Half Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer

Half Moon InvestigationsDon’t let Fletcher Moon’s small stature fool you: he is a serious private eye with a badge and a certificate from an online private detective academy all the way in the US to prove it. So what if he is only 12 years old? The other kids at St. Jerome’s Elementary School and Middle School know that Fletcher, aka Half Moon, despite his quirks and nerdiness, is the ‘go-to’ guy when something goes missing. Soon, one of the popular girls, April, hires Half Moon to find a lock of a missing pop star’s hair that she says was stolen by one of the Sharkey kids—the naughtiest, nastiest kids at school and maybe in all of Ireland. Seems like an open and shut case, right? Fletcher figures it’s an easy way to make a buck off April’s rich family and when Half Moon’s badge goes missing, too, he adds that to the list of grievances against the Sharkeys.

But things aren’t what they seem. First, there are those enormous footprints found at the scene of the crime, then Half Moon is attacked and then April’s playhouse burns down—and Fletcher himself is the main suspect. To solve this series of crimes, Fletcher must go on the run and soon finds himself in cahoots with the unlikeliest of allies—the Sharkeys! Through his time spent with the criminal element of town, young Fletcher learns that the good people aren’t always good and the bad guys can be heroes, too!

Half Moon Investigations is filled with lots of private-eye talk and goofy dialogue reminiscent of classic detective movies that usually start with “I was sitting in my office when in walked a dame with a problem.” Colfer seems to have great fun with the book and though I am not a fan of the Artemis Fowl series, I couldn’t put down Fletcher’s case until it was closed.

Posted by: Cindy


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    Pam said,

    Eoin Colfer’s writing is fun to read, and his characters are not flat. There are usually opportunities for the reader to ponder the choices his characters make, which adds a dimension to the books, in my opinion.

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