Nancy Drew Books ~ Titles, Covers, and More


Many readers love Nancy Drew books, just like me. 🙂 I’m thankful Nancy Drew mysteries are available for us to read and enjoy. Nancy and her adventures first began being published in 1930 when Edward Stratemeyer created the series. The pseudonym Carolyn Keene has been requested at libraries and bookstores and on gift lists. In a number of lands and languages, readers have anxiously turned page after page to see how Nancy would get out of numerous dangerous situations while putting an end to crooked activity of individuals and gangs. Nancy, her family, boyfriend, and friends are waiting for you to go on an adventure with them, whether in River Heights or one of the many places they’ve visited! 🙂

As I noted on The Hardy Boys book page, by having the various titles listed on here doesn’t mean I think they are all good, nor that I recommend for anyone to read every one of them. It also isn’t saying that each book has the characters written or portrayed correctly – because that would be incorrect. There have been quite a few ghostwriters and sometimes there’s a discrepancy and there are times when an author didn’t write the characters true to their characters. There are plenty of good ones that do get the characters right which I totally recommend and I expect that list to grow. 🙂 I personally haven’t read every Nancy Drew book in every series, but I read a lot and fast, so I’ve read quite a few! And I have opinions on them! 😉 There are definitely some excellent mysteries that I love and I’m looking forward to the well-written ones I have yet to read. 🙂

You’ll find new info added on here at various times. It might be any number of details on an individual book, such as another cover, date, synopsis, people or places in the books, and interesting facts. The Nancy Drew books I’ve already reviewed will have a link with the title below so you can read it if you like and I’ll add new links as I post the reviews.

Peruse the list of books below and please share which one you’re reading right now on the Bayport/River Heights Library page. 🙂 I love talking with others about how much we enjoy Nancy Drew books – and Hardy Boys books! 😎 

NANCY DREW SERIES (1930-2003) ~

The main Nancy Drew series, also known as Nancy Drew Mysteries or Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, continue to be very popular and loved, which is true also of The Hardy Boys (1-190). I know of some fans who will only read the hardcovers. I think there are good ones throughout the series, depends on the book. There were 175 new mysteries written/published from 1930-2003. Plus, the Nancy Drew Sleuth Book, The Nancy Drew Cookbook, and also books featuring the Hardy brothers: Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Sleuths Volumes I and 2 and Campfire Stories, and Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Be A Detective Mystery Stories. 

Except where otherwise noted, reviews and info on Hardy and Drew Mysteries and The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Books refers to the revised editions of the Nancy Drew series (Nancy Drew Mysteries/Nancy Drew Mystery Stories), not the unrevised editions first published.

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#1 The Secret of the Old Clock  

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…

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?

192 pages Grosset & Dunlap Publishers/Penguin USA

#2 The Hidden Staircase 

Teenage detective Nancy Drew uses her courage and powers of deduction to solve the mysterious happenings in an old stone mansion.

182 pages Grosset & Dunlap Publishers/Penguin USA

#3 The Bungalow Mystery 

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….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!


A special treat for Nancy Drew fans, and any reader who’s new to the series! We’re releasing a stunning new edition of an old favorite: The Bungalow Mystery, the third book in the incredibly popular, long-running series. It’s the same exciting mystery that readers have fallen in love with for more than 80 years—Nancy Drew has to help Laura Pendelton retrieve her family jewels, but they have to act quickly! Now with a brand-new look, this is an edition that collectors won’t want to miss!

192 pages Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin USA

#4 The Mystery at Lilac Inn 

Nancy and her friend Helen visit their friend Emily Willoughby at the 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?
192 pages Grosset & Dunlap Penguin USA

