The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories series by Franklin W. Dixon


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The Author

Franklin W. Dixon is the pen name used by a variety of different authors (Leslie McFarlane, a Canadian author, being the first) who wrote The Hardy Boys novels for the Stratemeyer Syndicate (now owned by Simon & Schuster). This pseudonym was also used for the Ted Scott Flying Stories series.

The Books

Mystery & Thrillers, Juvenile, Adventure

The Hardy Boys, Frank and Joe Hardy, are fictional characters who appear in several mystery series for children and teens. The series revolves around the teenagers acting as amateur sleuths, solving cases that stumped their adult counterparts. The characters were created by American writer Edward Stratemeyer, the founder of book-packaging firm Stratemeyer Syndicate; the books themselves are written by ghostwriters under the collective pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon.

The Hardy Boys have evolved since their debut in 1927. Beginning in 1959, the books were extensively revised, partially to eliminate racial stereotypes. The books were also written in a simpler style to compete with television. Some critics argue that the Hardy Boys changed in the process, becoming affluent and law-respecting “agents of the adult ruling class”. Most lamented the loss of the richer pre-war descriptive style, but saw the updates as an attempt to modernize the stories. Similar complaints were made about the updates to Nancy Drew, the female counterpart of the series.

A new Hardy Boys series, the Hardy Boys Casefiles, was created in 1987, and featured murders, violence, and international espionage. The original “Hardy Boys Mystery Stories” series ended in 2005. A new series, Undercover Brothers, was launched the same year, featuring updated versions of the characters who narrate their adventures in the first person. Undercover Brothers ended in 2012 and was replaced in 2013 by The Hardy Boys Adventures, also narrated in the first person.

Through all these changes, the characters have remained popular; the books sell more than a million copies annually, several new volumes are published each year, and the adventures have been translated into more than 25 languages. The boys have been featured in five television shows and several video games, and have helped promote merchandise such as lunchboxes and jeans. Critics have many explanations for the characters’ longevity, suggesting that the Hardy Boys embody simple wish fulfillment, American ideals of boyhood and masculinity, a well-respected father paradoxically argued to be inept, and the possibility of the triumph of good over evil.

The books in suggested reading order:

