Danger by Design is the fourteenth game in the Nancy Drew adventure series. It is based on Nancy Drew Files #30: Death by Design. In this game, Nancy goes undercover as an intern to discover the reason behind the eccentric behavior of a fashion designer.

This is the first game to feature Nancy's desk, a new cover box design, and Her Interactive's new Nancy silhouette.


Go undercover in Paris and unravel a case in style!

You, as Nancy Drew, intern undercover in a prestigious fashion design studio in Paris. The lead designer, Minette, hasn't quite been herself lately and her boss, who is a friend of your father's, asks Nancy to look into her odd behavior. Minette has fallen dangerously behind on her fashion projects and her financial backers are very concerned about her ability to complete her work. She also hides behind a white mask and often throws tantrums, even irrationally firing several employees. Mysterious threats arrive at the old windmill studio and other troubles lurk in the underbelly of the City of Lights. Can you help Minette release her latest clothing line on time? Or will your sleuthing abroad meet an unfashionable end?

  • Experience Parisian life - dining at a café, translating French and riding the Metro
  • Skin dive and snoop around the catacombs
  • Solve puzzles based on concocting parfaits, developing photos and completing circuit boards



Minette's real name is Tammy Barnes. She can charitably be called eccentric, using "rude" as a substitute for "cool" and having a mannequin called Carol for a best friend. Her fashions are designed for plus-size women (at least a size 12).

Heather McKay

Heather is Minette's assistant and is surprisingly patient with Minette's sometimes-violent outbursts. She also aspires to be a fashion designer in the future and is working for Minette to get a feel for the business side of things, or so she says.

Jing Jing Ling

Jing Jing is Nancy's Australian roommate and is also one of Minette's models. She has a fast metabolism and is trying to go up to a perfect size 12, so she bakes cookies all day.

Dieter von Schwesterkrank

Dieter is a fashion photographer who's worked for, and also dated, Minette.

Jean-Michel Traquenard

Jean-Mi is the editor for Glam Glam Magazine. In his unofficial "office" at Cafe Kiki, he passes judgment upon any and all fashion.

Phone Friends

There are two phones. One is on Nancy's desk and the other is at her apartment.

Bess Marvin and George Fayne

Bess and George are cousins and are good friends of Nancy. They can give her advice if she's a Junior Detective.

Frank and Joe Hardy

Frank and Joe are detective brothers whom Nancy knows. They can give her advice if she's a Junior Detective.

Prudence Rutherford

A returning character from Secret of the Scarlet Hand. Nancy may only speak to her on the phone when she calls the moulin about her designs.

Lynn Manrique

Lynn is a historian who persistently attempts to contact Minette about Noisette Tornade, the previous owner of the moulin.


  • This is the first game since The Haunted Carousel in which Nancy loses or does not bring her cell phone on a case.



Main/recurring character revelations

  • Bess is a fan of Hugo Butterly and GlamGlam.
  • Joe is a fan of Jing Jing Ling.



  • Nancy is not able to learn why Jing Jing has electrical engineering books.
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