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That’s it for now. Our detective has a job! Perhaps not all of the information about the job, but a job nonetheless. It wouldn't be much of a mystery if there wasn't anything new to discover as the story went on!

It's our little secret.

Without moving from where you are, choose an object within arm’s reach.
Continuing your improvised detective story from previous lessons, this is suddenly a vital part of the job your client is asking you to perform. What could it be? What could your client ask you to do with it? What are the possible dangers or complications? 

Quite often, the job in a detective story is referred to by writers as a ‘McGuffin’ (there's a story behind the name, but we’re not telling it here). A McGuffin is not really important in itself, it’s just the thing that gets the story started and the characters all interacting with each other (which is the important part). In The Falcon’s Malteser, it’s the envelope that Johnny Naples leaves with our detectives. Can you think of another story or a movie that has a McGuffin?

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!


In the next lesson, we get some action. Exciting!