New Release Books by Carolyn Keene

Carolyn Keene is the author of Recipe Ruckus (2022), Duck Derby Debacle (2021), A Capitol Crime (2021), The Secret of the Old Clock (2021) and other 396 books.

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Recipe Ruckus

release date: Mar 08, 2022
Recipe Ruckus
Nancy and her friends must whip up a way to find the thief involved in a delicious baking case in the seventeenth book in the interactive Nancy Drew Clue Book mystery series. With Hannah’s birthday coming up, Nancy is searching for the perfect present. When she spots a pretty apron with cherries embroidered on it, she knows Hannah will love it, especially because she’s going to be selling baked goods at the River Heights Cherry Blossom Festival. But the apron holds an even more exciting surprise: inside the pocket, Nancy finds a scribbled note. After a little research help from Bess and George, Nancy thinks the apron might have belonged to famous baker Patty Crumbley and the note she found could be her rumored missing hundredth chocolate chip cookie recipe! But soon, something else goes missing—the apron! Can the Clue Crew figure out who stole the apron before Hannah’s big day becomes a dessert disaster?

Duck Derby Debacle

release date: Jul 13, 2021
Duck Derby Debacle
When the rubber duckies for River Heights’s duck derby go missing, Nancy and her friends are ready to quack the case in the sixteenth book in the interactive Nancy Drew Clue Book mystery series. River Heights is hosting a duck derby to raise funds to install new benches by the pond in the park. Nancy, Bess, and George want to help, so they ask Mayor Strong if they can number the rubber duckies that will be used in the race. It’s a big responsibility, but they know they can do it. Then the box holding the duckies goes missing from Nancy’s doorstep! The girls need to find the duck-napper fast, but there’s a flock of suspects. Where do they even start without even a squeak of a clue? Will the Clue Crew figure out who flew off with their rubber duckies before the Mayor finds out they’re gone?

A Capitol Crime

release date: May 25, 2021
A Capitol Crime
Nancy, Bess, and George look for Nancy’s missing father in the twenty-second book in the Nancy Drew Diaries series, a fresh approach to a classic series. While Nancy’s dad is away at a conference in Washington, DC, she invites Bess and George over for a slumber party. The girls are having a great time until Nancy gets a call from a number she doesn’t recognize. Her dad never showed up for his panel and he isn’t in his room. No one’s seen him since the night before, and he isn’t answering his phone. Worried, Nancy and the gang hop the next flight to DC to investigate. The girls scour the hotel for clues with little luck until Nancy finds her dad’s cell phone in the hotel basement. She’s pretty sure he left her a message on the home screen, if only she could figure out what it means. The hunt takes them across the US capital, retracing Mr. Drew’s steps to figure out what went wrong or who might be out to do him harm. If they don’t solve this mystery, it may cost Mr. Drew his life.

The Secret of the Old Clock

release date: Jan 01, 2021
The Secret of the Old Clock
In this, the first book of the series, Nancy Drew is introduced to us, and searches for a missing will. Struggling relatives have no claim, only the evil already-rich ones are heirs by the only known will.

The Vanishing Statue

release date: Jun 16, 2020
The Vanishing Statue
Nancy, Bess, and George must find a stolen statue in this twentieth book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Nancy is beyond excited when she receives an invitation to an elite celebration of the arts hosted by the Duchess Strickland, a woman once renowned for her collection who hasn’t been seen in years. With Bess and George at her side, Nancy’s certain it will be an evening she’ll never forget. Then just days before the party, a priceless sculpture is stolen! Still, the Duchess vows the party will go on as planned—and Nancy is determined to use the opportunity to sniff out the thief. But on the big night, as creatives, collectors, and connoisseurs—all with their own motives—converge, it quickly becomes clear that crime, like art, is all about the illusion, and a stolen statue may be the least of Nancy’s troubles.

