Published by Simon & Schuster from 1979 to 2003 under their Wanderer/Minstrel/Alladin imprints and commonly referred to as Digests
Volumes 57 - 79 were first published under their Wanderer Books imprint.
Volumes 164 through 175 were published with the Aladdin imprint.
The higher-numbered Minstrel titles that were still in print when the imprint changed to Aladdin were also reprinted with the Aladdin imprint.
The Wanderer books were also published in hardcover with dustjacket and are scarce in this format.
Some volumes in this series were also issued by Scholastic Book Services in both paperback and picture cover versions.
Many of the earlier stories had several different cover art changes.
Over the years the basic cover format of the volumes has changed several times.
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Aunt Eloise invites Nancy, Bess, and George to New York to help a friend who has been swindled out of a sizable sum of money. There, the girls see a performance of a magicians' group who stun their audiences with clever sleight-of-hand tricks. Because the magicians temporarily remove people's wallets and handbags, Nancy feels the actors aren't above suspicion. Her hunch is borne out and a whirlwind chase ensues.
The Flying Saucer Mystery (#58) - 1980
The Secret in the Old Lace (#59)
Nancy Drew has entered a contest to solve an old mystery-the disappearance of a Flemish nobleman, a pair of lace cuffs, and a priceless treasure. In a thrilling story shadowed by a romance of the past, Nancy solves a mystery over a hundred years in the making.
The Greek Symbol Mystery (#60)
When she is told that a large inheritance from a Greek tycoon, meant for her friend Helen Nicholas, was stolen, Nancy agrees to find the culprit. A poisonous snake in a basket of apples and a strange symbol stamped on a rare Byzantine mask are clues in this mystery set in the beautiful and exotic country of Greece. These clues lead Nancy and her friends to a ring of art smugglers and to the secret of the Greek symbol.
The Swami's Ring (#61) - 1981
The Kachina Doll Mystery (#62)
When Nancy arrives at the McGuire's fitness ranch in Arizona, she discovers that the future of the ranch is being threatened by unexplained accidents. Teaming up with a ghost, Nancy begins her search for a precious collection of ancient Kachina dolls and hunts for her elusive adversary, who is determined to prevent the ranch from operating.
The Twin Dilemma (#63)
When a star model disappears, Aunt Eloise insists that Nancy replace the model in a fashion show. Nancy reluctantly accepts the invitation, only to discover that several of the clothes for the show have been stolen! Once on the trail of her elusive enemies, Nancy discovers clue after clue pointing to a diabolical scheme that she must stop at all costs!
Captive Witness (#64)
On a student tour through Europe, Nancy discovers that their leader is on a secret mission to transfer ten refugee children from an iron curtain country to freedom! Before the mission is completed, Nancy receives an urgent message from her father concerning a missing entry in a foreign film festival. Undaunted and clever, Nancy pursues an intriguing clue found in a student's wheelchair and finds herself in great danger.
Mystery of the Winged Lion (#65) - 1982
Race Against Time (#66)
Nancy is asked to recover Shooting Star, a valuable race horse that has been stolen from Rainbow Ranch.
The Sinister Omen (#67)
While on vacation in Fort Lauderdale, Nancy and her friends help a wealthy woman plagued with burglars who don't steal anything.
The Elusive Heiress (#68)
Nancy's search for the long-missing daughter of an aging millionaire takes her to Cheyenne, Wyoming, during its annual Frontier Days celebration.
Clue in the Ancient Disguise (#69)
A young Frenchman consults Nancy Drew for help in unraveling a mystery surrounding his ancestors.
The Broken Anchor (#70) - 1983
The Silver Cobweb (#71)
Nancy's latest mystery involves golf pros, opera stars, jewelry designers, and webs and spiders.
The Haunted Carousel (#72)
Nancy Drew finds more than one mystery to solve when she searches for the reason an amusement park carousel turns itself on during the night.
The Enemy Match (#73) - 1984
The Mysterious Image (#74)
Nancy sets out to locate a kidnapped actress and to clear one of her father's clients, a renowned photographer, accused of stealing ideas for his images.
The Emerald-Eyed Cat Mystery (#75)
Kidnapped while trying to investigate the sinking of three freighters, Nancy finds herself on a hacienda in Colombia, where with the help of two friends, she tries to unravel the mysterious connection between the sunken ships and the strange events at the hacienda.
The Eskimo's Secret (#76) - 1985
The Bluebeard Room (#77)
Nancy travels to Cornwall, England to uncover a mysterious coven of witches plaguing an old friend.
The Phantom of Venice (#78)
Nancy travels to Venice to investigate the kidnapping of a famous glassblower and the disappearance of an artist.
