Girl Detectives: Mysteries for Girls
Beyond Nancy Drew: A Guide to Girls' Literature
- Betty Gordon: This 15 volume Stratemeyer Syndicate series was
marketed under the Alice B. Emerson pseudonym. Published by Cupples
& Leon between 1920 and 1932, the stories follow the adventures
of female sleuth Betty Gordon and her friends.
- Betty Gordon at Bramble Farm, or, The Mystery of a
Nobody. New York: Cupples & Leon Co., 1920. (E
- Betty Gordon in Washington : or, Strange Adventures in a
Great City. New York: Cupples & Leon Co., 1920. (E
- Kay Tracey Mysteries: A clone series based on Nancy Drew, Kay
Tracey debuted in 1934. The Kay Tracey books had a fairly long
life, lasting for 18 volumes and numerous reprints. Patricia Craig
and Mary Cadogan, authors of The Lady Investigates: Women
Detectives and Spies in Fiction considered the Kay Tracey books to
be: "formula-writing at its most flaccid." The basic formula
involved Kay, a 16-year-old who lives in a small town called
Brantwood. When not attending high school, she solves mysteries
with the help of her best friends, twin sisters named Wilma and
Betty. The Rubenstein Library has two titles in this series, both
attributed to Frances K. Judd, though The Strange Echo was actually
written by Mildred Wirt.
- The Green Cameo Mystery. New York: Cupples & Leon
Co., 1936. (E #20123)
- The Strange Echo. New York: Cupples & Leon Co.,
1934. (E #20124)
- Beverly Gray: The Beverly Gray series consists of 26
volumes published between 1934 and 1955. The series consists of two
types of books: in the first, Beverly goes to college. The later
books send Beverly to various exotic and interesting locations,
where she has adventures and solves mysteries. The series is
published under the name Clair Blank. The following titles were
published by Grosset & Dunlap between 1934 and 1940.
- Beverly Gray, Freshman. (E #20125)
- Beverly Gray's Career. (E #20284)
- Beverly Gray in the Orient. (E #20117).
- Beverly Gray on a Treasure Hunt. (E 12mo #6242)
- Beverly Gray, Reporter. (E 12mo #6234)
- Trixie Belden: This 39 volume series chronicles the sleuthing
endeavors and girlhood escapades of Trixie Belden, sandy-haired
detective and tomboy. With her close friends, Honey, Jim, and
brothers Mart and Brian, Trixie takes on criminals of every kind.
Creator Julie Campbell penned the first six mysteries before
passing on her series to other ghostwriters under the name Kathryn
Kenny. The series ran from 1948 through 1986. Search the online
catalog for a full listing of the many Trixie Belden titles held in the Rubenstein Library.
- Robin Kane: Robin Kane is an energetic thirteen-year-old who
relies on her curiosity and bravery to solve mysteries with the
help of a few other "meddling kids." The following titles were
published by the Whitman Publishing Company in 1966 and 1967.
- Hill, Eileen. The Candle Shop Mystery. (E #20278)
- Hill, Eileen. Robin Kane: The Mystery of Glengary
Castle. (E #20277)
- Hill, Eileen. The Mystery of the Phantom. (E
- Hill, Eileen. The Mystery of the Blue Pelican.
- North, Grace May, 1876. The Seven Sleuths' Club.
Mystery and adventure series for girls. New York: A. L. Burt Co.,
1928. (E 12mo #6162) Aptly named Merry Lee, president of the
S.S.C., leads students of "Miss Demorest's school for select young
ladies" in various adventures. Originally called the Sunnyside Club
(for their town), then the "Spread Sunshine Club," they become the
Seven Sleuth's Club after learning about the boys' Conan Doyle
- Chandler, Ruth Forbes. Middle Island Mystery. London:
Abelard-Schuman, 1961. ??.. (E #20095) Twelve year old Sarah spends
summer on an island in Maine, baby-sitting to earn enough money for
a new dog for her brother. Though her job isn't easy, she has a few
thrilling experiences, including exploring the secret of Middle
Island's spooky old house.
- Stone, Alan. The Tollivers and the Mystery of the Old
Jalopy. The Tolliver adventure series; 3. Cleveland: World
Pub. Co., 1967. (E #20279) The Tollivers are a middle-class
African-American family who solve mysteries together.
- Cavanna, Betty. Spice Island Mystery. New York:
Morrow, 1969. (E #20538) A runner-up for the Edgar Allen Poe Award
in 1970. After finishing college in New England, a young woman
returns to her home on the island of Granada. She works as a
librarian, reconnects with people from her past, and becomes
entangled in a real estate scam.
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