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What are the best Nancy Drew books?

The world's most famous teenage sleuth was an important figure in many people's childhood. Nancy Drew is a timeless literary persona who embodies everything that is good in the world. Now she's back in a new movie starring Sophia Lillis. Below is a definitive ranking of the best Nancy Drew books ever. 

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  1. 1The Hidden Staircase

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    The Hidden Staircase is the 2nd book in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series written under the pseudonym, Carolyn Keene. In the book, Nancy explores a haunted mansion outside of town while trying to find her kidnapped father. 

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  1. 2The Mystery at Lilac Inn

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    The Mystery at Lilac Inn is the 4th book in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series written under the pseudonym, Carolyn Keene. The story involves Nancy Drew helping her friend Emily Crandall solve the mystery of missing jewels stolen at Lilac Inn.

  2. 3The Secret of Red Gate Farm

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    The Secret of Red Gate Farm is the 6th book in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, written under the pseudonym, Carolyn Keene. The story is about Nancy befriending Joanne Byrd and helping her investigate a cult living on her farm.

  1. 4The Secret of Shadow Ranch

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    The Secret of Shadow Ranch is the fifth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series written under the pseudonym, Carolyn Keene. The story revolves around a mystery at a ranch in Arizona where Nancy, Bess, and George vacations. 

  2. 5The Sign of the Twisted Candles

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    The Sign of the Twisted Candles is the 9th book in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series penned under the pseudonym, Carolyn Keene. The story focuses on solving the disappearance of an old man's fortune and Nancy revealing the identity of an orphan.

  3. 6The Crooked Banister

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    The Crooked Banister is the 48th volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series written under the pseudonym, Carolyn Keene. In the story, Nancy, Bess, and George spend a weekend at a mysterious house with a crooked banister and a robot. 

  4. 7The Secret in the Old Attic

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    The Secret in the Old Attic is the 21st book in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. Nancy tries to uncover the mystery of music being sold and played on the radio she believes to be from the missing manuscript pages of a deceased soldier.

  5. 8The Password to Larkspur Lane

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    The Password to Larkspur Lane is the 10th book in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series ghostwritten under the pseudonym, Carolyn Keene. The story opens with a carrier pigeon that gives Nancy a clue to a mysterious retreat.

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    June 4, 2019
    "The old Nancy Drew book series is so much better than the Nancy Drew Diaries. and out of all the OG books, The Secret in the Old Attic is my personal favorite. The story is exciting and full of suspense. Until the very end, you will never guess who the music thief is (at least I didn't). Nancy isn't your typical 18-year-old girl. She's smart, resourceful, pretty, intuitive, and brave. And she's a sleuth. The plot is well written and I definitely recommend you to read this book!"
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    Anonymous
    June 3, 2019
    "The Hidden Staircase is the best Nancy Drew book ever. Nancy is such a wholesome young woman who doesn't disrespect her elders and speaks properly at all times. She deserves more people to know about her, especially today's generation that doesn't value goodness and kindness anymore. I'm so glad there's a new movie adaptation of this book. I'll definitely be first in line once it hits theaters."
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    Anonymous
    June 3, 2019
    "A classic book in the Nancy Drew series that you need to buy for your kids to encourage reading. Nancy is such a good role model, especially for young girls. She has an innocence about her that's quite endearing. The Mystery at Lilac Inn has a great twist in the story and the thief is someone I've never expected!"
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    Anonymous
    June 3, 2019
    "My favorite teenage sleuth does it again! The Sign of the Twisted Candles has an awesome mystery with cliff-hanging suspense and a surprising ending. I really love Carol, Asa, Bess, George but most of all the cleverest detective of all time, Nancy Drew. One of her better adventures. Highly recommended!"
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    Anonymous
    June 3, 2019
    "The original Nancy Drew books are all so simple but I've always loved reading them because of the elegant language and sophisticated writing style. The Secret of Red Gate Farm is no exception. I also love how the police are all so accommodating of Nancy and value her investigative insight."
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    Anonymous
    June 4, 2019
    "Probably the oddest of all the Nancy Drew books. It's not my favorite and the writing style of The Crooked Banister is a little wackier compared to other ND titles. That doesn't mean it's not good. This is a real page-turner and I love that Ned, Burt, and Dave are in the story. Fun read!"
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    Anonymous
    June 3, 2019
    "A great book that creeped me out! I'm so grateful that my mom introduced me to the original Nancy Drew series. This one is my favorite. The mystery of the hidden treasure and the spectral horse is extremely well written. Nancy Drew's first western adventure is truly fascinating reading!"
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    Anonymous
    June 4, 2019
    "All Nancy Drew books are great in my opinion but this one really stands out. The ending was truly shocking! the storyline is very exciting and tense. Go buy The Password to Larkspur Lane and you won't regret it. A definite 5 stars!"
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This list is about What are the best Nancy Drew books
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1The Hidden StaircaseBooks 20 Paid
2The Mystery at Lilac InnBooks 11 Paid
3The Secret of Red Gate FarmBooks 7 Paid
4The Secret of Shadow Ranch Books 3 Paid
5The Sign of the Twisted CandlesBooks 3 Paid
6The Crooked BanisterBooks 1 Paid
7The Secret in the Old AtticBooks 1 Paid
8The Password to Larkspur LaneBooks 1 Paid
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