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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 Jelly Man is coming to town...

Review:

"Fforde's whimsical fifth novel, his first not to feature literary detective Thursday Next, is consistently witty, but its conceit — putting a criminal spin on nursery rhymes — wears a bit thin. Det. Jack Spratt, the dedicated but underappreciated investigator in the Reading, England, Nursery Crimes Division, is depressed because the court finds the three little pigs 'not guilty of all charges relating to the first-degree murder of Mr. Wolff.' Working with an ambitious young detective, Mary Mary ('Quite Contrary'), Spratt later takes on the case of 'fall guy' Humpty Dumpty. Fforde crafts a police procedural out of this bizarre alternative universe that prizes, as The Eyre Affair does, literacy (detectives, for example, garner recognition less for solving crimes than by writing articles about cases for the likes of Amazing Crime Stories or Sleuth Illustrated). While it can be charming to encounter Mrs. Hubbard or Tom Thomm or to hear Spratt bemoan 'illegal straw-into-gold dens' in this unusual context, the novel's broad satire overshadows elements like plot, conflict and characterization. The result is unusually clever but not compelling in the least. Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The British have a rich tradition of nonsense and whimsy, and Fforde is a worthy standard-bearer." Booklist

Review:

"Like the Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket books, this one is abundantly playful without being truly geared to children." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"Full of allusions and puns on detective fiction and nursery rhymes, Fforde's fifth novel and first in a new series is good fun for all fiction collections. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"While the effect is at first hilarious and ingenious,eventually the charm wears off. Shallow and snarky, though the concept is clever." Kirkus Review

Synopsis:

When D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, is found shattered to death, 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.

Synopsis:

Jasper Fforde's bestselling Thursday Next series has delighted readers of every genre with its literary derring-do and brilliant flights of fancy. In The Big Over Easy, Fforde takes a break from classic literature and tumbles into the seedy underbelly of nursery crime. Meet Inspector Jack Spratt, family man and head of the Nursery Crime Division. He's investigating the murder of ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Dumpty, found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. Yes, the big egg is down, and all those brittle pieces sitting in the morgue point to foul play.

Read Jasper Fforde's posts in the Penguin Blog

About the Author

Jasper Fforde is the author of the bestselling Thursday Next series. The Big Over Easy is the first in his new Nursery Crime series.

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Spy-C, March 22, 2010 (view all comments by Spy-C)
Murder mystery fans (and children's literature fans of all ages), this book is too much fun! It makes hilarious references even if you are more of a well-heeled public television viewer than a reader of British-style crime dramas. Read this. You'll never think of Jack Spratt (or Columbo) the same way.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670034239
Subtitle:
A Nursery Crime
Author:
Fforde, Jasper
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Nursery rhymes
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Nursery Crimes
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20060725
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations on pages ii, iv, and 3
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.48x5.84x1.32 in. 1.12 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fforde's whimsical fifth novel, his first not to feature literary detective Thursday Next, is consistently witty, but its conceit — putting a criminal spin on nursery rhymes — wears a bit thin. Det. Jack Spratt, the dedicated but underappreciated investigator in the Reading, England, Nursery Crimes Division, is depressed because the court finds the three little pigs 'not guilty of all charges relating to the first-degree murder of Mr. Wolff.' Working with an ambitious young detective, Mary Mary ('Quite Contrary'), Spratt later takes on the case of 'fall guy' Humpty Dumpty. Fforde crafts a police procedural out of this bizarre alternative universe that prizes, as The Eyre Affair does, literacy (detectives, for example, garner recognition less for solving crimes than by writing articles about cases for the likes of Amazing Crime Stories or Sleuth Illustrated). While it can be charming to encounter Mrs. Hubbard or Tom Thomm or to hear Spratt bemoan 'illegal straw-into-gold dens' in this unusual context, the novel's broad satire overshadows elements like plot, conflict and characterization. The result is unusually clever but not compelling in the least. Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "The British have a rich tradition of nonsense and whimsy, and Fforde is a worthy standard-bearer."
"Review" by , "Like the Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket books, this one is abundantly playful without being truly geared to children."
"Review" by , "Full of allusions and puns on detective fiction and nursery rhymes, Fforde's fifth novel and first in a new series is good fun for all fiction collections. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "While the effect is at first hilarious and ingenious,eventually the charm wears off. Shallow and snarky, though the concept is clever."
"Synopsis" by , When D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, is found shattered to death, 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.
"Synopsis" by ,

Jasper Fforde's bestselling Thursday Next series has delighted readers of every genre with its literary derring-do and brilliant flights of fancy. In The Big Over Easy, Fforde takes a break from classic literature and tumbles into the seedy underbelly of nursery crime. Meet Inspector Jack Spratt, family man and head of the Nursery Crime Division. He's investigating the murder of ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Dumpty, found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. Yes, the big egg is down, and all those brittle pieces sitting in the morgue point to foul play.

Read Jasper Fforde's posts in the Penguin Blog

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