Saturday, December 29, 2012

Nancy Drew Books: Scary Things Kids (& Adults) Do #17

Fashionable Frock or Clown Suit!?

Some little Picasso decided to let Nancy sleuth in color--bold bright polka-dotted color! If she doesn't pan out as a detective, she surely can make it in the clown business!


Sunday, December 23, 2012

November/December 2012 Issue of The Sleuth

November/December 2012 - The Sleuth

Our November/December 2012 issue of our Nancy Drew and series books zine The Sleuth is available! Preview the issue below and at our website. You can subscribe there, purchase back issues, or send in a printable PDF form from the website to:

Nancy Drew Sleuths
P.O. Box 128
Higley, AZ 85236-0128

Back issue special $4.00 ea through January 15, 2013. Not reflected at the website, so send in checks or money orders to the above address or send a Pay Pal to: or e-mail to request an invoice ( If in Canada, add 1.00 per issue for additional shipping. If Overseas, add 2.00 per issue for additional shipping.

In This Issue:

Calling All Sleuths: Editor’s Note By Jennifer Fisher

The Clue Conundrum: Chimneys & Fire Places Quiz By Pamela Hancock

Winter Nancys By Jennifer Fisher  

The Nancy Drew Crookbook Part XXVI By Caroline Stellings

Crazy Eights with Michael G. Cornelius – The Riddle of the Frozen Fountain By Michael G. Cornelius
Judy Bolton #39, The Strange Likeness is Unveiled! By Lorraine Rogers 

Nancy Drew Mystery Computer Games From HerInteractive Part i By Erin Springman
Clues From The Sleuthing Scene     

Shop & Sleuth – New Arrivals at The Sleuth Shop
The Centerfold Case: The Janet DeVries Collection  

Around the World With Nancy Drew Destination Greece – Part II By Lea Shangraw Fox
Nancy Drew Collecting Scoop 

Sleuth Chums in Toledo By Jennifer Fisher
Deconstructing The Digests – Debunking The Misconceptions Surrounding The Nancy Drew Paperbacks #104 – The Mystery of the Jade Tiger  By Todd H. Latoski    

Nancy Drew & The Witch Tree Symbol Halloween Party By Jennifer Fisher
Pop Sleuth…Nancy Drew Sightings 

Nancy Drew’s Survival Guide: Sleuth Lesson #38
The Scoop on Upcoming Issues, Clue Conundrum Answers 

Classic Nancy Drew Book Illustrations Series #26: The Clue of the Leaning Chimney

Friday, December 07, 2012

Nancy Drew Sale at Cafe Press in our Shop: 15% off $50+

Nancy Drew Shop 15% off orders of $50+ Sale! 

WHEN: Sale Runs Through December 10, 2012

SAVE: 15% off orders of $50+



Be sure you're ordering from the shop page only--marketplace orders do not count for this promotion, so if you're at the main website and/or using search boxes to add items to your cart, those are considered marketplace items. You must order from the Nancy Drew shop page itself. If you have any trouble with the code--contact Cafe Press customer support (there's a phone number you can call right away) and they can help you with it.

Thanks for your support!


Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Nancy Drew & The Clue Crew Graphic Novel Giveaway!

Nancy Drew & The Clue Crew Giveaway!

UPDATE: Winners are: Matthias, Tiara, Lea, and Jerel - Jerel and Matthias, send me an e-mail at sleuths (at) with your addresses to ship one too!

The new Nancy Drew & The Clue Crew Graphic Novels are now in stores and to celebrate the debut of this new graphic novel series from Papercutz, we're having a giveaway!

To win a special Ashcan of the first novel, Small Volcanoes, comment on this Blog and tell us what you'd like to see done with the graphic novels--more classic books, more Girl Detective, and what you think of the Clue Crew novels if you've read Small Volcanoes. Be sure to put your name on the post when I do the drawing! The Ashcan features some info about Nancy Drew, a preview of the novel, and an interview with the authors Sarah Kinney and Stefan Petrucha!

Drawing will be held on Nov. 20!


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nancy Drew Halloween Costume Ideas

Nancy Drew Costume Ideas

People often ask me for costume ideas for Nancy Drew. Best accessories of course, are a magnifying glass and flashlight. But I often tell them to check out the vintage covers of the classics as that's a great start to inspire you to find items that look similar. Here's a few last minute costume ideas based on some popular classic covers! Check out the classic Nancy Drew covers here.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Nancy Drew Halloween Party - 2012 The Witch Tree Symbol

Nancy Drew & 
The Witch Tree Symbol
Halloween Party

While we weren't bewitched by any hexes or waylaid by a villain, we did have a lot of fun at my annual Nancy Drew Halloween Party! In keeping with a "spookier" theme, I chose #33 in the classic Nancy Drew series, The Witch Tree Symbol, as the inspiration for the party. In the story Nancy, Bess, and George travel to Pennsylvania to search for missing furniture and uncover the meaning behind the witch tree symbol hex sign that keeps appearing.

We had 14 attend the party including myself and my Mom a.k.a Hannah Gruen. Guests arrived to snacks and chatter then dinner was served. We dined on Parmesan chicken, ham, fall vegetable medley of potatoes, carrots, celery and onion, salad "bar," and french baguettes along with several snacks and dishes guests brought. We served a cherry punch and wine. Desserts included brownies, rice krispie "cupcakes," Reese's PB Cookie Cups, and an apple crisp.

After dinner, guests searched for a hex to win prizes which included Witch Tree buttons and Halloween mugs from our Cafe Press Shop. Then we had our Nancy Drew treat bag/container gift exchange. Here's lots of pics of the event:

 Nancy as a "witch" from the Cameo Witch Tree Symbol (see below) - I added a magnifying glass

Witch in the upstairs window and moon/stars

Front studio windows with skeleton, witch, owl in tree

Witch Tree w/ Symbol on Porch

 Setting the scene in the dining room

Lots of lanterns!

Witch Tree above dessert buffet inside

Ghostly Portraits guard the goody bags!

Good Bags were tree bags with witches, Cameo Witch Tree Trick or Treat Stickers, candy including "witchs' warts" plus a witch tree button, witch finger, and BrewBerry anti-bacterial hand gel from Bath & Body Works with cute witch image.

Some spooky framed art haunts the walls along with a flock of bats

Bess would approve of these snacks! I filled cupcake wrappers with rice krispie treats and a whirl of black/orange frosting. Cameo Witch Tree Cupcake Pick to top it.

The Reese's PB Cookie Cups are delish!

Villain Roger Hoelt warned Nancy and us away from Amish Country with his warning note from a scene from the book!

Searchers looked for an old antique table to find their hex. Hexes with '?' symbols received the 2 mug prizes and the rest got Witch Tree buttons. Everyone got leftover Nancy Drew silhouette/witch tree buttons from our '08 convention.

Here are gifts from the Nancy Drew Gift Exchange:

Before everyone "flew" out of there on their "broomsticks," we took a picture of the Witch Tree gang in front of my Nancy Drew collection: