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Carolyn Keene

Author of The Secret of the Old Clock

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About the Author

Carolyn Keene was the pseudonym that Mildred Wirt Benson and Walter Karig used to write Nancy Drew books. The idea of Nancy Drew came from Edward Stratemeyer in 1929. He also had other series, that included the Hardy Boys, but he died in 1930 before the Nancy Drew series became famous. His show more daughters, Harriet and Edna, inherited his company and maintained Nancy Drew having Mildred Wirt Benson, the original Carolyn Keene, as the principal ghostwriter. During the Depression, they asked Benson to take a pay cut and she refused, which is when Karig wrote the books. Karig's Nancy Drew books were Nancy's Mysterious Letter, The Sign of the Twisted Candles, and Password to Larkspur Lane. He was fired from writing more books because of his refusal to honor the request that he keep his work as Carolyn Keene a secret. He allowed the Library of Congress to learn of his authorship and his name appeared on their catalog cards. Afterwards, they rehired Benson and she wrote until her last Nancy Drew book (#30) was written in 1953, Clue of the Velvet Mask. Harriet and Edna Stratemeyer also contributed to the Nancy Drew series. Edna wrote plot outlines for several of the early books and Harriet, who claimed to be the sole author, had actually outlined and edited nearly all the volumes written by Benson. The Stratemeyer Syndicate had begun to make its writers sign contracts that prohibited them from claiming any credit for their works, but Benson never denied her writing books for the series. After Harriet's death in 1982, Simon and Schuster became the owners of the Stratemeyer Syndicate properties and in 1994, publicly recognized Benson for her work at a Nancy Drew conference at her alma mater, the University of Iowa. Now, Nancy Drew has several ghostwriters and artists that have contributed to her more recent incarnations. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Do NOT combine this page with that of "C. Keene", as there are other authors on LT who share that surname and intial. Thank you.

This author is a nom de plume of the several authors of the Nancy Drew and The Dana Girls series. It is a pseudonym owned originally by the Stratemeyer Syndicate (now a name used by Simon and Schuster). Authors of books in the former series include Mildred Wirt Benson, Harriet Adams, James Duncan Lawrence, Walter Karig, Nancy Axelrad, Priscilla Doll, Charles Strong, Alma Sasse, Wilhelmina Rankin, George Waller, Jr., Margaret Scherf, and Susan Wittig Albert. Authors of books in the latter series include Leslie McFarlane, Mildred Wirt Benson, and Harriet Adams.
Note that Caroline Quine is the Dutch and French name of this author.

Please do not combine the individual authors with Carolyn Keene; They may have written under the name Carolyn Keene, but many of them also wrote other books under their own name. As "Carolyn Keene" is an artificial corporate entity, it has no gender, which should be designated "n/a".

Image credit: Harriet (Stratemeyer) Adams was head of the Stratemeyer Syndicate (running it with her sister, Edna) from her father's death in 1930 until her own death in 1982. She wrote many of the books in the Nancy Drew series, in addition to writing outlines, editing, and revising many of the Syndicate works.

