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Title: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: NZone on July 17, 2008, 03:36:38 PM
List your favorite casefiles from 1-10. I would like to see everybody's favorites.  ;D
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on July 17, 2008, 04:18:02 PM
Boy, this is tough:

1. Operation Phoenix-Time Bomb
2. Thick as Thieves
3. Dead of night
4. Dead on Target
5. A Killing in the Market
6. Hot Wheels
7. Witness To Murder
8. Double Exposure
9. Highway Robbery
10. Flesh and Blood
11. Flight into Danger
12. Danger Zone
13. The Lazarus Plot
14. Evil, Inc
15. Stress Point
16. See No Evil
17. Beyond The Law
18. Hostages of Hate
19. Line Of Fire
20. Running on Empty
21. Disaster For Hire
22. Scene of the Crime
23. Borderline Case
24. Deathgame
25. Foul Play
26. Cult of Crime
27. Shock Jock
28. Terror on Track
29. Final Gambit
30. Cold Sweat

Well, you got my top 30.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: NZone on July 17, 2008, 05:55:26 PM
wow thanks ... how about from 1-127 in order?  ;) jk
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 17, 2008, 06:35:05 PM
Good idea starting this topic!

Hmmm, like Tom said, this is a tough one...I'll have to think about this one a bit.

BTW, Tom, I don't know how you managed to do a top 30, I'm going to have a hard time with 10 - great job!
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on July 17, 2008, 07:13:40 PM
Actually, when I started typing, the titles just seemed to roll.

31. Lethal Cargo
32. Brother against Brother
33. Countdown to Terror
34. Final Cut
35. The Dead Season
36. Diplomatic Deceit
37. Against All Odds
38. Wrong Side Of The Law
39. Campaign of Crime.
40. True Thriller
41. Deadly Engagement
42. Edge of Destruction
43. The Genius Thieves
44. Perfect Getaway
45. The Borgia Dagger
46. Blood Relations
47. The Number File
48. Too Many Traitors
49. Nightmare in Angel City
50. Power Play
51. Web of Horror
52. Spiked!
53. Real Horror
54. False Alarm
55. Winner Take All
56. Absolute Zero
57. The Emperor's Shield
58. Blown Away
59. Trouble in the Pipeline
60. Nowhere to Run
61. The Deadliest Dare
62. Blood Money
63. Grave Danger
64. Virtual Villainy
65. Mayhem In Motion
66. Frame-up
67. Bad Chemistry
68. Collision Course
69. The Last Laugh
70. Danger Unlimited
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on July 17, 2008, 07:15:36 PM
71. Rigged For Revenge
72. Screamers
73. Bad Rap
74. Road Pirates
75. No Way Out
76. Rock 'N' Revenge
77. Ring of Evil
78. Strategic Moves
79. The Viking's Revenge
80. Peak of Danger
81. Rough Riding
82. Choke Hold
83. Deep Trouble
84 Dirty Deeds
85. Pure Evil
86. Sabotage at Sea
87. Murder by Magic
88. Inferno of Fear
89. Darkness Falls
90. Uncivil War
91. Sky High
92. Clean Sweep
93. Mission: Mayhem
94. Wild Wheels
95. Fire In The Sky
96. Poisoned Paradise
97. Sheer Terror
98. Fright Wave
99. Toxic Revenge
100. The Crowning Terror
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on July 17, 2008, 07:36:28 PM
There are my top 100 Casefiles.  Boy, all the single digit books managed to make it into the top 100.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on July 17, 2008, 07:38:19 PM
101. Castle Fear
102. Street Spies
103. Blood Money
104. Competitive Edge
105. In Self-Defense
106. Height of Danger
107. Acting Up
108. The Last Leap
109. Blood Sport
110. Dead In The Water
111. River Rats
112. Moment of Truth
113. Fast Break
114. A Taste For Terror
115. High-Wire Act
116. Illegal Procedure
117. Law Of The Jungle
118. Deadman in Deadwood
119. Cliff-Hanger
120. Deadfall

And the worst books in the series, in my opinion:

121. Cave Trap/Survival of the Fittest.

Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 17, 2008, 07:50:59 PM
Wow, Tom, how can you remember all the titles, let alone know in what order you like them!?
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on July 17, 2008, 07:58:58 PM
Notes:

While I included Time Bomb since I feel that it is indeed a part of a Casefiles, I did not include The Alien Factor because, while I view it as a prologue to the Ring of Evil-Dead of Night it does not specifically mention any events from that case nor do any books mention any details of the events in TAF,  However, if I had put it on the list, TAF would've been in the Top 5.

Also I did not include any Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys SuperMystery'88 books based on the explanation for The Alien Factor.

Also, I did not include The Crisscross Crime, for while it was originally meant as Casefile 130, it appeared as Digest 150.  Had I listed it, it would've been in the Top 30.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on July 17, 2008, 08:01:09 PM
Wow, Tom, how can you remember all the titles, let alone know in what order you like them!?


Well for some of the later titles (90 on) I did have to consult the lists in Hot Wheels, Sky High & Dead inthe Water.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 17, 2008, 08:18:54 PM
After some thought, here's my Top 10:

01. Operation Phoenix (#64-66, individually only #64 would be in my top 10)
02. Brother Against Brother (#11)
03. Blood Money (#32)
04. Dead on Target (#1)
05. The Crowning Terror (#6)
06. Double Exposure (#22)
07. Witness to Murder (#20)
08. Danger Zone (#37)
09. Evil, Inc. (#2)
10. The Deadliest Dare (#30)

Note that I haven't read fan favorites ''Dead of Night'' or ''The Lazarus Plot'', all of the ''Ring of Evil'', if I read those, my Top 10 would likely look different. 
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on July 17, 2008, 08:32:15 PM
I just realized I forgot one, but it would be tied with Cave Trap.  And that book is... Survival of the Fittest.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on July 17, 2008, 08:34:44 PM
Did I forget any?

And I didn't include the 3 Collector's Editions for obvious reasons.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 17, 2008, 08:36:47 PM
No I don't think you did - do the math. :p
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on July 17, 2008, 08:42:13 PM
No I didn't miss any, but I've got Deep Trouble[ /i] listed at both 83 and 114.  Man, I must really hate the book to double list it when I meant 83 for it.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 17, 2008, 08:45:10 PM
So which are you missing?

Notes:

While I included Time Bomb since I feel that it is indeed a part of a Casefiles, I did not include The Alien Factor because, while I view it as a prologue to the Ring of Evil-Dead of Night it does not specifically mention any events from that case nor do any books mention any details of the events in TAF,  However, if I had put it on the list, TAF would've been in the Top 5.

Also I did not include any Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys SuperMystery'88 books based on the explanation for The Alien Factor.

