Straight from the Books – Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Facts 4 – What Digest Already?

   As Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew fans, we love mysteries! 😎 Sometimes there seems to be a mystery concerning book facts where there’s not an enigma really, just misinformation. The main Hardy Boys series, #1-#190, and the main Nancy Drew series #1-#175,  are the series to refer to about details and facts, in regards to other series or even within the main series, for established character personalities. That real information can be found in the individual volumes consistently reflecting the character’s real characteristics. A small number of books I’ve read in those two series so far have fallen victim to ghostwriters’ discrepancies and errors at times.

   It’s not an unusual occurence to come across something online that is incorrect. One of those inaccurate things would be referring to any of The Hardy Boys books or Nancy Drew books as “Digests”. There’s no such thing as a “Digest” series for the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. It’s a totally made-up fallacy. No mystery about the facts because it is easily confirmed. There isn’t actually a separate series called “Digests” for the Hardys or Nancy. Calling any of the books Digests isn’t accurate – neither the books nor the publishers refer to them as such. The main/real deal/essential series is The Hardy Boys, as referred to in the books and by the publishers, and also as The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories or Hardy Boys Mysteries. Both the Hardy Boys series, started in 1927, and the Nancy Drew series, started in 1930, came from the creative genius of Edward Stratemeyer, whose characters, Frank, Joe, and Nancy, have been solving mysteries ever since then. 😎

   The Hardy Boys main series went into the 21st century, with new mysteries being written and published into 2005. The volumes of this series, not surprisingly, go from #1 through #190 and there’s also The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook. 😎

   The Nancy Drew Mysteries also went into the 21st century, having started in 1930, with newly written and published stories to November 2003. There are 175 volumes in the Nancy Drew series, numbered clearly and for a reason, beginning with #1 naturally, plus the Nancy Drew Sleuth Book. 😎

   The consecutive numbering provide huge clues that those books are the same series. So there’s really no mystery about that for the Hardys or Nancy.

   I don’t understand why anyone would make up some name like Digests that is incorrect and very easily shown not to be accurate. It’s also misleading, I think, and kinda divisive. I’m really not into any of that. I wouldn’t even refer to it on here, but that was one of the things I wanted to address on my blog since you can come across that misinformation online. Finding it on a wiki page or any site simply means someone entered that incorrect info, maybe without knowing it’s inaccurate. I’m sure everyone knows that there are correct things and false things found online, so coming across it on the internet doesn’t make something true.

   Proof of evidence is in the books themselves. If you get any of the Hardy Boys books, whether it’s #100 or #190, check inside the book. Yeah, don’t be surprised when you don’t find the books being called “Digests” anywhere in there.

   Also, I think it’s cool to note that only one series is called “The Hardy Boys” and one series called “Nancy Drew”. The alternate universe series have different series titles. 😎

   Now you know. The Hardy Boys series – Hardy Boys Mystery Stories – #1-#190 1927-2005 – one series. Nancy Drew Series – Nancy Drew Mystery Stories – #1-#175 1930-2003 – also all one series. One of several ways you can tell is from the sequential numbering of the books, as in there’s only one #1 in The Hardy Boys series and the Nancy Drew series. 😎

 

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Happy Anniversary, Nancy Drew!

Nancy Drew #3 The Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn KeeneAs I mentioned in a previous post, the 28th of April, 2015 is the anniversary of when the exciting, much-loved, cool, popular series, Nancy Drew (Nancy Drew Mysteries/Nancy Drew Mystery Stories) began being published. The 85th anniversary to be exact. Mystery readers have had the opportunity to read Nancy’s thrilling adventures starting on this date in 1930, with the publication of the first three volumes, The Secret of the Old Clock, The Hidden Staircase, and The Bungalow Mystery. That was the start of another successful Edward Stratemeyer series, The Hardy Boys (The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories/The Hardy Boys Stories) series having been established in 1927. Both series being read and loved here and now in the 21st century. That’s pretty cool. The Nancy Drew series continued with new stories from 1930 until November 2003 with #175 (The Hardy Boys went to April 2005 with #190). I have a facsimile edition of books #1-#3 (unread as of yet) and I also have the revised editions, which I have read. 🙂 My favorite of the first three Nancy Drew books is #3 The Bungalow Mystery. 🙂

