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When thieves hijack a collection of stuffed animals from a country auction, Frank and Joe Hardy pursue the getaway car and are drawn into a thrilling mystery. At the same time, the young detectives' father--famed private investigator Fenton Hardy--is tracking down an industrial spy ring. This suspense-filled story of pursuit and detection will keep the reader breathlessly When thieves hijack a collection of stuffed animals from a country auction, Frank and Joe Hardy pursue the getaway car and are drawn into a thrilling mystery. At the same time, the young detectives' father--famed private investigator Fenton Hardy--is tracking down an industrial spy ring. This suspense-filled story of pursuit and detection will keep the reader breathlessly following the chain of unexpected developments that lead Frank and Joe to the spine-tingling climax in the wilds of Northern Canada.


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When thieves hijack a collection of stuffed animals from a country auction, Frank and Joe Hardy pursue the getaway car and are drawn into a thrilling mystery. At the same time, the young detectives' father--famed private investigator Fenton Hardy--is tracking down an industrial spy ring. This suspense-filled story of pursuit and detection will keep the reader breathlessly When thieves hijack a collection of stuffed animals from a country auction, Frank and Joe Hardy pursue the getaway car and are drawn into a thrilling mystery. At the same time, the young detectives' father--famed private investigator Fenton Hardy--is tracking down an industrial spy ring. This suspense-filled story of pursuit and detection will keep the reader breathlessly following the chain of unexpected developments that lead Frank and Joe to the spine-tingling climax in the wilds of Northern Canada.

30 review for The Short-Wave Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    3.5 stars for the plot but it gets an extra half star because we get to see a lot of Chet and Aunt Gertrude. Chet especially provides good comic relief.

  2. 4 out of 5

    John Mosman

    I read all the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Tom Swift books as a kid. These series are the reason I became a life long reader. So I just got a hankering to read one for nostalgia sake. Fun!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    4 stars exactly. This book has more of Aunt Gertrude in it since Ms. Hardy is away, and much more Chet since he’s taken up his new hobby of taxidermy. Chet is a really funny character that we don’t always get to see much of, so it was funny some of the things he did. Good plot, fairly good story line. :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    Again Chet’s new hobby, this time taxidermy, becomes pivotal in the Hardy’s solving a crime.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Pulled this off the shelf at Grandma's. Fine plot involving taxidermy and short-wave radios, whatever. What stands out in this particular book (perhaps all Hardy Boys books?) is how often they call Chet (the boys' best chum) "fat." Or "stout." As in, "By the time the two brothers had reached their fat friend's side..." or "The fat boy sat on the sidelines..." or "we've certainly left our fat friend in the lurch for a long time..." (all actual quotes). The best one? A ransom note from the bad guy Pulled this off the shelf at Grandma's. Fine plot involving taxidermy and short-wave radios, whatever. What stands out in this particular book (perhaps all Hardy Boys books?) is how often they call Chet (the boys' best chum) "fat." Or "stout." As in, "By the time the two brothers had reached their fat friend's side..." or "The fat boy sat on the sidelines..." or "we've certainly left our fat friend in the lurch for a long time..." (all actual quotes). The best one? A ransom note from the bad guys: "HARDYS YOUR FAT FRIEND WILL NOT RETURN UNTIL YOU LAY OFF YOUR DETECTIVE WORK." Ha! Also multiple references to him being lazy or bumbling. Then this irrelevant-to-the-story paragraph: Chet brightened up and hastened back inside the shop. There he purchased, progressively, a handful of chocolate bars, a bottle of lemon soda, half a pound of fig crackers, three oranges, two ice cream cones and a small bottle of pickles. He ate all of these in the course of an hour. I can only assume that Franklin W. Dixon, circa 1945, wanted young boys to find fat Chet repulsive and want to be good, in-shape citizens like Frank & Joe.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Allen Hines

    This is a great classic Hardy Boys adventure. The Hardys and their friend Chet, who has taken up taxidermy as his most recent hobby, are asked to investigate the theft of stolen stuffed specimens from a local estate of a dubious character, but the estate benefits a local woman and her son who need the money. Meanwhile, Mr. Hardy is on the case of industrial spies. The story includes the use of "short-wave" or "ham" radio, and clues heard over it, thus the title. While overall, this story has age This is a great classic Hardy Boys adventure. The Hardys and their friend Chet, who has taken up taxidermy as his most recent hobby, are asked to investigate the theft of stolen stuffed specimens from a local estate of a dubious character, but the estate benefits a local woman and her son who need the money. Meanwhile, Mr. Hardy is on the case of industrial spies. The story includes the use of "short-wave" or "ham" radio, and clues heard over it, thus the title. While overall, this story has aged well and is believable even today, I think most younger readers today will not be familiar with short-wave radio, which is a shame, because in this era of almost exclusive cellphone communication, short-wave is still there as a valuable communication tool especially in an emergency when the "networks" may crash! This is a well-paced, interesting, and believable story that comes together well, and which any fan of the series will enjoy. Even the cover artwork and old line illustrations inside are well done.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Conner Omtvedt

