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The character of Nancy Drewghostwritten and credited to the pseudonymous Carolyn Keene – has appeared in a number of series over the years. The first and longest-running of these is the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, begun in 1930 and ended in 2003. The first spin-off series, The Nancy Drew Files, was begun in 1986. Since then, Nancy Drew has appeared in a number of other series and books, including a number of spin-offs where she investigates with the Hardy Boys.

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories (1930–2003)[edit]

Grosset & Dunlap[edit]

Titles, authorship, and publication dates
# Title Pub. Outline Manuscript Editor Rev. Revised By
1 The Secret of the Old Clock 1930 Edward Stratemeyer Mildred Wirt Edward Stratemeyer 1959 Harriet Stratemeyer Adams
2 The Hidden Staircase 1930 1959
3 The Bungalow Mystery 1930 1960 Patricia Doll
4 The Mystery at Lilac Inn 1930 Harriet Stratemeyer Adams Harriet Elp 1961
5 The Secret Of Shadow Ranch 1931 Harriet Stratemeyer Adams 1965 Grace Grote
6 The Secret of Red Gate Farm 1931 Edna Stratemeyer Squier 1961 Lynn Ealer
7 The Clue in the Diary 1932 1962 Harriet Stratemeyer Adams
8 Nancy's Mysterious Letter 1932 Walter Karig 1968
9 The Sign of the Twisted Candles 1933 Harriet Stratemeyer Adams 1968 Patricia Doll
10 The Password to Larkspur Lane 1933 1966
11 The Clue of the Broken Locket 1934 Edna Stratemeyer Squier Mildred Wirt 1965 Harriet Stratemeyer Adams & Grace Grote
12 The Message in the Hollow Oak 1935 1972 Grace Grote
13 The Mystery of the Ivory Charm 1936 1974 Priscilla Baker-Carr
14 The Whispering Statue 1937 1970 Harriet Stratemeyer Adams
15 The Haunted Bridge 1937 Edna Stratemeyer Squier 1972 Priscilla Baker-Carr
16 The Clue of the Tapping Heels 1939 Edna Stratemeyer Squier 1969 Harriet Stratemeyer Adams
17 The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk 1940 Harriet Stratemeyer Adams 1976
18 The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion 1941 Edna Stratemeyer Squier 1971
19 The Quest of the Missing Map 1942 Harriet Stratemeyer Adams 1969 Priscilla Baker-Carr
20 The Clue in the Jewel Box 1943 1972
21 The Secret in the Old Attic 1944 1970
22 The Clue in the Crumbling Wall 1945 1973
23 The Mystery of the Tolling Bell 1946 1973
24 The Clue in the Old Album 1947 1977
25 The Ghost of Blackwood Hall 1948 1967
26 The Clue of the Leaning Chimney 1949 George Waller, Jr. & Harriet Stratemeyer Adams 1967
27 The Secret of the Wooden Lady 1950 Margaret Scherf 1967
28 The Clue of the Black Keys 1951 Wilhelmina Rankin & Harriet Stratemeyer Adams 1968
29 The Mystery at the Ski Jump 1952 Alma Sasse 1968 Ann Shultes
30 The Clue of the Velvet Mask 1953 Andrew Svenson Mildred Wirt 1969 Priscilla Baker-Carr
31 The Ringmaster's Secret 1953 Harriet Stratemeyer Adams Harriet Stratemeyer Adams 1974 June Dunn
32 The Scarlet Slipper Mystery 1954 Charles Strong 1974 Ann Shultes
33 The Witch Tree Symbol 1955 Harriet Stratemeyer Adams 1975
34 The Hidden Window Mystery 1956 Patricia Doll & Harriet Stratemeyer Adams 1975 Mary Fisher
35 The Haunted Showboat 1957 Harriet Stratemeyer Adams June Dunn & J. Sanderson
36 The Secret of the Golden Pavilion 1959
37 The Clue in the Old Stagecoach 1960 Harriet Stratemeyer Adams
38 The Mystery of the Fire Dragon 1961
39 The Clue of the Dancing Puppet 1962
40 The Moonstone Castle Mystery 1963
41 The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes 1964
42 The Phantom of Pine Hill 1965
43 The Mystery of the 99 Steps 1966
44 The Clue in the Crossword Cipher 1967
45 The Spider Sapphire Mystery 1968
46 The Invisible Intruder 1969
47 The Mysterious Mannequin 1970
48 The Crooked Banister 1971
49 The Secret of Mirror Bay 1972
50 The Double Jinx Mystery 1973
51 Mystery of the Glowing Eye 1974
52 The Secret of the Forgotten City 1975
53 The Sky Phantom 1976
54 The Strange Message in the Parchment 1977
55 Mystery of Crocodile Island 1978
56 The Thirteenth Pearl 1979

