Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
#1-56 Matte Picture Cover Gallery (1962-1986)

All picture covers were in the matte format until 1986 when the format changed to a glossy cover with the flashlight symbol on the cover and spine.  Any cover art stated as being in print until 1986 has been printed in both the matte and the glossy format.

For #1-34, I have indicated whether the books have the original 25 chapter text or the revised 20 chapter text.  By knowing which cover art variations have the original text, it is possible to purchase books without having to ask the sellers which text the books have.  #1-4 and #6 were never printed in the picture cover format with the original text.

#35-56 were never published with 25 chapter texts.  These books have only been published with 20 chapter texts, so I have made no mention of the text for these books.  It is never necessary to ask sellers which text #35-56 have since only one version exists for each title.

In 1974, the volume numbers were added to the front covers of all of the books.  Examples of books with and without the volume numbers are shown for each title.

Note:  You will notice differences in tint on books with the same cover art.  In most cases, this means nothing.  Books can vary in tint slightly.  Furthermore, the scans on this page were done in two groupings 15 years apart and with different equipment.  That accounts for some of the differences in tint.  The only book where the difference in tint is important is the 1971 copy of The Mystery at Lilac Inn, which has a distinctive lavender tint to the cover.


Matte Format


Glossy Format

The Secret of the Old Clock
1. The Secret of the Old Clock
Illustrated by Bill Gillies
In Print: 1962-1966
Revised Text

The Secret of the Old Clock
1. The Secret of the Old Clock
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1966-1974
Revised Text

The Secret of the Old Clock
1. The Secret of the Old Clock
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text

The Hidden Staircase
2. The Hidden Staircase
Illustrated by Bill Gillies
In Print: 1962-1965
Revised Text

The Hidden Staircase
2. The Hidden Staircase
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1966-1974
Revised Text

The Hidden Staircase
2. The Hidden Staircase
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text

The Bungalow Mystery
3. The Bungalow Mystery
Illustrated by Bill Gillies
In Print: 1962-1966
Revised Text

The Bungalow Mystery
3. The Bungalow Mystery
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1966-1974
Revised Text

The Bungalow Mystery
3. The Bungalow Mystery
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text

The Mystery at Lilac Inn
4. The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1974
Revised Text

The Mystery at Lilac Inn
4. The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1971
Revised Text

The Mystery at Lilac Inn
4. The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text

The Secret at Shadow Ranch
5. The Secret at Shadow Ranch
Illustrated by Bill Gillies
In Print: 1962-1965
Six Printings Original Text
Two Printings Revised Text

The Secret of Shadow Ranch
5. The Secret of Shadow Ranch
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1965-1974
Revised Text
 

The Secret of Shadow Ranch
5. The Secret of Shadow Ranch
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text
 

The Secret of Red Gate Farm
6. The Secret of Red Gate Farm
Illustrated by Bill Gillies
In Print: 1962-1974
Revised Text
 

The Secret of Red Gate Farm
6. The Secret of Red Gate Farm
Illustrated by Bill Gillies
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text
 

The Clue in the Diary
7. The Clue in the Diary
Illustrated by Bill Gillies
In Print: 1962-1974
One Printing Original Text
All Others Revised Text

The Clue in the Diary
7. The Clue in the Diary
Illustrated by Bill Gillies
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text
 

Nancy's Mysterious Letter
8. Nancy's Mysterious Letter
Illustrated by Bill Gillies
In Print: 1962-1967
Original Text
 
Nancy's Mysterious Letter
8. Nancy's Mysterious Letter
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1968-1974
Revised Text
 
Nancy's Mysterious Letter
8. Nancy's Mysterious Letter
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text
 
The Sign of the Twisted Candles
9. The Sign of the Twisted
Candles

Illustrated by Bill Gillies
In Print: 1962-1968
Original Text


The Sign of the Twisted Candles
9. The Sign of the Twisted
Candles

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1968-1974
Revised Text


The Sign of the Twisted Candles
9. The Sign of the Twisted
Candles

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text


The Password to Larkspur Lane
10. The Password to Larkspur Lane
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1965
Original Text
 
Password to Larkspur Lane
10. Password to Larkspur Lane
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1966-1974
Revised Text
 


Password to Larkspur Lane
10. Password to Larkspur Lane
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text
 

The Clue of the Broken Locket
11. The Clue of the Broken
Locket

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1965
Two Printings Original Text
One Printing Revised Text


The Clue of the Broken Locket
11. The Clue of the Broken
Locket

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1965-1974
Revised Text
 

The Clue of the Broken Locket
11. The Clue of the Broken
Locket

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text
 

The Message in the Hollow Oak
12. The Message in the Hollow
Oak

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1972
Original Text


The Message in the Hollow Oak
12. The Message in the Hollow
Oak

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1972-1974
Revised Text


The Message in the Hollow Oak
12. The Message in the Hollow
Oak

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text


The Mystery of the Ivory Charm
13. The Mystery of the Ivory
Charm

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1973
Original Text


The Mystery of the Ivory Charm
13. The Mystery of the Ivory
Charm

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974
Revised Text


The Mystery of the Ivory Charm
13. The Mystery of the Ivory
Charm

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text


The Whispering Statue
14. The Whispering Statue
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1970
Original Text
 