Also, I did not include The Crisscross Crime, for while it was originally meant as Casefile 130, it appeared as Digest 150.  Had I listed it, it would've been in the Top 30.

And remember, I think the topic starter meant Top Ten in the Casefiles series not in the continuity, although while we are at it...what are your top ten Casefiles continuity books?
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on July 17, 2008, 08:48:28 PM
So which are you missing?

And remember, I think the topic starter meant Top Ten in the Casefiles series not in the continuity, although while we are at it...what are your top ten Casefiles continuity books?

My top ten are there.  Just take from 1-7 individually. (1-6 if you include Time Bomb) 

And I'm missing none but when I did the math I kept coming up with 128 books in a 127 volume series.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 17, 2008, 08:52:27 PM
Okay, yeah, I say the last number (121) and added six for the trilogies, not noticing that 121 was a tie with two books.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on July 17, 2008, 08:57:44 PM
I guess you must know how I feel about the trilogies.  Operation Phoenix is at #1 (with its epilogue) and Ring of Evil is at #77 with its epilogue at #3 (#5 individually).
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: NZone on July 18, 2008, 12:51:59 PM
I noticed you had Bro vs Bro at 32, I think a lot of other fans would rank that one higher, what didnt you like about that one?
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 18, 2008, 03:59:46 PM
It's in my top ten, as you can see, but I thought they could of done a better job with somethings - namely the ending!
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: NZone on July 18, 2008, 04:13:15 PM
I liked the showdown at the police station, but the author tried to end the book real quick
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 18, 2008, 04:44:49 PM
I liked that, too, but I thought they could have added on some pages after that. I mean Joe loosing his memory is a pretty big thing, and he just suddenly seems to be fine and Frank and Joe don't even talk about what happened, the book just ends to soon.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on July 18, 2008, 06:17:02 PM
10. Double Exposure
9. Blood Relations
8. Line Of Fire
7. Too Many Traitors
6. Dead In The Water
5. Criss Cross Crime (Hey, it was going to be a casefile!)
4. Countdown To Terror
3. Dead On Target
2. Absoulute Zero
1. The Borderline Case
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on July 18, 2008, 06:18:41 PM
11 would be Collsion Course.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on July 18, 2008, 06:39:05 PM
Opps, and number 12 would be Bad chemistry
My top 3 least favrote:
3. Mission Myhem
2. Shock Jock
1. Deadman In Deadwood
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on July 18, 2008, 06:44:20 PM
If I had read some of the fan favorotes lite the Opration Phnox Triogy my list would be longer. Ps. Sorry I have to change the list around a bit.
10. Collsion Course
9. Bad Chemistry
8. Line Of Fire
7. Too Many Traitors
6. Dead In The Water
5. Criss Cross Crime (Hey, it was going to be a casefile!)
4. Countdown To Terror
3. Dead On Target
2. Absoulute Zero
1. The Borderline Case

That's I may add Final Cut if it's any good.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 18, 2008, 06:49:18 PM
Wow a lot of high number Casefiles, and ''Absoulute Zero''! Have you not read many of the first ones or do you actually prefer the later ones?
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on July 18, 2008, 06:51:53 PM
Didn't read a lot of the first ones, but even if I did, Absoulute Zero would still be one of my favs. Also a low number was my number 1.

I do plan to read Cult of Crime soon, so maybe that will get on my list.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Sam Spade on July 18, 2008, 10:20:48 PM
I do plan to read Cult of Crime soon, so maybe that will get on my list.

I didn't really like Cult of Crime very much myself.

However, I did like Too Many Traitors, which I noticed was #48 on Tom's list, which must mean that he doesn't like it that much. So, I don't think that we can be friends anymore, Tom. ;) ;D :D
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Q on July 19, 2008, 04:48:23 AM
I've only read 30 or 40 casefiles so i don't think I should judge them yet. It I did Too Many Traitors and Scene of the Crime will be on the list.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on July 19, 2008, 12:56:09 PM
After reading training for trouble and relizing it was suppoed to be a casefile, and relizing that I like bad chemisty a lot, edited list again:
10. Too Meny Traitors
9. Line Of Fire
8. Bad Chemistry
7. Training For Terror
6. Dead In The Water
5. Criss Cross Crime (Hey, it was going to be a casefile!)
4. Countdown To Terror
3. Dead On Target
2. Absoulute Zero
1. The Borderline Case
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on July 21, 2008, 09:17:39 PM
I don't think Training For Trouble (#161 Digest) was suppose to be a Casefile. 

As for #11 Brother To Brother being in my top 35, I really found that the book was to short and the authors really didn't try to talk about Joe's recovery in the next one.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 21, 2008, 09:28:49 PM
As for #11 Brother To Brother being in my top 35, I really found that the book was to short and the authors really didn't try to talk about Joe's recovery in the next one.

Yeah, it's in my top ten, but, I agree, the book needed more pages, and Joe's recovery was not dealt with well at all!
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 22, 2008, 03:08:18 AM
SkyWarp, you must have read all the books, do you have a top ten?
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on July 22, 2008, 07:04:51 PM
Training For Trouble was the most diget I've read . It was defently suppoed to be a casefile for these reasons (spolers comings):

Joe gets stabbed and sent to the hosptial

Someone gets shot

There are some major fist fights

The begaining was more of a casefile begaining then a degest begian for sure.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on July 23, 2008, 07:24:36 PM
19. Double Expoure
18. Blood Relations
17. The Last Laugh
16. See No Evil
15. Stratectic Moves
14. Castle Fear
13. Collison Course
12. Diplomatic Deciet
11. Too Many Traitors
10. Bad Rap
9. Line Of Fire
8. Bad Chemistry
7. Training For Terror
6. Dead In The Water
5. Criss Cross Crime (Hey, it was going to be a casefile!)
4. Countdown To Terror
3. Dead On Target
2. Absoulute Zero
1. The Borderline Case
Will Probily Be re-done soon to include Death Game and Finnal Cut
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on July 23, 2008, 07:28:28 PM
What was your #20 Bigfootman.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on July 24, 2008, 06:12:35 PM
Soory, at the time I had only read 19 casefiles.
22. Double Expoure
21. Blood Relations
20. Final Cut
19. Nightmare In Angel City
18. The Last Laugh
17. See No Evil
16. Stratectic Moves
15. Castle Fear
14. Collison Course
13. Diplomatic Deciet
12. Too Many Traitors
11. Bad Rap
10. Line Of Fire
9. Bad Chemistry
8. Training For Terror
7. Dead In The Water
6. Deathgame
5. Criss Cross Crime (Hey, it was going to be a casefile!)
4. Countdown To Terror
3. Dead On Target
2. Absoulute Zero
1. The Borderline Case
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 24, 2008, 06:41:09 PM
Wow, three books in less then 24 hours!

Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on July 24, 2008, 06:44:50 PM
Well, I just finnished Death Game and Final Cut right before bed time, and I forgot that I had read nightmare in angel city awhile ago, and I didn't include my 3 least favs on the list.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on July 24, 2008, 06:53:35 PM
Probily will be updated to include Number 10.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: NZone on July 24, 2008, 08:18:52 PM
the most new casefiles ive read in 24 hours is 5. I bought a bunch of casefiles online and couldnt stop.  :)
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 24, 2008, 08:21:20 PM
It takes me about four hours to read a Casefile but I only ever read one a day, because I like to have a bit of a gap in between books (Hardy Boys or otherwise).
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: mystery chick 901 on July 24, 2008, 08:28:06 PM
Wow, it takes me about 4 days to read a casefile, and my friends think I read fast ;)
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 24, 2008, 08:33:18 PM
I don't think it's ever taken me four  days for a Casefile, or UB - four hours maybe but not four days.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Sam Spade on July 25, 2008, 03:54:06 AM
It takes me about four hours to read a Casefile but I only ever read one a day, because I like to have a bit of a gap in between books (Hardy Boys or otherwise).

Four hours ???
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Q on July 25, 2008, 10:55:04 AM
It takes me about four hours to read a Casefile but I only ever read one a day, because I like to have a bit of a gap in between books (Hardy Boys or otherwise).
Takes me about the same amount of time unless it isn't interesting. ;D ;D
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 25, 2008, 03:08:31 PM
Four hours ???

Are you asking, because that's slow or fast?

I'm thinking it's pretty fast, but I know there are some people who can read way faster.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: NZone on July 25, 2008, 04:15:21 PM
I can read a casefile in a half-hour, if I want to
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 25, 2008, 04:17:54 PM
Yeah, so I'm not really fast at all. Maybe Sam was asking that because he thinks I'm slow?
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: mystery chick 901 on July 25, 2008, 06:07:23 PM
Yeah, it takes me 4 days because I'm busy with school and sports, I probally read for only 30 min. a day. :-\
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Q on July 25, 2008, 07:15:05 PM
Lets get back to the subject. You can make another topic to discuss your bookreading speed.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: NZone on July 25, 2008, 09:05:52 PM
so Q, what are your favorites?
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Sam Spade on July 25, 2008, 10:04:21 PM
Are you asking, because that's slow or fast?

Um...Because that's like super FAST!!!
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on July 25, 2008, 10:08:26 PM
Okay, good!

I didn't really consider myself slow.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Sam Spade on July 25, 2008, 10:19:00 PM
Okay, good!

I didn't really consider myself slow.

I don't really know how four hours could be considered slow!
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Q on July 26, 2008, 03:31:58 AM
Lets get back to the subject. You can make another topic to discuss your bookreading speed.
so Q, what are your favorites?
I Haven't gotten my favorites arranged but here is a rough list:

 Too Many Traitors
 Countdown to Terror
 The Lazarus Plot
 Dead on Target
 Strategic Moves
 Evil, Inc
 Deathgame
 The Last Laugh
 The Pacific Conspiracy( I haven't read the other two)

I'll add more later
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on July 26, 2008, 06:40:32 AM
23. Double Expoure
22. Blood Relations
21. Final Cut
20. Nightmare In Angel City
19. The Last Laugh
18. See No Evil
17. Stratectic Moves
16. Castle Fear
15. Collison Course
14. Diplomatic Deciet
13. Too Many Traitors
12. Bad Rap
11. Line Of Fire
10. Bad Chemistry
9. Training For Terror
8. Dead In The Water
7. Deathgame
6. Criss Cross Crime (Hey, it was going to be a casefile!)
5. Countdown To Terror
4. Dead On Target
3. Absoulute Zero
2. Hostiges Of Hate
1. The Borderline Case
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on August 19, 2008, 06:52:29 PM
Anyone else care to post?
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on August 19, 2008, 06:55:00 PM
I going to update my list tomorrow.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Olivia on August 19, 2008, 07:56:57 PM
I haven't read that many Casefiles so far, yet I'm passionately debating the Network in the other thread. Hmmm.

Well, I might as well rank what I have read.

01. Dead on Target (#01)
02. The Borgia Dagger (#13) <-- guess I liked that one more than I thought
03. Witness to Murder (#20)
04. Edge of Destruction (#05)
05. Evil, Inc. (#02) <-- sort of like the fact that they were on their own
06. Deadly Engagement (#90)
07. Brother Against Brother (#11)
08. Hostages of Hate (#10)
09. Lazarus Plot (#04)
10. Street Spies (#21)
11. Cult of Crime (#03) <-- good action, like how they used Bayport (sort of), but just didn't like the main plot
12. Law of the Jungle (#105)

So, who approves? :D

But seriously, that took me forever - I mean, I know which ones I really liked, and which ones I disliked, but the ones inbetween were difficult. I changed them around so many times (especially 3, 4 and 5, and I didn't know where to put 9)!

P.S. What is The Number File? I have been compiling/listing on my computer every book that I own of ND & HBs, and for some reason that book is on my list even though I have no idea what it is (and I can't even find it in my "clean" room)!
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on August 19, 2008, 08:07:07 PM
The Number File is Casefiles #17 from July 1988.  The Hardy's go to the Caribbean to track down a major crime lord.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Olivia on August 19, 2008, 08:14:37 PM
Thanks :)

I still don't understand how that got in there though :-\
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Centrion on August 20, 2008, 07:33:56 AM
Here's my 10-

The Crowning Terror
Countdown to Terror
Trouble in the Pipeline
Thick as Thieves
The Lazarus Plot
Dead of Night
Campaign of Crime
Final Gamibt
Strategic Moves
Double Exposure
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on August 20, 2008, 08:00:36 AM
So, what would be your #1, Crowning Terror or Double Exposure?
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on August 20, 2008, 09:57:27 AM
Worst
3. Shock Jock- May be sucky, but had a decent gang
2. Deadman In Deadwood- Almost no action, but still had a murder
1. Mission: Myhem- Altough labeled as a casefile, you couldn't tell just by reading the book. There's not even a Murder!

