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The secret of the red scarf (A Kay Tracey mystery) by Frances K. Judd1
The Strange Echo by Frances K. Judd2
The Mystery of the Swaying Curtains by Frances K. Judd3
The Shadow on the Door by Frances K. Judd4
The Six Fingered Glove Mystery by Frances K. Judd5
The Green Cameo Mystery by Frances K. Judd6
The Secret at the Windmill by Frances K. Judd7
The Crimson Brier Bush by Frances K. Judd8
The Message in the Sand Dunes by Frances K. Judd9
The Murmuring Portrait by Frances K. Judd10
When the Key Turned by Frances K. Judd11
In the Sunken Garden by Frances K. Judd12
The Forbidden Tower by Frances K. Judd13
The Sacred Feather by Frances K. Judd14
The Lone Footprint by Frances K. Judd15
The Double Disguise by Francis K. Judd16
The Mansion of Secrets by Frances K. Judd17
The Mysterious Neighbors by Frances K. Judd18

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Recommendations

  1. The Secret at the Hermitage by Carolyn Keene (1936)
  2. Beverly Gray's Secret by Clair Blank (1951)
  3. Miscalculated Risk : A Kim Aldrich Mystery by Jinny McDonnell (1972)
  4. Ginny Gordon and the Disappearing Candlesticks by Julie Campbell (1948)
  5. The Riddle in Red by Betsy Allen (1948)
  6. The Vanishing Shadow (Judy Bolton Mysteries) by Margaret Sutton (1932)
  7. Robin Kane: The Candle Shop Mystery by Eileen Hill (1967)
  8. Vicki Barr, Flight Stewardess: The Ghost at the Waterfall by Helen Wells (1947)
  9. Trixie Belden and the Happy Valley Mystery by Kathryn Kenny (1962)
  10. Honey Bunch: Her First Trip on the Ocean by Helen Louise Thorndyke (1927)
  11. Don Sturdy in the Land of Volcanoes by Victor Appleton (1925)
  12. The Blythe Girls: Margy's Queer Inheritance, or, The Worth of a Name by Laura Lee Hope (1925)

Series description

Kay Tracey is a 16-year-old high school student who solves mysteries around her home town of Brantwood with her twin friends, Betty Worth and Wilma Worth.

The series is a product of the Stratemeyer Syndicate (q.v. Nancy Drew). The first two volumes were ghostwritten by Elizabeth Duffield Ward. The last four by Anna Wright. Volume 13 was outlined and written by Edward Stratemeyer's youngest daughter, Edna Stratemeyer, her only full book in any series. The rest of the stories were ghostwritten by Nancy Drew veteran, Mildred A. Wirt (later Benson).

The Doubleday/Books, Inc. reprints with the color covers are rewritten and abridged somewhat from the Cupples & Leon originals.

Some of these stories are similar enough to Nancy Drew and Dana Girls stories that one enterprising fan rewrote a couple volumes slighly and offered print on demand copies as if they were Dana Girls stories. Of course the Kay Tracey stories are still under copyright in the US and "Carolyn Keene" is still actively used by Simon & Schuster for Nancy Drew so these infringements could not stand. Nevertheless, it is an indication that people who enjoy those series should give Kay a try--if you can find them.

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