Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cafe Press: Free Ship Through July 4

Save on Cafe Press goodies at our Nancy Drew Cafe Press Shop: get free shipping ton orders over $50.00 through July 4 using the coupon code: FREE4U


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cafe Press Nancy Drew Shop Sale: See Codes Below!


Some discounts through the end of June, expiring on the 30th at our Nancy Drew Cafe Press Shop - (remember you must order from our shop page - do not use the search boxes at Cafe Press's main areas or you'll be ordering from their marketplace=we don't get much of a commission at all :( Thanks!)

Click here to shop.

Shop link urk:

Coupon Code #1 - $15.00 off a $65.00+ purchase:


Coupon Code #2 - $10.00 off a $50.00+ purchase:


Coupon Code #3 - Free Ship on orders over $50.00:


If you are ordering a lot or heavy items, sometimes the free ship saves you much more than the $10.00 or the $15.00, fyi.


Friday, June 25, 2010

Nancy Drew Clutch Handbags FS

Just added the new style of clutch handbag to the shop:

It's got a shoulder strap that you can wear with it or take the strap off to use as a hand clutch. All leather - black - featuring images of Nancy and a quote. Cute!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sleuth Shop Sale: 30% off to members!


Just added a ton of items to the website - leftovers from the 2010 convention, items from my collection that are duplicates from the '07 movie, Girl Detective promotions, etc., books used in the filming of the '07 movie and a lot of other Nancy Drew books and boys'/girls' series books too and the Sleuth Cookbook.

I'm having a summer sale at my Sleuth Shop - 30% off all orders from Sleuth members. (Excludes the handbags--but will do a 5.00 off on the handbags or 10.00 off 2 bags!)

The sale isn't reflected at the website, you'll have to either:

a) e-mail me your order and I'll get a total reflecting the discount to you, will send you a Pay Pal invoice or you can send me a check/money order (


b) you place your order at the website, and I'll refund you the discount immediately.


Sunday, June 20, 2010

May/June 2010 Issue of The Sleuth

Our May/June 2010 issue of The Sleuth is being mailed.

Check out our website and subscribe, order back issues, etc.

Special: $2.00 each on back issues #1-22 if ordered by July 15! No postage additional. If you are in Canada or overseas, however, let me know so I can let you know the additional postage to send if you're ordering a lot of back issues. Send to:

Jennifer Fisher
P.O. Box 128
Higley, AZ 85236-0128

Or Pay Pal:

In this issue:

Calling All Sleuths: Editor’s Note By Jennifer Fisher

The Clue Conundrum: Mysterious Characters Match Up

The Mystery of the Books Missing From The Library Shelves By Dawn Allen

Carolina Sleuths Celebrate Nancy’s 80th Birthday By Shelli Simontacchi

Tom Swift, Inventor of the Century By James D. Keeline

Nancy Drew: A Canadian Perspective – Asylum Review By Anthony Fournier

Series Spotlight: Getting to Know Judy Bolton: A First Time Reader’s View – The Ghost Parade By JK

Deconstructing The Digests – Debunking The Misconceptions Surrounding The Nancy Drew Paperbacks #89 – The Case of the Disappearing Deejay By Todd H. Latoski

The Dean’s List - Nancy Drew Endorsements By Dean Burcham

2011 Nancy Drew Sleuth Convention Details

Crazy Eights with Michael G. Cornelius – The Curious Coronation By Michael G. Cornelius

The Nancy Drew Crookbook Part Xi By Caroline Stellings

Nancy Drew News

Just Imagine…Barbie as Nancy Drew and Friends By Thad K. Toilsod

An Up-To-Date American Girl By Dawn Allen

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries: A Look Back at TV’s First Nancy Drew: Episode 2.13 (27) – The Lady On Thursday At Ten By Todd H. Latoski

Nancy Drew’s Survival Guide: Sleuth Lesson #23


Friday, June 11, 2010

365 Days of Nancy Drew Blog Preview

I'm adding a preview of what's going on at my 365 Days of Nancy Drew Blog Party below.