Top 28 Best
28. Double Expoure-Good but kinda went downhill after a couple of chapters
27. Blood Relations-Not sure why, just wasn't the best, still good.
26. Flesh And Blood-Altough Chet IS fingered as a supect, it's only for one chapter. Liked the ending however.
25. Final Cut- Fun to read, but I already knew who the bad guy was.
24. Nightmare In Angel City- Good fight scences, but seems a little rushed.
23. The Last Laugh-A bit too much like a digest, but good action.
22. Cult Of Crime- Decent book, but for an earlier casefile, not very good
21. Stratectic Moves- Book 1 in what I call the Brittish deo (sp). Good network book, but the action didn't get going until later on.
20. Castle Fear-Book 2 in what I call the Brittish deo (sp). A bit better then Stratectic Moves.
19. Collison Course- Good car themed Casefile.
18. Diplomatic Deciet- The second casefile I had ever read. Good chase sences.
17. Too Many Traitors- Good action but very confusing  ???
16. Bad Rap- Lots of action.
15. Line Of Fire-A fast paced book, witch kept me turning pages.
14. Brother Agenst Brother- Good, but ending sucked.
13. Bad Chemistry- One of the best of the later books, important to me, because it was my first ever casefile that I got for my collection.
12. Training For Trouble- Although it's a digest, it has a ton of violance, making me wonder if Criss-Cross crime is the only one of it's kind.
11. Dead In The Water- Last OFFICAL book in the casefile series, but not the best way to end something so awsome.
10. Deathgame-Amazing book
9. Criss Cross Crime (Hey, it was going to be a casefile!)- Good, but a bit repetive, and the bank robbers reming me of Wrong Side Of The Law. (Altough I have neaver read Wrong Side Of The Law)
8. Countdown To Terror- Love where it takes place but gave away details of Trouble In The Pipeline
7. Evil. Inc- Good book, also one of the darkest ones.
6. Dead On Target- First OFFICAL Casefile, good, but seemed random.
5. Danger Zone- If you see this book in a store, buy it immmedly, it's hard to find, but one of the best.
4. Revenge Of The Desert Phantom- The REAL first casefile, lots of action, but the action dosen't come until the 3rd chapter
3. Absoulute Zero- Love the globe traviling, and appercences by PENGUINS! ;D Also some of the best bad guys in a casefile.
2. Hostiges Of Hate- Love this book!
1. The Borderline Case- First book I ever read. Also the book with the most action, best bad guys, and best netwok story!
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on August 20, 2008, 10:03:56 AM
Sorry for double post. But I forgot about Wittness To Murder

Worst
3. Shock Jock- May be sucky, but had a decent gang
2. Deadman In Deadwood- Almost no action, but still had a murder
1. Mission: Myhem- Altough labeled as a casefile, you couldn't tell just by reading the book. There's not even a Murder!

Top 29 Best
29. Double Expoure-Good but kinda went downhill after a couple of chapters
28. Blood Relations-Not sure why, just wasn't the best, still good.
27. Flesh And Blood-Altough Chet IS fingered as a supect, it's only for one chapter. Liked the ending however.
26. Final Cut- Fun to read, but I already knew who the bad guy was.
25. Wittness to Murder- Not the best not the worst.
24. Nightmare In Angel City- Good fight scences, but seems a little rushed.
23. The Last Laugh-A bit too much like a digest, but good action.
22. Cult Of Crime- Decent book, but for an earlier casefile, not very good
21. Stratectic Moves- Book 1 in what I call the Brittish deo (sp). Good network book, but the action didn't get going until later on.
20. Castle Fear-Book 2 in what I call the Brittish deo (sp). A bit better then Stratectic Moves.
19. Collison Course- Good car themed Casefile.
18. Diplomatic Deciet- The second casefile I had ever read. Good chase sences.
17. Too Many Traitors- Good action but very confusing 
16. Bad Rap- Lots of action. Important to me, because it was my first ever casefile that I got for my collection.
15. Line Of Fire-A fast paced book, witch kept me turning pages.
14. Brother Agenst Brother- Good, but ending sucked.
13. Bad Chemistry- One of the best of the later books.
12. Training For Trouble- Although it's a digest, it has a ton of violance, making me wonder if Criss-Cross crime is the only one of it's kind.
11. Dead In The Water- Last OFFICAL book in the casefile series, but not the best way to end something so awsome.
10. Deathgame-Amazing book
9. Criss Cross Crime (Hey, it was going to be a casefile!)- Good, but a bit repetive, and the bank robbers reming me of Wrong Side Of The Law. (Altough I have neaver read Wrong Side Of The Law)
8. Countdown To Terror- Love where it takes place but gave away details of Trouble In The Pipeline
7. Evil. Inc- Good book, also one of the darkest ones.
6. Dead On Target- First OFFICAL Casefile, good, but seemed random.
5. Danger Zone- If you see this book in a store, buy it immmedly, it's hard to find, but one of the best.
4. Revenge Of The Desert Phantom- The REAL first casefile, lots of action, but the action dosen't come until the 3rd chapter
3. Absoulute Zero- Love the globe traviling, and appercences by PENGUINS!  Also some of the best bad guys in a casefile.
2. Hostiges Of Hate- Love this book!
1. The Borderline Case- First book I ever read. Also the book with the most action, best bad guys, and best netwok story!
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on August 20, 2008, 10:16:27 AM
So, Bigfootman, have you read the Operation: Phoenix trilogy yet?
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on August 20, 2008, 10:34:17 AM
I'm going to, but I will only be able to read the first two
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Olivia on August 20, 2008, 11:50:21 AM
I like how you added comments, Bigfootman. I wouldn't mind hearing other people's comments too - just little tidbits on what you think were good or bad elements of a book, strengths/weaknesses, etc.

Anyways, I'm really curious about the the Operation: Phoenix trilogy that everyone keeps talking about. I should just go take the plunge and purchase it already. I haven't earlier because I normally buy in bundles and already have a large amount of Casefiles to get through.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on August 20, 2008, 02:58:26 PM
Anyways, I'm really curious about the the Operation: Phoenix trilogy that everyone keeps talking about. I should just go take the plunge and purchase it already. I haven't earlier because I normally buy in bundles and already have a large amount of Casefiles to get through.

When you get the trilogy, also try to get the Hardy Boys and Tom Swift Ultar Thriller: Time Bomb that's an epilogue to the trilogy.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on August 20, 2008, 06:20:54 PM
tomswift2002, can you tell me about "Hot Wheels" (not the toy cars)? I'm thinking about putting it on my wishlist.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Olivia on August 20, 2008, 06:25:11 PM
Time Bomb! Right. Will do.

**

Yeah, I automatically think of the toy cars when someone says "Hot Wheels" :D
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on August 20, 2008, 07:57:34 PM
Hot Wheels, Casefiles #91.  The Hardy Boys are in a solar-car challenge with the team from the State University of Bayport.  Callie Shaw and Vanessa Bender also help out in the support van.  The race takes place in late August in Texas, and ends in (I believe) Nevada.  Anyway, at first Joe is suppose to be the driver of the backup van and Frank is helping with the computers, when all of a sudden, SUB's driver for their car receives a very bad jolt from some unshielded wires in a helmet the guy is to wear.  So it is up to Joe, who is roughly the same weight as the guy, to be the driver.