Puppy Love Prank

release date: Mar 17, 2020
Puppy Love Prank
Nancy and her friends save a dog shelter’s big day in the thirteenth book in the interactive Nancy Drew Clue Book mystery series. Helga and Horatio are getting married! The bride and groom are two fluffy white dogs belonging to one of River Heights’s more eccentric citizens, Mrs. Ainsworth. Mayor Strong’s mansion is decorated for the occasion, and the whole town is invited. The celebration is an effort to raise awareness for Waggamuffins, the local pet shelter. And Nancy, Bess, and George are helping out by walking three adoptable dogs down the aisle. But the wedding comes to a barking halt when the bride and groom are found covered in sticky paint! Mrs. Ainsworth is so upset she calls off the whole thing and demands to know who is behind this color conundrum. But if the guests leave early, how will they meet all the cuddly canines that still need homes? Can the Clue Crew solve the case of the painted pups before it’s too late? It’s up to the Clue Crew—and you—to find out!

Nancy Drew Diaries (Set)

release date: Aug 01, 2021
Nancy Drew Diaries (Set)
Join Nancy Drew and her friends Bess and George tackle everything from sabotage to kidnapping, using their impressive powers of deduction and reasoning to creatively crack cases and outsmart their enemies in the clever, contemporary, and delightfully suspenseful Nancy Drew Diaries. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Chapter Books is an imprint of Spotlight a division of ABDO.

Hidden Pictures

release date: Jan 14, 2020
Hidden Pictures
Nancy, Bess, and George must find the truth behind a photographic mystery in this nineteenth book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Nancy and her friends are spending the weekend in a small mountainside town called Shady Oaks. The local museum is displaying a never-before-seen collection from famous nature photographer, Christopher DeSantos. So the usually sleepy town is now filled with tourists. But it’s not just the dramatic lighting of the old black and white photographs that people have come to see. Newspapers all over the country have picked up the story of two visitors who went missing in Shady Oaks only to turn up in the old DeSantos photographs, seemingly frozen in time. What’s more, there was a rumor that DeSantos was cursed by his former partner after a disagreement. Now everyone is wondering if the legend is real. Nancy, Bess, and George are convinced that there is another explanation to be found. But it quickly becomes clear that someone is making sure they don’t find it. Can these three teenage sleuths solve this mystery before it’s too late?

The Stolen Show

release date: Sep 24, 2019
The Stolen Show
Nancy, Bess, and George race to catch an international jewel thief in this eighteenth book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Nancy is helping out her Dad’s friend, Louise Alain, and her dog, Marge, at an upcoming dog show in Montreal. Marge is a professional and needs someone she can trust to handle her at the biggest show of the season. Nancy is happy to oblige, especially since Louise invited Bess and George as well! Of course, the three friends are investigating a crime within hours of their arrival. One of the show dogs was drugged and a giant wad of gum was matted into its hair. Louise asks Nancy to investigate and gives her a useful tip: look at the dogs—their temperaments and styles are often a good window into the hearts and minds of their owners. But instead of solving a case of competitor sabotage, Nancy discovers jewel thieves have been using the dog show circuit as a smuggling operation. The thieves are not comfortable with the teenage sleuth who’s asking too many questions. And when they make some serious threats, Nancy, Bess, and George quickly find themselves in dangerous territory. Can Nancy discover the thieves’ identity and take home the trophy? Or is this one case where the bite is worse than the bark?