There are several essential characters who’ve helped Nancy a lot. Her dad, Carson, is a lawyer who loves his daughter, and although he’s always concerned for her safety, he’s super proud of her. Her boyfriend, Ned Nickerson, brave, loyal, and smart, lets Nancy know he loves her, not only by telling her, but also showing it with understanding and support. Hannah Gruen, the Drews’ housekeeper who’s been like a mother to Nancy. George Fayne and Bess Marvin, cousins who’ve stuck with Nancy through many dangerous situations. Also Helen Corning, a friend appearing in several books. And my favorite characters, the Hardy Boys, brothers Frank and Joe, fellow detectives and justice-seekers have worked with Nancy.

Important trivia if you don’t want to be wrong: Nancy was 16 years old in the first book. That means she isn’t 85 years old today – because she would have had to have been a baby in The Secret of the Old Clock – and maybe people really matured a lot quicker than us today, but she could drive a car, etc, so that’s just not in the realm of possibility for her to be an infant in the first book. So since she was 16 in the original, she would be 101, but with her being 18 in the revised edition of The Secret of the Old Clock, you could say she’s 103. But it is physically impossible for her to literally be 85 and not 101 or 103. 🙂 So if you read anywhere online that’s she 85, you know that’s incorrect and you know the actual facts. 😎 If you want to get really technical, The Secret of the Old Clock was written in 1929, so that would make her 102 or 104. 🙂

It’s not a mystery at all as to why Nancy (and the Hardy Boys) continue to be important, much-read characters. The answer is that readers who love action and mystery love reading about the adventures of people who have a strong sense of ethics and are willing to take on deadly foes murderously intent on getting away with a number of crimes. Bad individuals and groups get stopped and it’s good to see that. Plus Nancy and the Hardys keep their sense of humor, which also helps them. Smart, brave, loyal, compassionate, resourceful, quick-witted and wise are all words that describe Nancy Drew (and The Hardy Boys 😀 ). And I’m extremely thankful to know that there are people like them for real. 🙂

Nancy not only has a lot of books, but other items as well. My mom and dad got me a book about Madame Alexander dolls and it has in there about the doll made in Nancy’s honor. Plus, there are numerous movies, games, several alternate universe book series, and graphic novels from Papercutz. The games includes PC/Mac/tablet/phone games from HeR Interactive, including one of my favorite ones, The Secret of the Old Clock – which I like more than the book. 😎

So those of us who love an adventure want to read the exciting mysteries Nancy’s solved. You can find them on sale online or in bookstores, or check them out of public libraries in paperback, hardcover, and ebook. Puzzling clues and fascinating mysteries at a variety of locations await you! 🙂

Let me know what you like most about Nancy and if you have a favorite book or game! 🙂

Nancy Drew #153 Whispers in the Fog – My Review

Whispers in the Fog by Carolyn KeeneNancy Drew #153 Whispers in the Fog has thrilling adventure, intriguing mystery, and great Nancy Drew book characters to qualify as one of my top favorite ND books of all time! 😀 It’s fast-paced while giving enough time to details and plenty of action. And a cool title! 😎

There are essential elements for a great mystery in the book – cool places to investigate such as lighthouses and sea-caves, complete with eerie noises and plenty of danger! 😎  Picturing the beautiful scenery’s very enjoyable, too. 🙂 Interestingly, it takes place during this month. 🙂
 

Nancy, Ned, George, and Bess are in Seabreak, California, visiting a friend of George’s, Katie Firestone. Katie and George had both been in a world sea kayaking competition together. Along with getting in some training and practicing, disturbing problems need to be taken care of that are threatening Katie’s boat and income. Someone seems to want Katie’s whale-watching tourist business to sink via threats and sabotage. Katie’s guests from River Heights decide to help her keep that from happening. 😎 

There are a number of suspects to investigate. And the sleuthing’s done very well – big clues as well as harder-to-find clues aren’t overlooked. Nancy’s a detective and although, of course, she can make mistakes, this book doesn’t have unrealistic and uncharacteristic poor detecting like in some other books. I’m really glad about that because it makes the book so much more enjoyable, because Nancy’s not going to miss clues a person not even looking for them would find. So definitely good, well-trained, intelligent sleuthing in this mystery. 😎

