The Nancy Drew Files a spin-off Nancy Drew series targeted at teenagers. Most of the plots often had romantic themes, and the series was darker then the other Nancy Drew series. The series is the first Nancy Drew spin-off created after the death of Harriett Adams.


  • Nancy Drew - Nancy is the main character, who is repeatedly into mysteries and other guys besides her boyfriend, Ned Nickerson.
  • Bess Marvin - Bess has a lot of boyfriends through the series. This often gets her into trouble, like being kidnapped, such as The Final Scene.
  • George Fayne - Like in the other series, George is interested in sports. However, she also has some romantic interests as well, notably in the "Summer Love Trilogy".
  • Ned Nickerson - Ned is Nancy's on-and-off boyfriend, who has a rocky relationship with her.
  • Carson Drew - Nancy's father, a widowed lawyer, who sometimes gives Nancy mysteries.
  • Hannah Gruen - Hannah is the motherly housekeeper of the Drew's house, who has been working there since the death of Nancy's mother fifthteen years before.
  • Brenda Carlton - Brenda Carlton is a reporter for Today's Times, owned by her father, Frazier Carlton. She often causes trouble for Nancy. She first debuts in Secrets Can Kill. She also appears in the Nancy Drew Notebooks, the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys SuperMysteries, and in some Digests books.
  • Chief McGinnis - McGinnis serves the same purpose as in other series, as River Heights' Chief of Police. Also staying is his friendly relationship with the Drews.
  • Detective Ryan - A local police detective, who often butts heads with Nancy.

Nancy and Ned's relationship

In the Files series, Nancy and Ned have more depth in their relationship than any other series. They are often portrayed as a dysfunctional couple, who depend on the toxicity and drama of how Nancy's cases interfere with their relationship. Arguments are common between the two, mainly as it has something to do with Nancy's sleuthing, or a female in a case Nancy believes is getting too close to Ned. However, Ned does try and support Nancy's detective work, although he is not always successful in this.

Ned broke up with Nancy at the end of Two Points To Murder, because he thought that Nancy didn't trust other people anymore, and had even started distrusting him. He says that it's time that they started dating other people. They began dating other people in the next book, False Moves, and hinted about a date (but did not get back together officially). They were mentioned as dating again in Till Death Do Us Part.

In possibly the most notable book of the series, Till Death Do Us Part, Ned proposes to Nancy, to keep his promise that she would be the first girl he ever proposed to. Ned instead becomes engaged to another woman immediately after, although it is because he is using it as a cover to investigate her.

Nancy's Cheating

A notable issue with the series is Nancy's frequent infidelity. Although she is in a relationship with Ned, Nancy has often kissed other men (who, for the most part are suspects) besides Ned. This can often cause some of the drama in their relationship, although it sometimes does not. This behavior is often excused in the books, which has caused some issues with fans. A list of these men include:

  • Secrets Can Kill - Darryl Gray
  • Smile and Say Murder - Mick Swanson
  • Hit and Run Holiday - Dirk Beaumon
  • Wings of Fear - Paul
  • Sisters in Crime - Peter

List of Nancy Drew Files

  1. Secrets Can Kill
  2. Deadly Intent
  3. Murder on Ice
  4. Smile and Say Murder
  5. Hit and Run Holiday
  6. White Water Terror
  7. Deadly Doubles
  8. Two Points to Murder
  9. False Moves
  10. Buried Secrets
  11. Heart of Danger
  12. Fatal Ransom
  13. Wings of Fear
  14. This Side of Evil
  15. Trial by Fire
  16. Never Say Die
  17. Stay Tuned for Danger
  18. Circle of Evil
  19. Sisters in Crime
  20. Very Deadly Yours
  21. Recipe for Murder
  22. Fatal Attraction
  23. Sinister Paradise
  24. Till Death Do Us Part
  25. Rich and Dangerous
  26. Playing with Fire
  27. Most Likely to Die
  28. The Black Widow
  29. Pure Poison
  30. Death by Design
  31. Trouble in Tahiti
  32. High Marks for Malice
  33. Danger in Disguise
  34. Vanishing Act
  35. Bad Medicine
  36. Over the Edge
  37. Last Dance
  38. The Final Scene
  39. The Suspect Next Door
  40. Shadow of a Doubt
  41. Something to Hide
  42. The Wrong Chemistry
  43. False Impressions
  44. Scent of Danger
  45. Out of Bounds
  46. Win, Place, or Die
  47. Flirting with Danger
  48. A Date with Deception (A Summer of Love trilogy #1)
  49. Portrait in Crime (A Summer of Love trilogy #2)
  50. Deep Secrets (A Summer of Love trilogy #3)
  51. A Model Crime
  52. Danger for Hire
  53. Trail of Lies
  54. Cold as Ice
  55. Don't Look Twice
  56. Make No Mistake
  57. Into Thin Air
  58. Hot Pursuit
  59. High Risk
  60. Poison Pen
  61. Sweet Revenge
  62. Easy Marks
  63. Mixed Signals
  64. The Wrong Track
  65. Final Notes
  66. Tall, Dark and Deadly
  67. Nobody's Business
  68. Crosscurrents
  69. Running Scared
  70. Cutting Edge
  71. Hot Tracks
  72. Swiss Secrets (Passport to Romance trilogy #1)
  73. Rendezvous in Rome (Passport to Romance trilogy #2)
  74. Greek Odyssey (Passport to Romance trilogy #3)
  75. A Talent for Murder
  76. The Perfect Plot
  77. Danger on Parade
  78. Update on Crime
  79. No Laughing Matter
  80. Power of Suggestion
  81. Making Waves
  82. Dangerous Relations
  83. Diamond Deceit
  84. Choosing Sides
  85. Sea of Suspicion
  86. Let's Talk Terror
  87. Moving Target
  88. False Pretenses
  89. Designs in Crime
  90. Stage Fright
  91. If Looks Could Kill
  92. My Deadly Valentine
  93. Hotline to Danger
  94. Illusions of Evil
  95. An Instinct for Trouble
  96. The Runaway Bride
  97. Squeeze Play
  98. Island of Secrets
  99. The Cheating Heart
  100. Dance Till You Die
  101. The Picture Of Guilt
  102. Counterfeit Christmas
  103. Heart of Ice
  104. Kiss and Tell
  105. Stolen Affections
  106. Flying Too High
  107. Anything For Love
  108. Captive Heart
  109. Love Notes
  110. Hidden Meanings
  111. The Stolen Kiss
  112. For Love or Money
  113. Wicked Ways
  114. Rehearsing For Romance
  115. Running Into Trouble
  116. Under His Spell
  117. Skipping a Beat
  118. Betrayed by Love
  119. Against the Rules
  120. Dangerous Loves
  121. Natural Enemies
  122. Strange Memories
  123. Wicked for the Weekend
  124. Crime at the Chat Cafe

Foreign Editions

  • In Norway, the Nancy Drew Files were called Nancy Drew Tar Saken.
    • The publisher accidentally included the Digest book Stranger in the Shadows in the series. The cover was edited so that Nancy was not wearing a sweater, and was wearing a shirt instead.
    • Similarly, three Files books were put into the Norwegian Digest series.
  • In France, the Nancy Drew Files were called Les Enquêtes de Nancy.
    • The first 6 Files books were published, along with Digest books The Eskimo's Secret, The Bluebeard Room, and The Phantom of Venice.


  • Digest books The Bluebeard Room and The Phantom of Venice are considered to be "backdoor pilots" for the Files format.
  • A promotional booklet was published to promote the series.
  • The series introduced three spin-off series:
    • Super mystery (1988-1998) - Crossover with Hardy Boys spin-off equivalent, Hardy Boys Casefiles.
    • River Heights (1989-1992) - Romance series based on Nancy's neighbor, Nikki Masters. Its backdoor pilot was #39, The Suspect Next Door.
    • Nancy Drew on Campus (1995-1998) - Romance/soap opera series, focusing on Nancy and friends in college.
  • The 1995 Nancy Drew TV series was based off the Nancy Drew Files.
  • Several books from the series have been made into computer games by Her Interactive: Secrets Can Kill, Stay Tuned for Danger, Death by Design, The Final Scene, and False Impressions.
  • Files books turned into books for the Digest series include: The Wild Cat Crime, The E-Mail Mystery, and The Case of the Captured Queen.
  • An ISBN number for Nancy Drew Files #128 has been discovered. Nothing else is known about it.

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