The Double Horror of Fenley Place (#79) - 1987
The Case of the Disappearing Diamonds (#80)
Monica Crown hires Carson Drew to help her discover who framed her daughter in the theft of one million dollars in diamonds and Nancy gets involved.
The Mardi Gras Mystery (#81) - 1988
The Clue in the Camera (#82)
What starts as a fun trip to San Francisco develops into a dangerous mystery when Nancy exposes some dark secrets.
The Case Of The Vanishing Veil (#83)
While Nancy is attending a wedding in Boston, a thief has made off with the bride's antique lace veil! Nancy, Bess, and George follow a trail of intrigue and deceit across the New England countryside.
The Joker's Revenge (#84)
Some joker is causing trouble for Danner & Bishop, Chicago's most exclusive department store, but no one's laughing. Then Nancy and friends go undercover as store employees to catch the culprit--and find themselves in trouble.
The Secret of Shady Glen (#85)
Shady Glen was no different from any other cemetery - maybe a little spooky, but harmless nonetheless. At least that's what Nancy thought until she stumbled onto a treasure map... and stumbled into a world of trouble. The map leads Nancy into a network of underground passageways, where she uncovers a series of clues to a recent outbreak of robberies and the location of a long-lost fortune in gold. She follows the hidden tunnels into the cold, dark heart of the cemetery and comes face-to-face with the chilling secret of Shady Glen!
The Mystery of Misty Canyon (#86)
Unless Nancy can win the money in the Independence Day Rodeo, she'll lose her beloved ranch. Before the rodeo, Tammy Calloway is thrown from her horse in what appears to Nancy to be a set-up. Determined to find out who wants Tammy out of the race, Nancy gets in deep--as the West gets even wilder.
The Case of the Rising Stars (#87)
Nancy, Bess and George arrive in Chicago for the 'Mystery Lovers Convention'. The two stars scheduled to appear are kidnapped and some think it is a ratings ploy. But Nancy uncovers the truth and only she can save them.
The Search for Cindy Austin (#88)
When a 12-year-old prodigy child disappears, Nancy comes to the rescue. She finds Cindy the first time, but then Cindy is actually kidnapped by an enemy agent. Will Nancy uncover the Master's identity before it is too late?
The Case of the Disappearing Deejay (#89) - 1989
The Puzzle at Pineview School (#90)
The Pineview High School girls soccer team attempts to raise money by selling a pair of valuable brooches. But a thief who substitutes phonies may bring disgrace on the school if Nancy cannot find the real brooches.
The Girl Who Couldn't Remember (#91)
A trip to Wisconsin's Lake Minosha is supposed to be a relaxing vacation for Nancy, George and Bess--without any mysteries. But moments after they arrive a young woman, scratched and bruised, falls across their cabin's threshold.
The Ghost of Craven Cove (#92)
Nancy, George, and Bess are on vacation in Maine when they stumble on a bizarre mystery-has their friend's father been killed, or is he really the victim of a cover-up?
The Case of the Safecracker's Secret (#93) - 1990
The The Picture-Perfect Mystery (#94)
When artist and gallery owner Lila Cramer is conned into selling all her paintings for the price of one, Nancy Drew agrees to investigate and discovers that there are many people who would like to see disagreeable Lila lose her business.
The Silent Suspect (#95)
Ned's cousin, Lisa, has been accused of setting fire to her architect father's new project just to get out of the family business! It's up to Nancy to prove Lisa's innocence and find the real arsonists, or the suspect could become the next victim.
The Case of the Photo Finish (#96)
Nancy tries to find out who is trying to sabotage the International High School Track and Field Games before it is too late.
The Mystery at Magnolia Mansion (#97)
Someone is trying to drive famed author Amelia Beaufort INSANE. Nancy and Bess have traveled to her moss-covered estate to help her out. As the two teens search the mansion for clues, they find themselves trapped in a real-life gothic tale.
The Haunting of Horse Island (#98)
Nancy gallops full speed into danger when she, Bess, and George spend a week at the Steadman Resort. The girls can't wait to join in the fun, but their plans are put on hold when the Steadmans ask Nancy to find out who is sabotaging the resort. Cabins have been set afire, rooms ransacked, and guests claim to have seen a ghost.
The Secret at Seven Rocks (#99) - 1991
A Secret in Time (#100)
While Nancy is displaying a prized antique clock at an antiques expo, a jeweled brooch is stolen. When she gets home, she finds it hidden in the clock, and she decides to use it to trap the culprit. . . .
The Mystery of the Missing Millionairess (#101)
Nancy goes undercover at a girls' prep school to find a movie star's missing daughter. Nancy finally locates Veronica, but the kidnappers aren't about to let the one million dollars ransom get away.
