The Falcon's Malteser (Diamond Brother Mysteries) Paperback – July 8, 2004
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 6.6 ounces
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0142402192
- Lexile measure : 640L
- ISBN-13 : 978-0142402191
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Dimensions : 5.1 x 0.55 x 7.75 inches
- Publisher : Puffin Books (July 8, 2004)
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #260,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.