The Hardy Boys – Battling Injustice and Helping People Since 1927

   Guess what? Tomorrow, the 16th of May, is when the Hardy Boys’ books were first Secret of the Old Mill by Franklin W Dixoncopyrighted! :cool: The real deal Hardy Boys’ series, aka The Hardy Boys Mysteries/The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories, ran from 1927, when the first three volumes in the series were released, to April of 2005 with the publication of #190 Motocross Madness. :cool: Checking out the online records of copyrights, including searching digital copies of public domain books for info, I found that in the U.S. Copyright Renewals, 1955 January – June, the first three Hardy Boys volumes – #1 The Tower Treasure, #2 The House on the Cliff, and #3 Secret of the Old Mill, were listed with the copyright date of May 16, 1927, and the copyrights were renewed on March 24, 1955. Edward Stratemeyer, who wrote the detailed outlines of the first Hardy Boys books and Nancy Drew books, published the first three volumes of The Hardy Boys series simultaneously in 1927. Seriously cool that the awesome brother team of Frank and Joe started in 1927 and went right into the 21st century. :cool:

   The details in this post about the first 3 Hardy Boys books refer to the revised editions, since those are the ones I know and have read – namely, the ones currently available now in print and ebook formats. The original first 38 mysteries were revised, then after that every title has one original, unrevised edition, with new stories written and published into this century. Volumes 1-58 can be found new in hardcover in print and some of the paperbacks. Thankfully many of the 190 mysteries can be found in ebook, with hopefully more to be released soon. :cool:

   In the first book, The Tower Treasure, a reader ready for mystery and action can meet most of the characters of the Hardy Boys series. Frank Hardy and Joe Hardy, crimefighting brothers, their parents, Fenton and Laura Hardy, friends Phil Cohen, Biff Hooper, Chet Morton, Tony Prito, and Jerry Gilroy, and you know that the brothers are dating their true loves – Joe’s Iola (Morton), and Frank’s Callie (Shaw). <3 Frank and Joe’s Aunt Gertrude makes her first appearance in #3, The Secret of the Old Mill, as does their boat, the Sleuth.

   The essential, real deal series, The Hardy Boys/The Hardy Boys Mysteries, about Frank and Joe, along with the other cool characters, contains a lot of excitement, bravery, danger, death-defying action, and risks as they fight evil people bent on destruction while escaping the numerous murderous attempts directed at them. They combat very serious and dangerous crimes with courage as well as making sure to keep it real by infusing such intense situations with humor and sarcasm. Throughout the series, those excellent characters, Frank, Joe, Fenton, Laura, Iola, Callie, Chet, Phil, Tony, from the first three Hardy Boys volumes do their best to do what’s right, not just what is the least dangerous or most popular even. And help is definitely needed in that path. It’s not the quantity of friends you have, but rather the quality. :cool:

Hardy Boys 190 Motocross Madness Franklin W Dixon    In  the Hardy Boys #190, Motocross Madness,  released in April of 2005, you can be up-to-date in the 21st century by seeing that the Hardy brothers’ girlfriends  Iola, Callie, plus Chet along with the whole Hardy family are still going strong. :cool:

   Like Nancy, who has helped out the Hardy brothers on more than one occasion, Frank and Joe have many books available for us to read and enjoy their cool adventures and mysteries in The Hardy Boys series. And there have been spinoffs/alternate universes, including the currently running Hardy Boys Adventures and Secret Files. There are also games, including Treasure on the Tracks, and The Hidden Theft and The Perfect Crime. Plus the Nancy Drew games like Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon where they’re special guests (cool!), and the ones in which they’re phone guests. Also available are some excellent graphic novels from Papercutz, such as Sea You, Sea Me. If you want to read Hardy Boys fanfiction, ones based on the books can be found, although not all claiming to be HB fanfiction qualifies as having any resemblance at all to the books or characters, except for borrowing the names. :roll:

   Let me know what you like best about the Hardys. :) I haven’t read all of the Hardy Boys books in the series, but I have a large number of favorites, some hardcover, some paperback, and ebook. :D I love the action and exciting mysteries, the teamwork of the brothers with their loved ones, the humor, and the determination and bravery to stand up against evil and never backing down, which is also true of Nancy Drew. That resilience and integrity is not only commendable but very inspiring to each one of us, wherever we are and whatever situation we find ourselves in. :cool:

   Here’s the first ever poll at the Hardy and Drew Mysteries blog! Please vote and comment and invite others to come vote as well. Be ready for more polls to come! :D

Happy Anniversary, Nancy Drew!

