old mansion, nearly costs Nancy the friendship of Bess and George.
It takes all of Nancy's sleuthing ability, as well as diplomacy, to save it. Nancy braves one danger after another to bring to justice the swindlers who are stealing Asa Sidney’s fortune. With only the sign of the twisted candles to guide her, Nancy uncovers hidden treasure and an amazing letter that ends a family feud and brings unexpected happiness to Carol.
The Password to Larkspur Lane (original text)
A strange message, attached to the leg of a wounded homing pigeon, involves Nancy in a dangerous mission. Before beginning her investigation, Nancy is contacted by a local physician who had been kidnapped to treat an elderly woman held prisoner in a country mansion. The doctor furnishes a valuable clue—a bracelet to which the woman has a matching necklace. Nancy is determined to find and free the captured woman. Following the bracelet and carrier pigeon clues, she locates a mysterious retreat and a ruthless ring of swindlers. Nancy undertakes a risky masquerade to save helpless elderly women.
Password to Larkspur Lane (revised text)
Blue bells will be singing horses!
This strange message, attached to the leg of a wounded homing pigeon, involves Nancy Drew in a dangerous mission. Somewhere an elderly woman is being held prisoner in a mansion, and Nancy is determined to find and free her.
Meanwhile, the young detective’s close friend, Helen, begs her to solve a second mystery. Helen’s grandparents, the Cornings, are frightened by a sinister wheel of blue fire that appears after dark in the woods outside their home at lonely Sylvan Lake.
When Nancy discovers the significance of the eerie signal, she also learns that her two mysteries are connected.
The Clue of the Broken Locket (original text)
Nancy's sympathy for adopted twin babies leads her into a surprising mystery during her quest for the children's real parents. Carson Drew handles an adoption for the wealthy show-business couple, Johnny and Kitty Blair. The Blairs invite Nancy and Bess to a celebration, during which the Blairs and the other guests are distracted by the festivities. Nancy’s sympathy for the adopted twin babies drives her to secure some clothing and the mysterious half of a broken locket that were with the abandoned infants. Using these clues, the girl sleuth sets forth to discover the whereabouts of the twins' missing natural parents.
The Clue of the Broken Locket (revised text)
When Nancy Drew and her friends arrive at Misty Lake, they meet pretty, red-haired Cecily Curtis, who seeks Nancy’s help in solving two mysteries. One concerns Cecily’s fiancé, Niko Van Dyke, a popular singer who believes that his record company is cheating him of royalty payments. The other involves a family treasure hidden before the start of the Civil War. Cecily’s only clue is half of a gold locket. Nancy’s investigations lead her to Pudding Stone Lodge, where the sinister Driscoll family lives. Strange coincidences give Nancy plenty of opportunity to test her sleuthing skills. Braving a series of dangerous situations and discouraging developments, the alert young detective perseveres in her attempts to solve both mysteries and reveal the astounding secrets of Pudding Stone Lodge.
The Message in the Hollow Oak (original text)
Nancy learns she has won a prize in a contest; property in Canada. When a train crash derails Nancy’s plans to visit her land, a seriously injured passenger requests that she deliver two messages: one to the woman’s grandfather and another to a lost love. Upon arriving at her property, Nancy faces a huge challenge. Two unsavory men believe there might be gold on Nancy’s land and are determined to find it before the new owner.
The Message in the Hollow Oak (revised text)
A group of professional detectives challenge Nancy to tackle a mystery that they have failed to solve: find an invaluable message hidden by a missionary centuries ago in a hollow oak tree in Illinois. While searching the woods for the ancient tree, Nancy and her friends live with a group of young archaeologists who are excavating prehistoric Indian burial mounds on a nearby farm. A shadowy enemy stalks Nancy and harasses everyone at the dig. The young investigator pursues her dangerous adversary to an outlaws’ cave, and is threatened when she discovers an unusual treasure. How Nancy, with few clues to go on, solves this complex mystery will thrill all readers.
The Mystery of the Ivory Charm (original text)
During her investigation of a circus performer who may be involved in a mysterious illegal scheme, Nancy Drew sets out to determine whether an exquisite ivory elephant charm really protects its wearer from harm. However, her assignment becomes quite complicated when the circus' elephant trainer’s young assistant seeks refuge from his cruel foster father at the Drew home.
While following clues to help the boy find his real father, Nancy discovers an eerie abandoned house and her dangerous enemies try to thwart her every effort to discover a secret surrounding the unusual ivory charm.
The Mystery of the Ivory Charm (revised text)
What secret life-giving power does the exquisite ivory elephant charm contain? Can the trinket really protect its wearer from all harm? Nancy Drew finds out when the owner of the Bengleton Wild-Animal Show asks her to investigate one of the performers who may be involved in some mysterious illegal scheme. The girl detective’s assignment becomes complicated when the elephant trainer’s young assistant, Rishi, seeks refuge at the Drew home from his cruel foster father, Rai.
While following clues to help the boy find his real father, Nancy learns about an eerie abandoned house. She is harassed by its strange owner, Anita Allison, and the fiendish Rai. How Nancy uses the ivory charm, reunites a maharaja with his son, and brings the evildoers to justice will mystify readers from beginning to end.
The Whispering Statue (original text)
Nancy, Bess, and George find a stray dog en route to the opening ceremonies of a new city park. The troublesome terrier carries the handbag of one of the guest speakers into a nearby pond. Nancy retrieves the handbag and learns Mrs. Owen wants to find her estranged husband.
Nancy, her father, and the cousins travel to a seaside community for a vacation. On the train, the girls observe Miss Morse, an elderly woman, conversing with a young man. The girls suspect he is trying to swindle her. At Sea Cliff, the girl sleuth is perplexed when, again meeting Miss Morse who acknowledges she is being swindled, but dismisses Nancy!
Despite the rebuff, Nancy continues her search for both the suspected criminal and Mrs. Owen’s vanished husband. A statue in a whispering pose on the overgrown grounds of a deserted estate fascinates the three girls. The statue has an uncanny resemblance to Nancy!
The Whispering Statue (revised text)
Once again, Nancy faces two puzzling mysteries at once! The first concerns a valuable collection of rare books that Mrs. Horace Merriam commissioned an art dealer to sell--has he swindled her instead? The second mystery revolves around the baffling theft of a beautiful marble statue. To solve both mysteries, the famous young detective disguises herself and assumes a false identity. Despite these precautions, danger stalks Nancy’s every move. An attempted kidnapping, a nearly disastrous sailboat collision, and an encounter with a dishonest sculptor are just a few of the exciting challenges that Nancy is faced with as she gathers evidence against a clever ring of art thieves.
The Haunted Bridge (original text)
Carson Drew is seeking a clever ring of jewel thieves and asks his daughter to assist him. The trail leads to a luxurious summer resort area where the Drews, Bess and George are vacationing. Before Nancy has a chance to start work on her father's case, a golf caddy tells her a frightening tale. In the nearby dense woods, an old wooden footbridge is guarded by a ghost! Intrigued by the caddy's story, Nancy decides to investigate. Several riddles confront the young detective in her attempts to solve the mystery of the haunted bridge and track down a woman suspected of being a key member of the gang of jewel thieves.
