Nancy Drew Files Paperbacks, Volumes 1-124

The Files series was a spin-off from the classic Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It debuted in 1986 with the first volume, Secrets Can Kill. In 1997, the series was discontinued with the last volume being 124, Crime at the Chat Cafe. In between 1986 and 1997, the Files involved a modernization of the Nancy Drew formula and was targeted for older readers. These stories involved Nancy's mysteries--a staple of the classic series--and added a lot of romance. While murder generally never took place in the classic series, murders were rampant in the Files series. A sampling of some words in a few of the Files book titles gives one an idea of the edgier qualities of the Files series: murder, poison, death, kill, deadly, danger, evil, die, wicked, enemies, deception, lies, risk, revenge, malice, sinister, and terror. This series was the most successful spin-off from the classic series.

As this series is no longer in print, and the last few volumes hard to find, you can sleuth for the books in used bookstores, antique malls, and online at

The following are a progression of cover layout styles and changes in Nancy's appearance over the years; shown below are the covers for volumes 11, 44, 50, 74, 100, and 124:

The 100th volume, was marked as a collectible edition and quickly went out of print.

In 1995, when the short-lived second attempt at a Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys TV series was shown in limited markets, there was cross-promotion with the Files series. Some of the covers such as volume 112, featured the actresses who played Nancy, Bess, and George as shown at left.

Nancy was played by brown-haired Tracy Ryan--unlike the titian/blonde-haired Nancy from the books.

These are just slightly harder to find than earlier Files volumes as they are closer to the end of the series and were not in print as long as earlier titles.

At least volumes 1-10 were printed in hardback by Grey Castle Press for libraries. Scan at right provided by Daniel--Thanks! There were also hardcover editions printed as part of a Weekly Reader Especially For Girls series.

The Files Paperback Titles:

1. Secrets Can Kill
2. Deadly Intent
3. Murder on Ice
4. Smile and Say Murder
5. Hit and Run Holiday
6. White Water Terror
7. Deadly Doubles
8. Two Points to Murder
9. False Moves
10. Buried Secrets
11. Heart of Danger
12. Fatal Ransom
13. Wings of Fear
14. This Side of Evil
15. Trial by Fire
16. Never Say Die
17. Stay Tuned for Danger
18. Circle of Evil
19. Sisters in Crime
20. Very Deadly Yours
21. Recipe for Murder
22. Fatal Attraction
23. Sinister Paradise
24. Till Death Do Us Part
25. Rich and Dangerous
26. Playing with Fire
27. Most Likely to Die
28. The Black Widow
29. Pure Poison
30. Death by Design
31. Trouble in Tahiti
32. High Marks for Malice
33. Danger in Disguise
34. Vanishing Act
35. Bad Medicine
36. Over the Edge
37. Last Dance
38. The Final Scene
39. The Suspect Next Door
40. Shadow of a Doubt
41. Something to Hide
42. The Wrong Chemistry
43. False Impressions
44. Scent of Danger
45. Out of Bounds
46. Win, Place, or Die
47. Flirting with Danger
48. A Date with Deception
49. Portrait in Crime
50. Deep Secrets
51. A Model Crime
52. Danger for Hire
53. Trail of Lies
54. Cold as Ice
55. Don't Look Twice
56. Make No Mistake
57. Into Thin Air
58. Hot Pursuit
59. High Risk
60. Poison Pen
61. Sweet Revenge
62. Easy Marks
63. Mixed Signals
64. The Wrong Track
65. Final Notes
66. Tall, Dark and Deadly
67. Nobody's Business
68. Crosscurrents
69. Running Scared
70. Cutting Edge
71. Hot Tracks
72. Swiss Secrets
73. Rendezvous in Rome
74. Greek Odyssey
75. A Talent for Murder
76. The Perfect Plot
77. Danger on Parade
78. Update on Crime
79. No Laughing Matter
80. Power of Suggestion
81. Making Waves
82. Dangerous Relations
83. Diamond Deceit
84. Choosing Sides
85. Sea of Suspicion
86. Let's Talk Terror
87. Moving Target
88. False Pretenses
89. Designs in Crime
90. Stage Fright
91. If Looks Could Kill
92. My Deadly Valentine
93. Hotline to Danger
94. Illusions of Evil
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

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