Bayport/River Heights Library ~ The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew – Whatcha Reading?

   You’re now at the Bayport/River Heights Library, a place to post the title of The Hardy The Hardy Boys Starter SetBoys book and/or Nancy Drew book you’re presently reading, about to read, or just read. 🙂 This virtual library is nice, comfy and fun! As you can picture in your mind’s eye, it’s a beautiful multiple story stone building with grand double doors that are designed to look exactly like a book. To enter, you just open one as if moving the front cover of a book. Then you step inside and are immediately greeted with the sight of an amazing huge room that is bright and cheery with shelves of cool books lining all of the walls. The library is filled with the presence of light. You take notice of the especially comfortable looking couches and Nancy Drew Starter Setchairs including bean bag chairs (that’s what I would pick 😀 ). Some friends are already there reading, but they pause from their individual mysteries to give you a warm smile and friendly wave, happy to see you. After you greet them in return, your eyes travel upward as something draws your attention. An incredible view of the brilliant sky seen through the large skylight built into the elevated ceiling meets you. The same craftwork of details can be seen in the large windows on the main floor that you turn your focus on. Window seats with soft cushions accompany each one. A great view of creation can be seen through the window and you Nancy Drew #11 The Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn KeeneHardy Boys 82 Blackwing Puzzle by Franklin W Dixonpause to drink in the sight. Once you reluctantly move your gaze from that, you notice as you look toward the right and toward the left of the main area there are two freestanding spiraling staircases which you can travel to the second level. Once there you can walk along perusing the many volumes filling the shelves all the way around the building. A beautifully crafted railing, much like what is on the spiral staircases, adorn the outermost part of the walkway. From there you can see the entire layout of the library.

Secret of the Old Mill by Franklin W DixonNancy Drew 64 Captive Witness by Carolyn Keene   Everyone who loves The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew can come and hang out. Select a book from your own shelves or your local physical library or online library. Once you have an exciting mystery clasped securely in your hands, be it paperback, hardcover, or ebook, you’re ready for a great adventure that’s waiting for you! 😎 Next, wherever you are, find a comfortable place to relax as you read your exciting HB or ND book. Since it’s fun to read with friends, if you’re reading one or going to read one and want to see if anyone else has the opportunity to read a particular title at the same time, you can post about it here. 🙂 Also, if you’d like to post your comments for a book that’s been reviewed on here, check out this page, Books and Games Reviews and Interviews, to see if it’s listed already and follow the link. Is there a volume you’d like to see reviewed on here? Just let me know! 🙂 The main thing is to have good fun! 🙂 Also, may I add that you can stop by anytime, there’s no closing time for the Bayport/River Heights Library. 😎

UB 16 Bayport BuccaneersNancy Drew Girl Detective 25 Trails of Treachery   Please be careful of spoilers in case anyone reading this page hasn’t yet gotten to read the book. Also, everyone here loves the books, so it is preferable to have good, positive comments, but if something really annoyed you, that sometimes happens. May everyone have fun as we read the fantastic Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books, which is made even better with the presence of friends! 🙂 ❤

Nancy Drew Diaries 13 The Ghost of Grey Fox InnNancy Drew Notebook #5 The Soccer Shoe ClueClues Brothers 4 Jump Shot Detectives Franklin W DixonSecret of the Red Arrow Adventures

289 thoughts on “Bayport/River Heights Library ~ The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew – Whatcha Reading?

  1. Thank you for designing such a beautiful library for us, Ann!! 🙂 Your page layout looks very nice!! 🙂

    I’m reading the collector-cover book The House on the Cliff and I’m also reading Hardy Boys Adventures The Madman of Black Bear Mountain. 🙂

    • So happy you like it, Callie! 🙂 So many books I wanted to add the covers of! 😀

      Sweet! 🙂 Hopefully Ritu will be able to read that one soon as well (like we were talking about on Hardy Words). Cool! 🙂

      • 🙂 It was hard to narrow it down, wasn’t it? 🙂

        🙂 Oh, cool! 🙂 Maybe I’ll wait to finish reading it then. 🙂

        • What a coincidence that you both are reading it at almost the same time! 🙂 And, I really appreciate that you are thinking to wait, but I am not sure when I would be able to read it…. Won’t be possible for at least a week it seems.

          • No, no coincidence, Ritu. 🙂 The House on the Cliff collector’s cover edition was recently released; I Iike to read books as soon as I get them. 😉 It’s the same story, only the cover is different. 🙂 Oh, do you read it all in one sitting? I usually read whenever I can get a few moments to do so, else I wouldn’t get to read much.

            • Yep, exactly what Callie said. 🙂 Plus a lot of times when I see what others on here are reading of HB and ND that’s really being enjoyed, makes me want to read whatever title it is or read it again! 😀

            • Oh, okay. 🙂 No, not exactly in one sitting. 😛 Well, I cannot enjoy reading if I can get only a few moments to read.

