Best Selling Books by Carolyn Keene

Carolyn Keene is the author of The Clue in the Camera (2013), False Notes (2004), A Secret in Time (2013), The Secret of the Old Clock #1 (2014) and other 85 books.

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The Clue in the Camera

release date: Jul 30, 2013
The Clue in the Camera
In The Clue in the Camera, what starts as a fun trip to San Francisco develops into a dangerous mystery when Nancy exposes the dark secrets of a dead man.

False Notes

release date: Mar 01, 2004
False Notes
It is difficult to crack a case when no one will even admit that one exists.

A Secret in Time

release date: Sep 10, 2013
A Secret in Time
The famous clock from the first Nancy Drew mystery returns in this thrilling adventure.

The Secret of the Old Clock #1

release date: May 01, 2014
The Secret of the Old Clock #1
A special treat for Nancy Drew fans, and any reader who's new to the series! We're releasing a stunning new edition of an old favorite: The Secret of the Old Clock, the first 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—Nancy Drew has to help Mr. Crowly's friends find his missing will, before the evil Topham family steals his full inheritance. Now with a brand-new look, this is an edition that collectors won't want to miss!

Portrait in Crime

release date: Jul 08, 2014
Portrait in Crime
Nancy Drew must solve the mystery of an artist’s nephew’s death, and find a missing painting from a local gallery by this same artist—without jeopardizing her summer romance with Sasha, a gorgeous Russian ballet star.

Framed

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Framed
Nancy Drew tries to free a prince who has been framed for the theft of a painting.

Nancy's Mysterious Letter #8

release date: Oct 13, 2015
Nancy's Mysterious Letter #8
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.

The Hidden Staircase #2

release date: May 01, 2014
The Hidden Staircase #2
A special treat for Nancy Drew fans, and any reader who's new to the series! We're releasing a stunning new edition of an old favorite: The Hidden Staircase, the second 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—Nancy Drew has to find the mysterious ghost that seems to be haunting Twin Elms, and make sure no more prized possessions disappear under her nose. Now with a brand-new look, this is an edition that collectors won't want to miss!

The Secret at Solaire

release date: Oct 08, 2013
The Secret at Solaire
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.

Uncivil Acts

release date: Mar 01, 2005
Uncivil Acts
Tension starts to build in River Heights when people begin choosing their sides for a Civil War reenactment.

The Secret of Red Gate Farm #6

release date: Oct 13, 2015
The Secret of Red Gate Farm #6
Nancy and her friends must unravel the secrets of mysterious conspiracy and track down a ring of counterfeiters.

The Secret of Shadow Ranch #5

release date: Oct 13, 2015
The Secret of Shadow Ranch #5
Nancy is looking forward to a fun-filled vacation at Shadow Ranch, but she soon finds herself involved in solving a baffling mystery.

Crosscurrents

release date: Aug 19, 2014
Crosscurrents
On a tour of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Nancy is asked to look into a series of threats against the staff. But the controversial curator, whose stand against industrial pollution had sparked conflict, is immediately killed. Nancy races to solve the crime before the murderer strikes again.

Nancy Drew 26: The Clue of the Leaning Chimney

Nancy Drew 26: The Clue of the Leaning Chimney
Nancy Drew and her friend Bess discover that a rare and valuable Chinese vase has been stolen from the pottery shop of Dick Milton, a cousin of Bess. Dick had borrowed the vase from his Chinese friend, elderly Mr. Soong, and he is determined to repay Mr. Soong for the loss. He tells Nancy that if he can find “the leaning chimney,” he will be on the track of a discovery which will solve his financial problems. Nancy finds the leaning chimney, but it only leads her into more puzzles. Can there be any connection between the vase theft – one of a number of similar crimes – and the strange disappearance of the pottery expert Eng Moy and his daughter Lei?

The Clue in the Diary #7

release date: Oct 13, 2015
The Clue in the Diary #7
Nancy must figure out the connection between a mysterious diary and a suspicious house fire.

Stop the Clock

release date: Jul 01, 2005
Stop the Clock
When the beautiful clock of the Mahoney Library is stolen, it is up to Nancy to solve the mystery.

