Hardy Boys Adventures #11 Showdown at Widow Creek ~ My Review

Showdown at Widow Creek is a super fun Hardy Boys Adventure! It’s volume 11 in the series. I really enjoyed reading it! It has suspense, humor, and good brotherly love. I read it as soon as I got it which was the day it came out. I’m already ready to read it again. Look at that previous sentence and find 3 “reads”.😀

This mystery adventure has a great flow to it and I could really picture the fun and exciting scenes. One of the things I loved and really enjoyed was Joe and the western movie themes playing in his head.😀 A great mix of action and fun.

Hardy Boys Adventures 11 Showdown at Widow Creek CoverThe whole feels-real-thing dialogue is very good. I think Showdown at Widow Creek is the best one so far in the Hardy Boys Adventures series, although there are parts I love in #1 Secret of the Red Arrow and #2 Mystery of the Phantom Heist.

The danger was palpable. That’s a fun word to work into a sentence.😛 The book even has some twists so that it isn’t totally obvious about what’s going on. Good detective work by the brothers, which I always appreciate reading. It was pretty intense at times and the writer captured the enjoyment of the adventure as well as the edge-of-your-seat aspect of the drama.

I definitely recommend this one to all Hardy Boys fans to enjoy the mystery and the good brother team working to help people. I’d hoped it was going to be good and it turned out to be even better than I expected it to be! I’m not into rodeos, so this is a good example that it can be a great read as long as the writing is good. And it is in HBA #11. I truly hope there are more adventures such as this one!😎

Showdown at Widow Creek is available in paper, hardcover, and ebook. There are plenty of places to buy it or if your library has it, you can check it out.:) Also, if you like this one, you’ll also like the Hardy Boys graphic novel #12 Dude Ranch O’Death! from Papercutz – one of my favorites.😎 I love great adventure, fun, humor, and the Hardy bros!:)Hardy Boys Adventures #12 The Madman of Black Bear Mountain Anyone who wants to read either of those at the same time – let me know, I’d love to!:)😎

Hardy Boys Adventure #12 will be available soon and I hope it’s as great as this one!:) It should be exciting if the cover is any indication! We’ll find out! Queston: do you tend to buy or borrow these books? Do you pre-order? 

 

 

 

 

 

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Straight From the Books – Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Facts 3 – Iola Morton is Alive

Iola Morton would like you to know she is very much alive. Hopefully you already know this. If you didn’t, this will be very pleasant news to you.:) After all, to anyone who didn’t know this, it should be great and exciting to find out, well, except a mean person wouldn’t be happy about it. Like the Assassins. For example, Al-Rousasa. Also the Assassin leader from Casefile #4 The Lazarus Plot, wouldn’t want you to know about that; he wanted to torment Joe and everyone else he could. I’m not going to let the lying Assassin get away with anything, just like Frank and Joe wouldn’t. I’m standing here on this side of it, in the 21st century, and it’s pretty clear, according to the books, that Iola is alive. Would you like details – clues, facts and quotes – from the books? Then please read on as we follow the trail of clues….to the many, many BIG clues.😎

The Hardy Boys series, aka The Hardy Boys Mysteries/The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories, is the main HB series and starts with #1 The Tower Treasure (1927 original then revised) and goes through #190 Motocross Madness, 2005, as in the 21st century. This is the only series that can accurately be called “The Hardy Boys” (and that’s what it’s called) and there’s a reason for that. This is the real deal series and anything conflicting or contrary from any of the alternate series you can disregard because it can be refuted/disproven with set Hardy facts.
 
Checking out the main series, The Hardy Boys publication dates, they were being written and published alongside the Casefiles and continued for years after the Casefiles were canceled. There were new stories written and published in The Hardy Boys series, as seen by publication/copyright dates, before the Casefiles, during the Casefiles and years after the Casefiles had been canceled. I looked up to see when the last Casefile, #127, Dead in the Water, was published and it said 1/1998. I think most all of us who are reading The Hardy Boys series, and Undercover Brothers, and Hardy Boys Adventures, already know she’s alive. Just because some people stopped at the Casefiles or only read the Casefiles, that doesn’t change the facts that Iola is alive as proven by published Hardy Boys books.

