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The Tower Treasure

(The Hardy Boys #1)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  12,480 Ratings  ·  650 Reviews
A dying criminal confesses that his loot has been secreted "in the tower." Both towers of the looted mansion are searched in vain. It remains for the Hardy boys to make an astonishing discovery that clears up the mystery.
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Applewood Books (first published 1927)
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Greg I would think any city or county library would have dozens of these. Mine had at least fifty or so Hardy Boys and at least that many of Nancy Drew. I…moreI would think any city or county library would have dozens of these. Mine had at least fifty or so Hardy Boys and at least that many of Nancy Drew. I haven't read either in years, so thought I would reminisce with the first Hardy Boys, "Tower Treasure."(less)
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James Thane
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Published in 1927, The Tower Treasure is the book that introduced the teenage heroes, Frank and Joe Hardy, and which also began the series that would introduce generations of young boys to the world of crime fiction. The series ran until 2005 and consists of one hundred and ninety volumes, although some purists insist that only the first fifty-eight novels constitute the real Hardy Boy Mysteries. The books were written by "Franklin W. Dixon," the pen name used by a stable of writers who worked f ...more
Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨

✅Frank Hardy is eighteen, OK? He could definitely do well to handle a case which doesn't have the culprits leaving bread crumb trails, particularly keeping in mind to make sleuthing easy for the young detectives.

✅The older detective could do well to remember that his sons are capable of doing this dirty job all on their own and get off their case.

Famous Five adventures have more nail biting moments than this one and Famous Five is only a bunch of kids!
Michael Gerald
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, childhood. When life, as well as the pleasures, were simpler. And one of those simpler pleasures was reading these books about two brother detectives, their friends, and the adventures they had fighting criminals in their fictional hometown of Bayport and elsewhere in the world.

I have to give credit to the library in my grade school for introducing me to their extensive Hardy Boys collection. I used to eagerly await the end of classes to get the chance to borrow a worn book at least once a w
May 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I know, this book is not a great book, not by any stretch of the imagination--and the whole series is dated now but I give the book five stars because the Hardy Boys' books was the series that made me a voracious reader when I was in elementary school. How much do the Hardy Boys's books mean to me? One of the best days of my life was the last day of school at the end of the fifth grade. One of my friends was cleaning out his desk and he had a stack of seven or eight Hardy Boys' books that he did ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, hardy-boys
When I was a teenager I loved reading the Dana Sisters by Carolyn Keene. I own all of the old ones that were written before they were edited in 1959, and years later I began reading and buying the older Nancy Drew series. Here I am in my older years, and I am still reading them, but now I have added The Hardy Boys to the list of books I am in the process of collecting, but only if they, too, were written before 1959. I tried reading a Hardy Boys book several years ago, but I didn't care for it. ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
The Hardy Boys. Wow. It's been awhile. I grew up reading the Hardy Boys Casefiles Series but I also read a few from the original series. I'd never gone back to read some of the earlier works...until now. "The Tower Treasure" is the book that launched a million little boys imaginations. If a man enjoys mystery novels, I'd make a healthy wager that obsession began with this series.

Right from the start, all of the great Hardy Boys components are there:
- The father detective
- The low stakes mystery
Miloš & Brontë
Pa: So you finished The Tower Treasure last week after a long, long read. How're you feeling about it now?

Miloš: Good.

Pa: Just good?

Miloš: Not exactly. I really did like the book. I like how they were private detectives. I like how it is set on the grounds of a tower, and I don't know, I just liked it and how it was set in the 50s, but I read it in the hundreds, whatever it's called.

Pa: I suppose it's the teens now. It's not the noughties anymore.

Miloš: Yeah.

Pa: So who did you like better?

Michael Finocchiaro
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, classics
The iconic Hardy Boys, Joe and Frank and their intrepid father Fenton are a delightful crime-solving family and this is their very first adventure. It is full of cliff-hangers and fun. Actually written by a collective that hides behind the name Franklin W. Dixon, the books had to be re-written in the 50s to remove some of the inherent racism that pervaded them. My son and I have only read the more recent volumes. After this first one, my 9yo wanted more Hardy's and so far we have read seven of t ...more
Every book should have a bad hobo.
For a few years now, I've been interviewing my twins after they finish reading their books, posting those interviews on their own goodreads profile. My boy, Miloš, finished reading The Tower Treasure a couple of weeks ago, and I reread it just this week (I always reread the books they've read.) You can see my interview with him at this link. And you can see his interview with me right here:

Miloš: Why was the book just okay?

Pa: Well, I enjoyed it for what it was. The mystery was fun, and I really
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Just for a laugh, I decided to read this first installment of the famous Hardy Boys mysteries. As a kid, I had read one or two of the original stories, as well as a handful of the "Hardy Boys Casefiles" series-- the updated, more contemporary adventures of Frank and Joe Hardy (at least for the 1980s)-- but I never fully got into them; now I wish I had. Going back to the first book of the original series, there are certainly lots of anachronisms to laugh at: referring to friends with nicknames li ...more
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a kid, I read the whole series. My dad bought us a subscription, so I would get one every month. I can honestly say these books taught me the love of reading. When I got one in the mail, I would tear into it and not be able to put it down. I loved the suspense at the end of each chapter. Even today, the use of a hook will keep you turning the pages. I loved the simple adventures and the cool things the "chums" were able to do. There were boats, cars, and motorcycles, not to mention the cool r ...more
Kayla Garcia
Fun read with my little boys. 5 yo loved it. A bit much for the 3 yo :)

Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Nostalgia. When I was a young man, or younger than a young man, I delved and consumed Hardy Boy books as if they were the best thing ever. I remember that they had a section of these for sale in May Company in the mall. And if the next book in the series wasn't there on the shelf, we were devastated, and needed to bug our parents to come back again and again to get it. Maybe even travel over to another bookstore and hope that they might have it. Bookstores were not everywhere when I was unable t ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm currently in the process of reading (and with Nancy Drew re-reading) children's mysteries for an upcoming project. As a kid, I read Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys SuperMysteries, but have never spent time with the Hardys on their own.