The Lucky Horseshoes

release date: Aug 21, 2012
The Lucky Horseshoes
T-R-O-U-B-L-E. EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT THAT SPELLS! Nancy, Bess, and George are doubly excited. Not only are they taking horseback-riding lessons, but Bess is in the school spelling bee. And maybe her mom's lucky horseshoe earrings will help her win! But now the earrings have disappeared. Good thing Nancy's around to help Bess solve the mystery -- because a good friend is the best good-luck charm of all!

Nancy Drew 54: The Strange Message in the Parchment

Nancy Drew 54: The Strange Message in the Parchment
A sheep farmer receives a mysterious telephone call shortly after he buys a series of pictures painted on parchment. “Decipher the message in the parchment and right a great wrong,” the voice says. Puzzled, the owner asks Nancy to help. With Junie, his daughter, Nancy tracks down a kidnapper and a group of extortionists. Is there a connection between the message in the parchment and a boy artist on another farm? And who is responsible for the atmosphere of fear in the neighborhood? After several harrowing experiences, Nancy begins to tighten the net around a ruthless villain and calls on the assistance of her friends Ned, Burt, Dave, Bess and George to bring his nefarious scheme to a dead end.

It's No Joke!

release date: Aug 28, 2012
It's No Joke!
SOMEONE'S PLAYING PRACTICAL JOKES -- BUT MEAN MR. DALY ISN'T LAUGHING! Nancy's class is going to the zoo on Friday, but first they have to survive a week with their strict substitute teacher, Mr. Daly. And things aren't looking too good: someone is playing practical jokes on him, and he's threatening to cancel the trip! First a sign saying OLD MEANIE is taped to his back. Then someone puts a fake goldfish in his water glass. But who would want to miss a fun trip to the zoo? If Nancy doesn't find out, the joke will be on the whole class -- and that's not funny!

The Mystery of Misty Canyon

release date: Aug 06, 2013
The Mystery of Misty Canyon
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 Riddle in the Rare Book

release date: Dec 11, 2012
The Riddle in the Rare Book
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.

An Instinct for Trouble

release date: Oct 28, 2014
An Instinct for Trouble
Nancy joins her boyfriend Ned’s expedition to Yellowstone National Park to research the marmot. But the natural wonders of Yellowstone have turned into a setting for unnatural danger, as the furry little mammal becomes the focus of human greed and a criminal plan to steal them from their home!

The Gumdrop Ghost

release date: Sep 11, 2012
The Gumdrop Ghost
Now you see her, now you don't... She does headstands, she does cartwheels, she can even do a split! Lizzie Benson gives such an amazing performance in a River Heights talent show that she wins a shopping spree at Tremendous Toys. But is Lizzie for real? She looks an awful lot like the actress in a very old movie poster whose name was Elizabeth Benson. And Lizzie says she lives at 10 Tide Street -- a haunted house. Nancy's friends are convinced that Lizzie is a ghost. Nancy says she'll prove them wrong -- but does she have a ghost of a chance?

The Kachina Doll Mystery

release date: Mar 17, 2015
The Kachina Doll Mystery
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 that may unlock the motives of her elusive adversary. Will the person determined to prevent the ranch from operating succeed?

The Slumber Party Secret

release date: Jun 19, 2012
The Slumber Party Secret
When her friend's party is in jeopardy, Nancy takes the case! Rebecca Ramirez's birthday is just two days away, and she's having a slumber party. She made the invitations herself, with rainbow ribbon hair clips and everything. But now the invitations are gone. Somebody took them and the whole party is ruined. Or is it? Nancy Drew is on the case and maybe she can make sure Rebecca's birthday is a party after all!

Without a Trace

release date: Mar 01, 2004
Without a Trace
When a valuable Faberg ̌egg disappers, it's up to sleuth Nancy Drew to find the thief.

Nancy Drew 35: The Haunted Showboat

Nancy Drew 35: The Haunted Showboat
Bess and George invite Nancy on a trip to New Orleans, to help their relatives solve a mystery. Their uncle wants to restore an old showboat, the River Princess, but no one will go near it! Mysterious occurrences are making everything believe the boat is haunted. Can Nancy uncover the truth?

Whose Pet Is Best?

release date: Jul 24, 2012
Whose Pet Is Best?
WHAT'S ON TV? IS IT NANCY DREW? It's the Amazing Pet Contest, and the winner gets to go on Mr. Lizard's Funhouse . . . on TV! Katie's got a singing parrot. David's got a gross rat. And Nancy's got Chocolate Chip, her soccer-playing puppy. . . . But Chip won't do her trick. Something's wrong, and Nancy's afraid she's sick. She also thinks it just wouldn't be fair if Chip doesn't get to go on TV because somebody played a dirty trick on her!

