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Nancy's mysterious letter
Keene, Carolyn.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, [1996]

Physical Description:
174 pages: illustrations ; 20 cm.
Nancy receives a letter meant for a British heiress who has the same name and, in her attempts to contact the other young woman, faces danger from a man who operates a Lonely Hearts Club mail fraud.
General Note:
Originally published by the same publisher in 1968.
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 5.0 5634.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.4 7 Quiz: 13129 Guided reading level: NR.
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J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Series
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Series
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Series
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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By mistake Nancy Drew receives a letter from England intended for an heiress, also named Nancy Drew. When Nancy undertakes a search for the missing young woman, it becomes obvious that a ruthless, dangerous man is determined to prevent her from finding the heiress or himself. Clues that Nancy unearths lead her to believe that the villainous Edgar Nixon plans to marry the heiress and then steal her inheritance.

Author Notes

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 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)

Table of Contents

I Stolen Lettersp. 1
II Vanished Moneyp. 10
III A Baffling Notep. 18
IV Doubtful Inheritancep. 28
V The Mysterious Giftp. 36
VI A Good Leadp. 44
VII The Wrecked Carp. 54
VIII Disheartening Requestp. 61
IX "He's Not a Suspect!"p. 69
X Search for a Bridep. 78
XI The Strange Messagesp. 88
XII A Fresh Puzzlep. 95
XIII Locked Inp. 104
XIV Elusive Niecep. 116
XV A Worse Mix-upp. 124
XVI Mistaken Identityp. 132
XVII Fake Summonsp. 141
XVIII Shakespearean Puzzlep. 150
XIX A Trapp. 157
XX Shattered Bellsp. 165