The Crisscross Shadow
Can the Hardy Boys trace the strange leather stamp - clue to a brilliant, deadly saboteur?
Reviewed on 1st May 2020
Continuing with my chronological re-read of the original Hardy Boys series, I came to this. I know it’s one I read as a child, as it’s got my name written in the front in wobbly young handwriting, but I didn’t find myself remembering much of the story, so it can’t have been one of my favourites.
It started well, with the Hardy’s organically drawn into a mystery free of some of the recent coincidence-heavy plotting, but then it moved back onto the going-on-holiday trope that’s been prevalent in too many of the books in this part of the series.
Overall though, pretty average - some dated references, but fairly well balanced I though with the characters expectations being upturned.