Fletcher Moon has never been like other kids. For one thing, he has had to suffer the humiliating nickname "Half Moon" because of his short stature. But the real reason Fletcher is different is that ever since he was a baby, he's had a nose for sniffing out mysteries. And after graduating at the top of his Internet class, he is officially certified as the youngest detective in the world.
Half Moon Investigationsby Eoin Colfer
Half Moon Investigations: One part mystery, one part comedy, and all of it delightful.
Twelve-year-old Fletcher Moon, a.k.a. Half Moon because of his short stature, has a knack for solving mysteries and a silver badge earned upon graduating at the top of his online class, which certifies him as the youngest detective in the world. Fletcher knows a good detective should be invisible--put the pieces of the puzzle together, but never become one of those pieces himself. But mysterious crimes start to occur, and before he knows it, he is dragged into the center of a conspiracy. A conspiracy that casts him in the role of lead criminal. To clear his name, Fletcher must team up with an unlikely ally and solve the mystery quick, before the frame job lands him in jail.
I first came across Eoin Colfer when I picked up his book, Artemis Fowl. I've read many of his books since, and he always delivers. The author has a knack for witty turns of phrase and dialogue that's so spot on you can't help but laugh. Half Moon Investigations is written in the vein of hard-boiled detective stories, with a cast of characters so authentically school-age the end result is both satisfying and hilarious.
Half Moon Investigations is a good book for fans of Eoin Colfer's other work, as well as readers of the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.
Profanity/Language: 6 religious exclamations.
Violence/Gore: Characters engage in a schoolyard brawl; a character threatens to beat another; a character gets a bloody nose; a character gets knocked down; a character gets punched in the shoulder; a character is knocked unconscious; a character ends up in a hospital, with some description of injuries; a building is set on fire; a character is suspected of arson; a character's car is sabotaged; a character escapes custody; characters occasionally yell and/or fight with each other; characters are attacked with golf clubs; characters fall off the side of a building; a character's face is bloody; a character runs a vehicle into another car; characters break into a building; a character is knocked out with a curtain rail.
Sex/Nudity: A character has a boyfriend; a character is said to have walked out on her husband; a character claims to deal in extramarital affairs; a character is accused of getting romantic ideas.
Mature Subject Matter:
Falsifying documents, computer hacking, stealing, arson, breaking and entering, crime family, theft, assault.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
A character is given anesthetic; there is a mention of pain pills.
Reviewed By Katrina