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A series of museum thefts launch the Hardy Boys on this baffling mystery. Rare collections of ancient pirate treasure are being stolen, so Frank and Joe are asked to stake out the Black Parrot, a suspicious freighter docked in Bayport Harbor. This whirlwind chase after a self-styled pirate king in the Caribbean stronghold of the Empire of the Twisted Claw makes a gripping A series of museum thefts launch the Hardy Boys on this baffling mystery. Rare collections of ancient pirate treasure are being stolen, so Frank and Joe are asked to stake out the Black Parrot, a suspicious freighter docked in Bayport Harbor. This whirlwind chase after a self-styled pirate king in the Caribbean stronghold of the Empire of the Twisted Claw makes a gripping tale of suspense and high adventure.


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A series of museum thefts launch the Hardy Boys on this baffling mystery. Rare collections of ancient pirate treasure are being stolen, so Frank and Joe are asked to stake out the Black Parrot, a suspicious freighter docked in Bayport Harbor. This whirlwind chase after a self-styled pirate king in the Caribbean stronghold of the Empire of the Twisted Claw makes a gripping A series of museum thefts launch the Hardy Boys on this baffling mystery. Rare collections of ancient pirate treasure are being stolen, so Frank and Joe are asked to stake out the Black Parrot, a suspicious freighter docked in Bayport Harbor. This whirlwind chase after a self-styled pirate king in the Caribbean stronghold of the Empire of the Twisted Claw makes a gripping tale of suspense and high adventure.

30 review for The Twisted Claw

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Muetzel

    The Hardy Boys: Twisted Claw Mystery The Twisted Claw Mystery is written by Franklin W. Dixon. It is a fantastic mystery novel about the two Hardy Brothers. Franklin W. Dixon does an amazing job at making the mystery take place in many different cities, and continents. He also does a great job at making it somewhat realistic, even if some parts aren’t. This was a compelling case about a group of people robbing rare collections of ancient pirate treasures. Franklin researched a lot for this book The Hardy Boys: Twisted Claw Mystery The Twisted Claw Mystery is written by Franklin W. Dixon. It is a fantastic mystery novel about the two Hardy Brothers. Franklin W. Dixon does an amazing job at making the mystery take place in many different cities, and continents. He also does a great job at making it somewhat realistic, even if some parts aren’t. This was a compelling case about a group of people robbing rare collections of ancient pirate treasures. Franklin researched a lot for this book, he even figured out how some museums keep their items, and how some alarms work. All in all he did a great job on this book. I have read quite a bit of Hardy Boy Books, but I have to say this one was one of my favorites. It had a compelling mystery, a ton of foreshadowing that kept me on the edge of my chair. From the boys being locked up so they couldn't escape the ship, to the guards at the museum being gassed. It was like lighting a firework, and waiting for that long string to reach the actual firework and blow up. The intensity of the book was real, and every time the Hardy Boys managed to escape any situation they happen to be in. It is really cool to see them escape and the hundreds of ways they do. I would definitely recommend this for 12-14 year olds looking for an adventure. It had many fabulous scenes and quite a bit of action. I am 13 years old and it was perfect level for me. Throughout the book it all made sense. It was great.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Allen Hines

    Continuing my goal of re-reading all 190 Hardy Boys books of my youth, I turned eagerly to my old, well-worn copy of The Twisted Claw. Always my favorite Hardys tale in my youth, I had read and re-read this book and indeed my copy today shows wear and tear. And I still like this story the best! It has a combination of a great story, interesting criminal mystery and fast-paced action as the Hardys investigate thefts of old armor and jewels from a number of museums. They encounter shipboard action Continuing my goal of re-reading all 190 Hardy Boys books of my youth, I turned eagerly to my old, well-worn copy of The Twisted Claw. Always my favorite Hardys tale in my youth, I had read and re-read this book and indeed my copy today shows wear and tear. And I still like this story the best! It has a combination of a great story, interesting criminal mystery and fast-paced action as the Hardys investigate thefts of old armor and jewels from a number of museums. They encounter shipboard action, a mysterious old manuscript, stories about an old pirate kingdom, and plenty of adventure. Anyone who likes the Hardy Boys will love The Twisted Claw! Still my favorite!

