I am writing a biography on Mildred Wirt Benson, a real life Nancy Drew and the original Carolyn Keene. Follow my progress and learn more about the biography here. Interested publishers may inquire.
The Haunted Library. By Dori Hillestad Butler. 3.92 1,060 Ratings 173 Reviews published 2014 7 editions. When ghost boy Kaz’s haunt is torn down and he is. Shelve The Haunted Library. The Ghost Ship: A Mystery of the Sea by John C. Hutcheson - Free Ebook. Project Gutenberg. 65,668 free ebooks. The Ghost in the Attic. By Dori Hillestad Butler Illustrator Aurore Damant. Be the first to write a review. Format Paperback Book. LIST PRICE: $4.95. YOU SAVE $1.24 (25.05%).
Still in print today are the classic Nancy Drew Mystery Stories--volumes 1-56. You might be surprised in purchasing the yellow spine picture covers at your local bookstores to find that the first 34 stories are a rather baffling mystery! They may be shorter than you remember them, the language has been updated, and Nancy's snappy roadster is now your run of the mill convertible. In short, they have been revised.
Beginning in 1959 until 1978, the first 34 stories were revised by the Stratemeyer Syndicate. These revisions removed stereotypes, outdated language, and overall updated the stories and shortened them for modern readers.
Never fear, if you are missing an original text or want to read one and you cannot find one in grandma's attic, you can sleuth them out at used bookstores, antique malls, or online at eBay.com. Applewood Books reprinted 1-21 of the originals--just as you remember them. The key to deciphering whether you have an original or not, is that your book will have 25 chapters( not 20. )
These books are considered the 'classic' series due to their being the original mysteries and being in print for over 75 years and counting while paperback series and spin-offs have come and gone. These are the stories that have been passed down from generation to generation and have become favorites of Nancy Drew readers.
Over the years, the cover illustrations and internal illustrations underwent changes as well. Visit the Collecting Nancy Drew - Formats section of this site for a breakdown of artwork changes as well as format information on the various styles of dust jackets, cover board styles, endpapers, and yellow spine picture cover types.
Below, you will find images of the classic 56 covers going from earliest on the left to latest covers on the far right. Keep in mind, not only was there only one cover art for volumes 35-56, there was also just one text--it was never revised. For those books that have been revised--volumes 1-34--there may be two synopses listed. One will be for the original and one for the revision where the revision varies significantly in plot or story from the original.
Also for yellow spine picture cover editions - there were also official Grosset & Dunlap picture cover library editions--these feature a lavender spine and on the back cover a library logo - so if you have one of these, it's a library edition. Book #56 has a yellow spine, not lavender.
When the Topham family inherits all of Josiah Crowley's fortune, something isn't right about the whole affair. Josiah promised other friends and relatives that they would inherit. In Nancy's first case, she searches for a hidden will in order to help restore the inheritances to the rightful heirs. Being locked in a closet by robbers and a narrow escape with an old clock lead to Nancy solving this baffling mystery!
A visit by a sinister fellow who claims Carson Drew swindled him out of land that was condemned for the railroad leaves Nancy shaken as the man threatens harm if he does not get his money back. Meanwhile, mysterious goings on and thefts of personal items at the home of the Turnbull sisters leads Nancy to try and catch the house 'ghost.' Someone is trying to get the Turnbull sisters to leave The Mansion! Carson Drew's disappearance and a series of events that put Nancy in danger as she discovers a hidden staircase and secret passageway lead to the resolution of this spooky and suspenseful mystery.
Nancy resolves to help chum Helen Corning's aunts solve the mystery of the ghost who seems to be haunting their home, Twin Elms. A mysterious man appears at the Drew home to warn Nancy and her father that Carson is in danger. This warning leads Nancy and Carson to search for the missing Willie Wharton, a land owner, who can prove he signed away his land to the railroad and save the railroad from a lawsuit. Meanwhile, the disappearance of Carson Drew, thefts and mysterious goings on at Twin Elms, and the discovery of a hidden staircase lead Nancy to solve this baffling mystery.
