Nick & Tim Simple

aka "The Diamond Brothers"

Created by Anthony Horowitz

"There's not much call for private detectives in Fulham."

-- the first line in The Malteser's Falcon. A great understatement.

In the British, family-oriented private-eye parody, The Falcon's Malteser (and its subsequent film adaptation), long-suffering ten-year old NICK SIMPLE comes to the aid of his older brother TIM, a rather clueless failed police officer who fancies himself a hard-boiled private eye, and has set up shop as "Tim Diamond." It's all about a mysterious box of candy, with plenty of in-jokes and references to classic films of the genre along the way to keep things popping, and Nick cracks wise throughout.

This was Horowitz's breakout book, the first in the successful Diamond Brothers series. He's since gone on to become one of British crime fiction's most popular jack-of-all-trades, writing kids' books, YA, espionage, traditional mysteries, pastiches (including ones featuring Sherlock Holmes and James Bond) and for television, including Agatha Christie adaptations, Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War (which he co-created). But if you ask me, my fasvourite is Magpie Murders, a 2017 tour-de-force book-within-a-book traditional mystery that both honours and has affectionate fun with the form, and the whole Industrial British Mystery Complex.

UNDER OATH

  • "The Falcon's Malteser is my best book, ever. What I love so much about it is that its a great adventure. Anthony Horowitz must be a very clever man to write such a great book. FM is cool! "

-- Adam Winfield in the U.K.

NOVELS

SHORT STORIES

  • "The Blurred Man" (2002)
  • "The French Confection" (2002)
  • "I Know What You Did Last Wednesday" (2002)

COLLECTIONS

TELEVISION

  • DIAMOND'S EDGE...Watch it now!
    (aka "Just Ask For Diamond")
    (1988, Red Rooster Films Ltd./U.K.)
    83 minutes
    Written by Anthony Horowitz
    Based on his book The Falcon's Malteser
    Directed by Stephen Bayly
    Produced by Linda James
    Music by Trevor Jones
    Starring Colin Dale as NICK DIAMOND
    and Dursley McLinden as TIM DIAMOND
    Also starring Susannah York, Peter Eyre, Patricia Hodge, Nickolas Grace, Roy Kinnear, Jimmy Nail, Saeed Jaffrey, Rene Ruiz, Michael Robbins, Donald Standen, Jim McManus, Bill Paterson , Forbes Collins

A surprisingly clever, enjoyable mystery for the whole family, with enough shout-outs to keep older mystery fans amused.

  • THE DIAMOND BROTHERS
    (1991, ITV)
    6-part mini-series
    30-minute episodes
    Written by Anthony Horowitz
    Based on his book South by Southeast
    Directed by Stephen Bayly
    Produced by Linda James
    Music by Trevor Jones
    Starring Colin Dale as NICK DIAMOND
    and Dursley McLinden as TIM DIAMOND
    Also starring Jenny Agutter, Anna Massey, Michael Gough

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Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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