Simon & Schuster[edit]

In 1979, the Nancy Drew books began to be published by Wanderer Books Simon & Schuster in paperback format. Though formatted differently from the original 56-volume series which continued under Grosset & Dunlap's control, these new books were published under the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories banner. These books feature increasingly contemporary cover illustrations and some books have multiple versions of the cover art.

To collectors of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, books in the original series published at Simon & Schuster are called "Digests". This is due to the books resembling Digest-size paperbacks, differing from Grosset & Dunlap's hardcover books (one of the reasons why Adams switched to Simon & Schuster was because Grosset & Dunlap did not like this move, while Simon & Schuster agreed to it).

In 2005, the first eight volumes from the Wanderer section (#57-64) were republished by Grosset & Dunlap, as a special promotion for the celebration of Nancy Drew's 75th anniversary. These republications went out of print in 2013.

Wanderer editions[edit]

The main plot, formula, and continuity of the books remained similar to the original Grosset & Dunlap books still being published at the time. Harriet Adams was still involved in the Syndicate, even after she stopped writing the books in 1980; Simon & Schuster rejected her original manuscript for The Secret in the Old Lace, with the story being rewritten by Nancy Axelrad. After she died in 1982, the Syndicate continued with five of its partners (Adams' remaining three children, plus authors Nancy Axelrod and Lilo Wuenn), until its sale to Simon & Schuster in 1987.

The Triple Hoax was originally listed as the next book at the end of The Thirteenth Pearl. Grosset & Dunlap continued to list this until they lost a court case against the Syndicate and Simon & Schuster in May 1980. The book was later revised to eliminate The Triple Hoax. However, they later published this book — and the seven after that — in 2005, with the permission and collaboration of Simon & Schuster, in celebration of Nancy Drew's 75th anniversary.

During this period, the Syndicate began to hire new, younger writers, including Sharon Wagner, Richard Ballad, and James Duncan Lawrence. Ballad's books — Captive Witness and The Sinister Omen — were all originally written for The Hardy Boys, but were rewritten for unknown reasons. The Emerald-Eyed Cat Mystery also falls in this category.

The final two books (#77 and #78) were "backdoor pilots" for the spin-off The Nancy Drew Files, which began in 1986. Due to this, and the sale of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, the series went on a two-year hiatus to retool the series.

Titles, authorship, and publication dates
# Title Pub. Outline Manuscript Editor
57 The Triple Hoax 1979 Harriet Stratemeyer Adams Harriet Stratemeyer Adams Harriet Stratemeyer Adams/Lilo Wuenn
58 The Flying Saucer Mystery 1980 Lilo Wuenn
59 The Secret in the Old Lace 1980 Nancy Axelrad
60 The Greek Symbol Mystery 1980 Harriet Stratemeyer Adams & Nancy Axelrad
61 The Swami's Ring 1981
62 The Kachina Doll Mystery 1981 Sharon Wagner Sharon Wagner Nancy Axelrad
63 The Twin Dilemma 1981 Nancy Axelrad Nancy Axelrad Lilo Wuenn
64 Captive Witness 1981 Richard Ballad Richard Ballad Nancy Axelrad
65 Mystery of the Winged Lion 1982 Nancy Axelrad Nancy Axelrad
66 Race Against Time 1982 James Duncan Lawrence James Duncan Lawrence
67 The Sinister Omen 1982 Richard Ballad Richard Ballad
68 The Elusive Heiress 1982 Sharon Wagner Sharon Wagner
69 Clue in the Ancient Disguise 1982 James Duncan Lawrence James Duncan Lawrence
70 The Broken Anchor 1983 Sharon Wagner Sharon Wagner
71 The Silver Cobweb 1983 James Duncan Lawrence James Duncan Lawrence
72 The Haunted Carousel 1983
73 Enemy Match 1984
74 The Mysterious Image 1984 James Duncan Lawrence James Duncan Lawrence
75 The Emerald-Eyed Cat Mystery 1984
76 The Eskimo's Secret 1985 Sharon Wagner Sharon Wagner
77 The Bluebeard Room 1985 James Duncan Lawrence James Duncan Lawrence
78 The Phantom of Venice 1985