A Nancy Drew Christmas

release date: Sep 18, 2018
A Nancy Drew Christmas
Nancy finds herself a Christmas mystery in this super special eighteenth book of the Nancy Drew Diaries series, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Nancy is spending her winter vacation at the most beautiful ski resort in Montana. Everything looks perfect, from the spectacular mountain views to the cozy rooms inside complete with fireplaces and holiday decorations. Unfortunately, not all is as jolly as it seems. Things started to go wrong on her very first day; she hit a bad patch of ice on a run down the slopes and broke her leg in a couple of different places. Then a doctor decided she needed a giant cast and lots of bed rest. It’s been a week of unfortunate events for rest the resort too; there was a sabotaged opening dinner, multiple hotel room break-ins, and a dangerous trap was set for the star chef. And if she thought things couldn’t get any worse, a giant storm is heading her way and may just snow everyone in for days. Trapped in a hotel with someone bent on destruction? Cast or no cast, you know this sleuth is on the case. It’s almost Christmas and both guests and staff are starting to panic. With all the odds stacked against her, can Nancy solve these crimes in time and save the holiday season? Or is this one Yuletide she’ll wish to forget?

The Professor and the Puzzle

release date: Aug 08, 2017
The Professor and the Puzzle
Nancy and her friends are on an epic quest to discover the identity of a treacherous Greek scholar in this fifteenth book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Nancy, Bess, and George are excited to attend Oracle College’s annual Greek mythology themed gala. But the festive sprit turns troubled when a student falls from the balcony mid-speech. Nancy’s investigations quickly reveal this was a case of collegiate sabotage. Can she find the campus menace before someone else gets hurt?

Riverboat Roulette

release date: Jan 03, 2017
Riverboat Roulette
Nancy and her friends only have a few hours to track down the donations for a charity gala that have mysteriously gone missing in this fourteenth book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Bess’s mom is on the board of Pet Crusaders, a local rescue organization, and hosts the charity’s annual fundraising gala. Nancy, Bess, and George have attended the event ever since they were kids, and they’re excited for this year’s party, the theme of which is “A Night on a Riverboat.” The gala will feature blackjack, roulette, and a high-stakes poker tournament, and all proceeds will go to help stray animals. But when the charity money goes missing mid-event, Nancy has to track down the thief—before the ship docks. With three hours and over two hundred guests, Nancy faces one of her greatest mystery-solving challenges yet!

Movie Madness

release date: Jul 12, 2016
Movie Madness
Help Nancy and her friends find a prop that’s gone missing from a superhero movie set in the fifth book in an interactive Nancy Drew chapter book mystery series. Grab a piece of paper and get ready to jot down your own ideas and solutions to the case! School is out for summer and the timing is great because a movie is filming in River Heights, and Nancy, Bess, and George—along with a bunch of their classmates—get to be extras in a scene shot at the playground! The movie features Glam Girl, a fashion-forward superhero who gets her powers through her clothes. When the girls arrive on set, they catch a glimpse of the super shoes that give Glam Girl the ability to run, jump, and kick with super-speed. An assistant explains to them that there is only one pair in existence and that they were custom-made for the actress Shasta’s feet. Everyone goes wild as Glam Girl runs into the playground, blue shoes glimmering. But when Shasta’s on a between-scenes break, the shoes go missing! The director says that if the shoes aren’t found, they’ll be leaving River Heights and their scene won’t make it into the movie! Good thing Nancy happens to have her most important prop right in her pocket—her clue book. Who took the blue super shoes? Was it Paloma Garva, who needs a pair of blue shoes for her Junior Fashion Show? Was it Rosie the stunt-woman, who seems to envy Shasta’s spotlight? Or was it the Popcorn Peeps, their classmates’ film club, who need movie relics for their new museum?

The Sign in the Smoke

release date: May 10, 2016
The Sign in the Smoke
Includes an excerpt from The ghost of Grey Fox Inn.

Big Top Flop

release date: Mar 01, 2016
Big Top Flop
Help Nancy and her friends track down the crafty clown who stole George’s junior ringmaster whistle in the fourth book in an all-new, interactive Nancy Drew chapter book mystery series. Includes space for readers to jot down their own ideas and solutions to the case! The Bingle and Bumble Circus is coming to River Heights, and Nancy, Bess, and George are super excited to see the clowns, animals, and acrobats. But most of all, they’re excited about the Junior Ringmaster whistling contest! To win, all they have to do is be the kid who whistles the loudest and the longest. The winner of the contest will get to be Junior Ringmaster at the circus’s opening night and they’ll get a shiny silver whistle as a prize! After George wins, her friends can’t wait to see her in the show. But when the time comes, she blows and blows her whistle…and nothing comes out. When she checks her whistle, George realizes that it was switched with a broken one! Will Nancy and her friends find the whistle-snatcher before the circus leaves town?

