This page is for the book. For the video game adaption, see Secrets Can Kill (Video game).

Secrets Can Kill is the first book in The Nancy Drew Files series. It was first published in August 1986 by Archway Paperbacks, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. In this volume, Nancy goes undercover at a high school to find a thief, only for it to turn into murder.

The book was also made into the first Nancy Drew video game by Her Interactive in 1998. In 2010, the game was remastered in honor of Nancy Drew's 80th anniversary.

Plot summary

Nancy heads to Bedford High to investigate a series of robberies, but one of the suspects is murdered. With the town in fear and students in shock, Nancy Drew is the only one who can uncover the truth before the murderer strikes again.


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  • Bedford High
  • The Drew residence

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In a 2007 Borders exclusive, Simon & Schuster reprinted this Files book, along with the Deadly Intent and Murder On Ice, in a "Super Special Edition" under the Nancy Drew: Girl Detective banner. This edition uses the artwork from the 2001 reissue of Digest #85 The Secret Of Shady Glen, even though the back cover erroneously gives the artwork a copyright date of 1988.


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