The Secret in the Dark (#102)
Violinist Deirdre Thompson is vying for top honors in Seattle's most prestigious musical competition, but Nancy finds that something about the contest strikes the wrong chord. The concert hall is the focus of a criminal conspiracy, and Deirdre, who is blind, is the first to sense trouble-and the first to face danger! Nancy vows to discover who wants Deirdre out of the contest and out of the picture.
The Stranger in the Shadows (#103)
When Paula DeJagger, an exchange student staying with one of Nancy's friends, begins acting strangely, Nancy investigates and discovers that Paula and other exchange students are being blackmailed to commit crimes. Nancy must concoct a plan to catch the blackmailer at his own game!
The Mystery of the Jade Tiger (#104)
Nancy's in California to investigate a series of break-ins at the home of her father's friend Terry Kirkland. A Vietnam vet, Terry came away from the conflict with a trunk full of memories. But unknown to him, the trunk also holds a mystery -- an exotic secret that now threatens to destroy his family A twisted trail of intrigue and corruption leads Nancy to a shocking revelation. The truth behind the burglaries rests with a soldier who vanished on a top-secret mission. But the trail of the tiger doesn't end in the jungle -- it leads right to Terry's door.
The Clue in the Antique Trunk (#105) - 1992
The Case of the Artful Crime (#106)
Things are really heating up at the hottest restaurant in town. Nancy finds that the grease fires, vandalism, and poisoned food are linked to the vault of a nearby mansion and the Dragon's Eye Ruby. Someone is cooking up one of the most daring criminal schemes in River Heights history!
The Legend of Miner's Creek (#107)
Vacationing at Highland Retreat in the Cascade Mountains, the eight-hundred-acre ranch of her father's friend, Charlie Griffin. Nancy enjoys the horseback riding, hiking, and birdwatching, until the mystery of an untapped gold mine catches her attention.
The Secret Of The Tibetan Treasure (#108)
When Nancy investigates the theft of a Tibetan antiquity from a local museum, she discovers that there's more to the mystery than a simple case of burglary. The golden horse is a very special kind of prize, and it attracts a very special kind of horse thief -- a crook as daring as he is elusive, as cunning as he is ruthless. Duplicity, sabotage, and death threats are the tools of this criminal's trade. Drawn into a cleverly crafted web of lies and deceptions, Nancy finds that the trail to the truth is littered with poisoned clues and hidden traps. And she knows only one thing for sure: in the run for the gold, she runs the risk of taking a fatal fall.
The Mystery of the Masked Rider (#109)
Revenge rides a dark horse-and Nancy's the target! Nancy is going to visit one of her best friends, Colleen, who is horse crazy and has her own horses. With one of the best of them, Nightingale, she is going to race in the Midwest International Horse Show. The prizewinning filly is worth a cool $200,000, and that kind of cash can breed plenty of greed, ambition, and danger. Soon Nancy has her hands full trying to stop the mysterious culprit, The Masked Rider, who wants to kill Nightingale.
The Nutcracker Ballet Mystery (#110)
Madame Dugrand's Dance Academy is in rehearsal for "The Nutcracker Ballet", and it could be a huge hit this year. Shana Edwards, a recent graduate who has made a big splash in New York, is returning to River Heights to star in the show. But the closer the dancers get to show time, the clearer it becomes that the stage is set for disaster. Someone is determined to bring the production down before the curtain goes up. Theft and arson threaten to darken the theater and doom the dance. But Nancy will have to conduct her investigation with extreme precision and agility. One false step, one wrong move, and "The Nutcracker" could come to a swift and bitter end.
While staying at the exclusive Spa Solaire outside Tucson, Arizona, Nancy and her friends witness a series of strange events, beginning with sabotage and ending with a kidnapping.
Crime in the Queen's Court (#112)
When Nancy joins the troupe of an Elizabethan festival that comes to River Heights, she discovers that the entire festival is a target for sabotage, and she must uncover a devious plot.
The Secret Lost at Sea (#113)
When someone targets the seaport museum in Bridgehaven, Connecticut, destroying centuries-old nautical relics, Nancy takes times from her vacation to track down the vandal.
The Search for the Silver Persian (#114)
When her friend's cat--named Purrfect--is kidnapped after entering a River Heights cat show, Nancy Drew investigates the case of the missing feline and uncovers a devious scam.
The Suspect in the Smoke (#115)
Seeking clues to a suspicious fire, Nancy finds danger smoldering in the ashes.