#5 The Secret of Shadow Ranch
#6 The Secret of Red Gate Farm
#7 The Clue in the Diary
#8 Nancy’s Mysterios Letter
#9 The Sign of the Twisted Candles
#10 The Password to Larkspur Lane
#11 The Clue of the Broken Locket
#12 The Message in the Hollow Oak – I don’t recommend. Terribly disrespectful.
#13 The Mystery of the Ivory Charm
#14 The Whispering Statue
#15 The Haunted Bridge
#16 The Clue of the Tapping Heels
#17 The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk
#18 Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion
#19 The Quest of the Missing Map
#20 The Clue in the Jewel Box
#21 The Secret in the Old Attic
#22 The Clue in the Crumbling Wall
#23 The Mystery of the Tolling Bell
#24 The Clue in the Old Album
#25 The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
#26 The Clue of the Leaning Chimney
#27 The Secret of the Wooden Lady
#28 The Clue of the Black Keys
#29 The Mystery at the Ski Jump
#30 The Clue of the Velvet Mask
#31The Ringmaster’s Secret
#32 The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
#33 The Witch Tree Symbol
#34 The Hidden Window Mystery
#35 The Haunted Showboat
#36 The Secret of the Golden Pavilion
#37 The Clue in the Old Stagecoach
#38 The Mystery of the Fire Dragon
#39 The Clue of the Dancing Puppet
#40 The Moonstone Castle Mystery
#41 The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes
#42 The Phantom of Pine Hill
#43 The Mystery of the 99 Steps
#44 The Clue in the Crossword Cipher
#45 The Spider Sapphire Mystery
#46 The Invisible Intruder
#47 The Mysterious Mannequin
#48 The Crooked Banister
#49 The Secret of Mirror Bay
#50 The Double Jinx Mystery
#51 Mystery of the Glowing Eye
#52 The Secret of the Forgotten City – another one I don’t recommend – also disrespectful
#53 The Sky Phantom
#54 The Strange Message in the Parchment
#55 Mystery of Crododile Island
#56 The Thirteenth Pearl
#57 The Triple Hoax
#58 The Flying Saucer Mystery
#59 The Secret in the Old Lace
#60 The Greek Symbol Mystery
#61 The Swami’s Ring
#62 The Kachina Doll Mystery
#63 The Twin Dilemma
#64 Captive Witness
#65 Mystery of the Winged Lion
#66 Race Against Time
#67 The Sinister Omen
#68 The Elusive Heiress
#69 Clue in the Ancient Disguise
#70 The Broken Anchor
#71 The Silver Cobweb
#72 The Haunted Carousel
#73 Enemy Match
#74 The Mysterious Image
#75 The Emerald-Eyed Cat Mystery
#76 The Eskimo’s Secret
#77 The Bluebeard Room – NO!
#78 The Phantom of Venice
#79 The Double Horror of Fenley Place
#80 The Case of the Disappearing Diamonds
#81 The Mardi Gras Mystery
#82 The Clue in the Camera
#83 The Case of the Vanishing Veil
#84 The Joker’s Revenge
#85 The Secret of Shady Glen
#86 The Mystery of Misty Canyon
#87 The Case of the Rising Stars
#88 The Search for Cindy Austin
#89 The Case of the Disappearing Deejay
#90 The Puzzle at Pineview School
#91 The Girl Who Couldn’t Remember
#92 The Ghost of Craven Cove
#93 The Case of the Safecracker’s Secret
#94 The Picture-Perfect Mystery
#95 The Silent Suspect
#96 The Case of the Photo Finish
#97 The Mystery at Magnolia Mansion
#98 The Haunting of Horse Island
#99 The Secret at Seven Rocks
#100 A Secret in Time
#101 The Mystery of the Missing Millionairess
#102 The Secret in the Dark
#103 The Stranger in the Shadows
#104 The Mystery of the Jade Tiger
#105 The Clue in the Antique Trunk
#106 The Case of the Artful Crime
#107 The Legend of Miner’s Creek
#108 The Secret of the Tibetan Treasure
#109 The Mystery of the Masked Rider
#110 The Nutcracker Ballet Mystery
#111 The Secret at Solaire
#112 Crime in the Queen’s Court
#113 The Secret Lost at Sea
#114 The Search for the Silver Persian
#115 The Suspect in the Smoke
#116 The Case of the Twin Teddy Bears
#117 Mystery of the Menu
#118 Trouble at Lake Tahoe
#119 The Mystery of the Missing Mascot
#120 The Case of the Floating Crime
#121 The Fortune Teller’s Secret
#122 The Message in the Haunted Mansion
#123 The Clue on the Silver Screen
#124 The Secret of the Scarlet Hand
#125 The Teen Model Mystery
#126 The Riddle in the Rare Book
#127 The Case of the Dangerous Solution
#128 The Treasure in the Royal Tower
#129 The Baby-Sitter Burglaries
#130 The Sign of the Falcon
#131 The Hidden Inheritance
#132 The Fox Hunt Mystery
#133 The Mystery at the Crystal Palace
#134 The Secret of the Forgotten Cave
#135 The Riddle of the Ruby Gazelle
#136 The Wedding Day Mystery
#137 In Search of the Black Rose
#138 The Legend of the Lost Gold
#139 The Secret of Candlelight Inn
#140 The Door-to-Door Deception
#141 The Wild Cat Crime
#142 The Case of Capital Intrigue
#143 Mystery on Maui
#144 The E-mail Mystery
#145 The Missing Horse Mystery
#146 The Ghost of the Lantern Lady
#147 The Case of the Captured Queen
#148 On the Trail of Trouble
#149 The Clue of the Gold Doubloons
#150 Mystery at Moorsea Manor
#151 The Chocolate-Covered Contest
#152 The Key in the Satin Pocket
#153 Whispers in the Fog
#154 The Legend of the Emerald Lady
#155 The Mystery in Tornado Alley
#156 The Secret in the Stars
#157 The Music Festival Mystery
#158 The Curse of the Black Cat
#159 The Secret of the Fiery Chamber
#160 The Clue on the Crystal Dove
#161 Lost in the Everglades
#162 The Case of the Lost Song
#163 The Clues Challenge
#164 The Mystery of the Mother Wolf
#165 The Crime Lab Case
#166 The Case of the Creative Crime
#167 Mystery by Moonlight
#168 The Bike Tour Mystery
#169 The Mistletoe Mystery
#170 No Strings Attached
#171 Intrigue at the Grand Opera
#172 The Riding Club Crime
#173 Danger on the Great Lakes
#174 A Taste of Danger
#175 Werewolf in a Winter Wonderland

Nancy Drew Sleuth Book
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