The Hardy Boys Books ~ Titles, Covers, and More – 2

The next two titles to be added to the Hardy Boys book list are, going with the whole sequential thing here 😛 , #3 The Secret of the Old Mill and #4 The Missing Chums. 😎 Please check out the The Hardy Boys Books ~ Titles, Covers, and More page to see covers and a synopsis for each of the two books! 🙂 I’ll start up the Nancy Drew page hopefully before too long. 🙂 Thanks for the awesome enthusiastic response to the new page! 😎 Hope everyone’s doing well. 🙂 ❤

 

 

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The Hardy Boys Books ~ Titles, Covers, and More – 1

Hardy and Drew Mysteries needed to have a list of the Hardy Boys books and Nancy Drew books – been wanting to do this since forever! 😎 I’ve been working on them and today will start posting the list of the Hardy Boys books, starting with the first two #1 The Tower Treasure and #2 The House on the Cliff.  🙂

I’ll have a new post to announce whenever I add to the page, which will include the Hardy Boys main series, entitled The Hardy Boys (or The Hardy Boys Mysteries or The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories), that had new mysteries written/published from 1927-2005 with 190 titles. Also, on the page, covers and info about The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook, The Hardy Boys Handbook: Seven Stories of Survival, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Sleuths Volumes I and 2 and Campfire Stories, and Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Be A Detective Mystery Stories. Plus, the alternate universe series: Casefiles (including SuperMysteries and Tom Swift Ultra Thrillers), Undercover Brothers, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery volumes, and Hardy Boys Adventures, graphic novels/comics, and The Hardy Boys are the Clues Brothers, The Secret Files, and Hardy Boys Clue Book series. 🙂

Nancy will have her page with the Nancy Drew main series (aka Nancy Drew Mysteries or Nancy Drew Mystery Stories), the Nancy Drew Sleuth Book, Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Sleuths Volumes I and 2 and Campfire Stories, and Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Be A Detective Mystery Stories, plus the alternate universe series, Nancy Drew Files including SuperMysteries, Nancy Drew Girl Detective, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery series, and Nancy Drew Diaries, graphic novels/comics, as well as the Nancy Drew Notebooks, Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew, and Nancy Drew Clue Book series. 🙂

I have a lot of favorites in the various series of what I’ve read so far and I’m searching for more, which I absolutely love to do! 🙂 To check out the new section on here, The Hardy Boys Books ~ Titles, Covers, and More tap or click on the link in this sentence and please enjoy! 🙂

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Hardy Boys Adventures #15 A Con Artist in Paris ~ My Review

This fifteenth volume of the Hardy Boys Adventures series, A Con Artist in Paris, is a unique adventure, without a doubt. I enjoy reading and discussing books with my Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew reading buddy sibling. 😎 That’s always my favorite part, whether I love a book, like it, find it just okay, or if I don’t like a book. Warning: some spoilers ahead in this review, so if you want to wait until after you read the book, I understand. 🙂 There were some interesting aspects to the book at times. A flying car, a submersible scooter, and a drone appealed to me in the mystery since I’m a tech nerd girl. 😀 As always, I love the brother teamwork, and also the good humor. 🙂

Frank and Joe are in Paris, France, going to meet up with their dad, who’s attending the IPAD (International Professional Association of Detectives) conference being held at a hotel there. They are waiting for Fenton’s flight to arrive. One section was supposed to be from Frank about the conference. It sounded very braggy. Frank and Joe aren’t braggarts. Hopefully, but kinda doubt it, that was tongue-in-cheek, cause they don’t have any need to brag – they are too cool and too smart.

Chief Olaf was very annoying. He had no right to answer for the brothers when Inspector Devereux asked who they were. And Fenton didn’t and wouldn’t leave them in his care. He wouldn’t place his sons in such a situation because he met Chief Olaf before, knows what he’s like and would recognize him as a bit of a pompous ass and a liability. Frank and Joe Hardy are very capable and don’t need a babysitter! I’m indignant for them – I would be so very annoyed at Chief Olaf’s self-appointed, self-important bossing them around. France is out of his jurisdiction. 

“I figure it’s my job to keep an eye on you boys until he gets here,” the chief said pointedly.

