Who Wrote It?: Franklin W. Dixon
C’mon, Who Really Wrote it?: Vincent Buranelli in 1977. The second of three in a row he wrote, among others.
Was It Revised?: No.
Cover: Rudy Nappi. A beautifully detailed realistic cover representing one scene in the book. Frank and Joe heading directly into danger. Nice look, modern, stark.
Setting: Bayport, Switzerland, Mexico and back to Bayport.
Where’s Fenton This Time?: Oh, he shows up after sending them to Switzerland and then Mexico. This is a family affair in this book.
Which Chums Show Up?: Chet, Biff and Tony. What’s up, Mr. Buranelli, don’t you like Callie and Iola?
What’s Chet’s Hobby This Time?: He gets a diploma from a mail-order certifying that he is adept in gold artifacts. Hey, lots of gold artifacts to be identified in this story, whaddya know?
Aunt Gertrude’s Dessert: Cherry pie with homemade whipped cream.
Plot: Some gold is stolen from a mint, the assistant director of the mint hires Fenton to find it, and Fenton brings in the boys. Where’s the gold? Hey, maybe Switzerland. Oh, maybe Mexico. Hmm…there’s a missing jungle pyramid too.
Review: I like this one. The bad guy is a surprise. The location of the gold is a surprise. Typical Hardy Boys behavior occurs. It’s even typical that the boys find the missing pyramid while none of the locals or the visiting archaeologists can figure out its location. Yessir, you need something found, Frank and Joe are your guys.
It’s a fun adventure tale with lots of typical elements.