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The Falcon's Malteser (Diamond Brother Mysteries) Paperback – July 8, 2004
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Grade 5-8–Nick Simple's life is anything but simple. His parents have moved to Australia, leaving him in the care of his incompetent older brother who is trying to make a living as a private detective and changes the family name. They are visited by a dwarf who leaves a package with them for safekeeping and later turns up dead. Set in England and filled with a variety of colorful characters, the plot reads like a 1940s P.I. movie. Like Horowitz's "Alex Rider" series (Philomel), the teen protagonist relies on his wits to thwart the enemy. Short chapters, with a conflict in each one, will appeal to reluctant readers.–Kim Carlson, Monticello High School, IA
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Gr. 4-8. Thirteen-year-old Nick is the younger (and brighter) half of the Diamond Brothers, the world's worst detective agency. Dwarf Johnny Naples becomes their client, entrusting the two with a mysterious package (a box of Malteser chocolates) just before he is killed, leaving Tim Diamond, literally, holding the gun. With Tim in jail, Nick is forced to solve the case--hopefully before someone murders him, too. Originally published in Britain (where it was also released in film and television versions), this pays homage to the "hard-boiled-detective-with-a-snappy-comeback" genre and to The Maltese Falcon book and film that the title spoofs. Horowitz's classic cast of quirky villains-- including The Fat Man, Gott and Himmel, Beatrice von Falkenberg, and the Professor--and nonstop action and clever, deadpan humor ensure the novel will be a popular choice. Kay Weisman
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Now back to the story. We find the normal, every day society of England in The Falcon's Malteser. Amongst all the teenage boys, there's Nick Diamond. Nick Diamond is a thirteen-year old boy who chose not to go with his parents to Australia, but to stay in England with his brother, Tim Diamond, who is also England's worst private detective. Nick is "lovingly" cared for by his brother Tim; so lovingly that they live in a run-down apartment with no food, no money, and no transportation. Nick sometimes wishes he had gone with his parents, and so would I.
We experience this hurtful adventure through Nick, while Tim is in jail, supposedly for murder. Nick and Tim, one day, randomly get a visit. From a dwarf. The dwarf acts hurried and acts as if he's being followed. The dwarf, named Johnny Naples, pays Tim and Nick five-hundred dollars to watch a box of chocolate maltesers. Nick and Tim ask themselves the same question, "Why?" Well, they will soon find out why with the helpful hints from three murders, and Lauren Bicardi. Nick and Tim learn that the box of chocolate maltesers somehow unlock a safe with five-million dollars in diamonds inside the safe. But where's the safe and how do you open it?
The Falcon's Malteser is a great mystery book to read. This book kept me interested the whole way and didn't reveal itself until the end. Also, because the book's setting is based on England, the society that shapes the character's problems, conflicts, and decisions make it much easier to understand. Anthony Horowitz describes everything perfect, he goes into full depth of all the characters, and describes the conflicts very well. He writes vivid details, which makes it feels like you're right in the book, living what's happening. Anthony Horowitz wrote this novel so good, if he took it any further he would've ruined the book, even though the ending frustrated me a little. You have to read The Falcon's Malteser by Anthony Horowitz. It is a book you will never forget.
The plane excelled off the runway, leaving Nick Diamond behind with his dimwitted, detective brother, Tim. Nick should have been on that plane heading to Australia but instead he snuck away, to help his brother with his first case. The life changing adventure begins when a short stranger comes in and drops off a box of chocolates. A few days later, he's dead. Nick and Tim soon lose control of they're lives as they jump in and out of danger trying to figure out the mystery of the box of chocolates.
Anthony Horowitz does a great job keeping you on the edge of your seat wondering what's around the next corner. He also does a great job capturing the thrilling climax of the book. This book is filled with action, humor and dangers as well as the world of crime in London. You get to solve the case with Nick and live his life in full color. Right when I finished it I wanted more, which is just what Anthony Horowitz does with the next three books in the series. I recommend this fast-paced book to anyone who wants a good read, not just mystery lovers.
By: Trevor P.
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