Later, he claimed ~

“…and your father left you in my care, so unless you want to spend the rest of your vacation in your rooms…”

That isn’t true. He presumptuously appointed himself. He had no authority. Grrrrr. 😡 Also, there would be absolutely no need to install a GPS app as he was demanding to install on their phones, because there already would be that capability. 

“We both groaned. Then we gave him our phones.”

No way. They would have said, politely and respectfully, but firmly, no, that isn’t okay, not going to happen. 🙄

Activists can be good or bad – it totally depends on what they are about. They can also just be jerks and loud mouths who want all the money and power for themselves. They could be cowards and bullies – it depends on the person and what they want. Le Stylo, under the pretense of activism, does outlaw art which is actually promoting his artwork, resulting in personal gain in some ways, not monetary since he gives the money from the original art to charity (although the charities should be investigated), but infamy and notoriety. To pull off his outlaw art, he resorts to trespassing, vandalism, littering, and more. 

*sigh* Yeah, some of it just doesn’t sound right. Example: “talk smack” – Frank wouldn’t say that. Not sure who would, but definitely not Frank, or Joe for that matter.

The message wasn’t very clear what Le Stylo was trying to say about Big Ben in London. In the book it said he was trying to say he is for historical preservation, which is good, and speak out against too much tech. It just also could be taken that he thought he was improving it, which he definitely wasn’t. I love helpful technology and good historical things and I’m also for not being overly dependent on technology cos that’s too confining and also not smart. I think Big Ben is really cool and I would love to visit it someday. 😎 🙂

Le Stylo is antiwar and wants the good guys who are fighting (and endangering their own lives for everyone else’s safety) to protect innocent citizens from bad guys who don’t care about laws and break them all over the place, to use a feather fountain pen instead of guns. 🙄 That makes “Le Stylo” sound like he’d be well-loved by those such as the Vichy government in France and their puppetmeisters, the nazis, in World War II – they would appreciate and benefit from his stance. Joe and Frank are not wimpy. Joe and Frank would NOT be impressed and thankfully the book didn’t act like they did approve or like that.. You can like and admire someone for the good things they do, doesn’t mean you have to agree or approve of everything they do. They know that Le Stylo’s illegal actions would be taking time and effort away from the police solving real crimes and away from working to keep people from being hurt. What does Le Stylo want in a situation such as: a bank being held up and the bad guys have an explosive device holding people hostage. Does he want the police to go in there with a le plume stylo to free the hostages? 🙄 I don’t think Le Stylo is evil, he is just somewhat gullible and not too good at thinking through things. Whose side is Le Stylo on when he puts his protest art on police stations? The good police officers are working hard, risking their lives to make sure some murderer doesn’t continue to murder, trying to stop a thief who shoots at another criminal, both who don’t follow the law and trying to make sure a little child isn’t caught in the crooks crossfire. What does Le Stylo want the police to do? Ignoring it doesn’t stop it, sternly telling them to stop doesn’t work. Why doesn’t Le Stylo go to the murderers and thieves and protest them? Of course, it would be better for all bad guys to play nice and not want to do things like murder, hurt, and terrorize people….
but since they do…
…and asking politely for them to stop doesn’t have a high success rate with whackos….
….therefore, thusly, sadly, there’s a need for the good guys to have guns. It would be wonderful for that not to be the case – it’s just not realistic for our present, modern world. I would love for there not to be any evil anywhere. One day there will be no more wars, but it won’t be a result of everyone just giving in to evil people. The Creator of us all is the One to give peace in a person’s soul. Good will win.

A number of things were funny in the mystery, for example: Ratatouille’s (another street artist) Mona Lisa art mash-up made me laugh. 😛 Also, Joe calling Frank Snooty McArtFace when they were discussing “art”. 😛 Frank kidding Chief Olaf:

“Don’t worry, we won’t tell the rest of the department you’re taking a vacation on taxpayers money.”

