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South by South East (Diamond Brothers #3)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  2,165 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Tim Diamond, the world's worst private detective, is broke - as his much smarter younger brother Nick is quick to remind him. So, when a mysterious stranger offers Tim a wad of money for his overcoat, it seems like a stroke of good luck. But there are worse things in life than being broke.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 5th 2007 by Walker, (first published 1991)
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Jemima Pett
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anthony Horowitz is a very popular kids author in the UK, and I saw a stack of his books in our library when I picked up The Boundless. I picked up this one, largely because of the plaintive message from one of the characters at the front of the book “This is the third book in the Diamond Brothers series and if you enjoyed the other two, then you need help.”

Tim Diamond is an adult, but very inept, ex-policeman turned private investigator (in London). Nick Diamond is his kid brother, and the one
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was really interesting and it was quite tense,i would highly recommend this.
Awa Lowe
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I just finished reading the book South By Southeast. I really liked the book. One reason I liked that book because all the mysteries, it was really hard to find out who was causing all the crime, which can be hard sometimes. For instance on pg.79 the Diamond brothers found agent 86 (Rushmore) got killed by Charon on their to the Winter house to find Charon, Rushmore was their only hope of Charon before Charon hurts anyone else. On pg. 140 Nick found out Charlotte (Tim's date) is Charon. She tri
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-shelf
In the book, South by Southeast by Anthony Horowitz, a 13 year old boy named nick teams up with his brother to uncover the secrets behind a murder that was committed right outside of their apartment! They soon become involved in a world full of assassins, secret spy agencies, and lots of action. The meaning of this book is that through tough times you must always keep strong. The characters in this book where very well written. You will feel the suspense and action they go through. This is a ver ...more
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wondered what someone's last words to you are during a loud noise? The genre of my book is mystery. My overall opinion of this book was that it was really good.

The time period in the story is in England but it was written in the 90’s. It’s relevance to the story is that it is easier for the antagonist to find the protagonist. Someone had barged into the detective’s room, he was an agent, who was holding a gun and paid for a disguise. The agent never told them he was an agent unti
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tim and Nick, two brothers from their own detective agency have gone through many mysteries and cases together. In this book Nick now leads the story while their business starts to go down the drain and their pockets getting thinner by days, they stumble upon a package and soon witnessed a murder leading them on a wild chase out of the country to protect their identity and to find a mingle with a world class murderer.
Adrian Carley
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My opinion of the story South by Southeast by Anthony Horowitz was that it was a very excellent novel and would suggest it to anyone who wanted a good funny mystery. The story tells about two brothers named Nick and Tim Diamond. Tim is the worst detective in the world and is not the brightest. His younger brother Nick is the brains of all of the mysteries and in this particular story, a mass murderer named Charon wants to kill a Russian named Boris Kusenov. Afterwards, M16, a secret agency has h ...more
Veronica Michelle F
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
South by south east is another spectacular work of Anthony Horowitz. I must admit that I am beginning to enjoy the Diamond Brothers series more than any of Horowitz's works. He has kneaded together a dramatic, extravagant plot iced with a coat of a sly, dangerous feel. And not to mention, the book is topped with an enormous amount of humor. I honestly could not stop laughing.

I also enjoyed the characters, and the fact that the author used a minimal amount of them. Tim Diamond is partly my most f
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gail Allaway
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by acclaimed children’s author Anthony Horowitz, this is one in a series of adventures about two detective brothers, Tim Diamond (roughly 28), a truly terrible and dull-witted detective, and his younger, much cleverer, brother Nick (14). The story is narrated by Nick and starts with a secret agent being shot at the brothers’ offices, followed by his subsequent murder in a telephone box outside that then promptly disappears … along with his body! The reader is quickly swept along in a ser ...more
Joshua Stevenson
I found the book South by Southeast very cool. The book was very funny and had some adventures. The book South by Southeast is my favorite book compared to my other good reads books. I would recommend this book to boys and girls. And for ages 13 up.In the book Nick and Tim are at home and a stranger knocks on the door. The stranger comes in starts talking about a person named Charon. He gives Tim $50 for his jacket and leaves. A key was in the jacket so Nick and Tim searches for the stranger to ...more
Glenda Yaksich
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Tim, owner of the Tim Diamond Detective Agency, has a quick-witted answer for every situation, while his younger brother, Nick, is the brains of the duo. With no money, no food and no clients, they are desperate for a case. A knock on the door opens a week of international espionage, and double dealing. Every time they are close to identifying the murderous Charon, they are shot, stabbed, drugged, put in jail, pushed off a train or almost blown up. Through it all, they never loose their sense of ...more
Moussa Niang
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1) I enjoyed the book South by Southeast because the author makes the ending suspenseful. For example in the end the Killer is Charrote Tim's love girl. She tries to kill him and she doesn't get away with it. It was a surprize to me when Tim's best friends betrays him and tries to kill him. The construct was very sophisticated because you would have never suspected that his best friend was trying to kill him.

