Jasper Fforde does it again with a dazzling new series starring Inspector Jack Spratt, head of the Nursery Crime Division
Jasper Ffordeâ'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. Heâ'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. BACKCOVER: â?A wonderfully readable riot . . . [A] cleverly plotted, magically overstuffed yet amazingly digestible book . . . This summerâ's perfect beach read for eggheads.â?
â?The Wall Street Journal
â?As if the Marx brothers were let loose in the childrenâ's section of a strange bookstore.â?
â?Pythonesque . . . Like the Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket books, this one is abundantly playful without being truly geared for children. Anyone who has ever been read a nursery rhyme . . . can appreciate Mr. Ffordeâ's outlandish joking.â?
â?Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Jack Spratt is the detective in THE BIG OVER EASY, the first in a projected trilogy of books based on nursery rhymes by Jasper Fforde. The case begins when the broken body of Humperdink "Humpty" Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III is found near a wall in a seedy part of town. Did he jump, or was he pushed? Or was his fall accidental? Detective Spratt, who heads the Nursery Crime Division of the Oxford and Berkshire Constabulary, sees the case as a chance to salvage his failing career--and to give new meaning to the term "hard-boiled."
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- July 25, 2006
- July 25, 2006
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