Minstrel editions[edit]

After volume 78, the series took a two-and-a-half year hiatus due to the sale of the Stratemeyer Syndicate to Simon & Schuster, and to begin The Nancy Drew Files spin-off. At this point, book packager Mega-Books took over the series, and hired different ghostwriters for the job (many of whom are still unknown). The ghost writers who are known are ones who have either been discovered through other resources, or have publicly revealed themselves as a ghostwriter for the series. The series also gained Anne Greenberg as the series' new editor; Greenberg would oversee the series for the next 16 years, and become one of the most influential Nancy Drew editors that helped the books continue until the 21st century.

Due to the cancellation of The Nancy Drew Files in 1997, Simon & Schuster rewrote several unpublished manuscripts into books for the original series. These books include: The Wild Cat Crime (#141), The E-mail Mystery (#144), and The Case of the Captured Queen (#148).

The writing style of these books took a different direction than the books of the Syndicate; modern technology is mentioned (making the books seem somewhat dated very quickly), continuity errors are common, and the books become shorter (reducing the books from a 20-chapter/180 page format, to a 16-chapter/150 page format). Characters Burt Eddleton and Dave Evans are eliminated completely, and Nancy mostly has a habit of rotating between George, Bess, and Ned. This setup creates a more realistic setup, rather than having all six drop everything to join Nancy. In the late 1990s, continuity errors and text errors became more common.

