Reader Reviewed The Diamond Brothers in the Falcon's Malteser by Anthony Horowitz

The Diamond Brothers in the Falcon's Malteser

Written by Anthony Horowitz
Part of the Diamond Brothers Series

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This reissue of Anthony Horowitz’s hugely entertaining crime caper comes with a brand new introduction by Tim Diamond, who is probably – in fact almost certainly – the most incompetent private detective in the world. The wise-cracking tone, with jokes coming in every line, sets readers up for what follows, ie a sharp crime pastiche which keeps all the thrills of Hammett while throwing in more jokes than the reader could count. The plot revolves around a missing criminal and his missing diamonds, and opens with Tim receiving a box of Maltesers that makes him the target for every criminal in town. Lucky he’s got little brother Nick, the brains of the family, to keep him safe.

Horowitz is king of crime for kids, but Dominic Barker’s Mickey Sharp series (Sharp Stuff, Sharp Shot) are also satisfying adventures that are very, very funny. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Ethan Watkin, age 8 - 'This is an amazing book by Anthony Horowitz. I have never read any of his books before and after finishing this I went straight out and got another one to read and now I want to read them all!'
  • Lucía Lopez-Jamar, age 9 - 'This book is full of intrigue, it is very funny and interesting. If you like detectives, you'll love the book. From the first page you will be hooked and you'll be laughing.'
  • Edward Macklin, age 10 - 'From the moment you start reading there is constant suspense followed by hilarious jokes.'
  • William Longlands, age 12 - 'Overall, I think that this is a very good book, especially as it is the first one in a series and it makes you want to read the rest. 10/10.'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 11 - 'Anthony Horowitz is one of my favourite authors. The Diamond Brothers cases are so witty. Crime, mystery, suspense and humour all rolled into one. Highly recommended, especially to reluctant readers.'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 10 - 'This is an amazing book...I also really liked the illustrations in the book because they really intrigued me and made me read on...I give it 5 stars.'
  • Edward Bailey, age 11 - 'Cracking read! It's going to be hard to top this! More More!! I Soooooooooooooooooooooo want the next installment!'


The Diamond Brothers in the Falcon's Malteser by Anthony Horowitz

When a dwarf comes into the office and leaves a package, Tim Diamond, the world's worst private-detective, is faced with his toughest case yet. The office is ransacked and the package is found to contain simply a box of Maltesers. Who was the dwarf ...and why was he murdered shortly after his visit?

About the Author

Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz discussed Russian Roulette in a special live event streamed into schools on Monday 16th June. For more information go to or watch it on the window below.

Anthony Horowitz was our Guest Editor in June 2011 - click here to see the books he chose.

Anthony Horowitz is the author of the number one bestselling Alex Rider books and The Power of Five series. He has enjoyed huge success as a writer for both children and adults, most recently with his highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk.

He has won numerous awards, including the Bookseller Association/Nielson Author of the Year Award, the Children’s Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards, and the Red House Children’s Book Award.

Anthony has also created and written many major television series, including Injustice, Collision and the award-winning Foyle’s War.

Anthony Horowitz as a child:
Born in north London, Anthony says, "I think I knew with certainty that I wanted to be a writer around eight." For birthdays, he asked for books, pens and a typewriter. His schooldays were not especially happy, more like something "out of Dickens or Dahl", and one reason he began writing books for young people was "to make up for the shortcomings of my childhood".

As an adult:
Anthony has an unrivalled reputation for getting boys, especially reluctant readers, into books. In 2007, Anthony was singled out by then Education Secretary Alan Johnson as the not-so-secret weapon to get boys reading. In 2008, Anthony was made the National Year of Reading’s first Champion Author due to his regular outreach work to Youth Offenders and Looked After Children throughout the UK.

Things you didn't know about Anthony Horowitz:
1. Anthony began writing because he wanted to be like Tintin.
2. He has travelled to all the places in the Tintin books (except the moon).
3. Snatchmore Hall (in The Switch) is based on the house where Anthony lived as a child. He had a nanny, two cooks, two gardens, a chauffeur … and he hated it.
4. He was sent to a revolting boarding school, Orley Farm, in north London. The headmaster and his wife featured by name in one of his TV episodes. He depicted them as mad Nazis!
5. He takes research for his books very seriously. He has walked across the Andes and visited forbidden criminal enclaves in Hong Kong. For Point Blanc, he climbed – and operated – a 150m crane opposite the Houses of Parliament.
6. He got married in Hong Kong. He didn’t understand the ceremony because it was in Chinese.
7. He spent a year working as a cowboy in Australia. This was for fun – not for a book.
8. His passion is scuba-diving. He has dived all over the world, including Sipadan in the South China Sea, where he saw hammerhead sharks.
9. He has a chocolate-coloured Labrador called Lucky. Lucky by name, but not by nature – the dog has been run over three times!
10. He is a major film fan and goes to the cinema three or four times a week. His favourite film is The Third Man. He is also a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s mysteries.

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Book Info


304 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

5th May 2016




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