Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery #2 Danger Overseas ~ My Review

This second volume of the Nancy Drew Girl Detective and the Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers Super Mystery, Danger Overseas, starts off with some action from the Hardy brothers fighting bad guys – always a good place to start. 🙂 There’s some humor, too. 😎 It’s cool when a book starts off with the action of the current case and then goes to the next one. It’s like a bonus with two stories. 🙂 There have been some Undercover Brothers books where that was the best part.

The brothers’ next American Teens Against Crime (ATAC) mission, a crime-fighting organization started by their dad Fenton Hardy, is at an archaeological dig in Italy. I like the way the ATAC mission assignments are given like games or music CDs and then they reformat, effectively erased, clearly inspired by Mission Impossible. 😎 And btw, Aunt Trudy would totally know about ATAC in reality. The Hardy brothers’ assignment was to investigate an American’s arrest for trying to sell stolen artifacts.

Nancy, cousins George, and Bess are in Rome, Italy with the cousins’ Aunt Estelle. She treated them to a trip there, which was nice and generous of her. There are other things there than the mythology stuff, but there was focus on that. To me, mythology with false gods is very, very boring, so whenever that was mentioned it was…well, very, very boring. Thankfully there wasn’t a whole lot of it in the book. I did have to forgive Aunt Estelle for the rudeness about Nancy, George, and Bess’ (and my) adjective use.

They help an amnesia pickpocket and she was really difficult to put up with, since she was extremely obnoxious to those going out of their way to help her – very whiny. 🙄 I admire Nancy very much because she did the right thing and helped her regardless of how annoying Thief Girl got. Nancy’s a very good example of being kind and gracious even when faced with a real brat. Admirable. SPOILER WARNING *Amnesia Thief Girl is Caitlin, a missing person of interest in the arrested American’s case* END SPOILER WARNING

While reading this mystery, I got curious about Corsica, an island located off the coast of Italy, and looked it up. Learned about their history, their flag, etc.. So this book did inspire me to find out more and that’s cool. 🙂

As far as original characters go in this one, the two best were Sam Lewis, the American who was arrested by the Italian authorities for attempting to sell stolen archaeological items, and the English archaeology lady, each one with a backstory that will make you feel sorry for them. They were both helped by our friends and I liked that. As I already mentioned, the whiny amnesia victim caused a lot of problems mostly brought on by brattiness and selfishness, a very narcissistic person.

I can usually find some good parts in a Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew book, and this one was no exception. 🙂 I have three favorite scenes. I like that Frank sent up a silent prayer (and not to any false god, but to the Creator). 😎 Another favorite part was when Joe was worried about his big brother. Then when Joe disappeared and Frank, also a good brother being very concerned. 😎

There were a couple of times the detectives would have been smarter.

I’m reading this for the second time and I feel the same way about it. It starts off good and ends good. 🙂

 

 

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Hardy Boys eBooks and Nancy Drew eBooks on sale @ Kindle and iTunes!

A number of Hardy Boys books, such as Three Ring Terror, and Nancy Drew books, like Door-to-Door Deception are on sale for 1.99 at Kindle and iTunes! Also there are some of The Hardy Boys Clue Books, Nancy Drew Notebooks,  and a few Girl Detective and ND Files.
To find the deals @ Amazon, in the search field, you can type in Franklin W. Dixon for Hardy Boys books then when you’re ready for the next search type in Carolyn Keene for Nancy Drew books. Once the results for each author’s search are displayed on your screen, to filter the titles and more quickly find the sale ones, select “Price: Low to High” – then start checking out the various titles! 🙂 Scroll down until you get to Hardy Boys books or Nancy Drew books (some of the Penny Parker listed there first are possibly in public domain so those are actually free elsewhere). For iTunes, search each author’s name and look for the 1.99 deals to jump out like clues to a detective as you sleuth for them! 🙂

For those not in the US, they should also be on sale. It’s not all of the Hardy Boys books and Nancy Drew books, just some. And remember, you can read Kindle books on your computer as well as various devices. iTunes eBooks can only be read on Apple devices with the iBooks app.

Here are a few ebook Kindle and iTunes links for Franklin W. Dixon (some I’ve read and some I need to!) ~
111 Three Ring Terror  @ Amazon
111 Three Ring Terror @ iTunes
112 Demolition Mission @ Amazon
112 Demoltion Mission @ iTunes
154 Caribbean Cruise Caper @ Amazon
154 Caribbean Cruise Caper @ iTunes
158 London Deception @ Amazon
158 London Deception @ iTunes

These two Clues Brothers I’ve gotten to read in eBook and are well-written. They’re also at iTunes:
2 The Karate Clue @ Amazon 
4 Jump-Shot Detectives @ Amazon

Here are a few ebook Kindle and iTunes links for Carolyn Keene ~
118 Trouble at Lake Tahoe @ Amazon
118 Trouble at Lake Tahoe @ iTunes
135 Riddle of the Ruby Gazelle @ Amazon
135 Riddle of the Ruby Gazelle @ iTunes
140 Door-to-Door Deception @ Amazon
140 Door-to-Door Deception @ iTunes
150 Mystery at Moorsea Manor @ Amazon
150 Mystery at Moorsea Manor @ iTunes

