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WHILE THE CLOCKED TICKED por Franklin W.…
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WHILE THE CLOCKED TICKED (original 1932; edição 1932)

por Franklin W. Dixon

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A banker who has been receiving threatening notes enlists the help of the Hardy boys. Before very long, the young sleuths find themselves entangled in the investigation of a notorious band of thieves.
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Título:WHILE THE CLOCKED TICKED
Autores:Franklin W. Dixon
Informação:Grosset & Dunlap (1932), Edition: 1960A-45, Hardcover
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  JamesLemons | Apr 21, 2020 |
With their parents away on a long-overdue vacation, the boys are under the strict rule of Aunt Gertrude. While she approves of their skills and resourcefulness, she would never tell them she was proud of them to their faces. That would fill their heads up with air. So at every turn she is critical, demanding, and obstructionist, and I love her for it.

Aunt Gertrude turns a man away at the door when he comes asking to see Fenton Hardy. She doesn't tell him Fenton Hardy is away, because one doesn't let a man know you're alone in the house, however well dressed. I'd like to see Aunt Gertrude in a 'Fear Street' novel, she would straighten those kids out in a heartbeat.

In any case, the man comes back and theboys let him in - they wouldn't last a day on Fear Street - and tell him they'll try to wire their father, but they'd be happy to look into any mysteries. The man laughs, but gives them a hint and ultimately hires them. The man, Raymond Dalrymple, is a wealthy banker who bought the furnished Purdy Mansion along the Shore Road as an investment. The house had been built by a paranoid miser and contained a secret room with a time-locked vault door. Dalrymple is so harried by business he decides to use this room as a private office and uses it occasionally without exploring the rest of the house.

The mystery, he tells the boys, is that he's been receiving threatening notes that he discovers inside this locked room. There is no way in but through the vault door, even the chimney is too small for entry and barred besides, and the room itself is a closely guarded secrets. The immigrant laborers who even built the room were sent far away after construction was completed. Nice.

There is another appearance by Hurd Applegate, from 'The Tower Treasure', who has devolved into a man whose only passion left is stamps. Valuable, valuable stamps. The disappearance of some of Hurd's stamps gets him involved. The disappearance of his sister is of no consequence apparently. The police are also investigating 'River Thieves' who have been stealing goods for months.

This was a pretty lackluster mystery with some bizarre elements including a doppelgangers, screams in the night, mad inventors, time bombs, and even a crook named 'Indian Tom' who was likely expunged in the 1960s rewrite, but who can say? There's some serious bumbling police tropes that are more likely to have been cut, and perhaps, maybe, the boys should have a break from rescuing valuable stamps. I was disappointed that the forward momentum of the boys' lives - namely their high school graduation in 'The Great Airport Mystery' - was so abruptly cut short. I looked back and 'What Happened at Midnight' merely describes the boys as still being in high school as they head out to Morton Farm for a party. There must have been some reader backlash, or the editors realized by themselves - after printing - that it was a mistake to let the boys grow up.

It also seems that Chet and Biff are aware of my scrutiny, as neither of them obliged me with a scene for my slash fic of them, but those chums and the rest of the gang did make a fuss about the Hardy Boys not including them in this latest caper. For that realism, and Aunt Gertrude's curling papers, I give this an extra star.

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1 vote ManWithAnAgenda | Sep 14, 2019 |
When in doubt, grab the next Hardy Boys off the shelf!! Our 2 high school detective brothers (with the longest summer vacation in the world!), offer to help out a client in need when their famous father is unavailable on a much needed vacation in Maine with his wife. Waterfront burglary, a creepy abandoned home on an inland riverbank, a near drowning, a dangerous explosive device, a missing jade collection, mysterious cars and a case of mistaken identity all wrapped into one. The chums help out as always, and not to spoil it, but the fellows do live to solve another mystery. As silly as they are on one level, i almost cannot put these down. I am so glad there are actually 50+ of these! ( )
  jeffome | Dec 29, 2016 |
I love the Hardy Boys so much. This is one of my favorites in the original Mysteries Stories series.
  sepotvin | Apr 30, 2016 |
This book is about two young kids get caught in a house that appears to be haunted. I highly recmmend this book to who likes mysterys ( )
  AlDe0424 | Feb 1, 2011 |
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