The first canonical Hardy Boys book in the series (which is my favourite series of all time
), The Tower Treasure
was a bit of a disappointment.
There are two sorts of Hardy Boys mysteries: the ones where they fight a gang and the ones where they try to solve a mystery involving one person. I always preferred the gang ones (cf. The House on the Cliff
) because there was more action; the latter books framed the villains in an all too obvious way.
That's probably my biggest quibble with Treasure
. However, there's a great line where Frank (or is it Joe? I still can't tell the two apart.) calls it a "cooky" instead of a "cookie". Kooky.