Nancy Drew #3 The Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn KeeneAs I mentioned in a previous post, the 28th of April, 2015 is the anniversary of when the exciting, much-loved, cool, popular series, Nancy Drew (Nancy Drew Mysteries/Nancy Drew Mystery Stories) began being published. The 85th anniversary to be exact. Mystery readers have had the opportunity to read Nancy’s thrilling adventures starting on this date in 1930, with the publication of the first three volumes, The Secret of the Old Clock, The Hidden Staircase, and The Bungalow Mystery. That was the start of another successful Edward Stratemeyer series, The Hardy Boys (The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories/The Hardy Boys Stories) series having been established in 1927. Both series being read and loved here and now in the 21st century. That’s pretty cool. The Nancy Drew series continued with new stories from 1930 until November 2003 with #175 (The Hardy Boys went to April 2005 with #190). I have a facsimile edition of books #1-#3 (unread as of yet) and I also have the revised editions, which I have read. :) My favorite of the first three Nancy Drew books is #3 The Bungalow Mystery. :)

There are several essential characters who’ve helped Nancy a lot. Her dad, Carson, is a lawyer who loves his daughter, and although he’s always concerned for her safety, he’s super proud of her. Her boyfriend, Ned Nickerson, brave, loyal, and smart, lets Nancy know he loves her, not only by telling her, but also showing it with understanding and support. Hannah Gruen, the Drews’ housekeeper who’s been like a mother to Nancy. George Fayne and Bess Marvin, cousins who’ve stuck with Nancy through many dangerous situations. Also Helen Corning, a friend appearing in several books. And my favorite characters, the Hardy Boys, brothers Frank and Joe, fellow detectives and justice-seekers have worked with Nancy.

Important trivia if you don’t want to be wrong: Nancy was 16 years old in the first book. That means she isn’t 85 years old today – because she would have had to have been a baby in The Secret of the Old Clock – and maybe people really matured a lot quicker than us today, but she could drive a car, etc, so that’s just not in the realm of possibility for her to be an infant in the first book. So since she was 16 in the original, she would be 101, but with her being 18 in the revised edition of The Secret of the Old Clock, you could say she’s 103. But it is physically impossible for her to literally be 85 and not 101 or 103. :) So if you read anywhere online that’s she 85, you know that’s incorrect and you know the actual facts. :cool: If you want to get really technical, The Secret of the Old Clock was written in 1929, so that would make her 102 or 104. :)

It’s not a mystery at all as to why Nancy (and the Hardy Boys) continue to be important, much-read characters. The answer is that readers who love action and mystery love reading about the adventures of people who have a strong sense of ethics and are willing to take on deadly foes murderously intent on getting away with a number of crimes. Bad individuals and groups get stopped and it’s good to see that. Plus Nancy and the Hardys keep their sense of humor, which also helps them. Smart, brave, loyal, compassionate, resourceful, quick-witted and wise are all words that describe Nancy Drew (and The Hardy Boys :D ). And I’m extremely thankful to know that there are people like them for real. :)

Nancy not only has a lot of books, but other items as well. My mom and dad got me a book about Madame Alexander dolls and it has in there about the doll made in Nancy’s honor. Plus, there are numerous movies, games, several spin-off/alternate universe book series, and graphic novels from Papercutz. The games includes PC/Mac/tablet/phone games from HeR Interactive, including one of my favorite ones, The Secret of the Old Clock – which I like more than the book. :cool:

So those of us who love an adventure want to read the exciting mysteries Nancy’s solved. You can find them on sale online or in bookstores, or check them out of public libraries in paperback, hardcover, and ebook. Puzzling clues and fascinating mysteries at a variety of locations await you! :)

Let me know what you like most about Nancy and if you have a favorite book or game! :)

Hardys Inn Danger Chapter 32 – Joe

Ready for the conclusion of Hardys Inn Danger? :) Because it’s time to travel (had to say that again :P ) to Bayport and see what happens! Just click or tap on the link in this sentence or on the pic below for Hardys Inn Danger Chapter 32 with Joe! Hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think! :) I really had a lot of fun writing the story. Thank you for all of the great comments and reads! :)

