Nancy Drew and Her Blue Roadster! Hardboiled Dick-ette For 1930’s Young Readers?

“A Pale Green Mermaid Blog”


An amatuer sleuth whose father let her run free (with cash) and a boyfriend who was willing to wait while she doggedly checked out  her cases and clues.   A tough cookie who always got her man/woman. 

She emerged during the depression as a can do, smart, fun loving , analytical, young pre-hardboiled dick?   Yes!

(Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson was the author of the first 23 Nancy Drew Novels)

The Secret of the Old Clock  
Author Carolyn Keene
Illustrator Russell H. Tandy
Cover artist Russell H. Tandy
Country United States
Language English
Series Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
Genre(s) Juvenile literature
Publisher Grosset & Dunlap
Publication date 1930
Media type print (hardback & paperback)
Followed by The Hidden Staircase

The Secret of the Old Clock is the first volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series written under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. It was first published in April, 1930.


Additional info from wikipedia –

the character has proved continuously popular world-wide: at least 80 million copies of the books have been sold,[7] and the books have been translated into over two dozen languages. Nancy Drew has featured in five films, two television shows, and a number of popular computer games; she also appears in a variety of merchandise sold over the world.

A cultural icon, Nancy Drew has been cited as a formative influence by a number of prominent women, from Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor[8] and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton[9] to former First Lady Laura Bush[10] and recent Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Feminist literary critics have analyzed the character’s enduring appeal, arguing variously that Nancy Drew is a mythic hero, an expression of wish fulfillment,[11] or an embodiment of contradictory ideas about femininity.[12]


Bye “Wind crashed against the shack as she watched the figure  drag a limp blonde  over the rocks and into the waiting swirls of water.”



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