Titles, authorship, and publication dates
# Title Pub. Outline Manuscript Editor
79 The Double Horror of Fenley Place 1987 Anne Greenberg
80 The Case of the Disappearing Diamonds 1987
81 The Mardi Gras Mystery 1988
82 The Clue in the Camera 1988
83 The Case of the Vanishing Veil 1988
84 The Joker's Revenge 1988 Eileen Hehl Eileen Hehl
85 The Secret of Shady Glen 1988
86 The Mystery of Misty Canyon 1988
87 The Case of the Rising Stars 1988
88 The Search for Cindy Austin 1988 Nancy Bush Nancy Bush
89 The Case of the Disappearing Deejay 1989 Carol Gorman Carol Gorman
90 The Puzzle at Pineview School 1989
91 The Girl Who Couldn't Remember 1989
92 The Ghost of Craven Cove 1989
93 The Case of the Safecracker's Secret 1990
94 The Picture-Perfect Mystery 1990 Carol Gorman Carol Gorman
95 The Silent Suspect 1990
96 The Case of the Photo Finish 1990
97 The Mystery of Magnolia Mansion 1990 Alison Hart Alison Hart
98 The Haunting of Horse Island 1990 Carol Gorman Carol Gorman
99 The Secret at Seven Rocks 1991 Ellen Steiber Ellen Steiber
100 A Secret in Time 1991
101 The Mystery of the Missing Millionairess 1991
102 The Secret in the Dark 1991
103 The Stranger in the Shadows 1991 Alison Hart Alison Hart
104 The Mystery of the Jade Tiger 1991 Ellen Steiber Ellen Steiber
105 The Clue in the Antique Trunk 1992
106 The Case of the Artful Crime 1992
107 The Legend of Miner's Creek 1992
108 The Secret of the Tibetan Treasure 1992
109 The Mystery of the Masked Rider 1992 Alison Hart Alison Hart
110 The Nutcracker Ballet Mystery 1992
111 The Secret at Solaire 1993
112 Crime in the Queen's Court 1993
113 The Secret Lost at Sea 1993
114 The Search for the Silver Persian 1993
115 The Suspect in the Smoke 1993
116 The Case of the Twin Teddy Bears 1993 Alison Hart Alison Hart
117 Mystery on the Menu 1994
118 Trouble At Lake Tahoe 1994
119 The Mystery of the Missing Mascot 1994
120 The Case of the Floating Crime 1994
121 The Fortune Teller's Secret 1994
122 The Message in the Haunted Mansion 1994
123 The Clue on the Silver Screen 1995
124 The Secret of the Scarlet Hand 1995
125 The Teen Model Mystery 1995
126 The Riddle in the Rare Book 1995
127 The Case of the Dangerous Solution 1995
128 The Treasure in the Royal Tower 1995
129 The Baby-Sitter Burglaries 1996 Pamela Willis Pamela Willis
130 The Sign of the Falcon 1996
131 The Hidden Inheritance 1996
132 The Fox Hunt Mystery 1996
133 The Mystery at the Crystal Palace 1996
134 The Secret of the Forgotten Cave 1996
135 The Riddle of the Ruby Gazelle 1997
136 The Wedding Day Mystery 1997
137 In Search of the Black Rose 1997
138 The Legend of the Lost Gold 1997
139 The Secret of Candlelight Inn 1997
140 The Door-to-Door Deception 1997
141 The Wild Cat Crime 1998
142 The Case of Capital Intrigue 1998 Elizabeth Nugent Elizabeth Nugent
143 Mystery on Maui 1998
144 The E-mail Mystery 1998 Denise Hidalgo Denise Hidalgo
145 The Missing Horse Mystery 1998 Alison Hart Alison Hart
146 The Ghost of the Lantern Lady 1998
147 The Case of the Captured Queen 1999
148 On the Trail of Trouble 1999
149 The Clue of the Gold Doubloons 1999 Alison Hart Alison Hart
150 Mystery at Moorsea Manor 1999
151 The Chocolate-Covered Contest 1999
152 The Key in the Satin Pocket 2000
153 Whispers In the Fog 2000
154 The Legend of the Emerald Lady 2000
155 The Mystery in Tornado Alley 2000 George Edward Stanley George Edward Stanley
156 The Secret in the Stars 2000
157 The Music Festival Mystery 2000
158 The Curse of the Black Cat 2001
159 The Secret of the Fiery Chamber 2001

Aladdin editions[edit]

With the new millennium, the series changed publishers to the Aladdin subdivision of Simon & Schuster. With declining sales, and the departure of longtime editor Anne Greenberg, Simon & Schuster ended the original series in November 2003.

The books published in 2003 show a sharp decline in quality compared to earlier books[citation needed], as the new editors focused on preparing the new Nancy Drew, Girl Detective series. Continuity errors are rampant throughout these books: in No Strings Attached and Danger on the Great Lakes (both written by George Edward Stanley), Nancy and her friends are 17, and are on summer vacation; Ned works at a company; and George has chestnut hair (when she is usually a brunette). In Werewolf in a Winter Wonderland, Ned is suddenly blond, and it is hinted at that Nancy might be in college. Numerous typographic errors and mistakes are also found throughout these books.

