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The French Confection: AND Public Enemy Number Two [Paperback]

Anthony Horowitz
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8 July 2002
These two novellas are about the sleuthing Diamond brothers, Nick and Tim.


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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (8 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744595223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744595222
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,403,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Anthony Horowitz is the creator of the phenomenal Alex Rider books and the bestselling Power of Five series. He won the 2006 British Book Awards Red House Children's Book of the Year for Ark Angel and the 2003 Red House Children's Book of the Year Award for Skeleton Key. Anthony, who wrote the script for the Alex Rider movie Stormbreaker, also writes extensively for TV, with credits including Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War. He lives in Clerkenwell, London.

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"* "A first-class children's novelist." The Times Educational Supplement * "Horowitz has become a writer who converts boys to reading." The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Anthony Horowitz is a popular and prolific children's writer, whose books now sell in more than a dozen countries around the world. He has won numerous prizes for his books which include Stormbreaker (shortlisted for the 2000 Children's Book Award) and its sequels, Point Blanc and Skeleton Key, about reluctant teenage MI6 spy, Alex Rider; Groosham Grange and its sequel The Unholy Grail; Granny (shortlisted for the 1994 Children's Book Award); and the Diamond Brothers Trilogy - The Falcon's Malteser (which has been filmed with the title Just Ask for Diamond), followed by South by South East (which was dramatized in six parts on TV) and Public Enemy Number Two - to which three more short novels, The Blurred Man, The French Confection and I Know What You Did Last Wednesday, have been added. Anthony also writes extensively for TV, with credits including the hit series Murder in Mind, as well as Foyle's War; Midsomer Murders; Poirot; and Murder Most Horrid. He lives in north London with his family. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, but ever so sweet 8 April 2005
Format:Paperback
The french confection is another 'diamond brothers' adventure. It is a short, funny and sharp 70 page book that is fast-paced and with a rather straight foward plot.
I think that this is one of the most funny 'diamond brothers' book yet as it combines quick pace, funny jokes and realistic (but hard to believe) moves and tricks to get away from a certain drug selling organization.
This is shorter but funnier than the falcons malteser, and much better than another short 'diamond brothers' adventure, the blurred man, which was interesting to start with, but was too short.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging crime adventure from the crime duo 5 Oct 2006
By Stampy
Format:Paperback
Horowitz is one of my favourite authors mainly because of his ability to write in-depth and construct some marvellous plots into his books and this Diamond Brother adventure further emphasises his brilliance.

Another fast flowing Diamond brother's story follows the brothers to France as they get caught up in a web of trouble.

There are many conventional action scenes encoded along with mysterious happenings which reflect the crime underworld as the brothers use their knowledge to their best advantage to solve a tricky case.

This story maybe not as strong as some other Diamond adventures e.g. Public enemy number two but nevertheless it is very humours and exciting to.

The story is told in the first person through the smarter of the Brother Nick's mind. This is a very good technique as Horowitz guides readers through events in in-depth detail and there are many digs at the French and his brother in this novel. There are also some drug related issues which to me shows that Horowitz is preaching to the child audience to show that they should stay away from drug and the description of what they can do to you is not very nice.

Through the use of questions Horowitz engages the reader into the story and is simply beautifully written.

The use of the dumb brother juxtaposed with the smart brother creates a valuable detective unit as they look to solve yet another problem.

It is designed for children but I believe it can be read by anyone, it is enjoyment in around 80 pages, a simple read for any age.

With fast flowing dialogue, mystery and suspense it is brilliance from Horowitz again and I definitely recommend this book if you like crime, humour and mystery.

8/10
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLANT 9 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
These are two more of the brilliant 'Diamond Brothers' stories and both definately must reads!
With more hilarious parts and even more stupidity from Tim, Public Enemy Number Two is a brilliant book. Nick goes on a school trip and ends up in jail, Tim tries to drive and everything goes horribly wrong (again) and Nick has to sort it out (without blowing up his brother), Snape and Boyle end up in hospital and Tim is more concerned about a vase than his own life!
The French Confection all starts off with a strawberry yoghurt and ends up with a walking eiffel tower and sinking cheese. Tim and Nick win a holiday to France and no sooner have they arrived in the french capital something happens which leads them into a comical adventure and a brilliant story.
Comedy, fun, stupidity is all in these hilarious books, Anthony Horowitz is a brilliant author and everyone would enjoy his books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for nine year olds too. 18 Dec 2008
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
The French Confection is a very good book. It is about two men called Tim and Nick. Nick is bit dumb which makes the book quite funny. They both go to Paris for two nights but it does not end up like that. They get caught up with drug dealers. The drug dealers try to get something off them that they want. Tim and Nick end up OK in the end, though. I'm nine years old and I found the book so exciting that I couldn't put it down. (My mum was happy because the book didn't have rude language or too much violence.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 5 Feb 2014
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Awesome book, I love the diamond brothers series.some of Horowitz's best series and books . very very very good book!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 31 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book 31 Aug 2013
By sam
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This is one of the best books by Anthony Horowitz and on of the funniest! I would recommend this book to everyone who like action,comedy and mystery
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5.0 out of 5 stars The French confection 16 Jun 2013
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This book is awesome another gr8 book by Anthony Horowitz this book was short but very very good and exciting
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