The Tower Treasure is Frank and Joe's first adventure and the audiobook is well read by Bill Irwin and produced with delightfully campy sound effects. I was surprised by how indistinguishable Frank and Joe are in their first outing, as I remember them having very distin
This was pretty decent, as i said in an update the cast where a little older than i expected. The story was also a bit more realistic and how much the heroes were able to accomplish without help seemed believable.
It would have been nice if the female contribution was more than just baking but this is the 20's, i think the 20's and 50's are probably the most sexist of decades in terms of media, as the male-society reasserted its control after the relative female freedom caused by the war years,
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.90

I really liked this book. It really kept me interested, thanks to the few twists and turns!
It's been a while since I've read a good mystery and coming back to the hardy boys series reminds me just how much I love the genre.
This book may have been short but it was teaming with mystery, suspense and just the right amount of humour.
I adore frank and joe's relationship p, and I especially loved the way they behaved with their parents and that they didn't lose hope or give up just becau
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Chet, who is fat, grows upset when his jalopy is stolen, and also grows upset when sleuthing keeps him away from his Welsh rabbit, as he fears that good cheese has gone to waste. (It has not.) Chet doesn't get to do much sleuthing, hopefully not because he's fat. His friends, Frank and Joe, do, and they also see a performance of The Merchant of Venice and laugh hilariously because of the lead actor's comedy and gestures. Later, Frank and Joe distract Detective Smuff by setting a fi ...more
Mark Baker
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When their friend Chet's jalopy is stolen, Frank and Joe think it is their chance to prove they can be detectives. But when they find his car, it just leads them to more mysteries.

This is my first time reading a Hardy Boys book in years, and I found it interesting. The characters were still as shallow as I remembered, but I was surprised to find the plot was episodic and their father did some big chunks of the investigation without them. Still, I enjoyed it and think kids today will, too.

Read my
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I don't know... It was kinda like a mix feeling and all. I used to really like mysteries and seeking out the bad guy books when I was younger, probably because times have changed and so have my interest. Yeah, probably. But it was an enjoyable read those, so there's that.
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: bedtime-stories
Gee boy this book was swell. Very dated but a fun little read for my little boy.
Book 18: Mid-20th Century American Crime Readathon
We move from Nancy Drew's Florida outing at Nasa (the 18th in the series) to the first Hardy Boys book.
HOOK=4 stars: "Frank and Joe Hardy clutched the grips of their motorcycles and stared in horror at the oncoming car. it was careening from side to side on the narrow road," is the opening line. Now, how could you NOT continue reading this one?
PACE=3: Just right.
PLOT= 4: A car crash in the opening chapter leads to a stolen car, characters changin
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came across The Tower Treasure while flipping through audiobooks on OverDrive. Pure nostalgia. I loved these books when I was a kid. When I was in about 5th grade, I would check out as many as possible from my local library and devour them one after another. This series is special to me because it made me love to read.

The Tower Treasure is the first Hardy Boys mystery and it’s a great story. Good mystery, amusing friendships (i.e., husky Chet Morton and his yellow jalopy), and a well written
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I decided to start reading this series because a few years ago my father gave my brother and I the complete boxed set of Hardy Boys books for Christmas. I felt bad because I never finished reading them, so I am going to try and read all of them. *I know I am missing a few because I dropped one in the pets' water bowl, but I think you can read them in any order.

I had trouble with this one. The beginning to the middle was very slow and choppy. Also, the culture in this book is so old and the way t
Read some more Hardy Boys...finally. Only took me 15ish years to read some of the others. We only have 3 books in the house. I'm not sure I'll read the rest, but I would like to some day. These are mostly a quick read. Yes, these are dated, they were dated when I read them, but I still like the books. One reason I like the Hardy Boys is like Harry Potter and the Unicorn Chronicles, this book got me into reading. You can blame the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew for my liking to detective fiction. Thes ...more
J. Scott
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My older son is still a couple years shy of reading these, but I have very fond memories of the Hardy Boys books. They introduced me to so many basic concepts of storytelling, and (to my young mind) they were exciting as all get out. I'm not going to put every single one of them on my Goodreads shelf ... just the ones that especially stand out in my memory.
Feb 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I have great memories of how books like this developed my love for reading. I devoured almost every book in the old series. I have good memories of searching for the next book in the series and never tiring of them. They had more meat than other series like Tom Swift that I read.
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Classic mystery tale as two boys attempt to find a hidden treasure.
Cate (The Professional Fangirl)
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads, own
What a swell stroll down my childhood memory lane!
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Kids, Adults, Anyone
Recommended to Jason by: Me
1959 version: ★★✰✰✰
1927 version: ★★★★✰

I guess that means I have to give it three stars since I can't figure out how to rate two different editions?

Finished 3/5/17. Skip down three paragraphs for the review(s).

Pre-read note, 2/23/17:

This will show two reads one right after the other, but it's not because I found the book so titillating that I had to reread it immediately. At least I doubt that will be the case. There are two versions of this book: the original written in 1927 and a revision writt
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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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