Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Nancy Drew books

There are several different series of Nancy Drew.
The Nancy Drew Files is a spin-off series of the original Nancy Drew books. They focus more on romance and danger, with many more murders and kidnappings than the original series. The Files received a lot more criticism than the older books because of the romance. In nearly all the covers there is a handsome man in the background, and some covers (such as Hit and Run Holiday) Nancy is wearing a revealing outfit. Her and Ned's relationship takes a lot of stress in the Files - in Smile and Say Murder they fight and Ned flirts with another girl - often due to Nancy's cases. In Secrets Can Kill (the first book in the series) Nancy cheats on Ned with Daryl Gray, her contact for the case.
The Nancy Drew Files are, as I mentioned before, more violent than the older versions. In many of the books there is attempted murder, arson and kidnapping attempts. The Files are aimed for girls 12 and up.
One of the things I really like about the Nancy Drew Files is that at the front most of them have the list of suspects, the person who contacted Nancy for the case, the complications for the case, and the assignment.
Secrets Can Kill (above) - the first in the Nancy Drew Files. The guy on the left is Daryl Gray, Nancy's handsome contact.
The list of Nancy Drew Files:
1: Secrets Can Kill                     32:High Marks for Malice        64:The Wrong Track
2: Deadly Intent                          33:Danger In Disguise             65:Final Notes
3: Murder on Ice                         34:Vanishing Act                     66:Tall, Dark and Deadly
4: Smile and Say Murder            35:Bad Medicine                     67:Nobody's Business
5: Hit and Run Holiday               36:Over the Edge                    68:Crosscurrents
6: White Water Terror                37:Last Dance                          69:Running Scared
7: Deadly Doubles                      38:The Final Scene                   70:Cutting Edge
8: Two Points to Murder             39:The Suspect Next Door       71:Hot Tracks
9: False Moves                            40:Shadow of a Doubt              72:Swiss Secrets
10:Buried Secrets                        41:Something to Hide               73:Rendezvous in Rome
11:Heart of Danger                      42:The Wrong Chemistry         74:Greek Odyssey
12:Fatal Ransom                          43: False Impressions               75:A Talent for Murder
13:Wings of Fear                         44:Scent of Danger                   76:The Perfect Plot
14:This Side of Evil                     45:Out of Bounds                     77:Danger on Parade
15:Trial By Fire                            46:Win, Place or Die               78:Update on Crime
16:Never Say Die                         47:Flirting with Danger           79:No Laughing Matter
17:Stay Tuned for Danger            48:A Date with Deception       80:Power of Suggestion
18:Circle of Evil                           49:Portrait in Crime                 81:Making Waves
19:Sisters in Crime                       50:Deep Secrets                       82:Dangerous Relations
20:Very Deadly Yours                  51:A Model Crime                  83:Diamond Deceit
21:Recipe for Murder                   52:Danger for Hire                  84:Choosing Sides
22:Fatal Attraction                        53:Trail of Lies                       85:Sea of Suspicion
23:Sinister Paradise                      54:Cold as Ice                         86:Let's Talk Terror
24:Till Death Do Us Part              55: Don't Look Twice            87:Moving Target
25:Rich and Dangerous                56:Make No Mistake              88:False Pretenses
26:Playing with Fire                     57:Into Thin Air                     89:Designs in Crime
27: Most Likely to Die                 58:Hot Pursuit                        90:Stage Fright
28:The Black Widow                   59:High Risk                          91:If Looks Could Kill
29:Pure Poison                             60:Poison Pen                        92:My Deadly Valentine
30:Death By Design                     61:Sweet Revenge                 93:Hotline to Danger
31:Trouble in Tahiti                     62:Easy Marks                       94:Illusions of Evil
                                                      63:Mixed Signals                  95:An Instinct for Trouble
                                                                                                    96:The Runaway Bride
                                                                                                    97:Squeeze Play
                                                                                                    98:Island of Secrets
                                                                                                    99:The Cheating Heart
                                                                                                    100:Dance Till You Die
                                                                                                    101:The Picture of Guilt
                                                                                                    102:Counterfeit Christmas
                                                                                                    103:Heart of Ice
                                                                                                    104:Kiss and Tell
                                                                                                    105:Stolen Affections
                                                                                                    106:Flying Too High
                                                                                                    107:Anything For Love
                                                                                                    108:Captive Heart
                                                                                                    109:Love Notes
                                                                                                    110:Hidden Meanings
                                                                                                    111:The Stolen Kiss
                                                                                                    112:For Love or Money
                                                                                                    113:Wicked Ways
                                                                                                    114:Rehearsing for Romance
                                                                                                    115:Running Into Trouble
                                                                                                    116:Under His Spell
                                                                                                    117:Skipping a Beat
                                                                                                    118:Betrayed By Love
                                                                                                    119:Against the Rules
                                                                                                    120:Dangerous Loves
                                                                                                    121:Natural Enemies
                                                                                                    122:Strange Memories
                                                                                                    123:Wicked For the Weekend
                                                                                                    124:Crime at the Chat Cafe

