When I was 9 years old, a friend bought me a Hardy Boys book (The Bombay Boomerang) since he knew I liked to read. I had never heard of this series, but I liked the book and started buying the rest of that original series of 58 books.
I thought it was cool that I was 9 and the books were for the “10-to-14” set…
As an adult I began to wonder how those old books would hold up to my mature taste. On my iPad I bought a few Hardy Boy ebooks, and what I found surprised me: I liked them!
Oh sure, they are obviously written for the juvenile mind, and when you read it as an adult you can’t help but see those limitations. Good literature this ain’t.
Yet just as we love Scooby Doo because every cartoon is exactly like every other one, there is something very comforting about Frank and Joe forever enjoying summer before their Senior year of High School, of Bayport being familiar, of Chet forever having a new hobby (that gets used in the mystery), and Aunt Gertrude making heaping sandwiches and thick wedges of pie for her hungry nephews.
I may use some humor and a bit of snark in my reviews, but I assure you I approach these reviews with affection and respect.
And while I’m happy to hear from folks, I set this blog up as a resource for the reader. It consists of this page, the Resources page, along with the 58 individual reviews, one or two extra posts and that’s it. After I reviewed book 58, I was done. I will leave this site up as a continuing resource. Want to comment on anything you read here? Simply email me at my gmail address: It’s simply my full name (first and last concatenated), and that’s it.
Please use the Search functionality to find what you are looking for. Want to find every book that includes Sam Radley? Search for his name. Want to find the book where Aunt Gertrude made a cherry pie? Search for “cherry pie” and you’ll have it.
To show how widespread the popularity of these books is, I get readers to this site from over 100 different countries on every continent on Earth:
Here are the 10 countries that provided the most page views in 2019:
1. United States
5. United Kingdom
10. South Africa
Truly the Hardy Boys are a worldwide phenomenon. Welcome, all of you!
Here are the 10 books that were most popular during 2019:
45. The Mystery of the Spiral Bridge
33. The Yellow Feather Mystery
58. The Sting of the Scorpion
1. The Tower Treasure
6. The Shore Road Mystery
10. What Happened at Midnight
27. The Secret of Skull Mountain
20. Mystery of the Flying Express
2. The House on the Cliff
3. The Secret of the Old Mill
And in case you were wondering, the book that was the least popular in 2019: 49. The Bombay Boomerang.
Hardy Boys books and covers are all copyright Grosset & Dunlap and the Penguin Group. Please buy copies of these marvelous books.
Oh, and if you want to buy a copy of my book, here ya go.
Thanks for reading!