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In their motorboat the Sleuth Frank and Joe Hardy search Barmet Bay for a dangerous stranger who has stolen a valuable boat. Suddenly, in the eerie fog, they spot the craft drifting aimlessly out to sea. What happens next starts the young detectives and their pal Chet Morton on an intriguing adventure that takes them to Mexico and into the comparatively unexplored desert a In their motorboat the Sleuth Frank and Joe Hardy search Barmet Bay for a dangerous stranger who has stolen a valuable boat. Suddenly, in the eerie fog, they spot the craft drifting aimlessly out to sea. What happens next starts the young detectives and their pal Chet Morton on an intriguing adventure that takes them to Mexico and into the comparatively unexplored desert and mountain regions of Baja California.


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In their motorboat the Sleuth Frank and Joe Hardy search Barmet Bay for a dangerous stranger who has stolen a valuable boat. Suddenly, in the eerie fog, they spot the craft drifting aimlessly out to sea. What happens next starts the young detectives and their pal Chet Morton on an intriguing adventure that takes them to Mexico and into the comparatively unexplored desert a In their motorboat the Sleuth Frank and Joe Hardy search Barmet Bay for a dangerous stranger who has stolen a valuable boat. Suddenly, in the eerie fog, they spot the craft drifting aimlessly out to sea. What happens next starts the young detectives and their pal Chet Morton on an intriguing adventure that takes them to Mexico and into the comparatively unexplored desert and mountain regions of Baja California.

30 review for The Mark on the Door

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    Another great Hardy Boys story, this time featuring airplanes, submarines (complete with Chet as a torpedo and a matador!), and a helicopter! The boys risk life and limb to bust up yes another smuggling ring. This one was, again, fast-paced and chockfull of cliffhangers and clever sleuthing and a cool survival technique. Now on to the Hidden Harbor Mystery!

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Hines

    This is a good, solid classic Hardy Boys story that has aged well. It involves a Mexican gang smuggling oil using a submarine while terrorizing local villagers through kidnapping and intimidation. There are some painfully crude uses of the Spanish language, but other than that, this is a solid Hardys adventure that anyone who enjoys the series will respond positively to!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Hawthorn

    Yeah, don't judge. My brothers got me hooked on these books years ago. And I do want to eventually finish the entire series, same as I want to read all the original Nancy Drew mysteries. Language, Abuse and Lust Ratings: All 5 stars, just like a classic book should be :). Yeah, don't judge. My brothers got me hooked on these books years ago. And I do want to eventually finish the entire series, same as I want to read all the original Nancy Drew mysteries. Language, Abuse and Lust Ratings: All 5 stars, just like a classic book should be :).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Woodman

    The classic boy detectives by Frank Dixon--I read ALL of them in my younger years, one I ran out of Nancy Drew books. The Hardy Boys are brother amateur detectives, aspiring to follow in their famous father's footsteps. Frank Hardy is the elder of the two and has dark hair. Joe Hardy is the younger brother, and has blond hair and blue eyes. The stories are an unaging series, in which Frank and Joe are always 18 and 17 years of age, respectively. In the original series the brothers were a younger The classic boy detectives by Frank Dixon--I read ALL of them in my younger years, one I ran out of Nancy Drew books. The Hardy Boys are brother amateur detectives, aspiring to follow in their famous father's footsteps. Frank Hardy is the elder of the two and has dark hair. Joe Hardy is the younger brother, and has blond hair and blue eyes. The stories are an unaging series, in which Frank and Joe are always 18 and 17 years of age, respectively. In the original series the brothers were a younger 16 and 15 years of age, but their ages were increased during the revision process that began in 1959. The series utilizes a "floating timeline", in which events always take place in the present day. The two boys live in the fictional city of Bayport (on Barmet Bay) with their famous father, Fenton Hardy, a private detective formerly with the New York Police Department, their mother Laura Hardy (erroneously called Mildred in The Flying Express), and their Aunt Gertrude, a character often used for comic relief.