When Nancy and Helen Corning get swept up in a lake storm , mysterious Laura Pendleton comes to their rescue. Her mother recently having passed away, Laura has come to meet up with her new guardians and something isn't quite right about them. Their mistreatment of Laura leads Nancy to investigate and stumble upon a shocking surprise in the cellar of a bungalow. Nancy must use her wits to overcome the villains and solve this baffling mystery involving Laura's guardians!
A theft at Lilac Inn of Emily Crandall's diamonds leads Nancy on a search for the thieves to clear Laura's guardian, Mrs. Willoughby. In a dramatic ending, Nancy finds herself bound and gagged on a ship at the hands of the thieves. It's a mystery that begins and ends at Lilac Inn.
Nancy and her friend, Helen Corning, visit Lilac Inn to help their friend Emily Willoughby, whose diamonds are stolen. A mysterious ghostly figure on the grounds of Lilac Inn, a message with the words 'blue pipes,' and someone impersonating Nancy leads her dangerously on the trail of a gang of thieves with a dramatic conclusion aboard a ship. (The revision is mostly a brand new story and actually takes place centrally at Lilac Inn which makes for a nice story.)
Nancy, Bess, and George head to Arizona to visit Shadow Ranch along with Alice Regor, a cousin of Bess and George. Alice's father disappeared many years before. The plight of a young child, Lucy, who lives with a very mean woman, Martha Frank, leads Nancy to suspect something is not right. In her search to find out how Lucy came to be with Martha, Nancy solves not one, but two baffling mysteries!
Nancy, Bess, and George arrive in Phoenix, Arizona, eagerly looking forward to a fun-filled vacation at Shadow Ranch, but abruptly finds themselves involved in a baffling mystery. The ranch is being haunted by a phantom horse and maliciously damaged 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. Nancy suspects that a treasure is hidden by Valentine on the ranch and becomes involved in a dangerous race to find the treasure.
A pleasant visit to Red Gate Farm turns into an exciting and dangerous mystery for Nancy, Bess, and George. The mystery involves the mysterious Black Snake Colony, a cult organization who holds strange meetings next door. A mysterious cave and a code to decipher lead Nancy on the trail of a ring of counterfeiters!
Nancy, Bess, and George return from a country carnival and witness an explosion in a beautiful country mansion. Fearing its occupants might be trapped in the fire, they rush to the rescue. A mysterious man who runs from the scene and a diary Nancy discovers lead to a mystery involving a man who either died in the fire or is missing and the man whose patent he stole.
When the Drew's mail is stolen, this puts their letter carrier in a bind. An inheritance meant for a Nancy Smith Drew, is mentioned in a letter mistakenly sent to Nancy. Nancy's search for the other Nancy Drew and the thief of the Drew's mail leads to the discovery of a thief trying to steal the heart of Ms. Smith Drew's inheritance!
Another exciting mystery begins for Nancy when her friends Bess and George visit The Sign of the Twisted Candles Inn and meet 100 year old Asa Sidney. The strange inn keepers seem to have some sort of hold over Asa and their foster daughter. When Asa dies, Nancy becomes embroiled in the middle of a family feud involving Bess and George which nearly costs her their friendship. In the end Nancy solves a baffling mystery involving the parentage of the inn keeper's foster daughter and foils the inn keeper's sinister plans.
'Blue bells will be singing horses!' This strange message, attached to the leg of a wounded homing pigeon, involves Nancy in a dangerous mission. Somewhere, an elderly woman is being held prisoner in a mansion. Nancy is determined to find and free Mrs. Eldridge. Nancy also stumbles upon a related mystery at nearby Sylvan lake with the help of pal Helen Corning. In the end, Nancy helps foil a ruthless ring of swindlers but meets danger along the way.
Kitty and Johnny Blair have adopted twins, but something is not quite right about the whole scenario. Nancy finds a clue in a broken locket that leads her down a mysterious path to find the twins' real parents.
Nancy, Bess, and George find strange events happening when they visit Misty Lake. The meet Cecily Curtis, who seeks Nancy's help in solving two mysteries: one concerning Cecily's fiance, Niko Van Dyke, a popular singer who believes his record company is cheating him of royalty payments; the other, involving a family treasure hidden before the start of the Civil War--Cecily's only clue being half of a gold locket. Nancy's investigation leads to Pudding Stone Lodge and involves the sinister Driscoll family.
