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

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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
Sep 23, 2011 John Yelverton rated it really liked it
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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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
Sep 17, 2016 Jason rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed reading this out loud to my boys! The 1962 edition had some nice vocabulary, with only a little outdated.
Nov 14, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 03, 2015 Matthew rated it liked it
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
May 06, 2009 Becky rated it did not like it
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
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 11, 2016 Greg rated it really liked it
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.
Jonathan Asif
Apr 28, 2012 Jonathan Asif rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 20, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok
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)
Gary Butler
Aug 02, 2014 Gary Butler rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
45th book read in 2014.

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

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Feb 25, 2016 Ptaylor rated it did not like it
There have to be better mysteries for kids than the two I've read.
Aug 08, 2016 Shaunak rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
Nice plot hold you till the end!
Jun 02, 2015 Jerry rated it really liked it
There's a reason for this series' continued appeal: It's timeless fun.
Jenna Jakubowski
Mar 18, 2016 Jenna Jakubowski rated it it was amazing
I love the hardy boy series and this book is really good. I hope lots of people like this book.
Nov 03, 2016 Audrey rated it it was ok
Okay I picked this up simply because I love mysteries, I remember reading Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys books of my grandma's when I was younger, I was in a mood to read a purely "fun" book, and I happened to see it in the library. No cost except time, which I was willing to invest in a vintage book.

I have to say, for the vintage quality of the book, I really enjoyed it. I was reminded of all the Nancy Drew and other mystery books I'd read growing up, and it was fun, light, easy to read. Besides t
James B
Dec 05, 2016 James B rated it really liked it
The Secret of the Old Mill is a great book. If the author wanted to get an idea to your head out of the book it would be that you can solve anything. The genre of this book is mystery. The setting is everywhere in Bayport city, from their house to the old mill. The book mostly takes place at an old mill and around the old mill. The author makes me fell like I am in Bayport city. Also I can picture everything that the author described. The main characters are the two main detectives, Joe and Fran ...more
Michael Emond
Read this at night to my daughters. Franklin Dixon actually got better at writing this series as he went along the first one was pretty weak and this one was getting there but not quite there. We still have the cliffhanger chapter endings that make you want to keep reading, we still have the intelligence and quick thinking of Frank and Joe Hardy getting them out of trouble and solving the mystery but the mystery itself is very slow in developing and doesn't make a whole lot of sense in the end - ...more
John Windsor
Oct 28, 2016 John Windsor rated it liked it
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!
Kevin Findley
This is one of the better mysteries, with the Boys taking on counterfeiters and saboteurs. This book introduced their motorboat, The Sleuth, which went on to be a big part of many adventures in the future. Their buddies, Chet and Tony are here of course and played a part other than comic relief.

One thing though. The page count here is actually 183. I think this may have been a library edition of this book.

Read it!
Nov 11, 2016 Ami rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 18, 2017 Ronald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
possibly read some time in winter 1967
LaRae Steen
Jan 16, 2017 LaRae Steen rated it liked it
Reading nostalgia!
D. Martin
Mar 05, 2016 D. Martin rated it really liked it
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
Mar 10, 2016 Jessaka rated it it was ok
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
David Griffin
Sep 19, 2016 David Griffin rated it liked it
This book entertained my sons, 6 and 7, just like the first two. It is not as exciting as the second but still pretty good.

Feb 19, 2014 C. rated it really liked it
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
Andrew T
Oct 11, 2016 Andrew T rated it really liked it
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 12, 2015 Charles rated it really liked it
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
Dec 13, 2016 Peter rated it it was ok
Treasonous terrorists are blowing up missile guidance technology companies in order to interfere in the United States missile program—what year was this written again? I wish they had not updated it once and kept that plot point where it stood in the 1930s. If you are not going to update the drawings of 1930s panel trucks, let’s keep the descriptions appropriately period as well!
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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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