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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

    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!

  2. 5 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    David 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.

  4. 4 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.

  5. 5 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.

  6. 5 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!

  7. 5 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.

  8. 5 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 .

  9. 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.

  10. 4 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?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aaron White

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

  12. 5 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

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

  16. 4 out of 5

    Silas

    I liked the part where they found the bug.

  17. 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Enos

    great

  19. 5 out of 5

    Craig

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

  20. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    I spent a few hours rereading the OT of The Short-Wave Mystery. This is one of the few Hardy Boys stories where I actually remembered some of the details from when I first read it as a kid in the 1960s - I remembered that Chet's hobby in this one was taxidermy and also that the mystery had something to do with Hudson's Bay. Well I would rate this one as just average based on my reread. The plot had to do with the theft of radio parts by a gang led by Spike Hudson. There were several warehouses in I spent a few hours rereading the OT of The Short-Wave Mystery. This is one of the few Hardy Boys stories where I actually remembered some of the details from when I first read it as a kid in the 1960s - I remembered that Chet's hobby in this one was taxidermy and also that the mystery had something to do with Hudson's Bay. Well I would rate this one as just average based on my reread. The plot had to do with the theft of radio parts by a gang led by Spike Hudson. There were several warehouses in and around Bayport that were robbed by the gang. The gang would then assemble the parts into radios for sale. This whole premise seemed a little preposterous to me -- why steal radio parts instead of already assembled radios or electronic equipment? These crooks must have had degrees in electrical engineering to be able to assemble radios from parts! Then there was the usual coincidences - the crooks were also stealing stuffed animals -- some to conceal radios inside, others to scare off intruders from Hudson's hideout -- and of course since Chet was doing taxidermy some of the stuffed animals were stolen from him. Also, a subplot was about a group of missing scientists who crashed their plane in Canada. Of course they crashed just over a hill from where Spike Hudson had his hideout on Hudson's Bay so the Hardys were able to rescue them and nab the crook at the same time! I think when I originally read this, I was really intrigued by Chet's hobby of taxidermy and his workshop over the Hardy garage. This is probably why this detail stuck with me. The book also refers back to the "Old Mill" on Willow River. Not many of the stories refer to earlier volumes as part of the storyline. One other thing I wondered about was how big of a town is Bayport supposed to be? In this story, there are several electronics warehouses there and it also talks about tenements where a young group of boys live and get into trouble. I always pictured Bayport as a small town but from this story it appears to be a middle-sized city.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christopher C

    September (1st book report) Hardy Boys: The Short-Wave Mystery Franklin W. Dixon In this book Frank And Joe also known as the Hardy boys go on an adventure to hunt down the people behind the Short Wave Mystery. As Frank and Joe were in their study upstairs in their room a scrambled voice came over their short wave radio. It was just their friend Chet the one that loved to eat and was a little on the heavy side but he had more important stuff to talk about he told them about how he had got into taxi September (1st book report) Hardy Boys: The Short-Wave Mystery Franklin W. Dixon In this book Frank And Joe also known as the Hardy boys go on an adventure to hunt down the people behind the Short Wave Mystery. As Frank and Joe were in their study upstairs in their room a scrambled voice came over their short wave radio. It was just their friend Chet the one that loved to eat and was a little on the heavy side but he had more important stuff to talk about he told them about how he had got into taxidermy and how he was going to a taxidermist house because the taxidermist had died and was having an estate sale. So being good friends Frank and Joe decided to go with. Just after the estate sale was over they were leaving but someone yelled out Theif!, Theif!, Get back here! Frank and Joe turned around just as a brown station wagon came roaring out of the driveway. This was just the beginning of The Short-Wave Mystery. This series not just this book has many themes all the way from A to Z. The biggest one of this story would probably be it's wrong to steal and treat people in mean ways. For instance people are always trying to take out the Hardy's because they are detectives and have never failed. I know that this is a theme because it appears more than once throughout the whole book. Another theme or main idea would be always keep trying and eventually you will succeed. To prove this theory the Hardy's kept getting dead ends but they never gave up and eventually found a new clue that pushed them forward. These are the themes and or main ideas I came up for The Short-Wave Mystery.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    The book, Hardy Boys The Short-Wave Mystery by Franklin W. Dixon is about the hardy brothers finding a mysteryious cabin in the woods that belongs to an elder. That night they wait outside to see who will come out and a little boy comes out and says that it's his uncles cabin and he came at night so he could see him because his parents do not like seeing him or their son seeing him. So they bring him home and question him about what he was doing their and why he was really out their so late. In The book, Hardy Boys The Short-Wave Mystery by Franklin W. Dixon is about the hardy brothers finding a mysteryious cabin in the woods that belongs to an elder. That night they wait outside to see who will come out and a little boy comes out and says that it's his uncles cabin and he came at night so he could see him because his parents do not like seeing him or their son seeing him. So they bring him home and question him about what he was doing their and why he was really out their so late. In my opinion isn't the number one Hardy Boys book I have read, it's behind the Wailing Siren Mystery that involves boats, and fishing, and docks. It involves large body's of water witch I like. I wouldn't really recomend this book to anyone besides the people who want to read every book in the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    John Parker

