The Clue in the Diary is the seventh volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, and was first published in 1932 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Its text was revised in 1962.
This is the last manuscript Mildred Wirt Benson wrote in her initial run. She would return for volume 11, The Clue of the Broken Locket, and remain with the series until 1948, then return for a final ghostwrite in 1953.
Summaries (original edition)
Nancy and her friends Bess and George, on their way home from a carnival, discuss a financially struggling Swedish immigrant, Mrs. Swenson, and her daughter, whom the girls have just helped to enjoy the carnival attractions by being their hosts for the evening.
As they are driving, a luxurious roadside estate bursts into flames. The girls park the car and make sure that no one is trapped inside. In doing so, Nancy sees someone fleeing the property, and discovers an anonymous Swedish diary on the ground. She picks up this clue, and as firefighters and gawkers arrive on the scene, she notices an attractive young man moving her car away from the flying embers. At first suspicious of Ned Nickerson, Nancy warms to him when he helps her out of a jam. Ned proves to be a good friend, and is a perennial admirer of Nancy’s from then on. Meanwhile, Mrs. Swenson’s husband is missing, and she identifies his diary as the one picked up at the fire. To top it all off, the owner of the burned house, Felix Raybolt, is missing, and his wife claims Joe Swenson has murdered her husband. Raybolt, it turns out, swindles inventors like Swenson out of their patents and copyrights, and used one such invention to start the fire.
Nancy Drew #7 The Clue in the Diary First Edition Book Identification Points
Only the first few printings of the first/second year are included. Printings codes are based on the Farrah Guide, 12th printing. Please refer to the guide for later printings.
Note: Glossy+: Glossy frontis + 3 glossy internals.
|Printing||Frontis||Copyright Page||Rear Book Ads|
|1932A-1||Glossy+||Nancy Drew #1-7||This isn't all (box)/Nancy Drew #1-7|
|1932B-2||Glossy+||Nancy Drew #1-8||This isn't all (box)/Nancy Drew #1-7|
|1932C-3||Glossy+||Nancy Drew #1-8||This isn't all (box)|
|1932D-4||Glossy+||Nancy Drew #1-8||This isn't all (box)/Nancy Drew #1-8|
Nancy Drew #7 The Clue in the Diary First Edition Dust Jacket Identification Points
ao: Among other titles.
|Printing||Front Flap||Rear Cover||Rear Flap||Reverse/Inside||Format|
|1932-A1||Nancy Drew #1-6||Amy Bell Marlowe(10)||Blythe Girls #1-11||Nancy Drew #1-5 ao||1|
|1932B-2||Blythe Girls #1-11||Nancy Drew #1-5||Outdoor Girls #1-21||Nancy Drew #1-5 ao||2|
|1932C-3||Blythe Girls #1-11||Nancy Drew #1-5||Outdoor Girls #1-21||Nancy Drew #1-7 ao||?|
|1932D-4||Blythe Girls #1-12||Nancy Drew #1-6||Outdoor Girls #1-22||Nancy Drew #1-7 ao||3|
- Farah’s Guide to Nancy Drew, 12th printing