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Which Nancy Drews Should Adults Read?

Beth Walker
 
The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, Book 1)
The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, Book 1)
"Thank goodness Nancy has a car! She drives all over. Nancy climbing into the van is still scary after all these years."
The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #2)
The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #2)
"Begins the overdone plot device of searching and searching for the blasted secret panel."
The Bungalow Mystery (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Bk 3)
The Bungalow Mystery (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Bk 3)
"One of the better ones."
The Mystery at Lilac Inn (Nancy Drew, Book 4)
The Mystery at Lilac Inn (Nancy Drew, Book 4)
"Heavily revised. A submarine in a river!? But still a good read."
The Secret of Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew, No. 5)
The Secret of Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew, No. 5)
"Often cited as the best of the series. Very believable adventure with a nod to Holmes' "Hound.""
The Secret of Red Gate Farm (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Book 6)
The Secret of Red Gate Farm (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Book 6)
"Interesting use of the cave."
The Clue in the Diary (Nancy Drew, Book 7)
The Clue in the Diary (Nancy Drew, Book 7)
"Not much of a clue in the diary. And still going back to the scene of the crime for one more clue."
Nancy's Mysterious Letter (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Book 8)
Nancy's Mysterious Letter (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Book 8)
"You can tell Benson didn't write this one."
The Sign of the Twisted Candles (Nancy Drew, Book 9)
The Sign of the Twisted Candles (Nancy Drew, Book 9)
"Scary bad guy, and danger toward the end. Otherwise, it's silly."
The Password to Larkspur Lane (Nancy Drew, Book 10)
The Password to Larkspur Lane (Nancy Drew, Book 10)
"More back and forth driving, but Nancy in the well makes the last third of the book very exciting."
The Clue of the Broken Locket (Nancy Drew, Book 11)
The Clue of the Broken Locket (Nancy Drew, Book 11)
"The whole gang in the woods."
The Message in the Hollow Oak (Nancy Drew, Book 12)
The Message in the Hollow Oak (Nancy Drew, Book 12)
"Heavily revised. Nancy as archeologist in IL. Good local color."
The Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew, Book 13)
The Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew, Book 13)
"Stupid! Back she goes to a house with no floors and a maze and a cave!"
The Whispering Statue (Nancy Drew #14)
The Whispering Statue (Nancy Drew #14)
"Nice read. Nancy undercover at a bookstore."
The Haunted Bridge (Nancy Drew, Book 15)
The Haunted Bridge (Nancy Drew, Book 15)
"Nancy plays too much golf. And of course she wins. Not much mystery."
The Clue of the Tapping Heels (Nancy Drew, Book 16)
The Clue of the Tapping Heels (Nancy Drew, Book 16)
"More secret panels. Disturbing because the bad guys keep sneaking into the house while they are all there!"
The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk (Nancy Drew, Book 17)
The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk (Nancy Drew, Book 17)
"No driving around this time. Nancy is on a cruise. Good use of the limited setting. But how one person can find umpteen secret compartments in one trunk is beyond me."
The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, No. 18)
The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, No. 18)
"Heavily revised. Stupid sub-plot about NASA; otherwise a typical mysterious house mystery."
The Quest of the Missing Map (Nancy Drew, Book 19)
The Quest of the Missing Map (Nancy Drew, Book 19)
"Good detective work, but the ending is rushed."
The Clue in the Jewel Box (Nancy Drew, Book 20)
The Clue in the Jewel Box (Nancy Drew, Book 20)
"Of course, a queen, her long-lost relative, and the impostor all  turn up in River Heights."
The Secret in the Old Attic (Nancy Drew, Book 21)
The Secret in the Old Attic (Nancy Drew, Book 21)
"Well written--except once again the bad guys keep sneaking into the house while they are all there. No guards, not even for the child. Just the usual "Be careful Nancy." Ned is the deus ex machina."
The Clue in the Crumbling Wall (Nancy Drew No. 22)
The Clue in the Crumbling Wall (Nancy Drew No. 22)
"Another mysterious house--this time a real castle five miles from River Heights. This town must have the strangest real estate in US! Nancy takes a year-long break before she tackles her next case."