          • 😮 Ritu! 😮 You’ve got to take time to visit with the Hardy Boys! Reading good stuff is very good for your health. 🙂 It’s relaxing & reinvigorating – I highly recommend it in small as well as large doses. 🙂 😎

            Appreciating the good things,
            Lily

  2. Supercool, Ann!!!!! 😀 😎 Excellent, groovy place to hang out! 😀 Love it! 😀 😎 There’s no end to your genius, is there? 😉 😀 🙂 😎 Great job! 🙂

    I finished reading The Flickering Torch Mystery – 1971 revision, then I read The Mystery of the Tolling Bell – 1973 revision, & now I’m reading The Melted Coins – 1970 revision.

    Helena – have you read The Flickering Torch Mystery? 🙂 If not, I wanted to tell you that this one has a lot of Callie & Iola helping Frank & Joe solving the case – I know you especially love those kind of stories. 🙂

    Appreciating the good things,
    Lily

    • Thank you so very much, supercool Lily! 🙂 *blushes* You’re sweet! 😀 Thanks! 🙂

      Cool! 🙂 I need to get that one in ebook. 😎

      • I thought you might have, but wanted to make sure you knew about it so you could look for it if you hadn’t gotten to read it yet. 🙂 Cool! 🙂

        Appreciating the good things,
        Lily

          • Cool!!!!! 😀 I hope you get it in time, too, Helena! 😀 I hope you & your family have a safe & happy Summer holiday! 😀

            Appreciating the good things,
            Lily

            • Received it today. Started reading as soon as I could. I knew that I had read it before but it was nice to reread it.

              • That’s wonderful, Helena! 😀 I can understand that! 😀 I’m looking forward to reading it again sometime, too. 🙂 Thanks for telling me; I’m happy for you! 🙂

                Appreciating the good things,
                Lily

  3. I really like this library! 🙂 This is sooooo much better than the libraries around me. It’s more quiet and a much better atmosphere. On here there aren’t any rude, loud, mean-to-kids librarians, not to be confused with the nice, actually-helpful librarians.

    I think I want to read a Hardy Boys graphic novel. 😀

  4. I hope its okay to say it here, I’m currently reading Nancy Drew #9 The Sign of The Twisted Candles. I’m liking it so far but I dislike Bess and George in this installment. They were being disloyal and unkind to Nancy. They were not in character!
    Otherwise, I’m really liking the book. It’s hooking me up. 🙂

    • Yes, when I first read the book description, I was surprised in the way Bess and George were misrepresented. I thought it must be a mistake and wouldn’t actually be that bad in the story itself. Bess and George wouldn’t be like that. It wasn’t as bad as the description made it sound; there were misunderstandings and it was actually the parents that forbade the cousins to talk with Nancy. It wasn’t their own choice, but they felt bad about it anyway and apologized when they got to talk to her later. The mystery and the author’s writing style were both very intriguing and enjoyable. 🙂

      • yeah I finished it and enjoyed it. I’m glad Bess and George got to be friends with Nancy again. 🙂
        I give it four stars. I loved Nancy’s smartness in the story. She was brave and never gave up. 🙂

        • Cool! 🙂 I was glad when things got back to normal, too; their friendship was never broken. 🙂 😎
          🙂 Yes, she is very smart and cool. 🙂 Her bravery and attitude of never giving up are two of the things I love about Nancy Drew books. 🙂 (The Hardy Boys are great for that, too! 😉 )

              • Just finished reading the new Hardy Boys Adventures #12 The Madman of Black Bear Mountain, and it was amazing! I loved it!! ❤

                • That’s great, Seema! 🙂 I’m glad you were able to get it and that you enjoyed it so much. 🙂 It is the kind of good adventure that a person enjoys reading and looks forward to reading again. 🙂

                  • I agree! There was brotherly love ( Frank even hugged Joe somewhere near the end, I loved that part! ) and actions – I’m even ready to read it again sometime in the future! 🙂
                    How did u like it? What were your favourite parts?

    • I have read it too. Long time ago. Remember that I didn’t like either that George and Bess become enemies.
      Glad that they came to their senses. 🙂

      With love Helena

  5. Yes, Frank and Joe are good, protective, and close brothers. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading it again sometime, too. 🙂

    I liked most all of it. 🙂 I enjoyed the well-done humor and teamwork. My favorite part of the book was all of the bravery and action around the roaring river!! 🙂 It was really cool!! 🙂 What was your favorite action scene in the book, Seema? 🙂

    No, you didn’t reveal any spoilers. 🙂

    • Hmm… not sure which was my favourite part… I guess I liked all of it, lol! especially the scene when Frank and Joe were separated and they were worried about each other. Shows they really care about each other. I’m looking forward for the next book #13 Bound for Danger now. What about u? 🙂

  6. Hope you have an awesome day today and every day, supercool Lily! 🙂 Hope you have fun! May blessings be yours from the Creator. ❤
    Whatcha readin' now? 🙂

    • Thank you very much, Ann!!!!! 🙂 To you, also! 🙂

      The Secret Panel! 😎

      Appreciating the good things,
      Lily

  7. Hi Ann,
    I hope its okay to say it here. I finished reading Nancy Drew Girl Detective #24 Murder on the Set yesterday and it wasn’t as good as I had thought it would be. It wasn’t very well written. There are things I really didn’t like in this book. Nancy was not in character and Bess was crazy! And guess what else? Nancy cheated on Ned! I really didn’t like it. I mean, it was okay… but not as good! It even had more romance than mystery. I totally don’t recommend it!

