Hardy Boys 35: The Clue in the Embers
Tony Prito enlists the help of his detective friends Frank and Joe Hardy when a sinister stranger demands that Tony sell him the bizarre curio collection he has just inherited. While the boys are discussing this suspicious incident, the stranger, Valez, telephones and threatens Tony. That same afternoon the three boys collect the cases of curios at a freight station only for Joe’s life to be at risk on their way back to Tony’s house. The next day a seaman claims two medallions in the collection that coincidently go missing. Did Valez steal them? And what was their significance. Unraveling the clues in this exciting mystery takes the Hardys and their friends to a desolate region in Guatemala and straight into the hands of a gang of dangerous thugs.
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I think this is better than most of the other Hardy Boys books I've read. Not great, but better. Normally when I read Hardy Boys it's just as a filler book between two larger and harder books to read ... Read full review
Unfair for Callie Shaw, making fool of her, tricked by crook posing as a friendly door-to-door salesman to reveal location of barbecue the Hardys were having so he could plant bomb---that kind of stupidity usually, tiresomely, associated with Cretin Chet Moron. He landed on head when blown up into air-- "Biggest crash since the Hindenburg!" Aunt Gertrude called it, "oh, the humanity, and all that FAT!"--- taken to the hospital, doctor grimly pronounced him hopelessly brain-dead, surprised when reactions among Mortons, Hardys, Shaws, pals are shrugs, sighs of relief.
"Was that ALL?" Frank said. "Oh, that's right, you're new in town, Doc---everyone knew that when he was in kindergarten!" "
"In the crib," corrected Aunt Gertrude, record two Comments on Chet for case.
Great opportunity thrown away--- This was ONLY time in so-called "canon" (the first 58) Callie ever met crook knowing who she was---he should have KIDNAPPED her instead, ransom her for more medallions, or hostage to make Hardys "back off" case, or lure into trap..
And Joe got tied up and gagged AGAIN, Frank and Joe AND Chet Moron got tied up AGAIN, Tony Prieto got tied up FIRST time--JOINED THE CLUB! (Iola did shortly after, #37 Ghost of Skeleton Rock, took TO 1987 Casefiles #1 Dead on Target for Callie.)
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