Series

Works by Carolyn Keene

The Secret of the Old Clock (1930) 7,052 copies
The Hidden Staircase (1930) 5,456 copies
The Bungalow Mystery (1930) 4,521 copies
The Mystery at Lilac Inn (1930) 4,252 copies
The Secret at Shadow Ranch (1931) 4,082 copies
The Secret of Red Gate Farm (1931) 3,456 copies
The Clue in the Diary (1932) 2,833 copies
Nancy's Mysterious Letter (1932) 2,718 copies
The Sign of the Twisted Candles (1933) — Author — 2,679 copies
The Password to Larkspur Lane (1933) 2,448 copies
The Clue of the Broken Locket (1934) 2,433 copies
The Message in the Hollow Oak (1935) 2,119 copies
The Whispering Statue (1937) 2,018 copies
The Mystery of the Ivory Charm (1936) 1,881 copies
The Haunted Bridge (1937) 1,858 copies
The Clue of the Tapping Heels (1939) 1,752 copies
The Secret in the Old Attic (1944) 1,671 copies
The Clue in the Jewel Box (1943) — Author — 1,611 copies
The Quest of the Missing Map (1942) 1,611 copies
The Ghost of Blackwood Hall (1948) 1,594 copies
The Clue in the Crumbling Wall (1945) 1,533 copies
Mystery of the Tolling Bell (1946) — Author — 1,498 copies
The Clue in the Old Album (1947) 1,479 copies
Mystery at the Ski Jump (1952) 1,451 copies
The Clue of the Leaning Chimney (1949) 1,445 copies
The Mystery of the 99 Steps (1966) 1,424 copies
The Secret of the Wooden Lady (1950) 1,379 copies
The Scarlet Slipper Mystery (1954) 1,371 copies
The Clue of the Velvet Mask (1953) 1,354 copies
The Clue of the Black Keys (1951) 1,302 copies
The Haunted Showboat (1957) 1,268 copies
The Witch Tree Symbol (1955) 1,264 copies
The Ringmaster's Secret (1953) 1,245 copies
The Clue of the Dancing Puppet (1962) 1,229 copies
The Spider Sapphire Mystery (1968) 1,229 copies
The Moonstone Castle Mystery (1963) 1,227 copies
The Hidden Window Mystery (1956) 1,222 copies
The Clue in the Old Stagecoach (1960) 1,206 copies
The Mystery of the Fire Dragon (1961) 1,184 copies
Mystery of the Glowing Eye (1974) 1,176 copies
The Invisible Intruder (1969) 1,151 copies
Mystery of Crocodile Island (1978) 1,128 copies
The Mysterious Mannequin (1970) 1,114 copies
The Crooked Banister (1971) 1,108 copies
The Phantom of Pine Hill (1965) — Author — 1,091 copies
Sleepover Sleuths (2006) 1,083 copies
The Secret of Mirror Bay (1972) 1,077 copies
The Sky Phantom (1976) 1,069 copies
The Double Jinx Mystery (1973) — Author — 1,008 copies
The Thirteenth Pearl (1979) 957 copies
Scream for Ice Cream (2006) 771 copies
The Secret in the Old Lace (1980) 581 copies
Double Take (2009) 580 copies
The Triple Hoax (1979) 538 copies
Without a Trace (2004) 499 copies
The Flying Saucer Mystery (1980) 495 copies
Captive Witness (1981) 424 copies
A Race Against Time (2004) 392 copies
The Greek Symbol Mystery (1981) 392 copies
The Twin Dilemma (1981) 389 copies
Pony Problems (2006) 366 copies
Secrets Can Kill (1986) 365 copies
The Kachina Doll Mystery (1981) 364 copies
The Zoo Crew (2008) 363 copies
The Slumber Party Secret (1994) 361 copies
The Swami's Ring (1981) 337 copies
Curse of the Arctic Star (2013) 336 copies
Nancy Drew Ghost Stories (1983) 319 copies
Valentine's Day Secret (2007) 290 copies
False Notes (2004) 284 copies
The Lost Locket (1994) 282 copies
Ski School Sneak (2007) 279 copies
Deadly Intent (1986) 274 copies
High Risk #04 (2004) 274 copies
Double Crossing (1705) 272 copies
The Lost Files of Nancy Drew (2007) 253 copies
Ticket Trouble (2007) 250 copies
Hit and Run Holiday (1986) 247 copies
Murder on Ice (1986) 239 copies
The Case of the Lost Song (2000) 234 copies
Pit of Vipers (2006) 231 copies
The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking (1973) — Author — 228 copies