Some of the writing in the Casefiles made a lot of statements as if they really happened – to cause panic and drama throughout that series. It happened over and over so you can see that’s what they liked to do. It was supposed to look like she might have been killed, but all the clues can be found in the various book series to proves Iola’s alive. The Casefiles themselves even contain enough clues.

If you want to assume continuity between the series, the Casefiles have to take place somewhere around #83 in The Hardy Boys series (1-190), because they go from their convertible to the van in #84. And there are many books in The Hardy Boys series after that with Iola and their black van in them. That means there are a lot of books that prove she’s alive.😀 Casefiles, if you even include that alternate universe because I know many Hardy Boys fans who don’t, were retroactive. Certain things in the Casefiles series can only take place before some things in The Hardy Boys series (1-190) – it would be totally impossible for the Casefiles to happen after The Hardy Boys series. The mysteries with Iola very much alive, and when they got the van and on, took place after Casefiles because in them you find out what happened to the sedan.

So many things that prove that the Hardy Boys series aren’t pre-Casefile. Not in publication, not in reality, not in continuity, not in writing, not in what took place in the books! As far as being written, published, and when they took place according to the books content, it is very obvious to even casual readers. Times of seasons, school, etc.. Frank and Joe are older in The Hardy Boys main series than they are in the Casefiles. In Casefile #100 True Thriller, this is supposed to be Joe referring to himself in his thoughts: “What he knew about flying wouldn’t fill a Post-it note, but he knew that you had to pull back on the control yoke if you wanted the plane to go up.” The Hardy Boys #176 In Plane Sight published Dec. 2002, Joe has his pilot’s license. He clearly didn’t in the Casefile True Thriller, since you definitely need to know more than would fit on a Post-it note.😉
Here’s another ~ For “A Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys SuperMystery” #23 Dead on Arrival, Joe was undercover as an EMT. His cover was blown when it was found out he was 17, since you have to be 18 to take EMT training. In The Hardy Boys #173 Speed Times Five, it doesn’t state their ages, both have EMT training, and are using their knowledge to help someone in the book. So they are 18 and 19 or older. I could keep going with examples between the series, but I’m trying to keep this sorta brief!😀

In the Casefiles the sedan was blown up, so every time anyone sees the van in the main series, The Hardy Boys, where it’s known and shown she’s alive, that’s further proof – and just one of many – that states Iola is very definitely alive.:)😎 There are so many clues in the various series – things that clearly show that Iola’s alive.:)

In the 1st Casefile, when she went to get more leaflets from the car for the political rally at the mall, she was walking ahead of the brothers fast then was out of sight. There was a significant amount of time between when she disappeared around one of the pillars a distance ahead of them in the underground parking garage and the sound of the explosion. The car was parked outside. Frank and Joe didn’t see her get in the car. Joe states this for a fact in The Lazarus Plot. She clearly didn’t get in the car. Read on to find out how you can tell that.😉

Some of the clues about the explosive device from Casefile #1:  no remote, and the device apparently wasn’t wired to the ignition. Iola was going to get the leaflets from the backseat of the sedan – not start the car. Details throughout the book about the explosive set-up in the sedan, the M.O. of Al-Rousasa, the Assassin, and his overall plan indicate some potential problems. All the details and clues combine to say, or actually shout, that Iola is alive. Impossible for her not to be.

The physics of the explosion and the distance from the fire to how close to it Frank and Joe were able to get indicates the heat wasn’t intense enough to have obliterated any evidence. The physical evidence as well as the lack of certain things, such as no body, etc., are both important clues pointing to the fact that Iola wasn’t killed and is alive.

And then there are the KEYS!!!!!!!!!!!!! As in the Key to the Clues© (that’s mine).😀

     With choppy motions, Joe ripped off his tie.

    “You say I shouldn’t blame myself, but it was my fault.I can’t forget that. Remember these?” He pulled a chain out of his shirt. On it were a pair of keys, twisted and melted together. The last time Frank had seen them, they’d been jingling in midair, with Iola’s hand grabbing for them.

There’s a clue there in that quote from Casefile #1. The keys would have been in her hand and had they been inside the car, it would have melted onto other stuff. If she dropped the keys, it would be right next to her. The keys were melted but you could still tell they were keys. So the heat wasn’t as intense where they were – and Iola had the keys, that means there would have been evidence if she’d been killed. And there wasn’t.

