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The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo is a youth-oriented action mystery television series that ran on Nickelodeon between 1996 and 1998. A total of 41 episodes of 30 minutes each were produced. Episodes were taped at the now defunct Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida.

The series revolves around the adventures of a young teenage girl who lives with her innkeeper grandfather and works as a non-sworn intern at the local police department where she helps out with odds and ends around the office. Occasionally an intriguing case comes to Shelby's attention, prompting her to apply her unique insight and enlist the help of her friends to solve it. Her supervisors, however, do not appreciate her help, as she is only a teenager. Her grandfather also does not want her getting involved in cases, often reminding her, "We are not detectives with warrant badges, we are innkeepers with brooms." Many of the stories, with three clear suspects, keep the audience guessing until the truth is ultimately explained.

The show is set in the cities of Cocoa Beach, Florida (Season 1-3) and Boston, Massachusetts (Season 4).

Cast members

  • Irene Ng - Shelby Woo; Main protagonist of the show who solves mysteries and an overachiever. She lives in Florida in Seasons 1-3 and moved to Boston with her grandfather in Season 4. Despite Woo being portrayed as a teenager, Ng was 24 years old by the end of the series.
  • Pat Morita - Mike 'Grandpa' Woo; Shelby's grandfather.
  • Adam Busch - Noah Allen; Shelby's best friend and sidekick. Wasn't seen in Season 4 due to Shelby moving to Boston with her grandpa. He was replaced by Vince Rosania.
  • Preslaysa Edwards - Cindy Ornette; Another one of Shelby's best friends. Wasn't seen in Season 4 due to Shelby moving to Boston with her grandpa. She was replaced by Angie Burns.
  • Ellen David - Detective Sharon Delancey; Works at Boston Detective Agencies who replaced Detective Hineline.
  • Steve Purnick - Detective Whit Hineline; Works at Florida Detective Agencies. Replaced by Detective Sharon Delancey in Season 4.
  • Eleanor Noble - Angie Burns; Shelby's new friend from Boston who replaces Cindy.
  • Marianne Stanicheva - Agent Koznetova
  • Noah Klar - Vince Rosania; Shelby's new friend from Boston who replaces Noah.

Episodes

Main article: The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo episode list

Merchandise

Novels

Nickelodeon released fifteen chapter books spun off from the series, written by a variety of writers such as Suzanne Collins, the author of the Hunger Games trilogy.

Cover Title Author(s) Publication date
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo A Slash in the Night Book A Slash in the Night Alan Goodman July 1, 1997
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo Takeout Stakeout Book Takeout Stakeout Diana G. Gallagher July 1, 1997
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo Hot Rock Book Hot Rock John Peel September 1, 1997
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo Rock 'N' Roll Robbery Book Rock 'n' Roll Robbery Lydia C. Marano and David Cody Weiss November 1, 1997
No Image Cut and Run Diana G. Gallagher March 1, 1998
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo House Arrest Book House Arrest Lydia C. Marano May 1, 1998
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo Comic Book Criminal Book Comic Book Criminal Cathy West July 1, 1998
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo Frame-Up Book Frame-Up Brad and Barbara Strickland September 1, 1998
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo History Mystery Book History Mystery October 1, 1998
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo High Wire Book High Wire Cathy West and Jim Durk December 1, 1998
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo Fire Proof Book Fire Proof Suzanne Collins February 1, 1999
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo The Green Monster Book The Green Monster Jamie Ponti April 1, 1999
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo Friends in Need Book Friends in Need Jamie Ponti August 1, 1999
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo Man Overboard! Book Man Overboard Brad Strickland October 1, 1999
No Image Ski-Slope Sabotage Vicki Berger Erwin October 1, 1999

DVD release

A manufacture-on-demand DVD set of the complete series was made available on November 24, 2014.

Gallery

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