Smile and Say Murder (1986) 227 copies
The Halloween Hoax (2007) 219 copies
Strangers on a Train (2013) 206 copies
The Teen Model Mystery (1995) 205 copies
A Crime for Christmas (1988) 198 copies
False Moves (1987) 197 copies
Two Points to Murder (1987) 197 copies
Bad Day for Ballet (1995) 196 copies
The Fox Hunt Mystery (1996) 193 copies
Trade Wind Danger (2005) 193 copies
White Water Terror (1986) 187 copies
The Sinister Omen (1982) 186 copies
The Elusive Heiress (1982) 185 copies
Deadly Doubles (1987) 183 copies
The Haunted Carousel (1983) 183 copies
A Model Crime (1990) 181 copies
Lights, Camera... (2004) 181 copies
Trial by Fire (1987) 180 copies
Mystery of the Winged Lion (1982) 178 copies
Action! (2004) 178 copies
The Secret Santa (1994) 178 copies
Danger on the Great Lakes (2003) 175 copies
The Emerald-Eyed Cat Mystery (1984) 173 copies
Buried Secrets (1987) 172 copies
The Silver Cobweb (1983) 171 copies
No Strings Attached (2003) 170 copies
The Broken Anchor (1983) 169 copies
Crime in the Queen's Court (1993) 168 copies
Thanksgiving Thief (2008) 168 copies
The E-Mail Mystery (1998) 167 copies
The Secret of Shady Glen (1988) 165 copies
April Fool's Day (2009) 165 copies
Once Upon a Thriller (2013) 162 copies
The Soccer Shoe Clue (1995) 161 copies
The Stolen Relic (2004) 160 copies
The Final Scene (1989) 160 copies
Clues and Sleuthing (2007) 159 copies
Clue in the Ancient Disguise (1982) 158 copies
The Missing Horse Mystery (1998) 157 copies
Operation: Titanic (1998) 156 copies
The Bluebeard Room (1985) 155 copies
New Year's Evil (1991) 154 copies
Vanishing Act (1989) 153 copies
Shock Waves (1989) 152 copies
The Ice Cream Scoop (1995) 152 copies
Mystery Train (1990) 152 copies
Enemy Match (1984) 150 copies
The Fashion Disaster (2007) 149 copies
The Phantom of Venice (1985) 149 copies
Uncivil Acts (2005) 147 copies
Fatal Attraction (1988) 147 copies
The Scarlet Macaw Scandal (2004) 147 copies
Race Against Time (1982) 147 copies
In the Shadow of the Tower (1934) 145 copies
Secret of the Spa (2005) 144 copies
The Baby-Sitter Burglaries (1996) 144 copies
Heart of Danger (1987) 143 copies
This Side of Evil (1987) 143 copies
High Survival (1991) 141 copies
Where's Nancy? (2005) 140 copies
Riverboat Ruse (2005) 140 copies
Lights, Camera . . . Cats! (2007) 139 copies
Stop the Clock (2005) 138 copies
The Black Widow (1988) 137 copies
Pool Party Puzzler (2015) 137 copies
The Eskimo's Secret (1985) 137 copies
The Mysterious Image (1984) 137 copies
The Circus Scare (2007) 136 copies
Dangerous Plays (2006) 136 copies
The Last Resort (1990) 135 copies
Sisters in Crime (1988) 134 copies
Scent of Danger (1990) 133 copies
Stay Tuned for Danger (1987) 133 copies
Bad Medicine (1989) 131 copies
Trouble in Tahiti (1989) 131 copies
Buried in Time (1990) 131 copies
Rich and Dangerous (1988) 129 copies
Till Death Do Us Part (1988) 129 copies
Never Say Die (1987) 128 copies
False Impressions (1990) 127 copies
Chick-napped! (2008) 127 copies
The Fake Heir (2006) 127 copies
Sinister Paradise (1988) 127 copies
Danger in Disguise (1989) 126 copies
Fatal Ransom (1987) 126 copies
Pure Poison (1988) 126 copies
Framed (2006) 125 copies
The Crime Lab Case (2000) 125 copies
Most Likely to Die (1988) 125 copies
The Sierra Gold Mystery (1961) 125 copies
Wings of Fear (1987) 124 copies
The Haunted Lagoon (1959) 124 copies
The Riddle in the Rare Book (1995) 124 copies
Terror on Tour (2007) 122 copies
The Winking Ruby Mystery (1957) 122 copies
High Marks for Malice (1986) 122 copies
Circle of Evil (1987) 122 copies