The Haunted Bridge (revised text)
Mr. Drew is on the trail of an international ring of jewel thieves and asks Nancy to assist him. The trail leads to a summer resort area. Before Nancy has a chance to start work on her father’s case, a golf caddy tells her a frightening tale--in the dense woods nearby is an old wooden footbridge guarded by a ghost! Intrigued by the caddy’s story, Nancy decides to investigate. Several riddles confront the young detective as she attempts to solve the mystery of the haunted bridge and track down a woman suspected of being a key member of the gang of jewel thieves.
The Clue of the Tapping Heels (original text)
Challenging questions confront Nancy when she attempts to solve the mystery of the strange tapping sounds in the house of a retired actress. Who is the tapper? How does he gain access to the house, despite securely locked doors and windows? Why do the tapping sounds come in Morse code? Is there a sinister motive behind the prowler’s actions?
While trying to learn the answers to these and other puzzling questions, Nancy finds her investigations complicated by the dishonest administrator of a will and by a thief who steals the actress’s prize-winning Persian cats.
The Clue of the Tapping Heels (revised text)
Challenging questions confront Nancy Drew when she attempts to solve the mystery of the strange tapping sounds in the house of a retired actress. Who is the tapper? How does he gain access to Miss Carter's house, despite securely locked doors and windows? Why do the tapping sounds come in Morse code? Is there a sinister motive behind the prowler's actions?
While trying to learn the answers to these and other puzzling questions, Nancy finds her investigations complicated by the dishonest administrator of a will and by a thief who steals the actress's prize Persian cats.
How Nancy communicates with the ghostlike intruder by tap dancing in code, how she outwits three criminals wanted by the police, and how she brings happiness to Miss Carter in a romantic reunion with the actress's former leading man will thrill the lively young detective's host of fans.
The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk (original text)
Nancy, Bess, and George make plans to travel to South America by boat. Her father buys her a new initialed brass-bound trunk from a local luggage firm. Prior to departure, Nancy learns there are issues concerning the questionable quality of the merchandise. The owner, a friend of Carson Drew, asks Nancy to investigate and to convince his daughter, Doris, to marry Henry Washburn, the son of his deceased business partner. After the ship sails, Nancy discovers that an identical trunk was delivered to her cabin by mistake and her luggage is missing. She vows to find the owner of the other trunk, return it and recover her own. After locating the other girl, Nancy is puzzled as to why thieves keep trying to steal both monogrammed trunks.
The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk (revised text)
From the moment Nancy Drew boards an ocean liner leaving for New York, she becomes involved in a new and dangerous mystery. A man on the pier gestures to someone on board in sign language. BEWARE OF NANCY DREW AND NE, he signals. Who is NE? Can it be Nelda Detweiler, a young woman who shares a cabin with Nancy, Bess, and George? Mystery and intrigue follow the girls across the ocean; but with her usual ingenuity, Nancy solves the mystery and defeats her enemies before the ship reaches New York.
The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion (original text)
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. The girls learn someone was murdered near the mansion and they hear strange noises coming from inside the building. Action bounds in this thrilling adventure involving gypsies, a missing heiress, a needy elderly lady, a reclusive artist, an airplane accident, and a forest fire.
Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion (revised text)
A friend of Carson Drew’s has been arrested and charged with sending a truck loaded with explosive oranges into the Space Center complex at Cape Kennedy. Knowing that Mr. Billington could not possibly be guilty of sabotage, Nancy and her father rush to the defense of the accused man. During the Drews’ investigation, Nancy becomes suspicious of an old spooky mansion that houses fierce African wild animals on its extensive grounds. Soon, she discovers that something besides the training of wild animals is going on at the mysterious estate. Many dangerous moments await Nancy before she proves Mr. Billington’s innocence and thwarts the plans of treacherous subversives bent on undermining the U.S. space program.
The Quest of the Missing Map (original text)
Prompted by concerns for a young child, Nancy investigates a small studio on the Chatham estate. She discovers there is a connection between the mysterious occurrences at Ship Cottage and her search for a lost island. With half of a map as her only clue, Nancy sets out to find the man who has the rest of the map to pinpoint the location of buried treasure. Constantly beset by danger and intrigue, Nancy courageously outwits her clever enemies who are also searching for both pieces of the map and the long-lost cache.
The Quest of the Missing Map (revised text)
Prompted by the concerns of a young child, Nancy investigates a small studio on the Chatham estate. She discovers that there is a connection between the mysterious occurrences at Ship Cottage and her search for a treasure island. With only half of a map, Nancy sets out to find the man who possesses the rest of the map that will pinpoint the location of buried treasure. Constantly beset by danger and intrigue, Nancy courageously outwits her enemies and solves one of the most challenging cases in her career as a teenage investigator.
The Clue in the Jewel Box (original text)
An antique dealer's revelation about a former queen's priceless heirlooms leads Nancy on a series of exciting and dangerous adventures. Mrs. Marie Alexandra, living in River Heights in exile, asks Nancy to search for her long-lost grandson. Using an old, faded photo of the prince at age four, Nancy begins her quest. A secret discovered in the elderly woman's treasured jewel box helps Nancy unveil a slick imposter and reunite the long-separated family.
The Clue in the Jewel Box (revised text)
An antique dealer’s revelation about a former queen’s priceless heirloom starts Nancy on a trail of exciting adventures. Madame Alexandra, now living incognito in River Heights, asks Nancy to find her missing grandson. With only one clue to go on – a faded photograph of the prince at the age of four – the young detective begins her search. Nancy’s investigation unmasks a slick imposter and reunites the long-separated family in this suspense-filled story.
The Secret in the Old Attic (original text)
Nancy searches for clues to missing music manuscripts in love letters written by a deceased soldier. This soldier’s elderly father and young daughter are the sole survivors of a once prominent family. The Marches, inhabitants of a run-down family estate, are facing financial ruin. The old man believes some of his son’s music is being sold and played on the radio. Nancy, Bess, and George go to the estate to investigate.
In the meantime, a client of Nancy’s father turns to her to examine a competing company he believes is using his patented production methods illegally. As Bess and George prepare for an important Emerson College dance, they are bothered that Ned has not asked Nancy! He seems to frequently be in the company of a snobbish socialite! Nancy investigates both mysteries, ponders her friendship with Ned, and discovers hidden songs in the spooky attic.
The Secret in the Old Attic (revised text)
Nancy Drew races against time to unravel the clues in a dead man’s letters. If she succeeds, Philip March and his little granddaughter can be saved from financial ruin. Following obscure clues, Nancy undertakes a search for some unpublished musical manuscripts which she believes are hidden in the dark, cluttered attic of the rundown March mansion. But someone else wants them enough to put many frightening obstacles in Nancy’s way. Will she outwit a trio of ruthless thieves and solve the Marches’ problems?