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Hardys Inn Danger Chapter 31 – Frank

Up next – the Hardys Inn Danger Chapter 31 with Frank! Just click/tap on the link in the previous sentence or on the pic below. Read and see what happens! :) I hope to get back here soon to reply to all of the awesome comments from you guys! :) Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and all of the reads! :)


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Hardys Inn Danger Chapter 30 – Joe

Here’s Hardys Inn Danger Chapter 30 with Joe. :) Just click or tap on the link in the previous sentence or on the pic below, read and enjoy! :) Now I’ll go hit the button so that this post will show up here on the day and time I set it up for. :D :cool:

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Hardys Inn Danger Chapter 29 – Frank

Hi! :) Remember me? :P I’m so sorry that I haven’t gotten any new chapters or blog entries on here recently. Thank you to everyone who prays for me – the prayers are much appreciated. :) Everyone always need prayers and that is such a beautiful gift one person can give to another by taking even just a minute and praying for them. :) I’ve kept you guys in my prayers and hope you’re all doing well. :) I should have had a chapter uploaded and ready to go, but I had no idea before some of the things that happened were going to happen! I’m so very thankful that the Creator helped us – it was very scary at times. So now it’s the normal busy at the moment, but I’ve just published Hardys Inn Danger Chapter 29 with Frank letting you know what’s going on. Just click or tap on the link in the previous sentence or on the pic below to find out what happens next! :) I’ll try to get Chapter 30 scheduled to publish next week. :)

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Hardy Boys #5 Hunting for Hidden Gold – My Review

The Hardy Boys #5 Hunting for Hidden Gold by Franklin W Dixon
    Want to travel to the Rocky Mountains, solve several mysteries, including a missing persons case, search for lost gold, chase and fight fugitives from justice, experience a blizzard along with a lot of other dangerous situations and try to survive numerous murder attempts? If so, you’ll want to read or re-read Hardy Boys #5 Hunting for Hidden Gold! :cool: It’s a multi-layered mystery with a lot of action and suspense requiring resilient investigating. Perfect to read while it’s snowing outside (like it’s doing out there as I type this on here! ;) ). And it doesn’t fail in excitement reading it again, either. That’s what you want a book to be like.

   Callie and Hardy Sleuth decided to read it together recently and I thought I’d put up a page so reviews can be posted if anyone would like to. :) A lot of thrills and chills in the book (and when I say chills, I did mention the blizzard! ;) ). Definitely some scary parts, but I won’t give anything away for those who haven’t yet read it.

   Frank and Joe face many dangers bravely – before and after they take off for the Rockies to work with their dad on a case. The action actually begins right away as soon as you start the book. Talk about close calls! If you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about – and if you haven’t, you need to!!! This mystery has a lot of danger that doesn’t let up through the whole book. The Hardy brothers have several enemies to confront and to bring to justice. They have to dodge bullets, keep from drowning, etc. .! Plus, naturally, they keep their sense of humor with them at all times. :) That’s essential. :cool:

   Along with all of the excitement and danger in the book are the great examples of the Hardy family’s being there for each other and teamwork that I always really love to read about. Awesome. :cool: I like seeing the realism of caring and fearing for one another’s safety. And there are numerous situations where that is necessary – such as a gang trying to kill them and their dad. Definitely tense times in the book where you’re anxiously reading sentence after sentence wondering what is going to happen next.

   The cover’s very cool, also. You just know it’s going to be an intriguing book. :cool: I like the coloring – looks great. :) The illustrations inside are awesome, too.

   You can read an excerpt from Hardy Boys #5 Hunting for Hidden Gold by Franklin W. Dixon @Amazon and buy it there or from Penguin or BAM or many other booksellers and ebooksellers. Or you can check it out of your local library in hardback or ebook. :) Then enjoy a thrilling adventure and mystery with Frank and Joe Hardy! :cool: It’s definitely a Hardy Boys must-read! :cool:

   Anyone who’s read it or reading it, feel free to post what you enjoyed most about Hunting for Hidden Gold – maybe there’s a particular scene you liked best, thought was the most exciting, or just all of the danger and excitement together, etc.. :)