Author: Eoin Colfer:
Publication: July 5th 2007 by Puffin Books
Genre: Young Adult ~ Mystery
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Cover Rating: 4/5 (it moves!)
Overall Rating: 5/5
Meet Fletcher Moon. Half-pint schoolboy and fully qualified private investigator. Since graduating online, he's solved all sorts of minor mysteries at home and at school. It was only a matter of time before things got serious.
These are strange days in the town of Lock. Something very special belonging to one April Devereux, has gone missing. Fletcher investigates—and the finger of suspicion is soon pointing firmly in the direction of the shady brothers Herod and Red Sharkey...
I just can't dislike books by Eoin Colfer. I really can't. Although Half Moon Investigations wasn't my favorite book ever by him, I still enjoyed it a lot. I actually enjoyed it a whole lot more than I originally thought I would because this book is more in the mystery genre.
Once again Mr. Colfer managed to create very interesting characters. The main character, Fletcher Moon, of course being the most fascinating. But I also liked Red Sharkey a lot. And I also have to say that Colfer has a knack for creating batshit crazy female characters. Just saying - that April girl? There was seriously something wrong with her. She could give Opal Koboi (from Artemis Fowl) a run for her money.
But back to the story now. It was a good story and a great mystery. I found myself wanting to solve it along with Fletcher or as Red calls him, Half Moon. And in the end I must admit that I hadn't been able to guess who was really behind it all so that's more bonus points for this book and author.
Another thing, I feel I must say is that the story read really quickly. I flew through it in no time and it always had my attention. Colfer has a unique way of writing a story and keeping its audience hooked. At least, that's always the case with me.
So if you're looking for an awesome mystery book, look no further - you have got to read Half Moon Investigations. Colfer introduces us to unique characters, unexpected twists and the brilliance of his writing once again. I loved it!
About the Author:
Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in
Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher, historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with gripping Viking stories inspired by history he was learning in school at the time!
After leaving school he got his degree from Dublin university and qualified as a primary school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages. A sequel followed in 1999, followed by some other books (see below). Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.
He says, “I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.