The Clue in the Crumbling Wall (original text)
Nancy is asked to help find a missing professional dancer who vanished several years earlier and becomes involved in a mystery involving the mysterious Heath Castle. During their investigation at Heath Castle, Nancy, Bess, and George realize that its crumbling walls contain a secret, but what is it? They search for clues in the neglected gardens of the vast estate, hoping to find a lead to the missing woman. Danger lurks in the castle tower and all throughout the vine-tangled grounds as Nancy exposes a sinister plot to defraud the dancer of her inheritance.
The Clue in the Crumbling Wall (revised text)
When Nancy is asked to find a professional dancer who disappeared several years before, the young detective becomes involved in a mystery reaching far beyond a missing-persons case. During Nancy’s investigation at Heath Castle, she and her friends Bess and George realize that its crumbling walls contain a secret, but what is it? And who are their enemies that try to foil their every attempt to unravel the intricate puzzle? Danger lurks in a castle tower and throughout the vine-tangled grounds of the estate. The girls’ gripping adventures culminate in a dramatic climax when Nancy exposes a sinister plot to defraud the dancer of her inheritance.
The Mystery of the Tolling Bell (original text)
While vacationing in a seaside town, Nancy learns her father has been kidnapped. She and Ned rescue Carson Drew and help him investigate a cosmetic company and its inferior merchandise. Meanwhile, the girl sleuth is captivated by another mystery. Stories about the eerie moans from a cave carved in the jagged wall of the bluff compel her to explore. Several frightened townspeople claim to have seen a ghost, accompanied by the mournful sound of a tolling bell just before water rushes from the cave. During her searches, Nancy discovers the true cause and reasons behind these mysterious occurrences!
Mystery of the Tolling Bell (revised text)
Nancy becomes involved in another mystery when she accepts an invitation from Mrs. Chantrey, a client of Mr. Drew, to vacation at her cottage in a picturesque seaside town. Carson Drew has promised to join his daughter but fails to arrive. The alarming disappearance of Mr. Drew and the odd circumstances surrounding his rescue are only the start of a series of highly dangerous adventures for Nancy and her friends Bess and George. Mrs. Chantrey’s story about a nearby Cliffside cave reputedly inhabited by a ghost intrigues Nancy and she decides to investigate. Several frightened townspeople claim to have seen an apparition and heard the weird sounds of a tolling bell just before water rushes from the cave. Will Nancy discover the true cause of these mysterious occurrences?
The Clue in the Old Album (original text)
Nancy witnesses a purse snatching and chases the thief. She rescues the purse, but not its contents. The owner, a doll collector, asks Nancy to do some detecting. The woman provides a mysterious note: "The source of light will heal all ills, but a curse will follow him who takes it from the gypsies." Nancy interprets this clue in her quest to find an old album, a lost doll, and a missing gypsy violinist. The girl detective’s valiant efforts bring happiness to a misunderstood child and her lonely grandmother. In addition to sleuthing, Nancy, Bess, and George prepare for a boat race competition sponsored by the River Heights Yacht Club.
The Clue in the Old Album (revised text)
Nancy witnesses a purse snatching and runs after the thief. She rescues the purse, but not its contents; then, is asked by the owner, a doll collector, to do some detective work. "The source of light will heal all ills, but a curse will follow him who takes it from the gypsies." This is one of the clues Nancy is given to find an old album, a lost doll, and a missing gypsy violinist. The young sleuth never gives up her search, even though she is poisoned by a French-swordsman doll, run off the road in her car by an enemy, and sent many warnings to give up the case.
The Ghost of Blackwood Hall (original text)
When Mrs. Putney seeks Nancy's help in recovering her stolen jewelry, the search for the thieves takes the girl detective and her friends, Bess and George, to an abandoned mansion in the River Heights vicinity known as Blackwood Hall and to the colorful French Quarter of New Orleans. When the quest is hampered by the strange behavior of Mrs. Putney and two young women who are being victimized by so-called spirits, Nancy must fight these unseen perpetrators of a cruel hoax! The resourceful young sleuth wants to help but is hindered. The ghostly spirits have warned these gullible victims not to have anything to do with Nancy Drew!
The Ghost of Blackwood Hall (revised text)
When Mrs. Putney seeks Nancy Drew’s help in recovering her stolen jewelry, the search for the thieves takes the teenage detective and her friends Bess and George to the colorful French Quarter of New Orleans. But the quest is hampered by the strange behavior of Mrs. Putney, and two young women who are being victimized by so-called spirits. How can Nancy fight these unseen perpetrators of a cruel hoax? And how can she help the gullible victims when the spirits warn them not to have anything to do with Nancy?
The Clue of the Leaning Chimney (original text)
A rare and valuable Chinese vase is stolen from a pottery shop and Dick Milton, the owner, asks Nancy for help. The young sleuth is tasked to find the thief, the missing ornament and to locate a leaning chimney. This chimney marks a discovery that will solve Dick’s financial problems. During her investigations, Nancy finds the leaning chimney, but it only leads her into more puzzles. Are there connections between the theft of the rare vase, a number of similar crimes, and the strange disappearance of a Chinese pottery expert and his daughter?
The Clue of the Leaning Chimney (revised text)
Nancy Drew and her friend Bess discover that a rare and valuable Chinese vase has been stolen from the pottery shop of Dick Milton, a cousin of Bess. Dick had borrowed the vase from his Chinese friend, elderly Mr. Soong, and he is determined to repay Mr. Soong for the loss. He tells Nancy that if he can find “the leaning chimney,” he will be on the track of a discovery which will solve his financial problems. Nancy finds the leaning chimney, but it only leads her into more puzzles. Can there be any connection between the vase theft – one of a number of similar crimes – and the strange disappearance of the pottery expert Eng Moy and his daughter Lei?
The Secret of the Wooden Lady (original text)
Adventure abounds on the Bonny Scot in Boston Harbor as Nancy helps Captain Easterly uncover the mystery of his ghostly visitors and his missing figurehead. The lost “wooden lady” is needed to establish a clear title to the ship. From the moment, the clever young detective and her friends, Bess and George, get on the old clipper ship they are confronted with fire, theft, unseen trespassers and other dangers. Then, there's the whole crazy business of the prime suspect in a recent robbery of the Marvin home is also in Boston and is easily entering and leaving the Bonny Scot without being seen!
The Secret of the Wooden Lady (revised text)
Adventure abounds on the Bonny Scot in Boston Harbor as Nancy Drew helps Captain Easterly uncover the mystery of his ghostly visitors. From the moment the clever young detective and her friends, Bess and George, take up residence on the old clipper ship they are confronted with fire, theft, and other dangerous situations. Nancy faces an additional challenge: to find a clue to the clipper’s missing figurehead. If she is successful, it will help her lawyer father to trace the history of the Bonny Scot and establish a clear title to the ship for Captain Easterly. But strangely there are no records of the Bonny Scot’s past. Why? And why has the prime suspect in the recent robbery at Bess Marvin’s home followed the three girls to Boston?
The Clue of the Black Keys (original text)
During an archaeological expedition in Mexico, two professors, the senior Dr. Joshua Pitt and young Terry Scott, find a clue to buried treasure. The clue was a cipher carved on a stone tablet. Before the older professor had time to translate it, he and the tablet disappeared! Terry tells Nancy of his suspicions of a Mexican couple, posing as scientists, who vanished the same night as Dr. Pitt. Nancy follows a tangled trail of clues that lead to Florida and Mexico and a secret of antiquity that can only be unlocked by three black keys.
The Clue of the Black Keys (revised text)
Terry Scott, a young archaeology professor, seeks Nancy’s help in unearthing a secret of antiquity which can only be unlocked by three black keys. While on an archaeological expedition in Mexico, Terry and Dr. Joshua Pitt came across a clue to buried treasure - a cipher carved on a stone tablet. Before the professor had time to translate the cipher, the tablet disappeared – along with Dr. Pitt! Terry tells Nancy of his suspicions of the Tinos, a Mexican couple posing as scientists who vanished the same night as Dr. Pitt. Nancy and her friends follow a tangled trail of clues that lead to the Florida Keys and finally to Mexico in this suspense-filled story that will thrill readers.
The Mystery at the Ski Jump (original text)
When Nancy learns the Drews’ housekeeper has been duped by an elegantly dressed woman into buying a stolen fur piece, the young detective starts a search for the clever swindler. To Nancy’s astonishment, she discovers the woman is using the name Nancy Drew! The dishonest acts of the impostor point the finger of suspicion at Nancy herself! Following the trail of the clever fur thieves and stock swindlers to New York and into Canada, Nancy is tireless in her quest for justice, determined to clear her good name!
Mystery at the Ski Jump (revised text)
When Nancy learns that the Drews’ housekeeper has been duped by an elegantly dressed woman into buying a stolen fur piece, the young detective starts a search for the clever swindler. To Nancy’s astonishment, she discovers that the woman is using the name Nancy Drew. The dishonest acts of the impostor point the finger of suspicion at Nancy herself and result in her being questioned by the police. Nancy's determination to capture the elusive, dangerous Mitzi Channing takes her to northern New York State and Canada. Join Nancy in this thrilling mystery as she solves the case and clears her name.
The Clue of the Velvet Mask (original text)
A masquerade party quickly turns into a mystery when Nancy and Ned spy an enigmatic man in a black cloak and an exotic woman in a glittering Javanese costume. Are they members of the gang of wily thieves who sneak into parties hosted by wealthy citizens to rob jewels and painting treasures? Why is the owner of the black velvet hooded mask Ned found during the party desperate to retrieve it? To find the answers, Nancy and George switch identities. George soon discovers that it can be both exciting and dangerous to masquerade as Nancy Drew!
The Clue of the Velvet Mask (revised text)
A masquerade party at the Hendricks’ mansion quickly turns into a mystery when Nancy and her favorite date, Ned Nickerson, spy a stranger about to climb the rose trellis to the second story. Who is this enigmatic man in the black cloak and the exotic woman in the Javanese costume? Are they members of a gang of wily thieves who sneak into parties given by wealthy people and steal jewels and art treasures? And why is the owner of the black velvet hooded mask that Ned finds in the Hendricks’ garden so desperate to get it back? To find the answers Nancy and her friend George devise a daring plan. The two girls switch identities! George soon discovers that while it is exciting to play amateur detective it can be dangerous to masquerade as Nancy Drew.
The Ringmaster's Secret (original text)
Nancy is given a beautiful gold bracelet with a missing charm. When she learns the unusual story behind the jewelry, she sets out to solve the fascinating mystery. The bracelet had been presented to a former circus performer by a queen who loved horses. For some reason, the performer had to sell the bracelet, but would not reveal her identity. Clues lead Nancy to Sims’ Circus, where she meets Lolita, an unhappy young aerialist who has a horse charm wrought exactly like those on Nancy’s bracelet. The young detective searches for the original owner of the bracelet, bringing much joy to the pretty circus performer.
The Ringmaster's Secret (revised text)
Nancy is given a beautiful gold bracelet and finds that one of the charms is missing. When she learns the unusual story behind the jewelry, she sets out to solve the fascinating mystery. The bracelet had been presented to a former circus performer by a queen who loved horses. For some reason, the performer had to sell the bracelet but would not reveal her true identity. Clues lead Nancy to Sims’ Circus, where she meets Lolita, an unhappy young aerialist who has a horse charm wrought exactly like those on Nancy’s bracelet. Will Nancy be able to find the original owner of the bracelet?
The Scarlet Slipper Mystery (original text)
Nancy meets Helene and Henri Fontaine, refugees from Centrovia who own a dancing school in River Heights. Strange circumstances have brought the brother and sister to the United States. When they receive an anonymous note threatening their lives, Nancy offers to help. Encountering numerous puzzles during her investigation, Nancy wonders if the Fontaines are involved with the Centrovian underground. Are they being threatened by their own countrymen? Is a series of paintings by Henri Fontaine being used for a sinister purpose? What is the significance of the scarlet ballet slippers that had once belonged to their mother? The girl detective faces grave danger while looking for answers to these intriguing and intricate questions.
The Scarlet Slipper Mystery (revised text)
Nancy meets Helene and Henri Fontaine, refugees from Centorvia who run a dancing school in River Heights. Strange circumstances have brought the brother and sister to the United States. When they receive an anonymous note threatening their lives, Nancy offers her help, but she encounters nothing but puzzles. Are the Fontaines involved with the Centrovian underground? Have they been threatened by their own countrymen? When the Fontaines disappear, Nancy and her friends pursue the trail, even though danger lurks around every corner.
The Witch Tree Symbol (original text)
When a neighbor asks Nancy to accompany her to an old uninhabited mansion, she finds a witch tree symbol that leads her to Pennsylvania Dutch country in pursuit of a cunning and ruthless thief. The friendly welcome the girl sleuth and her friends receive from the Amish people soon changes to hostility when it is rumored that Nancy is a witch! Superstition helps her enemy in his attempt to get her off his trail, but Nancy persistently uncovers one clue after another to outwit her dangerous adversary.
The Witch Tree Symbol (revised text)
When a neighbor asks Nancy Drew to accompany her to an old uninhabited mansion, a new mystery opens ups, and danger lurks on the second floor. Nancy finds a witch tree symbol that leads her to Pennsylvania Dutch country in pursuit of a cunning and ruthless thief. The friendly welcome the young detective and her friends receive from the Amish people soon changes to hostility when it is rumored that Nancy is a witch! Superstition helps her adversary in his attempt to get her off his trail, but Nancy does not give up. Persistently she uncovers one clue after another. Nancy’s intelligence and sleuthing ability finally lead to the fascinating solution of this puzzling case.
