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South by Southeast (Diamond Brothers Series #3)

South by Southeast (Diamond Brothers Series #3)

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by Anthony Horowitz
     
 

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It looks like Tim, the world’s worst private detective, and Nick, his brainy kid brother, are in trouble again. They’re dead broke. But money is the least of their worries when a mysterious man bursts into their office and offers Tim a wad of cash for his coat. Minutes later, the stranger is dead and Nick and Tim are left to puzzle over his final words.

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It looks like Tim, the world’s worst private detective, and Nick, his brainy kid brother, are in trouble again. They’re dead broke. But money is the least of their worries when a mysterious man bursts into their office and offers Tim a wad of cash for his coat. Minutes later, the stranger is dead and Nick and Tim are left to puzzle over his final words. What could he have meant by "suff bee suff-iss"? Or was it "south by southeast"? Neither one seems to make much sense, but the Diamond brothers will have to figure it out, and fast! Whoever killed the stranger is now after Nick and Tim!

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Children's Literature
Tim Diamond, the world's most dimwitted private detective, is broke. Although he has applied for numerous jobs (none of which he is qualified for), he has a drawer full of rejection letters and no prospects. Fortunately, Nick, his brainy thirteen-year-old brother is his partner and often his savior. When Mr. McGruffin appears in their shabby office, they are surprised to see he has a gun. Even more shocking, a bullet flies through the window narrowly missing them. Since their telephone service has been cut off, McGruffin goes around the corner to a telephone booth. The murderer is successful in killing him there and Tim alone hears his dying words. He, of course, gets them wrong, but the Diamond Brothers are immediately launched into the middle of an international and deadly mystery. Many attempts are made on their lives as they travel through England and into The Netherlands searching for the elusive Charon, the mastermind behind the plot to kill a Russian diplomat. Varied twists and turns in the active, mostly implausible plot, and a constant stream of subtle jokes and word play, create a humorous fast-paced page-turner. An enjoyable, quick read for all ages. This title is part of the "Diamond Brothers Mysteries" series. 2005, Philomel/Penguin, Ages 10 to 14.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Horowitz has created another well-written, well-paced spy melodrama. This fifth addition to the series will engage readers with its hilarious, nonstop story line. Tim Diamond, the world's worst detective, has few cases to solve, so he and his younger brother, Nick, are destitute until a stranger offers Tim a fistful of much-needed cash in exchange for his raincoat. With the stranger's violent death, Tim and Nick find themselves dealing with disbelieving police and people claiming to be government agents. The brothers have a multitude of hair-raising adventures, including one in which they are chased by a small plane in a scene reminiscent of Hitchcock's classic film North by Northwest (hence the book's title). The story ends as the sibs meet the chief villain on a village fair's Tunnel of Love ride. Tim is likable but clueless, and Nick, the narrator, the true brains behind their act.-Alice DiNizo, Plainfield Public Schools, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142403747
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/08/2005
Series:
Diamond Brothers Series, #3
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
499,562
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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South By Southeast (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book South by Southeast by Anthony Horowitz is a hilarious and action packed book with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. The story is about two brothers named Tim and Nick Diamond. They are private investigators in England. At the beginning of the story they are immediately rapped up in a spy murder mystery when a spy is killed in there hands. They are then unwillingly draft into M-16 to find the mystery spies murder. In this action packed comedy you can expect to find many exciting twists and turns sure enough to keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The only bad part of this book was how short it was. It was an average Anthony Horowitz combining cunning wit and action packed fight scenes and exciting dialogue. This was one of the best books I have read in a while and is a must read for anyone who wanting adventure, fun, and anyone wanting a short and entertaining read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim and his kid brother, Nick Diamond, are two normal brothers who live in London, well almost normal. The duo have cracked many cases but none of them, have prepared for this. One normal day Tim and Nick are visited by MI6 agent Jake McGuffin. He explains that he has uncovered a plot to kill Russian diplomat Boris Kusenov who will be visiting the city to by a famous painting. The only person capable of such a crime is the mysterious international killer only known as Charon. Soon the two are thrust into an international affair that will lead them from the streets of London to the canals of Amsterdam guided by Jake McGuffin last words south by southeast, and the secretive Charlotte Van Dam. The brothers are in a race against time to stop the assassination and prevent World War III. This book will leave readers on their seat till the very end. This will appeal to middle school kids who like a good mystery novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was good. It had a good plot and a lot of action packed mystery. Like the previous books there is a twist at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Diamond Brother's mysteries! Like all the others, this book was hilarious and kept me guessing until the end. The only reason it did not get five stars was that it was so short compared to all the others. I read in less than a day. Other than that I would definately recommend it. Especially if you like deadpan humor.