Rehearsing for Romance

release date: Dec 29, 2015
Rehearsing for Romance
The stage is set for disaster -- and Nancy''s in the spotlight! Bess has landed a small part in a promising new Chicago play, and she''s seeing stars for the hot young featured actor, Jordan McCabe. Nancy, however, sees only trouble. The play is a mystery, the theme is murder, and it soon becomes apparent that Nancy and Bess may both have starring roles in a deadly real-life drama. A mysterious fire backstage, a prop gun loaded with real bullets, and an anonymous threat on Bess''s life put Nancy on notice that danger is waiting in the wings. Nancy''s investigation turns up a whole cast of suspects...one of whom is determined to turn the final act into a major tragedy!

The Red Slippers

release date: Dec 15, 2015
The Red Slippers
Contains an excerpt from The sign in the smoke.

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories

release date: Oct 13, 2015
Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
Nancy Drew''s keen mind is tested when she searches for a missing will.

A Script for Danger

release date: Sep 22, 2015
A Script for Danger
A film is being made in River Heights—and there’s sabotage on the set—in this tenth book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to a classic mystery series. Nancy’s old friend—and former paralegal to Carson Drew—Alex Burgess is making a movie…and it’s filming in River Heights! On the first day of shooting, Alex invites Nancy, Bess, and George on set for a behind-the-scenes peek at how a movie is made. George is excited for a closer look at the cameras and special effects, and Bess is mostly around to get a glimpse of the film’s leading man: handsome actor Brian Newsome! But right before the camera starts rolling there’s an explosion in the catering area. Turns out someone put firecrackers in the coffeemaker. Not too long after that, Brian’s costume is found streaked with blood. And threatening notes show up scrawled on the scripts: SHUT IT DOWN OR YOU’LL BE SORRY. Can Nancy track down the set saboteur before the film’s dangerous final scene? Or will the entire production go up in flames first?

Under His Spell

release date: Jul 28, 2015
Under His Spell
Working with a telepathist to try to find a kidnapped woman, Nancy is feeling vibes all right, but they’re coming from the charming man who holds her fate in his hands. Will Nancy overcome the distractions and find the missing woman before she’s out of time?

Hidden Meanings

release date: Jun 09, 2015
Hidden Meanings
Nancy checks into a luxury hotel where danger comes free of charge. While Nancy investigates threats against Italian-born student Gina Fiorellao, Gina targets Ned Nickerson for romance. Nancy uncovers secret ambitions and sinister desires that could prove fatal—not only for Gina, but for Nancy as well.

Captive Heart

release date: Jun 02, 2015
Captive Heart
Nancy Drew visits Belize and uncovers crime on the high seas in this addition to the Nancy Drew Files.

Kiss and Tell

release date: May 26, 2015
Kiss and Tell
A TASTE OF ROMANCE LEADS NANCY TO A RENDEZVOUS WITH DANGER! Esme Moore, America''s hottest romance writer, has come to River Heights, and the rumors are swirling. She''s written her autobiography, a book of true confessions, and the scandals are sure to explode off the page. But someone has vowed to kill the book -- or Esme -- before her revelations come to light. It''s up to Nancy to find the source of the threat. Speaking of scandals, Nancy may be on the verge of starting one of her own. A handsome young River Heights detective has joined her on the case, and Nancy''s beginning to wonder if romance is simply in the air. But for now, she must attend to the intrigue at hand: the web of jealousy, suspicion, and betrayal that threatens to destroy Esme Moore.