The Whispering Statue
14. The Whispering Statue
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1970-1974
Revised Text
 

The Whispering Statue
14. The Whispering Statue
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text
 

The Haunted Bridge
15. The Haunted Bridge
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1971
Original Text
 

The Haunted Bridge
15. The Haunted Bridge
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1972-1974
One Printing Original Text
All Others Revised Text

The Haunted Bridge
15. The Haunted Bridge
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text



The Clue of the Tapping Heels
16. The Clue of the Tapping
Heels

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1968
Original Text


The Clue of the Tapping Heels
16. The Clue of the Tapping
Heels

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1969-1974
Revised Text


The Clue of the Tapping Heels
16. The Clue of the Tapping
Heels

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text


The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk
17. The Mystery of the Brass
Bound Trunk

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1974
Original Text


The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk
17. The Mystery of the Brass
Bound Trunk

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1976
Original Text


Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk
17. Mystery of the Brass
Bound Trunk

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1976-1977
Revised Text


Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk
17. Mystery of the Brass
Bound Trunk

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1978-1986
Revised Text


The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion
18. The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1971
Original Text


Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion
18. Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1971-1974
Revised Text


Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion
18. Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text


The Quest of the Missing Map
19. The Quest of the Missing
Map

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1968
Original Text


The Quest of the Missing Map
19. The Quest of the Missing
Map

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1969-1974
Revised Text


The Quest of the Missing Map
19. The Quest of the Missing
Map

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text


The Clue in the Jewel Box
20. The Clue in the Jewel Box
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1972
Original Text
 


The Clue in the Jewel Box
20. The Clue in the Jewel Box
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1972-1974
One Printing Original Text
All Others Revised Text


The Clue in the Jewel Box
20. The Clue in the Jewel Box
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text



The Secret in the Old Attic
21. The Secret in the Old Attic
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1969
Original Text
 


The Secret in the Old Attic
21. The Secret in the Old Attic
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1969-1974
Revised Text
 


The Secret in the Old Attic
21. The Secret in the Old Attic
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text
 


The Clue in the Crumbling Wall
22. The Clue in the Crumbling
Wall

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1973
Original Text


The Clue in the Crumbling Wall
22. The Clue in the Crumbling
Wall

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1973-1974
Revised Text


The Clue in the Crumbling Wall
22. The Clue in the Crumbling
Wall

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text


The Mystery of the Tolling Bell
23. The Mystery of the
Tolling Bell

Illustrated by Russell Tandy
In Print: 1962-1966
Original Text


Mystery of the Tolling Bell
23. Mystery of the Tolling
Bell

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1966-1973
Original Text


Mystery of the Tolling Bell
23. Mystery of the Tolling
Bell

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1973-1974
Revised Text


Mystery of the Tolling Bell
23. Mystery of the Tolling
Bell

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text


The Clue in the Old Album
24. The Clue in the Old Album
Illustrated by Russell Tandy
In Print: 1962-1965
Original Text
 


The Clue in the Old Album
24. The Clue in the Old Album
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1966-1974
Original Text



The Clue in the Old Album
24. The Clue in the Old Album
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1976
Four Printings Original Text
One Printing Revised Text


The Clue in the Old Album
24. The Clue in the Old Album
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1977-1986
Revised Text



The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
25. The Ghost of Blackwood
Hall

Illustrated by Russell Tandy
In Print: 1962-1967
Three Printings Original Text
Two Printings Revised Text


The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
25. The Ghost of Blackwood
Hall

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1967-1974
Revised Text
 


The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
25. The Ghost of Blackwood
Hall

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text
 


The Clue of the Leaning Chimney
26. The Clue of the Leaning
Chimney

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1967
Six Printings Original Text
One Printing Revised Text


The Clue of the Leaning Chimney
26. The Clue of the Leaning
Chimney

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1967-1974
Revised Text
 


The Clue of the Leaning Chimney
26. The Clue of the Leaning
Chimney

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text
 


The Secret of the Wooden Lady
27. The Secret of the Wooden
Lady

Illustrated by Bill Gillies
In Print: 1962-1966
Original Text


The Secret of the Wooden Lady
27. The Secret of the Wooden
Lady

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1967-1974
Revised Text


The Secret of the Wooden Lady
27. The Secret of the Wooden
Lady

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text


The Clue of the Black Keys
28. The Clue of the Black
Keys

Illustrated by Bill Gillies
In Print: 1962-1967
Original Text


The Clue of the Black Keys
28. The Clue of the Black
Keys

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1968-1974
Revised Text


The Clue of the Black Keys
28. The Clue of the Black
Keys

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text


The Mystery at the Ski Jump
29. The Mystery at the Ski Jump
Illustrated by Bill Gillies
In Print: 1962-1968
Original Text


