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The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk (Nancy Drew Mystery #17)

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Title:The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk (Nancy Drew Mystery #17)
Benson, Mildred A. Wirt  Writing under the pseudonym: Keene, Carolyn   
(13 of 26 for author by title)
The Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew Mystery #13)
Mystery at the Crossroads (The Dana Girls Mystery Stories #16)
Tandy, Russell H.   
(6 of 14 for author by title)
The Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew Mystery #13)
The Message in the Hollow Oak (Nancy Drew Mystery #12)
Published:   1940
Publisher:Grosset & Dunlap
Tags:amateur detective, detective, fiction, mystery, female detectives, Nancy Drew (Fictional character)

Nancy plans a trip to South America by boat, along with chums George and Bess. They have joined a tour being conducted by an exclusive girls school. To Nancy's amazement, the mother of one of the students protests Nancy's presence on the tour. Prior to departure, Nancy learns there are issues involving the Trenton trunk company, mostly concerning the quality of merchandise; the owner of the company, who is a friend of Carson Drew, asks Nancy to interfere in daughter Doris' life and relationships so she will marry the son of a former business partner. Nancy must solve several mysteries: who the mysterious red-haired young man could be; why Doris is so withdrawn; what is going on with the trunk company; why did Mrs. Joslin so vehemently protest Nancy's presence, as well as aiding her daughter Nestrelda; and solve the mix-up with Nestrelda's and Nancy's identical (or are they?) monogrammed Trenton trunks.--Wikipedia. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Benson, Mildred A. Wirt

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The most famous writer who worked on the Girls’ Books Series was Mildred A. Wirt Benson. She was bom Mildred Augustine in Ladora, Iowa, in 1905. She met Edward Stratemeyer in New York in 1925 and began working for his syndicate as a writer who fleshed out his plot outlines for juvenile mystery stories. In 1929, she began to write Stratemeyer’s Nancy Drew Mystery Stories for a reported S125.00 per book. In 1950, three years after her husband Asa Wirt died, she married George Benson, the editor of The Toledo Times, from which point her professional career was focused on newspaper writing.

Mrs. Benson reportedly gained her first series book writing experience with Volumes 23 to 30 of the Ruth Fielding Series. She wrote twenty-three of the Nancy Drew books and several Dana Girls and Kay Tracey books, all for the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Under her own name, she wrote many other series, such as the Brownie Scouts. Penny Nichols, Penny Parker, and the most unusual to carry the by-line of a woman writer, the six Dan Carter Cub Scouts books for boys.

—All About Collecting Girls’ Series Books. John Axe, 2002.

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