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The Secret of Shark Reef

(Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators #30)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  887 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Three young sleuths uncover a mystery buried since World War II when they come to the aid of a trouble-plagued environmentalist who is protesting the drilling of off-shore oil wells.
Paperback, 181 pages
Published September 12th 1985 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1979)
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Lea
Eigentlich ist in diesen Buch vieles, das einen potentiell spannenden Fall bedeuten könnte. Die Thematik der Umweltverschmutzung, ein ehemaliger japanischer Kriegsgefagener, der seine Identität ändern musste und dessen Verwandtschaft, ein Schiff, der Konflikt von Umweltschützern gegen einen Ölkonzern... aber irgendwie wird nichts draus. Das Ganze ist ziemlich langsam und dazu noch ungelenk aufgebaut. William Arden ist eh öfter nicht so meins, ich find ihn oft langatmig, und das ist hier auch der ...more
Mark
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
original 2010 review - The boys accompany Mr Andrews up to Santa Barbara, where he is working on a story involving the crime writer John Crowe, who is organising a protest against an oil drilling rig near to Santa Cruz island. Crowe also has his own mystery, which the boys help him with - his fuel is being depleted, as if someone is smuggling and using his boat to accomplish it. With some vivid set-pieces (the storm and the submarine, especially), a great sense of location, some nice background ...more
Jeff Stephenson
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
AH&T3I Update: 30 read and 13 paperbacks to go!

Rest in peace, Alfred Hitchcock! It was near the printing of Book 30, The Secret of Shark Reef, that the namesake of the book series, Alfred Hitchcock. passed away. From sources I found on the internet, Hitchcock's estate--mainly his heirs--wanted a greater royalty than was given in the first 30 books and Random House, the publisher, in an effort to further cut costs with the Three Investigators book series, decided to drop the affiliation with the
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Quentin Wallace
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good one. The setting changed as most of this story took place at sea. This was also quite a timely read as even though it was written in the early 80s a major part of the story dealt with environmentalists protesting the drilling for oil off the US Coast.

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Overall this was a very rich plot with a
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NobodySpecial
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, youth
My first ??? read ever. I did listen to some of the audio books and it really brings me back to my childhood, when I read a lot of Bob Evers (a Dutch book series). I really loved the story, the pace and the acion in it. It is not as violent as Bob evers could be at times, sometimes a bit too obvious, but I truly enjoyed the story. Can't wait to read some more! (hint to my girlfriend) ...more
Cliff
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm deducting a point from my rating because this case was more adventure than mystery. Much of the actual work occurred outside of the boys' efforts. And lastly because this is the last of the books for which Alfred Hitchcock appears. His role is unimportant, but following this book, all of the cases will have the fictitious Hector Sebastian.
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Ibnatul Ula
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Petulangan yang terasa singkat, namun ceritanya mendalam saya rasa. Terbayang gimana sang cucu untuk pertama kalinya melihat sang kakek yang sudah menjadi kerangka di kedalaman laut asing nan jauh dari rumah :') Cerita Trio Detektif hampir tidak pernah mengecewakan! ...more
Ariane
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der Plot war irgendwie sehr vorhersehbar, man konnte sich direkt denken, wer der Täter ist und es gab wenig Überraschungspotenzial. Abgesehen davon ist es natürlich schön gewesen, über die bekannten Charaktere zu lesen.
Paxton Holley
This was line of the books I read in 6th grade. Had a copy and read it to my son. I still love this series. He is enjoying it too. I’ll have to find some more.
Roger
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
I don’t think my library had this when I was reading The Three Investigators. So I’m 40 years late to it, but better late than never!
Book collector
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a generic review of the series rather than the individual books. A small comment at the end of some reviews will be added.
The three investigators series was another, along with the hardy boys, that my father bought for me. Aimed at an age range of around 12 rather than the hardy boys slightly older audience, I enjoyed these more at first before moving onto the hardy boys when I was older. I first read these when I was around 9 and then like the hardy boys kept reading them when i was ol
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Spencer
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
2019
The boys set on a mystery of the missing fuel in The Secret of Shark Reef. A big oil rig is set up in the middle of the ocean, which is causing massive protests. Bob's father (the reporter) is hired to tell the story of the protests and the oil rig. He offers the boys a chance to see the rig in action, which they are very excited to do. Of course, at the rig, they learn that the lead protester's, Mr. Crowe's, boat has been losing fuel on the way to and from the dock. Mr. Crowe hires the
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Robert Stewart
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
An indifferent story. After #28, the series went into a sharp decline. From the 1980s on, it is clear that to William Arden all that mattered was collecting the cheque for his 3I books, with very little effort being put into the stories.
Elizabeth S
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: c-juvenile, z-2011
Pretty good mystery, with lots of real detecting. The initial mystery that started the whole investigation seemed a little contrived to me, however. Overall, one of the better Three Investigators stories, with a clever backstory uncovered at the end.
Lauchlin
Dec 06, 2013 marked it as to-read
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Serena
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
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Alina
Jul 07, 2016 added it
Easy to read, but a pretty interesting plot.
Jaime
This was a lackluster effort but still exciting as the boys travel to the California coast and fall into a search for treasure. There were much better entries in the series.
Whitney
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this when I was young.
Frederick Tan
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good read.
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Real name: Dennis Lynds.
Beginning in 1968 with The Mystery of the Moaning Cave and ending in 1989 with Hot Wheels, Dennis Lynds wrote fourteen novels under the pen name William Arden for the juvenile detective series The Three Investigators, which was originated by Robert Arthur, Jr.. Under this same name, he also wrote five novels featuring private eye Kane Jackson, a former military policeman wh
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