Join the Nancy Drew Blog Party that celebrates 80 years of Nancy Drew all year long : So far discussed in just 162 days are books 1-23, we've had 5 trivia contests for prizes, 3 book discussions on Girl Sleuth, Rediscovering Nancy Drew, Not a Girl Detective, and Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, we've done a jewelry craft project, posts about crafty stuff and scrapbooking, a Nancy Drew Cookbook recipe testing project. Other topics include: 80 Little Known Things About Nancy, Things We've Learned From Nancy, Walter Karig, Harriet Adams, Behind the Scenes of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, Sleuthing, Mardi Gras Mysteries, Winter Nancy Drew books, my Today Show appearance, Togo, Bess Marvin, George Fayne, Helen Corning, Ned Nickerson, How the Crossword Cipher cover came to be, Nancy Drew villains, Nancy Drew rewards, Nancy Drew cakes, Nancy Drew vs. Hardy Boys, Nancy's Crook Lists, 1930s ND movies, 2007 ND movie, Nancy Drew computer games, Nancy Drew collecting and tips, Nancy Drew collectibles, 70s TV show, Edward Stratemeyer, Advice from Carson Drew, Aliases, and much more!So hop in your roadsters and enjoy this nostalgia ride back to River Heights along with me!

Click here to join the Blog!


A tolling bell, a strange cosmetic line, and Tolling Bell Tuna Roll Elves...Let's discuss!

A Few Fast Facts:

Original Ghostwriter: Mildred A. Wirt Benson

2 Illustrators: Russell H. Tandy and Rudy Nappi

Synopsis From My Website:

Nancy, Bess, and George travel to a picturesque seaside town at the invitation of one of Carson Drew's clients. Mr. Drew fails to join the girls, leading to a mystery involving his disappearance and a nearby cliffside cave inhabited by a ghost and his tolling bell.

This is an interesting Nancy Drew book set in a fictional town in Maine, Candleton. It involves a scheming gang involved in various rackets including selling crappy costmetics--which Bess gets duped into purchasing. It also involves an old cave reportedly haunted by a ghost and a tolling bell. Turns out it's just a short villain named Grumper - one of the elves Nancy dreams of after being knocked out. Incidentally in the Nancy Drew Cookbook there's a recipe for "Tolling Bell Tuna Rolls" that might knock your socks of as well--but in a bad way! ;)

The original, though written by Mildred, is a choppier/wordier text which I'll discuss in a future Blog entry.

Original vs. Revised - 5 Interesting Clues:

1. In the original version Bess doesn't like seafood--but she does by the revision.

2. George is skeptical of Nancy's ideas in the original version but it is Bess who is the skeptic in the revision.

3. In the original version Ned is staying up near Candleton, but in the revision, he's selling insurance.

4. Name change - Madame in the original is Mary Smith, in the revision it's Martha Stott.

5. At the end, Ned questions why Nancy changes the subject when he wants to talk about things (romance) other than mysteries, and she just smiles sweetly in the original. In the revised, she gives him the "someday..." line.

3 Mysterious Things About Nancy:

1. Nancy always carries a flashlight in her purse.

2. She's waited tables before.

3. She doesn't like Ned to buy presents for her.

An Important Lesson We Learned From Nancy:

It's a good idea to heed the warnings in notes announcing impending danger!

Sleuthworthy Rating on a Scale of 1-10:

8 - nice mystery with an interesting location and historical bell references.


Monday, June 7, 2010

Team Nancy Gear at our Nancy Drew Cafe Press Shop

Are you on Team Nancy? Check our our new Team Nancy design at our Nancy Drew Cafe Press Shop!


Friday, June 4, 2010

Nancy Drew Cafe Press Coupon: $5.00 off $50.00

Nancy Drew Cafe Press Shop coupon code through end fo June: $5.00 off a $50.00 order. This one should work - CODE: MOVIESSUITED


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Nancy Drew Charm Product Testing!

We're doing a charm product test. I'm showing several rough product examples here of charms and rings which will be silver plated and really nice quality from Classic Hardware. We are going to get 2 styles going to begin with in limited editions and then will change designs from time to time.

What I want feedback on are two key items which you can vote in the two polls along the right side of this Blog at top - if you're reading this at Facebook, just post your comments there:

A: Which which 2 designs do we start with? Select 2 in the poll. We have:

1.Blue background/orange silhouette like the vintage books
2. Hidden Staircase (3rd Nappi art)
3. Old Clock (1st Tandy art)
4. Old Attic (1st Tandy art)

B: Do we feature the full book cover with titles or at least the title of the book showing or just the image of Nancy Drew the cover, no lettering?


Nancy Drew Art Sale

If any of you are in the Laguna Beach, CA area, Nancy Drew illustrator Patrick Whelan is having a Gallery show on June 3rd - 30% off. If you can't attend in person, you can call on the 3rd to get the 30 percent off. Good opportunity to save if you're interested in a Nancy Drew painting: