The Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novel #5 Sea You, Sea Me ~ My Review

The fifth volume of the Hardy Boys Papercutz series, Sea You, Sea Me, is the very first Hardy Boys graphic novel that I read. It had already been out a while then when I saw a preview on Amazon of the opening action with the fencing scenes, and I was like, okay, that’s cool!😀 Great artwork, witty banter, and the awesome brother team of Frank and Joe stopping anyone who needs to be stopped. It’s definitely one of my favorites.😎

This is one of Frank and Joe’s many thrilling adventures where they must face serious obstacles. I enjoy cheering them on as they do a great job fighting evil.😎

As I already mentioned, the action scenes right off the bat with Frank and Joe taking on bad guys in a fencing showdown is so cool!🙂 I enjoy the comments and love the cool artwork. It’s also fun when the brothers get their next assignment. They’re anxious to see what it is as are you and me as the readers. In this case, they have to head up to Maine from Bayport, New York.😎

Before they even reach the location of their assignment, which is to find out what the deal is on a fishing vessel, the brothers are propelled into action when they see danger they can do something about.That’s one of the reasons I love ’em. They see what needs to be done and they do that without hesitation.😎

Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #5 Sea You Sea Me from PapercutzThere’s plenty of danger and excitement once on the ship, with suspects to question and an intense storm on the sea to survive. Plus, fighting a fire after an explosion and needing to circumvent attempts on their lives during all of the dangerous situations. The brothers are there for each other and know that they’re the only ones, humanly speaking, aboard the ship who they can definitely rely on and trust.:cool:

It’s really hard not to share all of my favorite scenes, but for anyone who hasn’t read the book yet, I know you’d want to read it yourself and see what happens. I love it that the brother teamwork is strong and I really enjoy seeing them stop bad people.They help people and are very brave.😎

Joe’s ongoing fish puns are fun and Frank’s banter back about them.😎

Frank’s swim meet at the end of the book with Joe encouraging his brother and joking around’s cool and fun.😎 Yet another fave scene from the book!🙂😎

Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #5 Sea You, Sea Me is available in paperback and hardback at libraries, used booksellers, and also the volume is in the digital format of the ebook device of your choice.🙂 A great read and re-read.😀 Check it out for exciting adventure and action with the Hardy brothers!😎

 

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The Hardy Boys are The Clues Brothers #13 Pirates Ahoy! ~ My Review

Nine year old Frank and eight year old Joe Hardy are the Clues Brothers – and treasure hunters!😎 Pirates Ahoy! is a fun adventure mystery with some good-natured humor included! Who can resist a treasure map? Not the Hardys and Chet – and not me or my sib!😀 I’m glad we went on the treasure hunt with the Hardys brothers and Chet.🙂

On the cover you see Joe, Chet, and Frank intently studying a treasure map. The parrot on Joe’s shoulder is quite a character. It’s not Playback, but this parrot is also a smart-aleck one named Horatio Crackerblower.😛 Horatio is the pet of Captain Sid, also quite a character. Captain Sid owns Captain Sid’s Treasure Cove, a sailing souvenir shop located near the Bayport Marina that the boys go to.😎

Hardy Boys Clues Brothers 13 Pirates Ahoy by Franklin W Dixon

As mentioned already, there’s some fun humor mixed in with the intriguing mystery. I like looking around the shop, although the dust threatened to make me sneeze a lot. Searching around is fun. Frank, Joe, and Chet are determined to find out if pirates ever stopped in Bayport, plus follow a map to treasure.😎

So, do they find treasure? Gelt? Do they find proof that pirates were ever in Bayport? Does Chet keep his cookies when they try to go sailing? Well, mateys, you’ll have to read and discover for yerselves! (I couldn’t go through the whole review without a bit of pirate talk!😆 ) You can search and find a used paperback copy of the Clues Brothers #13 Pirates Ahoy! for a good price or buy it in digital form in the ebook of your choice. Definitely a fun summer read!🙂😎

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Coming in 2017 ~ All-New Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga!

