Mildred A. Wirt Books In Order

Publication Order of Ruth Fielding Books

Ruth Fielding and Her Great Scenario (1927) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ruth Fielding at Cameron Hall (1928) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ruth Fielding Clearing Her Name (1929) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ruth Fielding in Talking Pictures (1930) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ruth Fielding and Baby June (1931) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ruth Fielding and Her Double (1932) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ruth Fielding and Her Greatest Triumph (1933) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ruth Fielding and Her Crowning Victory (1934) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Books

The Secret of the Old Clock (1930) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hidden Staircase (1930) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bungalow Mystery (1930) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery at Lilac Inn (1930) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret at Shadow Ranch (1931) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of Red Gate Farm (1931) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clue in the Diary (1932) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clue of the Broken Locket (1934) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Message in the Hollow Oak (1935) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Ivory Charm (1936) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Whispering Statue (1937) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haunted Bridge (1938) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clue of the Tapping Heels (1939) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk (1940) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion (1941) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Quest of the Missing Map (1942) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clue in the Jewel Box (1943) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret in the Old Attic (1944) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clue in the Crumbling Wall (1945) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Tolling Bell (1946) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clue in the Old Album (1947) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghost of Blackwood Hall (1948) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clue of the Velvet Mask (1953) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Doris Force Books

Doris Force at Locked Gates (1931) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Doris Force at Cloudy Cove (1931) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Madge Sterling Books

The Missing Formula (1932) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Deserted Yacht (1932) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of the Sundial (1939) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Kay Tracey Books

The Mystery of the Swaying Curtains (1935) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shadow on the Door (1935) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Six Fingered Glove Mystery (1936) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Green Cameo Mystery (1936) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beneath the Crimson Brier Bush (1937) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret at the Windmill (1937) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Message in the Sand Dunes (1938) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Murmuring Portrait (1938) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Key Turned (1939) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Sunken Garden (1939) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sacred Feather (1940) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dana Girls Mystery Stories Books

The Secret at the Hermitage (1936) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Circle of Footprints (1937) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Locked Room (1938) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clue in the Cobweb (1939) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret at the Gatehouse (1940) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mysterious Fireplace (1941) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clue of the Rusty Key (1942) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Portrait in the Sand (1943) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clue in the Ivy (1952) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of the Jade Ring (1953) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery at the Crossroads (1954) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Penny Nichols Books

Penny Nichols Finds a Clue (1936) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Penny Nichols and the Mystery of the Lost Key (1936) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Penny Nichols and the Black Imp (1936) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill Mystery (1939) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Honey Bunch Books

Her First Little Treasure Hunt (1937) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Her First Little Club (1938) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Her First Trip in a Trailer (1939) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Her First Trip to a Big Fair (1940) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Her First Twin Playmates (1941) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dot and Dash Books

Dot and Dash at the Maple Sugar Camp (1938) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dot and Dash at Happy Hollow (1938) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dot and Dash in the North Woods (1939) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dot and Dash in the Pumpkin Patch (1939) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dot and Dash at the Seashore (1940) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Penny Parker Books

Tale of the Witch Doll (1939) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vanishing Houseboat (1939) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Danger at the Drawbridge (1940) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Behind the Green Door (1940) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Clue of the Silken Ladder (1941) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret Pact (1941) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clock Strikes Thirteen (1942) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wishing Well (1942) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Saboteurs on the River (1943) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghost Beyond the Gate (1943) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hoofbeats on the Turnpike (1944) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Voice from the Cave (1944) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guilt of the Brass Thieves (1945) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Signal in the Dark (1946) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whispering Walls (1946) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Swamp Island (1947) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cry at Midnight (1947) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Connie Carl Books

Connie Carl at Rainbow Ranch (1939) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Flash Evans Books

Flash Evans and the Darkroom Mystery (1940) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flash Evans, Camera News Hawk (1940) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Boy Scout Explorers Books

Boy Scout Explorers at Emerald Valley (1955) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Boy Scout Explorers at Treasure Mountain (1955) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Boy Scout Explorers at Headless Hollow (1957) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Sky Racers (1935) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Carolina Castle (1936) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Courageous Wings (1937) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Runaway Caravan (1937) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shadow Stone (1937) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Through the Moon-Gate Door (1938) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Linda (1940) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery of the Laughing Mask (1940) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pirate Brig (1950) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dangerous Deadline (1957) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quarry Ghost (1959) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kristie at College (1960) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Mildred A. Wirt was American author of children books and a journalist. She famously remembered as the author of some of the earliest Nancy Drew mysteries and also wrote under Stratemeyer Syndicate pseudonym Carolyn Keene from the year 1929 to 1947 and contributed to over twenty of the first thirty original Nancy Drew mysteries which most became best sellers.