Anyone who has played HeR Interactive’s awesome Nancy Drew PC/Mac game, Danger on Deception Island, and also read the excellent Nancy Drew Mystery, Whispers in the Fog, can see the similarities between the two. But they aren’t identical so neither mystery would be blown no matter which one you play/read first. When I received the game as a birthday gift, I didn’t have the book yet (and didn’t know about the similar details.) So I played the game first, then a little later read the book and love both. 🙂 It’s great that HeR Interactive made such a cool game based on elements from Whispers in the Fog. Dangerous situations in both make them exciting to read and to play. 🙂

I love that Ned’s in the book, always great to see him. 🙂 Great description of him, too – tall, clean-cut good looks, athletic. And cousins, George and Bess, are also very important to the story and I’m happy they’re in the mystery, too. 🙂 All three have adventures and it’s good Nancy can count on them. 🙂

I really enjoyed the sea kayaking, biking, exploring and investigating the sea caves, lighthouse, and other places in both the book and the game.:)

My friend Callie’s eloquent words explains it so well – getting across the excitement and mystery waiting for every reader in the Nancy Drew Mystery Whispers in the Fog. 🙂 She posted her extremely cool review when we were talking on another blog entry, Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Available As eBooks or Will Be and with her permission, I’m re-posting it on this one. 🙂

Whispers in the Fog (book 153) is one of the best Nancy Drew mysteries! 😀 It is a well-thought-out and well-written story with intriguing circumstances, fascinating discoveries, and thrilling action! 😎 This book contains more than one mystery and Nancy solves them all in her tried and true detecting style. 😎 Her Ned, as well as her friends Bess and George, add to the exciting mystery-solving with additional bravery, know-how, and solid detecting skills, too. 😎 The setting is along the northern coastline of California. 😎 The action includes:

A treacherous driver determined to run Nancy off of the steep-cliffed coastal road.

An unknown enemy chasing the detective through a dangerous and dark grove of twisted trees.

A desperate search for a woman swept away by a potentially deadly “sneaker wave”.

And an adrenaline-filled, high-speed race to stop a murder that is about to take place before Nancy’s very eyes!

This book also has intriguing discoveries and fascinating sleuthing spots like:

An old, abandoned lighthouse!

A sea cave with multiple rooms – and perhaps an additional entrance!

A huge ocean freighter – whose owner decides to get Nancy, Ned, and Bess out of the way by depositing them in some foreign land to fend for themselves in an enemy state!

There is so much more I could say about how great, thrilling, and satisfying this mystery story is, but I will leave the rest – and the details thereof – for each of you who have yet to read this exciting Nancy Drew Mystery Story entitled, Whispers in the Fog! 😎 😀 Callie

Excellently said, Callie! 😎 🙂 😎 Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂 I love multiple mysteries, too, and agree whole-heartedly with what you said!  😎

Anyone who would like to read Whispers in the Fog can buy the eBook from booksellers or check it out of the library in paperback or in digital edition if yours has those available. Plus there are used paperbacks available online or in used bookstores. 🙂 

More Nancy Drew eBooks!

Whispers in the Fog by Carolyn Keene

Exciting upcoming Nancy Drew eBooks! 😎 Just like there are great Hardy Boys mysteries available digitally with more on the way, that’s also true for Nancy Drew mysteries! 😀 Whatever device you have, whether you read on a Kindle, tablet, phone, or any other ereader or your computer/laptop, there are great mysteries to solve and places to travel to with Nancy, Ned, George, and Bess! 😀 Along with the Nancy Drew mysteries already available as eBooks, the titles listed below will be released this summer and fall! 😎 

~Here are upcoming titles and dates~

Jun. 2013 ~
25th
#171 Intrigue at the Grand Opera
#172 The Riding Club Crime

Jul. 2013 ~
2nd
#80 The Case of the Disappearing Diamond

16th
#78 The Phantom of Venice
#174 A Taste of Danger
#175 Werewolf in a Winter Wonderland

30th
#81 The Mardi Gras Mystery
#82 The Clue in the Camera
#84 The Joker’s Revenge

