Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Nancy Drew 2011 Convention Clues #2

Peacock Shoes Anyone?

5 stylish pairs found in a Google/etsy/eBay search. Lord knows I have way too many shoes, but I find a few of these shoes clever! I'm not sure how often I'd wear them though... But shoeaholics know there's just something about a great shoe. Nancy Drew was often sporting a great pair of heels--even climbing ladders in them!

So if you're wondering what to wear to the Nancy Drew 2011 Convention in Charlottesville, maybe these will inspire you :-) Try chasing suspects down a dark alley in these!

One thing I'm noticing in stores is a trend for peacocks this year! In stationery, Christmas ornaments (I got several of those this year!), fashion, and jewelry. I don't think it's just because I have peacocks on the brain...

If you're thinking about ideas for our Nancy Drew gift exchange, maybe these patterns will inspire you...


Nancy Drew 2011 Convention Clues #1

Calling all Nancy Drew Fans!

We're blogging about the 2011 Nancy Drew Convention in Charlottesville, VA leading up to the event, March 30-April 3. If you want to join us, visit our Nancy Drew Sleuths website for more details on how to register-deadline is Feb. 1, 2011:

I probably don't have to point out that our theme book, #34 The Hidden Window Mystery, has a little something to do with peacocks ;-)

Like this cutie! So gorgeous, isn't he. Of course the males are the ones that are so dandy and colorful. Nancy Drew encounters a few of these birds while sleuthing in Charlottesville, Virginia.

She even finds one late at night with its fan spread wide running around the grounds of spooky Ivy Hall--as depicted on the cover of the original cover shown above.

Did you know? Peacocks come in a very gorgeous white version? They're not albinos. They're a variant of one species of peacock. I'm learning all sorts of interesting tidbits about peacocks in planning and preparing for the convention! And I'll be sharing some of those fun facts with you from time to time as we get closer to the convention!


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Nancy Drew Convention Early Deadline Discount 12-31-10

Nancy Drew 2011 Convention Reminder:

For those of you who have already registered, disregard this reminder.

I just wanted to send everyone a reminder, that the convention registration goes up $15.00 after Dec. 31st, so you can save a little by registering by then.

The forms and all the registration info can be found at our website on this page:

Deadline to register is Feb. 1st.

Hope to see a lot of you there!


Nancy Drew Cafe Press Shop vs. CP Markeplace Buys


A few clues on shopping at Cafe Press. Thanks for holiday orders from our Cafe Press shop:

Several things in this note: CP Marketplace Rip Offs, How to shop the Cafe Press Nancy Drew Shop.

One thing I've pointed out before is that we don't get much of a commission on Cafe Press "marketplace" orders. Another thing I noticed today, was that a member recently purchased a calendar at Cafe Press from their marketplace. But the price was 22.00. That's another thing to point out! When you purchase at using their search boxes to get into their marketplace area, they often mark up our items even higher than they are in our store. We sell the calendar for 19.99 in the shop there.

Shopping in our store is very easy, you just go to this link:

On that page you'll see links along the left side of the page broken down in to categories for each style of art we have up and also on the main center of the page--you can click on the art style you want and a page of all the products with that image will come up. If you want to get out of that and go back, hit your back buttons or use the left tool bar links to move about the store.

Any time you go to the generic website and search "Nancy Drew" then you are shopping within their "marketplace" and you'll find that their prices are often higher than our store prices and our commission goes down considerably. For example, in our shop the calendar brings a 5.00 commission, the marketplace pays only 2.20 and they've marked up the item to 22.00 whereas ours is 19.99. Quite a difference.

Another thing, if you've signed up for e-mails from Cafe Press for specials/sales, those are usually only good on their marketplace sales. To get sales from within our Nancy Drew Shop there, you'll need to check our Blog weekly for those savings codes to use. They don't e-mail those to you but on rare occasions because they want you to buy from the marketplace instead of our shops (so they can pay us less $$$) so they aggressively target you that way.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Twas the Night Before Christmas By Nancy Drew

As Told by Nancy...

'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the Drew house
Not a creature was stirring, not even Togo or a mouse
The Stockings were hung by the Crowley clock with care
In hopes that St. Nickerson would soon be there

Carson and Hannah were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of mysteries danced in their heads
And Togo in his dog bed and I in my night cap
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter
Away to the window I flew with my flashlight
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash with a fright

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to sinister suspects below
When what to my mystery-loving eyes should appear do you suppose?
But a sinister fellow in ill-fitting clothes!

With a shadowy figure in a getaway car parked at the street
I knew in a moment I must be quick at my feet
More rapid than roadsters I took to the roof
As the dastardly villain was ready to spoof

And he whistled and shouted and called his hidden cronies by name
Now Stumpy, now Gombet, now Semitt and Mason
On Topham! On Shorty! on Felix and Dixon!
To the top of the porch, scale the Drew wall!
Now break in, break in, break in all!