Dangerous Games (1989) 121 copies
Spies and Lies (1992) 120 copies
Don't Look Twice (1991) 120 copies
Bad Times, Big Crimes (2005) 119 copies
The Secret at Solaire (1993) 119 copies
Recipe for Murder (1988) 119 copies
Hits and Misses (1993) 118 copies
Writ in Stone (2005) 118 copies
Mystery at Moorsea Manor (1999) 117 copies
The Suspect Next Door (1989) 117 copies
Murder on the Set (2007) 115 copies
Out of Bounds (1990) 115 copies
A Three-Cornered Mystery (1935) 113 copies
The Paris Connection (1990) 113 copies
Best of Enemies (1991) 113 copies
En Garde (2001) 112 copies
Bike Tour Mystery (2002) 111 copies
Tour of Danger (1992) 111 copies
Win, Place or Die (1990) 111 copies
Playing with Fire (1988) 110 copies
Dressed to Steal (2007) 110 copies
The Circle of Footprints (1937) 109 copies
The Best Detective (1995) 108 copies
Death by Design (1988) 108 copies
Princess Mix-Up Mystery (2009) 108 copies
The Secret in the Stars (1999) 107 copies
The Stranger in the Shadows (1991) 107 copies
Tall, Dark and Deadly (1991) 107 copies
Dance Off (2011) 107 copies
The Ghost in the Gallery (1955) 106 copies
The Secret at the Hermitage (1936) 106 copies
Final Notes (1991) 106 copies
The Pumpkin Patch Puzzle (2012) 106 copies
The Wedding Day Mystery (1997) 106 copies
Trail of Lies (1990) 106 copies
The Wrong Chemistry (1989) 104 copies
Troubled Waters (2007) 103 copies
Close Encounters (2006) 103 copies
Mystery on Maui (1998) 103 copies
Mystery by Moonlight (2002) 101 copies
Shadow of a Doubt (1989) 101 copies
Trouble at Lake Tahoe (1994) 101 copies
Sabotage at Willow Woods (2014) 101 copies
Something to Hide (1800) 101 copies
Making Waves (1993) 100 copies
Last Dance (1989) 100 copies
Trouble at Camp Treehouse (1995) 100 copies
Mistletoe Mystery (2002) 99 copies
The Ghost of Craven Cove (1989) 99 copies
The Secret at the Gatehouse (1940) 99 copies
Mystery of the Wax Queen (1966) 99 copies
Treasure Trouble (2009) 98 copies
A Star Witness (2015) 98 copies
The Orchid Thief (2006) 98 copies
The Secret of Lost Lake (1962) 98 copies
Flirting with Danger (1990) 98 copies
Getting Burned (2006) 97 copies
In Search of the Black Rose (1997) 97 copies
The Puppy Problem (1996) 97 copies
A Taste of Danger (2003) 97 copies
Running Scared (1992) 97 copies
The Joker's Revenge (1988) 95 copies
Mixed Signals (1991) 95 copies
The Tortoise and the Scare (2019) 95 copies
Swiss Secrets (1992) 94 copies
The Curse of the Black Cat (2000) 93 copies
Secrets of the Nile (1995) 93 copies
Deep Secrets (1990) 92 copies
The Riding Club Crime (2003) 92 copies
Tropic of Fear (1992) 92 copies
Not Nice on Ice (1996) 92 copies
Secret at Mystic Lake (2014) 91 copies
Danger Overseas (2008) 91 copies
Cat Burglar Caper (2010) 91 copies
The Search for Cindy Austin (1989) 91 copies
The Clue in the Cobweb (1939) 90 copies
The Secret at Seven Rocks (1991) 90 copies
The Mardi Gras Mystery (1988) 89 copies
Squeeze Play (1994) 89 copies
Cold as Ice (1605) 89 copies
The Portrait in the Sand (1943) 89 copies
Illusions of Evil (1994) 88 copies
The Legend of the Lost Gold (1997) 88 copies
Danger for Hire (1990) 87 copies
Whispers in the Fog (2000) 86 copies
Very Deadly Yours (1988) 86 copies
The Mystery of Misty Canyon (1988) 86 copies
The Mysterious Fireplace (1941) 86 copies
The Clue of the Rusty Key (1942) 86 copies
Desperate Measures (1994) 84 copies
The Picture of Guilt (1994) 83 copies
Over the Edge (1989) 83 copies
The Secret Lost at Sea (1993) 82 copies
Secret Cargo (1900) 81 copies
Easy Marks (1991) 80 copies
The Picture-Perfect Mystery (1990) 80 copies
The Phantom Surfer (1968) 79 copies
