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.
-- Adam Winfield in the U.K.
A surprisingly clever, enjoyable mystery for the whole family, with enough shout-outs to keep older mystery fans amused.
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Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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