I was flying home from Michigan today and needed a book for the flight, so I stopped in a bookstore in East Lansing and bought a copy of The Hidden Harbor Mystery, written in 1935 by Franklin W. Dixon. For those of us who grew up on the Hardy Boys it was a wonderful reminder of what we loved about the series - Frank and Joe Hardy, and their "fat chum, Chet Morton" looking danger square in the eye and bringing the criminal to justice. As the book opens, the boys are travelling without their parents on a steamship in foul weather. In case we're not paying attention, Frank tells us in the third paragraph, "Just the kind of setting for a mystery."
Within just a few pages, Frank and Joe discover a mysterious stranger in their stateroom and a fight ensues. Even as the boys are fighting with the intruder, the steamship founders on a reef, begins to take on water and explodes in a fiery inferno. The boys have to jump overboard and attempt to swim to shore. Joe and Chet make it, but Frank, helping an injured elderly gentleman is lost at sea. Frank is found just in time for the elderly gentleman to accuse the boys of robbing him of $6,000. The Hardy Boys are arrested!
I would write more, but I've been away from the book long enough. I need to get back to the story and find out whether Frank and Joe catch the bad guys and clear their name.