But the Hardy's start to notice things are not what they seem after the first night, when all the cars have been checked to see how much their batteries were drained, one of the other teams has a battery that has dropped by maybe 1 or 2 % from when it started, even though the driver of that car had been pushing his pedal to the metal the whole day and had a boombox blaring the whole time.  What is going on with the races?  Is someone trying to win the big prize at all costs, or is there simple cheating involved. 

Find out when you read...Hot Wheels Case #91 in the Hardy Boys Casefiles.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on August 21, 2008, 08:38:20 AM
tomswift2002, I can't find Deadman in Deadwood on your list!

Thanks for the info!
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on August 21, 2008, 05:34:15 PM
tomswift2002, I can't find Deadman in Deadwood on your list!

Thanks for the info!

Your right, but I corrected that now, plus I corrected the doubling up of Deep Trouble (I had it at #83 and #114, so I left it at #83).  I placed Deadman in Deadwood at #118, before #119 Cliff-Hanger, #120 Deadfall and #121 Cave Trap/Survival of the Fittest.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on August 21, 2008, 05:36:10 PM
But, I guess that with me forgetting Deadman In Deadwood, you can easily guess that its a pretty forgettable story, and not much of a part 2 to Virtual Villainy, that I have at #64.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on August 21, 2008, 06:16:02 PM
Yes Deadman In Deadwood is one of the worst Casefiles ever made.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on August 21, 2008, 06:18:24 PM
Oh oh, there's 127 books in the series yet I counted 122!  ???
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on August 21, 2008, 06:19:37 PM
Neaver mind! I forgot you put the triogies togather!
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Olivia on August 21, 2008, 06:20:24 PM
Yes Deadman In Deadwood is one of the worst Casefiles ever made.

Probably, what with using the word "dead" twice ;)

Do any other Casefiles do that? It doesn't even have to be a repeated word, just something else interesting that you noticed. Well, just post it if any of you notice anything!
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on August 21, 2008, 07:40:21 PM
I now that the word "Dead" appears in quite a few titles by itself, but I don't recall any other word being repeated twice in a title.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on August 21, 2008, 07:52:37 PM
One thing that I do remember is that on the front cover teaser for #15 Blood Relations, the teaser reads:

Quote
Blood Is As Thick As Thieves
.

Thick As Thieves would be used as the title to Casefiles #29.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Olivia on August 21, 2008, 07:55:33 PM
Right, I see. I'm sure we'll find more too!
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on August 21, 2008, 09:39:25 PM
P.S. What is The Number File? I have been compiling/listing on my computer every book that I own of ND & HBs, and for some reason that book is on my list even though I have no idea what it is (and I can't even find it in my "clean" room)!

You can always check the database of this very site...

http://www.hardyboyscasefiles.com/index.php?nav=network&sub=cf&book=017 (http://www.hardyboyscasefiles.com/index.php?nav=network&sub=cf&book=017)
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Olivia on August 21, 2008, 09:48:28 PM
I wasn't even sure if it was a HB book or a ND, let alone what series it came from. But yeah, I guess I could've made the effort and just scrolled through the list...
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on August 21, 2008, 09:51:16 PM
Or searched the site.

http://www.hardyboyscasefiles.com/index.php?nav=search (http://www.hardyboyscasefiles.com/index.php?nav=search)
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on August 22, 2008, 04:57:49 AM
Right, I see. I'm sure we'll find more too!

I think there is even a Digest that uses the Casefiles Title, or it might even be a Casefile that uses Too Many Traitors as part of the description of the story.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on August 22, 2008, 07:49:45 AM
Worst
3. Shock Jock- May be sucky, but had a decent gang
2. Deadman In Deadwood- Almost no action, but still had a murder
1. Mission: Myhem- Altough labeled as a casefile, you couldn't tell just by reading the book. There's not even a Murder!

Top 30 Best
30. Double Expoure-Good but kinda went downhill after a couple of chapters
29. Blood Relations-Not sure why, just wasn't the best, still good.
28. Flesh And Blood-Altough Chet IS fingered as a supect, it's only for one chapter. Liked the ending however.
27. Final Cut- Fun to read, but I already knew who the bad guy was.
26. Wittness to Murder- Not the best not the worst.
25. Nightmare In Angel City- Good fight scences, but seems a little rushed.
24. The Last Laugh-A bit too much like a digest, but good action.
23. Cult Of Crime- Decent book, but for an earlier casefile, not very good
22. Stratectic Moves- Book 1 in what I call the Brittish deo (sp). Good network book, but the action didn't get going until later on.
21. Castle Fear-Book 2 in what I call the Brittish deo (sp). A bit better then Stratectic Moves.
20. Collison Course- Good car themed Casefile.
19. Diplomatic Deciet- The second casefile I had ever read. Good chase sences.
18. Too Many Traitors- Good action but very confusing 
17. Bad Rap- Lots of action. Important to me, because it was my first ever casefile that I got for my collection.
16. Line Of Fire-A fast paced book, witch kept me turning pages.
15. Brother Agenst Brother- Good, but ending sucked.
14. Bad Chemistry- One of the best of the later books.
13. Training For Trouble- Although it's a digest, it has a ton of violance, making me wonder if Criss-Cross crime is the only one of it's kind.
12. Dead In The Water- Last OFFICAL book in the casefile series, but not the best way to end something so awsome.
11. Deathgame-Amazing book
10. Criss Cross Crime (Hey, it was going to be a casefile!)- Good, but a bit repetive, and the bank robbers reming me of Wrong Side Of The Law. (Altough I have neaver read Wrong Side Of The Law)
9. Countdown To Terror- Love where it takes place but gave away details of Trouble In The Pipeline
8. Evil. Inc- Good book, also one of the darkest ones.
7. Edge Of Distruction- A real page turner!
6. Dead On Target- First OFFICAL Casefile, good, but seemed random.
5. Danger Zone- If you see this book in a store, buy it immmedly, it's hard to find, but one of the best.
4. Revenge Of The Desert Phantom- The REAL first casefile, lots of action, but the action dosen't come until the 3rd chapter
3. Absoulute Zero- Love the globe traviling, and appercences by PENGUINS!  Also some of the best bad guys in a casefile.
2. Hostiges Of Hate- Love this book!
1. The Borderline Case- First book I ever read. Also the book with the most action, best bad guys, and best netwok story! 
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Olivia on August 22, 2008, 11:56:13 AM
I think there is even a Digest that uses the Casefiles Title, or it might even be a Casefile that uses Too Many Traitors as part of the description of the story.

