Saturday 24 February 2007

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde

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Jasper Fforde does it again with this dazzling new series

It’s Easter in Reading—a bad time for eggs—and no one can remember the last sunny day. Ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, minor baronet, ex-convict, and former millionaire philanthropist, is found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. All the evidence points to his ex-wife, who has conveniently shot herself.

But Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and his assistant Mary Mary remain unconvinced, a sentiment not shared with their superiors at the Reading Police Department, who are still smarting over their failure to convict the Three Pigs of murdering Mr. Wolff. Before long Jack and Mary find themselves grappling with a sinister plot involving cross-border money laundering, bullion smuggling, problems with beanstalks, titans seeking asylum, and the cut and thrust world of international chiropody.

And on top of all that, the JellyMan is coming to town . . .

This book is one of my favourites, easily. I loved reading Lost In A Good Book by this author and had bought this with the hope that it would be as much fun to read and it didn't disappoint.

The reader gets to tag along as Detective Inspector Jack Spratt heads up the NCD (Nursery Crime Division) and tries to solve the crime that begins when Humpty Dumpty is found shattered at the base of a wall.

I challenge anyone to read this and not get drawn into repeating childhood nursery rhymes about each character as you recognise them! I loved the humour and found myself laughing out loud so many times and it didn't hurt that so many things in the book reminded me of growing up in England.

Great book and I will definitely be reading it again and looking out for more by this brilliantly funny author.

You can read an excerpt of this book

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