    This story is good story by Franklin W. Dixon. This story has a lexile of 760. If you don't know what these books are about, they basically two brothers and their fat friend Chet. This story is about 2 brothers who get drawn to a mystery when thieves steal stuffed animals at an estate sale. Then they see a car carrying stuffed animals... The central idea of the book is that they're trying to find who took the stuffed animals because the person who made them hid treasure in one of them before he This story is good story by Franklin W. Dixon. This story has a lexile of 760. If you don't know what these books are about, they basically two brothers and their fat friend Chet. This story is about 2 brothers who get drawn to a mystery when thieves steal stuffed animals at an estate sale. Then they see a car carrying stuffed animals... The central idea of the book is that they're trying to find who took the stuffed animals because the person who made them hid treasure in one of them before he died. He put the treasure in there for his grandson Jimmy Gordon. The plot affects the setting and makes frank more wise when he gets captured. It wasn't my favorite of the hardy boys but it was good. I would give it a 3 out of a 5 star rating, just because a read other hardy boy books and they were a lot better. The picture on the front for me was kinda confusing until you read the book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Adams

    Mr. Hardy is on a case involving corporate espionage. Chet Morton has begun a new hobby, taxidermy. When the Hardy boys are at an estate auction with Chet a load of stuffed animals is stolen. The widow of the man who did the taxidermy on the animals asks the boys to recover the items. Following leads brings the boys to the plant where their father has been hired by the owner....are the corporate robberies linked to the stuffed animal robbery? Luckily Frank and Joe have a short-wave set up in the Mr. Hardy is on a case involving corporate espionage. Chet Morton has begun a new hobby, taxidermy. When the Hardy boys are at an estate auction with Chet a load of stuffed animals is stolen. The widow of the man who did the taxidermy on the animals asks the boys to recover the items. Following leads brings the boys to the plant where their father has been hired by the owner....are the corporate robberies linked to the stuffed animal robbery? Luckily Frank and Joe have a short-wave set up in the garage and overhear a coded message. If they can uncover the code they may be able to solve the case. It seems like everywhere they turn more stuffed animals turn up. Why are these animals so interesting to robbers? Do they contain a secret? The boys use their reasoning to figure it out.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Findley

    This is a very solid entry in the Hardy Boys series, but it is definitely dated. Skype and other internet communication platforms have overtaken short-wave radio in popularity, so anyone under the age of about 40 is going to have to look up a few words. Sidenote: Short-wave is still used around the world, and I was amazed at just how much equipment is available out there at a very reasonable cost. That said, the mystery is pretty solid and tracking down the crooks took Frank and Joe international This is a very solid entry in the Hardy Boys series, but it is definitely dated. Skype and other internet communication platforms have overtaken short-wave radio in popularity, so anyone under the age of about 40 is going to have to look up a few words. Sidenote: Short-wave is still used around the world, and I was amazed at just how much equipment is available out there at a very reasonable cost. That said, the mystery is pretty solid and tracking down the crooks took Frank and Joe international this time. It is a lot of fun, and definitely one to share with your kids. Read It!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Silverscarf

    I used to read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books all the time when I was a kid and I decided to pick this up when I was visiting a used book store just for old times' sake. It was pretty good, I wouldn't say it was one of the best books of the old series of Hardy Boys, but it was enjoyable and the mystery made sense. Something not all mysteries manage to accomplish these days. I also picked up a couple of the books from the 80's series and I was thinking that I might read a book from each iteratio I used to read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books all the time when I was a kid and I decided to pick this up when I was visiting a used book store just for old times' sake. It was pretty good, I wouldn't say it was one of the best books of the old series of Hardy Boys, but it was enjoyable and the mystery made sense. Something not all mysteries manage to accomplish these days. I also picked up a couple of the books from the 80's series and I was thinking that I might read a book from each iteration of the Hardy Boys, and maybe do the same thing with Nancy Drew later on.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rex Libris

    The Boys break up an industrial spy ring that gets secrets by using taxidermy animals with electronic listening devices inside of them. Reversing the non-violent trend of the past three books, Frank and Joe get beaten on quite frequently. Joe gets only one KO, but Frank must the favorite because he gets 2 KOs. Even Biff Hooper gets into the act, though he is chloroformed, not cold cocked. So the count now stands at: This book: 3 The series: 30

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fred Daly

    This one has a lot of taxidermy in it, plus a quick trip to Canada. My copy is the original version, before the books were re-edited to make them shorter and less offensive. This on is okay. The plot is less random than some of the others, and there's no overt racism. Chet is described as "fat" instead of "hefty," so it's not totally PC. This one has a lot of taxidermy in it, plus a quick trip to Canada. My copy is the original version, before the books were re-edited to make them shorter and less offensive. This on is okay. The plot is less random than some of the others, and there's no overt racism. Chet is described as "fat" instead of "hefty," so it's not totally PC.

  13. 4 out of 5

    jaspreet Kaur

    it was a good book but Nancy drew rocks. i love reading detective novels they bring a wide era of views to one. i liked the way everything was explained . i loved the brother bonding and a message for crime against poaching . it was thrilling .

