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Nancy Drew Digest Paperbacks, Volumes 57-175

Beginning in 1979 with volume 57, The Triple Hoax, the new Nancy Drew books after volume 56 began to be published as digest size paperbacks with a new publisher, Simon & Schuster. Some of the books were available in limited areas and in libraries as hardbacks with dust jackets up through volume 78. Many of these volumes are no longer in print but are rather plentiful at used bookstores, antique malls, and online at

Over the years the imprints on the books went from Wanderer to Minstrel to the current imprint, Aladdin. These volumes are considered part of the classic Mystery Stories series and as a testament to longevity, this classic series was in print for 73 years. In late 2003, the classic series ended with volume 175, Werewolf in a Winter Wonderland. A new series featuring your tried and true Nancy and her chums debuted in 2004: Nancy Drew: Girl Detective. This new series is an attempt to refocus the series with its classic formula still in place but add richness to the characters which has been lacking for some time.

Over the years the paperbacks have undergone artwork changes. Volumes with more than one cover art to collect include: 57-80, 83, 85, 87, 89, 90, 105, 110, 116, and 122. Some of these have up to three different covers as shown by the example of Triple Hoax below:

The following are also a progression of cover layout styles and changes in Nancy's appearance over the years; shown below are the covers for volumes 57, 79, 129, and 160:

The 100th volume, A Secret in Time was a nice collectible in that it related back to the first mystery, The Secret of the Old Clock. The Crowley Clock that Nancy received as a reward for solving that mystery becomes involved in the new mystery.

For a nice introduction to the digest paperback series, images of the various covers and foreign edition covers, and information on ordering a guide to the paperbacks, visit the Digest Paperback Section of

The Digest Paperback Titles:

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
65. Mystery of the Winged Lion
66. Race Against Time
67. The Sinister Omen
68. The Elusive Heiress
69. Clue in the Ancient Disguise
70. The Broken Anchor
71. The Silver Cobweb
72. The Haunted Carousel
73. Enemy Match
74. The Mysterious Image
75. The Emerald-Eyed Cat Mystery
76. The Eskimo’s Secret
77. The Bluebeard Room
78. The Phantom of Venice
79. The Double Horror of Fenley Place
80. The Case of the Disappearing Diamonds
81. The Mardi Gras Mystery
82. The Clue in the Camera
83. The Case of the Vanishing Veil
84. The Joker’s Revenge
85. The Secret of Shady Glen
86. The Mystery of Misty Canyon
87. The Case of the Rising Stars
88. The Search for Cindy Austin
89. The Case of the Disappearing Deejay
90. The Puzzle at Pineview School
91. The Girl Who Couldn’t Remember
92. The Ghost of Craven Cove
93. The Case of the Safecracker’s Secret
94. The Picture-Perfect Mystery
95. The Silent Suspect
96. The Case of the Photo Finish
97. The Mystery at Magnolia Mansion
98. The Haunting of Horse Island
99. The Secret at Seven Rocks
100. A Secret in Time
101. The Mystery of the Missing Millionairess
102. The Secret in the Dark
103. The Stranger in the Shadows
104. The Mystery of the Jade Tiger
105. The Clue in the Antique Trunk
106. The Case of the Artful Crime
107. The Legend of Miner’s Creek
108. The Secret of the Tibetan Treasure
109. The Mystery of the Masked Rider
110. The Nutcracker Ballet Mystery
111. The Secret at Solaire
112. Crime in the Queen’s Court
113. The Secret Lost at Sea
114. The Search for the Silver Persian
115. The Suspect in the Smoke
116. The Case of the Twin Teddy Bears
117. Mystery on the Menu
118. Trouble at Lake Tahoe
119. The Mystery of the Missing Mascot
120. The Case of the Floating Crime
121. The Fortune Teller’s Secret
122. The Message in the Haunted Mansion
123. The Clue on the Silver Screen
124. The Secret of the Scarlet Hand
125. The Teen Model Mystery
126. The Riddle in the Rare Book
127. The Case of the Dangerous Solution
128. The Treasure in the Royal Tower
129. The Baby-Sitter Burglaries
130. The Sign of the Falcon
131. The Hidden Inheritance
132. The Fox Hunt Mystery
133. The Mystery at the Crystal Palace
134. The Secret of the Forgotten Cave
135. The Riddle of the Ruby Gazelle
136. The Wedding Day Mystery
137. In Search of the Black Rose
138. The Legend of the Lost Gold
139. The Secret of Candlelight Inn
140. The Door-to-Door Deception
141. The Wild Cat Crime
142. The Case of Capital Intrigue
143. Mystery on Maui
144. The E-mail Mystery
145. The Missing Horse Mystery
146. The Ghost of the Lantern Lady
147. The Case of the Captured Queen
148. On the Trail of Trouble
149. The Clue of the Gold Doubloons
150. Mystery at Moorsea Manor
151. The Chocolate-Covered Contest
152. The Key in the Satin Pocket
153. Whispers in the Fog
154. The Legend of the Emerald Lady
155. The Mystery in Tornado Alley
156. The Secret in the Stars
157. The Music Festival Mystery
158. The Curse of the Black Cat
159. The Secret of the Fiery Chamber
160. The Clue on the Crystal Dove
161. Lost in the Everglades
162. The Case of the Lost Song
163. The Clues Challenge
164. The Mystery of the Mother Wolf
165. The Crime Lab Case
166. The Case of the Creative Crime
167. Mystery by Moonlight
168. The Bike Tour Mystery
169. The Mistletoe Mystery
170. No Strings Attached
171. Intrigue at the Grand Opera
172. The Riding Club Crime
173. Danger on the Great Lakes
174. A Taste of Danger
175. Werewolf in a Winter Wonderland

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