The Hidden Window Mystery (original text)
Nancy is intrigued by a magazine article offering a large reward to anyone finding a missing medieval stained-glass window. She invites Bess and George to join her on a search in Charlottesville, Virginia. During the girls' investigation of Ivy Hall, an old rundown, southern mansion, rented by a superstitious actress, they encounter a hostile ghost. Eerie sounds come from a beautiful neighboring estate that is surrounded by a high brick wall. Could these mysterious noises and the ghost at Ivy Hall be connected?
The Hidden Window Mystery (revised text)
A magazine article offering a large reward to anyone who can find a missing medieval stained-glass window intrigues Nancy. She asks Bess and George to join her on a search in Charlottesville, Virginia. Before the three friends leave River Heights, their adversary tries to get them to postpone the trip. But no luck. Nancy is determined to carry through her plans. During the girls' investigation of old southern mansions, they encounter a ghost who turns the tables and makes them disappear. Eerie sounds come from a beautiful estate that is surrounded by a high brick wall. Why will the owner allow no one to enter?
The Haunted Showboat
Bess and George invite Nancy on a trip to New Orleans, to help their relatives solve a mystery. Their uncle wants to restore an old showboat, the River Princess, but no one will go near it! Mysterious occurrences are making everything believe the boat is haunted. Can Nancy uncover the truth?
The Secret of the Golden Pavilion
One of Mr. Drew's new clients, Mr. Sakamaki, requests Nancy's help solving a mystery. Mr. Sakamaki recently inherited his grandfather's estate in Hawaii, but two strangers arrive, claiming to also be the grandchildren of his deceased grandfather. Can Nancy uncover the truth?
The Clue in the Old Stagecoach
Mrs. Strook requests Nancy's help finding an old stagecoach she believes her uncle hid in her hometown of Francisville. Mrs. Strook believes the stagecoach houses a clue that will be valuable for the town! Can Nancy help her find the missing stagecoach?
The Mystery of the Fire Dragon
The disappearance of a young Chinese woman leads Nancy Drew on a hunt that takes her from New York City to Hong Kong. Nancy receives an urgent call from her Aunt Eloise in New York, requesting her help in solving a mystery. Her neighbor's granddaughter, Chi Che Soong, has gone missing! Of course, Nancy and her friends hop on a plane to help track down the missing girl.
The Clue of the Dancing Puppet
When the eerie performances of a life-size puppet begin to haunt the old Van Pelt estate, where an amateur acting group – The Footlighters – have their theater, Nancy Drew is called upon to unravel the baffling mystery. From the moment the detective and her friends Bess and George arrive at the mansion, the dancing puppet puzzle is further complicated by Tammi Whitlock, the Footlighters’ temperamental leading lady, and Emmet Calhoun, a Shakespearean actor.
Nancy’s search of the mansion’s dark, musty attic for clues to the weird mystery starts a frightening chain reaction. A phone call from a stranger with a witchlike, cackling voice warns her to “Get out!” Next, an encounter with two jewel theft suspects adds another perplexing angle to the puzzle. When Nancy finally sees the life-size puppet flitting across the moonlit lawn and chases it, she learns that someone with a sinister motive is determined to keep her from solving the case. Is it one of the Footlighters? Or is it an outsider?
The Moonstone Castle Mystery
When Nancy Drew receives a valuable moonstone as a gift from an unknown person, she is amazed and puzzled. But it is only the first of several startling events in this complex mystery that challenges the ingenuity of the pretty sleuth.
Why are the Bowens – a missionary couple who recently returned to the United States – having so much trouble finding their missing seventeen-year-old granddaughter, Joanie Horton? Nancy and her friends travel to Deep River, the town where the young Joanie lived. From the motel where Nancy and her friends stay, they can see an intriguing castlelike structure with a drawbridge. Gossipy Mrs. Hemstead at the village tearoom insists that Moonstone Castle is haunted. Curious, the three girls attempt to explore the abandoned castle, but an ominous voice warns them away.
Other strange happenings in Deep River convince Nancy that there is a connection between Moonstone Castle and the mysterious moonstone gift. But what is the significance? And where does the baffling disappearance of Joanie Horton fit into the intricate puzzle?
The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes
Warnings not to go to Scotland can’t stop Nancy Drew from setting out on a thrill-packed mystery adventure. Undaunted by the vicious threats, the young detective – with her father and her two close friends – go to visit her great-grandmother at an imposing estate in the Scottish Highlands, and to solve the mystery of a missing family heirloom.
And there is another mystery to be solved: the fate of flocks of stolen sheep. Baffling clues challenge Nancy’s powers of deduction: a note written in the ancient Gaelic language, a deserted houseboat on Loch Lomond, a sinister red-bearded stranger in Edinburgh, eerie whistling noises in the Highlands. Startling discoveries in an old castle and in the ruins of a prehistoric fortress lead Nancy closer to finding the solution to both mysteries.
The Phantom of Pine Hill
When Nancy Drew and her two close friends arrive for the Emerson University June Week celebration and learn there has been a mix-up in their motel reservations, the confusion leads to a baffling mystery.
Uncle John Rorick, a descendant of the early settlers of the town of Emerson, invites the three girls to be his guests at his historic mansion on Pine Hill. Shortly after their arrival, he tells them about the phantom who haunts the mansion’s library. Uncle John also relates the weird family saga of a lost French wedding gown and valuable gifts which went to the bottom of a nearby cove in the sinking of the Lucy Belle a hundred years before. Could there possibly be some connection between the phantom and the old ship disaster? Nancy wonders.
In between enjoying the university’s June Week boat races, river pageant, and fraternity dances, Nancy and her friends work diligently to solve the mystery of Pine Hill and to find the long-lost wedding treasures.
The Mystery of the 99 Steps
Nancy Drew must search for a flight of 99 steps to solve the mystery of a friend’s weird dream. Her search leads her to France, but before she leaves the United States, an unknown person calling himself Monsieur Neuf warns the young sleuth not to pursue her mission.
With her friends Bess and George, Nancy arrives in Paris to join her father who is working on another case: to find out what, or who, is frightening wealth financier Monsieur Leblanc into selling large amounts of securities. Startling discoveries convince the young detective that Mr. Drew’s case and her own mystery are linked by the 99 steps and that a mysterious man has a strong hold over Leblanc. Is it blackmail? Nancy’s quest for further clues leads to the romantic chateau country in the Loire Valley, where a web of danger closes in tightly around the three girls.
The Clue in the Crossword Cipher
Lovely young Carla Ponce, who lives in Peru, invites Nancy and her friends Bess and George to visit her and solve her “monkey mystery,” which promises to lead to a fabulous treasure. A clue is carved on an intriguing wooden plaque that is so old, most of the crossword cipher is obliterated. When a notorious gang headed by El Gato (the Cat) steals the priceless relic, Nancy’s hopes of solving the mystery are almost shattered. But the daring young detective’s ability to think fast and act quickly results in the recovery of the plaque.
