That doesn't bother Fletcher, though. 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 12 hours to find the guilty party, or he is the guilty party.
©2006 Eoin Colfer; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random house Audio Publishing Group
"It's a place many readers will very much enjoy visiting." (Publishers Weekly)
"A typically funny Colfer offering without the mania of the Artemis Fowl series....Kids who enjoy comic mysteries will have a great time with Half Moon." (School Library Journal)
The story was delightful and excellently written from the perspective of a 12 year old. Sean Patrick Reilly was EXCEPTIONAL. I'd listen to him read the dictionary. This isn't Artemis Fowl and shouldn't be compared to him. It's the reality-based adventures of a youth with descriptive, beautiful passages about the people and places around him as well as the events that unfold.
The author knows the heart of kids. His style is exquisite. The plot turns interesting. The blind and intelligent stumbling investigation is true to life unlike most detective stories.
When Red and Half Moon fall off the balcony.
I am a fan of the Artemis Fowl series which I discovered two years ago. Since then, I read other books by Eoin Colfer, but I have aways been slightly disapointed. With Half-Moon investigation, I found again the pleasure to discover a well presented plot, to appreciate the great sense of humour of the author, and to follow the adventures of a very attaching boy nicknamed Half-Moon, who gets hired by class mates to investigate thefts.
The book is very clearly read, which is very important for me, as I am not an English native speaker. The reader manages to make clear differences between the characters, and to convey the magic of Eoin Colfer in full. A great performance.
I really hope Mr Colfer will write other Half-Moon stories.
"Half Moon Investigations" is SO much more enjoyable than "Artemis Fowl." It's a story of a short Irish schoolboy who wants nothing more than to be a private detective, and of the unlikely alliances he forms to solve his case. Laugh-out-loud funny.
Our family enjoyed this audio book a lot. As a family we would drive around listening to it and would even find excuses to go driving. My sons ages 9 and 7 wanted to know if there were any more Half-Moon series. The story was funny and it kept us guessing.
International Woman of Mystery
MY ONLY COMPLAINT IS THAT IT HAS NO SEQUEL. AMAZINGLY FUNNY WITH A GREAT TWIST. 1000000000000000000000000000000/10
The title says it all. Colfer's writing is lovely for a smooth read and gives a great insight to his interests and studies. He may use a few cliches at times, but he livens them and makes the motifs his pets, a good thread spinner.
The speaker was varied enough, but he could have been stronger. The characters bled a little because of his strong accent. His Elvis made me laugh though - quite quite unexpected and totally spot on. :)
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