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Sky blue eyes sparkling, Nancy Drew took a big breath and raised her eyes from the playing cards in her hand. "I'll see your two and raise you another three," she said, tossing some poker chips on the growing mound in the middle of the card table.
(Back Cover) AMERICA'S TOP TEEN DETECTIVES TEAM UP TO UNCOVER AN OPEN MARKET IN CRIME NANCY DREW has traveled to the charming Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende to help Helen and David Oberman avert a disastrous criminal scandal at their prestigious art school. The Obermans have learned that the campus has become a focal point of counterfeiters. Someone is producing bogus green cards, which will be used to exploit and smuggle illegal aliens into the United States. Meanwhile... THE HARDY BOYS have also made their way south to visit the Perelis family in Mexico City. It began as a pleasure trip, but when a priceless Mayan jade mask is stolen from the Perelis art gallery, Frank and Joe get down to business. Discovering an intriguing connection between the theft and the forgers in San Miguel, Nancy and the boys must act quickly to trace the connection to its source -- and find the shocking truth behind the ancient mask of mystery ...
Nancy is tending her prize delphiniums when a mysterious carrier pigeon lands in her yard. The message it carries, "Bluebells are now singing horses," is so odd that it piques her curiosity, causing her to contact the registry for the birds. Meanwhile, housekeeper Hannah Gruen takes a fall and must be treated at the local orthopedist's office. The attending physician, Dr. Spires, later confides to Carson Drew and Nancy that he was forced to tend an elderly woman for her shoulder -- the drivers of a car blindfolded him when they drove him there, so he wouldn't be able to guess her location, leading him to believe the patient was a prisoner. The only clue to her identity is a bracelet with a family crest, and the doctor's belief that she was being held on Larkspur Lane. Nancy, of course, immediately sets out to track the crest, discovering that it belongs to the Eldridge family of St. Louis.
A carrier pigeon furnishes Nancy with a clue to a mysterious retreat. In the late 1950s, the first 34 Nancy Drew books were revised and condensed from 25 chapters to 20 chapters. This is the original 25 chapter version.
In the front hallway, Nancy saw a big envelope on the floor near the mail slot. She ran to the window and looked out. Someone was just dashing around the corner. Nancy picked up the envelope. A handdrawn stamp of a weird monster was on the front. On the back was a return address: Vampire Pen Pal Big Graveyard London, England. Nancy opened the envelope. Inside was a drawing of a vampire. In a bubble over the vampire's head was a horrible message: "I suck the ink off letters and make them disappear."
My friends and I are headed to the Big Apple! George, Bess, and I continue our investigation of the Miss Pretty Face Beauty Pageant in New York City, where the next round of competition is being held. When I get there, Pretty Face Cosmetics seems creepier than ever! Suspicious security men, animal rights protesters, and a mysterious scientist make this the craziest case I've ever investigated. And when someone suddenly goes missing, I realize it just might be the most dangerous!
Nancy is held hostage and it's up to Bess and George to save the day...and their friend!What started out as a simple undercover mission at a beauty pageant in New York City has turned into complete chaos! The pageant's sponsor, Pretty Face Cosmetics, knows that Nancy has uncovered a big secret about their product, and now she's in serious trouble. They want to keep her quiet - no matter what it takes.
Nancy's weekend at the former estate home of the late, great mystery writer Dorothea Burden turns out to be much more than an innocent exercise in fictional felonies when several jewel-encrusted figurines are stolen.
A dream trip to Nantucket turns into a nightmare in this seventh book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to a classic series.Nancy, Bess, and George can't wait to start their trip to Nantucket. The three girls are there to visit Bess's family friend Jenna and go to the opening of an exhibit at the local whaling museum. Jenna's been working on the exhibit for months, but when the girls get to the museum, a threatening banner has replaced the welcome sign. Nancy's got plenty of potential suspects, but she's worried she won't be able to solve the case in time to save the opening. And as the threats increase in severity, she becomes more concerned about Jenna's safety than the ruined exhibit. Can Nancy find the culprit in time?
In this thrilling adventure rife with romance and danger, Nancy travels to Venice to investigate the kidnapping of a famous glassblower and the disappearance of an artist.
FROM THE NANCY DREW FILES THE CASE: From the art galleries to the chic cafes, Nancy sets out to draw a portrait of a killer. CONTACT: Professor Ellen Mathieson's biography of a famous painter leads to a study in murder. SUSPECTS: David Fieldston -- He's succeeded in becoming Professor Mathieson's research assistant ... now that her first choice is dead. Phillipe Leduc -- Josephine Solo threatened to sue him for copying her painting style ... a threat she never had a chance to carry out. Jean-Luc Censier -- Art dealer or con artist? Either way he may have found that business can be murder. COMPLICATIONS: Did Professor Mathieson's research assistant die because he knew too much? Nancy's determined to find the answers ... in a case in which the truth could prove deadly!
When artist and gallery owner Lila Cramer is conned into selling all her paintings for the price of one, Nancy Drew agrees to investigate--and discovers that there are many people who would like to see disagreeable Lila lose her business.
This New York Times bestselling girl detective has one hot summer ahead!River Heights is in an uproar when the local zoo reports that one of its exotic venomous snakes has been snake-napped! It's only a matter of hours, though, before an anonymous tip leads the police to the missing critter-- in the home of Nancy's friend, Charles Adams. Nancy isn't sure what to think of all this-- until Charles appeals to her to help him prove his innocence. She can't resist taking the case. If he really is innocent, perhaps she can help clear his name. If he's guilty, she'll be able to satisfy herself to that fact as well.
