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The Falcon's Malteser by Anthony Horowitz

“His first job was to find some rich lady’s pedigree Siamese cat. He managed to run it over on the way to see her. The second job was a divorce case – which you may think is run-of-the-mill until I tell you that the clients were perfectly happily married until he came along… There hadn’t been a third case.”

When the vertically-challenged Johnny Naples entrusts Tim Diamond with a package worth over three million pounds, he's making a big mistake. Tim Diamond is the worst detective in the world. Next day, Johnny's dead, Tim feels the heat, and his smart younger brother, Nick, gets the package and every crook in town on his back!
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? 

GENRE: Mystery/Crime/Comedy


  • Deceit and consequences
  • Conflict resolution
  • Communication

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undefinedAnthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in the UK – and is unique for working across so many media. Anthony is a born polymath; juggling writing books, TV series, films, plays and journalism.

Questions for your circle

  •  Who used to be the Falcon's brains or technical adviser?
  • "Wiernotta Mews" is word play on the phrase "We are not amused", by whom?
  • Why did Nick's parents have so many doors to enter their house in Wiernotta Mews?
  • What was the connection between Beatrice von Falkenberg and the Falcon?
  • Investigate Anthony Horowitz's biography and find out how many books he has written.