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South By Southeast (Diamond Brother Mysteries) Paperback – September 8, 2005
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Anthony Horowitz is perhaps the busiest writer in England. He has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. He writes in a comfortable shed in his garden for up to ten hours per day. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider ongoing series of books, he has also written episodes of several popular TV crime series, including Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders, and Murder Most Horrid. He has written the television series Foyle's War, which aired in the United States, as well as the libretto of a Broadway musical adapted from Dr. Seuss's book, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. He penned the script for the film The Gathering, which was released in 2003, starring Christina Ricci. Horowitz has also written the Diamond Brothers series.
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The Diamond brothers are, surprise surprise, broke. They just moved into a cheap and even crappier apartment when suddenly a mysterious man bursts into their office, offers Tim a wad of cash for his coat, and disappears as quickly as he came. When Tim and Nick follow him outside, they find him lying on a sidewalk, dying from a gunshot wound. His last words, drowned out by a train, sounded like "suff bee suff-iss" or was it "south by southeast"? Suddenly, the Diamond Brothers are thrown into another adventure involving MI6 and their chase for the assasin Charon, who murdered the coat man, and "his" plans to murder a Russian diplomat. What follows is the usual funny antics of Nick trying to save Tim from deadly situation after deadly situation including an airplane chase, a deadly magical show, and the aforementioned horror that is the tunnel of love.
While the story is funny and somewhat clever, this mystery would clearly have worked better as a short story. The plotting is stretched, and the fast-paced mystery that makes the series so good did not fit well with this book's slim 148 pages. There was no shocker in the end, and the clues, as far and inbetween as they are, weren't very difficult to figure out. However, while weak in plotting, the book will still engage younger readers with its humor and non-stop storyline.
While somehwat disappointed in "South by Southeast", I am still looking forward to the next installment, as Horowitz has leaked that there's one in the works. Hopefully, if it ever does come to life, the next Diamond Brother's book will return to the qualites that made the first three so enjoyable.
The brothers go to Amsterdam for this assignment, and as usual have many unrealistic, over the top adventures. Tim seems slightly out of character here: he actually notices something before Nick does, and is quite right to be suspicious of someone whom Nick does not accept as a threat. He also picks up a cue from Nick very quickly. Tim goes to an interview for the position of Head of Security of a bank, which is another big joke, and he is again rightly suspicious where Nick is not. The bank is described as a small, square one-floor building in Pall Mall, more like a high class jeweller than a bank. This is exactly what might be expected in this part of London.
The best witticism is when Nick in desperation bids £1,000,000 for an item at Sothebys: the auctioneer says "You're just a boy", and Nick replies "I know, but I get a lot of pocket money". Anyone of any age will appreciate this and want more of the same.