The Clue in the Camera (1988) 78 copies
Greek Odyssey (1992) 78 copies
Mystery on the Menu (1993) 78 copies
The Secret in the Old Well (1944) 78 copies
A Secret in Time (1991) 78 copies
High Risk #59 (1991) 78 copies
Passport to Danger (1994) 77 copies
Courting Disaster (1993) 77 copies
The Sign of the Falcon (1996) 77 copies
Into Thin Air (1991) 77 copies
The Clues Challenge (2000) 76 copies
The Key in the Satin Pocket (1999) 76 copies
Poison Pen (1991) 75 copies
Club Dread (2009) 75 copies
California Schemin' (2011) 75 copies
Lost in the Everglades (2000) 74 copies
Copper Canyon Conspiracy (1994) 74 copies
Natural Enemies (1997) 74 copies
Ghost Stories (2008) 73 copies
Wedding Day Disaster (2008) 73 copies
Hot Tracks (1992) 73 copies
The Red Slippers (2015) 73 copies
Make No Mistake (1949) 72 copies
The Legend of Miner's Creek (1992) 72 copies
Mardi Gras Masquerade (2008) 72 copies
The Wild Cat Crime (1998) 71 copies
Hollywood Horror (1970) 71 copies
The Secret in the Dark (1991) 71 copies
Danger Down Under (1994) 71 copies
The Silent Suspect (1990) 70 copies
The Clue in the Ivy (1952) 70 copies
False Pretenses (1993) 69 copies
Hot Pursuit (1991) 69 copies
Date with Deception (1990) 69 copies
Perfect Cover (2008) 69 copies
Evil in Amsterdam (1993) 69 copies
Babysitting Bandit (2009) 69 copies
Moving Target (1993) 69 copies
Cutting Edge (1992) 69 copies
Portrait in Crime (1990) 68 copies
Choosing Sides (1993) 68 copies
Secret Identity (2008) 67 copies
The Phantom of Nantucket (2014) 67 copies
Last Lemonade Standing (2015) 67 copies
The Secret of the Jade Ring (1953) 66 copies
Crosscurrents (1992) 66 copies
The Door-to-Door Deception (1997) 66 copies
Pageant Perfect Crime (2008) 66 copies
A Talent for Murder (1992) 65 copies
The Perfect Plot (1992) 65 copies
Once Upon a Crime (2006) 65 copies
The Sign in the Smoke (2016) 65 copies
Stalk, Don't Run (2012) 65 copies
An Instinct for Trouble (1994) 65 copies
The Wrong Track (1991) 64 copies
The Music Festival Mystery (2000) 64 copies
Diamond Deceit (1993) 64 copies
Nancy Drew Set - Books 1-10 (2012) 63 copies
Stage Fright (1993) 63 copies
The Perfect Escape (2008) 63 copies
Intrigue at the Grand Opera (2003) 63 copies
Islands of Intrigue (1996) 63 copies
The Fortune-Teller's Secret (1994) 63 copies
Rendezvous in Rome (1992) 62 copies
The Curious Coronation (1976) 62 copies
Pets on Parade (2016) 62 copies
The Suspect in the Smoke (1993) 61 copies
A Nancy Drew Christmas (2018) 60 copies
Island of Secrets (1994) 60 copies
Let's Talk Terror (1993) 60 copies
If Looks Could Kill (1994) 60 copies
The Runaway Bride (1994) 59 copies
The Dollhouse Mystery (2004) 59 copies
Nobody's Business (1992) 59 copies
Love Notes (1995) 59 copies
Dangerous Relations (1993) 58 copies
Candy is Dandy (2000) 58 copies
The Magician's Secret (2015) 58 copies
Designs in Crime (1993) 57 copies
Danger on Parade (1992) 57 copies
Dance Till You Die (1994) 57 copies
No Laughing Matter (1993) 56 copies
Counterfeit Christmas (1994) 56 copies
Camp Creepy (2010) 56 copies
Dead on Arrival (1995) 55 copies
Big Top Flop (2016) 55 copies
Sweet Revenge (1991) 55 copies
Sea of Suspicion (1993) 55 copies
Mystery at the Crossroads (1954) 54 copies
The Stolen Bones (2008) 54 copies
New Lives, New Loves (1995) 54 copies
The Hidden Inheritance (1996) 54 copies
Mall Madness (2008) 53 copies
A Question of Guilt (1996) 53 copies
Fishing for Clues (2007) 53 copies
The Cheating Heart (1994) 52 copies
A Script for Danger (2015) 52 copies
Out of Control (1997) 51 copies
Identity Theft (2009) 51 copies
High Stakes (1800) 51 copies
At All Costs (1997) 51 copies