The Case of the Twin Teddy Bears (#116)
Bess is working during the Christmas rush at Beary Wonderful, a toy and teddy bear shop, when the holiday season takes a sudden scary turn. The owner's prized collection of antique teddy bears -- cute, cuddly, and worth a bundle -- has been ripped off. But the break-in is only the beginning of a much bigger and more brazen teddy bear caper. The attempted theft of Bess's own bear -- a replica of one of the antiques -- leads Nancy to believe that more is at stake than a couple of burgled bears. For Nancy knows that even something as innocent as a teddy bear can be stuffed with intrigue!
Mystery on the Menu (#117)
Nancy, George, and Bess spend a week at the Wolf Culinary Institute in upstate New York when George's Raspberry Chiffon Cake wins a prize. They soon find that the menu includes a lethal recipe of ambition, jealousy and greed!
The Trouble at Lake Tahoe (#118) - 1994
The Mystery of the Missing Mascot (#119)
The River Heights High Wildcats are facing their bitter rivals, Red Rocks High, in a girls' softball play-off game. But before the first pitch is thrown, the spirit of foul play intrudes. Someone breaks into River Heights High and steals the school's prized trophies -- a treasured portrait of a pioneering woman coach and the team mascot's cougar costume! Nancy, however, is convinced that the theft is not a simple case of bad sportsmanship. For the closer she comes to the truth, the more dangerous the game becomes. The burglar has already demonstrated a talent for disguise and deception. . . and has now decided to play true hardball, taking aim at Nancy Drew!
The Case of the Floating Crime (#120)
Volunteering on a hospital ship that brings medical care to South America, Nancy begins to suspect that someone is using the ship to transport illegal cargo and must track down the clues before her own health is risked.
The Fortune-Teller's Secret (#121)
Nancy discovers the recently widowed Mrs. Kittredge is making weekly deliveries of cash to a fortune-teller and decides to investigate.
The Message in the Haunted Mansion (#122)
Nancy, Bess, and George have joined the Drews' housekeeper, Hannah Gruen, on a trip to San Francisco. They have come at the invitation of Hannah's friend Rose Green, who has asked their help in renovating a charming old Victorian mansion. But there may be other, uninvited guests as well: visitors from the past...spirits who want the place all to themselves. Nancy suspects that there is another force at work -- greed. According to legend, a fortune in long-lost gold is hidden on the property, and someone is determined to take it. But in a house full of trapdoors and secret tunnels, falling glass and suspicious fires, finding the truth won't be easy. One misstep, and Nancy won't stand a ghost of a chance!
The Clue on the Silver Screen (#123) - 1995
The Secret of the Scarlet Hand (#124)
Visiting the nation's capital for a sightseeing vacation, Nancy is alarmed when a priceless Mayan artefact disappears from the Beech Hill museum and finds her only clue in a strange note containing a red handprint.
The Teen Model Mystery (#125)
Traveling to the site of a commercial shoot, where her model friend Cindy will star, Nancy is alarmed by Cindy's disappearance and launches an investigation that takes her into the shady side of teen fashion.
The Riddle in the Rare Book (#126)
When a series of rare-book thefts strikes the Bloom's Bookstore & Coffeehouse in River Heights, Nancy Drew finds her only clue in the handwriting of a dead woman.
The Case of the Dangerous Solution (#127)
When the customers of the River Heights pharmacy take seriously ill after being delivered their medicine, Nancy is convinced that sabotage is involved and searches for the deadly drug.
The Treasure in the Royal Tower (#128)
On a winter vacation in Wisconsin, Nancy, Bess and George stay in a two-hundred-year-old castle where there is the rumor of a hidden treasure.
The Baby-Sitter Burglaries (#129) - 1996
Nancy tries to prove that a babysitter is being framed when three houses in River Heights are robbed and the only connection the police can find is that the babysitter was employed at each.
The Sign of the Falcon (#130)
The Hidden Inheritance (#131)
While doing a favor for her father in Bear Hollow, Indiana, Nancy tries to help a new friend find the reasons someone is trying to ruin her family. A long lost family secret and an inherited fiddle seem to hide clues to a secret fortune.
When Nancy's friend Laura's family stables are sabotaged and then Laura's favorite horse is stolen, Nancy must discover if Laura's spoiled rival is trying to hurt her or if the upcoming fox hunt has enraged animal activists who will stop at nothing to end this sport.
The Mystery at the Crystal Palace (#133)
Nancy has come to Minneapolis in the dead of winter to investigate a robbery. An old friend, Alison MacDonald, has inherited from her uncle the Crystal Palace, a state-of-the-art skating arena. But a large portion of the money he also left her has disappeared, and if Nancy doesn’t find it, Alison will lose the Palace!