Nancy wins a contest and ends up winning land in Canada. Nancy and her chums travel to Canada and along the way discover there may be hidden gold on the property. Nancy's mystery helps reunite lost love as well.
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, Bess, and George take part in an archaeological dig investigating Indian burial mounds. All the while Nancy searches, a mysterious enemy stalks her and it becomes a race to find the message and the treasure it reveals.
What secret life-giving power does the exquisite ivory elephant charm contain? Can the trinket really protect its wearer from all harm? Nancy investigates a circus performer and his young assistant, Coya (Rishi in revision), who is being cruelly treated. In helping Coya to find his real father, Nancy stumbles a secret that only the ivory charm can help reveal.
Nancy and her chums go to Sea Cliff to view a statue made of marble. Nancy has been told it resembles her. While visiting Sea Cliff, Nancy becomes embroiled in a mystery involving the whispering statue and is aided by pesky terrier dog, Togo.
Nancy is asked to solve a puzzling mystery involving a valuable collection of rare books that have been commissioned to a man suspected of being a swindler. A second mystery involving a stolen marble statue that was said to whisper leads Nancy down a dangerous path to discovering a ring of clever art thieves.
Carson Drew is on the trail of an international ring of jewel thieves. Nancy, Bess, and George, who are staying at Deer Mountain Hotel to relax and play golf, become involved in Carson's case and also tie in the mystery behind a ghost haunting the grounds of the hotel.
Nancy attempts to solve the mystery of 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? 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 a thief who steals Miss Carter's prize Persian cats.
Nancy, Bess, and George take a trip to South America on a cruise and discover a mystery involving a brass-bound trunk and a ring of jewel smugglers.
Nancy, Bess, and George are on a cruise from the Netherlands to New York when they befriend Nelda Detweiler who shares their cabin. Nelda has been accused of stealing a diamond bracelet. Nancy discovers a connection to a ring of international jewel thieves in an unclaimed brass-bound trunk.
A vacation for Nancy, Bess, and George leads to the discovery of a moss-covered mansion and the strange eerie sounds emanating from inside the mansion. In trying to uncover the source of the sounds, Nancy stumbles upon a mystery involving a lost fortune.
A friend of Carson Drew's has been arrested and charged with sending a truck loaded with explosive oranges into the Space Center at Cape Kennedy, Florida. Nancy, Bess, George, and Carson rush to Florida to prove Carson's friend innocent. During Nancy's investigation, she becomes suspicious of an old spooky moss-covered mansion and the wild animals that roam the grounds. Nancy soon becomes involved in the mystery of the moss-covered mansion.
Nancy investigates a small ship cottage at the Chatham estate and discovers a connection between the mysterious occurrences at Ship Cottage and a treasure island. With a half map, Nancy sets out to find a missing twin brother who owns the other half of the map. The mystery becomes even more dangerous on a voyage to the mysterious island.
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 dangerous search. A secret in a jewel box helps unmask a slick imposter and reunites the long-separated family.
Nancy races against time to unravel clues in a dead man's letters. If she succeeds, Philip March and his little granddaughter can be saved from financial ruin. Following the 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.
Nancy is asked to help find a missing professional dancer and becomes involved in a mystery involving mysterious Heath Castle. While investigating the castle, Nancy, Bess, and George search for a secret hidden within the crumbling walls in order to unravel a mysterious puzzle and restore the missing dancer's inheritance.
Nancy, Bess, and George travel to a picturesque seaside town at the invitation of one of Carson Drew's clients. Mr. Drew fails to join the girls, leading to a mystery involving his disappearance and a nearby cliffside cave inhabited by a ghost and his tolling bell.
Nancy witnesses a purse snatching and runs after the thief. She rescues the purse and is asked by the owner, a doll collector, to do some detective work. Nancy must find an old album, a lost doll, and a missing gypsy violinist. Nearly foiled when she is poisoned by a French-swordsman doll, Nancy solves the mystery and helps reunite the doll collector and her grandchild.