    P.S. it was even a bit confusing anyways 😦

    P.P.S. I’m currently reading Hardy Boys: Ghost Stories. 🙂 It’s really good so far! 🙂 🙂

    • Hi Seema! 🙂 It’s totally ok! Ohhh, sorry it wasn’t good! 😦 That’s so disappointing. 😦 Thank you for the warning – since I hadn’t read it yet, you’ve now spared me from reading it. 😎 So I really appreciate that – I definitely wouldn’t like any of that either! And if you want, you can just do what I do whenever I come across a series book where the characters are being written so out of character, just mentally mark it down as the author’s error and personally not count it as a ND (or HB when that applies :P) book. Then you won’t be disappointed in the characters, just the poor writing. I really get annoyed with that, but thankfully there’re more good ones than blah ones. 😀
      When the writing is not good and confusing, the mystery isn’t enjoyable cos then it just doesn’t make sense. Thanks again – I’m taking note of #23 Murder on the Set and going to avoid that one! 😎

  8. P.S. oh, and I would like to ask u, how was Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers #6 Burned? I really want to read that one, but at the same time afraid to run out of the UB. What do u think? Should I read it?
    Thx!

    • If you don’t read it you’ll miss out on the good stuff in it! 😉 I understand tho about saving it. I especially love the first chapter – excellent! The rest had some good parts even tho it wasn’t perfect and didn’t reach the level of the first chapter. 🙂 I’m glad I read it and I think you’d enjoy it. 🙂

        • Yep, you’ll like it. 🙂 Hey, I wanted to ask you if you read paper and ebooks. There are some free mysteries in ebook that are really good adventures of siblings and friends. They’re set in 1950s England, so that’s interesting. And the author is currently writing them. I know that several of the titles are available free @ Kindle and iTunes maybe B&N. We started reading them last year. Haven’t read all that are available so far. I can get more info if you’d like. 🙂

          • Hi Ann,
            I read on paper. 🙂
            Really? What kind of mysteries?
            Yes please, I would like more info. 🙂
            Thx! 🙂 🙂

            • Hi Seema! 🙂
              Cool. 😀 I read both paper and ebook. 🙂 I just went and checked @ Amazon and iTunes – 6 free! 😎 With Amazon you can read for free on your computer or device, you don’t have to have a Kindle to read their ebooks. With iTunes you need an Apple device for that. So, these books are by Paul Moxham and are interesting mysteries with the characters helping people, as well as dealing with danger.

              Free @ Amazon and Kindle The Mystery of the Missing Money (this one we’ve read – my fave of the two so far, but The Mystery of the Howling Dog was good, too! Castles are mysterious. 😛 ) Synopsis from Amazon:

              The seaside village of Smugglers Cove is proving to be anything but quiet for the Mystery Kids as they encounter yet another mystery while exploring Brackness Castle. This ruined fortress sits on the outskirts of the village and, as they soon discover, holds more secrets than they could ever imagine. Who is hiding in the dungeons? What is in the bag? Where does the secret tunnel lead to?

              Free @ Amazon and Kindle The Mystery of the Howling Dog (this one we’ve read) Synopsis from Amazon:

              When Amy hears a dog howling in the woods, she’s the first to come to the animal’s aid. After taking the animal to the vet, the Mystery Kids attempt to locate his owner, but things don’t quite turn out as planned.Where has the dog come from? Why does the animal try to enter a cottage after the owner declares he has never seen the animal before? What causes the children to pursue two men into the woods?

              Free @ Amazon and Kindle – The Mystery of the Golden Elephant, The Mystery of the Strange Notebook, The Mystery of Hidden Valley
              Free only for Kindle: The Mystery of Claw Mountain
              Free only for iTunes: The Mystery of the Mysterious Man

  9. I plan to Hardy Boys Clues Brothers #13 Pirates Ahoy! sometime during the weekend. 😎 Anyone read it or want to read it then, too? 🙂 If so, go for it! 🙂 I’ll hopefully write a review for it next week. 🙂 Everyone have a great weekend, ‘kay! 🙂

    • I’ve read Pirates Ahoy! and I’ll gladly read it again this weekend with you, Ann!! 🙂 I look forward to your review. 🙂 I hope you and everyone else has a pleasant weekend, also. 🙂

      • Awesome – thank you, Callie! 🙂 I didn’t get my review for it done this week, but hope to post it next week! 🙂
        Thanks, and for this weekend, as well! 🙂
        I’m about to re-read Hardy Boys graphic novel #7 The Opposite Numbers. 😀 Love this one, too! 😀

  10. just received two of my books from Amazon.
    Got Hardy Boys #186 Hidden Mountain and Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew SM #2 Danger Overseas. 🙂 🙂

          • currently reading #186 Hidden Mountain. 🙂
            Which HB graphic novel r u planning to read?
            🙂

              • No, but I’m hoping to soon. 🙂
                What are your other favourite Hardy Boys you’ve read?
                Oh, and btw I like the HB graphic novels way better than the ND ones. What about u? 🙂
                I’ve read some of the ND ones but, well, they’re not really as good as the HB ones.