Alien in the Classroom (1998) 51 copies
The Missing Money Mystery (1985) 50 copies
Update on Crime (1992) 50 copies
Power of Suggestion (1993) 50 copies
Model Crime (2009) 50 copies
Mountain-Peak Mystery (1978) 49 copies
My Deadly Valentine (1994) 49 copies
Heart of Ice (1995) 49 copies
Captive Heart (1985) 49 copies
Strange Memories (1997) 48 copies
Candy Kingdom Chaos (2017) 48 copies
Intruder (2007) 48 copies
The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn (2016) 48 copies
Trails of Treachery (2007) 48 copies
Earth Day Escapade (2009) 48 copies
Tiger Counter (2008) 47 copies
Real Fake (2007) 47 copies
The Hidden Treasures (1998) 47 copies
Wicked Ways (1996) 47 copies
The Lemonade Raid (1997) 46 copies
Hotline to Danger (1994) 46 copies
Movie Madness (2016) 46 copies
Global Warning (2007) 46 copies
Kiss and Tell (1994) 46 copies
Identity Revealed (2009) 45 copies
The Sand Castle Mystery (2002) 45 copies
Unicorn Uproar (2009) 44 copies
Gold Medal Murder (2010) 44 copies
Royal Revenge (1997) 44 copies
Stolen Affections (1995) 43 copies
Green-Eyed Monster (2009) 43 copies
Model Menace (2009) 43 copies
The Hundred-Year Mystery (1977) 42 copies
Anything for Love (1995) 41 copies
Buggy Breakout (2010) 41 copies
Hidden Meanings (1995) 41 copies
The Crazy Carnival Case (2002) 41 copies
Nightmare in New Orleans (1997) 41 copies
Target for Terror (1995) 41 copies
The Wedding Gift Goof (1996) 41 copies
On the Trail of Trouble (1999) 40 copies
Third-Grade Reporter (2000) 40 copies
The Ski Slope Mystery (1997) 40 copies
Model Suspect (2009) 39 copies
The Lucky Horseshoes (1998) 39 copies
Cape Mermaid Mystery (2012) 39 copies
Love Times Three (1989) 39 copies
Flower Power (2001) 39 copies
The Snowman Surprise (2004) 38 copies
Time Thief (2004) 38 copies
Betrayed by Love (1996) 38 copies
Against the Rules (1997) 38 copies
For Love or Money (1995) 38 copies
The Bunny-Hop Hoax (2005) 37 copies
Exhibition of Evil (1997) 37 copies
Skipping a Beat (1996) 37 copies
Process of Elimination (1998) 36 copies
Dangerous Loves (1997) 36 copies
Riverboat Roulette (2017) 36 copies
Designed for Disaster (2011) 36 copies
Secret Sabotage (2010) 36 copies
The Make-a-Pet Mystery (2012) 36 copies
Flying Too High (1982) 35 copies
Famous Mistakes (2018) 34 copies
The Funny Face Fight (1996) 34 copies
The Stolen Kiss (1995) 33 copies
The Feathered Serpent (1984) 33 copies
On Her Own (1995) 33 copies
Nancy Drew Ghost Stories #2 (1985) 33 copies
The Witch's Omen (1979) 33 copies
The Clue in the Glue (1998) 33 copies
Boo Crew (2018) 32 copies
The Apple Bandit (2005) 32 copies
Between the Lines (1990) 32 copies
Danger on Ice (1984) 32 copies
Green with Envy (2010) 32 copies
Bonfire Masquerade (2011) 31 copies
The Carousel Mystery (2003) 30 copies
The Lighthouse Mystery (2004) 30 copies
The Kitten Caper (2005) 30 copies
The Thanksgiving Surprise (1995) 30 copies
Seeing Green (2010) 29 copies
Crime at the Chat Cafe (1997) 29 copies
Sabotage Surrender (2011) 29 copies
Rehearsing for Romance (1996) 29 copies
The Stinky Cheese Surprise (2003) 29 copies
Serial Sabotage (2010) 28 copies
Whose Pet is Best? (1997) 28 copies
Tell Me the Truth (1995) 28 copies
Running into Trouble (1996) 28 copies
The Black Velvet Mystery (1999) 28 copies
Recipe for Trouble (2003) 28 copies
Hannah's Secret (1997) 28 copies
The Stolen Show (2019) 27 copies
Wicked for the Weekend (1997) 27 copies
The Crook Who Took the Book (2002) 27 copies
The Crazy Key Clue (1996) 26 copies
Princess on Parade (1997) 26 copies
Thrill on the Hill (1999) 26 copies
Guilty Secrets (1989) 25 copies
