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The Falcon's Malteser: A Diamond Brothers Mystery

  Horowitz, Anthony


Publisher: Philomel Books
Number of Pages: 191
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Genres:

Humor
Mystery

Material Type/Location:

Junior High Fiction

Reading Level:

6-8

Awards:

Voice of Youth Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

Similar to Bruce Hale’s Chet Gecko series, but with human characters, this book is a funny parody of Dashiell Hammett’s noir classic The Maltese Falcon. Full of smart wisecracks and snappy comebacks, 13-year-old Nick is the younger (but smarter) brother of Tim, an incompetent private detective. A mysterious dwarf leaves the duo a package (a box of Malteser chocolates) to look after and then is found murdered. Tim is arrested and Nick finds he is forced to solve why the top criminals in London want the chocolates before he too winds up dead. This book has non-stop action, witty humor, and a cast of colorful characters. Fans of Horowitz’s Alex Rider series may enjoy this book, as the teen heroes of both series use their wits to foil their adult enemies.

Reviewed by: David Nelson on 4/1/2008

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