The author was born and raised in Ladora, Lowa to Dr. J. L. Augustine and Lillian. She attended University of Lowa and graduated in 1925 with a degree in English. She pursued a master’s degree in journalism in 1927 and became the first student to earn a degree in that category. Wirt married Asa Wirt, who worked for the Associated Press. The couple was blessed with a daughter named Peggy Wirt born in 1936, and after her husband’s death in 1947, Wirt remarried George A. Wirt an editor who died in 1959. She worked for 58 years as a journalist, a writer and wrote for Toledo Blade. She continued to work full time frequently writing obituaries until some few months before her death. Wirt died in 2002 from lung cancer. She was a passionate adventurer and made several trips to Central America, canoeing down rivers, traveling across the jungle in a Jeep, witnessing archeological excavations, and flying airplanes.

After graduating, the author wrote for the society pages, and in 1926 she applied to an ad posted by Stratemeyer Syndicate who were looking for ghostwriters. Nancy Drew series skyrocketed Wirt to fame. Furthermore, she also wrote The Dana Girls using the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Later the author wrote many other novel series including Penny Parker series which was published under her real name. She wrote books under dozens of names and published more than one hundred and thirty novels.

Even though Wirt wrote many books under her name, she is famously known as one of the twenty-eight who aided the production of Nancy Drew books. Edward Stratemeyer employed Mildred Wirt in 1926 to assist in developing his drafted stories to meet the demand for his series.

Nancy Drew series were all owned by Stratemeyer Syndicate and just like all the other syndicate ghostwriters; Benson got paid a fixed fee of $125-$250 for each outlined text. This money paid was an equivalent of three months’ salary for a newspaper reporter of that time. Nancy Drew character was conceived by Stratemeyer however, Wirt who created Nancy’s plucky and spunky personality and also her adventurous and daring spirit.

Wirt did not anticipate that her books would be so familiar, but she knew deep down while writing that she was writing something that most girls would love because the main character was unusual for her time. In 1980, the author offered testimony in a court case involving publishers which revealed to the public that she was indeed a contributor to the Nancy Drew mysteries stories. Since then, Wirt has been recognized as the creator of the original Nancy Drew that fans love and also remember. In 2001 she was awarded a Special Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for her prolific contributions to the Nancy Drew series. The author’s favorite Nancy Drew novel was The Hidden Staircase the second novel in the series.

Tale of the Witch Doll

This is the first novel in Penny Parker Mystery stories written by Mildred A. Wirt; the first edition was first published in 1939. In this brilliant novel, a young woman operates a doll shop, and someone wants to purchase it. Then there is another character who is a dancer who is sent to a witch doll. This brings in the main character, Penny into the situation. The remainder of the novel mainly involves Penny trying to discover the person who is behind everything going on, and this is made much more challenging as the dancer is not truthful with her. Then there is also a guy who is also passing himself as a medium and robberies that take places during his positions.

Penny Parker is a younger and also a mischievous version of Nancy Drew. Just like Nancy, Penny is blonde, beautiful and talented, but reading the novel, you will realize that she is more realistic than the epitome Nancy Drew and thus this book is more interesting than its counterpart.

The Vanishing Houseboat

In this second book in the series by Mildred A. Wirt, we meet Penny Parker and her best friend who needs to grab themselves a ham & cheese sandwich at Rini’s café. At the restaurant, they meet an old school friend named Laura Blair working as a waitress, and before they can even finish eating what they ordered, Laura is fired from her job. Penny and her friend try to find Laura a new job, at one mysterious old mansion.

On their way to Laura’s job interview, it starts raining, and so they drive to what at first they think it is an empty shed, only to discover a family squatting there together with their goat and chickens. They also realize that the family is taking shelter in this old shed because their riverboat had vanished, and so this old shed is what they could find to shelter them from the heavy rains. However, Penny, the main character in this novel informs them that she will indeed assist them to locate the riverboat.

After Laura gets hired at the mysterious old mansion, Penny and her friend Louise decide to visit their next door restaurant to have some food. While in the restaurant the waiter informs that the old mansion is never a good place to live because a man once went there sometime back and disappeared never to be seen again.

Penny finds herself entangled into three mysteries which she finally has to unravel. First, a riverboat has disappeared, then there is the man who went missing in the old mansion, and thirdly she has to find out the kind of olives used in the ham and cheese sandwiches. Could all these three mysteries be connected?

The second series installment is an interesting story that involves lots of detective work on Penny’s side, excessive greed, a variety of bad people and on suffering experienced by the poor folks. Wirt developed as a smooth flowing plot with lots of interesting primary and secondary characters.


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