Heart of Ice

release date: May 26, 2015
Heart of Ice
For Nancy and Ned, a week alone together in Washington State is a dream come true. But at the last moment, their vacation plans take a chilling turn. The owners of the Alpine Adventures guide service have been victimized by a campaign of terror, and to get to the bottom of the nasty business, Nancy must go to the top of Mount Rainier.

Dance Till You Die

release date: May 12, 2015
Dance Till You Die
Bess has landed a job at the Razor’s Edge dance club, and she’s invited Nancy to check it out. With a wild young crowd, crazy costumes, and a handsome DJ, it’s the kind of place where anything can happen—and soon does. When the lights go out and someone screams, no one knows what is happening. But as soon as the blackout is over, Nancy makes a shocking discovery: Bess has disappeared!

The Twin Dilemma

release date: Mar 24, 2015
The Twin Dilemma
When a star model disappears, Nancy’s Aunt Eloise insists that she 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 before there’s a fashion disaster that can’t be fixed…

The Swami's Ring

release date: Mar 17, 2015
The Swami's Ring
When Nancy searches through the knapsack of an amnesia victim, she finds an unusual ring. Before long, she is caught up in a second case about a beautiful harpist. As Nancy works both cases, her discoveries reveal an important connection between the hospital patient, the harpist, and troubling enemies from abroad.

The Triple Hoax

release date: Mar 10, 2015
The Triple Hoax
When Nancy’s aunt’s friend is swindled out of a sizable sum of money, she invites Nancy, Bess, and George to New York to help figure out who is behind the theft. 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. But will her hunch lead them to solve the case?

Famous Mistakes

release date: Jan 15, 2019
Famous Mistakes
Nancy and her friends are out to find a comedian’s saboteur in this seventeenth book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Nancy’s boyfriend, Ned, has recently started his own podcast called NedTalks and he just got his big break. Up and coming comedian Brady Owens has agreed to sit down for an interview. And this isn’t just any interview; it’s the first interview Brady has given since a video of him lashing out at an audience member went viral. Now people are protesting his shows and calling him violent. Nancy agrees to help out with the technical stuff so Ned can focus on the hard-hitting questions. But when they go to meet the interviewee they find Brady’s hotel room trashed—and no comedian in sight. Luckily, they find Brady unhurt and nothing of monetary value is missing from the room. Only his notebook of new material is gone. Brady says he knows it’s the people who’ve seen the video of him yelling. They think he’s dangerous and doesn’t deserve a platform. He wishes it would all blow over. Nancy disagrees with Brady. She thinks he should apologize to the crowd and admit that he crossed a line. But she recognizes a person in need of help when she sees one and agrees to get to the bottom of this sabotage anyway. Complex social media charts, undercover outfits, and intense button study send Nancy, Bess, George, and Ned on a wild ride through River Heights to uncover the truth. But nothing is what it seems in this game of comedic timing. Can Nancy find the culprit before it’s too late?

The Magician's Secret

release date: Jan 20, 2015
The Magician's Secret
A major magic trick leads to missing murder evidence in this eighth book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to a classic series. When she attends a performance by master illusionist Drake Lonestar, Nancy is skeptical. Lonestar is known for his razzle-dazzle wizardry, but can the magician really make the River Heights library disappear? As it turns out, he can—but that’s not the only thing that goes missing. Key evidence to an upcoming murder trial disappears in the midst of the trick. And one of the trial attorneys just happens to be Nancy’s father, Carson Drew, assisted by her boyfriend, Ned Nickerson. Nancy, Bess, and George are quick to jump on the case, but not quite quick enough: Lonestar has vanished, too, and not even his closest friends know his whereabouts. Magic is its own kind of mystery—but is this one Nancy can handle?