Since they were recognizable as keys – twisted and melted together, but clearly keys – that indicates the keys were on the outside. Since there was an explosion it would have been incredible heat and would have melted the keys to a unrecognizable blob even if the force had thrown them in the air. Iola had the keys. The keys weren’t in the car – neither was she. The heat wasn’t intense enough to make the keys unrecognizable, so it also wouldn’t be hot enough to destroy all evidence of a person. And since no trace was found by police, as noted in the Casefiles series, then there was no body, and that means Iola is clearly ALIVE!

Don’t just take my word for it, or all the book clues, I’ll ask Joe to tell us the deal. From #4 The Lazarus Plot ~

“But I’m not giving up,” he told his brother. “Iola is alive, I can feel it. I couldn’t feel this strongly about someone who was dead.”

Joe has a very good record with his gut instinct. There’s a pattern, too, with his usual gut instinct telling him something then him having doubts. He would temporarily doubt his instincts only to find out his instincts had been right all along!:)

So regardless whether you do or don’t include the Casefiles, Iola is alive. Every time you see the van in The Hardy Boys (1-190) it’s a really huge clue – proof of life if you will – solid evidence – that Iola is very definitely alive. It’s proven that Iola’s alive contextually by The Hardy Boys series as well as the Casefiles.
 
The only ones who say differently either don’t know or are fine with being wrong. To claim anything other than the fact that she’s alive, after knowing these facts, causes a person to lose HB credibility. The big clues lead to the fact that Iola is alive.:)

Regarding The Hardy Boys books that came during and after the Casefiles – content-wise as well as publication-wise – know what? Iola’s alive and well in them.😎

Bonus Fact: the Casefiles and The Hardy Boys series are pretty clear on how much Joe loves Iola, too, which I think is very cool.

To sum it all up, Iola can say with assurance that what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.:)😎

 

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Straight From the Books – Hardys Boys/Nancy Drew Facts 2 – Bayport, USA

We like to read about the Hardy family, Frank, Joe, Fenton, Laura and Gertrude (Trudy), Frank’s girlfriend, Callie Shaw, Joe’s girlfriend, Iola Morton, Iola’s brother, Chet, their friend, as well as their friends Phil Cohen, Biff Hooper, and Tony Prito, and find out fun facts. Time for more! They know where they live  and we know, too. Namely Bayport – and where is that exactly? Glad you asked!:) Don’t worry it’s not missing. It’s in the books and on the map!

In my story, Bid for Intrigue, I included trivia from The Hardy Boys #139 The Search for the Snow Leopard, where we find out the exact house number and street address! :cool: 

Now, what state is Bayport located in? Another great question that I’m glad you asked!😉 In the volumes of the main Hardy Boys series, The Hardy Boys (aka The Hardy Boys Mysteries/The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories #1-#190 1927-2005) it’s the state of New York. In The Hardy Boys #7 The Secret of the Caves, we find out ~

“There are only three Rockaways—one in Oregon, one in New Jersey, and the other on the coast down from Bayport.”

“It’s a cinch we won’t go to Oregon or New Jersey first,” Chet said.

There really are three places named Rockaway in the US. As noted in the book, located in the state of Oregon and New Jersey….. and on Long Island, New York. They mentioned the other states, so the clues in that sentence indicates that it’s in the same state as Bayport – New York, “on the coast down from Bayport.” That fits a number of clues in other volumes of The Hardy Boys series. 

In The Hardy Boys #37 The Ghost at Skeleton Rock it’s noted that they moved to Bayport, where Fenton became an internationally famous private investigator after having served as a detective in the New York City Police Department. It doesn’t say they moved to a different state, but to “the coastal town of Bayport”.

In The Hardy Boys #189 One False Step Frank says ~ 

“If we need something that only a big city has, then we drive to New York,” Frank added.

He’s referring to New York City (NYC) specifically, which is often done in the books. They’re in the state of New York.

These are just a few of the things indicating Bayport is in New York. 