Nancy’s determined efforts to decode the crossword decipher take her to the magnificent, awe-inspiring Incan ruins at Cuzco and Machu Pichu. Through clever deductions, perseverance, and dangerous adventures, Nancy and her friends help to capture a ring of vicious smugglers and go on to make an astounding archaeological discovery.
The Spider Sapphire Mystery
Thrilling, dangerous adventures confront Nancy Drew while on a safari in East Africa with a group of American college students. Excitement runs high as the teen-age detective delves into the theft of a fabulous sapphire formed by nature millions of years ago. The mystery starts in Nancy’s home town. Her lawyer father’s client, Floyd Ramsay, who fashions beautiful and unusual synthetic gems, is accused of stealing the magnificent spider sapphire and exhibiting it as his own creation. Mr. Ramsay’s enemies blackmail him and by their vicious acts try to deter Nancy from going on the safari.
Readers will join Nancy as she uncovers a nefarious scheme and solves the strange disappearance of an injured jungle guide.
The Invisible Intruder
“Nancy Drew, forget the ghost hunt!” a male voice rasps on the telephone. Despite the mysterious warning, the teenage detective and a group of friends start out on a ghost-hunting expedition to investigate five places reputed to be haunted. Danger strikes at once when Nancy tries to overtake the canoe that paddles itself on Lake Sevanee. Thrills and chills mount as the ghost hunters pursue a phantom horse and ghost rider racing across the field that surrounds the Red Barn Guesthouse. During these happenings and other weird events Nancy finds herself pitted against a dangerous adversary, clever enough to operate invisibly.
The Mysterious Mannequin
The strange disappearance of a young Turkish client of Mr. Drew’s and the gift of an Oriental rug with a coded message woven into its decorative border start Nancy on a difficult search for a missing mannequin. What happened to the attractive figure that Farouk Tahmasp used in the display window of this rug shop? Who is trying to keep Nancy from finding it – and why?
Tracking down the intricate trail of clues takes Nancy and her friends Bess and George, Ned, Burt, and Dave to Turkey. Their sleuthing leads them to the Grand Bazaar in the exotic city of Istanbul, where Bess mysteriously disappears. Suspense mounts when Nancy encounters a vengeful enemy at an ancient underground reservoir.
Events move swiftly as Nancy and her friends try to solve this challenging mystery!
The Crooked Banister
Nancy and her friends Bess and George spend an exciting week exploring a mysterious zigzag house with its fantastically crooked staircase, its bizarre serpent picture, and an unpredictable robot that nearly causes the young detective to lose her life. But despite the threat of danger from the robot, Nancy is determined to solve the mystery of the weird house and to locate the missing owner who is wanted by the police. It takes keen logic and quick thinking for the young detective to plow through the tangled thicket of clues and find the key to this complex puzzle. With the help of her friends, Nancy captures an elusive swindler and uncovers the secret of the crooked banister, but not before they have several hair-raising adventures – one on a broken bridge over flaming water, another in a hidden room with poisoned portraits!
The Secret of Mirror Bay
Aunt Eloise Drew invited Nancy and her friends to Mirror Bay Bide-a-Wee cabin near Cooperstown, New York, for a visit and a chance to solve the mystery of the woman who glides across the water. Upon their arrival, Nancy becomes mixed up in a vacation hoax and is nearly arrested for fraud.
On the wooded mountain near the cabin, further exciting events await Nancy and the other girls. In the deep forest, a weird luminescent green sorcerer appears who threatens to cast an evil spell on anyone investigating his strange activities. In a dangerous twist of circumstances, Nancy finds that solving one mystery helps to solve another. What happens when the young detective and her friends uncover a cleverly concealed criminal operation?
The Double Jinx Mystery
A bird of ill omen is mysteriously left on the Drews’ front lawn. Did the person who put it there do so with the intent of jinxing Nancy and her father? This strange incident involves Nancy in her famous father’s case concerning a rare bird farm threatened with destruction to make room for a high-rise apartment house complex. People who are opposed to the ruthless take-over of the farm are being made the victims of jinxing by bad luck symbols and other threats to their safety. Even Nancy and her friend Ned Nickerson become targets!
Nancy soon realizes that helping honest people to overcome their superstitions and fears can be as challenging as tracking down criminals. The young detective’s thrilling adventures will keep the reader in breathless suspense from the first page to the last.
Mystery of the Glowing Eye
When Nancy Drew eagerly agrees to help her lawyer father solve the mystery of the glowing eye, she has no way of knowing that it will involve the kidnapping of her close friend Ned Nickerson. A puzzling note in Ned’s handwriting set Nancy and her friends Bess and George on a hazardous search for a bizarre criminal. From their base of operations, the Emerson College campus, the three girl detectives and Ned’s college pals follow a maze of clues to locate the kidnapper’s hideout and rescue Ned. Not only is Nancy greatly worried about Ned, but also she is alarmed by the high-handed methods of a woman lawyer who tries to take the case away from her.
Readers will follow Nancy’s exciting adventures as she unravels this dangerous web of mystery.
The Secret of the Forgotten City
Gold! There are rumors that long ago a treasure was hidden in a city now buried under the Nevada desert. Nancy and her friends plan to join a dig sponsored by two colleges to hunt for the gold. Before she starts, the young sleuth receives an ancient stone table with petroglyphs on it. With this amazing clue, however, comes a threat and danger from a thief who also wants the treasure.
One harrowing adventure after another besets Nancy, Bess, George, Ned, Burt, and Dave in 102-degree temperatures as they pursue Nancy’s hunches above and below ground. They are assisted by a fine woman and a young geology student, but both are unwilling participants in a strange plot. In the end, Nancy and Ned nearly lose their lives, just after she has discovered the priceless hidden treasure of gold.
The Sky Phantom
Nancy goes to Excello Flying School in the Midwest to take lessons, while her friends Bess and George perfect their horseback riding. But soon the young sleuth is confronted with the mystery of a hijacked plane and a missing pilot. Then the rancher’s prize pony, Major, is stolen. Nancy becomes a detective in a plane and on horseback to track down the elusive sky phantom and the horse thief. A lucky find – a medal with a message to be deciphered on it – furnishes a worthwhile clue. Romance is added to mystery when Bess becomes interested in a handsome cowboy. Readers will spur Nancy on as she investigates a strange magnetic cloud, hunts for the horse thief, and finally arrives at a surprising solution.
The Strange Message in the Parchment
A sheep farmer receives a mysterious telephone call shortly after he buys a series of pictures painted on parchment. “Decipher the message in the parchment and right a great wrong,” the voice says. Puzzled, the owner asks Nancy to help.
With Junie, his daughter, Nancy tracks down a kidnapper and a group of extortionists. Is there a connection between the message in the parchment and a boy artist on another farm? And who is responsible for the atmosphere of fear in the neighborhood? After several harrowing experiences, Nancy begins to tighten the net around a ruthless villain and calls on the assistance of her friends Ned, Burt, Dave, Bess and George to bring his nefarious scheme to a dead end.
