Who Wrote It?: Franklin W. Dixon
C’mon, Who Really Wrote it?: Leslie McFarlane in 1929
Was It Revised?: Yes, in 1966 by Anne Shultes
Cover: Rudy Nappi, red as always, but no yellow, just brown and lots of snow. Appropriate for the subject. As always the boys are watching something, this time someone is peering into the cabin. The whole book someone is constantly peering into this cabin. An OK cover.
Setting: Bayport and nearby Cabin Island. Did you not notice the title?
Where’s Fenton This Time?: He’s around but busy doing his thing, so as usual it’s up to the boys. No Fenton as cavalry this time in the end.
Which Chums Show Up?: Chet, Tony, Biff. Mostly Chet and Biff who camp out on the island with Frank and Joe.
What’s Chet’s Hobby This Time?: Oh, he’s got some camera that they use. Not much on the hobby aspect this time.
Aunt Gertrude’s Dessert: Ain’t got no pie for you (or Frank and Joe, who are getting quite irritable about it).
Plot: The elderly owner of Cabin Island wants to reward Frank and Joe for rescuing his car from a car thief gang (hints of Shore Road Mystery?), so he invites them to spend winter break on his island. But lots of people seem to be interested in this island.
Review: Good mystery about what happened to Mr. Jefferson’s grandson who has gone missing, and some code breaking. Not much threat of violence in this one as there are no gangs with guns, merely folks searching for a treasure on the island, and some local teens who are up to mischief. So unlike most of the books, no vast criminal rings are being rounded up in Bayport. Maybe the crooks took Christmas off. This is a more peaceful Hardy Boys book as a result. And yes, like Scooby Doo, they never miss a chance to hint at something supernatural that turns out to be anything but. Hint: it ain’t a real ghost.