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ChanteyLass BS: potential TV series, 'Nancy Drew' books (10) RE: BS: potential TV series, 'Nancy Drew' books 02 Apr 19

Well, there was this, but I think it used new plots.
I read the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. When it came to female detectives in books written for tweens and teens, I preferred Trixie Belden, Cherry Ames, and Vicki Barr.
Maybe I resented Nancy's upper-middle class background: lawyer father, housekeeper, blue roadster given to her by daddy. She tootled around in that car never worrying about who'd pay for gas, insurance, maintenance, etc. She solved mysteries but never was paid. Instead she received momentos of each case, and apparently her home had room for all of them. She didn't go to school or earn money at a job.
Trixie was about 13 when that series started. She had two older brothers and a younger one whom she looked after. He was always getting into mischief. She had chores on the family farm, and she grew up in the series.
Cherry Ames was a student nurse in the first book. The other books had her whole class sign up to be army nurses in WW II. In one book she became an army nurse caring for the wounded as they were flown to places where they could be treated after they'd been stabilized near the front. Later books tell about her working at a series of nursing jobs in different places. I remember one in which she worked on a dude ranch in the Southwest.
Vicki Barr was a flight attendant. That series started with her in training. In later books she flew to different parts of the world.
There was another mystery series, too, but I can't remember the main character's name. She was probably a high school student in the first book. The series followed her well into adulthood. She married a lawyer who became an FBI agent. They adopted a daughter whose family they'd tried to locate in one book. The child was called Bobbi, which they thought was short for Barbara, but it turned out it was short for Roberta--or maybe it was the other way around. I think the main character worked in the law office of the man she married until who began working for the FBI. I'm not sure she had a job after that, but many married women/moms didn't work outside the home then.

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