Nancy is sent to Los Angeles to investigate a case of arson in a luxury hotel--and has a hot time in Hollywood!
Nancy grapples with sabotaged cars, suspicious accidents, and a desperate letter to an advice column figure in this summertime mystery.
This pony knows quite a few tricks! A new petting zoo has opened in River Heights. Nancy, George, and Bess can't wait to check it out -- the zoo has the cutest Shetland pony named Buttons. And it looks like the Clue Crew won't have to wait very long to get a glimpse of Buttons -- he keeps escaping from his pen and showing up all over town! He's getting pretty famous for eating the flowers in everyone's front lawns. As much as Nancy secretly wishes Buttons would turn up on her lawn, she knows it's important to make sure he stays put. The only trouble is, no one knows how he's getting out. Sounds like it's time for the Clue Crew to saddle up and settle this pony problem!
This pony knows quite a few tricks! A new petting zoo has opened in River Heights. Nancy, George, and Bess can't wait to check it out--the zoo has the cutest Shetland pony named Buttons.<P> And it looks like the Clue Crew won't have to wait very long to get a glimpse of Buttons--he keeps escaping from his pen and showing up all over town! He's getting pretty famous for eating the flowers in everyone's front lawns. As much as Nancy secretly wishes Buttons would turn up on her lawn, she knows it's important to make sure he stays put. The only trouble is, no one knows how he's getting out. Sounds like it's time for the Clue Crew to saddle up and settle this pony problem!
The Danas' pottery teacher, Miss Warren, asks Jean and Louise to help her find her missing fiancé, F.B.I agent Richard Henley. The girls and Miss Warren stay with her aunt and uncle, the Pattons, while they work on the mystery. The Pattons fear that Henley has drowned, since his boat has washed up on shore. The Danas find few clues but wonder if the strange hermit, Ham Gert knows anything about Henley. Gert refuses to talk except to warn the girls away from the cliff and the beach. The girls become suspicious of Gert and wonder about the strange cries they hear coming from the top of the cliff. When the girls investigate, the cliff is deserted. The mystery proves difficult to solve, especially when Lettie Briggs appears on the scene and thwarts the Danas' investigation. How the Danas discover what happened to Richard Henley and help the government will thrill the reader from start to finish.
Nancy and Bess are visiting Ned at college on the weekend of this year's biggest frat party. But tragedy strikes when a research assistant is found dead--and Parker, Ned's fraternity brother, is the prime suspect. Parker was involved in a study of the subconscious mind, but now somebody has turned it into a mind control experiment! Nancy rushes to get to the bottom of it before someone gets away with murder.
Nancy, Bess, and George have won the contest of a lifetime - a day of royal treatments at Prissy Princess Parlor! They couldn't be more thrilled. But some of their classmates are jealous, and the owner of the local yoga studio, located above the parlor, thinks the new salon will disrupt his calm atmosphere. When their makeovers are sabotaged, who is to blame? With so many potential suspects, the Clue Crew has their work cut out for them. It's time to put down the hair spray and crack this case!
Bess is dying to be the Pumpkin Princess in the fall parade. But only one girl can wear the crown and the beautiful gown. And the winner is Brenda Carlton, Princess Snooty Nose! But now the gown is gone, and Nancy's helping that stuck-up Brenda find it. Bess may never speak to Nancy again! Does being the best detective in the world mean Nancy has to lose her best friend in the world?
Nancy Drew has come to Los Angeles with her friend Bess to attend an international conference of environmentalists. But Nancy soon finds that there are even more urgent issues to address, such as the apparent murder of one of the conference coordinators, Carl Dubchek. And when Nancy starts asking questions, she ends up putting both herself and Bess in the line of fire! Meanwhile. . . One hundred miles to the south, Frank and Joe Hardy experience a bizarre encounter of their own. Visiting the San Diego Zoo, they witness a commando-like operation-- to steal a truckload of bamboo. Even stranger, a quick investigation on the Internet reveals a connection between the bamboo heist and an ex-CIA agent-- Carl Dubchek! The Hardys hook up with Nancy in L. A. , where they unravel a web of greed, deception, and international intrigue in. . . "Process of Elimination".
When the plans for the annual pumpkin decorating contest are smashed, Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew are on the hunt for a Fall Festival felon.It's autumn in River Heights, and that means it's time for the annual Fall Festival! Nancy, Bess, and George are excited for a whole week of games, rides, delicious treats, and the famous pumpkin-decorating contest. They are all participating for the first time this year! But the day the girls are set to compete, all the designs for the contest are stolen and the decorating supplies are destroyed. If the culprit doesn't come forward, the contest will be canceled--and a River Heights tradition will be ruined. It's up to Nancy and the Clue Crew to solve this pumpkin patch mystery!
A little puppy is turning into a big problem! Nancy's wish has finally come true: she has a dog of her own. She's a chocolate-colored Labrador retriever, and she's fun and friendly and loves to play. But the pup's also in a sticky situation -- and its up to Nancy to save her. Hannah's fresh-baked muffins have vanished, and a food thief is loose in the neighborhood. And guess who's getting blamed? Nancy's new puppy. It's so unfair, and she's going to prove it...by finding the real thief!
Notorious Washington gossip columnist Beverly Bishop has written the ultimate tell-all book, including information Senator Marilyn Kilpatrick does not want published. But when Bishop is found shot with a gun belonging to the senator, Nancy must help Kilpatrick clear her name!
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