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

  1. Commenting paragraph-by-paragraph (I have a few comments myself 😛 ):

    #1 – Yes, I know Iola is still alive – I read the books. 🙂 I’m happy you posted some of the details, Ann 🙂 – as you know, there have been some unkind Internet people trying to bully people into believing the bad guys’ lies. I don’t think it’s very nice of them to do that – especially when someone who hasn’t gotten to read the books sees those lies by the unkind Internet people & get all sad, thinking it’s true. Thankfully they can do a search, find your cool site & learn the truth! 😀 😎

    #2 – 100% true, Ann! 😀 😎

    #3 – We sure do! (know that Iola is alive 🙂 ) 😀 😎 Yeah, & some people I’ve talked to on the Internet got confused because they don’t really know the books so they didn’t know what was going on when they read some not-true-to-the-books fan-fiction written by mean girls who are jealous of Iola being so loved by Joe so they tried to act like Iola had been killed – even though she hadn’t been. Iola’s alive, same as ever! 😀 😎

    #4 – Yeah, they sure did. :frown: They seemed to revel in sensationalism – which is so bogus &, quite frankly, I got sick of it. A good writer doesn’t need fake drama to make books exciting – write it realistically & that’s exciting! Good point on that last sentence, too, Ann. 😎

    #5 – I don’t 🙂 – because the Casefiles never happened in the Hardy world, but I’ll play along anyway. 😉 Good points, Ann. 🙂 Yep, I don’t include them – they have no relevancy. True stuff, Ann. 😎

    #6 – Of course the Hardy Boys Series isn’t pre-Casefile!!!!! 😮 Oh, that’s right, you communicated with some of the same unkind Internet people that I did. o_O O_o Yeah, the Casefiles didn’t represent the real Hardy Boys very well – they’re so much more intelligent & knowledgeable in the Hardy Boys Series! About that quote from Casefiles Joe – really?!?! Sounds more like something Secret Files Joe would say! 😆 Very accurate little expression there, Ann! 😎 That tells it right there! – If they read both series, how could anyone possibly think that the Casefiles came afterwards? O_o Yes, I know there’s lots of proof from the books to support your words, Ann, because you know your stuff & you get it right! 😀 I do recall those unkind Internet people finally admitting you know the books better than them – I’m so pleased that you graciously & nicely persisted in the truth & didn’t let them bully you. You know I agreed with you. 🙂

    #7 – All true!!!!! 😎

    #8 – Yes, I noticed those same things as I first read book 1 in The Casefiles. 😎

    #9 – Totally true, Ann. Ooo 😀 – & I can shout it, too! 😀 IOLA IS ALIVE!!!!! 😀

    #10 – 😀 Exactimo! 😀

    #11 & 12 – Cool! 😀 I like that phrase you coined, Ann. Is it maybe going to be the title to a story you’re writing????? I hope, I hope, I hope! 😀 If so – I can hardly wait to read it! 😀 Very true, your observations on the keys & the heat levels. = IOLA IS ALIVE! (Always has been. 🙂 )

    #13 – Yep 🙂 – Joe’s instincts are ones to listen to! It’s a well- known Hardy fact 😎 – it’s in the books! 🙂

    #14 – Yeah, I still don’t include the Casefiles. 😎 I think it was horrendously ignorant of them to dare make it seem like Iola had been killed. Asinine, really. Iola is alive! 😀 No one has the right to kill off characters created by another author – Edward Stratemeyer, The Hardy Boys’ (& many others’) creator sure wouldn’t have agreed to that garbage – he knew it wasn’t necessary or enjoyable to readers for writers to do asinine stuff like that. 😀 Exactimo! 😀

    #15 – Yes, some honestly just don’t know. 😦 & about those who are knowingly wrong – 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 That’s a great – & very nice – way to put it, Ann! 😀 😎 ABSOLUTELY! Those mean girls have no Hardy Boys credibility whatsoever. Iola is alive! They can’t change the facts. Period. 😛

    #16 – That’s right, Ann! 😀 😎 😀

    #17 – The bonus fact is 100% true. 🙂

    #18 – That’s right, Iola! 😀 You’re standing strong, alive & well – & happy in Joe Hardy’s arms. 🙂 *Lily hands out tissues to bawling mean girls*

