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Determined to learn the secret of the old mill, Frank and joe employ a clever ruse to gain entrance and become trapped. There they unravel two mysteries, one involving a counterfeiting case and the other, a national security case their father is working on....

Title : The Secret of the Old Mill
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ISBN : 9780448089034
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 174 Pages
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The Secret of the Old Mill Reviews

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2019-04-16 03:28

    The Secret of the Od Mill is a pivotal Hardy Boys mystery where we are introduced to their friend (and my son's favourite of the friends of the Hardys) Tony Prito and his boat the Napoli - but more importantly, it is the episode when they receive the infamous Sleuth as a gift from their father Fenton. This boat plays a large part in this story (and in many, many more!) of how the boys break up a counterfeit ring. With a mix of brio and brilliance, the boys take us breathlessly from clue to clue as they unmask the gang. A great Hardy Boys book!

  • John Yelverton
    2019-04-06 06:31

    The Hardy Boys try and figure out a mystery that they cannot gain access to. Not as good as Nancy Drew, but still a good read.

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    2019-04-03 04:27

    I must say I had a very different childhood from everyone else in the neighbourhood or even in the crappy school i went to. Cos, while all the other girls played with dolls and dreamed of an early marriage, I used to spend endless hours reading Hardy Boys mysteries. My dad was the one (as usual) who introduced me to these two fearless American brothers when I was 7 or 8. The Clue of the Screeching Owl (Hardy Boys who else) was the first real book that was presented to me at a special family event by my Dad. My older cousin who in those days was quite into taming me to be a perfect obedient wife, was a bit jealous when he took the book my dad had gifted on my special day, but smiled well with what he had wrote. (He's happily married now). I have chosen this book for my review cos I always liked its cover the best. The Hardy boys books were available at my local book store only, which was right round the corner. And the pictures were always different, I have a hard cover of this book and it looks exactly the same. So, my most memorable summers were when I would force all the males in the house (just my dad and my brother) to beg borrow and get every copy they could ever find from neighbours, even private collections from other lanes we used to visit in the old city. It was a crazy innocent time, I didn't know anything about where I lived or even who I lived with in the outside world. Just our playfriends and cousins and dreams and American books and movies. The secret of the old mill , is about Frank, Joe and all their girlfriends (just two) and their old friend Chet and his old car and how they sneak into an old mill and solve an exciting mystery. Their father is a famous detective and their mom is a perfect housewife, their Aunt Gertrude always comes over for a stay and bakes cakes and cookies for the boys and always fears they will die or something. Frank's girlfriend is Callie and Joe's girlfriend is Iola, we never get to know the girls and that is the best part, lol, but they are always around to help out the brave brothers. If you follow the series, we get introduced to several of their other friends, including Biff whose dad is a realtor, and they live in this small town called Bayport and even have their own boat. Oh man what I would do to go back to those old days. It got so bad, the bookstore guy used to smile everytime my dad went over and said, 'we didn't get the new book yet'. One of my girl cousins was so well girly but she liked my Hardy Boys book (the one i lent her) better than her nancy Drew one and our affection knew no bounds. Someone in school offered me their Nancy Drew, I did read some of those books, but somehow my heart will always be with the Hardys. I even told everyone how I had special feelings for Frank Hardy and just why, Franklin Dixon doesn't describe a lot, it's just like a small book but his stories painted images I will always remember as my very own special memories.

  • Tosh
    2019-04-10 03:51

    The Hardy Boys may have been the first reading experience where a fellow school friend turned me on to it. So, this was last year. Kidding!But really, I remember going to my friend's house who was a couple of doors away from me, and he had the whole collection of Hardy Boys. Most of it were old, and I gather he got them used or his parents just hand them their copies which they saved for some reason.Nevertheless as a small teenie bopper, I went to many used bookstores and picked up the Hardy Boys books as well as Tom Swift Jr. Both titles had a strong effect on my reading tastes - even today.So yes, Frank and Joe Hardy and their detective Dad solved mysteries that took place in their neighborhood - or not far from their high school. And like Fantomas, it was remarkable that so much evil can be done right in the bright sunlight or next door to your house! I bet David Lynch is a fan of the Hardy Boys. There is a bit of Hardy Boys in Blue Velvet - and for sure in the new Thomas Pynchon novel as well. Right Chums!?

