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The Secret of the Old Mill (Hardy Boys #3)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  4,931 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
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.
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Published (first published 1927)
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John Yelverton
Sep 23, 2011 John Yelverton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 03, 2015 Matthew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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 f
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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 even ...more
Nov 14, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the fellow amateur detective
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 Boy
Jaime Fields
Apr 12, 2016 Jaime Fields rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this book is old and slightly corny but amazing, okay? Everything was so obvious but the book was just so entertaining I had to keep listening. It's really fun to look at the writing style from back then. Also, the characters were great and it's interesting to think about what things were like when this book was written, and about things like what a $20 bill might have been worth. Classic children's books are the best.
May 06, 2009 Becky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
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 completel ...more
May 28, 2014 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 17, 2016 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed reading this out loud to my boys! The 1962 edition had some nice vocabulary, with only a little outdated.
Jun 02, 2015 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a reason for this series' continued appeal: It's timeless fun.
Feb 25, 2016 Ptaylor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There have to be better mysteries for kids than the two I've read.
Aug 08, 2016 Shaunak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
Nice plot hold you till the end!
Margretchin (Author)
Lot's happening here. What are the strange happenings at the Mill? Frank and Joe are going to find out.
This was actually a very boring book because there wasn't much action in it, but when I look at other reviews it seems like a lot of people liked it. It was all about counterfeiters and I knew from the beginning where they were making their money; that was no secret.

Frank and Joe Hardy are sent by their mother to the store to buy three pie plates, and on the way a stranger asks them if they could make change for his $5 bill. Frank has $3 and hands it over to him, and Joe had $2, and gave him th
Apr 12, 2015 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the original story, written in 1927. It was also the third book in the series, and reading it in retrospect, it is easy to see that the long-term plot lines were just being developed. They are still very much portrayed as young boys, they complain about school and play absurd jokes on each other. Chet Morton is portrayed as a practical joker that simply will not let up. The story also has an interesting and absurd event that dates it. The Hardy boys, Chet Morton, Biff Hooper, Tony ...more
Gary Butler
Aug 02, 2014 Gary Butler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
45th book read in 2014.

Number 178 out of 388 on my all time book list.

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Feb 19, 2014 C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m collecting both ‘Stratemeyer Syndicate’ series. By coincidence of reaching “Hardy Boys” #3 back-to-back with “Nancy Drew” #6: “The Secret Of Red Gate Farm”; I stumbled upon duplicated subject matter. It stands out because both volumes deal with counterfeiting and laundering currency and it strikes me as a crude subject for the youths targeted by these series. I’m an adult who didn’t mind this theme. Perhaps the all-age success may attribute partly to presenting topics worth warning audiences ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Secret of the Old Mill is the third book in the original Hardy Boys Mystery Series which encompasses some 58 volumes and was published from 1927 to 1979. It was ghostwritten by Canadian journalist and filmmaker Leslie MacFarlane (1902-1977) who followed an outline supplied by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a book packager of several children’s series including Nancy Drew, Tom Swift and the Bobbsey Twins series. As are the current Hardy Boys books, The Secret of the Old Mill was published under t ...more
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Andrew T
Sep 23, 2016 Andrew T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-nine-weeks
This week I read The Hardy Boys The Secret of The Old Mill by Franklin W. Dixon. I thought that the book was great in the very beginning it already had asking questions like how did they get there and why were they in a grain pit? For a time just when they were in the grain pit it seemed like the story might have been over, Joe and Frank almost died in the first 20 pages, it kept my finger on the edge of the page every time. After that things died down and they added in some comedic relief with ...more
Apr 15, 2014 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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.
Apr 20, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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)
Jonathan Asif
Apr 28, 2012 Jonathan Asif rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jenna Jakubowski
I love the hardy boy series and this book is really good. I hope lots of people like this book.
Richard Ward
Mar 02, 2015 Richard Ward rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kid fans of the series only.
It's 1927, and Joe, Frank, and Chet pursue counterfeiters and saboteurs (today we'd call them domestic terrorists). The Hardys are kinda bad boys themselves in this one, blatantly violating the property rights of the bad guys. I guess the ends justify the means, as the Boys are celebrated as heroes. The bad guys are underdeveloped, as is everyone else. The story will entertain some kids and bore others, and will bore almost all adults. The 1920's was a fascinating decade in America, and I'd have ...more
Darcy Stewart
Aug 12, 2009 Darcy Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This Hardy Boys mystery is very exciting. There is so much suspense in this book. Many things happen. There are several mysteries going on at one time that lead to one big mystery. Chet Morton is handed a counterfeit bill and discovers this when he tries to buy a microscope. The Hardy Boys lets him borrow some money and shop owner lets him bring the rest of the money. Later on the book they find out about the old mill and find out somebody is trying to cause sabotage. Tony is later passed a coun ...more
Jan 03, 2009 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
According to GoodReads rating system, 4 stars = I Really Liked It. You have to get past the idea that you CAN give a Hardy Boys book you really liked when you were 10 years old 4 stars AND you can give a book of poetry you really liked 40 years later the same rating.

So, I feel no guilt about having read every Hardy Boys I could get my hands on when I was a kid. My mom bought them for me as rewards, and when I was home sick from school for a few days. Thanks Mom, you helped make me a reader!

I par
D. Martin
Mar 05, 2016 D. Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is no Franklin W. Dixon. He's a pseudonym for numerous ghost writers. Somewhere, I read that the original "Dixon" (Leslie McFarlane, who wrote the first 15-20 Hardy Boys novels, I believe) stopped writing Hardy Boys stories because the publisher kept asking him to dumb it down for the younger audience. But this particular Dixon cared too much about writing a good story with good characters, so he left. Then, when it came to reprint time, the publisher went through the original books and ed ...more
Nov 19, 2008 Muzzlehatch rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nostalgia buffs only
Shelves: juvenile
Frank and Joe investigate a series of counterfeit $20 bills that have been circulating in Bayport; meanwhile, their father "famous detective Fenton Hardy" is working on a case that will end up converging with theirs. I don't remember these books too well, but I'm guessing this kind of thing happened often; in any case, it's fairly well done here. Most of the plot, alas, was pretty cardboard even when I first read it 34 years or so ago. I'm not sure if I realized then that, jeez, those Hardys are ...more
I read a 1927 edition of this book that I got for free at a yard sale. I much prefer reading series like this (like Nancy Drew) in their original format/language, instead of the revised '60s or later editions.

This was a fun, quick read, although there are some serious issues going on. The Hardy boys and their father Fenton have no respect at all for the local police force and the boys consistently put themselves in serious danger trying to do "detective work" so that they can get the credit/rewa
Massanutten Regional Library
Faith, Grottoes patron, July 2016, 4 stars:

Counterfeit bills, warning notes, secret tunnels, sabotage... The Hardy Boys have their hands full as they attempt to solve not only their own case, but their father's as well. And it all seems linked to one company, Elekton Controls Limited, and an old mill that now serves as the company's new gatehouse.

This page-turner will keep you guessing, and take you on an intriguing adventure you won't soon forget!
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Franklin W. Dixon is the pen name used by a variety of different authors (Leslie McFarlane, a Canadian author, being the first) who wrote The Hardy Boys novels for the Stratemeyer Syndicate (now owned by Simon & Schuster). This pseudonym was also used for the Ted Scott Flying Stories series.
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