Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Half-Moon Investigations (review)

4/5 stars

Half Moon Investigations (Goodreads | Amazon) is everything I'd expect from an Eoin Colfer middle-grade book.  It's witty, fun, clever and a great adventure. Fletcher Moon is the youngest certified detective in the world, after taking an online class to follow his dream of solving crime. Around the schoolyard he's the go-to guy if you're missing a notebook or MP3 player but aside from a friendly detective, none of the adult's take Fletchers detective work seriously.
“When you've come face-to-face with the dark side of the school yard, life doesn't hold many surprises.”
When what seems like a simple investigation, some girls from his class hire him to find a missing lock of a pop star hair, leads Fletcher down a rabbit hole of small seemingly petty crimes that add up to something larger.  The investigation leads him into the town's biggest crime family, the Sharkey's where he finds a surprising ally in Red Sharkey.

This book is full of mishaps and the mystery itself is absolutely hilarious at times.  But the book isn't all silly, it hits the right notes emotionally especially where Red is concerned.  For a book that made me laugh (A LOT), it also tugged on my heartstrings in that storyline. Really this book does it all and does it well.

This is an audiobook that I think the whole family will enjoy.  Adults will love the humor (child appropriate but I think adults will appreciate the irony more) and kids will love the adventure.  The narration is spot on, just a slight accent to add atmosphere, and captures the too-smart-for-his-own-good Fletcher Moon perfectly.

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