The Day Camp Disaster (2003) 25 copies
The Vanishing Statue (2020) 25 copies
Turkey Trot Plot (2019) 25 copies
Museum Mayhem (2014) 24 copies
The Singing Suspects (2005) 24 copies
The Pen Pal Puzzle (1996) 24 copies
Don't Look Back (1995) 24 copies
False Friends (1996) 23 copies
Stage Fright (2012) 23 copies
Dude Ranch Detective (2000) 23 copies
The Dashing Dog Mystery (2001) 23 copies
The Stolen Unicorn (1997) 23 copies
New Beginnings (1997) 23 copies
It’s Your Move (1996) 23 copies
A Capitol Crime (2021) 23 copies
Secret Rules (1996) 22 copies
Hidden Pictures (2020) 22 copies
The Snow Queen's Surprise (2002) 22 copies
The Flower Show Fiasco (2014) 22 copies
The Alaskan Mystery (1985) 22 copies
Dare at the Fair (1998) 22 copies
The Fine-Feathered Mystery (1999) 22 copies
Hard to Get (1996) 21 copies
Space Case (2004) 21 copies
Getting Closer (1996) 21 copies
Butterfly Blues (2015) 21 copies
Party Weekend (1996) 21 copies
Under His Spell (1996) 21 copies
Snowbound (1998) 21 copies
The Secret of the Scarecrow (2013) 21 copies
Trash or Treasure? (2000) 21 copies
Trouble Takes the Cake (1998) 21 copies
The Scarytales Sleepover (2002) 21 copies
Big Worry in Wonderland (2003) 21 copies
World Record Mystery (2017) 21 copies
Stolen Kisses (1990) 20 copies
Cupcake Chaos (2013) 20 copies
Going Too Far (1990) 19 copies
Springtime Crime (2018) 19 copies
Mystery of the Lost Dogs (1977) — Author — 19 copies
The Walkie-Talkie Mystery (2001) 19 copies
In the Name of Love (1996) 19 copies
Jealous Feelings (1997) 19 copies
Going Home (1996) 19 copies
Turkey Trouble (2003) 19 copies
Lessons in Love (1990) 19 copies
Broken Promises (1996) 18 copies
Cooking Camp Disaster (2013) 18 copies
Danger at the Iron Dragon (2021) 18 copies
Dinosaur Alert! (2001) 18 copies
The Bike Race Mystery (2004) 18 copies
Circus Act (2001) 18 copies
In the Spotlight (1997) 18 copies
The Purple Fingerprint (2001) 17 copies
Love and Betrayal (1997) 17 copies
The Gumdrop Ghost (1999) 17 copies
In and Out of Love (1997) 17 copies
Lights! Camera! Clues! (1999) 17 copies
Love On-Line (1997) 17 copies
The Old-Fashioned Mystery (2002) 17 copies
Keeping Secrets (1997) 17 copies
Strike-Out Scare (2005) 16 copies
Loving and Losing (1996) 16 copies
Campus Exposures (1996) 16 copies
Broken Hearts (1991) 16 copies
A Mind of Her Own (1991) 15 copies
Zoo Clue (2005) 15 copies
It's No Joke! (1999) 15 copies
A Musical Mess (2014) 15 copies
Just the Two of Us (1996) 15 copies
Cheating Hearts (1990) 15 copies
The Trouble with Love (1990) 14 copies
Friends and Rivals (1992) 14 copies
Otherwise Engaged (1997) 14 copies
The Secret of the Twin Puppets (1977) — Author — 14 copies
Junior Class Trip (1991) 14 copies
Hard to Handle (1991) 13 copies
Mixed Emotions (1991) 13 copies
Lies and Whispers (1991) 13 copies
Nancy Drew 12 copies
The Make-Believe Mystery (2000) 12 copies
The Jealousy Trap (1992) 12 copies
Love and Games (1992) 10 copies
The Big Island Burglary (2020) 10 copies
Puppy Love Prank (2020) 9 copies
The Great Goat Gaffe (2021) 9 copies
Recipe Ruckus (2022) 9 copies
Captain Stone's Revenge (2023) 8 copies
Duck Derby Debacle (2021) 8 copies
The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking (1657) — Author — 5 copies
Kidnappad (2010) 3 copies
Bird Bonanza (2023) 3 copies
Nancy Drew indaga (1973) 1 copy
Nancy avslgjengangeren (1994) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Original Nancy Drew Movie Mystery Collection (2007) — Original book — 26 copies
Verdens største detektiver II (1995) — Contributor — 5 copies
Verdens største detektiver I (1995) — Contributor — 4 copies

