Half Moon InvestigationsTitle: Half Moon Investigations
Author: Eoin Colfer
Narrator: Sean Patrick Reilly
ISBN: 9780739335284
Discs: 6 CDs/ ca. 7 hr., 17 min.
Produced: Listening Library, c2006

“My name is Moon. Fletcher Moon. And I’m a private detective. In my twelve years on this spinning ball we call Earth, I’ve seen a lot of things normal people never see. I’ve seen lunch boxes stripped of everything except fruit. I’ve seen counterfeit homework networks that operated in five counties, and I’ve seen truckloads of candy taken from babies.
I though I’d seen it all. … Or so I believed. I was wrong. Very wrong.” (1)

Twelve-year-old Fletcher Moon, called “Half Moon” by just about everyone because he’s so short, is trying to make it in the detective business. But when most of your clients pay in candy, it’s hard to be taken seriously, especially when you’re the youngest Internet certified detective in the world. That is, until April Devereux hires him to find a lock of celebrity hair that was stolen from her playhouse. While working on the case, Half Moon (I mean, Fletcher) gets attacked, and then accused of being an arsonist. One thing leads to another, and he finds himself teaming up with Red Sharkey, one of the Sharkeys, a family whose police record is over three hundred pages long. They have twenty-four hours to clear both their names, and the culprit is the last person you expect. The author of the Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer’s Half Moon Investigations combines Dick Tracey films with with a kid sized sense of humor and mystery in this laughable tale of one kid’s attempt to make a name for himself, before the law does.

Sean Patrick Reilly’s voice is perfect for this audiobook, gravelly and low, although he did loose the accent in one scene. The characters are pretty predictable, with Red being more multi-faceted than it first appears, and the girls ultra obsessed with pink. While girls might take offense, it’s all in the name of fun, and everyone will find themselves laughing eventually at the stereotypes. His over the top humor takes some time to understand and appreciate. The ending is a little vague, and Colfer tries too hard to adhere to the Dick Tracy film-genre, but overall it wraps things up nicely and still leaves things open for a sequel.