And I won't pollute this thread by mentioning HB:UB and their original ideas ;) :D
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on January 20, 2009, 07:53:35 PM
Here's my all new list:

71. Survival Of The Fittest (worst)
70. Poisoned Paradise
69. Toxic Revenge
68. Dead Man In Deadwood
67. Uncivil War
66. Winner Takes All
65. Cold Sweat
64. Mission: Mayhem
63. Shock Jock
62. Street Spies
61. Fright Wave
60. Cave Trap
59. Choke Hold
58. Double Exposure
57. Flesh And Blood
56. Brother Against Brother
55. Final Cut
54. Height Of Danger
53. Nightmare In Angel City
52. The Last Laugh
51. Cult Of Crime
50. Strategic Moves
49. In Self Defense
48. Rock 'N' Revenge
47. Blood Relations
46. Castle Fear
45. Collision Course
44. Diplomatic Deceit
43. Blood Money
42. Too Many Traitors
41. Beyond The Law
40. Without A Trace
39. The Crowning Terror
38. Deadly Engagement
37. Murder By Magic
36. Bad Rap
35. Line Of Fire
34. The Deadliest Dare
33. Acting Up
32. Bad Chemistry
31. The Viking's Revenge
30. The Dead Season
29. Thick As Thieves
28. Wild Wheels
27. See No Evil
26. Dead In The Water
25. Rigged For Revenge
24. Deathgame
23. Trouble In The Pipeline
22. The Crisscross Crime
21. False Alarm
20. Witness to Murder
19. Countdown To Terror
18. Evil. Inc
17. Running On Empty
16. Edge Of Destruction
15. Danger Zone
14. Foul Play
13. Dead On Target
12. Revenge Of The Desert Phantom
11. Stress Point
10. The Phoenix Equation
9. Absolute Zero
8. Highway Robbery
7. Hostages Of Hate
6. Flight Into Danger
5. Hot Wheels
4. The Borderline Case
3. Endangered Species
2. No Mercy
1. The Skyfire Puzzle
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: JoeHardyRocks on January 20, 2009, 08:34:27 PM
15. Brother Agenst Brother- Good, but ending sucked.

Did not!
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: 003Robin457 on January 20, 2009, 10:12:00 PM
Note to Self: Read BaB so I get the deciding vote. ;)
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on January 21, 2009, 07:56:28 PM
Did not!
It did!  Joe just got his memeory back, and they just got on plane and Frank made a lame joke. The end. Come on! That is the dumbest casefile ending ever!
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on January 21, 2009, 07:59:11 PM
I agree, the book needed more pages, and Joe's recovery was not dealt with well at all!

Sorry for double post, but this sums up my thoughts on the book.

Opps number error on my list, to be fixed soon.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: 003Robin457 on January 22, 2009, 06:42:37 PM
I had to look away really quick because my Spidey-Spoiler-Sences where tingling. Can someone tell me if DD's post (1st of the 2) was a big spoiler?
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Olivia on January 22, 2009, 08:13:41 PM
It does have a spoiler, Robin.

Wait, Spidey-Sense? I thought you were Robin? ;)
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on January 24, 2009, 02:06:36 PM
Update: Fixed error and postions of a few books.
Update: New books added.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on June 20, 2010, 01:46:14 PM
Update: New books added
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Q on August 19, 2010, 09:00:23 AM
1 Too Many Traitors
The author totally had me fooled. And I love it when the good guys outsmart the villians.
2 The Borderline Case

3 Perfect Getaway

4 Countdown to Terror

5 Evil Inc

6 Nowhere to Run

7 Highway Robbery

8 The Crowning Terror

9 The Lazarus Plot

10 Brother Against Brother

11 Dead on Target

12 Hostages of Hate

13 Strategic Moves

14 Edge of Destruction

15 The Last Laugh

16 Blood Money

17 A Taste for Terror

18 Scene of the Crime

19 Flight into Danger

20 The Number File

21 Diplomatic Deceit

22 Running on Empty

23 Line of Fire

24 The Pacific Conspiracy

25 Deathgame

26 Flash and Blood

27 Winner Takes All

28 The Deadliest Dare

29 Screamers

30 Castle Fear

31 Cult of Crime
First time I read this book, I didn't know my geography and thought the cult was in the Alpines. :-[ I hate it when they introduce an "old" friend who never shows up in any of the other books.
32 In Self-Defense

33 Power Play

34 No Way Out

35 The Borgia Dagger

36 The Dead Season
There was no real explantion about how the faceless "ghost" appeared invisible
37 Shock Jock
Only good thing was the Bootstompers
38 Disaster for Hire
I found this one really boring for some reason.
39 Collision Course
I figure out the bad guy in Chapter 1 and spent the rest of the book yawning as the Hardys stumbled along.

I generally like books where I didn't guess the bad guy(s) before he or she or they are revealed and dislike books where I guess the bad guy(s) in the beginning.
Give me time and I will in all the reasons for the positions.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: MacGyver on August 19, 2010, 10:43:11 AM
Too Many Traitors is one of my all time favorites too- I've read and reread it a couple of times. :)

I do recall one hilarious line from "Disaster for Hire". Somewhere in the book, Joe reads a sign at a place that says "Courtesy is Contagious" and he comments, "Looks like they stamped that out here." ;D I always thought that was funny. That is one thing I've always enjoyed about the Casefiles- though it wasn't often and it shouldn't be too often- there were a few comedic moments and lines that made me laugh out loud. That's always welcome every now and then in the middle of an intense action and adventure and mystery story. 8)
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: JoeHardyRocks on January 04, 2011, 04:00:32 PM
Well now I've read like 15 Casefiles so I have a top 7 :)

(Not neccesarily in this order)

Deathgame
The Lazarus Plot
Brother Against Brother
Dead on Target
Frame-Up
Evil Inc
The Number File

When I get my new ones I might edit that list :)

Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on January 05, 2011, 01:21:23 AM
Cool. Those are good ones.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: MacGyver on January 05, 2011, 02:37:42 PM
Nice list, JHR- I noticed that almost all of them are within the first 10 to 20 titles - it seems like the Casefiles series had a lot of great stand out books when the series first started- and that's not to say that later titles aren't as good- but I guess it just makes sense that a newly launched series would try to have a really strong start to get things rolling and set the pattern for things to come. And having read them all, I can also say that I enjoy them all. :D
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: JoeHardyRocks on January 05, 2011, 03:27:42 PM
I also read Hostages of Hate and Law of the Jungle last night, and I liked those alot too.  :D
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: AlwaysAJoefan on January 05, 2011, 05:53:25 PM
I liked them all. The ones that stick in my mind are:

