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The Mystery at Lilac Inn

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Adventure and adventurers - Juvenile fiction
Drew, Nancy (Fictitious character) - Juvenile fiction
Mystery and detective stories
Women detectives - Juvenile fiction
See 20
1 - Mysterious Canoe Mishap
2 - Strange Happenings
3 - A Stolen Charge Plate
4 - Address Unknown
5 - Blackout!
6 - Uncanny Recoveries
7 - A Diver in Peril
8 - A Hoax Revealed
9 - The Search
10 - "Blue Pipes"
11 - A Tip From a Waitress
12 - A Daring Plan
13 - The Guard's Mistake
14 - Earthquake Scare
15 - The Underwater Rescue
16 - A Letter
17 - The Net Tightens
18 - A Submarine Prisoner
19 - No Escape!
20 - Nancy's Citation
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Nancy Drew (Revised)*   See series as if on a bookshelf
A series of middle grade novels written to appeal to young girls starring Nancy Drew who solves mysteries.  They were written by several people using the pen name Carolyn Keene.  The first thirty-four books in the series were later revised to be more up-to-date and to remove some unfavorable stereotypes beginning in  1959 until 1977.

This series includes the original 64 books starting with The Secret of the Old Clock and ending with Captive Witness (1981) and only includes the revisions of the first 34 books.  The copyright dates for these are the revised dates since I consider the originals to be different "books" even though they have the same title.  I have not decided whether not to document the titles for the original series as of now.

For the books in this series I've added the "true" author to the list (even if this is questionable) along with the psuedonym Carolyn Keene that is credited on each book.

1) The Secret of the Old Clock
2) The Hidden Staircase
3) The Bungalow Mystery
4) The Mystery at Lilac Inn
5) The Secret at Shadow Ranch
6) The Secret of Red Gate Farm
7) The Clue in the Diary
8) Nancy's Mysterious Letter
9) The Sign of the Twisted Candles
10) The Password to Larkspur Lane
11) The Clue of the Broken Locket
12) The Message in the Hollow Oak
13) The Mystery of the Ivory Charm
14) The Whispering Statue
15) The Haunted Bridge
16) The Clue of the Tapping Heels
17) The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk
18) The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion
19) The Quest of the Missing Map
20) The Clue in the Jewel Box
21) The Secret in the Old Attic
22) The Clue in the Crumbling Wall
23) The Mystery of the Tolling Bell
24) The Clue in the Old Album
25) The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
26) The Clue of the Leaning Chimney
27) The Secret of the Wooden Lady
28) The Clue of the Black Keys
29) The Mystery at the Ski Jump
30) The Clue of the Velvet Mask
31) The Ringmaster's Secret
32) The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
33) The Witch Tree Symbol
34) The Hidden Window Mystery
35) The Haunted Showboat
36) The Secret of the Golden Pavilion
37) The Clue in the Old Stagecoach
38) The Mystery of the Fire Dragon
39) The Clue of the Dancing Puppet
40) The Moonstone Castle Mystery
41) The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes
42) The Phantom of Pine Hill
43) The Mystery of the 99 Steps
44) The Clue in the Crossword Cipher
45) The Spider Sapphire Mystery
46) The Invisible Intruder
47) The Mysterious Mannequin
48) The Crooked Banister
49) The Secret of Mirror Bay
50) The Double Jinx Mystery
51) Mystery of the Glowing Eye
52) The Secret of the Forgotten City
53) The Sky Phantom
54) The Strange Message in the Parchment
55) Mystery of Crocodile Island
56) The Thirteenth Pearl
57) The Triple Hoax
58) The Flying Saucer Mystery
59) The Secret in the Old Lace
60) The Greek Symbol Mystery
61) The Swami's Ring
62) The Kachina Doll Mystery
63) The Twin Dilemma
64) Captive Witness
Copyright © 1989, 1961, 1930 by Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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"Nancy Drew!
May contain spoilers
For the present, my steady partner is going to be a mystery!"
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As NANCY'S convertible leaned precariously, its right wheels in the ditch, the panel truck roared on around the bend and out of sight.  Nancy braked her car to a stop, thankful it had not turned over.

"That driver ought to have his license revoked!" she thought indignantly.  She knew it would be difficult to get out of the muddy ditch.  "Well, I'll have a try," she decided.  "Here goesl"

She tried to rock the car gently back and forth to gain momentum.  The right tires spun crazily and sank lower into the mire.

Nancy tried again.  No use.  She feared it might be some time before a car would come along in this deserted area.  Finally she decided to search for some objects to force under the right wheels for traction.

Just then, Nancy heard an automobile approaching.  "Thank goodness!" she murmured a moment later.  "A State Police car."

It drew up and parked at the side of the road.  A young officer hopped out.

"Having trouble, miss?" he asked.  "Lieutenant Brice, Benton State Police Barracks," he said pleasantly.

Nancy introduced herself, then explained.  He asked if she had noted the truck's license plates.  "No," she replied, but described the truck and the chrome eagle ornament on its hood.

Lieutenant Brice said that if he found the truck, he would see that the driver was brought to court.

"I have a tow chain in my car.  I'll try to pull you out.  Keep the engine in gear."

Five minutes later the convertible was out of the ditch.  Nancy thanked the trooper for his help, then drove off.

It was almost six o'clock when Nancy pulled into the Lilac Inn parking lot.  She went at once to the patio, where the Willoughbys, Maud, Helen, and John were gathered.

"I'm glad you could return in time for supper, Nancy," said Mrs. Willoughby.

The others plied the girl detective with questions about the Drews' burglar.  Nancy gave an ac-count of her day's experiences, concluding with the reckless truck driver.

"Why, how terrible!" Emily exclaimed.


Added: 21-Feb-2024
Last Updated: 10-Apr-2024


Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.
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Cir 01-Jan-2002
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For cliff-hanging suspense and thrilling action read THE NANCY DREW MYSTERY STORIES® - the world's most popular mystery series for young readers!  Millions of fans have matched wits with Nancy Drew, helping her solve more than fifty baffling cases from THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK to the haunting mystery of THE THIRTEENTH PEARL.  Join the fun!  Start your collection of original hardcover Nancy Drew® Mysteries today!

#1 The Secret of the Old Clock
#2 The Hidden Staircase
#3 The Bungalow Mystery
#4 The Mystery at Lilac Inn
#5 The Secret of Shadow Ranch
#6 The Secret of Red Gate Farm

50 additional titles in hardcover!
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2002 Printing
Canada: $8.99



Patricia Doll  

Carolyn Keene  
Birth: 07 Jul 1905 Ladora, Iowa, USA
Death: 28 May 2002 Toledo, Ohio, USA

Edward L Stratemeyer (1862-1930), owner of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, hired writers (beginning with Mildred Wirt) to write the manuscripts for the Nancy Drew books.  They were paid $125 per book and were required to give up their rights to their works and to maintain confidentiality.  Harriet Adams (Stratemeyer's daughter) rewrote the original books and added new titles after the withdrawal of Mildred Benson nee Wirt.


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  • Synopses marked with an asterisk (*) were generated by an AI. There aren't a lot since this is an iffy way to do it - AI seems to make stuff up.
  • When specific publication dates are unknown (ie prefixed with a "Cir"), I try to get the publication date that is closest to the specific printing that I can.
  • When listing chapters, I only list chapters relevant to the story. I will usually leave off Author Notes, Indices, Acknowledgements, etc unless they are relevant to the story or the book is non-fiction.
  • Page numbers on this site are for the end of the main story. I normally do not include appendices, extra material, and other miscellaneous stuff at the end of the book in the page count.

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