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

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  4,163 ratings  ·  121 reviews
With two cases in tow, the Hardy boys look to Turner mill for clues. Determined to learn the secret of the old mill, Frank and Joe employ a clever ruse to gain entrance, only to find themselves trapped. How the young detectives extricate themselves from this dangerous situation and unravel mysteries will keep readers tense with suspense!
Hardcover, 174 pages
Published June 1st 1927 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 1927)
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John Yelverton
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.
Matthew
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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Tosh
Nov 14, 2007 Tosh rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Becky
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
Paula
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.
Jerry
There's a reason for this series' continued appeal: It's timeless fun.
Charles
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
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:

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C.
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
Amy
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
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.
matt

Wow. It almost disturbs me how little I remember of having actually read these books.
Richard Ward
Mar 02, 2015 Richard Ward rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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
Ken
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
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D. Martin
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
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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
Muzzlehatch
Nov 19, 2008 Muzzlehatch rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Julie
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
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Brenda
The Hardy boys have a new fan, it took more than one book to do it, but I am definitely a fan. This book has so many twists, you could get lost if the writing wasn't so superb and manage to keep you focused throughout the entire story.
Before you read further, I don't write spoilers, so its safe to read my reviews!
It all begins when the Hardy boys, Joe and Frank 's friend Chet is given a counterfeit $20 and all of a sudden Joe and Frank have a new case. One they end up working alone, because t
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Greg
Apr 15, 2014 Greg rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
Edward Davies
This would have worked so much better if Ken was in on the counterfeiting scam and turned on the Hardy's. Alas, this was not to be. Also it would have been better if they concentrated on the sabotage story as the counterfeiting plot felt stupid when the villains could have been stealing weapons instead of passing phony notes!
Gabriel
Being the first book I have read from the originals hardy boys series, i can say it is amazing. It instantly got me hooked into the series with the action and adventure. I also loved the tension when the boys are in the mill.
Josh Tudor
Feb 28, 2011 Josh Tudor added it
Shelves: 3rd-quarter
When more ominous warnings follow, Frank and Joe suspect there is a link between the counterfeiting case they are investigating and a secret case their father cannot discuss because it involves national security.The key to the solution of both cases appears o be hidden in the old Turner Mill, constructed in frontier days but now a gatehouse for Elekton Controls Limited engaged in manufacturing top-secret electronic parts for space missiles. But the millhouse is occupied by two Elekton employees ...more
Kelly
These books have held Christian's attention like no others.Christian really liked this book. I thought it was okay. Here is what an eight year old had to say about it.
"The mystery was awesome. I liked that the brothers didn't get help from grown-ups and they just did what they could do. And they did their best and that was all that they could do and that was enough."
Something that I did like about the book is that it has old fashioned values and that it show brothers working together - somethin
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Chris Hayes
Just started re-reading all my old Hardy Boys books with my six-year old son. They were my favorite books as a boy and so happy to share them with him and see how much he enjoys them.
Susan
I thought this was one of the better Hardy Boys stories. Alot of excitment and the boys even got to get their father out of peril!

These are fun, especially if life gets too hectic and you need a break from serious stuff.
Kate
Kept M thoroughly engaged, although I had to update the language in places. These boys do things no child today could do.... And I think that's what makes it so appealing.
Mae
Nov 20, 2014 Mae rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: classic, dad, fun
Once again another amazing story and mystery that kept you guessing most the way through it. I can't wait to see what else this series brings to my reading delights.
Gabriel Wallis
What a great way to start the year off, finishing the third book in The Hardy Boys mystery series. I've had a bunch of The Hardy Boys books on my bookshelves for years, and have never really read them until now. I find them to be simple and easy reads, which is just what I need sometimes. They're a quick mystery to try and solve... maybe before Frank and Joe do in the book. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to solve the mystery of "The Secret of the Mill" myself before the Hardy boys did. I'm looking ...more
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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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