Titles, authorship, and publication dates
# Title Pub. Outline Manuscript Editor
160 The Clue on the Crystal Dove 2001 Anne Greenberg
161 Lost in the Everglades 2001
162 The Case of the Lost Song 2001
163 The Clues Challenge 2001
164 The Mystery of the Mother Wolf 2002
165 The Crime Lab Case 2002
166 The Case of the Creative Crime 2002
167 Mystery By Moonlight 2002
168 The Bike Tour Mystery 2002
169 The Mistletoe Mystery 2002
170 No Strings Attached 2003 George Edward Stanley George Edward Stanley
171 Intrigue at the Grand Opera 2003
172 The Riding Club Crime 2003
173 Danger on the Great Lakes 2003 George Edward Stanley George Edward Stanley
174 A Taste of Danger 2003
175 Werewolf in a Winter Wonderland 2003

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: Super Sleuths (1981–1984)[edit]

The first Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: Super Sleuths book was published in 1981 with the sequel published in 1984. Both volumes contain seven short stories with Nancy Drew and the Hardy boys working together and are written under the pen-names of Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon. Both books were published under Simon & Schuster’s Wanderer Books imprint.[1]

  1. Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: Super Sleuths - 1981
  2. Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: Super Sleuths #2 - 1984

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: Be a Detective Mystery Stories (1984–1985)[edit]

These titles feature a level of reader-interaction in a manner similar to the Choose Your Own Adventure books.

  1. The Secret of the Knight’s Sword
  2. Danger on Ice
  3. The Feathered Serpent
  4. Secret Cargo
  5. The Alaskan Mystery
  6. The Missing Money Mystery

Two more titles were planned but never published:[2]

7. Jungle of Evil
8. Ticket to Intrigue

Campfire Stories[edit]

This book was first published by Wanderer Books in 1984 and, like the Super Sleuths books, Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon are listed as co-authors. National Director of Program Services, Camp Fire, Inc, Karen W. Bartz wrote a foreword for this book. Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon also wrote a foreword.[1]

Nancy Drew, Girl Detective (2004–2012)[edit]

Nancy Drew, Girl Detective replaced the long-running Nancy Drew mysteries series, which began in 1930. This new series is written in first person narration, from Nancy's point of view, and features updated and overhauled versions of the main Nancy Drew characters. Nancy Drew in this version is a less than perfect teenage girl prone to forgetfulness, an object of jokes, and interested in other subjects over mysteries. Bess Marvin has gained skills in mechanics and computers and is no longer slightly overweight, and described as fashionable and trendy. George Fayne has becomes moody and sloppily dressed in this series, always more interested in tech and sarcastic retorts than solving mysteries. New secondary characters are introduced to populate River Heights and appear over multiple books, adding a framework to Nancy's world. Bess and George also gain siblings and family members with careers. Though this series has many improvements over the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, the drastic change in the main characters' personalities was hard for many readers to accept. In 2013 Nancy Drew, Girl Detective was replaced with the Nancy Drew Diaries series.

Titles and publication dates
# Title Released Author
1 Without a Trace March 1, 2004
2 A Race Against Time
3 False Notes
4 High Risk
5 Lights, Camera... May 1, 2004
6 ...Action! July 1, 2004
7 The Stolen Relic September 1, 2004
8 The Scarlet Macaw Scandal November 1, 2004
9 Secret of the Spa January 1, 2005
10 Uncivil Acts March 1, 2005
11 Riverboat Ruse May 1, 2005
12 Stop the Clock July 1, 2005 George Edward Stanley
13 Trade Wind Danger September 1, 2005
14 Bad Times, Big Crimes November 1, 2005
15 Framed January 1, 2006 George Edward Stanley
16 Dangerous Plays March 1, 2006
17 En Garde May 1, 2006
18 Pit of Vipers July 1, 2006
19 The Orchid Thief September 1, 2006
20 Getting Burned October 24, 2006
21 Close Encounters December 26, 2006
22 Dressed to Steal February 27, 2007
23 Troubled Waters April 24, 2007
24 Murder on the Set May 8, 2007
25 Trails of Treachery August 21, 2007
26 Fishing for Clues October 27, 2007
27 Intruder December 26, 2007
28 Mardi Gras Masquerade February 5, 2008
29 The Stolen Bones April 22, 2008
30 Pageant Perfect Crime June 2008
31 Perfect Cover July 2008
32 The Perfect Escape October 2008
33 Secret Identity December 2008
34 Identity Theft January 2009
35 Identity Revealed March 2009
36 Model Crime June 2009
37 Model Menace August 2009
38 Model Suspect October 2009
39 Green-Eyed Monster December 2009
40 Green with Envy February 2010
41 Seeing Green April 2010
42 Secret Sabotage June 2010
43 Serial Sabotage October 2010 Kate Angelella
44 Sabotage Surrender February 2011
45 California Schemin' June 2011
46 Mystery at Malachite Mansion October 2011
47 Stalk, Don't Run February 2012

