2018 A to Z: J… All About Nancy Drew

2018 A to Z: J… All About Nancy Drew

J glassIn 2016 I learned of the first annual April A to Z… it immediately intrigued me and I began racking my brain for a theme. After much reading, and thinking… I finally came up with the theme of Southern Foods and Memories… it said to write what you know! When April of 2017 rolled around, I decided to share Conversations with Mama to the world… the best of my on-going blog post that has generated from nightly talks to my mother. It’s now 2018 and as Nancy Drew has been on my mind… since I began re-building my collection back… well, I hope you will join me in celebrating All about Nancy Drew during the April A to Z Blog Hop!


J is for… Jewelry, and JFYI…Just For Your Information on Nancy Drew


In The Clue in the Crumbling Wall (Bk 22) Nancy discovered a pearl inside a Muskoka River clamshell that Hanna bought from Mehearty; he often drove his wagon through the neighborhood selling his catch of the day. I loved the little storytelling from Nancy on how the name “Mehearty” came about and I was almost humming the song along with him that he sang…

“Clams by the bushel,

Clams by the lot,

Clams for the kettle,

Clams for the pot.”

On that day, Hannah was pressured to buy clams… Nancy offered to help clean them as she was anxious to find a pearl… and after almost giving up and tossing the last one away… she found a pearl hidden inside the shell before it was thrown in the trash.

Nancy took the pearl to old Mr. Weatherby, a dealer in curios and odd jewelry, in hopes it might have some value. He told her it was worth a fair sum, but it would have more value if she had the actual clamshell of where it came. Nancy quickly left with it in her purse… but no sooner than she was on the street when a man suddenly jerked her purse and fled with it. Naturally, Nancy didn’t catch him… but it made her even more inquisitive about the Muskoka River now. (I’m not remembering if Nancy ever recovered her actual pearl (RT)… so I guess I’ll have to go read the original text (OT) to see if it’s mentioned in there.

The Hidden Staircase: Several pieces of old jewelry was taken by ghosts haunting the home of Twin Elms. Nancy is quick on the case when asked by her friend, Helen Corning.

The Bungalow Mystery: Nancy and her father kept Laura Pendleton’s jewelry safe in this mystery… read to discover why!

Mystery at Lilac Inn: A woman impersonating our Nancy Drew has stolen her charge card and buys jewelry at Burke’s Department Store. The Drew home had recently been burglarized, with Nancy’s room being the target… her card was taken. Nancy goes to Lilac Inn to prepare for her bridesmaid duty and friend Emily Willoughby’s diamonds were stolen when the lights suddenly went out… are these mysteries intertwined?

The Secret of Shadow Ranch: While Nancy browsed in town, she peered through a window to discover a man with a black kerchief covering his face, up to the eyes, scooping jewelry into a paper bag. Nancy will not be content until she discovers his identity!

The Haunted Bridge: Nancy discovers a box of jewels and must track down its owners. Most people would keep their finds, but not our Nancy!

Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk: Nancy sleuths out the real culprit who stole the diamond bracelet from the jewelry shop in Johannesburg… her friend Nelda was first accused.

The Ghosts of Blackwood Hall: Nancy is on the hunt for Mrs. Putney’s stolen jewelry… and the ghosts!

The Secret of the Wooden Lady: This mystery starts in the home of Bess Marvin… Bess was knocked unconscious while her mother’s blue velvet box was stolen… containing a pearl necklace, pins, and several rings. But what were they really searching for?

The Mystery at the Ski Jump: Mrs. Parker asked Nancy to find her missing earrings… but was that the only thing missing?

The Clue of the Velvet Mask: As Nancy was on the hunt for the criminals, she comes eye to eye with a woman removing jewelry from a top drawer at Mrs. Elkin’s home. These criminals are very tricky in their thievery!

The Ringmaster’s Secret: While Nancy actually owns the bracelet she is searching for clues on… searching for the missing 6th horse charm, she joins the circus! Aunt Eloise had given her the bracelet, but one horse was missing… but Nancy is on the hunt to learn why it was missing!

The Clue of the Dancing Puppet: Mrs. Burke has lost her jewelry, but Nancy is quick in tracking it down… and soon tangles with the dancing puppet!

The Phantom of Pine Hill: Nancy’s jewelry is stolen… did the phantom steal it?

The Mystery of the 99 Steps: Madame Bardot’s gold jewelry is missing… the old and valuable family heirlooms. Nancy can not sit by without offering help!

The Spider Sapphire Mystery: This mystery has Nancy and the girls searching for their own jewelry. All the jewelry they brought in their suitcases to Africa is suddenly missing!

The Invisible Intruder: Mrs. Hodge’s money and jewelry were taken, but it was actually the deed that the thief actually seemed to be after.

The Secret of Mirror Bay: It was the stolen jewelry from the largest jewelry store that brought Nancy in on the case… although it was Nancy who was accused of the theft!

The Thirteenth Pearl: Nancy is on the hunt to discover the thirteenth pearl… and later Mr. Moto enlisted her help in discovering other pieces of stolen jewelry.


Just For Your Information on Nancy Drew:

Thought I’d share some of the little tidbits of info I’ve found that interested me… who knew there was so much history on Nancy Drew

  • 1994: 80,000,000 Nancy Drew books had been sold.
  • The first Nancy Drew book was The Secret of the Old Clock.
  • Did you know that the endpapers are an important way of detecting the year the book was printed?
  • Book Club Editions are also yellow spine books, but the volume #’s are missing from the spine and the back cover is only yellow… plain with no printing or photos.
  • Cameo book club editions were published in 1959, and with each book, the endpapers were printed with a cameo on a ribbon; there were two colors of ribbons… purple and turquoise.
  • Nancy Drew is known as “Alice Roy” in the French editions and “Kitty” in the Sweden editions.
  • Nancy Drew is the most successful children’s series of all times!
  • Nancy Drew’s mother died in a car accident in Glasgow, Scotland when Nancy was ten years old, although, in earlier editions, she was written as dying when Nancy was three years old.
  • In 1935 – 1960, Nancy was always in the top 15 names for girls.
  • The book covers were created from an actual painting.
  • Jewelry seemed to be the longest running stolen item Nancy searched for.

Until I began my search for “everything” Nancy Drew in 2017… I never knew there was so much history on Nancy. There are Nancy Drew sites, like Jenn Fisher and Jennifer White’s “Nancy Drew” blog sites, several Facebook groups… and even more… just go searching like Nancy Drew would… let leash the inner sleuth in you!

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6 Responses to 2018 A to Z: J… All About Nancy Drew

  1. Wendy says:

    Really? The original clam shell makes a pearl more valuable? Is that true or is that just for the story?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. scr4pl80 says:

    I need to re-read these classics!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. kristin says:

    Reading about all these jewelry thefts in Nancy’s town, I am glad I don’t live there! Either it’s a thief magnet or the town is overflowing with crooks.

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    • Ha… they sure kept her busy! Too bad she never was paid!


      • James Keeline says:

        The same could be said of Bayport for the Hardy Boys or the home town of any mystery-solving teen. Authors generally try to keep the characters close to home but this means that the mysteries have to come to them. Since most characters are not living in big cities, it does strain credibility at times.

        Of course, the police force of those towns can’t be too competent or there’d be no mysteries for Nancy, the Hardys, or others to solve.

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