                • Nice! 😀 I think that would be nearly all of them, lol, but yeah, not all of them. Oh, I agree, HB’s sooo better than ND graphic novels. I kinda get a letdown feeling with the ND ones, right? Hoping the new ones’ll be better! 😀 8)

                  • Yeah, can’t wait for the new ones! Wonder what they’ll be like. I’m more excited for the HB ones though. 🙂
                    Wonder how the cover art will look like.

                    • I hope the art is great, that’s really important. I’m more excited for the Hardy ones, too. ;D

            • Oh, that one was quite different. Unlike any other canon I have read. How did you find it, Seema?

  11. Hey Ann,

    Just finished reading Hardy Boys #12 Dude Ranch O’ Death, and I loved it! ❤ 🙂

    • Awesome! 😀 😎 I was as positive as I could be that you would love it! 😀 I love it, too. ❤ It's one of my top faves. 😀 I'll be posting a review hopefully sometime for it. 😀

        • Yep! 😀 I’m trying to go in order, of the ones I have (don’t have them all), and review. I’m really ready to read it again. 😀 Hope you can get one! 🙂 There’s a lot of great stuff in it. 😎

          • Definitely! A lot of great stuff, and yeah me too. I would like to read it again and again and…
            if I own it. 🙂

                  • I totally hope so!
                    I reeeeeeaaaaally want to own it! I want to collect all my favourite HB graphic novels. 🙂 ❤

                    • I hope so, too, for you! 🙂
                      Totally understand! Yep, hope you get to soon! 🙂 I know what it’s like to really want to read your faves whenever you want – some books I don’t own but want to! 🙂

    • Oh, Seema! I don’t know how I didn’t see until just now that you’re writing a HB fanfic! 😮 I would have commented! Like I’m doing now! I was posting and looking at this page to make sure my comment about what I’m going to read (Board to Death) had posted correctly and then I see that you’re writing a HB fanfic!!! 🙂 I usually check out all of the comments together instead of going to each page tho I do that sometimes. Glad I did this time!! 🙂

  12. Hey Ann,
    Guess what! Finally read a good ND graphic novel! 🙂
    Called #20 High School Musical Mystery. Really liked it! First ND graphic novel I’ve ever rated at least four stars. It was awesome, and like I said before, I’m not usually a fan of the ND graphic novels as they r slow and not as interesting as the HB ones but this one was. A. Really. Good. One. You should try it!
    Now I’m looking forward to read part two tomorrow.

    • That’s great, Seema! 😀 I’ve been wanting to read that one and part 2 – they’re two of the ND graphic novels I’ve had the most hope for!!! I totally agree with you about the HB’s graphic novels being better than the ND ones. Looking forward to hearing about part 2! 🙂 Thanks so much for letting me know! 😎

      • Hi Ann,
        Yup I’ve read part two and, I have to admit it though, it wasn’t as good as part one as it was a bit confusing, but it was good.

        You’re welcome! 😀

  13. I recently got the Undercover Brothers book “The Children of the Lost” in ebook form. I think I will be reading that one.

  14. Sure, Ritu! 🙂
    Have you read HB Adventures #12 The Madman of Black Bear Mountain? I think you’ll love it, it’s one of my faves! Also, you should try Hardy Boys UB #17 Murder at The Mall if u haven’t read it. One of my faves too. 🙂
    I’ve got a lots HB faves to choose from! 😀 🙂

    • Yeah, I noticed that #12 of HB adventures is being liked. 😉 🙂 I will keep “Murder at the Mall” in mind, too, to be read – never saw that one being recommended, incidentally. Thanks for the suggestions! 🙂

      Okay, what about the older series like the HB mystery series or the Casefiles. Read any of them? Any favorite?

      • Hi,

        Nope never read the Casefiles, but I’m planning on reading some of them. Yes, I’ve read some of the HB mystery series. Got lots of favourites! 🙂

  15. Everyone read The Shore Road Mystery? That’s got some exciting scenes and it’s one I have on my beautiful bookshelves. 😀

    • Yes, I’ve read it! 😀 😎 It’s a really good one! 😀 😎 Great books make for beautiful bookshelves, right, Hardy Sleuth? 🙂 I love looking at my Hardy Boys books on my bookshelves, too! 😀 Fun, huh? 😀

      Appreciating the good things,
      Lily

    • Have u read them yet? Did u enjoy them? Looking forward to hear what you have to say about them. 🙂

      • I’m reading the first part now! 😀 Didn’t get it started as soon as I thought I would. I like the idea of Nancy’s friends and the Dana Girls’ friends making a mystery challenge for them – that’s cool. Some funny stuff in the book, too! 😀 I’m enjoying getting the clues to the challenge along with Nancy, Jean, and Louise. 🙂

        • Cool! Glad ur enjoying it! And yes, I agree about what u say about Nancy’s friends and the Dana girls’ friends making a mystery challenge for them. It’s cool, and yeah, it was kinda funny too. 🙂
          Oh, and did u notice that the Dana girls keep completing Nancy’s sentences for her? Haha that was funny! 😀

          • 🙂 Yeah, the way they were arguing about who’s the best detectives, then Nancy and the Dana Girls come after assuming all their friends would hit it off – funny! 😆

            Lol, how could I miss it – they’ve been doing that a lot! 😆

            I’m not done reading part one yet, had to help my Mom, but hope to finish it tonight. 😀

  16. Done Nancy Drew graphic novel #20 High School Musical Mystery Part 1 (review coming soon! :D) and started #21 Part 2! 😀 I love Nancy’s look in both of these. 😎

  17. Hi,

    In every Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew book, I notice that in the back of the book, the age range is 8-12 (it kind of bugs me 😦 ). Aren’t the HB and ND books for all ages???
    Pls let me know.
    Thanks! 🙂

    P.S. I feel that many ppl say that they’re for kids :(. I hope that’s not true.