Girl Detective Super Mysteries[edit]

Titles and publication dates
# Title Released
1 Where's Nancy? June 2005
2 Once Upon a Crime June 2006
3 Real Fake July 2007
4 Ghost Stories August 5, 2008

Papercutz Nancy Drew: Girl Detective graphic novels (2005–2010)[edit]

Beginning in 2005, Papercutz began issuing a new series of Nancy Drew graphic novels as an offshoot of the Girl Detective series. The series is edited by Jim Salicrup, written by Stefan Petrucha, and illustrated by Sho Murase. All the storylines are completely new. The manga-style illustrations and technical allusions (Nancy's hybrid car, George's tablet PC) give Nancy and her friends a 21st-century spin.

The series began being re-released as a part of the Nancy Drew Diaries series, with two volumes per issue.

A list of the novels in print to date is as follows:

Titles and publication dates
# Title Released Re-released
1 The Demon of River Heights October 13, 2005 February 11, 2014
2 Writ in Stone October 13, 2005
3 The Old Fashioned Mystery of The Haunted Dollhouse November 29, 2005 July 29, 2014
4 The Girl Who Wasn't There January 24, 2006
5 The Fake Heir April 18, 2006 October 21, 2014
6 Mr. Cheeters is Missing August 8, 2006
7 The Charmed Bracelet November 28, 2006 February 24, 2015
8 Global Warning March 6, 2007
9 Ghost in the Machinery May 5, 2007 July 7, 2015
10 The Disoriented Express August 7, 2007
11 Monkey-Wrench Blues November 13, 2007 December 1, 2015
12 Dress Reversal January 22, 2008
13 Doggone Town May 27, 2008 May 17, 2016
14 Sleight of Dan August 19, 2008
15 Tiger Counter November 25, 2008 November 8, 2016
16 What Goes Up February 3, 2009
17 Night of the Living Chatchke April 28, 2009 July 25, 2017
18 City Under the Basement July 31, 2009
19 Cliffhanger November 24, 2009 December 12, 2017
20 High School Musical Mystery June 8, 2010
21 High School Musical Mystery Part 2: The Lost Verse August 17, 2010

Papercutz Nancy Drew: Girl Detective - The New Case Files graphic novels (2010-2011)[edit]

On September 14, 2010, Papercutz continued the Nancy Drew: Girl Detective graphic novel series, now calling it Nancy Drew: Girl Detective - The New Case Files. These new novels center around a River Heights that has become obsessed with vampire books. The novels are as follows:

Titles and publication dates
# Title Released
1 Nancy Drew: Vampire Slayer September 14, 2010
2 A Vampire's Kiss October 21, 2010
3 Together with the Hardy Boys August 2, 2011

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery (2007–2012)[edit]

This is a spin-off series of both the Nancy Drew: Girl Detective series and The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers series. The stories are told in first person, alternating chapters, between Frank's, Joe's, and Nancy's perspective. The first title in the series acts as an introduction between the characters. This series published one title per year until the end of the Girl Detective and Undercover Brothers series in 2012.

Titles and publication dates
# Title Released
1 Terror on Tour June 5, 2007
2 Danger Overseas May 6, 2008
3 Club Dread May 5, 2009
4 Gold Medal Murder July 6, 2010
5 Bonfire Masquerade July 12, 2011
6 Stage Fright July 10, 2012

Nancy Drew Diaries (2013–current)[edit]

The current series from 2013 to present and is a reboot of the Nancy Drew: Girl Detective series.

