Jasper Fforde is a complete original, and so are his stories. This is the first story in his Nursery Crime series featuring Detective Jack Spratt aka The Giant Killer and his partner Mary Mary (from a long line of Mary Marys, for some reason people ask plant advice of her). This is a witty take on nursery story characters that are all grown up.
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.
I loved this book. Jasper Fforde is masterful with his use of nursery rhymes. He has created a whole new world inhabited entirely by people inspired by those rhymes.
I've been transported to a wonderful place in my childhood, in which Jack Spratt and Mary Mary (I learned her poem as Mistress Mary) hunt for Humpty Dumpty's murderer and the other murders that happen, plus deal with "fellow " officers who are trying to steal the case.
I can't wait for the next book!
I'm not sure if this is adult or YA. I do know, however, that this adult *really * enjoyed it. If you or your young teen read this, you need to know the older nursery rhymes to understand and enjoy. For example, do you know why Tom Tom is the son of a Philharmonic flautist?
There is some mild language,
I've enjoyed all the Jasper Fforde novels on literary crime but this one was the most enjoyable so far. Very well developed characters, a good list of potential killers and terrific detective work--all in the context of the silly nursery crimes division. Excellent voice acting, too!
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.