Since my last blog entry (dated 8 June 2009!), the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew properties have continued to publish steadily. In the last fourteen months, six new titles have been added to The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers (X-plosion #29, The X-Factor #30, Killer Mission #31, Private Killer #32, Killer Connections #33, and The Children of the Lost #34) and to Nancy Drew: Girl Detective: Model Menace #37, Model Suspect #38, Green-Eyed Monster #39, Green with Envy #40, Seeing Green #41, and Secret Sabotage #42). While both series have been publishing bi-monthly since they began in 2005 and 2004, respectively, it looks like the publication schedule is slowing down, which is troublesome if only because both series currently publish trilogies: in the Undercover Brothers series, the first Lost Mystery Trilogy book appeared in May, but the second volume, Lost Brother, isn’t due out until mid-October, and the third, Forever Lost, will be published in early January 2011; in the Girl Detective series, the second book in the Sabotage Mystery trilogy, Serial Sabotage, is also scheduled for publication in mid-October, but the third, Sabotage Surrender, won’t be on sale until February 2011. This is quite a while for readers to wait for the next installment, but perhaps it’s a sign of change ahead. Aladdin Paperbacks also published a fourth volume in the joint Super Mystery series, Gold Medal Murder, this month.
In the series for six- to eight-year-olds, the publication trend seems fairly similar: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew saw six new books since June 2009 as well: Double Take #21, Unicorn Uproar #22, Babysitting Bandit #23, Beauty Parlor Princess #24, Princess Mix-up Mystery #25, and Camp Creepy #26. The next volume in that series, Cat Burglar Caper #27, will appear in September, followed by Time Thief #28, Designed for Disaster #29, and Dance Off #30, all scheduled for publication in 2011. Earlier this year, Aladdin Paperbacks launched a new series, The Hardy Boys Secret Files, with two titles – Trouble at the Arcade #1 and The Missing Mitt #2 – released in April. The next three volumes – Mystery Map #3, Hopping Mad #4, A Monster of a Mystery #5 – are scheduled for publication in August 2010, September 2010, and April 2011, respectively.
Although Applewood Books ceased their publication of facsimile editions of the original Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries in 2006, they are issuing a boxed set of the first six Hardy Boys Mystery Stories in September 2010! Although it is similar in format to the boxed set they released for Nancy Drew’s 75th anniversary in 2005, there doesn’t seem to be a special occasion prompting this new set.
Over on the graphic novel front, Papercutz is about to issue their last volume of both The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers (Deadly Strategy #20) and Nancy Drew: Girl Detective (High School Mystery 2: The Lost Verse #21) this August. Immediately after that, they will reboot both series in September 2010: The Hardy Boys: The New Case Files and Nancy Drew: The New Case Files.
So, in a nutshell, lots of changes in the last fourteen months, and perhaps a bit of slowing down in the publication schedule. In all likelihood, there will be more changes ahead of us in the months to come, so stay tuned.