Hot Pursuit

release date: Jul 29, 2014
Hot Pursuit
The Internet...a world without rules, without boundaries. And it’s all just a click away... Ryan Corrigan is not what most people would call a “cool” guy. He’s usually called something more like geek or cyber-nerd. Maybe it’s because he and his mom move almost every year, so he never gets a chance to make friends. Or maybe it’s because he spends most of his time glued to his computer. It’s his friend. But now Ryan’s “friend” has gotten him into some big trouble. If Ryan doesn’t find a real ally fast, he could end up in jail—or worse, a victim of a terrible “accident.” Different people in different places—the one thing they have in common is a new address on the Internet: Danger.com. Where all your fears come true…

Stolen Affections

release date: May 26, 2015
Stolen Affections
While teaming up with River Heights detective Sam Fanelli after an eight-year-old boy is kidnapped, Nancy learns that young Jeremy Wright may be the victim of a custody dispute between his movie star mother and paternal grandparents.

The Mystery at Lilac Inn #4

release date: May 01, 2014
The Mystery at Lilac Inn #4
A special treat for Nancy Drew fans, and any reader who's new to the series! We're releasing a stunning new edition of an old favorite: The Mystery at Lilac Inn, the fourth 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—Nancy Drew has to help Emily and Dick reverse the jinx on Lilac Inn before something terrible happens. Now with a brand-new look, this is an edition that collectors won't want to miss!

Mistletoe Mystery

release date: Nov 14, 2002
Mistletoe Mystery
CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE DOESN'T PROVE THE IDENTITY OF CRAFTY THIEVES! 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?

Nancy Drew 42: The Phantom of Pine Hill

Nancy Drew 42: The Phantom of Pine Hill
When Nancy Drew and her two close friends arrive for the Emerson University June Week celebration and learn there has been a mix-up in their motel reservations, the confusion leads to a baffling mystery. Uncle John Rorick, a descendant of the early settlers of the town of Emerson, invites the three girls to be his guests at his historic mansion on Pine Hill. Shortly after their arrival, he tells them about the phantom who haunts the mansion’s library. Uncle John also relates the weird family saga of a lost French wedding gown and valuable gifts which went to the bottom of a nearby cove in the sinking of the Lucy Belle a hundred years before. Could there possibly be some connection between the phantom and the old ship disaster? Nancy wonders. In between enjoying the university’s June Week boat races, river pageant, and fraternity dances, Nancy and her friends work diligently to solve the mystery of Pine Hill and to find the long-lost wedding treasures.

Nancy Drew 50: The Double Jinx Mystery

Nancy Drew 50: The Double Jinx Mystery
A bird of ill omen is mysteriously left on the Drews’ front lawn. Did the person who put it there do so with the intent of jinxing Nancy and her father? This strange incident involves Nancy in her famous father’s case concerning a rare bird farm threatened with destruction to make room for a high-rise apartment house complex. People who are opposed to the ruthless take-over of the farm are being made the victims of jinxing by bad luck symbols and other threats to their safety. Even Nancy and her friend Ned Nickerson become targets! Nancy soon realizes that helping honest people to overcome their superstitions and fears can be as challenging as tracking down criminals. The young detective’s thrilling adventures will keep the reader in breathless suspense from the first page to the last.

Nancy Drew 13: The Mystery of the Ivory Charm

Nancy Drew 13: The Mystery of the Ivory Charm
What secret life-giving power does the exquisite ivory elephant charm contain? Can the trinket really protect its wearer from all harm? Nancy Drew finds out when the owner of the Bengleton Wild-Animal Show asks her to investigate one of the performers who may be involved in some mysterious illegal scheme.The girl detective’s assignment becomes complicated when the elephant trainer’s young assistant, Rishi, seeks refuge at the Drew home from his cruel foster father, Rai.While following clues to help the boy find his real father, Nancy learns about an eerie abandoned house. She is harassed by its strange owner, Anita Allison, and the fiendish Rai. How Nancy uses the ivory charm, reunites a maharaja with his son, and brings the evildoers to justice will mystify readers from beginning to end.

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!

The Mystery of the Masked Rider

release date: Oct 08, 2013
The Mystery of the Masked Rider
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.
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