Mystery of Crocodile Island
In a response to a friend’s call for help, Nancy’s father, a lawyer, asks her to travel to mysterious Crocodile Island with her friends Bess and George to study the reptiles and try to uncover a group of suspected poachers.
Upon their arrival in Florida, the girls are kidnapped but cleverly escape to pursue their detective work. Dangers mount as they cope with reptiles, enemy boats, and exciting chases after the men who are responsible for a sinister racket that involves many unsuspecting victims. In the end, Nancy makes a bold move to untangle the mass of clues, but she and Ned become imprisoned in the enemy’s submarine and are held for ransom!
The Thirteenth Pearl
Nancy is asked to locate a stolen pearl necklace that is unusual and very valuable. She soon learns that strange and dangerous people are responsible for the theft. They harass her at home and intensify it when she and her father go to Japan, until they finally manage to kidnap Nancy and her friend Ned Nickerson when she returns to River Heights.
Through clever sleuthing, Nancy is able to penetrate the rites of an amazing group of pearl worshippers, some of whose members are far from devout, and she uncovers underhanded dealings of certain employees of World Wide Gems, Inc., a tremendous international jewelry company. Readers will love accompanying Nancy, disguised as a Japanese girl, in this adventure in Tokyo.
The Triple Hoax
Aunt Eloise Drew invites Nancy, Bess, and George to New York to help a friend who has been swindled out of a sizable sum of money. There the girls see a performance of the Hoaxters, a magicians' group who stun their audiences by clever sleight-of-hand tricks. Because the magicians temporarily remove people's wallets and handbags, Nancy feels the actors aren't above suspicion. Her hunch is borne out and a whirlwind chase ensues.
Nancy, Bess, and George track the Hoaxters to Mexico City, where Nancy is asked to help find a kidnapped child. The young sleuths follow a lead to Los Angeles where danger confronts them at every turn. Their enemies resort to theft - even arson - to scare them off the case.
With courage and clever deduction, however, Nancy and her friends outmaneuver their cunning adversaries and, after solving the puzzle fo the Triple Hoax, bring them to justice.
The Flying Saucer Mystery
When Nancy and her friends ride deep into the Shawniegunk Forest in search of a flying saucer, they find themselves in the middle of more than one mystery.
Wildcats, runaway horses, deadly snakes, a disappearing Indian, and a loveable old naturalist in search of treasure hidden by his father years before, keep the sleuths tangled in danger and suspense.
Finally, during a frightening windstorm, the spacecraft arrives. Nancy and Ned experience an unforgettable journey before they return to solve not one but two spectacular mysteries.
The Secret in the Old Lace
Nancy Drew has entered a contest to solve an old mystery—the disappearance of a Flemish nobleman, a pair of lace cuffs, and a priceless treasure. In a thrilling story shadowed by a romance of the past, Nancy and her friends work to solve a mystery over one hundred years in the making.
A deadly attack...
Yelling loudly, Nancy darted across the bridge after the thief. She had to catch him or the priceless lace would be gone forever. Suddenly, before she could think, the man spun round, seized her and began to force her over the parapet into the murky water below...
A strange riddle from tbe past takes Nancy to Belgium in search of ancient treasure. But a secret enemy lurks in the winding streets - an enemy who is determined to destroy her...
The Greek Symbol Mystery
Nancy has two mysteries to solve, and the answers lie in the beautiful and exotic country of Greece.
When money intended to help a needy village family disappears and the New York agency responsible for the money closes suddenly, Nancy is asked to fly to Greece to investigate. And when she is told that a large inheritance from a Greek tycoon, meant for her friend, Helen Nicholas, was stolen, she agrees to find the culprit.
Her two sidekicks, Bess and George join her on this dangerous mission. A poisonous snake in a basket of apples and a strange symbol stamped on a rare Byzantine mask are the clues. They lead Nancy and her friends to a ring of art smugglers and to the secret of the Greek symbol.
The Swami's Ring
When an amnesia victim arrives at Rosemont Hospital in River Heights, Nurse Lisa Scotti contacts her friend, Nancy Drew. The young man was found injured, at the bottom of a cliff, with no identification and no memory of what happened to him. A thorough search of his knapsack, however, turns up an unusual ring, much too large for the mysterious stranger to wear.
Learning that the ring is of Hindu origin, Nancy sets off on a trail of danger as she searches for the man's forgotten identity. Before long, she is caught up in another assignment. A plea from a beautiful harpist has Nancy looking for the troublemakers who are determined to boycott the River Heights Summer Music Festival. Nancy's discoveries reveal an important connection between the hospital patient, the harpist, and enemies from abroad.
The Kachina Doll Mystery
When Nancy, Bess, and George arrive at the McGuire's fitness ranch in Arizona, they discover that the future of the ranch is being threatened by unexplained accidents. The local people believe that the accidents are the result of a curse put on the place by Hopi Indians, whose painted Kachinas adorn the walls of the main building. Nancy, however, is convinced that the accidents are caused by people.
Teaming up with a ghost, Nancy begins her search for a precious collection of ancient Kachina dolls and hunts for her elusive adversary who is determined to prevent the ranch from operating.
The Twin Dilemma
When a top fashion model disappears shortly before a benefit fashion show, Nancy's aunt asks her to fill in and model the beautiful designer clothes. Then the clothes disappear too - and Nancy is hot on the trail of another exciting mystery.
As she rushes through New York's famous Garment District, Nancy must compete with an investigative reporter who is determined that he will figure out this mystery first! Can Nancy get back from the wild goose chase she is sent on in time to solve the case - and to rescue herself and her friends from impending danger?
When trouble begins to plague a student tour through Europe, Nancy and her friends discover that their leader, Emerson College professor Raymond Bagley, is on a secret mission - to transfer ten refugee children from an iron curtain country to freedom!
Before the mission is completed, Nancy receives an urgent message from her father concerning a missing entry in a foreign film festival. A series of adventures reveals that the theft was the crafty ploy of an enemy government to foil Dr. Bagley's plan.
Undaunted and equally clever, Nancy pursues an intriguing clue found in an Emerson student's wheelchair and finds herself in great danger!
Mystery of the Winged Lion
Nancy receives an urgent message from her father, Carson Drew, while she is touring in Europe with a group from Emerson College. She and her close friends, Bess and George, fly immediately to Italy, where Nancy begins her mysterious assignment involving an old Venetian family.
When the girls arrive in Venice, however, they are surprised to find their friends Ned, Dave, and Burt already on the scene -- but in jail! The Emerson boys have been accused of stealing an invaluable collection of antiques. Nancy must clear their names, despite the mounting evidence against them.
Race Against Time
When a valuable racehorse named Shooting Star is stolen from Rainbow Ranch, Nancy becomes embroiled in a feud between two ornery men. Accusations fly as Nancy is asked to find the missing horse and the thief.