    • Definitely, absolutely, for sure, without a doubt, of course, the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books are for all ages! 🙂 😎 Don’t let that bother you, Seema – that’s just a reading level guide that publishers/teachers/librarians refer to when asked like if the words are too difficult for someone under 8. It’s not very relevant. A 7 year old can read/understand and enjoy these books. I know.
      No problem! 🙂
      Nope, they’re not just for 8-12 year olds. Many people can be wrong about something, too. 😉 But also many people of all ages enjoy them – I’ve heard them. 😎 People like teachers and others get caught up in stuff like reading levels, or whatever, and I feel that is putting the wrong emphasis on faulty data.
      Bottom line = the Hardy Boys books and Nancy Drew books are to be enjoyed by all ages. 🙂

    • Ann’s right. 🙂 Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books are for all ages. Maybe they think people start reading them between the ages of eight and twelve, but it sure doesn’t stop there!! 🙂 Anyone can read the books from the time they first reach the ability to understand enough of the words – and then enjoy reading them every age after that on through adulthood!! 🙂 They are good mystery books and are not juvenile in content. 😎

    • Please don’t let the publisher’s silliness bother you, Seema. Hardy Boys books are for everyone who can read and enjoys a good mystery adventure! 🙂 😎

  18. I pre-ordered Hardy Boys Adventures #13 Bound for Danger and Nancy Drew Diaries #13 The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn. So excited! Looking forward to them. 😀
    Any of u done that?

    • Sweet! I want to read them both, too, but I haven’t pre-ordered them. Hopefully they’ll get them in the store and library right away. 😀

    • Cool, I’m looking forward to some great reading, too! 😀 Nope, I’ve never pre-ordered books before. It wouldn’t work out getting them tomorrow for us at the bookstore, so it’ll have to wait until later in the week like Thurs.
      Have you seen the 1st chapter of The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn – it’s great! 😀 I love it, great descriptions of the inn and also some hilarious parts! 😎 😆 The author is writing Nancy great! 🙂 Here’s links to the chapter @ Simon and Schuster and @Amazon – we only saw part of the chapter @Simon and Schuster because the page glitched and wouldn’t turn. The whole chapter is at Amazon. It’s great when you can get the 1st chapter before it’s released! Of course we already read the 1st chapter of Bound for Danger in the back of The Madman of Black Bear Mountain

      • Hey Ann,
        Yup, I read the first chapter of Nancy Drew Diaries #13 The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn and it sounds exciting! 🙂 Can’t wait to read it! I hope it would be a five star read. I’m excited for Hardy Boys Adventures #13 Bound for Danger too but I don’t like all that caps lock on the first chapter. 😦
        Hopefully, it will get better.
        I hope it wont be like that in the whole book.

  19. The last conversation had me wondering… Has anyone here read any of the Nancy Drew Diaries books? If you have, any likes? I am sorry if I have missed any mentions.

    • Oh, that one is in my ‘to be read’ list! I wonder if we can read it together. How much of it have you read?

      • I finished it this morning and I really liked it. It was such an awesome read! 🙂 Oh I wish I had a chance to read it with u! 😦 Sorry I didn’t have a chance. 😦

    • Oh, I LOVE that one! 😀 😀 That had some really intense parts and scary at times!!! My HB/ND reading sib was like, you don’t want to read the one part right before going to sleep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Maybe I could read it with you another time? I’m ready to read it again sometime soon! 🙂

      • Cool. 🙂 We could read this book or some other one. 🙂 I should mention though, it being festival time and all, I probably won’t be able to read any for a couple of weeks or so.

      • You read it? How did u like it? Looking forward seeing your review on it! 🙂
        I loved it! ❤

          • Hey, I liked The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn way better too! 😀 And yeah, I also read the HBA one but got to admit it wasn’t that good. I mean, it was fine… but not the best as, in my opinion, Frank and Joe seemed kind of, well, different. 😦
            Looking forward on your review on it, though. 🙂

            • Awesome! 😀 Looking forward to seeing what you have to say about it! Guess I should post it next! 😀 I’m anxious to hear your thoughts on it!

    • I’m in between books, Ritu, what do you wanna read? 🙂 I can probably find whatever one. 🙂

      • I am currently reading “The Hooded Hawk Mystery”. 80 pages read and nothing too exciting has happened yet. 😛 There are some things in this one, though, that I did not see being mentioned before. Like, how the Hardys have a gardener. And that Fenton Hardy has more than one operative/detective, who help him with the cases. Oh, and the boys walked down to the Morton’s farm from their house?! I thought the farm would be too far for that.

