I really like Jaspers books and this is no exception. Nursery characters come to life in this not for kids book about the murder of an egg.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
OK, so it's not really a spoof. On its own terms, it's a deadly serious police procedural. But Fforde can't avoid the humor inherent in casting this with nursery rhyme characters. Fforde is always entertaining no matter what he's writing and this book is no exception. While not on the same level as his Thursday Next books, once you've run out of those, this is a fine way to spend some time and enjoy his particular story-telling genius.
This is the second time I have listened to this book and still loved it. The narrator is phenomenal. Fforde is a genious writer. I'm going to download The 4th bear next even though I heard it years ago as well. I have run out of any other Jasper Fforde books on Audible...I sure hope a new Nursery Crime book is out soon.
I recommend this book - it was my first Jasper Fforde book and I enjoyed the mystery of who killed Humpty Dumpty and other crimes perpetrated in nursery rhymes and investigated by DI Jack Spratt of the Nursery Crimes Department. The characters are fun and their interactions and adventures are inventive and diverting. The author even managed to instill an element of suspense.
Simon Prebble is one of my favorite narrators and this is one of his best performances.
If you like Monty Python and Mel Brooks I can pretty much guarantee that you'll be entertained.
Jasper Fforde doesn't miss any details in this cleverly conceived and presented detective mystery. The premise is wonderful and presented so smoothly that you forget to spend any time at all considering it silly or contrived. He does not simply leave you enjoying his wit and imagination, however, since he weaves all this into a very good mystery story with plenty of twists and turns. The narration is, of course, classic Simon Prebble and therefore practically perfect.
yes, fun to listen to.
Yes, it kept putting in new twitsts
I love the accent and his great reading.
I grew up in the 70s on a steady diet of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Poirot, Dorothy L. Sayer's Lord Wimsey, Ngiao Marsh's Inspector Allyn and PD James' Dalgliesh. Not only that but a steady diet of both Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock and other popular mystery anthology magazines. Add to that Charlie Chan movies, various Dashiell Hammett movies and a whole host of 70's shows like Columbo and you have a good idea of all of the things that made up my love of mysteries.
Take all of that, toss it in a blender and add Monty Python and Murder By Death, add a healthy portion of intelligence and you get Jasper Fforde's Nursery Crime series. Humor in a world where literary characters exist and literary tropes are lampooned and puffed up and then pricked to deflate provide you with a dense buffet of delicious satire.
Even if you don't have the background to get all of the little in-jokes, you'l still enjoy the riotous romp filled with twists and turns, all the way to the end where you can finally find out who-dun-it!
I've been a Jasper Fforde fan for years, and although this series isn't (yet) as good as his early Tuesday Next stuff, not much in the world is. I like how he treats children's characters in a different and definitely adult way. The "turn of phrase" Fforde is famous for isn't quite as evident, but he's managed to entwine, twist and turn the plots of quite a few children's stories into an engaging and complex "whodunnitandhow". Kudos to Prebble for not chuckling over the absurdities while he's reading them.