I didn’t like whenever there was lying – totally unnecessary and not creative. 🙄

I really liked it when the Hardys were in the lobby of their hotel, and an expensive Rolls Royce limo pulled up then the chauffeur got out and walked in, with the snooty Inspector Devereux, who’d been an obnoxious jerk to the Hardy brothers, assumed it was for him, but it was for the Hardys to drive them to a fancy party. 😎 Poetic justice. 😎

Exploring some of a castle while the Hardy brothers were at the party there was fun and seeing the cars, gliders, and such. 😎

The flying car/dune buggy was pretty cool. And in real life you can get one for only 399,900 – such a deal! 😛 That wasn’t in the book that’s just some free info. 😀 It does take a very comedic turn by having the presence of the “big red button” and the older brother pushing said button while they’re in the borrowed car. It could have had disastrous results, that’s why Frank wouldn’t have done that. It was funny and you just have to think of them as two brothers not named Joe and Frank Hardy.

More quotes we enjoyed ~
Joe about the big red button 😛 ~

“I’m usually the one doing the boneheaded things like pressing the red button,” I yelled, frantically trying to figure out the controls as the car soared into the sky over the Seine.

Great line of Joe’s when he landed the flying car 😎 ~

“It may not have been an expert landing, but I think I did pretty well, considering I had no idea what I was doing.”

Frank’s comment about Inspector Devereux’s vehicle 😆 ~

“A funny-looking tiny European car” 

Loved this that Frank said after being woke up by fireworks: “Sumpnwerdsgonon” which is to say “Something weird’s going on.” I translated it without an app. 😀

Joe quote after people were talking about the unidentified flying object that was the flying car 😆 :

“We’ve had secret sources on cases before, but as far as I know, they’ve all been from this galaxy.”

Great advice from detective dad Fenton to detective sons, Joe and Frank 😎 :

“Never trust a suspect. Trust your instincts.”

A character in the book, the art patron, Cyril, kept being referred to as being like Bruce Wayne. Just because he’s a rich dude doesn’t make him cool like Bruce. Batman is cool because he goes after bad people. 😎  One of the detectives asks about Le Stylo: “But how did he climb the blasted thing in the first place? Is he Spider-Man?” No. Spidey actually does something for real to help people. 😎 Not go around making statements through vandalism, littering, trespassing, destruction of public property, disturbing the peace, etc.. It’s just that Le Stylo climbed up the side of a building, using suction cups.

<SPOILER WARNING>I don’t understand why they were such ninnies in the Catacombs. They go into the sewer, and they know the Catacombs are around there then they go through a tunnel and they almost comedically start freaking out. I have no interest in going in or near the Catacombs, and I don’t much like seeing skulls and skeletons. All the studying up on France and stuff that Frank did before the trip would have clued him in.

The one culprit was a thief, but Le Stylo was unethical driving up the price of his paintings. They (the brothers and Le Stylo) seemed somewhat unfair since several of the things they were going on about concerning the culprit was true about Le Stylo. 🙄 Plus, Simone didn’t have to agree to give up her commission, which at first was nothing since he wasn’t very good as well as unknown, as admitted by Le Stylo. Simone could have just said non, merci beaucoup.<END SPOILER>

After pushing aside some cardboard stuff, Frank falls down a chute and somehow the cardboard he’d pushed aside at the top of the chute jumped down the chute, got ahead of Frank and softened his landing. Neat trick.

A little confusing sometimes – in the quiet catacombs a switchblade opening was heard, but yet not the tossing of cardboard?

You could say it was a little cheesy sometimes (like the big red button), if you’ll pardon the expression – a quick Ratatouille joke there. 😆

We liked some parts in the book and to sum up parts of the book we didn’t ~ le oy vey. 🙄 😛 C’est le vie. 

In defense of Joe’s language skills that are often forgotten about – Joe does know more French than indicated in the book.