        Anyway, with my current reading rate, it will probably be done by tomorrow. So, maybe the next one? I am thinking of reading UB #6 “Burned”, or the Casefile #20 – Witness to Murder.

  20. I have “The Hooded Hawk Mystery” and there’s some cool things in it. I’ve read other books that mentions he has more than one operative, like when they say about Sam Radley being one of his operatives. That’s pretty cool.
    They’re hearty Hardys ;), so I don’t think it’s too much for them to walk to the Morton’s. Some books have the Morton’s at varying distances away.. I guess with the different books, it’s whatever the writer for that particular mystery is picturing. 😉
    I’ll flip through my book (Hooded Hawk) and see what my fave scene is and find out what yours is. 🙂
    Let me know which book you want to read next, if you’re leaning towards the Undercover Brothers book, that’s fine with me. 😀

    • Okay, it got a bit interesting after 100 or so pages. 😛 🙂 I particularly liked the Forbidding Island’s scenes. 😉 🙂 You might be able to guess which ones. 🙂
      Ya, that’s pretty cool, and I didn’t know that.
      So, found your fave scene in this book? I might not have read mine yet. 😉

      It seemed like you are leaning towards it. 😉 😀 So, “Burned” would be it then? 🙂

      • So you finished “Hooded Hawk”? Yes, as in a rescue? 😉 I liked also when they were swimming to the Island, thought that was cool and I could picture it with them getting there. I don’t want to give any spoilers, either, but yeah, the rescue at Forbidding Island and also I like towards the end of the book when Frank and Joe fought the bad guys who were trying to kill them and the brothers did so well it impressed their enemies. Also, then it got even more intense!

        Cool, got it! 😀

        • Finished now. 🙂 I liked all the rescues. 😎 🙂 And regarding that towards the end, they did so well that I am also amazed how they did that! 😉 😛

          Well, I have issues with the overall plot and certain other things, but what was bothering me the most were the names of the Indians. I wish the writer had not used the names of the cities for the names, at least.

          I will start the next book tomorrow. 🙂

          • So were the rescues and the excitement with them your favorite parts? They were mine. 🙂 This isn’t one of my favorite HB books, descriptions weren’t always on, and some of the story was slightly confusing. I wasn’t sure about authenticity – like at the end of the book, I looked up shabash online to see if it actually means bravo. 😛

            Cool! 🙂

              • It is an Indian word, Seema. Though, Farsi/Persian in origin, I think. Might be Urdu.

                Incidentally, is not “Seema” also an Indian name and word? Pretty common name here, actually. 🙂

            • Yes, those were my favorite parts, too. 🙂 And this is not one of my fave book, either, if you can’t already tell. 😛 You were wise to be unsure 😉 , though shabash does mean bravo. It is used to praise someone for a job well done. 🙂

              • I could tell and we agree. Yep, I found that when I looked it up, dictionary has it down as Urdu.

  21. Now reading UB#6 “Burned” and really liking it so far. I was looking forward to read this book ever since I had read its first chapter on Ann’s recommendation. 🙂 That seems like it happened ages ago. Reading that chapter was still great fun, and the fun continued with the iguana, and then the handcuffs. Well, though, poor little baby. 😉 Not that I am complaining.. 😛
    I loved that ‘grades’ scene, too! Rarely do we get to ‘see’ such things.
    And that ‘Be careful’ phrase. The writer has used it well! 😉 😀

    Just started reading 8th chapter and I am with Joe in how he is feeling about Julian. It seems strange.

    By the way, it was quite something to move from an earliest series book to this one. Then, also, some things in this one very strongly reminded me of that one. Like, their aunt’s reaction on seeing the ‘creature’ the boys brought home! 😀 It was the Hawk in the Hooded Hawk Mystery.

    • Cool! I loved #6 Burned! 🙂
      Yes, I totally noticed that Joe keeps being told to be careful in this one.
      So happy ur reading it! Looking forward to hear what u have to say about it!

    • I really enjoyed the first part, the bros and the danger and the banter, yeah, great! 🙂 Right, cool point, Ritu, about Aunt Gertrude/Trudy’s reaction to creatures, lol! Entertaining. 😀

      • It is in general quite entertaining! 😎 😀 So many fun little scenes! I liked the light hearted Joe-Frank exchanges regarding Belinda, also. The scenes with Nurse Jones were fun, too!

        That “Shop till you drop” chapter – That was quite an exciting and fun way to show us the Bayview Shopping Mall! 😛 Lol! Although, Mr Ski Cap seemed stupid to me, the way he just ran off.

        Then, Frank and his voice memos in school, specially the ones in chapter 12! Those were hilarious! 😀

        A lot of good stuff, great action scenes..:cool: 🙂 though I had to agree with everyone in this book 😉 – the boys needed to be more careful. They were playing with the fire all the time.

        • Yup, very entertaining! 😀 All that regarding Belinda with Joe and Frank kidding around was fun. 🙂
          I’m reading about Mr. Ski Cap now and yeah, totally agree.
          I love great action scenes. 8)
          So, did you finish, Ritu? I hope to finish tonight or more likely tomorrow. 😀

          • Had finished it yesterday, and it left me a bit confused. Okay, not sure what I could say without spoiling it for those who have not read it.