The Secret of the Forgotten Cave (#134)
Nancy has come to Connecticut to visit George's aunt Elizabeth, and lands right in the middle of a controversy. George's aunt, among others, proposes a bicycle path instead of widening a dangerously winding country road, in order to save a rare speicies of bat. But a threatening phone call, a sinister warning hanging in the doorway, and a sabotaged car convince Nancy that much more than the bats are at stake
The Riddle of the Ruby Gazelle (#135) - 1997
The Wedding Day Mystery (#136)
Happily Ever After Inc. is the firm that Nancy is working for. Making weddings beautiful is their business, and Nancy is helping out at Heights House, an old mansion on the outskirts of town. But a few uninvited guests threaten to disrupt the wedding weekend - a thief, a saboteur and a ghost.
In Search of the Black Rose (#137)
A trip with her father to Oxford University sends Nancy on a strange journey through the medieval corridors of a college. The mystery begins when an arrow shoots out of the shadows. It bears a riddle - and a clue as beautiful as it is sinister. What is the meaning of the black rose?
The Legend of the Lost Gold (#138)
Nancy, Bess and George are on holiday in Big Sur, on the rugged California coastline. It isn't long after they check into the Opa Tourist Lodge that Nancy discovers their retreat is a hotbed of crime and deception.
The Secret of Candlelight Inn (#139)
When Emmaline Whitby died, she bequeathed the historic Candlelight Inn to the Guiding Eyes foundation. Dedicated to helping the blind, the foundation plans to create a training center for Seeing Eye dogs. But as Nancy is about to discover, the inn is not only full of hope and history, it's also packed with deep secrets and dark dangers.
The Door-To-Door Deception (#140)
Nancy has volunteered to work with a group that organizes an after-school program for junior high students. It's called C.A.R.I.N.G., and it promotes all kinds of activities, including arts and crafts, games and sports. But Nancy suspects that somebody's teaching a different kind of lesson...in crime!
The Wild Cat Crime (#141) - 1998
The Case of Capital Intrigue (#142)
Nancy is going to the White House, where George is working as a photographer's assistant. On the day of her arrival, he is scheduled to do a photo-shoot. The subject is a priceless statue, but just before the shoot begins Nancy is knocked out and the statue is stolen.
Mystery on Maui (#143)
Nancy, Bess, and George are on Maui to check out a major international surfing competition. But there's trouble in paradise--big money is at stake in the contest, and someone's playing a dirty game.
The E-Mail Mystery (#144)
Someone is using email to sabotage Nancy's father's law firm-and Nancy's searching cyberspace to put an end to this web of greed, deception, and betrayal.
The Missing Horse Mystery (#145)
Nancy's attending the Midwest Grand Prix Dressage Championships, where many of the world's best riders and finest horses compete. But more than blue ribbons is at stake. As Nancy quickly learns, these horses generate big money, turning a friendly competition into a very nasty business.
The Ghost of the Lantern Lady (#146)
Nancy, Bess, and George are volunteering at Persimmon Woods Pioneer Village, a living history museum of the 1830s. Nancy's heard that a lot of weird things have been happening there, like the eerie sightings of the Lantern Lady -- the ghost of an original settler
The Case of the Captured Queen (#147) - 1999
On the Trail of Trouble (#148)
Nancy, Bess, and George arrive at the Black Hills Buffalo Ranch to help Bess's friend Kincaid Turner find out who stole a baby buffalo named Justice from her father's ranch. At first, stealing a buffalo seems like a strange thing to do, but as Nancy and her friends investigate, they find a whole herd of suspects. Antoinette Francoeur, an eccentric animal rights activist, makes a habit of freeing caged creatures. Badger Brady, a rival buffalo rancher, has been making threats-with an ax. And some archaeologists in the area aren't happy about the girls' snooping. Now it's Nancy's turn to round up the clues and stop a buffalo thief in his tracks.
The Clue of the Gold Doubloons (#149)
Nancy and George are thrilled to take part in the filming of a pirate movie onboard the "Swift Adventure," a reproduction of a centuries-old sailing ship. Twin brothers Andrew and Daniel Wagner are producing the low-budget film, and they've asked their friends to help out. With Nancy as assistant director and George set to play a notorious female pirate, the girls can't wait to jump in. But a series of robberies at the hotel where the cast and crew are staying, plus the discovery of gold doubloons at the crime scenes, has almost everyone in the production under suspicion. Could the robberies be a publicity stunt staged by one of the brothers? An angry crew member trying to sabotage the film? With her own safety in jeopardy, Nancy needs to figure out who, in a big cast of characters, is masterminding this criminal production.
