Like a lot of mystery writers, I read both of these series growing up, but I definitely preferred one over the other. For me, it was Trixie Belden. I loved her blunt personality, loved that she came from a working class family, and I loved her exploits with the Bob-Whites. I’ve read most of her books, and I admit to squeeing when I saw they’re available for Kindle.
Trixie and her tight knit group solved mysteries together, and their original series carried them throughout their high school years. Trixie’s best friend, Honey, was rich and very much opposite her, but I loved the way they brought out the best in one another. And I loved the budding relationship between her and orphan Jim.
Don’t get me wrong – I loved Nancy, too, and she was definitely a big part of my original interest in mysteries. Both series stand up today in terms of red herrings and whodunits. But Nancy was the perfect girl, the rich girl, the beautiful girl. While I loved her, I never found myself nodding in agreement and feeling whatever the latest sense of injustice Trixie was going through.
It’s been many years since I’ve read the books, but it’s the first three that really stick out to me, along with a few select others.
The Secret of the Mansion (1948)
The Red Trailer Mystery (1950)
The Gatehouse Mystery (1951).
The Mystery at Bob-White Cave (1963)
The Mystery at Saratoga (1979)
The Mystery of the Midnight Marauder (1980)
There are a ton more Trixie books, and you can learn more about them here. These are timeless classics your kids will love, and I can’t wait until Grace is old enough to read them.
What about you? Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, or The Hardy Boys?
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Trixie Belden definitely! I had a crush on Jim but I knew he was Trixie’s LOL.
Haha! Me too! He was my favorite of the boys. Thanks!
I read a few Trixie Belden books, but never got hooked. I liked the mystery element of the Nancy Drew stories but always found her a bit to perfect for me to relate to. However, I did happily spend hours devouring one Hardy Boys mystery after another.
The Hardy Boys were fun. It’s been a long time since I’ve read them – I might have to pick one up. Thank you!
Trixie Beldon for sure. I was able to relate to her much better than Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys.
Me too! And I love the group dynamic. I always thought it would be so fun to have a mystery solving group, lol. Thanks!