The Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys #1) by Franklin W. Dixon
Description: A dying criminal confesses that his loot has been secreted "in the tower." Both towers of the looted mansion are searched in vain. It remains for the Hardy boys to make an astonishing discovery that clears up the mystery. (from Goodreads)
Genre: Middle Grade Mystery
Why I Picked This Book: My current favorite podcast Super Serials had an episode talking about this one and since I didn't read many Hardy Boys books I thought it might be fun to pick this one up.
My Impression: Growing up I read everything that had even a mention of Nancy Drew. I read the originals, the Case Files (which were so bad but I loved them), a spin-off series called River Heights (so so so bad), and just about everything else I could get my hands on. For some reason I didn't read many Hardy Boys books. I don't know if there was enough Nancy stuff to keep me busy or if they just never appealed to me. I did read a few and I remember them as being a little more adventurous than Nancy so I was excited to see what I thought of them as an adult. I was glad I did because this was a lot of fun! Since this is Joe and Frank's first case the whole investigation thing is fairly new to them and they turn to their father for help. Luckily he's a very successful PI so he has lots of suggestions. The boys have a large group of friends who are always willing to assist and it definitely comes in handy in this case.
There's definitely a dated quality to the story but for me that added to the charm. I liked that the boys did a mix of figuring things out on their own and going to an adult (usually their father) for help. It was a fun read and I finished it in 1 sitting.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes I would. I probably won't be collecting them all but I will definitely pick up a later one to see how the series progresses.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes. I may pick a few out for the Tornado when he gets a little bit older and if you enjoyed them as a child I think you'd still enjoy them now.