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This review is from: The Greek Who Stole Christmas (Diamond Brothers) (Paperback)This is the most recent in the Diamond Brothers series, and it is a very good book and well worth buying for a male as the slim volume should encourage them that they can read it quickly and then get back to something more "interesting".
As the title suggests, it's Christmas, the "Diamond" detective brothers are flat-broke as usual, and the story title is of course a play on "THe Grinch that Stole Christmas" like the French Confection (Connection), Public Enemy No.2, etc.
The reason this has only 3 stars is that while it's better than most comparable efforts, it is the weakest story structurally of the Diamond Brothers series itself. It lacks the word-play/puns present in the other shorter Diamond Brothers books (e.g., The Blurred Man) and the plot is much weaker - there is a lot of padding. I could be wrong, but I got the impression of something cobbled together as a deus ex machina to get the pair to Australia for "Radius of the Lost Shark" or to pacify readers whilst Horowitz' real focus was on his Alex Rider series.
Certainly this book is a keeper but I recommend picking another title in the series if you want your son/brother/significant male to start reading and enjoying books.