    Picked this one up for two reasons: it is about radio in the golden age and it was a first edition for a $1.50. I must admit, I've always had a fondness for this series and those snooping boys. Better yet, Dixon's stories are simple and fast moving fun. I'm not sure they are still relevant, but they provided me with a nostalgic journey back to a time 25 years after they were published when I first encountered them as a very young reader. They were relevant then, but the world didn't move as fast Picked this one up for two reasons: it is about radio in the golden age and it was a first edition for a $1.50. I must admit, I've always had a fondness for this series and those snooping boys. Better yet, Dixon's stories are simple and fast moving fun. I'm not sure they are still relevant, but they provided me with a nostalgic journey back to a time 25 years after they were published when I first encountered them as a very young reader. They were relevant then, but the world didn't move as fast back then. That same lapse of time usually fails to connect with young readers of today. Things move fast. It was a good rainy day read sitting in front of my radio listening to Morse code exchanges and static crashes and thinking fondly of a bygone era.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws

    When I first read Hardy Boys, I think I was in class 5, I had such a crush on Frank Hardy. I liked the brainy one over the brawny one and that sums up my first impression of Hardy Boys. In their late teens, Frank and Joe Hardy take after their detective father Fenton Hardy. Frank is the older of the two and has more breakthroughs in the cases because he is the brainy one. Joe is the younger brother who more often than not is useful when things get hot and they need to fight their way out. Like Na When I first read Hardy Boys, I think I was in class 5, I had such a crush on Frank Hardy. I liked the brainy one over the brawny one and that sums up my first impression of Hardy Boys. In their late teens, Frank and Joe Hardy take after their detective father Fenton Hardy. Frank is the older of the two and has more breakthroughs in the cases because he is the brainy one. Joe is the younger brother who more often than not is useful when things get hot and they need to fight their way out. Like Nancy Drew, the books in the The Hardy Boys series re written by ghostwriters under the collective pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon. And yes, the earlier books were better than the latter ones.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Woodman

    The classic boy detectives by Frank Dixon--I read ALL of them in my younger years, one I ran out of Nancy Drew books. The Hardy Boys are brother amateur detectives, aspiring to follow in their famous father's footsteps. The two boys live in the fictional city of Bayport (on Barmet Bay) with their famous father, Fenton Hardy, a private detective formerly with the New York Police Department, their mother Laura Hardy (erroneously called Mildred in The Flying Express), and their Aunt Gertrude, a char The classic boy detectives by Frank Dixon--I read ALL of them in my younger years, one I ran out of Nancy Drew books. The Hardy Boys are brother amateur detectives, aspiring to follow in their famous father's footsteps. The two boys live in the fictional city of Bayport (on Barmet Bay) with their famous father, Fenton Hardy, a private detective formerly with the New York Police Department, their mother Laura Hardy (erroneously called Mildred in The Flying Express), and their Aunt Gertrude, a character often used for comic relief.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lowr3nzo

    This book was very good maybe a little to easy for an eighth grader but overall i liked this book. the author really knows how to describe things mainly because its a mystery and mysteries are supposed to put emotion in you.I love reading mysteries and sometimes the book is just to easy i figure it out in the beginning but this one was different i actually had to read to find out i loved this book and would recommend this book for younger kids.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cameron

    i got this book at a yard sale in the "free" box. these are well known so I thought I would give it a try. Not bad at all if I might say so. i try to read classics as if I was reading it back when it was written. this was written in 1966 and I did like it, I loved the old school language: phrases like, "far out" " don't be a bear" or they drove to the airport and took off in a "sleek jet". i think young kids would still like these books today.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Spencer Byrne

    The Short Wave Mystery is about a mysterious cabin they find in the woods. In the cabin is an uncle and his grandson. They rise suspicion and capture the boy as he comes out the cabin to question him. This book was not the greatest book I have read. I didn't like how the author wrote the story. I would not recommend this book to anyone really. I didn't like it but someone else mite.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brandon O'Neill

    I've been enjoying Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew TV show from the 1970's, so I wanted to give them a read in book form. Choose it based on the cover, since I am in snow and ice. They didn't actually get to the snow and ice until the end of the book, but that's OK.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sbb1 Eco-friendly Functional Art

    This was a good old action packed Hardy Boys mystery I enjoyed it), only thing that got me was that their father sent them on really dangerous missions a couple of times, had them miss a couple of days of school a couple of times and everything (hilarious).

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