Entertaining read. Like a fun comedy movie at times. 🙂

Great chapter title (18) that I echo wholeheartedly ~ Vive Les Hardys 😎

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Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #10 A Hardy’s Day Night ~ My Review

Another exciting Hardy Boys graphic novel! 😎 I’ve read this one, like a number of volumes in the series, several times so far. It has action, brother teamwork, humor and plenty of heartwarming moments. All important qualities to look for. 🙂

I enjoyed the exciting action scene at the beginning of A Hardy’s Day Night – it is cool! 😎 It’s a nominee for Favorite Scene Award for this mystery. 😀

The next scene’s endearing and fun. 😎 Frank being shy about a girl he liked and Joe, being not as shy with the girls, helping him – love that. 😎 Another Favorite Scene Award nominee, without a doubt. 😀 Choosing the winner of this category will be next to impossible! 😎

The next case hits fast and sudden, and you will want to read what happens next all at once, if possible. I don’t think there’s a place in it where you can easily put it down. The Hardys are in trouble when a deadly foe seeks their demise. They need to use their cunning and skills not only to escape that, but also to find and stop their enemy – and to rescue a kidnapped toddler at the same time. They’ve got plenty to keep them busy in this one, as well as in other volumes of the series. 😎

It is difficult to write a spoiler-free review…..but I’m trying, I’m trying!

The brothers get the drop on the bad guys several times much to the pleasure of all of us cheering for them! 🙂 I also love the plans each of the brothers come up with in different deadly situations in the book. 😎 More nominees for Favorite Scene Award!!!!

Unbelievable Scene aka Slap-Your-Forehead-With-The-Palm-Of-Your-Hand Award goes to when the brothers have disarmed a bad dude and Joe takes out the clip then tosses the gun aside. No…..just no. There were other bad dudes, kidnappers yet, who could come along, get it, reload and – you get the picture. Plus, smart detectives (such as Joe and Frank) utilize resources. They could have even used the empty gun for a bluff. They were trying to rescue a kidnapped toddler and with their resourcefulness and intelligence, they wouldn’t have tossed aside the gun like that which could help the bad guys! Frustrating! :/

Thankfully, the writing comes back after that error.

Favorite Samuel Clemens Quote Award from the book (it doesn’t matter it’s the only one, I’ve read this clever quote before): “As Mark Twain might have said, “The reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated.””

The Awwwww aka Heartwarming Award goes to when….hmmm, can’t really explain without spoilers…Let’s just say there are a few scenes that are nominated for the Awwww award. 🙂 One is during the actual rescue of the kidnapped toddler, Mickey. 🙂

The rescues at the finale of the case – excellent. 😎 More nominees! 😀

Beautiful Father and Sons Moment in the book goes to…..Chapter Eight with Hardy and Sons! 🙂

Best Brother Detective Team for this year again goes to…..Joe and Frank Hardy! 😀 😎

Now for the Favorite Scene Award, which was difficult to decide on, because there are a few! The award goes to the scene where they are all alive and well after the culprit(s) have tried and thankfully failed to kill them! 😎

You hopefully can find this volume of the Hardy Boys graphic novels at ebooksellers, used bookstores, and libraries. 🙂

 

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The Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novel #8 Board to Death ~ My Review

Cool cover art and exciting mystery for the 8th volume of Papercutz’s Hardy Boys graphic novel series! 😎 I’ve read this a couple of times now and enjoy this great summer (or any time of the year! 😉 ) read each time. The Hardy brothers, action, adventure, humor, danger – yeah, it’s got all that. 😎 A lot to love about the book! 🙂

The cover art is by Daniel Rendon and the rest of the artwork in the graphic novel is drawn by Paulo Henrique. Both the story and the drawings work together to give the reader an exciting mystery! 😎

The book begins with the dangerous finale action of a case, and as I’ve mentioned before that’s something I really like when they have that in this series. For the Hardy Boys graphic novel #8, the brothers are in the process of rescuing a kidnapped girl. It’s great with Joe and Frank dressed as pirates and Joe had a lot of fun with the pirate talk annoying the bad guys! 🙂 Fun! 😀 When bad people get annoyed by good people it’s very cool and very enjoyable to read! 😀 

Awesome brother teamwork which I love to read! 😎 Fun brother banter, too. 😎

Here’s part of the synopsis from Papercutz ~

The brothers Frank and Joe Hardy go undercover at a major skateboarding contest in Venice, California to find out which competitor is trying to kill off the competition—literally?