2) You would like this book if you like a good mystery and suspense because they all thi
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book a regular kid named Nicholas Diamond was forced to leave his hometown to go to Australia with his parents. But Nick wanted to sneak out of the plane so when he does sneak out, he is told that he has to stay with his brother (Tim). So when a detective shows up at their door they are wanted, so their only hope to get released was to save a Russian leader who is trying to be killed by a person named Charon. After a few seconds charon is on the floor saying his final words, "suff bee su ...more
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main characters in South By Southeast are Tim and Nick Diamond, young detectives working on their own. The adventure they take involves brains and courage. It begins when a spy comes through the front door of their home who is being shot at. The evil Charon and his henchmen are trying to kill a Russian diplomat and they also start tricking the brothers so they can not trust people easily. It is hard for them to find people who want to help them save the diplomat's life. I found this book to ...more
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the books written by Anthony Horowitz. The Diamond Brothers series, to which this book belongs, is very amusing with double-plays on words. However, this was not one of my favorites. It was good but rather predictable. I noticed that kids liked it better than adults. Well, that's okay because it is a book for kids.

In this book Nick and his naive older brother Tim get involved in a plot to kill a foreign diplomat. They are always broke so it's amusing how they make their way to Amsterdam
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious & Cheesy. Almost a spoof on the old B&W Detective Movies. I kept picturing Nick, the main character, as an older guy narrating the story - but he's thirteen.

Fast paced a little repetitive in the writing, predictable at times, and too much "convenience" for my tastes (like where the two brothers are able to get out of a tricky situation because something conveniently happens at just the right time). But this review is from someone well above the target age range (book is labele
David Sof 2014
This is the 3rd book of the Diamond brother series. Nick and Tim are broke. Tim is the worse private detective, and with Nick's brainy mind they can solve crimes for money. A guy comes into their room and hands them a wad of cash to do a very special case. Will Tim and Nick succeed? Or is this one case they can't solve.

I cannot connect to this book

I gave this star 5 stars because i enjoy comedy and mysteries. Mysteries make you want to be in it. Page by page you read your solving the case also.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, along with the other books in his series. The only complaint I have with them is that Horowitz makes the books super short. The mystery starts, then it ends. It almost seems that he is in a hurry to get it over with. There weren't really any challenges along the way besides figuring out and finding the clues. I think Anthony Horowitz is a great writer, but great writer or not, writing still takes effort. This was one of the easier mystery to solve out of the series, so dependi ...more
Mathew White
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Diamond Brothers Mystery for Justin and I to read together, and we and a fantastic time. Having read the Alex Rider series first, I didn't realize what an amazing sense of humor Anthony Horowitz has. We laughed so much with the antics of Tim, Nick's completely clueless brother. The two 13-year-old detectives stumble their way through a murder mystery. Highly recommended to anyone with a good sense of humor!
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the amusing appearance of an unbeloved crew from Alex Rider, this book feels like a rehash of Public Enemy Number Two. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, but there's nothing right that comes with it either. It just has all the good and bad of the previous one. There's still creative situations and a solid plotline. And I do like the clever writing, but it's still a bit weaker than it could be.
Mac Cusanelli
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the worst book in the world. it is about Tim, the world’s worst private detective, and Nick, his brainy kid brother that have to go on a "scary" adventure to find out who the killer is. and at the end the killer is a girl and nick pushes her into the water and she gets electrocuted and dies... the end.
I remember this as being hilarious, but I suspect it is actually quite lame. Also it is apparently a parody of a Hitchcock film. I must look into that.

Also, I was a true Anthony Horowitz fan. The joys of Grinny, Groosham Grange, and many other wonderful books were mine long before everyone else jumped on the Alex Rider bandwagon.
Danny Delacruz
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
truly original in my consumption of literature so far and it was enjoyable as it was recommended to you by me. my favorite part I couldn't even look at the page without LOL and continuing

"but Tim . . . can you skate?"

"can I skate? He grinned at me. "CAN I skate!"

Tim couldn't skate.

Lmao oh man its funnier in context but even typing this I laughed. good book
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my fave book out of all of them. I loved the opening from Tim. The Corn-field chapter was so funny but so was the whole book! I really do recommend this book if you're in need of a really funny read!
Dec 14, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was funny, but not so well written. As a parody it was a little unfocused and jumped all over the place, yanking the readers out of their laughter too abruptly. The timing was off, and the plot wasn't there.
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personally I really like this book,
It was a great easy read for when you are still developing your taste in books!
A lot of fun to read and had a good amount of mystery to it not to mention some thrill at that age!
If you are looking for a fun easy read this is a great book!
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Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper as "The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century." (New York Times). Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recent ...more
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