Saturday, January 31, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Nancy Drew's 85th Spotlight #7

Nancy Drew Cliffhanger Spotlight: One of my favorite Nancy Drew cliffhangers is from The Hidden Staircase, where Nancy plunges through the back of a closet into darkness and finally discovers the hidden staircase as she tumbles down it...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Nancy Drew's 85th Spotlight #6

Nancy Drew History 101 - Behold, the release that ghostwriter Mildred Wirt Benson signed for writing The Secret of the Old Clock - and not one secrecy clause in there. This has erroneously been repeated numerous times in media and books over the years--that she had to keep a secret all those years. Sounds much more dramatic, than the actual release, doesn't it! There's much more to the story of course--and I'll be going over that in my Benson biography that I'm currently writing.

This release just signed away the rights to the story, the characters, and the pen name. It was a pretty standard release used at the time. She was paid $125.00 to write this first story.

The complete outline was 3 type written pages. With much fleshing out, it became a 210 page book.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Nancy Drew's 85th Spotlight #5

The Nancy Drew Mystery Game from Parker Brothers came out in 1957 (shown above) and a 1959 version (shown below). There are also versions from Canada with a swirl pattern, various board/marker/card/car variations and a Norwegian version from the 1970s. Players had to determine where Nancy was sleuthing at.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Nancy Drew Puzzle & Puzzle Challenge

The new 1000-piece Nancy Drew Puzzle is super fun--featuring 56 classic Nancy Drew books in various cover art styles--very nostalgic! Purchase them at The Sleuth Shop!

Compete in our puzzle challenge on Jan. 24 or Jan. 31, starting noon PST/3pm EST and post on Twitter using the hashtag #NancyDrew and copy @NancyDrewFans and also post to our Nancy Drew Fans Facebook Group using the hashtag #NancyDrew as well. Post pics of your progress! Work individually or in teams.