Mystery At Moorsea Manor (#150)
"No room at the inn" means someone wants Nancy to check out -- permanently! There's nothing like riding a horse across the beautiful English countryside, and Nancy has been looking forward to this vacation. But the danger begins even before she arrives at stately Moorsea Manor. Someone steals a road sign, sending Nancy down a dark, twisting road to nowhere. When she finally finds the inn, she's almost killed by a bronze statue dropped from a second-story window! The owners tell her that there have been other "pranks" as well. But someone's going to get hurt -- and that means Moorsea Manor will be out of business. Now it's up to Nancy to find the culprit, before the guest list becomes a casualty list!
The Chocolate-Covered Contest (#151)
Nancy can hardly believe it. While visiting an amusement park owned by the world-famous Royal Chocolates Company, her friend Bess tears open a million-dollar candy wrapper in a contest. But when they go to collect, they're told that someone else has won. And then they're accused of tampering with the winning wrapper! Something is rotten in chocolatetown. The proof comes when Nancy and her friends are treated to a near-death experience in the park's animal safari. Someone's pulling a million-dollar swindle, and getting Nancy and her friends out of the way seems to be the icing on the cake.
The Key in the Satin Pocket (#152)
When Nancy tries on an old brocade jacket in a vintage clothing store with Bess and George, she finds an old safe-deposit box receipt in the pocket and a key sewn into the lining. Soon the girls are tracing items from an old estate scattered in antiques shops across town-and are immersed in a mystery involving long-lost relatives, a missing will, and a hidden fortune.
Whispers in the Fog (#153) - 2000
The Legend of the Emerald Lady (#154)
Swimming, sailing, and snorkeling are all that Nancy, Bess, and Ned expect when they visit old friends at their nineteenth-century plantation, Sugar Moon. But when a strange man appears, brandishing a cutlass, and Nancy discovers traces of intruders, her curiosity is aroused. Soon she comes across a faded love letter with clues to the hiding place of a long-dead pirate's precious gift -- a fabulous emerald necklace. Many colorful island characters have a serious stake in finding the treasure, and Nancy barely escapes from their traps, on land and at sea. Then, just as Nancy locates the necklace, it's about to slip from her grasp forever!
The Mystery in Tornado Alley (#155)
When Hannah Gruen inherits a farm from a distant cousin, the Drews, with Bess and George, drive off for a scenic Oklahoma vacation. The plan is to sell the property and pack up whatever mementos Hannah wants to keep. But a terrifying encounter with a tornado is just the beginning of trouble. In a duffel bag Nancy discovers what looks like a ransom note -- and a gruff intruder appears, insisting that the bag is his! Is he planning a kidnapping? Nancy contacts the local police, but they think it's a prank. When charming Derek Owens, a tornado chaser at the local university, offers to help, Nancy accepts faster than a lightning flash. But the clues she discovers lead her deeper into peril and Nancy's soon fighting for her life -- in the eye of a monster storm!
The Secret in the Stars (#156)
Nancy and George are thrilled when Bob “Dr. Stars” Steller, a cool astronomer with a popular radio program, comes to River Heights for the Perseid meteor shower. And Bess goes into orbit when she learns that a Hollywood heartthrob and his girlfriend are also secretly in town. But when Nancy finds Dr. Steller’s van deserted and runs into a hostile rival of the astronomer, she senses a dangerous black hole in the event. Then Dr. Steller finally appears—or is he an optical illusion? As Nancy uncovers more evidence, her suspicions lead her into a sinister scheme moving faster than the speed of light!
The Music Festival Mystery (#157)
For Nancy and her friends, Worldbeat Weekend at Emerson College is supposed to be fun. Nancy gets to spend time with her boyfriend, Ned, and everyone plans to enjoy music and food from around the world. But the two candidates running to be the next president of IFC, both from rival countries, accuse each other of smearing their campaigns with dirty tricks -- and the chaos begins. Missing money and collapsing tents are just the start of the trouble. As tensions rise, the weekend spirals toward disaster. The local press is sniffing around. A public scandal would ruin IFC, and only Nancy can uncover the clues to track down the culprit in time!
The Curse Of The Black Cat (#158)
Exclusive Waverly Academy looks like a medieval castle, but the horrors there are up-to-date. The lead in the school play awakens with her long golden hair cut off, and the captain of the basketball team finds her lucky sneakers covered with tar. Each incident is accompanied by a curse note from the Black Cat, and soon everyone is spooked--even the teachers. At the headmistress's request, Nancy and George go undercover as teaching interns. But it isn't long before Nancy herself gets one of the menacing notes. Who's behind the pranks--an unhappy student? Or is a more sinister force at work? Lured to a scary cemetery in the middle of a blizzard, Nancy must stop the Black Cat from pouncing again!
