Sunday, September 3, 2023

THE LEGACY OF NANCY DREW AND THE HARDY BOYS (Bouchercon Tribute to the "Ghosts of Honor")

As a fan of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and the Dana Girls, I so enjoyed being part of this panel. If you've checked out my Hannah and Tamar Mysteries, the series was inspired by the Dana Girls with sister teen sleuths. It was a pleasure to be on the panel with these authors here at Bouchercon 2023.


Jennifer Fisher is a Nancy Drew consultant and author. Her book, Clues for Real Life: The Classic Wit and Wisdom of Nancy Drew, was published in 2007. She is currently writing a biography on Mildred Wirt Benson - Mildred Wirt Benson - The Real Nancy Drew.  Jenn is president of the Nancy Drew fan group, The Nancy Drew Sleuths, and plans their annual conventions and handles the officially licensed Nancy Drew merchandising lines. Learn all about Nancy Drew at her website. Find out more about the Nancy Drew Sleuths .


Called a "genius" by Lee Child and "one of the all time greats" by Karin Slaughter, Sara Paretsky transformed the role of women in the mystery world with her detective, V.I. Warshawski. V.I. is tough, feminine and vulnerable, but above all loyal to her friends and clients. Paretsky and Warshawski share a love of singing, Golden Retrievers and Italian reds. V.I. has escaped many near-death experiences, including drowning in Chicago's swamps (Blood Shot), falling down an elevator shaft (Burn Marks), and multiple attempts to shoot her down (Dead Land). Paretsky would have retired to the Umbrian Hills after one such event, but V.I. keeps coming back for more.  You can visit her at her website, on Facebook, Twitter/X

Julie Hennrikus aka Julia Henry is thrilled to be writing the Garden Squad series for Kensington. The Garden Squad are four friends--Lilly, Delia, Tamara, Ernie--who are clandestine gardeners in their town of Goosebush, MA, solving gardening problems that the red tape of the town is tying up. They also solve mysteries that pop up. She also writes the Theater Cop series as J.A. Hennrikus, and the Clock Shop series as Julianne Holmes. website  Twitter/X 

Linda Joy Singleton is the author of over 55 books for young readers, including the Curious Cat Spy Club mysteries. She also has a huge library of vintage series mysteries like Nancy Drew and July Bolton. A longtime member o SinC and SCBWI, she is a frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and writing events. She lives in Northern California with here husband and their menagerie of animals including pigs, cats, dogs, peacocks, horses and mini-cows. For free books, writing tips, and downloadable activities for kids, contact her through her website.

Teresa Inge
grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Combining her love of reading mysteries and writing professional articles led to writing short fiction and novellas. Today, she doesn't carry a rod like her idol but she hot rods. She juggles assisting two busy executives and is president of the Sisters in Crime, Mystery by the Sea chapter. Teresa is the author of the Virginia is for Mysteries Series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Mutt Mysteries Series, and Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea, and Murder by the Glass: Cocktail Mysteries. Teresa resides in Southeastern Virginia with her husband and two dogs. She can be reached on all social media or by posting a comment on her website. Facebook

Edward Zuckerman began his career as a journalist, writing about zombies, killer bees, and many other subjects for Rolling Stone, Spy, the New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, and other magazines. He wrote two well-reviewed nonfiction books, "The Day After World War III" and "Small Fortunes," and then moved into writing for television dramas, including "Law & Order" (50+ episodes), "Blue Bloods," and "Law & Order: SVU." He has won two Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America and an Emmy for his work on "Law & Order." He lives in Manhattan and Manhattan Beach, California. Wealth Management is his first novel. Twitter/X.

Christa Nardi is an avid reader with her love of mysteries beginning with Nancy Drew and other teen mysteries. She’s shifted to more contemporary mystery, crime, and cozy mysteries over time. Her protagonists are smart, intelligent female sleuths. Christa supports animal rescue and other efforts to help others. She has been a long time writer from poetry and short stories to mystery series. Christa is a member of Sisters in Crime. She recently earned the 2023 Finalist award in Sleuths  from Readers' Favorite for The Itch of Murder. When not reading or writing, Christa enjoys travel and playing with her dogs and granddaughters. Website Facebook Twitter/X

It was a fun panel, talking about the sleuths I grew up with. Do check out these other authors!

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  1. I loved reading Nancy Drew when I was young. You must have had an awesome time being part of this panel!

  2. this was fun. Our daughter loved Nancy Drew and wound up getting all her books. Our son loved the Hardy Boys and wound up getting all their books I loved reading both after the kids had read them.
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    1. I read Nancy Drew, the Dana Girls, and Hardy Boys

  3. Sounds like an interesting panel - I loved Nancy Drew!