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The Secret Panel

78.6% complete
1946
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Never (or unknown...)
Mystery and detective stories
See 25
1 - A Startling Announcement
2 - Strange Doors
3 - The Battered Dory
4 - Stolen Hardware
5 - The Traffic Signal Clue
6 - A Worried Locksmith
7 - The Search
8 - The Curious Symbol
9 - Joe is Missing
10 - The First Break
11 - Trapped!
12 - Mr. Hardy's Discovery
13 - The Puzzle of the Lights
14 - The Intruder
15 - A Disturbing Report
16 - Fingerprints
17 - Angry Customers
18 - The Lock Picker
19 - Chet in Difficulty
20 - The Secret Panel
21 - Trouble In The Dark
22 - A Distracted Family
23 - Holding a Suspect
24 - The Capture
25 - The Key to the Mystery
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 Hardy Boys (Original)*
#25 of 38
Hardy Boys (Original)*   See series as if on a bookshelf
A series of middle grade novels written to appeal to young boys starring two brothers of a famous detective solving their own mysteries.  They were written by serveral people using the pen name Franklin W Dixon.

This series includes the original 38 books starting with The Tower Treasure (1927) and ending with The Mystery at Devil's Paw (1959) and only includes the original versions before they were revised starting in 1959.

For the books in this series I've added the true author to the list (even if this is questionable) along with the psuedonym Franklin W Dixon that is credited on each book.  I have also decided to duplicate the titles for this series and the revised series since the works in this series are sometimes completely different.

1) The Tower Treasure
2) The House on the Cliff
3) The Secret of the Old Mill
4) The Missing Chums
5) Hunting for Hidden Gold
6) The Shore Road Mystery
7) The Secret of the Caves
8) The Mystery of Cabin Island
9) The Great Airport Mystery
10) What Happened at Midnight
11) While the Clock Ticked
12) Footprints Under the Window
13) The Mark on the Door
14) The Hidden Harbor Mystery
15) The Sinister Signpost
16) A Figure in Hiding
17) The Secret Warning
18) The Twisted Claw
19) The Disappearing Floor
20) Mystery of the Flying Express
21) The Clue of the Broken Blade
22) The Flickering Torch Mystery
23) The Melted Coins
24) The Short-Wave Mystery
25) The Secret Panel
26) The Phantom Freighter
27) The Secret of Skull Mountain
28) The Sign of the Crooked Arrow
29) The Secret of the Lost Tunnel
30) The Wailing Siren Mystery
31) The Secret of Wildcat Swamp
32) The Crisscross Shadow
33) The Yellow Feather Mystery
34) The Hooded Hawk Mystery
35) The Clue in the Embers
36) The Secret of Pirates' Hill
37) The Ghost at Skeleton Rock
38) The Mystery at Devil's Paw
Copyright, 1946, by Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.
No dedication.
"Stop!"
May contain spoilers
"I sure hope so," the Hardy boys said together.
No comments on file
Synopsis not on file
Extract (may contain spoilers)
MRS. HARDY turned on a light in the living room and led the distraught caller to a chair.
"Please sit down," she said kindly.  "Mr. Hardy isn't here at the moment, but perhaps we can help you."

"No, no.  Only Mr. Hardy can help me!" the woman cried.  "Maybe you think I don't have enough money to pay a good detective, but I got a little put aside.  And I'll spend every cent of it on my boy Lenny if I have to!"

"Lenny is your son?" Frank asked.

"Yes, and a good boy.  In all his eighteen years he never did no wrong, but them racketeers - they're the cause o' his downfall!"

"Have you been to the police?" Joe asked.

The woman gave a shriek.  "Police?  I should say not.  They wouldn't understand.  They'd put my Lenny in jail.  That ain't never happened to a Stryker and it ain't goin' to happen now!"

As the woman paused for breath, Frank inquired if she was Mrs. Stryker.  The caller nodded, adding that she was a widow - a hard-working one too - and Lenny was her only child.

"I'm sorry you're having trouble," said Mrs. Hardy.  "When Mr. Hardy returns tomorrow -"

The caller wrung her hands. "Tomorrow?  I was hopin' he could do somethin' tonight.  You see, I got a message from Lenny just a little while ago, and somethin' ought to be done right away.  He said the gang nearly got caught, and he'd been shot in the leg."

"Shot!" chorused the three Hardys, and Frank added, "What Lenny needs is a doctor."

"No, no!  He needs a detectivel" Mrs. Stryker moaned.

The woman explained she did not know where Lenny was, and was afraid he would not receive proper care.  "That's why I want Mr. Hardy to find him."

"Did your son give you any hint about where he is?" Joe asked eagerly.

"I think so.  I'll tell you all I know."