At the same time, the young detective's friend, Ned Nickerson, and his newly-formed college film club have asked Nancy to star in a movie. But the abandoned Victorian mansion in the woods chosen as the film's setting seems to invite disaster. No sooner do the movie-makers start work than the estate's stable mysteriously burns down!
As other attempts are made to harass the group, Nancy's investigation becomes more and more perilous. Will she be able to follow the surprising clues to conclude her intriguing search?
The Sinister Omen
While Nancy and her friends from River Heights are enjoying spring vacation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the young detective is approached by a wealthy elderly woman who asks for her help. Her house has been burglarized frequently, but the would-be thieves only ransack the home -- nothing is ever taken!
As Nancy sets off to find the culprits, she must also take on another assignment. An international ring of stamp forgers and smugglers are discovered in Southern Florida and Nancy must find a way to stop them.
Almost swallowed by one of the frightening "sink holes" of Florida, the young detective persists in her quest for a solution along Ocean Boulevard!
The Elusive Heiress
Nancy must go to colorful Cheyenne, Wyoming, to solve her latest mystery involving the missing daughter of aging millionaire Arlo Winthrop.
ON the plane, Nancy and her friend Ned meet Jennifer Buckman, a lonely ten-year-old. When the plane lands in Cheyenne, the young detective faces another problem -- no one has come to meet Jennifer at the airport!
Against the panorama and excitement of rodeos, parades, and a festive carnival, Nancy faces grave danger. Nearly fatal accidents involving an antique stagecoach and a bucking bull could prevent her from ever finding the long-awaited answers to the intriguing mysteries!
Clue in the Ancient Disguise
Nancy is asked to help a young French engineer who has uncovered a mystery surrounding an 18th-century ancestor in a letter found among his grandfather's papers.
As the young detective attempts to solve one mystery, she also investigates a series of strange incidents at the River Heights Arts Institute. Although nothing is ever taken, the Institute is plagued with burglaries!
Undaunted by attempts to stop her, Nancy uses her incredible sleuthing skills to follow the mysterious clues, including an amazing find in an old costume, and unravel this intriguing tale!
The Broken Anchor
When Nancy Drew learns that she has won a holiday for two on an island resort, she is completely mystified because she had never entered any contest for such a prize. Her suspicions grow when an abandoned boat linked mysteriously to her and her father is traced to strangers at the same resort!
More than ever, Nancy realizes she must contact her girlfriends, Bess Marvin and George Fayne, who have gone to the island ahead of her. But unable to reach them, the young detective finds herself on the brink of yet another intriguing mystery involving a strange old medallion and a long lost treasure.
The Silver Cobweb
When a famous young woman disappears suddenly, Nancy Drew is faced with an even more puzzling mystery that involves the theft of a jeweled spider. Once the property of the opera diva, Madame Arachne Onides, the gemstone had supposedly passed into the possession of an unscrupulous millionaire. He hired someone to mount it on a silver cobweb necklace, but the gemstone ornament turns out to be a fake!
What has happened to the real jeweled spider, and who masterminded the theft and blackmailed the missing young woman? As Nancy investigates for answers, she is led to the offshore island estate of the late opera star's husband whose life is being menaced by the same shadowy figure intent on trapping the young sleuth!
The Haunted Carousel
A newspaper reporter challenges Nancy to solve a weird mystery involving an amusement park merry-go-round. Why does the carousel light up in the middle of the night and begin revolving and playing music when no one is around?
In search of an answer, Nancy finds herself matching wits with two clever criminals -- and tries to hunt down one of them in the park's haunted house. Meanwhile, a teenage heiress seeks the young detective's help deciphering a strange flower riddle that her father presented to her just before he died. The plot thickens when a woman who may hold a vital clue to the mystery suddenly disappears!
With the help of her friend, Ned, Nancy sets out to catch the sinistesr culprits, but discovers too late that she and Ned are the ones really caught in a trap!
The excitement of a professional tennis tournament provides the backdrop for Nancy Drew's latest adventure. An old school friend, tennis star Nina Ford, asks Nancy to help her father, who's been convicted of theft and sent to prison. But on his way, he disappeared. It's up to Nancy to find him -- and the documents needed to prove his innocence.
Helped by her irrepressible new assistant, fourteen-year-old Midge Watson, Nancy investigates this mysterious situation. What she discovers is completely unexpected -- someone is trying to fix the tennis matches Nina is scheduled to play!
Seeking answers to more than one puzzling question, Nancy pursues a long and perilous string of clues to unmask a dangerous gang of ruthless villains. But can she expose them before they get to her?
The Mysterious Image
A famous advertising photographer calls on Nancy and her father, Carson Drew, to help him after he is accused of pirating his colleagues’ work.
When a young actress known to have worked with Nancy’s client disappears just as she’s about to land a starring role in a new Broadway play, Nancy knows she’s dealing with ruthless and devious criminals.
The police turn to Nancy for help in finding the missing woman. Some video cassettes, sent anonymously through the mail, may hold a vital clue. But before Nancy can unravel the mystery, a friend of the missing actress is lured into a terrifying trap and Nancy must face one of her most unnerving confrontations.
The Emerald-Eyed Cat Mystery
The mysterious sinking of three freighters sends Nancy out West to search for those responsible. Suddenly, she is kidnapped and placed aboard an airplane. She finds herself in the company of a young and frightened stowaway, Elena, on her way to visit an aunt in South America. When they arrive at their destination, Nancy finds that she is not the only prisoner -- Elena's aunt is being held also!
Determined to rescue the elderly woman and free herself as well, Nancy works out an ingenious plan with the help of Elena and her fiancé. In the process, she discovers hidden treasure that may well be the missing link in this bizarre and dangerous string of incidents.
The Eskimo's Secret
A routine case involving threats made against the owner of an import/export chain becomes a nightmare when Nancy's father is kidnapped.
In Seattle to investigate the threats, Carson Drew suggests Nancy look up an old friend, Alana Steele. But Alana has no time for a friendly visit -- a priceless Eskimo sculpture, which holds the key to a cache of hidden art treasure, has been stolen and Alana is the prime suspect.
When Nancy gets a phone call demanding Alana in exchange for her father, she knows she's dealing with ruthless criminals who will stop at nohting to get what they want. Nancy must use all her detective skills to unlock the secret that will save her father's life.
The Bluebeard Room
A date with a British rock star...
and a date with danger
on the craggy coast of England!
Nancy's off to England and a gloomy castle overlooking the cliffs of Cornwall to help her old friend Lisa Harwood, who may be in danger. But when she lands in London she's sidetracked by Lance Warrick, the gorgeous lead singer of the Crowned Heads, who asks her out.
Not until Nancy arrives in Cornwall does she uncover a connection between Lance's rock group and the sinister secret of the cliffs. The Crowned Heads... an ancient coven of witches... and rumors of evil deeds practiced in the dark depths of the castle -- they lead Nancy to a startling revelation in The Bluebeard Room!
A Work in Progress
Last updated 8/7/2018