This is the first series to be available in three different formats; paperback, hardcover (with dust jacket), and eBooks. The first four titles had an initial printing of 25,000 copies in paperback and 2,500 copies in hardcover. The fifth, sixth, and seventh titles had an initial print run of 25,000 in paperback and 5,000 in hardcover. Books 8, 9, 10, and 11 had an initial print run of 10,000 in paperback and 5,000 in hardcover.

Books were initially scheduled to be published three times a year, with a January/May/September release schedule (with the exception of the first two books, released simultaneously in February, and the eleventh book, which was released a month ahead of time in December 2015). Beginning in 2016, the series dropped to two new titles per year, with a January/August release schedule beginning the next year. Though Simon and Schuster does not release sales information for these properties, on-line sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble indicate sales are lack-luster to poor.

Unabridged audio books read by Jorjeana Marie available as CDs and downloads for the titles in the series.

Erin McGuire is the current cover artist for the series.

Titles[edit]

Titles and publication dates
# Title Released Manuscript Editor
1 Curse of the Arctic Star February 5, 2013 (2013-02-05)
2 Strangers on a Train Kekla Magoon
3 Mystery of the Midnight Rider May 7, 2013 (2013-05-07)
4 Once Upon a Thriller September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)
5 Sabotage at Willow Woods January 5, 2014 (2014-01-05)
6 Secret at Mystic Lake May 6, 2014 (2014-05-06)
7 The Phantom of Nantucket September 23, 2014 (2014-09-23) Amy Cloud
8 The Magician's Secret January 20, 2015 (2015-01-20)
9 The Clue at Black Creek Farm May 12, 2015 (2015-05-12)
10 A Script for Danger September 22, 2015 (2015-09-22) Ami Boghani[3]
11 The Red Slippers December 15, 2015 (2015-12-15)
12 The Sign in the Smoke May 10, 2016 (2016-05-10)
13 The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn October 11, 2016 (2016-10-11)
14 Riverboat Roulette January 3, 2017 (2017-01-03)
15 The Professor and the Puzzle August 8, 2017 (2017-08-08)
16 The Haunting on Heliotrope Lane January 2, 2018 (2018-01-02)
17 Famous Mistakes[4][5] January 15, 2019[4] Fiona Simpson
18 A Nancy Drew Christmas[6] September 18, 2018

Collections[edit]

  • Boxed set of books #1–4 (November 2013)
  • Book of first three books (June 2016)
  • Boxed set of books #1–10 (August 2016)

Nancy Drew Files (1986–1997)[edit]

In 1986, Simon & Schuster, Inc. began publishing a spin-off series, The Nancy Drew Files, running concurrently with the main Nancy Drew Mystery Stories line. The Nancy Drew Files were aimed at an older, teenage audience, and is similar in style, target audience, and sensibilities with The Hardy Boys Casefiles.

Starting in January 2014, Simon & Schuster began releasing this series as eBooks.

Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys SuperMystery Series (1988–1998)[edit]

The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew teamed up in this 36 volume series of paperbacks. This series follows the formula of the main characters and their friends typically involved in separate mysteries that end up being connected. The sleuths join forces to solve the overall mystery. This series is based in the Nancy Drew Files and Hardy Boys Casefiles continuity, so murder, romance, and flirtation between the series regulars are common. Nancy Drew and Frank Hardy share an attraction in this series, though after a brief kiss in "The Last Resort" this attraction is not acted on. Subsequent books focus on the respect and friendship that developed between the two and their continued feelings for Ned Nickerson and Callie Shaw. Several spin-off series were cancelled by Simon and Schuster at the end of 1997, including the Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys SuperMystery series.

River Heights[edit]

This series does not feature Nancy Drew beyond a cameo appearance in a couple books, but is set in her fictional hometown and still written under the Carolyn Keene pseudonym. The series focused on romance and lasted for only 16 titles.[7]

Nancy Drew On Campus[edit]

The Nancy Drew On Campus series, like The Nancy Drew Files, targeted an older audience. Nancy and her friends Bess Marvin and George Fayne go to college; the series focused on college life and romance, rather than all solving mysteries.[8]

Nancy Drew Notebooks (1994–2005)[edit]

The Nancy Drew Notebooks were aimed at younger readers and featured a Nancy who was still in grade school. The series was published from 1994 to 2005.

Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew (2006–2015)[edit]

Starting in 2006, Aladdin Paperbacks published a new series to replace the Nancy Drew Notebooks series for younger readers. It features Nancy Drew, George Fayne, and Bess Marvin as eight-year-olds in the third grade at River Heights Elementary School, and solving kid sized mysteries, from finding a stolen ice cream formula entry to the culprit who cut the cake before the bride. This series also sets George's mother working her own catering company and reveals George's real name to be Georgia. This series ended in 2015 and was replaced by the Nancy Drew Clue Book series.

Titles, authorship, and publication dates
# Title Pub.
1 Sleepover Sleuths June 1, 2006
2 Scream for Ice Cream June 1, 2006
3 Pony Problems August 1, 2006
4 The Cinderella Ballet Mystery October 3, 2006
5 Case of the Sneaky Snowman December 5, 2006
6 The Fashion Disaster February 6, 2007
7 The Circus Scare April 10, 2007
8 Lights, Camera... Cats! May 8, 2007
9 The Halloween Hoax August 7, 2007
10 Ticket Trouble September 25, 2007
11 Ski School Sneak November 27, 2007
12 Valentine's Day Secret December 26, 2007
13 Chick-napped! March 4, 2008
14 The Zoo Crew May 6, 2008
15 Mall Madness July 1, 2008
16 Thanksgiving Thief September 9, 2008
17 Wedding Day Disaster November 4, 2008
18 Earth Day Escapade January 6, 2009
19 April Fool's Day March 10, 2009
20 Treasure Trouble May 19, 2009
21 Double Take July 21, 2009
22 Unicorn Uproar September 8, 2009
23 Babysitting Bandit November 10, 2009
24 Princess Mix-up Mystery December 29, 2009
25 Buggy Breakout March 9, 2010
26 Camp Creepy May 4, 2010
27 Cat Burglar Caper September 14, 2010
28 Time Thief January 4, 2011
29 Designed for Disaster May 3, 2011
30 Dance Off September 13, 2011
31 The Make-a-Pet Mystery January 3, 2012
32 Cape Mermaid Mystery May 1, 2012
33 The Pumpkin Patch Puzzle September 25, 2012
34 Cupcake Chaos March 5, 2013
35 Cooking Camp Disaster July 9, 2013
36 The Secret of the Scarecrow November 12, 2013
37 The Flower Show Fiasco March 25, 2014
38 A Musical Mess July 8, 2014
39 Museum Mayhem November 4, 2014
40 Butterfly Blues March 24, 2015

Nancy Drew Clue Book Series (2015–current)[edit]

This is a re-boot of the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew series published by Aladdin Paperbacks. This is an interactive series, as readers may write down their clues and predictions. A page before the final chapter has questions the reader can answer regarding suspects, clues, and solutions. The first two titles were published July 7, 2015 in paperback, hardcover, and eBook editions written by Carolyn Keene with covers and internal illustrations by Peter Francis. The first three titles have had an initial print run of 35,000 in paperback and 5,000 in hardcover.

Titles and publication dates
# Title Released
1 Pool Party Puzzler July 7, 2015 (2015-07-07)
2 Last Lemonade Standing
3 A Star Witness November 3, 2015 (2015-11-03)
4 Big Top Flop March 1, 2016 (2016-03-01)
5 Movie Madness July 12, 2016 (2016-07-12)
6 Pets on Parade October 18, 2016 (2016-10-18)
7 Candy Kingdom Chaos March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
8 World Record Mystery October 17, 2017 (2017-10-17)
9 Springtime Crime March 20, 2018 (2018-03-20)
10 Boo Crew September 4, 2018 (2018-09-04)
11 The Tortoise and the Scare March 19, 2019 (2019-03-19)

Specials[edit]

Nancy Drew Picture Books[edit]

  1. Mystery of the Lost Dogs (1977)
  2. The Secret of the Twin Puppets (1977)

Other Books/Resources[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]