When Mrs. Putney seeks Nancy's help in recovering her stolen jewelry, the search for thieves takes Nancy, Bess, and George to New Orleans. Mrs. Putney's strange behavior and two young women involve Nancy in a case about a cruel hoax of 'haunting' spirits at Blackwood Hall.
A rare and valuable Chinese vase is stolen from a pottery shop which leads Nancy, Bess, and George on the trail of thieves. Along the way they search for a leaning chimney and missing pottery experts.
Nancy, Bess, and George help Captain Easterly solve the mystery of ghostly visitors to his ship in Boston Harbor. The ship's figurehead is missing. It is a mystery that once solved will unravel the history of the ship.
Terry Scott, a young archeology 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 found a clue to the buried treasure on a cipher. Soon after, Dr. Pitt and the cipher disappeared. Terry suspects the Tinos, a couple posing as scientists who vanished at the same time.
Nancy, Bess, and George follow the trail of fur thieves to New York and Canada. While trying to catch the thieves, Nancy must catch the woman using her identity to her name.
A masquerade party turns into a mystery for Nancy when a cloaked man is seen climbing into the second story window of the mansion and things end up stolen. Once again on the trail of thieves, Nancy must undercover the gang who are stealing jewels and art at parties given by wealthy people. When Nancy and George switch identities, George soon discovers that while it is exciting to play amateur detective, it can be dangerous to masquerade as Nancy Drew!
Nancy is given a gold bracelet and discovers one of the horse charms is missing. When she learns the unusual story behind the jewelry, she sets out to solve the fascinating mystery. Clues lead Nancy to a circus where she meets an unhappy young aerialist who has a horse charm just like the one Nancy is missing. Nancy joins the circus in order to investigate the significance of the horse charm and ends up reuniting a mother and daughter.
Nancy meets the Fontaines, refugees from Centrovia, who run a dancing school in River Heights. When the Fontaines are threatened, Nancy offers assistance. When the Fontaines disappear, Nancy searches for them and becomes involved with the significance of a pair of scarlet slippers, a painting, and missing jewels.
Nancy, Bess, and George travel to Pennsylvania to search for missing furniture and uncover the meaning behind the witch tree symbol hex sign that keeps appearing. Their search for a clue in an old table leads to solving an ancient mystery and helps reunite a young Amish woman with her family.
The search for a missing stained glass window takes Nancy, Bess, and George on a journey to Charlottesville, Virginia when they stumble upon a mysterious ghost haunting a mansion.
When Nancy, Bess, and George travel to New Orleans for Mardi Gras they are enveloped in a mystery involving a haunted showboat. Nancy unravels the mystery involving an imposter and a search for pirate's gold.
Nancy, Bess, and George travel to Hawaii to solve a puzzle involving a golden pavilion. This travelogue takes them to many sites on the island as Nancy strives to catch a gang of art thieves.
Nancy, Bess, and George travel to Camp Merriweather and become involved in a mystery involving a missing stagecoach. If found, it will reveal a valuable clue that will be of great value to the town of Francisville.
When Chi Che Soong is thought to be kidnapped, Nancy, Bess, and George travel to New York to find out what happened to her. The mysterious dragon symbol, a stolen manuscript, and a strange bookshop involve Nancy in a dangerous mission to stop a gang of smugglers and rescue Chi Che.
A mysterious dancing puppet is haunting the grounds of the old Van Pelt estate, home of the local acting troupe, The Footlighters. Nancy, Bess, and George's investigation is a dangerous one, but a rewarding one in the end when an old family mystery is solved.
When Nancy receives a valuable moonstone as a gift from an unknown person, she is amazed and puzzled. She soon becomes involved in a mystery involving the Bowens and their missing granddaughter which leads Nancy, Bess, and George to Deep River. Investigating the haunted Moonstone Castle leads to a connection between the castle and the mysterious moonstone and the revelation of what happened to Joanie Horton.
Nancy is warned not to go to Scotland but she does not heed the warning. Nancy, Bess, and George travel to Scotland to visit Nancy's great-grandmother at an estate in the Scottish Highlands. A family heirloom is missing and Nancy hopes to recover it. While there, Nancy becomes involved in the mystery of missing flocks of sheep and a mysterious bagpiper. Clues leading to a discovery in an old castle and a prehistoric fortress lead to the mystery's solution.