  5. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    OK mystery book, but not nearly as good as Nancy Drew.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    I give this book five out five stars because of its great plot and smooth transitions between chapters. It was super easy to understand what was happening and you really get to know the characters the more you read along. I personally love the Hardy Boys series and am slowly working my way up reading all 56 books. If you are not familiar with this series, the Hardy Boys are brothers who solve all types of mysteries. The end of every book makes you want to read more and see more of their crazy ad I give this book five out five stars because of its great plot and smooth transitions between chapters. It was super easy to understand what was happening and you really get to know the characters the more you read along. I personally love the Hardy Boys series and am slowly working my way up reading all 56 books. If you are not familiar with this series, the Hardy Boys are brothers who solve all types of mysteries. The end of every book makes you want to read more and see more of their crazy adventures (that's why the made 56 books). All in all, this book is very much worth reading and I almost guaranty you that you will not be disappointed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ClaraBelle

    This is probably the 30th Hardy Boys book I’ve read! I just love all clean mysteries like those in the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Jane Marple, Hercule Poirot, and Dana Girls series! Plot: The town of Bayport, Massachusetts is scandalized when a oil share company is revealed to be fakes and it’s bookkeeper disappears before the trial. Hometown amateur detectives and brothers, Frank and Joe Hardy decide to find the missing witness and discover who’s the mastermind between the scam! They go all the wa This is probably the 30th Hardy Boys book I’ve read! I just love all clean mysteries like those in the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Jane Marple, Hercule Poirot, and Dana Girls series! Plot: The town of Bayport, Massachusetts is scandalized when a oil share company is revealed to be fakes and it’s bookkeeper disappears before the trial. Hometown amateur detectives and brothers, Frank and Joe Hardy decide to find the missing witness and discover who’s the mastermind between the scam! They go all the way to Mexico to find out, battling bandits, cacti, and kidnap attempts along the way! What I loved: the mystery and foreign setting What I disliked: some minor racism against Mexican tribesmen

  8. 5 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    Once again the Hardy's stumble on a case connected to a case their dad is working on, so he gets paid for doing nothing as usual. And to think, the case all began because the boys didn't think a Mexican could drive a speedboat (or something like that). Once again the Hardy's stumble on a case connected to a case their dad is working on, so he gets paid for doing nothing as usual. And to think, the case all began because the boys didn't think a Mexican could drive a speedboat (or something like that).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    Excellent series for young readers - highly recommended. I read these books when I was 10 - 15 years of age.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    Like usual, this series delivers.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jackson

    i spicficlly like the amount of travaling in this hardy boys book. they zoom from place to place in cars, airplanes, and suberines. my favorite part is when chet fires a torpido from a subarine.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Book collector

    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 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 by the end of the the 1980's I'd collected a full set up to around number 90 along with the first 25 or so casefiles books. They were enjoyable books. Fairly simple, but generally well written mysteries. They followed a basic pattern. The hardy boys father would either disappear working on a case or go off to work a case, the boys would get involved in a curious but not terribly threatening mystery in which they and their friends would regularly be captured, escape, repeat as needed. They would end with the boys in danger and then their father would turn up, save them and reveal they had both been working the same case. There are variations on the pattern of course and don't get me wrong I'm not knocking the familiar tropes of the series, that's what made these books fun to read. Some books were brilliant, some weaker but I rarely read one that was poor. All were well written by the various authors behind the dixon name. Now I'm going to digress for a moment. I had a problem with kids books when I was a kid. They weren't very exciting. But there was a reason that I felt this. In the 1970's through really up until the Harry Potter phenomenon in the late 1990's (be thankful for Rowling, as her success has paved the way for the brilliant children's book landscape we now have) children's books were fairly tame. I was spoiled when I was young. I love a TV show called doctor who. It began in the UK in 1963 and from 1973 fans of the show had the target doctor who books. These were adaptations of the TV stories. I started reading them at the age of 7. They spoiled kids books for me. Why? Because they were full of death. Characters actually died there was genuine threat with those books. Most kids literature at this period didn't do that. So I found myself reading adult books from the age of 12. Jack Higgins, Ian Fleming, Alistair maclean, Agatha Christie and more. I still read kids books, the hardy boys were a favourite of my father's so I happily read them. It's odd but I probably read more kids books now than i did as a kid! The kids books then were tame. They could be fun, but tame. The hardy boys series was the same. Fun but tame. Exciting but not threatening. Not really. The books tried to address this with the hardy boys casefiles. Slightly more adult, with greater threat. But by then I drifted away from new hardy boys books onto other things but I have a great affection for the series. And that's what this review is about. It's to give those wanting to try these books a idea of what to expect. The stories are fast paced. Normally featuring an intriguing mystery. Female characters can be a bit weak, especially in the early books but that's a sign of when they were written. There's action, humour and ghosts, smugglers, and lots of intriguing mystery all resolved well. The ghosts are always explained and the bad guys always caught. The hardy boys books are nostalgic fun. I spent many years enjoying them and have very fond memories of them.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fred Daly