The books I like the most in the Files are: Death By Design, The Cheating Heart, Murder on Ice, White Water Terror, Smile and Say Murder, Let's Talk Terror, Cutting Edge, Hit and Run Holiday, Sisters in Crime, Most Likely to Die, The Black Widow, Recipe for Murder, Circle of Evil, Scent of Evil, Stay Tuned for Danger, Very Deadly Yours, Fatal Attraction, Flirting With Danger, The Wrong Chemistry, Deep Secrets, A Model Crime, Don't Look Twice, Crosscurrents, Swiss Secrets, Making Waves, and Diamond Deceit.
The original Nancy Drew Mystery series is shorter, with only 62 books. Personally I prefer the Nancy Drew Files to the original books. They're much more updated than the original version. But don't get me wrong, the original version is still good. One of the books you should avoid is the Mystery of the 99 Steps. BORING.

One of my favorites is The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes.
1:The Secret of the Old Clock                 20:The Clue in the Jewelry Box
2:The Hidden Staircase                            21:The Secret in the Old Attic
3:The Bungalow Mystery                         22:The Clue in the Crumbling Wall
4:The Mystery at Lilac Inn                       23:The Mystery of the Tolling Bell
5:The Secret of Shadow Ranch                24:The Clue in the Old Album
6:The Secret of Red Gate Farm                25:The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
7:The Clue in the Diary                            26:The Clue of the Leaning Chimney
8:Nancy's Mysterious Letter                    27:The Secret of the Wooden Lady
9:The Sign of the Twisted Candles             28:The Clue of the Black Keys
10:Password to Larkspur Lane                    29:The Mystery at the Ski Jump
11:The Clue of the Broken Locket              30:The Clue of the Velvet Mask
12:The Message in the Hollow Oak             31:The Ringmaster's Secret
13:The Mystery of the Ivory Charm               32:The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
14:The Whispering Statue                                33:The Witch Tree Symbol
15:The Haunted Bridge                                     34:The Hidden Window Mystery
16:The Clue of the Tapping Heels                     35:The Haunted Showboat
17:The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk        36:The Secret of the Golden Pavilion
18:The Mystery of the Moss Covered Mansion   37:The Clue in the Old Stagecoach
19:The Quest of the Missing Map                        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
                                                                              53:The Sky Phantom
                                                                              54:The Strange Message in the Parchment
                                                                              55:The Mystery of Crocodile 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

The Nancy Drew Digest is similar and, next to the Files, those are my favorites. They are more updated than the original series but don't have as much romance as the Files.
The cover of one of the Nancy Drew Digest books.There are other series of Nancy Drew as well. The Nancy Drew Notebooks and the Nancy Drew and the Crew Clue books are for much younger children. In those books Nancy, Bess and George are eight years old and in third grade.
There are newer series as well, such as Nancy Drew on Campus and Nancy Drew, Girl Detective. There are also special editions, such as Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: Super Mystery.
There is also another series, River Heights, by the same author. It doesn't star Nancy Drew but it's still good.

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