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Wipeout

Wipeout

Franklin W Dixon

12th August 2022

The Hardy brothers head to the south of France (where it seems everybody speaks English in 1989) to help an old friend who is entering a windsurfing competition.

It’s quite in the style of a classic whodunnit, with a house full of guests, lots of suspects, and lots of motives. The boys even go a bit Poirot setting up schemes to help unmask the villain.

Not a bad adventure at all.

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Danger on the Air

Danger on the Air

Franklin W Dixon

12th August 2022

The Hardy brothers take part in an explosive TV show in their 95th adventure.

The series feels like it’s back on an educational journey in the late 80s, with plots seemed designed to teach readers, in his case about how TV is made and the various technologies involved.

The plot is complex, with a good range of characters, suspects, and motives, but I’m not sure is given quite enough information up front to make it meet the true criteria of a mystery story.

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Breakdown in Axeblade

Breakdown in Axeblade

Franklin W Dixon

12th August 2022

The Hardy brothers head off to Wyoming in their van, which promptly breaks down, abandoning them in the weird town of Axeblade.

The novel feels weirdly like a proto-Lee Child/Jack Reacher thriller, as the boys meet the locals who are varying levels of unfriendly, and work out the mystery of the town.

It’s an odd entry in the series, but not terrible.

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The Serpent's Tooth Mystery

The Serpent's Tooth Mystery

Franklin W Dixon

12th August 2022

The Hardy Boys are drawn into another case when their friend Phil is accused of snake theft.

It’s an interesting setup that provides a bunch of interesting snake information, but the investigation is a bit simplistic and chaotic.

I’m not much liking the trend in these late 80s novels of aggression against the boys and their friends, nor that Chief Collig seems to have changed his attitude towards the boys with the introduction of Con Riley as the sympathetic cop.

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The Shadow Killers

The Shadow Killers

Franklin W Dixon

12th August 2022

When Frank’s karate instructor is attacked, he and Joe start an investigation which puts themselves against one of the world’s biggest criminal operations.

The plot in some respects is unrealistically big for the two brothers, and that made it feel unlikely.

There’s a good set of guest characters though, including a teenage girl who is possibly the most authentic female character to have appeared in the 92 novels so far. But this does feel like it’s at the expense of Chet, who in recent novels seems to have been sidelined and has lost both his place as comic entertainment and as useful hobbyist.

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Shield of Fear

Shield of Fear

Franklin W Dixon

12th August 2022

The Hardy brothers become police cadets in this investigation into why another cadet is being bullied.

It’s an interesting entry in the series. Seems a little more mundane than those immediately preceding it, more like some of the older novels. Nothing special about it though really.

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Danger on the Diamond

Danger on the Diamond

Franklin W Dixon

12th August 2022

The Hardy Boys face their 90th mystery when spending their summer at a baseball camp where things are going wrong. I vaguely remember reading this one, I think from the local library, as a child.

The mystery is a bit dull, but the action has been turned up to eleven with fights and car chases and all sorts of danger all around.

The characterisation of some of the boys friends seems a bit off though. Biff Hooper seems to have turned really aggressive with no real reason, which was a bit of a turn off after so many years of all the kids being perfect.