Aug. 2013 ~
6th
#86 The Mystery of Misty Canyon
#87 The Case of the Rising Stars
#88 The Search for Cindy Austin

13th
#89 The Case of the Disappearing Deejay
#90 The Puzzle at Pineview School
#91 The Girl Who Couldn’t Remember

20th
#92 The Ghost of Craven Cove
#93 The Case of the Safecracker’s Secret
#94 The Picture-Perfect Mystery

27th
#95 The Silent Suspect
#96 The Case of the Photo Finish
#97 Mystery at Magnolia Mansion

Sept. 2013 ~
10th
#98 The Haunting of Horse Island
#99 The Secret at Seven Rocks
#100 A Secret in Time

17th
#101 The Mystery of the Missing Millionairess
#102 The Secret in the Dark
#103 Stranger in the Shadows

24th
#104 The Mystery of the Jade Tiger
#106 The Case of the Artful Crime
#107 The Legend of Miner’s Creek

Oct. 2013 ~
8th
#108 The Secret of the Tibetan Treasure
#109 The Mystery of the Masked Rider
#110 The Nutcracker Ballet Mystery
#111 The Secret at Solaire
#113 The Secret Lost at Sea

15th
#114 The Search for the Silver Persian
#115 The Suspect in the Smoke
#116 The Case of the Twin Teddy Bears
#117 Mystery on the Menu

22nd
#118 Trouble at Lake Tahoe
#119 The Mystery of the Missing Mascot

Announcing “Drew Clue Words”!

Presenting another one of Callie’s fun games she shared with me for everyone to enjoy called Drew Clue Words! 🙂

All visitors are welcome to play the game. 🙂 Word Warrior, as with the rest of the blog, will be overseeing the game and keeping the game flowing with approved posts and edits. 😎

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Available as eBooks or will be:

The Mystery at Lilac Inn

All of the hardback Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, #1-#64, are available as eBooks, along with The Nancy Drew Sleuth Book (Amazon Kindle, iBooks, Barnes and Noble Nook, Kobo, etc.). 🙂

Aug. Update: Nancy Drew #57-#62 (and Hardy Boys #59-#66) aren’t still listed on the Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap site and the eBooks are also currently unavailable from online booksellers. 😥 I’m looking into it. 😕 My theory is that the previously mentioned titles will be available sometime from Simon and Schuster, who owns the rights to them, instead of Penguin Publishing as they had been.They’ve been releasing many titles in the Nancy Drew Mystery series (and the Hardy Boys Mystery series) and likely want to have #57-175 available from them. 🙂 Don’t forget, you can get those eight Nancy Drew hardcover books (and eight Hardy Boys books) from bookstores or online booksellers while they have them. And after that, there’s always used copies to buy. 🙂 Plus, checking them out of libraries. 🙂 Now back to the show ~

A number of the paperbacks are currently available in digital form with more to be released in the future. 😎 So I’ve gathered the info like I did for the Hardy Boys Mystery Stories and here are the Nancy Drew ones coming up:

29th
#143 Mystery on Maui
#144 The E-Mail Mystery
#146 The Ghost of the Lantern Lady

February 2013
5th
#147 The Case of the Captured Queen
#148 On the Trail of Trouble
#149 The Clue of the Gold Doubloons

12th
#150 Mystery at Moorsea Manor
#151 The Chocolate-Covered Contest (Have to comment – what a delicious-sounding contest! :P)
#152 The Key in the Satin Pocket

May 2013 ~
14th
#153 Whispers in the Fog
#155 The Mystery in Tornado Alley
#156 The Secret in the Stars

21st
#157 The Music Festival Mystery

28th
#158 The Curse of the Black Cat
#164 The Mystery of the Mother Wolf
#165 The Crime Lab Case

Jun. 2013
11th
#166 The Case of the Creative Crime
#167 Mystery by Moonlight

18th
#168 The Bike Tour Mystery
#170 No Strings Attached

And these paperback Nancy Drew Mystery Stories are some of the titles already available in eBook:

#105 The Clue in the Antique Trunk
#112 Crime in the Queen’s Court
and #127 through #141

I’ve read quite a few of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories but not all and I’m looking forward to reading more! 🙂