            Anyway, I enjoyed reading it. 😀 What are your thoughts?

            [spoiler] This is to check if spoiler tag works here. [/spoiler]

            • I should have it finished soon. You can type a spoiler and just note before and after the spoiler in caps like this WARNING: SPOILER! write your comments then END SPOILER ALERT! 😀 Then readers will have fair warning. 😀 So far I really like a bit of stuff about it, I don’t believe that Joe and Frank would act like Chet was a suspect. That made me roll my eyes. But I really like the bros solving the mystery and having fun joking around. 😀

              • Right. Don’t read anything I write here now if you have not finished reading this book! 🙂

                WARNING: SPOILER!!

                Now, that part where Frank is acting like Chet was a suspect, I felt that was kind of a joke. It was just shown that he was writing the name of every guilty person/possible guilty person, without any kind of bias. Fair enough. 🙂 On the other hand, they let Julian go, inspite of what they found out. No, wait a minute, we don’t really know what happened to him..

                So, Mr. C’s actions did not make total sense to me, nor did what Frank and Joe were hoping for when they decide to go meet him at the dock, without intimating anyone, without any kind of back up. That made me roll my eyes. 😛 Also, they did not really find any evidence against him, after all. Did they?

                END SPOILER ALERT!

                • 😮 WARNING: SPOILER ALERT! 😮

                  Yeah, okay, that would be good for it to just be joking about Chet being a suspect, I believe you’re right. Good. That makes me feel better about it. Thanks, Ritu. 🙂 That at the end, I agree didn’t totally make sense. They would already have known who it was and already had evidence so..Plus, they are trained fighters so I thought that should have been better. But I really love what was in the box! That cracked me up! 😀

                  😮 END SPOILER ALERT! 😮

                  • WARNING: SPOILER!

                    You’re welcome. 🙂 Ya, that is also it – they should have been better.
                    I love the that, too! 😀 (Oh, does not that mean Joe knew who was it? But he was surprised?)
                    Also, he took care of his C. 😉 😀

                    END SPOILER ALERT!

                    • Yes! 😀 He would totally have known, I’m sure.
                      Yup, took care of it quite nicely, too! 😀

  22. I have a review to finish for Nancy Drew #18 of The Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion – good mystery, Ned’s in it, and you get to meet his mom, who’s nice. Also, Burt and Dave are there, too from Emerson College. 😎

  23. Yesterday, I finished reading an amazing Nancy Drew book called #49 The Secret of Mirror Bay. I. Loved. It! 🙂 ❤ One of the best Nancy Drew I've ever read! ❤ I couldn't put it down! Every time I think, 'I'm going to stop in this chapter' but I never do! I just couldn't put it down! Anyone read it? If not, u should!
    And Ann, plsssss once you read it, plssss review it. Would like to see your review for it here. 🙂

    • Good to know that #49 is a good one, Seema. 🙂 Incidentally, I read Nancy Drew #48 recently and it was proving very hard to finish it. 😛 Won’t recommend that one to anybody. (The author is the same for both of them it seems.)

      • Yeah, I read #48 The Crooked Banister, and yes I agree that it wasn’t that good. It was fine… I guess. Not the best! But u really should read #49. It was 100 x better than the previous one. 🙂

      • I’ve come across some like that, hard to finish. I asked Seema what her favorite part was in The Secret of Mirror Bay just now and wanted to ask you what your least favorite part was in The Crooked Banister, Ritu? I like the cover for Mirror Bay so much better than the other one.

        • Oh yes, I agree. The Crooked Banister was bit hard to finish. The first 10 chapters seemed promising but then, it got boring. 😦

        • Least favorite? That would be dificult. Okay, what I am going to say is spoilerish. Not that I want anybody to read it but still. 😛 Don’t say I didn’t warn.

          I just did not like its plot line. Nancy and her crew were supposed to find a missing man, and they never made any attempt to do that. All they did was explore his empty house. I didn’t see any reason for why they were doing that, except that it was something fun to do. That robot was interesting(The only thing I liked somewhat.)

          Also, there was this guy in this book, whose intentions were so very obvious. Inspite of that, what happens in the end.. *sighs*

          I won’t even give it credit for the presence of Ned.

          • Exploring is fun, and they should be able to pick up some clues that would help find the missing man. Ned couldn’t even rescue it, huh? 😦 Hope the next one you read is better, Ritu! 🙂

    • Cool, Seema! 🙂 That’s awesome whenever there’s a mystery that you can’t put down. 😎
      Thanks for the review request! 🙂 I’ll need to wait until my HB/ND reading sib has read it, also – going to read it together. 🙂 So stay tuned! 🙂

      • My favourite was when the boys, Ned, Dave, and Burt came to help the girls on the case. Love it when they’re there! Also, I loved hearing about cool ghost stories. There were some spooky ghost stories in this Nancy Drew book. 🙂
        Anyone who haven’t read it SHOULD read it!!! 😀 😀
        A must for Nancy Drew fans. 🙂 😉

  24. I just got Nancy Drew Diary #14, Riverboat Roulette; that’s what I’m planning on reading soon. 🙂

  25. Finally got the latest Nancy Drew Diaries #14 Riverboat Roulette from my nearest Wlamart. Can’t wait to read it!

  26. Riverboat Roulette is an intricate mystery with very good sleuthing – like a Nancy Drew book should be!! 🙂

    • I read it and it was such a great mystery! Loved picturing the beautiful Delta Queen, and loved the way Bess and George were encouraging Nancy when she was feeling down. It was great!