They risk their lives as they try to keep everyone safe and solve who is behind the problems that could have deadly results. There are suspects to check out and quick before it’s too late. Good investigating and courage by Frank and Joe. 😎 Skateboarding is a cool sport and already dangerous, so when you add the elements of persons up to no good – watch out! 😮

I also really like that Joe pokes fun at the over-the-top attitudes when they put together his persona – Hardcase. 😀 That goes well for his hard head. 😉 😛

Such thrilling action that you can almost see it jumping off the pages as the reader is caught up in the danger. The brothers do a great (and extremely-necessary-with-all-the-danger) job looking out for each other. 😎 When I’m reading, I’m there with them every second.

The finale is pulse-pounding excitement and I LOVE the way the Hardy brothers outsmart their foe (or foes, not saying, so it’s spoiler free.). 😎 Once you’ve read it, you want immediately to go read it again! Cool action! 😎

At the close of the book when the Hardy bros are back home in Bayport, Aunt Trudy even gets a new nickname and that was fun as well as nice of her cool nephews. 🙂

This Hardy Boys graphic novel has definite re-readability! If you haven’t read it yet, hopefully you will get an opportunity to do so. 🙂 You won’t be bored to death. 😉 What? You didn’t think I was going to miss saying that, did you? 😆 It’s available in ebook and used paperback or hardcover. Check online and at libraries as well as used bookstores to find a copy! 🙂 I’ve read some great Hardy Boys graphic novels from Papercutz so far and this is one of them. 🙂 Thank you to all of the nice people @Papercutz! 🙂 A cool book is one that is enjoyed on reading it the first time and every time. 🙂

 

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Hardy Boys Adventure 16 Details/Cover Art Plus More New Books – Including Nancy Drew

Details and Cover Art for 2 New Hardy Boys Books and 2 New Nancy Drew Books! 🙂 

Here are the links to the new posts about Hardy Boys Adventure #16, Hardy Boys Clue Book #7, Nancy Drew Diaries #16, and Nancy Drew Clue Book #9 on my 2nd Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew blog. 🙂 The Hardy Boys Adventure cover and synopsis looks great! 😀 

Hardy Boys Adventures #16 Stolen Identity

Hardy Boys Clue Book #7 The Pirate Ghost

Nancy Drew Clue Book #9 Springtime Crime

Nancy Drew Diaries #16 The Haunting on Heliotrope Lane

Hope everyone has a safe and superawesome weekend! 🙂

 

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Nancy Drew Books Game ~ Drew Connections

Here’s another fun Nancy Drew word game! 🙂 Callie and Ritu have suggested and requested word association games for The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew! 😀 Thank you both! 🙂

To play the game, click or tap on this link to go to the page – Drew Connections ~ Nancy Drew Books Game! 🙂 As always – have fun!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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The Hardy Boys Books Game ~ Hardy Connections

Here’s the next fun Hardy Boys word game! 😀 Callie and Ritu have suggested and requested word association games for The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew! 😀 Thank you both! 🙂

To play the game, click or tap on this link to go to the page – Hardy Connections ~ The Hardy Boys Books Game! 🙂 As always – have fun!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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New Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Story Coming Your Way! :)

Hi all! 🙂 Ready for summer? I’m ready and as far as I’m concerned, it’s summer and that’s a great time to read, write, and play games (so is the spring, autumn, and winter, too 😀 ). Those are also great times to pray, help people, solve mysteries, and do the right thing. Like the Hardy brothers, Nancy Drew, and their crews. 🙂

Here’s the title reveal for the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew fanfiction that I hope to be posting very soon ~

It’s the sequel to The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew in Cut to the Chase, and just might (it will 😉 ) have some familiar faces from that story show up. 🙂 

I apologize profusely that it has taken so long. It’s not completed, but I might go ahead and start posting it before then. 🙂 I started it several months ago, and had mentioned it on here, and was going to try to get it done then, but that didn’t work out. No excuses, but it’s true that life is never boring. 😛

Posting soon also will be new Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew games on here! 🙂 Callie and Ritu have both requested them previously and I give due credit to each of them. 🙂 Thank you! 🙂

I hope all of you are doing well and having fun. You’re in my prayers for many blessings. 🙂 ❤ I love you guys and love and enjoy talking cool stuff about the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew with you! 🙂 ❤