The boys leaned forward in their chairs, waiting intently for the woman’s story.  She told them her son had acted mysteriously of late, and that she had suspected he had fallen into bad company.  He had gone out earlier that night.  Then, at eleven-thirty he had telephoned, saying he had been shot.

 

Added: 30-Jul-2022
Last Updated: 27-Feb-2024

Publications

 01-Jan-1964
Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.
Hardback
In my libraryHas a cover imageBook Edition Cover
Date Issued:
Cir 01-Jan-1964
Format:
Hardback
Pages*:
212
Internal ID:
43474
ISBN:
Unknown
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Russell Tandy  - Cover Artist
This Emblem Leads You
to Adventure!
LOOK FOR IT ON
THE COVERS OF THE EXCITING
HARDY BOYS
MYSTERY STORIES
by F. W. Dixon


All boys from 10 to 14 who like lively adventure stories. packed with mystery and action, will want to read every one of the Hardy Boys stories listed here.  Sons of a famous American detective, the Hardy boys help solve many thrilling cases after school hours and during vacations, as they follow up the clues they unearth in their quest to bring criminals to justice.

How Many of These Books Do You Own?


   

        THE TOWER TREASURE
        THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF
        THE SECRET OF THE OLD MILL
        THE MISSING CHUMS
        HUNTING FOR HIDDEN GOLD
        THE SHORE ROAD MYSTERY
        THE SECRET OF THE CAVES
        THE MYSTERY OF CABIN ISLAND
        THE GREAT AIRPORT MYSTERY
        WHAT HAPPENED AT MIDNIGHT
        WHILE THE CLOCK TICKED
        FOOTPRINTS UNDER THE WINDOW
        THE MARK ON THE DOOR
        THE HIDDEN HARBOR MYSTERY
        THE SINISTER SIGNPOST
        A FIGURE IN HIDING
        THE SECRET WARNING
        THE TWISTED CLAW
        THE DISAPPEARING FLOOR
        MYSTERY OF THE FLYING EXPRESS
        THE CLUE OF THE BROKEN BLADE
        THE FLICKERING TORCH MYSTERY
   

   

        THE MELTED COINS
        THE SHORT-WAVE MYSTERY
        THE SECRET PANEL
        THE PHANTOM FREIGHTER
        THE SECRET OF SKULL MOUNTAIN
        THE SIGN OF THE CROOKED ARROW
        THE SECRET OF THE LOST TUNNEL
        THE WAILING SIREN MYSTERY
        THE SECRET OF WILDCAT SWAMP
        THE CRISSCROSS SHADOW
        THE YELLOW FEATHER MYSTERY
        THE HOODED HAWK MYSTERY
        THE CLUE IN THE EMBERS
        THE SECRET OF PIRATES' HILL
        THE GHOST AT SKELETON ROCK
        THE MYSTERY AT DEVIL'S PAW
        THE MYSTERY OF THE CHINESE JUNK
        MYSTERY OF THE DESERT GIANT
        THE CLUE OF THE SCREECHING OWL
        THE VIKING SYMBOL MYSTERY
        THE MYSTERY OF THE AZTEC WARRIOR
        HARDY BOYS DETECTIVE HANDBOOK
   



GROSSET & DUNLAP Publishers NEW YORK 10, N.Y.
Cover:
Book CoverBook Back CoverBook Spine
Notes and Comments:
Spine number: 8925

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Author(s)

Harriet Stratemeyer Adams  
Birth: 12 Dec 1892 Newark, New Jersey, US
Death: 27 Mar 1982 Tewksbury Township, New Jersey, US


Franklin W Dixon  
Birth: 04 Oct 1862 Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA
Death: 10 May 1930 Newark, New Jersey, USA

Notes:
Edward L Stratemeyer (1862-1930), owner of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, created Joe and Frank Hardy, as well as many other series characters in children's literature.  He hired authors to write stories from his outlines and to agree never to reveal that they, and not the non-existant Mr Dixon, wrote the books.

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  • I try to maintain page numbers for audiobooks even though obviously there aren't any. I do this to keep track of pages read and I try to use the Kindle version page numbers for this.
  • Synopses marked with an asterisk (*) were generated by an AI. There aren't a lot since this is an iffy way to do it - AI seems to make stuff up.
  • When specific publication dates are unknown (ie prefixed with a "Cir"), I try to get the publication date that is closest to the specific printing that I can.
  • When listing chapters, I only list chapters relevant to the story. I will usually leave off Author Notes, Indices, Acknowledgements, etc unless they are relevant to the story or the book is non-fiction.
  • Page numbers on this site are for the end of the main story. I normally do not include appendices, extra material, and other miscellaneous stuff at the end of the book in the page count.






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