  • Becky
    2019-04-04 01:27

    I once read an article about how the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series were written. Unsurprisingly, given the sheer number of books in each series, they weren't all written by one person -- "Carolyn Keene" and "Franklin W. Dixon" were pseudonyms for a variety of authors. They'd start off with an outline that was given to them and then fill in the rest of the story themselves. Well, whoever wrote this one didn't take any pains to stick to the two books in the series that preceded it. He completely changed Chet's character from a Nervous Nellie to a big prankster. What's worse, the writing style in thie one is horrible -- far too flowery, wordy, dwelling on every minute detail, dragging the action out in a way that's yawn-inducing rather than suspenseful. What a mess. But again, I must say: My son liked it!!

  • Samantha
    2019-04-15 04:33

    Wow, this was possibly the most boring Hardy Boys book I've read thus far. It had some exciting moments but other than small highlights it dragged. This one is nothing compared to the previous book, "The Tower Treasure", which had more mystery and more suspense. A real drag.

  • Patb
    2019-03-27 01:39

    Did not realize how cheesy the Hardy Boys book were until I listened to them on audiobook as an adult.

  • Jack Goshorn
    2019-03-26 22:32

    Great book for kids that want to read mystery stories.Or if they want to be in the police,FBI,or even coast guard.

  • Matthew
    2019-04-18 01:35

    Apparently, this is the only Hardy Boys book I still have.And it seems to me, reading the book now, that The Secret of the Wooden Lady and the Nancy Drew books are very much an attempt to make a cookie cutter copy of these books any change the main characters to females.This book, rather than featuring tough, adventurous, but still delicate females as the main characters features excessively violent, adventurous, and slightly mean boys as the main characters. They make fun of their best friend for being fat way too much. This would not fly in 21st century literature. They're also awfully thick, like Nancy Drew and her friends.And after reading this book and the Nancy Drew book, it seemed like the characters got knocked out at least once a day. Getting knocked unconscious should be a big deal... it is in real life. It is an old book, but there are books of this age that have aged better.

  • Paula
    2019-04-12 04:25

    A return to my childhood. I reread this (for the first time since I was a kid) for a book challenge I'm doing. It was still entertaining and I enjoyed visiting with friends I hadn't seen in a long time. I liked reading about the characters back in the 60's when life was simpler and kids were more respectful and people were more trusting. Fun read.

  • Greg
    2019-03-29 04:41

    Yes, the Hardy Boys books are corny by today's standards of popular literature, but I imagine in 90 years "The Hunger Games" will be viewed as "old" and "lame." Enjoy your depressing dystopian novels, while I read stories where a detective survives a large warehouse explosion and goes home to be served a glass of lemonade by his son.

  • Jonathan Asif
    2019-04-17 05:53

    If there were ten stars I would give it 10 stars. My favorite part in this book was when they heard people talking in the mill. I liked when these people ran up towards the Hardy Boys and the Hardy Boys ran the other way.

  • Amy
    2019-03-23 04:33

    My niece-in-law gave us this book as a thank you for her birthday card and cash. So far, I find it hard to believe that no one suspects the counterfeiters just might be up to their shenanigans in the old mill!! The suspense is killing me! (she types, as her blue eyes sparkle)

  • Ptaylor
    2019-03-29 04:30

    There have to be better mysteries for kids than the two I've read.

  • Gary Butler
    2019-03-22 04:45

    45th book read in 2014.Number 178 out of 388 on my all time book list.Follow the link below to see my video review:

  • Jason
    2019-03-29 01:46

    Really enjoyed reading this out loud to my boys! The 1962 edition had some nice vocabulary, with only a little outdated.

  • Jerry
    2019-04-01 04:39

    There's a reason for this series' continued appeal: It's timeless fun.

  • Jenna Jakubowski
    2019-03-25 02:52

    I love the hardy boy series and this book is really good. I hope lots of people like this book.

  • Shaunak
    2019-03-25 23:30

    Nice plot hold you till the end!

