Dana Girls Mystery Stories by Carolyn Keene
The Dana Girls is a series of YA mystery novels written under the house name of Carolyn Keene and created by Harriet Stratemeyer Adams of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Jean and Louise Dana are teenage amateur sleuths who are attending a boarding school called the Starhurst School for Girls, where they solve mysteries.

Carolyn Keene began the Dana Girls series with the novel By the Light of the Study Lamp, which was published in 1934. The original series lasted 30 novels, concluding in 1968 with the novel The Phantom Surfer. The series was relaunched in 1972 starting with The Mystery of the Stone Tiger and concluding with the 17th (or 47th) novel, The Witch’s Omen, in 1979. There were two additional novels written, The Strange Identities and The Thousand Islands Mystery, both of which went unpublished. Below is a list of Carolyn Keene’s Dana Girls Mystery Stories books in order of when they were first published (which is also their chronological order):

Publication Order of Dana Girls Mystery Stories Books


By the Light of the Study Lamp(1934) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secret at Lone Tree Cottage(1934) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In the Shadow of the Tower(1934) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Three-Cornered Mystery(1935) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secret at the Hermitage(1936) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Circle of Footprints(1937) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mystery of the Locked Room(1938) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Clue in the Cobweb(1939) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secret at the Gatehouse(1940) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mysterious Fireplace(1941) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Clue of the Rusty Key(1942) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Portrait in the Sand(1943) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secret in the Old Well(1944) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Clue in the Ivy(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secret of the Jade Ring(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mystery at the Crossroads(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ghost in the Gallery(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Clue of the Black Flower(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Winking Ruby Mystery(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secret of the Swiss Chalet(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Haunted Lagoon(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mystery of the Bamboo Bird(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sierra Gold Mystery(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secret of Lost Lake(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mystery of the Stone Tiger(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Riddle of the Frozen Fountain(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secret of the Silver Dolphin(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mystery of the Wax Queen(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secret of the Minstrel's Guitar(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Phantom Surfer(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Curious Coronation(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hundred Year Mystery(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mountain Peak Mystery(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Witch's Omen(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: The first four books in the series were written by Leslie McFarlane. Books 5-12 & 14-16 were written by Mildred A. Wirt. Books 13 & 17-30 as well as 44-47 were written by Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.

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Dana Girls Mystery Stories Synopsis: In By the Light of the Study Lamp by Carolyn Keene (book 1 of the series), Jean and Louise are given a study lamp by their Uncle Ned. Their idea is to use it in their study room at school, but before they leave for school, the lamp is gone!

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  • Bethany

    I may be the only one to have noticed this; but the newer published ones (1972-74 or so) are out of order compared to the originals. This list was very helpful in putting them in the right order! (But now the mysteries noted in the books won’t match up, but I’d rather have them in the correct order!)