January 2019 Update

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Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition of The Hardy Boys News with a look at upcoming releases and the book of the month, “The Twisted Claw”. I’d also like to announce my new Series Books Sales Page!

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Hardy Boys Adventures #1818: The Disappearance – 02/19
{“The Vanishing Room” has been renamed “The Disappearance” and given a new plot.}
For Sale: Paperback – Hardcover
The Hardy brothers and Frank’s new girlfriend, Jones, are attending a local comic book convention on the shore. They meet up with Jones’s friend Harper, a fellow comics super fan, on the boardwalk outside the convention. The four of them spend hours running from booth to booth and end the perfect day with pizza at Harper’s short-term rental apartment.
Things don’t stay so perfect, though. On the way home, Jones realizes she switched phones with Harper by accident and she is getting some really scary texts. When they show up at the apartment the next day, they find it totally destroyed and Harper is missing. Frank and Joe start digging into their new friend’s life, hoping to find out where she might have gone, but the more they find out about her, the more mysterious she becomes. Can Frank and Joe find this secretive character? Or has she disappeared forever?

Clue Book #89: Who Let The Frogs Out? – 04/19
For Sale: Paperback – Hardcover
Illustrated by Santy Gutierrez
Detective brothers Frank and Joe must solve a muddy mystery in the ninth book in the interactive Hardy Boys Clue Book series.
Bayport Elementary is hosting a Mud Run to celebrate spring! A particularly muddy part of the town’s park will be set aside for the race and Coach Lambert has even managed to make more mud by using the park’s hoses and shovels. Frank and Joe can’t wait to splash through the muck.
But on the day of the race, the runners are stopped in their tracks by croaking, blurping bullfrogs! Lots of people in the town had been annoyed that the park was being taken over by a bunch of muddy kids. Could someone have sabotaged the race with buckets of frogs?

book of the month: the twisted claw

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18: The Twisted Claw – Collectible Editions For Sale
Cover Art & Edition Information
Original: 1939 John Button (217 pages)
Outline: Harriet Adams
Revised: 1969 Tom Mulvey (177 pages) – For Sale
Outline: Tom Mulvey
Revision: Altered
Art: 1939 Paul Laune
Art: 1962 John Leone
Art: 1969 Rudy Nappi
Notes: Harriet S. Adams also signed a release form for the original edition.
In 1944 the text on page 217 was modified to include the title of the next book.
PC edition with Nancy Drew title list on back cover is scarce.
The Hardy Boys defeat “The Order of The Twisted Claw” smuggling gang.
Description of current edition: 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..

original outline for “The Twisted Claw”

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