    Okay, so the Hardy Boys books were originally written in the 1930s and then revised in the 1960s. The revisions shortened the books and tightened the plots (they are all 20 chapters and no more than 180 pages long), and eliminated racist stereotypes. For some reason, my version of this one is the original 1934 version, and it's bad. The plot meanders a little (25 chapters, 22o pages), and it doesn't feature the little cliffhangers at the end of each chapter that kept me reading under the covers Okay, so the Hardy Boys books were originally written in the 1930s and then revised in the 1960s. The revisions shortened the books and tightened the plots (they are all 20 chapters and no more than 180 pages long), and eliminated racist stereotypes. For some reason, my version of this one is the original 1934 version, and it's bad. The plot meanders a little (25 chapters, 22o pages), and it doesn't feature the little cliffhangers at the end of each chapter that kept me reading under the covers as a boy. There are some nice details about Mexico (with this one the series started sending the boys to different places) but many of the Mexican characters are portrayed as sleazy and violent. The word "swarthy" appears five or six times.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Parker

    I am reading through the entire Hardy Boys mystery series, some which I have read before, others I am reading for the first time. The Mark on the Door is one of the most thrilling and action-packed of the series. The Hardys, Chet, and Fenton travel to Mexico to question a man who was cheated in a stock scandal, only to realize there's kidnapping, missing villagers and a village who has been terrorized, oil smuggling, and Indians involved. Rides down a railroad cart, down a river and escaping fro I am reading through the entire Hardy Boys mystery series, some which I have read before, others I am reading for the first time. The Mark on the Door is one of the most thrilling and action-packed of the series. The Hardys, Chet, and Fenton travel to Mexico to question a man who was cheated in a stock scandal, only to realize there's kidnapping, missing villagers and a village who has been terrorized, oil smuggling, and Indians involved. Rides down a railroad cart, down a river and escaping from a waterfall, and on a submarine, all round out their adventures.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rex Libris

    The baddie in this book is smuggling oil out of Mexico with a submarine. When it comes to corruption, the Mexican government hates the competition! Morale may have improved, but the beatings continue as both Frank and Joe get cold-cocked in the very first chapter. While they get beaten up on numerous occasions as the book continues, they avoid any further concussions. Concussion count: Book: 2 Series: 17

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cyd

    Criminal mastermind exploiting indigenous Mexicans by claiming to be a god while he uses them to smuggle oil out of Mexico via secret rail line and stolen submarine? Ha! Even he is no match for the Hardy boys and their friends!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Steve Thomas

    Exciting story This is a good Hardy Boys story involving international intrigue. There are horses, submarines and helicopters involved. Of course there are the Hardy Boys harrowing captures and escapes.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aaron White

    Better than book 12, this one was filled with action and adventure and had the added advantage of being set in large part in Mexico.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jwchef196

    A REALY AWSOME CLIFF HANGER!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ethan Hulbert

    Fenton and the boys go to Mexico and search for a missing witness! This was actually a pretty cool story. I really enjoyed their travels.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Rayyan

    Excellent book

  23. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    The Hardys crack another case. Although really, all they did was follow bad guys around. And they were captured like a dozen times. Not their best work, actually.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    A random submarine sighting sends the boys on a trek through the Baja jungle and an adventure worthy of the Aztec Gods.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ronald

    The brothers and Dad go to Mexico to stop an oil smuggling ring.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Enos

    great

  27. 4 out of 5

    User Test

    The two boys are travelling! Where will they go? To your home? Watch out ;)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steve Rutherford

    Need gretta yellow spine and Gilles blue PC and applewood

  29. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    I was not a fan of this fast-paced mystery where too much happened but not enough at the same time.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    One of my favorite childhood series.

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