The Secret Of The Fiery Chamber (#159) - 2001
The Clue On The Crystal Dove (#160)
A cunning thief is desperate to wreck the opening of a historic landmark -- and Nancy is his target! On Gramercy Park in New York City, the magnificent Van Hoogstraten mansion with its priceless collection of glass birds is about to open to the public. Nancy, Bess, and George are invited, but a series of sinister events puts everything in chaos. When the centerpiece of the collection, a beautiful crystal bird, is stolen, Nancy gets on the case. From family members with motives to keep the house, to an antiques dealer with a personal grudge, suspects abound. And when Nancy goes to the family's abandoned camp in the Adirondack forest, she zeroes in on the truth. In a violent nighttime thunderstorm on a solitary lake, Nancy confronts the culprit. The case is solved -- if she can get to shore alive!
Lost In The Everglades (#161)
Visiting an old friend in Florida, Nancy, Bess, and George are awed by the beauty of the Everglades. But Jade Romero, a young park volunteer, is missing. She went backcountry camping and never returned. When Nancy agrees to search for her, she also learns about a priceless Native American statue of a panther hidden in the wilderness. A clue leads Nancy to Panterra Corporation, which is developing a big mall at the edge of the Everglades. Then a close escape on the road and a threatening note convince Nancy to search the backwoods. Deep in untamed country, alligators are menacing the girls -- but the worst danger is coming from enemies they never suspected!
The Case Of The Lost Song (#162)
While visiting Chicago, Nancy, Bess, and George bring some items to the Old Can Be Gold show to see what they're worth, just for fun. In George's old tape recorder, a dealer finds a rare early tape by a famous rock group. But before George can get it insured, it's stolen -- like many other items brought to the show! From a luxury condo on Lake Shore Drive to a hot blues club, Nancy discovers a mix of suspects. There's a seedy dealer, an ambitious publicist with access to the show's database, a talented singer in need of money, and drop-dead gorgeous twin brothers, one a top appraiser and the other a gifted photographer. Nancy's got to wind up the case -- before a desperate con artist erases her for good!
The Clues Challenge (#163)
Nancy and her friend George are visiting Emerson College, courtesy of Nancy's boyfriend, Ned. His fraternity is eager to win the Clues Challenge, an athletic treasure hunt sponsored by a local sporting goods store, so the girls join Ned's team. But accidents, dirty tricks, and computer warnings threaten to shut down the whole event. Nancy suspects that someone has cheated by giving out the answers to the clues. Now she's investigating a pushy reporter, a jealous star athlete, a nervous store owner, and a snooty sorority president. Someone's got a secret agenda to win at any cost -- and Nancy's skiing right into an avalanche of trouble!
The Mystery of the Mother Wolf (#164) - 2002
The Crime Lab Case (#165)
Nancy gets Bess, George, and Ned to help out with a special program for high school students, a "chemystery" camp. They'll visit a forensics lab, a drug company, and a university to see how science is used to solve crimes. Then they'll use what they've learned to work on a made-up case. But the mystery begins even before the program starts when the professor who runs it suddenly falls into a coma. Now Nancy's in charge -- of the made-up case "and" the real one. Strange encounters of the dangerous kind and a list of promising suspects test all her talents of deduction. From the tiniest clue on a carpet to real menace in a quarry, Nancy's crime lab is bubbling with trouble!
The Case Of The Creative Crime (#166)
Set high above the river, the grand old Pennington estate is the perfect place for an arts colony. College students can work with established artists; and the owner, elderly Marianna Pennington, gets to keep her home. But when Rhoda Benton, the colony's director, gets a disturbing threat, Nancy and Bess start hunting for an elusive suspect. From the owner's nephew, who wants to build condos on the property, to a handsome young artist determined to break all the rules, there's no lack of candidates. But Nancy's best lead comes from someone who wants to remain anonymous -- someone she'll have to meet at midnight at the edge of a cliff.
Mystery By Moonlight (#167)
A charming lakeside cottage is the perfect vacation spot for Nancy and her friends -- until Bess becomes convinced that they're sharing the place with ghosts. Strange thumps in the attic put them all on edge -- except there is no attic. Even worse, their living neighbors are giving them grief. A pair of bird-watching photographers sets dangerous traps in the woods, a summer camp director chases Nancy and Ned off his property, and the assistant curator of a nearby Native American museum warns them to stay away from an ancient burial ground. Then a surprising discovery reveals a long-lost mystery -- and a family secret as black as night.
