Famous Mistakes is the seventeenth book in the Nancy Drew Diaries series. It was first published in January 15, 2019 by Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In it, Nancy investigates threats against a controversial comedian.

Although it's the seventeenth book in the series, it is the eighteenth overall book released in the series. It was initially scheduled to be released in September 2018, but it was pushed back to January 2019 and the eighteenth book A Nancy Drew Christmas was released in September 2018 instead.


Official synopsis from the publisher's website:

Nancy and her friends are out to find a comedian’s saboteur in this seventeenth book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series.
Nancy’s boyfriend, Ned, has recently started his own podcast called NedTalks and he just got his big break. Up and coming comedian Brady Owens has agreed to sit down for an interview. And this isn’t just any interview; it’s the first interview Brady has given since a video of him lashing out at an audience member went viral. Now people are protesting his shows and calling him violent.
Nancy agrees to help out with the technical stuff so Ned can focus on the hard-hitting questions. But when they go to meet the interviewee they find Brady’s hotel room trashed—and no comedian in sight. Luckily, they find Brady unhurt and nothing of monetary value is missing from the room. Only his notebook of new material is gone. Brady says he knows it’s the people who’ve seen the video of him yelling. They think he’s dangerous and doesn’t deserve a platform. He wishes it would all blow over.
Nancy disagrees with Brady. She thinks he should apologize to the crowd and admit that he crossed a line. But she recognizes a person in need of help when she sees one and agrees to get to the bottom of this sabotage anyway.
Complex social media charts, undercover outfits, and intense button study send Nancy, Bess, George, and Ned on a wild ride through River Heights to uncover the truth. But nothing is what it seems in this game of comedic timing. Can Nancy find the culprit before it’s too late?


Contents from the ebook edition:

  • Prologue: Dear Diary
  • Chapter One: Great Expectations
  • Chapter Two: False Alarm
  • Chapter Three: A Girl on a Mission
  • Chapter Four: Put a Button on It
  • Chapter Five: Sitting In
  • Chapter Six: An Unsettling Discovery
  • Chapter Seven: Insecure Security
  • Chapter Eight: Tweet Storm
  • Chapter Nine: Switcheroo
  • Chapter Ten: A Mysterious Man
  • Chapter Eleven: Confession
  • Chapter Twelve: The Real McCoy
  • Epilogue: Dear Diary
  • About the Author
  • Copyright



The book was first released on January 5, 2019 in hardcover, paperback, and eBook format. The audiobook was released the same day. It was originally intended for release in 2018, but was pushed back to 2019 for A Nancy Drew Christmas.

Type Publisher Released ISBN Length
Hardcover Aladdin (Simon & Schuster) Jan 2019 978-1-4814-8550-0 176 pages
Trade paperback Aladdin (Simon & Schuster) Jan 2019 978-1-4814-8549-4 176 pages
eBook Aladdin (Simon & Schuster) Jan 2019 978-1-4814-8551-7
Audiobook (digital) Oasis Audio Jan 2019 978-1-62188-784-3 3hr
Audiobook (CD) Oasis Audio Jan 2019 978-1-64091-018-8 3hr
Audiobook (library CD) Oasis Audio Jan 2019 978-1-63108-306-8 3hr

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