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The Falcon's Malteser (Diamond Brother Mysteries) Paperback – July 8, 2004
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Herbert Simple was an inept cop and an equally inept private investigator, even if he has changed his name to Tim Diamond. Fortunately, his thirteen year old brother is the brains of the family. In this case, they accept a package from a dwarf and soon end up involved in bad guys, stolen diamonds, and murder.
Okay, a familiar plot but with a nice twist to the usual. And I mean twist. Not only does Horowitz twist a familiar title, but uses names that are off, but familiar as you'll see.
Herbert Timothy Simple: 25, former cop, changed his name to Tim Diamond, private investigator, dark hair, blue eyes
Nick Simple: Herbert's younger brother, 13, parents moved from London to Australia two year's ago
Johnny Naples: dwarf, mid 40s, brown eyes, snub nose, mustache, black hair, smokes
Betty Charlady: Elderly, gray curling hair, cleaning lady/handyman type person
Jack Splendide: hotel owner, unshaven, overweight
Snape: Chief Inspector, blond, solid build, smokes
Beatrice Von Falkenberg: widow of a master criminal, tall, thin lips, actress in Holland, early 40s, owns an alligator
What delightful characters with great names. Another is Lauren Bacardi. Killers named Gott and Himmel. (Those who understand German will get the joke.) Some wonderful personalities, especially Snape's partner who can't get over wanting to beat anybody into submission.
Good humor between Nick, Herbert, and other characters.
First person from Nick's POV. Titled chapters. Good use of words, puns, jokes, etc. Since this is an older teen book, there is a little violence, but nothing graphic and no profanity. It's sometimes difficult to remember Nick is only 13 because he's intelligent and creative. Herbert is a bit over the top in the inept department but makes for good humor fodder. I'd like to read the next in the series.
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.
Top international reviews
I'd highly recommend this book and all of the other Diamond brothers ones too.
Full of detailed twists and conclusions that you wouldn't under stand with out reading this fantastic book.
Page after page of excitement every one holding something new.
And this isn't even unnatural the diamond brothers are all so great.
Long story short READ IT.