Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday Mystery- Nancy Drew

The second series of mysteries I read as a child were Nancy Drew mysteries. My mom ordered the books from a book club and I couldn't wait for each one to arrive. I'd read the newest one several times and reread the previous books while waiting for the next one to arrive.

I loved how Nancy had so much confidence and was clever enough to solve the mysteries.

But did you know the first Nancy Drew book appeared in 1930 after the male counterpart, The Hardy Boys mysteries(I read those too) did so well? The series was written by many different authors but were all published under the name of Carolyn Keene.

The stories have been around so many years that the books have actually been revamped several times to reflect the american culture at the time of each new revision.  80 million copies of the books have been sold in 45 different languages.

As I said I enjoyed reading the books for Nancy's spunk and ingenuity. In the earlier versions of the books she was sixteen and later they moved her age to eighteen. She lived in River Heights with her attorney father, Carson Drew, and her housekeeper, Hannah Gruen. Her mother died when she was three, though in earlier books she was ten.

Nancy was independent, smart, and had no end to her resources. She and her two friends worked to either solve mysteries Nancy stumbled into or for her father. The later books also included a boyfriend in some of her capers. Do you remember the boyfriend's name or what kind of car Nancy drove?


Anonymous said...

I also read Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, and the Bobsey Twins.

Nancy's boyfriend was Ned.

Paty Jager said...

Anonymous, You were a well rounded mystery reader. ;) You're correct on the boyfriend.

Kelly McCrady said...

My daughter loves Nancy Drew--we've read the first 11 books together so far. Nancy drove a blue convertable; she got a new one in book 10, I think, but I don't remember the make/model. Ned was introduced in Book 1.

We tried Trixie Belden but I only have two of those and the second one lacked development of the mystery sufficient to satisfy my daughter, so we quit on page 70 LOL. We have my husband's extensive collection of Hardy Boys to delve into when we exhaust Nancy Drew :-)

Paty Jager said...

Kelly, I think Nancy Drew is a classic story for all girls.