Mystery at the Ski Jump
29. Mystery at the Ski Jump
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1969-1974
Revised Text


Mystery at the Ski Jump
29. Mystery at the Ski Jump
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text


The Clue of the Velvet Mask
30. The Clue of the Velvet Mask
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1968
Original Text


The Clue of the Velvet Mask
30. The Clue of the Velvet Mask
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1969-1974
Revised Text


The Clue of the Velvet Mask
30. The Clue of the Velvet Mask
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text


The Ringmaster's Secret
31. The Ringmaster's Secret
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1973
Original Text


The Ringmaster's Secret
31. The Ringmaster's Secret
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1973-1974
Revised Text


The Ringmaster's Secret
31. The Ringmaster's Secret
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-present
Revised Text


The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
32. The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1973
Original Text


The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
32. The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1973-1974
Revised Text


The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
32. The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986
Revised Text


The Witch Tree Symbol
33. The Witch Tree Symbol
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1974
Original Text


The Witch Tree Symbol
33. The Witch Tree Symbol
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1975-1986
Revised Text


The Hidden Window Mystery
34. The Hidden Window Mystery
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1974
Original Text


The Hidden Window Mystery
34. The Hidden Window Mystery
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1975-1986
Revised Text


The Haunted Showboat
35. The Haunted Showboat
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1974

 

The Haunted Showboat
35. The Haunted Showboat
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986

 

The Secret of the Golden Pavilion
36. The Secret of the Golden Pavilion
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1974


The Secret of the Golden Pavilion
36. The Secret of the Golden Pavilion
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986


The Clue in the Old Stagecoach
37. The Clue in the Old Stagecoach
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1974


The Clue in the Old Stagecoach
37. The Clue in the Old Stagecoach
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986


The Mystery of the Fire Dragon
38. The Mystery of the
Fire Dragon

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1974


The Mystery of the Fire Dragon
38. The Mystery of the
Fire Dragon

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986


The Clue of the Dancing Puppet
39. The Clue of the Dancing
Puppet

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1962-1974


The Clue of the Dancing Puppet
39. The Clue of the Dancing
Puppet

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986


The Moonstone Castle Mystery
40. The Moonstone Castle
Mystery

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1963-1974


The Moonstone Castle Mystery
40. The Moonstone Castle
Mystery

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986


The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes
41. The Clue of the Whistling
Bagpipes

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1964-1974


The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes
41. The Clue of the Whistling
Bagpipes

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986


The Phantom of Pine Hill
42. The Phantom of Pine
Hill

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1965-1974


The Phantom of Pine Hill
42. The Phantom of Pine
Hill

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986


The Mystery of the 99 Steps
43. The Mystery of the
99 Steps

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1966-1974


The Mystery of the 99 Steps
43. The Mystery of the
99 Steps

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986


The Clue in the Crossword Cipher
44. The Clue in the Crossword
Cipher

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1967-1974


The Clue in the Crossword Cipher
44. The Clue in the Crossword
Cipher

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986


The Spider Sapphire Mystery
45. The Spider Sapphire
Mystery

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1968-1974


The Spider Sapphire Mystery
45. The Spider Sapphire
Mystery

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986


The Invisible Intruder
46. The Invisible Intruder
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1969-1974

 

The Invisible Intruder
46. The Invisible Intruder
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986

 

The Mysterious Mannequin
47. The Mysterious Mannequin
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1970-1974


The Mysterious Mannequin
47. The Mysterious Mannequin
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986


The Crooked Banister
48. The Crooked Banister
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1971-1974


The Crooked Banister
48. The Crooked Banister
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986


The Secret of Mirror Bay
49. The Secret of Mirror Bay
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1972-1974


The Secret of Mirror Bay
49. The Secret of Mirror Bay
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986


The Double Jinx Mystery
50. The Double Jinx Mystery
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1973-1974


The Double Jinx Mystery
50. The Double Jinx Mystery
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986


Mystery of the Glowing Eye
51. Mystery of the Glowing Eye
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974

 

Mystery of the Glowing Eye
51. Mystery of the Glowing Eye
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1974-1986

 

The Secret of the Forgotten City
52. The Secret of the Forgotten
City

Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1975-1986

 
The Sky Phantom
53. The Sky Phantom
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1976-1986

 

The Strange Message in the Parchment
54. The Strange Message in the Parchment
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1977-1986


Mystery of Crocodile Island
55. Mystery of Crocodile Island
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1978-1986



The Thirteenth Pearl
56. The Thirteenth Pearl
Illustrated by Rudy Nappi
In Print: 1979-1986



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