This post is specifically for Amy of Authentically Amy Reads. She and I were talking about my Nancy Drew book collection, so I thought I’d make a dedicated post on it with all the titles I have.
Let’s get into it!
I’ve loved Nancy Drew since I was a kid. It was the first book series that I really latched onto. I remember going to the library with my dad and finding “The Secret of the Old Clock” on the shelf. I couldn’t tell you which ones I have and haven’t read, my local library at the time didn’t have all of the books. I was such a big fan I did my first research project ever on Carolyn Keene and learned all about pseudonyms and ghost writers.
As a kid and even now, I really enjoy the Her Interactive Nancy Drew games. My sister and I have spent many nights and weekends crowded together at the computer playing these games. Except for Midnight at Salem which deserves its own post. But if you guys are interested, I can rank which titles are my favorite. Just let me know!
However, I wasn’t inspired to start collecting them until I saw “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” on Netflix. In Lara Jean’s bedroom she has a ladder shelf piled with both Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. I saw it and thought why hadn’t I been doing that too? There are a couple caveats though. I’m only buying used books from second hand stores. I also try to find the older copies, I don’t mind the wear and tear.
There are 56 original titles published from 1930 to 1979 which are the titles I’m focusing on. The list below is all the titles I now have.
1. The Secret of the Old Clock
2. The Hidden Staircase
3. The Bungalow Mystery
4. The Mystery at Lilac Inn
5. The Secret of Shadow Ranch
6. The Secret of Red Gate Farm
7. The Clue in the Diary
8. Nancy’s Mysterious 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
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. The Mystery at 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 Keyes
29. The Mystery at the Ski Jump
30. The Clue of the Velvet Mask
31. The Ringmaster’s Secret
32. The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
37. The Clue in the Old Stagecoach
40. The Moonstone Castle Mystery
44. The Clue in the Crossword Cipher
49. The Secret of Mirror Bay
50. The Double Jinx Mystery
I received 20-30 as a Christmas gift from a friend but all the other titles have been from small owned book stores and thrift stores. There’s just something about Nancy Drew that is so nostalgic to me. Nancy Drew was truly the first literary character who made me believe I could do anything.
Until the next post!