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Common Knowledge

Other names
Keene, Carolyn (publisher's house name, English)
Quine, Caroline (publishers house name, francophone)
Gender
n/a
Nationality
USA
Occupations
publisher's house name
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Do NOT combine this page with that of "C. Keene", as there are other authors on LT who share that surname and intial. Thank you.

This author is a nom de plume of the several authors of the Nancy Drew and The Dana Girls series. It is a pseudonym owned originally by the Stratemeyer Syndicate (now a name used by Simon and Schuster). Authors of books in the former series include Mildred Wirt Benson, Harriet Adams, James Duncan Lawrence, Walter Karig, Nancy Axelrad, Priscilla Doll, Charles Strong, Alma Sasse, Wilhelmina Rankin, George Waller, Jr., Margaret Scherf, and Susan Wittig Albert. Authors of books in the latter series include Leslie McFarlane, Mildred Wirt Benson, and Harriet Adams.
Note that Caroline Quine is the Dutch and French name of this author.

Please do not combine the individual authors with Carolyn Keene; They may have written under the name Carolyn Keene, but many of them also wrote other books under their own name.

As "Carolyn Keene" is an artificial corporate entity, it has no gender, which should be designated "n/a".

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Still a favorite! So many differences between RT and OT! For example in this version Emily owns lilac inn and also the infamous cover showing Nancy coming face to face with her ghostly look alike! Love this book and brings back many fond memories
 
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QueenLucy | 30 other reviews | May 19, 2024 |
Still one of my favorite ND books and the first book that pointed me towards OT and RT!! The 1930 edition varies in several ways to the rewrite as early as the beginning! The lilac inn is not owned by Emily and Dick, it is merely a location prop. The jewels are stolen at the inn when an auto accident proves a perfect distraction. Mary Mason is the woman of many faces and applies to be a maid at Nancy's own home. The book is also full of put of date terms as expected and Mrs Gruen is simply the housekeeper not a beloved family friend/housekeeper/mother figure as in later books. Huge difference in story!… (more)
 
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QueenLucy | 30 other reviews | May 19, 2024 |
 
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Calrisia | 7 other reviews | May 17, 2024 |
Read the 50s version and found Nancy to be kinda crazy
Highlights:
★Almost goes Karen mode and tells Taylor's employee she will talk to the manager
★Invades Allison's birthday (also wtf why does Allison start singing)
★Has only one friend other than the randos she meets and befriends to solve their mysteries?
 
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