Guess what, guess what?!?!?😀 Ok, so, if you’ve read the title of this post you’ve already picked up some clues to the news!😉 Are you ready for more Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew comics/graphic novels?😀 I know I’m ready, and as long as the writers stay true to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew characters, I will love them!😎❤ At this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, CA, in July, it was announced by New Jersey’s Dynamite Entertainment that they will be publishing all-new, original Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew graphic novels, manga, and periodical comic books for all ages.😎

These all-new original series comes from an exclusive arrangement Dynamite Entertainment has secured with Simon and Schuster, who owns the rights to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books. The books will begin to be available in 2017. More details coming – keep checking back!🙂

I hope that the graphic novels, manga, and periodical comic books all will be written and treated with the respect Frank, Joe, and Nancy deserve.😎 How the characters are written and portrayed is a major factor of whether I like a book or not.

Are you excited?😀 Vote on the “2017 Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga Poll“!🙂

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Straight from the Books – Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Facts 4 – What Digest Already?

   As Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew fans, we love mysteries!😎 Sometimes there seems to be a mystery concerning book facts where there’s not an enigma really, just misinformation. The main Hardy Boys series, #1-#190, and the main Nancy Drew series #1-#175,  are the series to refer to about details and facts, in regards to other series or even within the main series, for established character personalities. That real information can be found in the individual volumes consistently reflecting the character’s real characteristics. A small number of books I’ve read in those two series so far have fallen victim to ghostwriters’ discrepancies and errors at times.

   It’s not an unusual occurence to come across something online that is incorrect. One of those inaccurate things would be referring to any of The Hardy Boys books or Nancy Drew books as “Digests”. There’s no such thing as a “Digest” series for the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. It’s a totally made-up fallacy. No mystery about the facts because it is easily confirmed. There isn’t actually a separate series called “Digests” for the Hardys or Nancy. Calling any of the books Digests isn’t accurate – neither the books nor the publishers refer to them as such. The main/real deal/essential series is The Hardy Boys, as referred to in the books and by the publishers, and also as The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories or Hardy Boys Mysteries. Both the Hardy Boys series, started in 1927, and the Nancy Drew series, started in 1930, came from the creative genius of Edward Stratemeyer, whose characters, Frank, Joe, and Nancy, have been solving mysteries ever since then.😎

   The Hardy Boys main series went into the 21st century, with new mysteries being written and published into 2005. The volumes of this series, not surprisingly, go from #1 through #190 and there’s also The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook.😎

   The Nancy Drew Mysteries also went into the 21st century, having started in 1930, with newly written and published stories to November 2003. There are 175 volumes in the Nancy Drew series, numbered clearly and for a reason, beginning with #1 naturally, plus the Nancy Drew Sleuth Book.😎

   The consecutive numbering provide huge clues that those books are the same series. So there’s really no mystery about that for the Hardys or Nancy.

   I don’t understand why anyone would make up some name like Digests that is incorrect and very easily shown not to be accurate. It’s also misleading, I think, and kinda divisive. I’m really not into any of that. I wouldn’t even refer to it on here, but that was one of the things I wanted to address on my blog since you can come across that misinformation online. Finding it on a wiki page or any site simply means someone entered that incorrect info, maybe without knowing it’s inaccurate. I’m sure everyone knows that there are correct things and false things found online, so coming across it on the internet doesn’t make something true.

   Proof of evidence is in the books themselves. If you get any of the Hardy Boys books, whether it’s #100 or #190, check inside the book. Yeah, don’t be surprised when you don’t find the books being called “Digests” anywhere in there.

   Also, I think it’s cool to note that only one series is called “The Hardy Boys” and one series called “Nancy Drew”. The alternate universe series have different series titles.😎

   Now you know. The Hardy Boys series – Hardy Boys Mystery Stories – #1-#190 1927-2005 – one series. Nancy Drew Series – Nancy Drew Mystery Stories – #1-#175 1930-2003 – also all one series. One of several ways you can tell is from the sequential numbering of the books, as in there’s only one #1 in The Hardy Boys series and the Nancy Drew series.😎

 

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Have an Opinion? Take a Poll!