  3. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    One of the very first mystery novels that I ever read, and purely because the cover of the book looked so awesome!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Duncan

    What a delightful read. My son and daughter read it to me in stages and we all really enjoyed it. On to the next one !!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I picked this Hardy Boys book up to read next because it had on the front what I thought was a knight in a suit of armor. I love medieval castle mysteries! Alas, this book was not about castles or knights. It all began with a coincidence- one of the boys found an ancient memoir sort of very old book in a dusty old bookshop. It was written by a pirate long ago. This led the Hardy Boys into the Canadian woods following smugglers and eventually on a pirate ship that docked on a forbidden island whe I picked this Hardy Boys book up to read next because it had on the front what I thought was a knight in a suit of armor. I love medieval castle mysteries! Alas, this book was not about castles or knights. It all began with a coincidence- one of the boys found an ancient memoir sort of very old book in a dusty old bookshop. It was written by a pirate long ago. This led the Hardy Boys into the Canadian woods following smugglers and eventually on a pirate ship that docked on a forbidden island where if someone ever sees the island, they must stay forever. What I thought was a knight in armor was a guard on the island. There was a lot of action but the story sort of hopped around and the boys covered a lot of territory.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    Great book! It's very excited how they board the smuggling ships without the crew knowing, and the whole Twisted Claw Empire idea was great! Recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries on ships, and to mystery fans in general! Great book! It's very excited how they board the smuggling ships without the crew knowing, and the whole Twisted Claw Empire idea was great! Recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries on ships, and to mystery fans in general!

  7. 5 out of 5

    JTSB

    A series of mysterious museum thefts occur leading the Hardy Boys to solve one of their craziest cases yet, taking them all over the country!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Janet Womack

    The Twisted Claw was the first Hardy boys book I have read. It was a nice break from more modern stories. It reminded me of the Trixy Beldon books I read as a kid.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily V

    I think this is a great book for anyone and everyone to read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Ballesteros

    The Twisted Claw by Frank Dixon was a heavy fighting and traveling adventure story. The Hardy brothers get suspicious about a heist for smuggling museum items. The bros decide to "join" the heist to inspect what's happening. Soon they get trapped in a boat for days because everyone found out they were spying. Eventually the brothers met a secret helper on the boat to help them escape. When they escaped the ended up on an abandoned island with Indians. The hardy's found a hermit who told the hard The Twisted Claw by Frank Dixon was a heavy fighting and traveling adventure story. The Hardy brothers get suspicious about a heist for smuggling museum items. The bros decide to "join" the heist to inspect what's happening. Soon they get trapped in a boat for days because everyone found out they were spying. Eventually the brothers met a secret helper on the boat to help them escape. When they escaped the ended up on an abandoned island with Indians. The hardy's found a hermit who told the hardy's everything that was happening in the heist, and the heist started years ago. The hermit and the hardy's came up with a plan to stop this heist and went to sink the boats. This ended very well with all the museum items on a boat with the heists mastermind. He got arrested and the Hardy's continued on life.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    Another silly Hardy Boys mystery where breaking the law by stowing away in ships is overlooked because the boys find some hollow logs. Madness!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bailey Marissa

    Frank and Joe get held up in a boat, get stuck on an almost deserted island, and stop a fake artifact from being put on display at a museum. Recommeded 10+ for some scary situations and near death.

  13. 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. Another good one. And added bonus, I loved this cover! gotta love a shark cover...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rex Libris

    A madman wants to create a pirate kingdom on a Caribbean Island. To institute his kingdom he steals all the artifacts from this former kingdom from the various museums holding them. After robbing the museums, the henchmen ship the artifacts out of the country on a couple of freighters. Frank and Joe spend most of the book trying to infiltrate the various freighters and find out what is going on. What is most interesting about this book is it is the second book in a row where Frank and Joe do not A madman wants to create a pirate kingdom on a Caribbean Island. To institute his kingdom he steals all the artifacts from this former kingdom from the various museums holding them. After robbing the museums, the henchmen ship the artifacts out of the country on a couple of freighters. Frank and Joe spend most of the book trying to infiltrate the various freighters and find out what is going on. What is most interesting about this book is it is the second book in a row where Frank and Joe do not get concussed. Is this a trend to a kinder, more gentle Hardy Boys adventure series? There is still some physical beating going on, and they get knocked out by being gassed. Maybe the bad guys have decided to move from head to lung injuries? The beat down count: This book: 0 Series total: 25