And, just another little (BIG) clue to add ~ there is truly a Bayport, on Long Island, in New York.😎

Bonus: Fun stats that show it to be in the state of New York, referencing the earlier mentioned quote about Rockaway in The Secret of the Caves, rather than Massachusetts ~ There’s a Bay Port Road in West Harwich, MA, so from there to Rockaway, NJ via 1-95 S (constructed 1957) it’s 295.6 miles which takes about 4 hours and 49 minutes. From West Harwich, MA to Rockaway, NY via  I-95 S it’s 269.2 miles that will take about 4 hours and 51 minutes. Bayport, NY to Rockaway via Southern State Pkwy (constructed 1927) it’s only 53.6 miles and only takes about 1 hour and 9 minutes. I can easily see why they’d choose to check out the one in their home state of New York first. ;) 

If a book, series, or show says somewhere other than New York that means the ghostwriter(s) didn’t look up that fact and just missed it.

Here are some of the books in The Hardy Boys series that states that Bayport is in New York.😎
#138 The Alaskan Adventure
#149 The Chase for the Mystery Twister
#155 The Hunt for Four Brothers
#158 The London Deception

Now you know. :) 

 

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Hardys in Night of Danger Chapter 9

The conclusion of The Hardys in Night of Danger, Chapter 9, is coming your way….right now!:) Hope you enjoy it! I want to thank each of you who’ve commented and all of the readers for reading!:)❤ More stories to come!:) Also, more Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew facts as well as reviews!:) One of the facts will be the not-really-a-mystery-but-some-ghostwriters-and-TV-shows-try-to-change-it-but-can’t – the location of Bayport, as in where do the Hardys live?😎

Also, another poll is up on The Hardy Boys Books and Nancy Drew Books – feel free to check it out and vote if you’d like to!:)

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Hardys in Night of Danger Chapter 8

I have so much catching up to do!:) Thank you so much for all of the awesome comments and reads! I hope to reply soon! Can’t right now because I need to stop and help with finishing dinner before this evening! Wanted to get this posted for you – The Hardys in Night of Danger Chapter 8! Just tap/click on the link in the previous sentence or on the pic below!:) Have an absolutely-awesome-fantastic-super-great-wonderful-blessed weekend everyone!:)

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Hardys in Night of Danger Chapter 7

Ready to see what happens next in Night of Danger Chapter 7?:) If so, just tap/click on the link in the previous sentence or on the pic below!:) Hope everyone is enjoying the mystery!:)

 

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Hardys in Night of Danger Chapter 6

Here’s Night of Danger Chapter 6 that I scheduled to post! Tap/click on the link in the first sentence or on the pic below!:) Hope you enjoy!:)

 

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Hardys in Night of Danger Chapter 5

Chapter 5 in Night of Danger is coming at you – right now!:) Just tap/click on the link in the previous sentence or on the pic below!:) Hope you enjoy!:) Today I’m also scheduling Night of Danger Chapter 6 and the blog entry for it to post soon. I have the post and page good to go. You are all in my prayers and I hope you’re doing well.:) Love you guys.:)

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Hardys in Night of Danger Chapter 4

Hi everyone!:) Up next: The Hardys and more in Night of Danger Chapter 4!:) Just tap or click to get to the story to read!:) Hope you enjoy!:)

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Hardys in Night of Danger Chapter 3

Hi everyone!:) Here comes Night of Danger Chapter 3!:) Just tap/click on the link in the previous sentence or on the pic below!:) Internet is working right again! *happy dance* Hope you’re having a great week and that you enjoy the chapter!:)

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Hardys in Night of Danger Chapter 2

I didn’t intend for it to be over a week and a half later to get Night of Danger Chapter 2 posted! I’m very sorry!😮 Internet woes, etc..🙄 Anyway, so here tis.:) All you have to do is click or tap on the link in the first sentence or on the pic below! Hope you enjoy!:)

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Updates: Cover Art, Synopsis, HB Clue Book #4, Nancy Drew Diaries #13

New posts on The Hardy Boys Books and Nancy Drew Books:
Hardy Boys Clue Book #4 Talent Show Tricks – details, cover art, synopsis
Nancy Drew Diaries #13 The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn – details, cover art, synopsis
Updates:
Hardy Boys Adventures #13 Bound for Danger – cover art and synopsis
Hardy Boys Clue Book #3 Water-Ski Wipeout – synopsis
Hardy Boys Adventures #12 The Madman of Black Bear Mountain – synopsis

 

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