    Appreciating the good things,

      • I’m so glad, Helena! 🙂 I thought it was the polite thing to do. 😉

        Thank you for taking the time to let me know that 🙂 – you made my day! 😀 ❤ 😀

        Appreciating the good things,

    • Wow, Lily!!!! 😎 What an EPIC comment! 😀 I was sure when I posted that you would also have a few comments, but you outdid yourself! 😛 Impressive! 🙂 Yep, I don’t like people to get confused and sad. 😦
      Thank you so much, Lily! 🙂 Yep, I know and thank you for agreeing. 🙂
      Yes, Key to the Clues is one of the stories I’m working on. 🙂 Thank you! 🙂 You’re right! 🙂
      I agree. Edward Stratemeyer’s characters are still well-loved today….and alive. 🙂
      🙂 😀 Thanks, Lily! 🙂
      Your comment #18 – 😆 😆 😆 😆 that is so you, Lily! 😀 *claps hands* Reading that, just about fall onto the floor laughing!!!! 😀 😎 Thank you for your great comments! 🙂 Love ’em all! 🙂

  2. Yes I know, Iola is alive. Which is good to know. 🙂
    Wow! ur a really good writer. Pls post more! 🙂 🙂

    • Hi, Seema! 🙂 Good comments 🙂 – I like what you wrote. 🙂 Yes, all of Ann’s writing is excellent and filled with smart stuff! 😀

      Appreciating the good things,

    • Alright, Seema, cool! 😀 😎 Glad you know. 🙂
      Thank you so much! 🙂 Really appreciate it! 🙂 Yep, I’ve got some more to finish and post! 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

  3. Iola is alive and has always been. Can’t understand why they wanted her out of Joe’s life.
    She is Joe’s life. The love of his life. His future.

    With love Helena

    • Hi, Helena! 🙂 You are absolutely right! 😀 They seemed to like sensationalism and trying to make it look like Joe’s girl was killed was about the meanest thing they could do. I don’t think that was very nice of them.

      You are 100% correct in what you said there, Helena! 😀 Thanks! 🙂

      Appreciating the good things,

    • So true! 🙂 I think they thought it would be a very dramatic situation, not that they had anything against Iola personally.
      Beautifully and eloquently said, Helena. 🙂 😎 Thanks! 🙂

      • Rather over-dramatic to “kill off” Iola just for the drama and story. And in most TV-series when someone is “killed” by a car bomb means that they are still alive, hidding from the mob or some killer.
        I heard someone say that it was because of her name. Because it was out of date. Iola is an old name, not very used now but to kill someone for an uncommon name. No.
        Un-common or not Iola is alive and will grow old with Joe and have childen, grandchildren and maybe great-grandchildren.

        • I totally agree. Yep, and also with this one – her being alive.
          That would be someone’s guess. Even tho I’d never heard of the name “Iola” before reading the Hardy Boys and I don’t personally know anyone with that name, I think that makes the name unique. I agree – it would be ridiculous for them to do that because of a person’s name! :ee:
          Yep, Iola’s alive and with her true love, Joe. ❤ 🙂 That's cool – children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. 😎

  4. That’s very impressive, Ann, complete with all kind of details and everything! 😀 😎

    For me, Casefile universe is kinda an alternate universe, in which they brought in Vanessa later on. Actually, this new adventure series is also like that, isn’t it? Iola exists, but not as an love interest of Joe? Meaning, ‘things’ are different..

    • Thanks, Ritu! 🙂
      The adventure series is an alternate universe as well. The Casefiles were pretty clear that he loves Iola and didn’t say that about Vanessa. As for the Adventure series, I wouldn’t say that, give the boy time. 😉

  5. Iola is just as much alive as every other main character in the Hardy Boys series – every part of it – and always will be. 😎 The Casefiles tried to go for the heavy dramatics to get people hooked on the series (it wasn’t necessary – we already love the Hardy gang and thusly read the runoff series anyway), but Iola was always alive in that series as well. She wasn’t killed. The bad guys merely tried to make it look that way. What true Hardy enthusiast is going to believe an evil person?

    • Absolutely. 😀 You know it. Runoff – 😆 I’ve never heard it called that before! 😛 Very original, Callie! 😀 Yep, exactly, she wasn’t killed. Not me! 😎

  6. Absolutely, Iola is alive. Great facts and great put all together like that on here. I just bookmarked this and will share it! 🙂 That’s one of my favorite HB quotes, Joe saying he knows Iola is alive.
    Thank you for having this! 🙂

    • Yep! 😀 😎 Thank you so much, Hardy Sleuth! 🙂 That’d be great – thanks! 🙂 Yes, that’s a great quote. 🙂
      Don’t want anyone to not have the facts, so it was necessary. 🙂 No problem! 🙂

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