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly
When they meet with an obstacle; mount to the sky
So up to the porch and the back door the villains flew
Unaware of Nancy, Hannah, and Chief McGinnis too

And then in a twinkling they saw on the roof
the heroine and famous sleuth of this little spoof
As the dastardly villains began to turn around
Down the wall scaled Nancy with a bound

She was dressed all in blue from her pumps to her cloche hat
And her clothes were all tailored with the finest of this and that
A bundle of sleuthing tools she had ready to sleuth
She would interrogate them all until they told the truth!

Her eyes how they twinkled, her dimples how merry
Her cheeks were flushed like roses, she sensed she should be wary
Her smart little mouth was on the verge of a retort
But she held herself in check unlike Hannah who was more course and short

The handle of a broom Hannah held tight in her hands
As she waved the bristled end at the sinister robber bands
She put on a stern face and with a quick shout
Chief McGinnis appeared ready to round up thieves running about

McGinnis was chubby and plump--a right jolly old police chief
And Nancy grinned when she saw him then set to off to catch a thief
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
He gave the dastardly villains visions of dread

He spoke not a word but went straight to his work
Filled his police car with villains, then turned with a jerk
Nancy and Hannah appeared with the last of the bunch
Hannah poked and she prodded, the broom sure packed a punch

McGinnis sprang to his car, to his men gave a whistle
And away all the thieves were transported like the down of a thistle
and Nancy and Hannah heard him exclaim ere he drove out of site
Happy Christmas to all and to all a peaceful villain-free night!

The End



Monday, December 20, 2010

November/December 2010 Issue of The Sleuth

Our November/December 2010 issue of The Sleuth is in the mail! Preview the issue below and at our website. You can subscribe there, purchase back issues, or send in a printable PDF form from the website to:

Nancy Drew Sleuths
P.O. Box 128
Higley, AZ 85236-0128

Back issue special 4/10.00 through Jan. 15, 2011. Not reflected at the website, so send in checks or money orders to the above address or send a Pay Pal to: or e-mail to request an invoice (

In This Issue:

Calling All Sleuths: Editor’s Note By Jennifer Fisher

The Clue Conundrum: Sleuth & Snack Match Game

Hannah Gruen – The Sleuthing Snack Queen By Jennifer Fisher

AZ Sleuths’ 2010 Halloween Party By Jennifer Fisher

The Nancy Drew Crookbook Part XIV By Caroline Stellings

Nancy Drew: A Canadian Perspective – the Death and Life of Billy Feral Review By Anthony Fournier

Just Imagine…CELEBRATING NANCY DREW – Reminiscing with some of Nancy’s oldest friends and contemporaries…By O. Scotti Ladd

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

Nancy Drew at Bouchercon 2010 By Jennifer Fisher

Deconstructing The Digests – Debunking The Misconceptions Surrounding The Nancy Drew Paperbacks #92 – The Ghost of Craven Cove By Todd H. Latoski

Collectible of the Month – Nancy Drew’s Inner Circle Book Club, A Blog Reprint By Jennifer White

Crazy Eights with Michael G. Cornelius – The Case of the Twin Teddy Bears By Michael G. Cornelius

The Dean’s List – More Mashups By Dean Burcham

More Diet Tips From Bess Marvin

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries: A Look Back at TV’s First Nancy Drew: Episode 2.19 (33) – Mystery of the Avalanche Express By Todd H. Latoski

The Brownie Scouts By Mildred Wirt By Faye Kisker

Nancy Drew News

Clues From The Sleuthing Scene

Nancy Drew First Printing Auctions Part I By Jennifer White

Nancy Drew’s Survival Guide: Sleuth Lesson #26

The Scoop on Upcoming Issues, Clue Conundrum Answers

Classic Nancy Drew Book Illustrations Series

#14: The Whispering Statue


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Nancy Drew Cafe Press Free Ship Coupon Dec. 13-15

Nancy Drew Shop FREE SHIP!

WHEN: Dec. 13 - Dec. 15, 2010

SAVE: $5.00 off orders of $40+



Thanks for your support!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

AZ Sleuths: 2010 Nancy Drew Holiday Party

The AZ Sleuths held our annual holiday party at Sleuth Judy's house in Scottsdale this past Friday. Dede commemorated the event by making a holiday Nancy Drew t-shirt featuring the image from #110, The Nutcracker Ballet Mystery plus earrings and jewelry.

We had a delicious pot luck and a Nancy Drew ornament gift exchange--see bags above and below:

Here are the ornaments received in the exchange:

It was lots of fun, thanks to everyone who participated and we'll see you at the Poisoned Pen in January for our book discussion group meeting!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Nancy Drew Display and Talk by Sleuth Kathleen Richmond

Sleuth Kathleen Richmond gave a talk about Nancy Drew at the Acorn Public Library in Illinois recently and also put together a book display using items from her Nancy Drew collection.

To read an article on the event and Kathleen's collection and see more photos, click here.


***Images from Acorn Public Library***

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Nancy Drew iPhone Cases at Cafe Press Shop

We now have Nancy Drew iPhone cases in the Nancy Drew Cafe Press Shop!

If anyone wants a particular cover art, e-mail me ( and I can upload the case with that image to the shop.

Check them out:

Looks great with the silhouette too: