I discovered I’m not the only person who grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries. I got hooked when visiting my grandmother’s house. I found my mother’s Nancy Drew books. She only had a couple, so after that I saved my money to buy my own copies.
Last weekend I discovered a treasure trove for Nancy Drew fans. In Savannah, I was visiting antique stores. There was a young couple I kept bumping into. We ended up at Books on Bay at the same time. She was organized and had a list of exactly what she needed. Books on Bay had every book she needed.
I also found a book to add to my collection.
I learned there were book club copies in addition to books sold at stores. If the back of a Nancy Drew book is solid yellow, it’s a book club edition.
There’s also some fun lingo. For instance, bird means man. Cheaters means sunglasses. Derrick means shoplifter. Scatter means hideout. And clubhouse means police station.
Another thing I learned while visiting Books on Bay, the picture cover illustrations were painted by artists. Russell H. Tandy was one of the artists.
Did you read mysteries when you were growing up? If you collected Nancy Drew books or other books and need to complete your collection, I’d recommend contacting Books on Bay. You can find them at http://www.booksonbay.com . Better yet, stop by for a visit at 224 W. Bay Street in Savannah. (I don’t get any kickbacks, but I found the place and owners to be charming.)
What were some of your favorite books to read as a child?