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The Short-Wave Mystery

(The Hardy Boys #24)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,873 ratings  ·  67 reviews
When thieves hijack a collection of stuffed animals from a country auction, Frank and Joe Hardy pursue the getaway car and are drawn into a thrilling mystery. At the same time, the young detectives' father--famed private investigator Fenton Hardy--is tracking down an industrial spy ring. This suspense-filled story of pursuit and detection will keep the reader breathlessly ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 1st 1945 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published February 28th 1945)
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John Mosman
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel
I read all the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Tom Swift books as a kid. These series are the reason I became a life long reader. So I just got a hankering to read one for nostalgia sake. Fun!
Edward Davies
Again Chet’s new hobby, this time taxidermy, becomes pivotal in the Hardy’s solving a crime.
Christina
Pulled this off the shelf at Grandma's. Fine plot involving taxidermy and short-wave radios, whatever. What stands out in this particular book (perhaps all Hardy Boys books?) is how often they call Chet (the boys' best chum) "fat." Or "stout." As in, "By the time the two brothers had reached their fat friend's side..." or "The fat boy sat on the sidelines..." or "we've certainly left our fat friend in the lurch for a long time..." (all actual quotes). The best one? A ransom note from the bad guy ...more
David Allen Hines
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great classic Hardy Boys adventure. The Hardys and their friend Chet, who has taken up taxidermy as his most recent hobby, are asked to investigate the theft of stolen stuffed specimens from a local estate of a dubious character, but the estate benefits a local woman and her son who need the money. Meanwhile, Mr. Hardy is on the case of industrial spies. The story includes the use of "short-wave" or "ham" radio, and clues heard over it, thus the title. While overall, this story has age ...more
Book collector
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hardy-boys
Ok this isn't a specific review of the books. There are quite a few hardy boys books and I read them over a period of several years but that was around 30-35 years ago now. Some I remember clearly and I will be specific about those at the end of this part of the review. This section is really an overview of the series. Franklin w. Dixon was of course a syndicate name. A name used over many years on the hardy boys books. My father read them during the fifties, they started during the forties and ...more
Conner Omtvedt
This story is good story by Franklin W. Dixon. This story has a lexile of 760. If you don't know what these books are about, they basically two brothers and their fat friend Chet. This story is about 2 brothers who get drawn to a mystery when thieves steal stuffed animals at an estate sale. Then they see a car carrying stuffed animals...
The central idea of the book is that they're trying to find who took the stuffed animals because the person who made them hid treasure in one of them before he
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Stacey Adams
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mr. Hardy is on a case involving corporate espionage. Chet Morton has begun a new hobby, taxidermy. When the Hardy boys are at an estate auction with Chet a load of stuffed animals is stolen. The widow of the man who did the taxidermy on the animals asks the boys to recover the items. Following leads brings the boys to the plant where their father has been hired by the owner....are the corporate robberies linked to the stuffed animal robbery? Luckily Frank and Joe have a short-wave set up in the ...more
Kevin Findley
This is a very solid entry in the Hardy Boys series, but it is definitely dated. Skype and other internet communication platforms have overtaken short-wave radio in popularity, so anyone under the age of about 40 is going to have to look up a few words.

Sidenote: Short-wave is still used around the world, and I was amazed at just how much equipment is available out there at a very reasonable cost.

That said, the mystery is pretty solid and tracking down the crooks took Frank and Joe international
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Silverscarf
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I used to read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books all the time when I was a kid and I decided to pick this up when I was visiting a used book store just for old times' sake. It was pretty good, I wouldn't say it was one of the best books of the old series of Hardy Boys, but it was enjoyable and the mystery made sense. Something not all mysteries manage to accomplish these days. I also picked up a couple of the books from the 80's series and I was thinking that I might read a book from each iteratio ...more
Rex Libris
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Boys break up an industrial spy ring that gets secrets by using taxidermy animals with electronic listening devices inside of them.

Reversing the non-violent trend of the past three books, Frank and Joe get beaten on quite frequently. Joe gets only one KO, but Frank must the favorite because he gets 2 KOs. Even Biff Hooper gets into the act, though he is chloroformed, not cold cocked.

So the count now stands at:

This book: 3
The series: 30
Zoe
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars exactly.