The Bike Tour Mystery (#168)
Riding uphill is hard -- but going down can send you over the edge!Nancy, Bass, and George are all geared up for a bike tour in Ireland. They're looking forward to spectacular scenery, romantic ruins, local entertainment, and, at the end of the day, cozy inns to welcome them. But it isn't long before the three friends realize that they're riding with danger. From the moment they arrive at the airport, someone seems to be targeting the tour members, especially the two teen sisters from Australia. Even worse, not all the cyclists are what they appear to be. As the group bikes along sheep-filled roads and steep seaside cliffs, the menace mounts. Nancy knows that if she makes one wrong turn she'll be on a detour to disaster!
The Mistletoe Mystery (#169)
Nancy's friend Bess has been hired by Special Effects, a River Heights company, to decorate Albemarle's department store for the holidays. When Bess discovers that her friend Ali Marie is now working at the store, she's thrilled -- the two of them can have lunch and try on clothes for fun! But when some dresses are swiped, Ali is accused of stealing, and the party's over. Sure of her friend's innocence, Bess calls in Nancy to help find the real thief. With all the suspects and misleading clues, Nancy and her friends are running in circles -- and the holiday shopping rush isn't helping! Can they figure out the identity of a clothes-hungry kleptomaniac before the holiday season turns sour?
No Strings Attached (#170) - 2003
Intrigue At The Grand Opera (#171)
The American Grand Opera has come to River Heights to perform "Tosca, Aida," and "The Marriage of Figaro," and Nancy's friend Bess is going to be a chorus extra. It's all so exciting for the girls; the costumes, the music, the glamor! Little do they expect, though, the drama that will take place backstage. When a falling sandbag from the scenery catwalk nearly misses the two female stars of the opera during a dress rehearsal, Nancy begins to suspect foul play. As it turns out, the falling sandbag isn't the first incident of the tour. In the dressing room, Nancy finds out that rival singers Rosacrucia Alba, the hot new soprano, and Marta Willentz, an older member of the company, have been involved in a few scary situations. As rehearsals continue and the threat to these singers increases, Nancy scrambles to determine why someone is trying to ensure that only one singer will be the star of these shows.
The Riding Club Crime (#172)
Elsa, a friend of Nancy and George's and a counselor at Green Spring Pony Club's summer camp, invites the girls for a ride one afternoon. Along the way, Elsa gushes about how a team of campers will compete in a regional pony club rally. If they win, they'll go to the national competition! But Elsa's excitement quickly fades when Nancy's horse falls into a ditch, and it's clearly a case of sabotage. This prompts Elsa to tell Nancy about some sinister happenings on the camp's grounds. Is someone trying to hurt the campers -- or the camp? Disguised as a counselor, Nancy tries to figure out who's behind the vicious accidents. And as they become more devastating, Nancy realizes she needs to move quickly. Will her sleuthing skills be enough to keep this camp's horses and their riders on track?
Danger On The Great Lakes (#173)
Nancy, Bess, and George are going on a cruise around the Great Lakes for a fantastic end-of-summer vacation! As soon as the girls set foot on the ship, though, they smell something fishy. Their new friend Amber is upset because her boyfriend, Craig, is neglecting her. After a little investigating on her friend's behalf, Nancy learns that Craig is really a detective. He's been busy hunting for a mastermind diamond thief who may well be on the ship. And it turns out Craig can use some help. Soon Nancy's hunting for clues on land and offshore. Where there's stolen diamonds, though, there's danger -- and Nancy and her friends are soon caught in the thick of it. Will Nancy be able to crack this case before her ship is sunk?
A Taste Of Danger (#174)
Nancy's thrilled that she, Bess, George, and Hannah will be attending the grand opening of the newly renovated Gourmet Getaway. Not only will they be able to eat four-star meals prepared by master chefs, they'll get to take cooking classes with them, too. But before the table's even set, problems start plaguing the resort, both in and out of the kitchen. Nancy can't believe it's just bad luck, but who's causing all the problems? Nancy puts her cooking on the back burner so she can devote her attention to solving the mystery. Can she manage to find out who's behind the trouble before more sabotage is served?
Werewolf In A Winter Wonderland (#175)
Things are hairy in River Heights this holiday season. Two wolves have disappeared from WildWolf, the federal wolf preserve just outside of town. Local farmers think the missing wolves are killing their sheep, but there are also rumors of werewolf sightings nearby. At the same time, the annual River Heights Winter Carnival is set to begin. When the first two days of the outdoor festival are full of tragic disasters, Nancy can't help but wonder -- is there a link between the carnival's trouble and the missing wolves? After the carnival's beautiful ice palace is destroyed, Nancy's sure there's a wolf at River Heights's door. But is the leader of this pack of crimes human, or beast?