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The Hardy Boys #30 The Wailing Siren Mystery ~ My Review

Hardy Boys fans have a lot to enjoy in The Wailing Siren Mystery, the 30th volume of the main HB series! 😀 Great scenes, intense danger, and thrilling excitement in this. Great family, too. I love that. 🙂 You’ve got all kinds of things happening! An intense storm at the beginning while the Hardy brothers are in their boat, Sleuth. A mysterious siren, money falling from the sky, danger from a potential collision with a yacht, theft, kidnapping – and that’s just in the first half of the book!!!! And you’re there with them every step of the way! 😎 The exciting action is great. The heart-warming brotherly love is great. It’s an excellent read! 🙂

The mysteries in the book all flow well and while a lot goes on, it’s not too much. I love that many Hardy book characters show up in The Wailing Siren Mystery. The whole Hardy family ~ Fenton, Laura, Frank, Joe, and Aunt Gertrude. Joe’s love, Iola, and Frank’s love, Callie. Chet Morton, Biff Hooper, Tony Prito, Officer Con Riley, Fenton’s operative Sam Radley, Chief Ezra Collig, Jack Wayne gets introduced – and kidnapped by the bad guys! And we even have an appearance by Oscar Smuff, who’s a policeman in the mystery and does his job. 😮 I missed Phil Cohen in this one. He must have been on vacation elsewhere. Hope he had fun! 🙂

There are so many parts I could quote and talk about – how do I choose?!?!?! 😀 The clues, investigating, and crime-fighting are very well done. They use their brains and utilize resources including tech and fight when they have to. 😎

Frank is kidnapped and what an intense part of the book that is! Joe is a great brother (so is Frank!) and he knows something isn’t right. He goes to investigate and tries to find his brother. You can’t stop reading! 😮 Great brotherly love. 🙂 😎

As has been mentioned on The Bayport Library page here, the wolves are scary. They can be terrifying in the book because of the realistic writing. 

Okay, so there are number of really intense scenes! Another one is when Joe goes missing and Frank’s really worried. Joe and Chet risk their lives and well-being at a threat to Iola’s life. I don’t think I can tell you more without spoilers! If you’ve read it you know what I’m talking about, and if you haven’t, you will when you read it! 🙂

So many great quotes in The Wailing Siren Mystery. Such as from feisty Aunt Gertrude ~

…Aunt Gertrude said excitedly: “Take your two-way radio and keep in touch. If anybody bothers you, I’ll give him a piece of my mind!”

And she means it, too! 😀 😎

There are a lot of great scenes in this book (I think I’ve already alluded to that 😉 Oh, wait, I think I flat-out said that 😀 ), but I’ll share this one with everyone where a bad guy is trying to scare the Hardy brothers. Yeah, I love that they don’t let the bad guys win or intimidate them. Frank and Joe outwit him. 😀 To set the scene, they are on the Sleuth and the one bad guy pirate has just gotten on the boat and is asking the brothers if they’re going to leave or not like they’d been warned and threatened to ~

He was several inches over six feet and as burly as a bear. menacingly he approached Joe.

   “Are you going to scram?”
 
   “No.”

   The man lunged at Joe, who tried to grapple with him. Frank sprang to his brother’s defense, but before he could clamp a hold on the stranger, the assailant had pitched Joe far over the side of the boat. After a brief struggle Frank followed. The Hardys bobbed to the surface several feet from the boats.

   Frank hissed into Joe’s ear, “Pretend we can’t swim.”

   The boys thrashed about madly, crying for help.

I just love the way they tricked the bad guys! There’s more to the scene and I could keep going. There are a number of cool action scenes throughout the book. It’s really difficult not putting on more, but I can’t put practically the whole book on here. 😛 Believe me, you want to read this one. Most libraries should have it and certainly booksellers should also. 🙂

Brave Aunt Gertrude does a great job with helping Joe against a thug by using a shillelagh (shillelagh just sounds so cool) saving Joe from a vicious kick. 🙂 

Another great quote that is the difficult, but necessary stance ~

“We don’t go for deals,” Joe said.

