Thursday, February 26, 2015

Nancy Drew's 85th Spotlight #11

Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, daughter of Edward Stratemeyer, along with her sister Edna, carried on the Stratemeyer Syndicate when their father Edward died just about two weeks after the Nancy Drew series debuted in 1930. From 1930, Harriet ran the family business for over 50 years until she passed away in 1982. Her family's dedication to children's series books--and her fondness for Nancy Drew--guided her all those years as she managed the Syndicate, created new series and eventually wrote quite a few of the classic Nancy Drew books. Read an article I wrote about Harriet for the 75th anniversary of Nancy Drew in 2005 and learn more about her at Nancy Drew

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Nancy Drew's 85th Spotlight #10

2015 Nancy Drew Mini Cons

3 Nancy Drew Conventions Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of The Nancy Drew Sleuths, the 85th Anniversary of Nancy Drew, the 110th Anniversary of The Stratemeyer Syndicate and the 110th Anniversary of the Original Carolyn Keene, Mildred Wirt Benson.


Iowa City, IA - April 30 - May 3, 2015
Toledo, OH - May 28 - 31, 2015
Maplewood, NJ - June 11-14, 2015

Learn about the Mysterious History behind the Mystery. Play Nancy Drew History Detectives while you scour the area for clues to Nancy Drew's mysterious past while out touring historic sites at each convention location. See locations inspired from the books in "River Heights" in Iowa. View Mildred Wirt Benson sites and places from her books including Nancy Drew around Toledo, OH. Travel around New Jersey to historic Stratemeyer Syndicate sites that play an important role in the history behind the mystery and Nancy Drew's creators. Learn a few secrets and perhaps do a little "ghost" hunting too.

For more information about these conventions, the library events and their locations and dates, and our fan group, please visit our website.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Nancy Drew Books: Scary Things Kids (& Adults) Do #56

If lost, please return to GRIFFIN - and then whack him over the head a few times with this book for writing on and defacing the cover ;-)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Nancy Drew's 85th Spotlight #9

Nancy Drew Sleuths - the only current officially licensed Nancy Drew Fan Club - has been sleuthin' around since 2000, when the club was founded. Originally, a discussion group online, NDS grew into an organization with annual conventions, officially licensed merchandise, a bi-monthly zine The Sleuth, and Nancy Drew Book Clubs. 

To clue you in, our purpose is to celebrate the enduring legacy of Nancy Drew. We achieve this in part by holding annual Nancy Drew Convention(s) in which fans can follow in Nancy Drew's footsteps in real life locations where some of the books have been set, through our donations to libraries of Nancy Drew books for today's generation to discover Nancy Drew mysteries and be inspired and thrilled as many of us were as kids, and through book clubs, online discussion and social media.  

If you would like to join our group, visit our website for more clues...

To attend one of our Nancy Drew conventions or see where we've sleuthed before, visit our Nancy Drew Convention page. Find us at Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Nancy Drew's 85th Spotlight #8

Mary Mason

Nancy Drew Villains: Mary Mason is one cold crook! Described as harsh and bold, she takes comfort in Nancy’s displeasure, leaving her bound and gagged on a sinking ship near the end of The Mystery at Lilac Inn. In the revision, she’s Gay Moreau. Her major complaint about Nancy: She always sticks her nose into business that doesn’t concern her.

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.