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Frank and Joe Hardy are determined to bring to justice the vicious criminals who kidnapped their detective father while he was investigation sabotage of a road-building project in the Kentucky wilderness. After Mr. Hardy’s escape, the two young sleuths are spurred into action when he mumbles the word “Felix” and they discover a dossier of a notorious ex-convict was stolen Frank and Joe Hardy are determined to bring to justice the vicious criminals who kidnapped their detective father while he was investigation sabotage of a road-building project in the Kentucky wilderness. After Mr. Hardy’s escape, the two young sleuths are spurred into action when he mumbles the word “Felix” and they discover a dossier of a notorious ex-convict was stolen from his files. The trail leads them to New York City but ends abruptly in a cemetery! With the new clue of a spiral symbol the boys head to Kentucky as part of a highway construction crew to track down the kidnappers and saboteurs.


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Frank and Joe Hardy are determined to bring to justice the vicious criminals who kidnapped their detective father while he was investigation sabotage of a road-building project in the Kentucky wilderness. After Mr. Hardy’s escape, the two young sleuths are spurred into action when he mumbles the word “Felix” and they discover a dossier of a notorious ex-convict was stolen Frank and Joe Hardy are determined to bring to justice the vicious criminals who kidnapped their detective father while he was investigation sabotage of a road-building project in the Kentucky wilderness. After Mr. Hardy’s escape, the two young sleuths are spurred into action when he mumbles the word “Felix” and they discover a dossier of a notorious ex-convict was stolen from his files. The trail leads them to New York City but ends abruptly in a cemetery! With the new clue of a spiral symbol the boys head to Kentucky as part of a highway construction crew to track down the kidnappers and saboteurs.

30 review for The Mystery of the Spiral Bridge

  1. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Lovely Hardy Boys novel! This one in particular was very well written and the ending left me shocked. And in this Hardy Boys, it features all of their friends! So we have a range of Hardy Boy sidekicks. Great read for mystery lovers :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Josiah

    One of the best I’ve read that isn’t wrote by Leslie Mcfarlane, I was really surprised with how much suspense and action their was. One of the best Hardy Boys books I’ve read...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    It was fun to read Hardy boys!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Caleb

    In this book of the Hardy Boys series it is a continuation of the previous book (#44 The Haunted Fort). It starts with a brief recap telling that Fenton Hardy was working on a case and was injured. So now his sons must pick up where he left off in the investigation of a mob jeopardizing Mr. Prito's company. This book had many different plot twists in it, and I enjoyed the storyline very much. I found it to be one my favorite books in the series. The author was able to make all the scenes very viv In this book of the Hardy Boys series it is a continuation of the previous book (#44 The Haunted Fort). It starts with a brief recap telling that Fenton Hardy was working on a case and was injured. So now his sons must pick up where he left off in the investigation of a mob jeopardizing Mr. Prito's company. This book had many different plot twists in it, and I enjoyed the storyline very much. I found it to be one my favorite books in the series. The author was able to make all the scenes very vivid and intense. When you read this book you will be taken on a journey of: several near death experiences, close calls, and an exciting triumph over unlikely odds.

  5. 4 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, Frank and Joe, are brother amateur detectives, aspiring to follow in their father's footsteps. 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, Frank and Joe, are brother amateur detectives, aspiring to follow in their father's footsteps.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    More mystery, more excitement, more fun.

  7. 5 out of 5

    BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    I think the Hardy Boy books helped me with learning deductive and inductive skills. I had to work through logic. Who knew? I enjoyed all these books.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kolan

    read when I was 10 through 13

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gale

    Read in 2005.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    I took a few hours and read Spiral Bridge last night. This volume had my name and date (1966) inscribed on the front endpaper so I must have purchased this when it was first published that year. I believe by 1966 (I was 16 then) I had lost interest in the Hardy Boys and moved on to other books and authors such as Edgar Rice Burroughs but I must have still bought the Hardys as new books came out. I think Spiral Bridge may have been the last I bought as a youngster (although I now have a complete I took a few hours and read Spiral Bridge last night. This volume had my name and date (1966) inscribed on the front endpaper so I must have purchased this when it was first published that year. I believe by 1966 (I was 16 then) I had lost interest in the Hardy Boys and moved on to other books and authors such as Edgar Rice Burroughs but I must have still bought the Hardys as new books came out. I think Spiral Bridge may have been the last I bought as a youngster (although I now have a complete collection up until the digests started). I don't think I had ever read this one (as is the case with most of the later books) so reading the monthly Spotlite Books is an incentive to read some of these. Anyway, I thought "Spiral Bridge" was quite a good story. Unlike "Jungle Pyramid" the interior artwork was very good and I really like the cover as well. I thought the plot had a lot of similarities to "Wildcat Swamp" with the boys' getting involved with a gang whose motives are not as they seem. As usual, Chet's interest (this time shot-putting) played a key role in saving the day towards the end of the book. And of course Chet always having food on hand helped as well. Early on in the book, the boys catch one of the gang who was trying to retrieve a nylon rope he had left tied to the Hardy house when he earlier broke into their attic – (the thief must have really cared for that rope – risking capture to get it back!). Joe decides the rope might come in handy so keeps it and takes it with him on their adventure at the bridge in Kentucky. Of course the rope did turn out to be useful at the end. The Hardys are always prepared! They also carried a waterproof flashlight and a portable shortwave set that they used to communicate with Sam Radley back in Bayport. This came in handy when Radley was able to dictate to them some prison slang that the boys used to make it look like they were jailbirds. I didn't know they put teens in the big house! Overall, an enjoyable Hardy story!

