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Overview

Tim Diamond, the world's worst private detective, is broke-as his much smarter younger brother Nick is quick to remind him. So when a mysterious stranger offers Tim a wad of cash for his overcoat, it seems like a stroke of good luck. But there are worse things in life than being broke. Being pumped full of lead, for one-which is what happens to the stranger, and could soon be the fate of the Diamond brothers, too, unless they can outwit the unknown assassin on their tail...

This latest adventure by New York Times bestselling writer Anthony Horowitz will have mystery lovers laughing out loud as they help solve another Diamond Brothers caper.

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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781406306804
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 3/5/2007
  • Series: Diamond Brothers Series , #3
  • Edition description: New
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Anthony Horowitz
Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is the author of one previous book for teens: The Devil and His Boy, which received glowing reviews all around. He is also the author of several plays and television screenplays in his native England.

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Table of Contents

1 McGuffin 1
2 South By Southeast 10
3 Room Service 17
4 Number Seventeen 26
5 Birds 35
6 High Security 42
7 Chain Reaction 51
8 Train Reaction 60
9 The Secret Agent 70
10 Shredded Wheat 81
11 Charon 91
12 Stage Fright 105
13 The Wrong Man 116
14 Under the Hammer 126
15 Special Delivery 136
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

    This Book Rocks but was to short

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

    Great book!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2006

    Good!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    Horowitz strikes again!

    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.

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