Edge of Destruction
The Genius Thieves
Beyond the Law
Rock N' Revenge

I'll post more after I dig through my set.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: MacGyver on January 05, 2011, 09:42:38 PM
I think Edge of Destruction may be the first of The Hardy Boys Casefiles that I read- or maybe at least the first that I bought. I remember loving the cover as a child because Frank and Joe were climbing out of a manhole which just looked so cool to me- mainly because I immediately thought of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coming out of the sewers. :D
And this one is definitely a great book.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on January 07, 2011, 06:07:41 PM
I remember that I special ordered Edge Of Destruction back during Boxing week 95, and it came in like New Year's Week 96 and I bought it with Christmas money (along with The Crowning Terror), and I thought that the and I thought the cover looked interesting with the boys coming out of the sewer, plus the logo was a different color from the four books. Although, I didn't find the cover that colorful.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: AlwaysAJoefan on January 07, 2011, 11:42:57 PM
I got the paperback version of Edge of Destruction in a box set with Casefiles: 1-5. That cover was always one of my favorites, with my other 2 favorites being Genius Thieves and Beyond the Law.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on January 09, 2011, 01:49:50 AM
I think Edge of Destruction may be the first of The Hardy Boys Casefiles that I read- or maybe at least the first that I bought. I remember loving the cover as a child because Frank and Joe were climbing out of a manhole which just looked so cool to me- mainly because I immediately thought of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coming out of the sewers. :D
And this one is definitely a great book.

It was one of the first I read, too.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: JoeHardyRocks on January 14, 2011, 03:08:49 PM
I got The Deadliest Dare yesterday from Amazon, but it's the European version or whatever! :( The cover is uglyyyyyy :(
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on January 14, 2011, 05:47:30 PM
That's kind of cool. Even if it is ugly
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: JoeHardyRocks on January 14, 2011, 05:54:50 PM
Yeah, I opened up the package and I was like, what is this???? Because I knew what the cover was supposed to look like, then I looked on the back of the book and the price was in euros LOL
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: SDLagent on January 15, 2011, 02:22:46 AM
Are sure it wasn't British pounds?
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on January 15, 2011, 04:31:48 PM
It should be British pounds, since the only UK printing that I'm aware of was from 1993 (well before the Euro was introduced), but the cover does look like the US cover, but it has the UK logo from that time, and was done by a different artist.

http://www.hardyboys.co.uk/gallery/c030.php
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: JoeHardyRocks on January 16, 2011, 02:17:55 PM
Yeah that's the one I got
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: JoeHardyRocks on January 16, 2011, 02:20:21 PM
Ohh and I read some more casefiles soo:

Deathgame
The Lazarus Plot
Brother Against Brother
Dead on Target
Frame-Up
Evil Inc
The Number File
Dead of Night
Hostages of Hate
River Rats
Uncivil War

And another one I forgot the name of.....

Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on April 10, 2012, 08:30:57 AM
I was just looking over this old topic, and I just remembered that years ago I had seen on the order forms, in the back of the Casefiles from around 1990-1992, that someone at S&S had, accidentally, typed into the Hardy Boys Casefiles order form Make No Mistake, which was actually a Nancy Drew Files title, and it appeared in number of Casefiles (I think it replaced #43Strategic Moves, but I'm not too sure, and the few Casefiles that I did check (#59-66) didn't have the error).
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: P. Walker on April 10, 2012, 08:54:37 AM
Kinda difficult considering the majority of them i havent yet read or have read but its been 15 plus years or so if not longer:
(although not in any order)
 1 Dead on target
 2 Evil Inc
 3 Beyond the Law
 4 Operation Pheonix trilogy
 5 Lazarus plot
 6 Dead of Night (obviously)
 7 Cult of crime
 8 True Thriller
 9 (cant remember the title but its the one that featured Chris Hardy. I remember liking that one a lot)
10 Brother against brother
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on April 10, 2012, 03:01:54 PM
Kinda difficult considering the majority of them i havent yet read or have read but its been 15 plus years or so if not longer:
(although not in any order)
 1 Dead on target
 2 Evil Inc
 3 Beyond the Law
 4 Operation Pheonix trilogy
 5 Lazarus plot
 6 Dead of Night (obviously)
 7 Cult of crime
 8 True Thriller
 9 (cant remember the title but its the one that featured Chris Hardy. I remember liking that one a lot)
10 Brother against brother
#9 is "Double Exposure", as that's the only book that Chris Hardy appeared in.

I was just looking over this old topic, and I just remembered that years ago I had seen on the order forms, in the back of the Casefiles from around 1990-1992, that someone at S&S had, accidentally, typed into the Hardy Boys Casefiles order form Make No Mistake, which was actually a Nancy Drew Files title, and it appeared in number of Casefiles (I think it replaced #43Strategic Moves, but I'm not too sure, and the few Casefiles that I did check (#59-66) didn't have the error).
The Nancy Drew Files book "Into Thin Air" was listed on some order forms in as "Into Thin Ice".
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: AlwaysAJoefan on April 15, 2012, 10:14:07 PM
1. Beyond the Law
2. Edge of Destruction
3. Nowhere to Run
4. Deathgame
5. Danger Zone
6. Deadliest Dare
7. Last Laugh
8. Choke Hold
9. Rock N' Revenge
10. Genius Thieves
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on March 25, 2015, 09:03:33 PM
I was just looking over the old posts, and I realized that I had completely forgotten one book in my list (or else I'm not seeing it), and that is Without A Trace.  I currently picked it up and I was looking back at my list, and boy, this is one book that really slipped through (I even ran a search on the whole forum trying to see if it came up in my list, but it didn't). 

I remember having read Without A Trace over 10 years ago, due to ordering it in through Inter-Library-Loan, but I have not read it since, and so far it is not the best Casefiles, and I'm not having an easy time remember exactly what the boys are doing---and I'm only half-way through the book.  At least it's not as bad as Cave Trap/Survival of THe Fittest.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: MacGyver on March 26, 2015, 12:22:09 AM
It's been a really long time since I've read Without a Trace, but I recall liking it quite well. Offhand, I recall that the book starts with Frank saying, "I hate tiny planes!" (The boys are flying in an ultralight plane). I don't remember the plot beyond that.
Of course, I like all the books and still don't see what was so bad about Cave Trap and Survival of the Fittest ;)- but we've already been through that- everyone's welcome to their opinion. We don't have to like them all to like The Hardy Boys and be fans and friends. :)
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on March 26, 2015, 07:16:42 PM
Actually it was Joe who said that he didn't like small planes, and he said that while he was flying on a small, local airline's airplane.  (The scene reminded me of the trip that I took last year out to British Columbia for my sister's wedding.  I was able to fly Air Canada from Ottawa to Toronto, and Toronto to Vancouver, but then for the leg from Vancouver to the town in the BC interior, I had to take a regional airline's plane which was smaller than Air Canada's jet, and everytime we hit turbulence you really felt it in that tiny plane). 