  11. 5 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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    I’m a die-hard Nancy Drew fan, but I don’t really care for Hardy Boys mysteries. However, the title and plot synopsis of this volume were so intriguing that I decided to give it a read. And it was indeed worth it. This book draws you in with a captivating plot and a twisting storyline. It’s very fast-paced (probably even more fast-paced than Nancy Drew mysteries) and filled with both suspense and action. I liked that the boys and their four comrades were each given specific tasks in the story, r I’m a die-hard Nancy Drew fan, but I don’t really care for Hardy Boys mysteries. However, the title and plot synopsis of this volume were so intriguing that I decided to give it a read. And it was indeed worth it. This book draws you in with a captivating plot and a twisting storyline. It’s very fast-paced (probably even more fast-paced than Nancy Drew mysteries) and filled with both suspense and action. I liked that the boys and their four comrades were each given specific tasks in the story, rather than all six overshadowing one another. And as usual, I enjoyed how Joe’s impulsive nature contrasted with his brother Frank’s more cautious manner. All in all, I think any Hardy Boys fan would love this installment. 5 out of 5 stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Adams

    Fenton Hardy is on a case for Joe and Frank's friend Tony's father when he is attacked and captured. He escapes and finds his way home but is very sick in the hospital with amnesia. The boys want to find out what happened so they go to Kentucky to join the work force with Prito Construction company at the construction sight of the new bridge. Accidents have been happening throughout construction causing Tony Prito's father a lot of worry. Tony and a few other friends go with Joe and Frank to try Fenton Hardy is on a case for Joe and Frank's friend Tony's father when he is attacked and captured. He escapes and finds his way home but is very sick in the hospital with amnesia. The boys want to find out what happened so they go to Kentucky to join the work force with Prito Construction company at the construction sight of the new bridge. Accidents have been happening throughout construction causing Tony Prito's father a lot of worry. Tony and a few other friends go with Joe and Frank to try to get the inside scoop and solve the mystery. As Mr. Hardy gets better the boys are on the case. Which guys are part of the gang causing damage to the bridge over and over again? Which guys can they trust?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Belyea

    After their father is rescued and begins recovering from his recent investigation, the Hardy Boys take up the case with their pals - they're going to get to the bottom of whoever is trying to stop Tony's father from finishing his latest architecture project before its too late! Dixon brings fans another fun and twisting adventure sure to keep fans on their toes. Why is someone trying to stop the bridge from being built, and can the boys figure it out before they become the next victims of this d After their father is rescued and begins recovering from his recent investigation, the Hardy Boys take up the case with their pals - they're going to get to the bottom of whoever is trying to stop Tony's father from finishing his latest architecture project before its too late! Dixon brings fans another fun and twisting adventure sure to keep fans on their toes. Why is someone trying to stop the bridge from being built, and can the boys figure it out before they become the next victims of this deadly sabotage?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fred Daly

    So I more or less learned to read from these books. I'm reading through my massive collection as I prepare to purge, and it's an interesting experience. I'm finding the books fairly entertaining; I'm impressed with the writing (the vocabulary is more sophisticated than you'd find in YA books today). I also keep thinking that these books offered me a model of masculinity (good looks, good manners, omnicompetence) that of course I never attained. So I more or less learned to read from these books. I'm reading through my massive collection as I prepare to purge, and it's an interesting experience. I'm finding the books fairly entertaining; I'm impressed with the writing (the vocabulary is more sophisticated than you'd find in YA books today). I also keep thinking that these books offered me a model of masculinity (good looks, good manners, omnicompetence) that of course I never attained.

  16. 5 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Crosby

    Top 10 Hardy Boys.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Inizio drammatico per una vicenda intricata, ma supportata dall'amicizia e dalla tenacia che caratterizza i ragazzi Hardy. Inizio drammatico per una vicenda intricata, ma supportata dall'amicizia e dalla tenacia che caratterizza i ragazzi Hardy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This one just didn't do it for me - at all. This one just didn't do it for me - at all.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lyndsey

    Pretty interesting!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Hulbert

    Action! Excitement! Adventure! This was another good one. Fenton Hardy is so useless.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Smith

    I really enjoyed this book. One reason I really liked it so much was that it evolved a lot of sabotage. My favorite part of this book was when Chet finds a bomb under the bridge. Chet has been doing a lot of shot putting lately and thinks quickly and shot puts the bomb into the river away from the bridge.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jaden

    A great Hardy Boys mystery.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws

    When I first read Hardy Boys, I think I was in class 5, I had such a crush on Frank Hardy. I liked the brainy one over the brawny one and that sums up my first impression of Hardy Boys. In their late teens, Frank and Joe Hardy take after their detective father Fenton Hardy. Frank is the older of the two and has more breakthroughs in the cases because he is the brainy one. Joe is the younger brother who more often than not is useful when things get hot and they need to fight their way out. Like Na When I first read Hardy Boys, I think I was in class 5, I had such a crush on Frank Hardy. I liked the brainy one over the brawny one and that sums up my first impression of Hardy Boys. In their late teens, Frank and Joe Hardy take after their detective father Fenton Hardy. Frank is the older of the two and has more breakthroughs in the cases because he is the brainy one. Joe is the younger brother who more often than not is useful when things get hot and they need to fight their way out. Like Nancy Drew, the books in the The Hardy Boys series re written by ghostwriters under the collective pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon. And yes, the earlier books were better than the latter ones.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    This Hardy Boys book has the brothers enlisting the help of all of their friends to go undercover at a construction site and figure out why the bridge they are building is being sabotaged. It’s very kitschy and full of plot holes, but kids might like the energy of the characters as they ‘solve’ the crime.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cws

    JMAR5-Dix

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    ...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Valkyrie

    My book has the same cover as shown in this listing but was published in 1994.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marts (Thinker)

    The Hardys get into an investigation involving a construction crew

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

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