Nancy Drew Girl Detective Mystery Books

30. Pageant Perfect Crime (2008-06-03)

by Carolyn Keene

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“Ned’s classmate Portia Leoni won last year’s Miss Pretty Face River Heights Beauty Pageant. But after Portia was accused of shoplifting dresses from a local boutique, her crown was taken away from her. Portia claims that she’s innocent, but why would someone want to frame her?

To find out more, I’m going undercover — as a pageant contestant! But going undercover in Miss Pretty Face may be my toughest challenge yet. Everyone seems to have a motive!

Who knew it was so hard to walk, smile, and wave? I have to find out the truth before someone finds out that I’m anything but a beauty queen! “


29. Stolen Bones (2008-04-22)

by Carolyn Keene

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I’m hunting for something other than clues for a change: dinosaur bones! Bess, George, and I travel out to the desert to join a paleontology dig. The other volunteers are a pretty quirky bunch, but we’re all having a great time…until an important find goes missing. It turns out fossils can be worth millions. I’m making no bones about it – the thief is going down.


28. Mardi Gras Masquerade (2008-02-05)

by Carolyn Keene

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“What could be more fun than a masked Mardi Gras ball at a so-called haunted mansion? George brings her digital camera, insisting that she’s going to bust some ghosts. I’m just looking forward to a night of dressing up and dancing with Ned and my friends.

Soon the fun turns freaking, though — things go haywire and everyone starts to wonder if the ghost stories could actually be true. But when Deirdre Shannon’s antique tiara is snatched, I’m certain the crook is a guest, not a ghoul. “


27. Intruder! (2007-12-26)

by Carolyn Keene

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When George’s mom asks Bess, George, and me to help her cater a benefit for the library, we’re all on board. The event is a Jane Austen-themed party, and George even agrees to wear a dress for the occasion. It seems like the party isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. The bed-and-breakfast where the event is being held has been plagued by vandalism. Someone is breaking teapots, making a mess, booby-trapping the staircase, and generally terrorizing the old couple that runs the place. No one can figure out how the mysterious intruder is getting in and out of the house–and that’s where I come in. I plan on solving this faster than I can get to the bottom of a cup of Darjeeling.


26. Fishing for Clues (2007-10-23)

by Carolyn Keene

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Something fishy is going on in River heights–and this time I really mean it! First a burglar breaks into the Nickersons’ home and snatches Ned’s digital camera, and then a few days later his laptop is stolen. Ned is super bummed–there’s no replacing the hilarious photos he snapped of his dad falling out of the boat on their fishing trip. I have a hunch this is more than a run of bad luck and I’m determined to reel in the crook–hook, line, and sinker.


25. Trails of Treachery (2007-08-21)

by Carolyn Keene

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“My friend George is competing in a grueling three-day mountain-bike race in Costa Rica, and her cousin Bess and I will be there as her support team. But when I find out someone’s taking dangerous steps to make sure top U.S. cyclist Derek Woodhall doesn’t win, I realize George may not be the only rider I need to help.

Could last year’s winner be the culprit? He was freaking out when Derek took an early lead. Or maybe Derek’s publicist? She seems a little too psyched about the press her client’s misfortune is generating.

I’ve got a lot on my plate, and not much time to sort it all out. But I know how to keep my eye on the prize. Whoever the culprit is, they picked the wrong race to sabotage! “


24. Murder on the Set (2007-05-08)

by Carolyn Keene

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“When heavy rains washed out the low-lying towns around River Heights, my friends and I knew we had to help. That’s when we hooked up with Helping Homes to build apartments. Then the two-time state champion basketball team, the Lowell University Bullets, showed up — and the waters, so to speak, turned murky.

While George couldn’t be happier about working close to J. C. Valdez, the Bullets’ star forward, not everyone around us is a fan. Take the person who is destroying our work and spray painting threats to J. C. on the walls, for starters. Is this the product of some basketball feud, or something much larger? I may be up to my elbows in sheet rock, but that won’t slow my sleuthing.”


23. Troubled Waters (2007-04-24)

by Carolyn Keene

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“When heavy rains washed out the low-lying towns around River Heights, my friends and I knew we had to help. That’s when we hooked up with Helping Homes to build apartments. Then the two-time state champion basketball team, the Lowell University Bullets, showed up — and the waters, so to speak, turned murky.

While George couldn’t be happier about working close to J. C. Valdez, the Bullets’ star forward, not everyone around us is a fan. Take the person who is destroying our work and spray painting threats to J. C. on the walls, for starters. Is this the product of some basketball feud, or something much larger? I may be up to my elbows in sheet rock, but that won’t slow my sleuthing.”


22. Dressed to Steal (2007-02-27)

by Carolyn Keene

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Nancy investigates a break-in at a fashion boutique in River Heights with the help of friends George, Bess, and Ned. Although Rebecca Rogers has a lovely lilting voice, one is at times confused as to who is speaking. Further, aspects of this production, which updates the series, can be jarring for earlier generations of readers. The new Nancy breaks into an apartment and hacks into a computer! On the package she is a young tween-ager yet Rogerss Nancy sounds older and has friends in college. Boyfriend Ned sounds slightly condescending and too sultry. The audience for this listening experience would typically be younger than its story or delivery allows. DRESSED TO STEAL lacks the wonderful campiness that makes Nancy Drew appealing to generations.


21. Close Encounters (2006-12-26)

by Carolyn Keene

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“When George, Bess and I headed to Brody’s Junction, Vermont, to help George’s cousin with her café’s website and enjoy a brief vacation, we were looking forward to some downtime — not to landing in the middle of a media circus.

Hundreds of tourists have invaded the town to watch purported UFO sightings. Odder still are reports of townspeople being abducted, and the strange clues that seem to point to little green men as the culprits. All this speculation has the town going wild, and I hope to have a close encounter with some hard facts before things spin entirely out of control…. “


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