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UPDATED: May 9, 2012

NANCY DREW GIRL DETECTIVE is NO MORE. With the last title in the series, #47, Stalk Don't Run now published, the last book to be published will be the ND/HB Super Mystery Stage Fright, coming out in July 2012. A new series, Nancy Drew Diaries will debut February 2013. See below for past info on the Girl Detective Series...

The series will now go to just 3 or 4 books per year for each season, rather than 6 books per year.

Nancy Drew Girl Detective had a makeover starting in 2009. The new trilogy format features Nancy on the cover instead of just her nose/eyes/mouth as has been featured since this series debuted in the Spring of 2004--which is a welcome return to the style of older covers that featured Nancy in full. The new style is a miniseries format that takes place over three books.

Trilogies have focused on these themes: "perfect," "identity," "model," "green," and "sabotage."

A new ghost stories book was released in the style of the Girl Detective series.

The blurb, "She's a pro at catching criminals, but is Nancy Drew any match for a ghost? In these four spooky stories, Nancy Drew and her friends encounter a haunted house, a strange new visitor to River Heights, a peculiar trip to Japan, and the revival of an old carnival...which probably should have remained closed for good.

America's favorite girl detective meets classic, campfire-and-s'mores ghost stories in Nancy Drew Ghost Stories. The result is a book that is sure to keep readers up late and under their covers with flashlights!

To read an Op-ed that I wrote on the new Nancy Drew: Girl Detective series published February 21st, 2004 in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, click here.


  • 1, Without a Trace (Mar 2004)
  • 2, A Race Against Time (Mar 2004)
  • 3, False Notes (Mar 2004)
  • 4, High Risk (Mar 2004)
  • 5, Lights...Camera... (May 2004)
  • 6, Action! (July 2004)
  • 7, The Stolen Relic (September 2004)
  • 8, The Scarlet Macaw Scandal (November 2004)
  • 9, Secret of the Spa (January 2005)
  • 10, Uncivil Acts (March 2005)
  • 11, Riverboat Ruse (May 2005)
  • 12, Stop the Clock (July 2005)
  • 13, Trade Wind Danger (September 2005)
  • 14, Bad Times, Big Crimes (November 2005)
  • 15, Framed (January 2006)
  • 16, Dangerous Plays (March 2006)
  • 17, En Garde (May 2006)
  • 18, Pit of Vipers (July 2006)
  • 19, The Orchid Thief (September 2006)
  • 20, Getting Burned (November 2006)
  • 21, Close Encounters (January 2007)
  • 22, Dressed to Steal (March 2007)
  • 23, Troubled Waters (May 2007)
  • 24, Murder on the Set (May 2007)
  • 25, Trails of Treachery (August 2007)
  • 26, Fishing for Clues (October 2007)
  • 27, Intruder! (December 2007)
  • 28, Mardi Gras Masquerade (February 2008)
  • 29, Stolen Bones (April 2008)
  • 30, Pageant Perfect Crime (June 2008)
  • 31, Perfect Cover (July 2008)
  • Nancy Drew Ghost Stories (August 2008)
  • 32, Perfect Escape (October 2008)
  • 33, Secret Identity (December 2008)
  • 34, Identity Theft (January 2009)
  • 35, Identity Revealed (March 2009)
  • 36, Model Crime (June 2009)
  • 37, Model Menace (August 2009)
  • 38, Model Suspect (October 2009)
  • 39, Green-Eyed Monster (December 2009)
  • 40, Green With Envy (February 2010)
  • 41, Seeing Green (April 2010)
  • 42, Secret Sabotage (June 2010)
  • 43, Serial Sabotage (October 2010)
  • 44, Sabotage Surrender (February 2011)
  • 45, California Schemin (June 2011)
  • 46, Mystery at Malachite Mansion (October 2011)
  • 47, Stalk, Don't Run (February 2012)

Girl Detective Super Mysteries & Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Crossovers:

#1 (Jun. 2005) Where's Nancy?

Nancy goes missing while investigating something at the River Heights University Museum. Bess, Ned, and George, through the first person voices of George and Bess, must search for their missing friend, using clues and their knowledge gained helping Nancy solve crimes over the years. Dubbed, "The Case of the Missing Friend," Bess laments, "Why did I have the feeling we were turning into the Three Stooges of amateur sleuthing?" (pg. 39)

#2 (Jun. 2006) Once Upon a Crime

A clever retelling of "Cinderella," Nancy Drew style! When Nancy catches wind of an opportunity to meet her hero, mystery writer Hazel Perrault, and get involved with a local charity to build a community center for teen girls, she knows she has to go for it. Instead of building and decorating, though, she soon finds herself stuck doing all the cooking and cleaning for the other volunteers! Worse yet, she begins to suspect that someone is trying to sabotage the project--and the big fund-raising gala at the end of it. As Nancy's fairy-tale adventure starts to turn into a nightmare, she realizes it'll be up to her to help her fellow volunteers live happily ever after...