I’ll be adding more polls to The Hardy Boys Books and Nancy Drew Books blog, including for The Hardy Boys vs the 4 collector covers, plus one of just the collector covers.🙂 The first one, I’m so proud of this title that I worked so hard on (😉 ) The Hardy Boys Collector Cover Poll #1, is up now!🙂 Plenty more polls coming!😀

Have fun and share your opinion!🙂

Plus, here’s the link to the page, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Polls, on here that will have links to all of the polls – which, once posted, are always available.😀

 

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The Hardy Boys #161 Training for Trouble ~ My Review

You know there’s going to be a lot of great action when a new combat sports training facility opens in Bayport, New York! It has archery (cool!), judo (cool!), and fencing (cool!)! It also has danger – lots of it – as Iola and Frank find out firsthand in the beginning of the book and then later Joe!😮 And they’re not the only ones. So they need to find out what’s going on with the sabotage hitting the facility, investigate the motives of the suspects and stop the potentially deadly situations fast.

   “When they say this is the Combat Sports Training Facility, they really mean it, don’t they?” Joe asked his brother.
“Yeah,” Frank agreed. “Tonight somebody took the name a little too seriously.”

A lot happens in the book without it being too much, which is cool and a good balance. The writing style is enjoyable and believable. That is very much appreciated and makes a great Hardy Boys mystery.

It’s great that Joe and Frank’s girlfriends, Iola and Callie, are in the book. They’re cool characters.😎 Also cool are the Hardys brothers’ parents. The Hardy brothers dad, Fenton, is away taking care of hackers in California and their mom, Laura, is very strong holding things down in Bayport. I like how good and strong both Fenton and Laura are.😎


Con Riley, as the book notes, is a friend of theirs from the Bayport Police Department, also makes an appearance during the action of the case. Con’s a good guy and has helped the brothers on many cases.😎


So many great scenes that I’d love to tell you about. I love Joe’s brave rescue that saved a visitor’s life. I like that Frank’s proud of Joe.😎 Quote from Training for Trouble: ‘”No way this will work,’ someone said.” And that’s why it’s good that not just those with that attitude were there. That someone was wrong. One of the reasons I love the Hardy Boys books (and Nancy Drew books) that I’ve enjoyed reading, is the never give up attitude. No matter what, if something is good and right, such as saving a life, you never give in to doubters and negativity regardless of the threat.


I did say there’s plenty of action and danger throughout the book and you won’t want to put it down. You just can’t! Like when Joe gets injured at one point – scary! And calm Frank helping him. Good brothers. Then there’s some much needed humor a short time later, which, like in real life, is so essential to survival!😎


So you’ve got clues for the dangerous mystery, suspects, motives, danger, courage, excitement, mystery, brotherly love, humor – all in there!😎 Do they stop the sabotage and culprit(s) in time? What, you think I’m going to spill that? Gotta read and find out!😉

The Hardy Boys #161 Training for Trouble is a great HB mystery and I’ve read it more than once so far – and I plan to read it again. It’s an exciting read every time. Check your booksellers and libraries for this book (in paper or ebook) to see what all danger can be found when training for trouble!😎

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Hardy Boys Adventures #12 The Madman of Black Bear Mountain ~ My Review

Volume 12 of the Hardy Boys Adventures, The Madman of Black Bear Mountain, is available now and it’s a fun, exciting summer read!😎 There’s an intriguing mystery to be figured out, warnings to be ignored, as well as quite a few chuckles to be found as the Hardy bros go on a camping trip to Black Bear Mountain. I enjoyed the good mystery, the thrilling action, and of course, the cool Hardy brothers, Frank and Joe.😎
Hardy Boys Adventures #12 The Madman of Black Bear Mountain
Great looking cover with excitement and danger from the rapids.😎 Very cool.😎 I hope that The Hardy Boys #80, The Roaring River Mystery, becomes available in ebook – I’d love to get that!😎 Been searching for it! The thrills and chills of the Hardy brothers expertly and bravely navigating the rapids, along with rescues when necessary, can be found in a number of HB books. One of my favorites is The Hardy Boys #173 Speed Times Five.😎