Nancy, Bess, and George travel to Emerson for the Emerson University June Week celebration to visit Ned, Burt, and Dave. They are invited to stay with John Rorick at his mansion on Pine Hill and soon become entangled in a mystery involving a lost family heirloom and a phantom haunting Pine Hill.
Nancy, Bess, and George travel to France to search for a flight of 99 steps to solve the mystery of a friend's strange dream. During her search, she must contend with the sinister Monsieur Neuf and help her father uncover who is frightening a wealthy financier into selling large amounts of securities.
Carla Ponce invites Nancy, Bess, and George to come to Peru to help decipher the mystery in the crossword cipher--a wooden plaque that promises to lead to fabulous treasure. Nancy must pursue the treasure and avoid the dangerous gang of relic thieves headed by El Gato(The Cat.)
Carson Drew's client, a jeweler, is accused of stealing the spider sapphire which leads to a mystery that takes Nancy, Bess, George, Ned, Burt, and Dave on African Safari. Nancy uncovers a nefarious scheme and solves the disappearance of a missing jungle guide.
Nancy and her chums set out on a ghost-hunting expedition despite being warned not to. The hunt involves a canoe that paddles itself, a phantom horse, and several other hauntings. Nancy is pitted against a dangerous adversary and manages to outwit him in an eerie mansion.
The strange disappearance of a young Turkish client of Carson 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. The search takes Nancy, Bess, George, Ned, Burt, and Dave to Turkey where Bess mysteriously disappears.
Nancy, Bess, and George spend an exciting week exploring a mysterious zigzag house with a crooked staircase and an unpredictable robot. Nancy is determined to solve the mystery of the weird house and locate the missing owner who is wanted by the police.
Aunt Eloise invites Nancy, Bess, and George to a cabin near Cooperstown, New York for a chance to solve the mystery of a woman who glides across the water. Nancy becomes involved in a vacation hoax because she resembles a woman involved in the hoax. A mysterious green sorcerer who appears in the woods and an lost treasure involving the gliding woman lead Nancy to help uncover a cleverly concealed operation in the woods.
A bird of ill omen is mysteriously left on Nancy's 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 one of Carson's cases about a rare bird farm threatened with destruction to make room for a high-rise apartment house complex. The use of jinxes to threaten those who oppose the construction leads Nancy to track down the criminals behind the jinxing.
When Nancy eagerly agrees to help Carson Drew 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 sets Nancy, Bess, and George on a hazardous search for a bizarre criminal. Nancy must not only thwart the criminal but also has to contend to the high-handed methods of a woman lawyer who tries to take the case away from her.
Rumors that long ago a treasure was hidden in a city now buried under the Nevada desert lead Nancy, Bess, and George to join a college sponsored archaeological dig in search of the gold. An ancient stone with petroglyphs on it gives Nancy clues to the missing treasure and brings her danger from a thief who wants the treasure.
Nancy goes to the Excello Flying School in the Midwest to take lessons while Bess and George horseback ride on a ranch they are staying at. A mystery involving a hijacked plane and a missing pilot as well as an elusive sky phantom and horse thief keep Nancy busy hunting down clues involving a strange magnetic cloud.
A sheep farmer receives a mysterious telephone call after he buys a series of pictures painted on parchment. He is told to decipher the message in the parchment and right a wrong. He asks Nancy to help solve this baffling mystery which soon involves a boy artist and a ruthless villain.
In a response to a friend's call for help, Nancy's father, Carson Drew, asks her to travel to the mysterious Crocodile Island with Bess and George to study the reptiles and try to uncover a group of suspected poachers. Upon their arrival, they are kidnapped but manage to escape and uncover a sinister racket that involves many unsuspecting victims.
Nancy is asked to locate a stolen pearl necklace that is unusual and valuable. She and her father, Carson Drew, travel to Japan in search of the necklace and help uncover a group of underworld jewel thieves hiding behind a pearl cult worshipping front.