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Adams

    The DeGraw collection, treasure taken from a sunken galleon years ago, is being stolen one after the other from museums across the states and Fenton Hardy asks for the boys' help on the case. First they investigate a ship at Bayport harbor, the Black Parrot and notice a strange symbol on one of the crew members' ring. They find an old book that tells the story of the Empire of the Twisted Claw with the same symbol. It's also the symbol on the suit of armor in the DeGraw collection which ties the The DeGraw collection, treasure taken from a sunken galleon years ago, is being stolen one after the other from museums across the states and Fenton Hardy asks for the boys' help on the case. First they investigate a ship at Bayport harbor, the Black Parrot and notice a strange symbol on one of the crew members' ring. They find an old book that tells the story of the Empire of the Twisted Claw with the same symbol. It's also the symbol on the suit of armor in the DeGraw collection which ties the ship to the robberies. The mystery is how the thieves are getting in the museum. Alarms don't seem to be hampered with and the areas are guarded well. The Hardys end up flying back and forth between museums and ports chasing clues in this story of pirates and stolen treasure.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew are the first series that I remember reading. I was still in elementary school, but I remember thinking I was reading more grown up books because these were long (more than 20 pages, lol) and there was more than one book you could read with the same main characters! The innocence of these mysteries and recalling my own innocence just makes me happy. All parents should give their kids Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew when they're young - only good things can come of it. The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew are the first series that I remember reading. I was still in elementary school, but I remember thinking I was reading more grown up books because these were long (more than 20 pages, lol) and there was more than one book you could read with the same main characters! The innocence of these mysteries and recalling my own innocence just makes me happy. All parents should give their kids Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew when they're young - only good things can come of it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Parker

    I'm reading through the entire Hardy Boys mystery series, some I have read before, others I am reading for the first time. The Twisted Claw is another action-packed read. The Hardys investigate two ships shipping mysterious cargo which lead them to Canada and down to multiple islands in the tropics, including being held prisoner on the island of the Empire of the Twisted Claw. They and their pal Chet help their father in solving the mystery of stolen armor from museums. I'm reading through the entire Hardy Boys mystery series, some I have read before, others I am reading for the first time. The Twisted Claw is another action-packed read. The Hardys investigate two ships shipping mysterious cargo which lead them to Canada and down to multiple islands in the tropics, including being held prisoner on the island of the Empire of the Twisted Claw. They and their pal Chet help their father in solving the mystery of stolen armor from museums.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Griffin E

    The Twisted Claw by Franklin W. Dixon is about the Hardy Boys trying to find the criminals that are stealing the dewclaw collection in the museum. They could never find them in tell the end. They found some of the collection in a log on a truck. The truck was going to Canada. They tracked the the people that hired the truck driver. I recommend this book because there is always adventure. I like the book there was some confusing parts but you have to read the other books. The book was not hard yo The Twisted Claw by Franklin W. Dixon is about the Hardy Boys trying to find the criminals that are stealing the dewclaw collection in the museum. They could never find them in tell the end. They found some of the collection in a log on a truck. The truck was going to Canada. They tracked the the people that hired the truck driver. I recommend this book because there is always adventure. I like the book there was some confusing parts but you have to read the other books. The book was not hard you just had to read some of the parts again. One connection I had with other books they always steal something.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Hulbert

    Absolutely one of the dorkiest covers yet (although there are a few worse). In this book: more smugglers. It's always smugglers. But at least they call themselves the Order of the Twisted Claw, which... is pretty badass, really. Absolutely one of the dorkiest covers yet (although there are a few worse). In this book: more smugglers. It's always smugglers. But at least they call themselves the Order of the Twisted Claw, which... is pretty badass, really.

  20. 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    This is the first Hardy Boys mystery where I was disappointed with the ending. I felt it wrapped up too quickly and conveniently, as opposed to the others. I felt it lost it's main thread, so it went downhill for me about midway through. This is the first Hardy Boys mystery where I was disappointed with the ending. I felt it wrapped up too quickly and conveniently, as opposed to the others. I felt it lost it's main thread, so it went downhill for me about midway through.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steve Thomas

    Fun story This story has pirates, shows ways, and radio direction-finding, what's not to like. Skillfully updated to include some new technology that didn't exist when the story was originally written. Fun story This story has pirates, shows ways, and radio direction-finding, what's not to like. Skillfully updated to include some new technology that didn't exist when the story was originally written.

  23. 4 out of 5

    David

    (Please see my review of House on the Cliff. Same comments apply.)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aaron White

    An extra star for this Hardy Boys book for its pirates and mythical island. More than I expected. Dad seemed especially incapable in this one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cyd

    Megalomaniacal villain is no match for the Hardy brothers!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Nice little mystery wrapped up by the Hardy Boys in their typical intrepid style.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Enos

    great

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    This is a pretty good episode in the Hardy Boys saga ... I enjoyed it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angela M. Shea

    Awesome amazing best story ever

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Now I know why I cannot remember any of the plot lines of all of the Hardy Boys I read years ago. They stretch the credulity, and are sometimes completely inane. Still, these books are a good introduction into places (merchantmen, this time) that boys (and girls) should get to know.

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