Nancy Drew is smart, full of adventure, and daring. Her father is Carson Drew, a lawyer. Nancy is looked after by their housekeeper since Nancy’s mother is not living. Nancy has two close friends, Bess Marvin and George Fayne (female) who always end up in her adventures. Her boyfriend Ned Nickerson he helps, too, but worries about Nancy getting into danger. Nancy Drew and her friends solve all kinds of exciting mysteries.
My sister and I had two cousins that were close to our age, and our mother bought them Nancy Drew books for Christmas one year. If we were VERY CAREFUL and had clean hands, she let us read the books before she wrapped them. Since she knew we liked them, we received some books of our own for that same Christmas, but with different titles. We received Nancy Drew books for several Christmases after that, too.
Within a couple of years, I read every single Nancy Drew book that was published and even read them more than once.
The author of the Nancy Drew Mystery Series books was listed as Carolyn Keene, but this was actually a .pseudonym for many authors who wrote both the Nancy Drew and Dana Girl books. There were 56 Nancy Drew titles published between 1930 and 1979.
The earliest Nancy Drew books (#1 - 30) were issued with dust jackets, but that was before my time. I’d like to read an early book actually printed in the 1930s and 1940s.
Beginning in 1959, the early books were revised and shortened. These would have been the books I read. They were hardcover with yellow covers and an illustrated picture on the front.
Another series of Nancy Drew paperback books were published between 1979 and 1981, but I was an adult then and didn’t read them.
Even newer versions have been published since then and there was also a TV series. Nancy Drew is timeless.