Nancy's Mysterious Letter

release date: Jan 01, 2015
Nancy's Mysterious Letter
A special treat for Nancy Drew fans, and any reader who''s new to the series! This is a stunning new edition of an old favourite, Nancy''s Mysterious Letter, the eighth book in the incredibly popular, long-running series. It''s the same exciting mystery that readers have fallen in love with for more than 80 years-when Nancy receives a letter informing her she''s heir to a fortune, she decides to track down the sender, as well as the other Nancy Drew. Now with a brand-new look, this is an edition that collectors won''t want to miss!

False Pretenses

release date: Oct 14, 2014
False Pretenses
When her father’s coworker is murdered, Nancy sets out to find the killer. The victim has left a long list of enemies to work from, but the people in River Heights have their own ideas about who is responsible—Nancy’s father! Desperate to find the truth, Nancy sets out to find the culprit before her father takes the blame.

Springtime Crime

release date: Mar 20, 2018
Springtime Crime
Help Nancy and her friends find out what happened to a superstar’s flower hat in the ninth book in the interactive Nancy Drew Clue Book mystery series. Spring has sprung in River Heights! The annual Flower Sculpture contest is in a couple of days and everyone in town is working hard to finish their floral works of art. But Nancy, Bess, and George are most excited to see the world-famous pop singer, Miss LaLa, perform. The superstar grew up in River Heights and has agreed to kick off the contest with a song. And just when the girls thought life couldn’t get any better, they run into Miss LaLa herself! The singer is in a bit of a pickle though: She brought a giant hat made of white peonies for the show but she doesn’t have a refrigerator big enough to store it in. George thinks quickly and offers to put it in her mom’s catering refrigerator. But when the girls check on the hat the next morning they see something has gone terribly wrong. Half of the snowy white blooms are wilted and brown! They use their detective skills to rule out a blackout. And George can’t remember if she locked the door last night. Could someone have snuck into the kitchen and switched the fresh flowers with droopy ones? Nancy and her friends are determined to find out! Could it be Madame Withers, whose signature wilted rose perfume was rejected by Miss LaLa? Perhaps it was the famous flower artist Pierre, who was angry that Miss LaLa was the star of the show. Or it maybe it was Benjamin Bing, who ruined his flower sculpture with brown hair spray and had no more white peonies to replace them. It’s up to the Clue Crew—and you—to find out!

Making Waves

release date: Sep 30, 2014
Making Waves
Andy Devereux invites Nancy, Ned, and Bess to a sailing regatta near his family’s estate in Annapolis, Maryland. Andy is the co-owner of a boat-designing company, and he all but guarantees that his boat will win the cup. But his hopes—and his life—are suddenly blown off course when the police arrest him for murder! Andy’s partner, Nick Lazlo, has vanished at sea, his boat stained with blood and riddled with bullet holes. Nancy’s investigation into the company reveals that the business had a strange and unsavory side—both personally and financially. In a case of missing money, missing boats, and missing bodies, the most dangerous discovery of all may be the truth!

Swiss Secrets

release date: Sep 09, 2014
Swiss Secrets
Nancy, Bess, and George are off on a continental adventure into the gorgeous heart of Europe: Switzerland. And gorgeous is just the word for jet-setter Franz Haussman, who invites the girls out for a night of dancing at a chic club on the shores of Lake Geneva. But before the music ends, the mystery begins…and Franz’s life hangs in the balance!

High Risk

release date: Aug 19, 2014
High Risk
When Nancy’s boyfriend, Ned Nickerson, looks into insurance fraud as part of his job as an insurance company investigator, the perpetrator ends up dead—and Ned’s prints are on the weapon. Can Nancy intervene before her boyfriend ends up behind bars?

Mixed Signals

release date: Aug 12, 2014
Mixed Signals
Nancy has joined Ned on campus for Emerson College’s homecoming weekend, and that means pep rallies, parades, and, of course, the annual gridiron clash with archrival Russell University. But when danger takes the field, the cheers turn to tears—because winning is crucial when a player’s life is on the line.
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