Hardy Boys Adventure #12 has a good pace and the action is fun and enjoyable. When the group of campers were going to take off in the small plane, I was there with them. It was scary, but hilarious!😆 I loved reading about the character of Commander ‘Doc’ Gonzo – very entertaining right from his first appearance!😀 To me he seemed somewhat like pilots ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock from the tv show A-Team, Jack Dalton from MacGyver and Orville and Wilbur, albatross from Rescuers and Rescuers Down Under (we have those on DVD and love ’em!).😀😆 Like I said, very enjoyable!😀

There are some really exciting scenes in the adventure, particularly dealing with a rope bridge and the rapids below it. Gotta have danger and action for a good Hardy Boys, or Nancy Drew, mystery.😎 I love the great brother team and reading of them working together and helping each other. It’s always cool to read how they outsmart criminals, help others, and never give up no matter what.😎

As with all spooky myths, the one in the book is over-the-top and it was fun seeing it debunked. That’s not a spoiler, with the Hardys and Nancy that’s thankfully what they do – they refute rumors, myths and ghost stories, etc..🙂 Regarding the truth behind the myth, I liked the mystery of it and the way things worked out about the alleged madman. Can’t tell you more, you’ll have to read the book to find out.😉

As much as I enjoyed this book, I didn’t enjoy the excerpt in the back for #13 Bound for Danger.😦 The all caps shouting was overdone and distracting, but the main thing is wondering at the depiction of the principal. I’m going to assume, though, that it was not due to the hearing impairment that he got from fighting to protect peoples’ rights, but perhaps the position of principal in that, individually, some of them don’t always make sense, don’t always listen to students, and sometimes act in high-handed ways. So, I have hope for the rest of the book and hope to check it out when it’s available and see if it improves past the excerpt.🙂

Hardy Boys Adventures #12, The Madman of Black Bear Mountain, is available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook from booksellers and libraries.🙂 The paperback of this title looks very nice! That’s what I have.🙂 Will I want to read it again? Well, of course!😀

 

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Grand Opening of the Virtual Bayport/River Heights Library!

Announcing the grand opening of the Bayport/River Heights Library!😀 Virtually speaking, of course.😉 I just posted a new page on here to give everyone a place to let all know what Hardy Boys and/or Nancy Drew books you’re reading or gonna read, or just read.🙂 Also, to find out whether or not anyone can read at the same time, you can post on there and ask.🙂 It’ll be a page located on the menu bar so you can tap/click on it from there and go right to it from anywhere on the blog.🙂 Here’s the link ~ Bayport/River Heights Library ~ The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew – Whatcha Reading? ~ bookmark it if you’d like!🙂

Where ~ Bayport/River Heights Library
Hours ~ It’s always open whatever country or time zone you’re in!😀😎
No library card and no fees ~ bring your own Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books!🙂😎

 

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Covers and Details #14 Hardy Boys Adventures and Nancy Drew Diaries plus Clue Books

You can check out the recently released cover art, synopsis and more for the Hardy Boys Adventures #14 Attack of the Bayport Beast, Nancy Drew Diaries #14 Riverboat Roulette, Hardy Boys Clue Book #5 Scavenger Hunt Heist, Nancy Drew Clue Book #7 Candy Kingdom Chaos @ The Hardy Boys Books and Nancy Drew Books!😀😎🙂 Let me know what you guys think!🙂 Tap/click on the links from the titles or on the covers to go to the individual posts to see the cover art larger and discover the clues you want to know!🙂😎

 

Hardy Boys Adventures #14 Attack of the Bayport Beast

Nancy Drew Diaries 14 Riverboat Roulette

HB Clue Book Scavenger Hunt HeistNancy Drew Clue Book 7 Candy Kingdom Chaos

 

 

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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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