In Nancy Drew Girl Detective, Nancy is still the main character. The books are told in the first-person, by Nancy. She lives in the fictional town of River Heights , Illinois, where most of the mysteries take place, but she often travels to places like New York City, Costa Rica, and Key West, Florida.
Nancy is the daughter of Carson Drew , River Height's successful attorney, and an unnamed mother who died when Nancy was just three years old. After the death of her mother, the Drews got a housekeeper named Hannah Gruen, who is treated like a member of the family.
Nancy has been solving mysteries since she was little, making friends with Bess Marvin and George Fayne. Nancy began dating Ned Nickerson when they were in junior high, and their first date was at the Mahoney Library.
Nancy has shoulder-length strawberry blonde hair, blue eyes, and is 5'8 in height. She has described herself to wear jeans, t-shirts, and cardigan sweaters. She has said that she is somewhere in between tomboy and girly-girl.