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Half-Moon Investigations (edition 2007)

by Eoin Colfer

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Title:Half-Moon Investigations
Authors:Eoin Colfer
Info:Miramax (2007), Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:boy, twelve, mystery, theft, bullying, violence, crime, sister, parents, funny, ireland, friends, father, identity, loss, death

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Fletcher Moon, nicknamed Half Moon is the world's youngest detective. After getting a private investigation, a terrible incident happens that puts him in the hospital and Half Moon is the scapegoat for a fire. After getting rescued from the hospital, Half Moon joins up with the Red Sharkey to solve the fire event and an even darker case. Half Moon goes undercover as a Sharkey to try and solve this mystery. (The Sharkeys are the towns most notorious crime family.) After some investigating, Half Moon figures out that this group of girls was trying to get disruptive boys kicked out of school so that they could get a better education. After getting things fixed up with this group, the duo figures out that they had nothing to do with the fire. Half Moon does more investigating and finds out that the fire had to do with the talent show coming up. It turns out that the year before this girl came in last place. Her father was secretly getting other contestants kicked out of the talent show so she could win. Half Moon solves the case and his record is wiped clear of the fire.

I thought that this book was extremely interesting. I liked how the author made the storyline turn out. What I didn't like is how he added so much drama to the story that it became extremely unrealistic. Fletcher is only twelve. Other than that I liked the book. ( )
  DanielaS.B1 | Sep 4, 2013 |

I was planning to get round at last to reading the author's Artemis Fowl and somehow ended up with this book in my hands instead. 12-year-old Fletcher Moon, nicknamed "Half" because he's small, is obsessed with the notion of being a detective. There's a crime wave hitting his school, and he's commissioned by one of the "pink girls" to solve the mystery of a stolen lock of a pop star's hair, bought from eBay and now purloined. Following clues, he discovers this theft is part of a much larger and far more alarming picture; to solve the case he has to ally himself with Rod Sharkey, the unrecognized honest member of the local petty-crime lords.

The first score or so of pages of this book are electric, Colfer catches the Chandleresque tone very nicely indeed as he introduces Moon and the situation. But then he strips back the style to something more serviceable, clearly feeling the hardboiled voice would get in the way of the storytelling. I'm not sure he made the right decision. Even though the tale rattles along very nicely and I was never bored, it was those half-dozen instances later on where the PI verbal whipcracks re-emerged for a page or two that I really sat up and enjoyed myself. Colfer must be given full credit for making this a real mystery that it's important be solved, despite its being set largely among schoolchildren.

All in all, I found this plenty of fun but a bit lighter weight than it needed to have been. ( )
  JohnGrant1 | Aug 11, 2013 |
I quite enjoyed this detective novel set in the world of twelve year olds. Mr. Colfer blends the world weary attitude of a hard-boiled private investigator and the school room world of pre-teens to create a funny and entertaining novel. ( )
  tjsjohanna | May 15, 2013 |
The book was cute. I'd give it 3.5 stars. I don't know that it was as good as the other books--it wasn't as engaging. It didn't have the happy-go-lucky ending I'm fond of, but it did end on a positive note. Overall pretty good. ( )
  saraferrell | Apr 3, 2013 |
Middle-school detective Fletcher Moon finds himself in the middle of a crime wave and in order to investigate, needs to team up with the town's biggest family of criminals.

Colfer departs from his usual fantasy genre to foray into mystery, and though his fast-paced style made the genre leap, the novelty of plot and storyline did not. Half-Moon Agencies seemed to be an homage to film noir detectives like Sam Spade, and, as a consequence, the tone does not match the intended audience. The strength of the novel is its cast of memorable and amusing characters-- the crime family, the club of boy-hating girls, the principal perplexingly obsessed with good and bad, and, of course, little Half-Moon himself.

The characters are not enough to save the otherwise ho-hum story. Only recommended for libraries interested in growing their mystery collection. ( )
  ejmeloche | Oct 7, 2012 |
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To Liam and John: The Thursday-Night Think Tank
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My name is Moon. Fletcher Moon.
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It all went wrong the day I decided to break Bob Bernstein's first rule of investigation: "Be invisible. Put the pieces of the puzzle together, but never become one of those pieces yourself."
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Fletcher Moon, often called Half Moon because he is short, is a qualified detective. He is only twelve, but he is fulfilled with the mind of cases he will take. To get on with his dream, he solves cases from school like Sherlock Holmes did. Now, he faces a case with Devereux family and Sharkey family. He is Sharkeys for 24 hours, and prove who is guilty. Can he find the guilty family, or is he?
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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. He even has a silver-plated detective’s badge to prove it. Everything is going along fine until two things happen: a classmate hires him to solve a crime, and his prized badge is stolen. All signs point to the town’s most notorious crime family, the Sharkeys.

As Fletcher follows the clues, evidence of a conspiracy begins to emerge. But before he can crack the case, Fletcher finds himself framed for a serious crime. To clear his name, he will have to pair up with the unlikeliest of allies and go on the run from the authorities. Fletcher has twelve hours to find the guilty party--or he is the guilty party.

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Twelve-year-old private investigator Fletcher Moon, nicknamed "Half Moon" because of his shortness, must track down a conspiracy or be framed for a crime he did not commit.

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