ND/HB Terror on Tour (June 2007)

Synopsis: There's a huge Rockapazooma concert being held near River Heights, and Nancy and her friends are psyched to score tickets! Meanwhile, over in Bayport, Frank and Joe receive their new assignment: Check out the Rockapazooma concert and watch for suspected foul play.

Before you can say "coolest mystery ever," Nancy has started her own investigation, and through sheer luck the trio joins forces and brings down the culprit--but not before lots of action, mystery, and adventure!

#3 (Jul. 2007) Real Fake

Nancy is selected to compete on Mystery Solved!, a reality TV show being taped in Paris! She tried out for the show on a dare from George and Bess and was sure she wouldn't be chosen, but now she's looking forward to testing her detective skills against her fellow contestants.

But it doesn't take long for Nancy to realize that there's as much intrigue among the show's cast and crew and the other competitors as in the made-up mystery. it's hard to know what's real, what's fiction, and whom she can trust. Can Nancy prevail onscreen and off?

ND/HB Danger Overseas

Frank and Joe have been sent to Rome by ATAC to infiltrate a gang of teens who've been raiding ruins and stealing precious artifacts. Meanwhile Nancy Drew is tagging along on Bess and George's vacation with their eccentric aunt. But when Nancy finds an American teenage girl wandering around the Trevi Fountain with no memory, Nancy's suddenly got more than a vacation on her mind: She's got a mystery to solve! And when Nancy runs into Frank and Joe, it begins to seem as if their separate cases might not be so separate after all...

ND/HB Club Dread (May 2009)

One paradise resort. One big crime. Three of the best teen detectives of all time.

ND/HB Gold Medal Murder (July 2010)

Nancy and the Boys team up to investigate a Summer Olympics scandal when a world-famous swimmer is sabotaged during the games!

ND/HB Bonfire Masquerade (July 2011)

Nancy Drew and her friends are going to New Orleans for a vacation -- she even promises not to solve any mysteries while she's down there! But, when she runs into Frank and Joe Hardy, there can't be a mystery too far away. Nancy and the Hardys begin to investigate a crooked real estate scheme admist the glitz and splendor of New Orleans during party season. Throw in a dead body and intrigue, and there's no time for a vacation.

ND/HB Stage Fright (July 2012)

The producers of a huge new Broadway musical are worried about their star, a TV actress who has been receiving death threats. When the actress gets sick right before opening night, her understudy has to go on for her—and nearly dies in an “accident” on stage. So the producers call in the Hardy Boys to get to the source of the trouble.

Baffled by all the backstage backstabbing, the Hardys call Nancy and ask her to come to New York and help them out. When she arrives, they realize that Nancy is a dead ringer for the lead actress, so they arrange for her to replace the injured understudy.

Can the three supersleuths put an end to the accidents plaguing the show? Or is the curtain about to come down once and for all?

Cover Previews of 45-47:

Brief Synopses for book #40 and 41:

Green With Envy:
Green With Envy, book two in the Eco-Mystery Trilogy, continues Nancy continues her investigation into the ecological abuses at the Casa Verde resort in Costa Rica. Everything's not as shiny and clean as it seems, and Nancy must figure out who is dumping pollutants at the resort.

Seeing Green:
Seeing Green, book three, is the stunning conclusion to this smart, three-book arc and brings Nancy and co. back to River Heights, where they continue to investigate the shady American company, Green Solutions, that is bilking Casa Verde.


To promote the recent Warner Brothers Nancy Drew movie, some of the Nancy Drew: Girl Detective were printed featuring a circular ad on the cover about the movie.

Shown above are one of the books and the logo. Books found in this format so far include: 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 24.

May 2007: Girl Detective book sets! 1-8, 9-16, and 17-24 were issued. Also, audio CDs for Framed and Dressed to Steal.

These CDs will were produced by Blackstone Audio, Inc. The cover features a model that looks similar to Emma Roberts aka Nancy Drew.

Check out the cover for False Notes, a UK version--neat cover art! Several of the books have new UK art:

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