Even when things looked bad they didn’t give up hope and are defiant against the bad guys. A lot of bravery in this mystery! Look at all they have to fight – greedy, violent, murderous thieves. Multiple kidnappings, grand larceny, and a lot more. That takes more than a little courage and skill – and of course, a lot of prayer!

The Hardy Boys #30 The Wailing Siren Mystery is available in hardback and digital formats at booksellers and libraries. I definitely recommend it! 🙂 😎

For everyone who has been reading it recently, too, or has read it before, or is looking forward to reading it, please let me know what you think! 🙂 There’s definitely a lot to like about this exciting mystery! 🙂 😎

 

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Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery #2 Danger Overseas ~ My Review

This second volume of the Nancy Drew Girl Detective and the Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers Super Mystery, Danger Overseas, starts off with some action from the Hardy brothers fighting bad guys – always a good place to start. 🙂 There’s some humor, too. 😎 It’s cool when a book starts off with the action of the current case and then goes to the next one. It’s like a bonus with two stories. 🙂 There have been some Undercover Brothers books where that was the best part.

The brothers’ next American Teens Against Crime (ATAC) mission, a crime-fighting organization started by their dad Fenton Hardy, is at an archaeological dig in Italy. I like the way the ATAC mission assignments are given like games or music CDs and then they reformat, effectively erased, clearly inspired by Mission Impossible. 😎 And btw, Aunt Trudy would totally know about ATAC in reality. The Hardy brothers’ assignment was to investigate an American’s arrest for trying to sell stolen artifacts.

Nancy, cousins George, and Bess are in Rome, Italy with the cousins’ Aunt Estelle. She treated them to a trip there, which was nice and generous of her. There are other things there than the mythology stuff, but there was focus on that. To me, mythology with false gods is very, very boring, so whenever that was mentioned it was…well, very, very boring. Thankfully there wasn’t a whole lot of it in the book. I did have to forgive Aunt Estelle for the rudeness about Nancy, George, and Bess’ (and my) adjective use.

They help an amnesia pickpocket and she was really difficult to put up with, since she was extremely obnoxious to those going out of their way to help her – very whiny. 🙄 I admire Nancy very much because she did the right thing and helped her regardless of how annoying Thief Girl got. Nancy’s a very good example of being kind and gracious even when faced with a real brat. Admirable. SPOILER WARNING *Amnesia Thief Girl is Caitlin, a missing person of interest in the arrested American’s case* END SPOILER WARNING

While reading this mystery, I got curious about Corsica, an island located off the coast of Italy, and looked it up. Learned about their history, their flag, etc.. So this book did inspire me to find out more and that’s cool. 🙂

As far as original characters go in this one, the two best were Sam Lewis, the American who was arrested by the Italian authorities for attempting to sell stolen archaeological items, and the English archaeology lady, each one with a backstory that will make you feel sorry for them. They were both helped by our friends and I liked that. As I already mentioned, the whiny amnesia victim caused a lot of problems mostly brought on by brattiness and selfishness, a very narcissistic person.

I can usually find some good parts in a Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew book, and this one was no exception. 🙂 I have three favorite scenes. I like that Frank sent up a silent prayer (and not to any false god, but to the Creator). 😎 Another favorite part was when Joe was worried about his big brother. Then when Joe disappeared and Frank, also a good brother being very concerned. 😎

There were a couple of times the detectives would have been smarter.

I’m reading this for the second time and I feel the same way about it. It starts off good and ends good. 🙂

 

 

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Nancy Drew Papercutz Graphic Novels #20 and #21 High School Musical Mystery Parts I and 2 ~ My Review

nancy-drew-papercutz-graphic-novel-20-high-school-musical-mysteryI was excited to get Nancy Drew graphic novels #20 and #21 High School Musical Mystery from Papercutz! 😀 I’d been wanting to read them for a while! I like Nancy, George, and Bess, and the Dana Girls, Jean and Louise, and the sisters’ two friends, Teri and Gale. Before reading these graphic novels, I knew about the Dana Girls books. I was so happy to find several out-of-print-but-great-condition Dana Girls mysteries. 😀 I love the sisters working together. Good mysteries, similar to Nancy Drew. The two-part Papercutz graphic novels are the first books published for us to read about Nancy and the Dana Girls working together. 