    • Totally agree, Callie! 🙂 And totally agree, Seema! 🙂 I so enjoyed it, too! 🙂

      I’ll be posting my review hopefully soon! 🙂

  27. Hi Ann,
    Just saw the title of the fifteenth Hardy Boys Adventures in Wikipedia. It’s Con Artist in Paris. The cover is not released yet though. Wonder what’s it about. Cant wait to see it! 🙂
    it’s going to release somewhere in 2017, I saw.

  28. Recently finished my first HB Casefiles called #89 Darkness Falls, and I really loved it. ❤
    Anyone ever read the CF series?
    Looking forward to read more of those HB 🙂
    Also, I want to try the ND Files. Any recommendations of the best ones?

    • I’ve read Darkness Falls – it’s available in ebook. Best HB Casefile that I’ve read so far is #87 Dead Man in Deadwood (despite the title and there’s a tragic part in it that I don’t like 😦 ) but the exciting finale in the book’s awesome. 🙂
      Best one – easy – that I’ve read so far of ND Files is #32 High Marks for Malice (available in ebook). I’ll be doing a review for that one. Warning about some ND Files, Seema, I know you won’t like any of the ones where the writers tried to cause trouble for Nancy and Ned – I don’t like those parts/volumes. In High Marks for Malice there wasn’t that out of character silliness and it’s a very interesting mystery with some intense action. 😎 I recommend it. 😎

      • You’ve read #89 Darkness Falls? Cool! 🙂
        Yeah, I’ve heard in some ND Files. I would totally not read the ones that have that. Silly writers who cause trouble between Nancy and Ned! *roll eyes* what’s wrong with them?
        In High Marks of Malice, I heard that Ned flirts with another girl. Is that true? Hope not!
        Look forward to read more of the HB Casefiles! 😀

        • In High Marks for Mailice what actually happened was another girl was flirting with Ned, that doesn’t make him guilty of flirting as long as he doesn’t flirt back – having a conversation with someone isn’t flirting. It was during a case, and they were in a serious life or death investigation. Ned was faithful to Nancy or I wouldn’t have liked the book so much. I read it like last year and I’m ready to read it again. Good action in it and good romance with Ned and Nancy. 🙂 ❤

      • I had heard only bad things about the ND files series, so I never tried to get any. Good to know that there are some good ones. 🙂

    • I have read many in the Casefile series. There are some good ones in that and some bad (like is the case with each of the series). My favorite among them for a long time was #12 Perfect Getaway. 🙂 Had read that one a looong time ago. Don’t remember it much now.

  29. Recently read the new HB Adventures #14 Attack of The Bayport Beast, and I loved it! ❤ It kept me reading till the end! 😀

  30. I’ve got books to read and review! 😎 🙂 ❤ I hope to have the review for Hardy Boys #30 The Wailing Siren Mystery up soon. In between regular stuff, ad writing on my HB/ND fanfics, I'm also hoping to have my review for Danger Overseas up before long. 🙂 So I'll be reading on that. 🙂 Hope all are well and happy! 🙂 ❤

    • Way cool, Ann! 🙂 😎 I’m looking forward to reading all of your reviews – and stories!!!!! 🙂 😎 Right now I’m reading Hardy Boys #31 The Secret of Wildcat Swamp. 😎

      Appreciating the good things,
      Lily

    • Cool! Can’t wait for your review of Danger Overseas. Can’t wait! 😀
      Looking forward to it!

  31. About Hardy Boys #31 The Secret of Wildcat Swamp…if you want to read a good book, you don’t want to read this one! The “science” teacher, Cap Bailey, from Bayport High, is awful hard to put up with. He shouldn’t be teaching science, because he doesn’t know even the most simple things about true science. His information is incorrect and his explanations are just as bad. He asked the Hardy brothers to help him and be his bodyguards on an animal fossil hunt, but he keeps bossing. Frank and Joe set a trap to catch bad guys and when the brothers prepare to move in and catch the crooks, the teacher “hisses” at them to wait until the bad guys have committed. He told the Hardy Boys that. They already know that. They’ve solved plenty of mysteries. They were trained by their supersleuth dad, Fenton Hardy. Next, the gumshoe wannabe had the audacity to tell them when to jump the bad guys! Later, after he’d already messed up a few times on safety issues (like blabbing to everybody – including the press – about his upcoming expedition, which he knew involved danger and that bad guys were after him), another asinine decision of his came to light and this little five word sentence telling of Frank’s reaction to this information says it all: “Frank stared at the teacher.” What else could he do?

    • Great review, Lily!!!! 🙂 I absolutely agree about ol’ Sap Bailey..what an idiot. 🙄 Let’s all stare at the teacher. 😀 Nope, we’ve better things to do. 😀 I like the cover and the brothers, but this one is definitely disappointing. 😦 The teacher is power hungry and not likable. Hope the next book you read is much better. 🙂

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