001 The Tower Treasure
002 The House on the Cliff
003 The Secret of the Old Mill
004 The Missing Chums
005 Hunting for Hidden Gold
006 The Shore Road Mystery
007 The Secret of the Caves
008 The Mystery of Cabin Island
009 The Great Airport Mystery
010 What Happened at Midnight
011 While the Clock Ticked
012 Footprints Under the Window
013 The Mark on the Door
014 The Hidden Harbor Mystery
015 The Sinister Signpost
016 A Figure in Hiding
017 The Secret Warning
018 The Twisted Claw
019 The Disappearing Floor
020 Mystery of the Flying Express
021 The Clue of the Broken Blade
022 The Flickering Torch Mystery
023 The Melted Coins
024 The Short-Wave Mystery
025 The Secret Panel
026 The Phantom Freighter
027 The Secret of Skull Mountain
028 The Sign of the Crooked Arrow
029 The Secret of the Lost Tunnel
030 The Wailing Siren Mystery
031 The Secret of Wildcat Swamp
032 The Crisscross Shadow
033 The Yellow Feather Mystery
034 The Hooded Hawk Mystery
035 The Clue in the Embers
036 The Secret of Pirates’ Hill
037 The Ghost at Skeleton Rock
038 Mystery at Devil’s Paw
039 The Mystery of the Chinese Junk
040 Mystery of the Desert Giant
041 The Clue of the Screeching Owl
042 The Viking Symbol Mystery
043 The Mystery of the Aztec Warrior
044 The Haunted Fort
045 The Mystery of the Spiral Bridge
046 The Secret Agent on Flight 101
047 Mystery of the Whale Tattoo
048 The Arctic Patrol Mystery
049 The Bombay Boomerang
051 The Masked Monkey
050 Danger on Vampire Trail
052 The Shattered Helmet
053 The Clue of the Hissing Serpent
054 The Mysterious Caravan
055 The Witchmaster’s Key
056 The Jungle Pyramid
057 The Firebird Rocket
058 The Sting of the Scorpion
059 Night of the Werewolf
060 Mystery of the Samurai Sword
061 The Pentagon Spy
062 The Apeman’s Secret
063 The Mummy Case
064 Mystery of Smugglers Cove
065 The Stone Idol
066 The Vanishing Thieves
067 The Outlaw’s Silver
068 The Submarine Caper
069 The Four-Headed Dragon
070 The Infinity Clue
071 Track of the Zombie
072 The Voodoo Plot
073 The Billion Dollar Ransom
074 Tic-Tac-Terror
075 Trapped at Sea
076 Game Plan for Disaster
077 The Crimson Flame
078 Cave-In
079 Sky Sabotage
080 The Roaring River Mystery
081 The Demon’s Den
082 The Blackwing Puzzle
083 The Swamp Monster
084 Revenge of the Desert Phantom
085 The Skyfire Puzzle
086 The Mystery of the Silver Star
087 Program for Destruction
088 Tricky Business
089 The Sky Blue Frame
090 Danger on the Diamond
091 Shield of Fear
092 The Shadow Killers
093 The Serpent’s Tooth Mystery
094 Breakdown in Axeblade
095 Danger On The Air
096 Wipeout
097 Cast of Criminals
098 Spark of Suspicion
099 Dungeon of Doom
100 The Secret of the Island Treasure
101 The Money Hunt
102 Terminal Shock
103 The Million-Dollar Nightmare
104 Tricks of the Trade
105 The Smoke Screen Mystery
106 Attack of the Video Villains
107 Panic on Gull Island
108 Fear on Wheels
109 The Prime-Time Crime
110 The Secret Of Sigma Seven
111 Three-Ring Terror
112 The Demolition Mission
113 Radical Moves
114 The Case of the Counterfeit Criminals
115 Sabotage at Sports City
116 Rock ‘n’ Roll Renegades
117 The Baseball Card Conspiracy
118 Danger in the Fourth Dimension
119 Trouble at Coyote Canyon
120 The Case of the Cosmic Kidnapping
121 The Mystery in the Old Mine
122 Carnival of Crime
123 The Robot’s Revenge
124 Mystery with a Dangerous Beat
125 Mystery on Makatunk Island
126 Racing to Disaster
127 Reel Thrills
128 Day of the Dinosaur
129 The Treasure at Dolphin Bay
130 Sidetracked to Danger
131 Crusade of the Flaming Sword
132 Maximum Challenge
133 Crime in the Kennel
134 Cross-Country Crime
135 The Hypersonic Secret
136 The Cold Cash Caper
137 High-Speed Showdown
138 The Alaskan Adventure
139 The Search For The Snow Leopard
140 Slam Dunk Sabotage
141 The Desert Thieves
142 Lost In Gator Swamp
143 The Giant Rat Of Sumatra
144 The Secret Of Skeleton Reef
145 Terror At High Tide
146 The Mark Of The Blue Tattoo
147 Trial And Terror
148 The Ice-Cold Case
149 The Chase For The Mystery Twister
150 The Crisscross Crime
151 The Rocky Road To Revenge
152 Danger In The Extreme
153 Eye On Crime
154 The Caribbean Cruise Caper
155 The Hunt For Four Brothers
156 A Will To Survive
157 The Lure Of The Italian Treasure
158 The London Deception
159 Daredevils
160 A Game Called Chaos
161 Training For Trouble
162 The End Of The Trail
163 The Spy That Never Lies
164 Skin And Bones
165 Crime In The Cards
166 Past And Present Danger
167 Trouble Times Two
168 The Castle Conundrum
169 Ghost Of A Chance
170 Kickoff To Danger
171 The Test Case
172 Trouble In Warp Space
173 Speed Times Five
174 Hide-And-Sneak
175 Trick-Or-Trouble
176 In Plane Sight
177 The Case Of The Psychic’s Vision
178 The Mystery Of The Black Rhino
179 Passport To Danger
180 Typhoon Island
181 Double Jeopardy
182 The Secret Of The Soldier’s Gold
183 Warehouse Rumble
184 The Dangerous Transmission
185 Wreck And Roll
186 Hidden Mountain
187 No Way Out
188 Farming Fear
189 One False Step
190 Motocross Madness

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