This book has more of Aunt Gertrude in it since Ms. Hardy is away, and much more Chet since he’s taken up his new hobby of taxidermy. Chet is a really funny character that we don’t always get to see much of, so it was funny some of the things he did. Good plot, fairly good story line. :)



Fred Daly
Mar 21, 2021 rated it liked it
This one has a lot of taxidermy in it, plus a quick trip to Canada. My copy is the original version, before the books were re-edited to make them shorter and less offensive. This on is okay. The plot is less random than some of the others, and there's no overt racism. Chet is described as "fat" instead of "hefty," so it's not totally PC. ...more
jaspreet   Kaur
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
it was a good book but Nancy drew rocks. i love reading detective novels they bring a wide era of views to one. i liked the way everything was explained . i loved the brother bonding and a message for crime against poaching . it was thrilling .
Jack
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ate these up as a kid and usually got them as gifts for birthdays, Christmas and other events. This edition would be quite dated now and I believe they have updated the books. The author was a pseudonym for a plethora of writers who contributed to this series.
Meshach Hardy
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked how the hardy boys take on the case with skill, it is really exiting to find out the other part of the story like what where the crooks really up to?
Aaron White
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit above par, with the code deciphering and the action near the end.
Ethan Hulbert
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved the wintery snowy setting of this one. Also loved the short-wave stuff! I love old tech. Radio parts, huh? This is another story that McFarlane had a lot of issues with, but I like it.
Jackson Compton
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great one! Some highlights are the boys trying to decode messages over the short wave, the trip to Canada, and Aunt Gertrude yelling about an ape in the yard.
Squeaky
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I've read this several times since the 60s, in at least two versions/editions. I'd like to get the original edition so I could compare it. ...more
Mikey
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a time capsule, but "that one friend that's inexplicably into taxidermy" is eternal. ...more
Silas
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the part where they found the bug.
Peter
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A really nice use of radio triangulation near the end of this fun story, which reminded me of All the Light We Cannot See.
Enos
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
great
Craig
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Standard Hardy boys. Lots of action, not that much mystery. But they get the job done.
Jason
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A ham-radio set, amateur taxidermy, corporate espionage and a wayward child send the Hardy Boys all the way to Canada in this adventure. The section where the Boys break and decipher the code is particularly well written and smartly done!
Sarah
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-with-zoe
3.5 stars for the plot but it gets an extra half star because we get to see a lot of Chet and Aunt Gertrude. Chet especially provides good comic relief.
Frank
I spent a few hours rereading the OT of The Short-Wave Mystery. This is one of the few Hardy Boys stories where I actually remembered some of the details from when I first read it as a kid in the 1960s - I remembered that Chet's hobby in this one was taxidermy and also that the mystery had something to do with Hudson's Bay.

Well I would rate this one as just average based on my reread. The plot had to do with the theft of radio parts by a gang led by Spike Hudson. There were several warehouses in
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Christopher C
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
September (1st book report)
Hardy Boys: The Short-Wave Mystery
Franklin W. Dixon

In this book Frank And Joe also known as the Hardy boys go on an adventure to hunt down the people behind the Short Wave Mystery. As Frank and Joe were in their study upstairs in their room a scrambled voice came over their short wave radio. It was just their friend Chet the one that loved to eat and was a little on the heavy side but he had more important stuff to talk about he told them about how he had got into taxi
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Spencer
The book, Hardy Boys The Short-Wave Mystery by Franklin W. Dixon is about the hardy brothers finding a mysteryious cabin in the woods that belongs to an elder. That night they wait outside to see who will come out and a little boy comes out and says that it's his uncles cabin and he came at night so he could see him because his parents do not like seeing him or their son seeing him. So they bring him home and question him about what he was doing their and why he was really out their so late.
In
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John Parker
Picked this one up for two reasons: it is about radio in the golden age and it was a first edition for a $1.50.
I must admit, I've always had a fondness for this series and those snooping boys. Better yet, Dixon's stories are simple and fast moving fun. I'm not sure they are still relevant, but they provided me with a nostalgic journey back to a time 25 years after they were published when I first encountered them as a very young reader. They were relevant then, but the world didn't move as fast
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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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