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Ate these up as a kid and usually got them as gifts for birthdays, Christmas and other events. This edition would be quite dated now and I believe they have updated the books. The author was a pseudonym for a plethora of writers who contributed to this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    kenzie

    there’s something so endearing about how dated this book is between the ham radio sets and using an atlas to find a lodge in canada also the fact the term “pussyfoot” was used and that’s something i’ve only ever heard my parents/grandparents use

  16. 5 out of 5

    Meshach Hardy

    I really liked how the hardy boys take on the case with skill, it is really exiting to find out the other part of the story like what where the crooks really up to?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aaron White

    A bit above par, with the code deciphering and the action near the end.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Hulbert

    Loved the wintery snowy setting of this one. Also loved the short-wave stuff! I love old tech. Radio parts, huh? This is another story that McFarlane had a lot of issues with, but I like it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jackson Compton

    Great one! Some highlights are the boys trying to decode messages over the short wave, the trip to Canada, and Aunt Gertrude yelling about an ape in the yard.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Squeaky

    I've read this several times since the 60s, in at least two versions/editions. I'd like to get the original edition so I could compare it. I've read this several times since the 60s, in at least two versions/editions. I'd like to get the original edition so I could compare it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mikey

    This book is a time capsule, but "that one friend that's inexplicably into taxidermy" is eternal. This book is a time capsule, but "that one friend that's inexplicably into taxidermy" is eternal.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Silas

    I liked the part where they found the bug.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    A really nice use of radio triangulation near the end of this fun story, which reminded me of All the Light We Cannot See.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Enos

    great

  25. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Standard Hardy boys. Lots of action, not that much mystery. But they get the job done.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    A ham-radio set, amateur taxidermy, corporate espionage and a wayward child send the Hardy Boys all the way to Canada in this adventure. The section where the Boys break and decipher the code is particularly well written and smartly done!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Venkatesh Chetlur

    Rollicking ride took me back to teenage days.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Steve Thomas

    Good story The Hardy Boys demonstrate their resourcefulness in this story. Ham radio is a central aspect of the story and is done reasonably accurately.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angie Pool

    These books never get old!! Like visiting old friends!! Recommend for any age!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Book collector

    Ok this isn't a specific review of the books. There are quite a few hardy boys books and I read them over a period of several years but that was around 30-35 years ago now. Some I remember clearly and I will be specific about those at the end of this part of the review. This section is really an overview of the series. Franklin w. Dixon was of course a syndicate name. A name used over many years on the hardy boys books. My father read them during the fifties, they started during the forties and Ok this isn't a specific review of the books. There are quite a few hardy boys books and I read them over a period of several years but that was around 30-35 years ago now. Some I remember clearly and I will be specific about those at the end of this part of the review. This section is really an overview of the series. Franklin w. Dixon was of course a syndicate name. A name used over many years on the hardy boys books. My father read them during the fifties, they started during the forties and by the end of the the 1980's I'd collected a full set up to around number 90 along with the first 25 or so casefiles books. They were enjoyable books. Fairly simple, but generally well written mysteries. They followed a basic pattern. The hardy boys father would either disappear working on a case or go off to work a case, the boys would get involved in a curious but not terribly threatening mystery in which they and their friends would regularly be captured, escape, repeat as needed. They would end with the boys in danger and then their father would turn up, save them and reveal they had both been working the same case. There are variations on the pattern of course and don't get me wrong I'm not knocking the familiar tropes of the series, that's what made these books fun to read. Some books were brilliant, some weaker but I rarely read one that was poor. All were well written by the various authors behind the dixon name. Now I'm going to digress for a moment. I had a problem with kids books when I was a kid. They weren't very exciting. But there was a reason that I felt this. In the 1970's through really up until the Harry Potter phenomenon in the late 1990's (be thankful for Rowling, as her success has paved the way for the brilliant children's book landscape we now have) children's books were fairly tame. I was spoiled when I was young. I love a TV show called doctor who. It began in the UK in 1963 and from 1973 fans of the show had the target doctor who books. These were adaptations of the TV stories. I started reading them at the age of 7. They spoiled kids books for me. Why? Because they were full of death. Characters actually died there was genuine threat with those books. Most kids literature at this period didn't do that. So I found myself reading adult books from the age of 12. Jack Higgins, Ian Fleming, Alistair maclean, Agatha Christie and more. I still read kids books, the hardy boys were a favourite of my father's so I happily read them. It's odd but I probably read more kids books now than i did as a kid! The kids books then were tame. They could be fun, but tame. The hardy boys series was the same. Fun but tame. Exciting but not threatening. Not really. The books tried to address this with the hardy boys casefiles. Slightly more adult, with greater threat. But by then I drifted away from new hardy boys books onto other things but I have a great affection for the series. And that's what this review is about. It's to give those wanting to try these books a idea of what to expect. The stories are fast paced. Normally featuring an intriguing mystery. Female characters can be a bit weak, especially in the early books but that's a sign of when they were written. There's action, humour and ghosts, smugglers, and lots of intriguing mystery all resolved well. The ghosts are always explained and the bad guys always caught. The hardy boys books are nostalgic fun. I spent many years enjoying them and have very fond memories of them.

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