  • Sawyer Ludwig
    2019-04-16 05:30

    The book The Secret of the Old Mill by Franklin W. Dixon is an interesting book. It’s based on two brothers who are named Frank and Joe Hardy. They’re known as the Hardy boys The Hardy boys find out about mysteries and then they go find out what they are about, after all that is done they write books about it. Later on, the main theme of the book, what's good about the book, and how others might feel about the book will be discussed. The better parts of the book are in the middle to the end. The Hardy boys go to an old mill and then they try to find a mystery of what the old mill is about. The main conflict of this book is the mysteries that they try to discover. In this book the main mystery is about a case of counterfeit money they find is linked with a case that their dad is working on. The people they meet on the way help them discover what the deal with the counterfeit money is. They discover what all happened at the old mill. The Hardy boys start finding clues about what went on, until they find a big clue and they start to dig even deeper into the mystery. Next, I will talk about what I liked and didn’t like about the book.Starting off, this book isn’t really long around 180 pages, which I think any reader would enjoy. The chapter titles are very informative and almost tell you exactly what the chapter is going to be about. The entire story is in all very interesting, which would catch the interests of a reader who really likes to dive into mystery novels. A few things I didn’t like about this book was the lack of pictures. If there were more pictures the book would have caught my attention and kept me focused while reading. Personally, the wording was difficult for me because I don’t read often and because of that I struggled to pain attention while reading. Even though I might not like that there is a lack of interesting pictures and the wording was difficult, other readers might actually find this better for them. If they’re are an experienced reader and don’t mind these things they will find this book just right for them. Next, I’ll talk about weather or not i’d recommend this book to anyone.Lastly, I would recommend this book to my peers. The reason I would do this is because it’s a short, but an interesting read. I would also recommend this book to someone who likes mystery books. I wouldn’t recommend this book to someone who has a higher reading level because this book might make them bored and not catch their attention.

  • Abu Abbas
    2019-04-16 22:45

    The book I read is "Hardy Boys: The Secret of the Old Mill", by Franklin W. Dixon. Personally I liked this book because although it is a level 3 book, it still had a decent amount of suspense, so I think the author did a pretty decent job there. The Hardy Brothers, Joe and Frank Hardy, are detectives. Warnings are given to their father, Fenton Hardy, to drop the case he is currently working on. More and more warnings and threats follow. Joe and Frank are investigating a case on counterfeit dollar bills. They suspect that the solution to their case and their dad's case lies in the hidden mill nearby. Some of the themes brought up in this book are Frauds, Mystery, and Hidden danger. There are many frauds in the world currently, and the book does a great job of showing that when the man hands a fake 20 dollar bill. There is also a lot of mystery in this world. Usually it may seem like a nice place, but there many dark things that only few know about. Lastly, there is hidden danger. Some things may have a good outlook on itself, but if watched closely and investigated, there is sometimes danger. One moment in the book that was considered powerful to me was when the man who handed Chet the fake 20 dollar bill, was caught. This was powerful because this shows that even if one does a small bad deed, in the end the person will get caught. I would not recommend this to older aged readers because some may think that this has a lack of horror or suspense. However, this is a level 3 kids' book. This book fits in our world because it shows us that all the events in this book can happen and actually sometimes do happen in real life. Readers should pick it up because they will learn about being cautious in such situations. This book tells us the value of caution for personal things in our life.

  • Rex Libris
    2019-04-08 00:49

    The Hardy's get involved in not one, but two cases. Someone wants to blow up a missile plant on the outskirts of town while someone else is passing off counterfeit bills in town.All of these activities seem to be centered around an old restored mill.Read the book to find out what happens.Finally, in this the third book in the series, the action and concussion count heats up! Both Joe and Frank get knocked out!This book: 2The series: 2

  • John Windsor
    2019-04-08 06:32

    I think this is the first book I ever read that wasn't a picture book. I include in my list of "Read" books, only to mark the beginning of my fascination with gripping stories and cliffhangers and such. Frank Dixon started churning these out in the late 1920s and the writing is *very* dated; they're almost painful to read now, as far as prose goes. But for a young kid, they definitely got me hooked!

  • Anna Cleary
    2019-03-28 01:31

    I love mystery so i love the Nancy Drew series and i just recently started reading Hardy Boys but i like them a lot. Both series are almost the same except there are different characters and they have different attitudes. I would definitely recommend this book especially if your into mystery!

  • Jason
    2019-03-31 22:31

    I've read only a few Hardy Boys books, but I've really enjoyed each of them. These stories for younger readers are still a delight for me, with their good old-fashioned mystery feel and wholesome adventurousness.

  • Ethan Hulbert
    2019-04-05 06:27

    Another classic Hardy Boys mystery. Who would ever think that Fenton's mystery and the boys' mystery would connect? What a twist.

  • Ami
    2019-03-29 00:24

    This book was very intriguing. As soon as I picked up the book I couldn't set it down. If you love mystery and suspense read his book!

  • Sean
    2019-04-01 06:46


  • Mister
    2019-04-09 06:24

    my favorite thing about this book was them figuring out how the water wheel was a warning system.

  • Cole Miller
    2019-04-14 23:32

    The Hardy Boys and the Secret Of The Old Mill by Franklin W. Dixon is a story about two crime fighting brothers who have to find stolen treasure. The brothers are Joe and Frank Hardy who have a dad who owns his own detective agency and is secretly apart of a secret organization. This secret organization is called The network. Frank and joe are also apart of the network working as secret agents.I think this book is ok. Its filled with a fun adventure but it lacks details and suspense.