And Frank is the only one who flies the ultralight (and he's only got his student license in the book).  Joe stays grounded the whole book.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: MacGyver on March 27, 2015, 10:19:16 AM
Okay, that's right- now more of my memories of the book have been jarred- I'd need to flip through it again to get a total recall on it though.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on March 30, 2015, 08:47:34 AM
Or actually Joe does get in the ultralight during the last two chapters once, but otherwise he's grounded the entire book.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on December 04, 2016, 07:40:44 PM
Updated my list:
-Skyfire Puzzle is now on the list at number 1
-Poisoned Paradise is on the list, although it's spot could change if something amazing happens in the last two chapters. However, there's several things about the book that already makes it one of the worst:
Goldtooth is one of the most annoying minor villains in Hardy Boys history. The mystery is barely there, the Hardys randomly stumble upon clues. The plot goes to a grinding halt when Frank and Joe get to the rainforest, and most of the book is them wandering through the forest, and them endlessly talking about why the forest is amazing and needs to be saved.
-Deadly Engagement has been removed from the Top 30, as I now barely remember the book at all or what was even about. All I remember is that Frank and Joe are babysitting a cat, and that Frank (or maybe Joe) turned out to have an allergy to some rare food.
-Thick As Thieves is now in the Top 30.

Edit:  Just discovered that the main villain of Poisoned Paradise is a generic evil businessman with a ridiculous supervillain lair in the middle of a rainforest. The book is staying where it is on the list.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: MacGyver on December 05, 2016, 02:55:40 PM
I suppose you include The Skyfire Puzzle because, although it is #85 in The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories series, it's also supposed to be a "test" Casefile, more or less, from what I understand. (Which is the same logic that includes #84 Revenge of the Desert Phantom as well, I believe, and #150 The Crisscross Crime, since that one was apparently originally intended as a Casefile.) However, it still seems like a weird stretch to me, but that's cool. I think I just prefer to stick with the actual published order for the book series- which means I count #84, #85 and #150 as Digests and thus wouldn't include them on a Top 10 list for the Hardy Boys Casefiles.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: tomswift2002 on December 05, 2016, 11:31:41 PM
Poisoned Paradise I remember last reading in the late-90's.  Even then it really didn't stick with me.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on May 04, 2017, 03:39:01 PM
Update: "Fright Wave" is now on the list. The book was so forgettable, that I had forgotten that I had even read it a year or two ago. I also moved "Winner Takes All", after remembering more about the book. I will say that I never really liked the Casefiles written by Rick Oliver that much. (I've never read the Ring of Evil trilogy or True Thriller though)
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Katie on May 04, 2017, 07:00:24 PM
Where is this top ten list at?
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on May 04, 2017, 07:48:16 PM
It's at page 4, and now it's right here:

71. Survival Of The Fittest (worst)
70. Poisoned Paradise
69. Toxic Revenge
68. Dead Man In Deadwood
67. Uncivil War
66. Winner Takes All
65. Cold Sweat
64. Mission: Mayhem
63. Shock Jock
62. Street Spies
61. Fright Wave
60. Cave Trap
59. Choke Hold
58. Double Exposure
57. Flesh And Blood
56. Brother Against Brother
55. Final Cut
54. Height Of Danger
53. Nightmare In Angel City
52. The Last Laugh
51. Cult Of Crime
50. Strategic Moves
49. In Self Defense
48. Rock 'N' Revenge
47. Blood Relations
46. Castle Fear
45. Collision Course
44. Diplomatic Deceit
43. Blood Money
42. Too Many Traitors
41. Beyond The Law
40. Without A Trace
39. The Crowning Terror
38. Deadly Engagement
37. Murder By Magic
36. Bad Rap
35. Line Of Fire
34. The Deadliest Dare
33. Acting Up
32. Bad Chemistry
31. The Viking's Revenge
30. The Dead Season
29. Thick As Thieves
28. Wild Wheels
27. See No Evil
26. Dead In The Water
25. Rigged For Revenge
24. Deathgame
23. Trouble In The Pipeline
22. The Crisscross Crime
21. False Alarm
20. Witness to Murder
19. Countdown To Terror
18. Evil. Inc
17. Running On Empty
16. Edge Of Destruction
15. Danger Zone
14. Foul Play
13. Dead On Target
12. Revenge Of The Desert Phantom
11. Stress Point
10. The Phoenix Equation
9. Absolute Zero
8. Highway Robbery
7. Hostages Of Hate
6. Flight Into Danger
5. Hot Wheels
4. The Borderline Case
3. Endangered Species
2. No Mercy
1. The Skyfire Puzzle
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Katie on May 05, 2017, 10:23:38 AM
Awesome! I don't remember The Skyfire Puzzle as one of them, though.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: goldie3 on May 05, 2017, 10:41:50 AM
Skyfire puzzle is a mystery/digest and not a case file.

I actually enjoy Rick Oliver casefiles a lot. I feel he gets Frank and Joe, the characters and their banter, their brotherly chemistry and care, just right. Plus, usually, his books have the brothers actually solving cases, with good amount of action. Him and Larry garmon are my favorite authors of the casefiles.


Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Bigfootman on May 05, 2017, 10:52:32 AM
Skyfire puzzle is a mystery/digest and not a case file.

I actually enjoy Rick Oliver casefiles a lot. I feel he gets Frank and Joe, the characters and their banter, their brotherly chemistry and care, just right. Plus, usually, his books have the brothers actually solving cases, with good amount of action. Him and Larry garmon are my favorite authors of the casefiles.
"The Skyfire Puzzle" was actually the second book in the Casefile format, "Revenge of the Desert Phantom" was the first. It's been covered in other topics, but basicly those two books were an early attempt to make darker Hardy Boys books. From what I remember they sold well, but not well enough for the third book to get published. (Mystery of the Silver Star was its replacement) Instead, we got the Hardy Boys Casefiles.

Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: MacGyver on May 05, 2017, 11:54:19 PM
Technicality. I still prefer to classify "The Skyfire Puzzle" and "Revenge of the Desert Phantom" as part of the Original/Digest series because they are numbered as part of that series. But I can see the argument for them being prototype Casefiles, though it still seems weird to me to list them with others. But whatever. It might be interesting to do a Top 10 list of the Originals/Digests and compare it to a Top 10 for the Casefiles and any other series of interest.
Title: Re: Top Ten Casefiles
Post by: Katie on May 06, 2017, 11:14:15 AM
What universe would the "The Skyfire Puzzle" and "Revenge of the Desert Phantom" be in? I think the "The Crisscross Crime" should be there as well.