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A Killing in the Market
A Will to Survive
Acting Up
Against All Odds
Attack of the Video Villains
Bad Chemistry
Bad Rap
Beyond the Law
Blood Money
Blood Relations
Blood Sport
Blown Away
Brother Against Brother
Campaign of Crime
Carnival of Crime
Cast of Criminals
Castle Fear
Cave Trap
Choke Hold
Clean Sweep
Cliffhanger
Cold Sweat
Collision Course
Competitive Edge
Countdown to Terror
Crime in the Cards
Crime in the Kennel
Cross Country Crime
Crusade of the Flaming Sword
Cult of Crime
Danger in the Extreme
Danger in the Fourth Dimension
Danger Unlimited
Danger Zone
Daredevils
Darkness Falls
Day of the Dinosaur
Dead in the Water
Dead Man in Deadwood
Dead of Night
Dead on Target
Deadfall
Deadly Engagement
Deathgame
Deep Trouble
Diplomatic Deceit
Dirty Deeds
Disaster for Hire
Double Exposure
Double Jeopardy
Dungeon of Doom
Edge of Destruction
Endangered Species
Evil Incorporated
Eye on Crime
False Alarm
Farming Fear
Fast Break
Fear on Wheels
Final Cut
Final Gambit
Fire in the Sky
Flesh and Blood
Flight into Danger
Foul Play
Frame Up
Fright Wave
Ghost of a Chance
Grave Danger
Height of Danger
Hidden Mountain
Hide and Sneak
High Wire Act
High-Speed Showdown
Highway Robbery
Hostages of Hate
Illegal Procedure
In Plane Sight
In Self-Defense
Inferno of Fear
Kickoff to Danger
Law of the Jungle
Lethal Cargo
Line of Fire
Lost in Gator Swamp
Martial Law
Maximum Challenge
Mayhem in Motion
Mission: Mayhem
Moment of Truth
Motocross Madness
Murder at the Mall
Murder By Magic
Mystery on Makatunk Island
Mystery With a Dangerous Beat
Nightmare in Angel City
No Mercy
No Way Out
No Way Out
Nowhere To Run
One False Step
Open Season
Panic on Gull Island
Passport to Danger
Past and Present Danger
Peak of Danger
Perfect Getaway
Poisoned Paradise
Power Play
Pure Evil
Racing to Disaster
Radical Moves
Real Horror
Reel Thrills
Rigged for Revenge
Road Pirates
Rock 'n' Revenge
Rock 'n' Roll Renegades
Rough Riding
Running on Empty
Sabotage at Sea
Sabotage at Sports City
Scene of the Crime
Screamers
See No Evil
Sheer Terror
Shock Jock
Sidetracked to Danger
Skin and Bones
Sky High
Slam Dunk Sabotage
Spark of Suspicion
Speed Times Five
Spiked!
Strategic Moves
Street Spies
Stress Point
Survival of the Fittest
Survival Run
Tagged for Terror
Terminal Shock
Terror at High Tide
Terror on Track
The Alaskan Adventure
The Baseball Card Conspiracy
The Borderline Case
The Borgia Dagger
The Caribbean Cruise Caper
The Case of the Cosmic Kidnapping
The Case of the Counterfeit Criminals
The Case of the Psychic's Vision
The Castle Conundrum
The Chase for the Mystery Twister
The Cold Cash Caper
The Crisscross Crime
The Crowning Terror
The Dangerous Transmission
The Dead Season
The Deadliest Dare
The Demolition Mission
The Desert Thieves
The Emperor's Shield
The End of the Trail
The Genius Thieves
The Giant Rat of Sumatra
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The Ice Cold Case
The Last Laugh
The Last Leap
The Lazarus Plot
The London Deception
The Lure of the Italian Treasure
The Mark of the Blue Tattoo
The Million-Dollar Nightmare
The Money Hunt
The Mystery in the Old Mine
The Mystery of the Black Rhino
The Number File
The Pacific Conspiracy
The Phoenix Equation
The Prime Time Crime
The Robot's Revenge
The Rocky Road to Revenge
The Search for the Snow Leopard
The Secret of Sigma Seven
The Secret of Skeleton Reef
The Secret of the Island Treasure
The Secret of the Soldier's Gold
The Smoke Screen Mystery
The Spy That Never Lies
The Test Case
The Treasure at Dolphin Bay
The Viking's Revenge
Thick as Thieves
Three Ring Terror
Too Many Traitors
Toxic Revenge
Training for Trouble
Trial and Terror
Trick or Trouble
Tricks of the Trade
Trouble at Coyote Canyon
Trouble in the Pipeline
Trouble in Warp Space
Trouble Times Two
True Thriller
Typhoon Island
Uncivil War
Virtual Villainy
Warehouse Rumble
Web of Horror
Winner Take All
Without a Trace
Witness to Murder
Wreck and Roll
Wrong Side of the Law

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