Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Review: The Missing Chums (The Hardy Boys #4) by Franklin W. Dixon


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
When the Hardy Boys set out to solve the mystery of their missing chums, they discover a gang hide-out on an island along the way.
MY TAKE:
I'm really starting to like the Hardy Boys.

In The Missing Chums, the Hardy Boys get a chance to prove themselves when they are called upon to take the lead in a case. Things aren't as simple as it seems, though, and they may be dealing with something that is much bigger than even they can handle.

I really enjoy the old-school feel and setting that the early Hardy Boys have. Everything seems much simpler then, although this mystery sure wasn't.

There were actually several mysteries here, but the Hardy Boys being who they are where able to figure things out just when they needed to. There were a couple of red herrings here and there, and if you read a lot of mystery books, you may be able to figure it out right away. Usually, I don't like it when I can spot red herrings, but I was too charmed by everything else to care.

Boating figures prominently again here. I'm not too big a fan of that, but there were at least a couple of scenes that I thought were cool.

This was a rather quick read, so if you're looking for an entertaining mystery that's short and sweet, try this one.

THE GOOD:

  1. It's a quick read.
  2. There's plenty of things going on.
  3. The mystery is complicated but not too much. 

THE BAD:

  1. Some characters, especially their aunt, feel unnecessary. 

READ IT IF:

  1. You're looking for a quick read.
  2. You like mysteries.
  3. You enjoyed the first books in the series. 

RATING:
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