I love Nancy’s look starting in the chapter of Part I and in Part II. The artist, Sho Murase, drew her face, hair and clothes really cool. I would love an outfit like Nancy’s in these graphic novels! 😎 Jean and Louise are also very pretty and have beautiful long hair, too. 🙂 Another cool thing about the graphics, the 3D effect, courtesy of Carlos Jose Guzman, made some of the panels look particularly real. 😎

High School Musical Mystery Part I takes place at a private academy that Jean and Louise Dana, Teri, and Gale attend. The fancy stairs, paneling, and decor are really cool. 😎

I don’t like it when a book, like happened in this one, makes mention of an unrelated book or movie, because that instantly dates it and mars the timelessness of it. It doesn’t make it more relatable – mostly it actually detracts.

It’s funny when the two sets of friends were competing on whether Nancy or the Dana Girls are the best detective(s) – except for when it was misleading in what they were saying, none of them actually dealt with “demons” or “witches” – it was proven that wasn’t the case, so that’s inaccurate. 🙄 That there is always a real reason behind the mysteries, rather than made-up fake stuff like ghosts, etc.., is another thing about the Nancy Drew books (and Hardy Boys books) that I love. Back to the funny – while the friends are arguing, in a different part of the school, Nancy and the Dana Girls are sure their friends will hit it off. They come and find otherwise. 😉

I love the idea with Nancy’s friends and the Dana sisters’ friends creating/making a mystery challenge – cool. It was fun seeing the clues as they are presented to Nancy, Jean, and Louise and solving them, too. 😎 As I read, I try to guess what’s going to happen next, and do my best to solve the mystery, too.

Another humorous part was when Nancy, Jean, and Louise all said “say what?” when they found out from their friends it was going to be a musical. 😆 I also enjoyed when Jean and Louise would finish each other’s sentence and also Nancy’s. That’s entertaining for a good part of the time.

So there’s mystery, action, humor, good sleuthing, fun detecting, curious things, and it’s entertaining, along with a few odd-not-sure-why-that’s-in-there-oh-it’s-just-for-the-sake-of-the-mystery parts. To keep this spoiler-free, I will just note that one part about the “clues” in the musical was unbelievable – literally.  

Most of the time I thought Nancy did a good job, but I didn’t care for it when she hurt the Dana Girls feelings by losing her patience. 😥 Part of Nancy’s character is how calm, patient and serene she can be. She’s more patient than me, I admit it. I think she would have kept from snapping out in impatience at the Dana sisters – hopefully I would be able to and like I said, Nancy’s more patient than me.

nancy-drew-papercutz-graphic-novel-21-high-school-musical-mystery-ii-the-lost-verseI would say I enjoyed High School Musical Mystery Part I (Book #20) overall better than High School Musical Mystery Part II “The Lost Verse” (#21), although I liked seeing that my suspicions about a culprit from the first book and the basic reason behind it was correct. I like to figure out the mystery as I read and all. There were definitely some creepy elements in Part II. As always, I appreciate the main character’s bravery and perserverance. Again, trying to keep from mentioning any spoilers…..well, one part would have been really cool if it had been done differently when Jean and Louise were “arguing”. :/ If it had been a distraction tactic, not for real arguing at that time then that would have been really cool. Still being careful to avoid spoilers, I’ll just say here that I really liked the character development of one individual at the wrap-up of the mystery who became a nicer person. 😎

My favorite quote of the two-part mystery comes from Nancy Drew Papercutz graphic novel #20 High School Musical Mystery Part I

The only time you really lose is if you give up! ~ Nancy

For everyone who likes to read books in order, in this case it’s highly recommended. #20 High School Musical Mystery Part 1 and #21 High School Musical Mystery Part II “The Lost Verse” aren’t stand-alones – definitely a two-part story. 🙂

Thank you, Sven and Rachel @ Papercutz! 😀

Here are some of the details on the paperback re-release from Papercutz that includes High School Musical Mystery ~

Title: Nancy Drew Diaries #10 High School Musical Mystery
Release Date: 12/12/17
Number of pages: 232
Available Formats: Paperback
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