Not sure how long the sale is on for, maybe just for today. Check it out! Great summer sale for some excellent mysteries! 🙂 😎

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Nancy Drew Girl Detective #25 Trails of Treachery – My Review

Nancy Drew Girl Detective 25 Trails of Treachery

Trails of Treachery, #25, is one of the best in the Nancy Drew Girl Detective series! Nancy and Bess are George’s support team as she participates in an intense bike race in Costa Rica. It’s really beautiful there as the reader can imagine from the aptly described scenery. The author did such a great job with that, you can really feel like you’re there with Nancy, George, and Bess and some new friends. There are many dangerous situations they must contend with. The hazardous elements of the race trail include biking in extreme heat through the jungle and shivery cold temperature at the higher elevation of the volcano, plus a precarious rope and wood bridge, torrential rain, mud and dirt to deal with. Some very difficult obstacles to work through!

Along with all of that, there’s a mystery that also needs their attention. One of the top racers has been targeted for sabotage – and murder. Nancy, Bess, and, George do their best to investigate the threats and sabotage quickly, sensing that danger is racing to overtake them. It’s an intriguing, exciting mystery with several suspects. Definitely fast-paced with the action, plus the added pressure for our friends from River Heights having to determine, before it’s too late, whom they can trust. There are clues to find in the mystery and good sleuthing, making it fun to read.  

Easily one of the best in the Girl Detective series. There are several volumes in the series that I think are good Nancy Drew books, including this one and #2 A Race Against Time. Both actually revolve around bike races, but they’re different mysteries. And I don’t like all bike race mysteries, such as the Nancy Drew Files one that my-Nancy-Hardy-book-reading-buddy sibling and I checked out last year together. I’d say that of the three alternate universe series, Files, Girl Detective, and Diaries so far, the one with the best books of the ones we’ve tried would be the Girl Detective series. My sib feels the same as me about the various series and made a great point that this book would make an awesome game. 😎 It sure would! 😎

Here’s the synopsis for Nancy Drew Girl Detective #25 Trails of Treachery from Simon and Schuster:

Leave it to Nancy Drew to be on the case no matter where she is….

Nancy and Bess travel to Costa Rica with George as she prepares to participate in La Ruta de los Conquistadores, a 3-day mountain bike race. It soon becomes clear that someone will go to great lengths to make sure top cyclist Derek Woodhall doesn’t win.

Actually, the top U.S. cyclist’s name is Derek McDaniel, not Woodhall. 🙄

So, if you enjoy reading Nancy Drew books with a good action-packed mystery in a well-described tropical setting, you’re gonna love this one! It’s available in ebook from Simon and Schuster and other ebooksellers, but the paperback is not available at this time. You can check a digital version out from libraries where they loan ebooks. And of course, a used copy of the paperback can be found online or perhaps at a library sale. 🙂 I have the ebook, but I’d like the paperback as well. 😎

 

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Happy Anniversary, Nancy Drew!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hardy and Drew Mysteries – 1 Year Anniversary

You’re invited to help celebrate the first year of the Hardy and Drew Mysteries blog! 🙂Hardy Boys 82 Blackwing Puzzle by Franklin W Dixon Thought we’d throw a virtual social gathering/get-together here to celebrate the anniversary of the start of the blog 1 year ago today. 😀 🙂 This blog is a place where Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew fans can come and discuss the books, play games, read stories, find out what’s new with the Hardys and Nancy, and hopefully have lotsa fun celebrating the books and other good things continually! 🙂 

Wow, let me tell you, we’ve had so many visitors – and from 70 countries! 🙂 Sweet! 🙂 Feel free to post the name of your country below – that’d be awesome! 🙂 I’ve always been fascinated and happy that Frank and Joe Hardy and Nancy Drew have so many fans worldwide. Just really cool. 🙂

First thanks goes to my wonderful Creator for so many, many blessings, including my family, and for everything good. 🙂 I thank my supercool family, including cousins – they encouraged me and told me I should start a blog – thank you for being you! 🙂 Thanks very much to Word Warrior who helps make things go so smoothly on here, fixes typos, and does such an awesome job moderating, etc. – thank you! 🙂 My very first poster, Callie – thank you! 😀 To all my cool friends, everyone who has posted such great comments – over 2000 comments – and for the follows, likes, and for visiting the blog – thank you! 🙂 Thanks again also to Jesse Post and Stan Goldberg of Papercutz – thank you both! 😀 – for sharing their time and everything they did. 🙂 I’m still awed that I got to interview Stan Goldberg! 🙂 And thank you to WordPress for all of the great blogging features, options, themes, etc! 🙂 So much fun! 😀

We’ve got lots more cool books to read and review, PC/Mac/Nintendo games to review (and several to play then review 😉 ), Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew book news, stories to post, games to play, and who knows what else! 😀 😎 It’s important to have fun as we talk about the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew and more – thanks to everyone who has and Big Time Rush CD 24Sevenwill take part in doing that! 🙂

Thanks again for the many treasures of words of those who have encouraged me by saying how much they like the blog and what’s here. And I hope everyone continues to enjoy the blog. 🙂

Now let’s social gather! 😀 (All Big Time Rush fans – Rushers – will get the show references 😉 ). 😎 *starts playing Big Time Rush’s “City is Ours” then “24/Seven” and many more!* 😎