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That’s it for the lesson.

We've looked at how The Falcon's Malteser takes the tropes of detective stories and exaggerates them to create humour. We'll be seeing a lot of this in the other lessons in this series.

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Imagine you’re a hardboiled detective. Look around your current surroundings. How could you dramatically describe your situation to match the detective story style? 

The Falcon’s Malteser paints a pretty good picture of the detective’s surroundings right from the start, but it’s not a straight description - the author uses the narrator’s hard luck situation and adds environmental details. Choose other stories you like. How does each author describe the environment? Is it the same technique as The Falcon’s Malteser? Do they write a paragraph describing the surroundings? Do they use character interacting with their world and it’s described that way?

The Falocn's Malteser

The Falcon’s Malteser by Anthony Horowitz is the first of 8 novels in The Diamond Brothers series, which tells the adventures of the world’s worst private detective. 

Set in London, it features Nick Simple and his older brother Herbert (who works under the name ‘Tim Diamond’ because he thought it sounded better). As this group of lessons covers, they’re approached by Johnny Naples who employs them to look after a box of chocolates. It contains all the staples of a good detective story - mystery, intrigue, arrests, nightclub singers, shady figures, kidnappings and diamonds.  

The story has also been adapted into a stage play and a film called Diamond’s Edge or Just Ask for Diamond, depending on where you live.

This is a promo that was created for New Old Friends for their stage production of the story.

And this is a section of the film that matches the passages we're looking at in these lessons!

See you next time when we introduce the client. What will happen next?