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The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime | [Jasper Fforde]

The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

The familiar and utterly transformed characters and world of nursery crime is pure ingenious fun. Just when you thought he'd stretched his astonishing imagination to the limit, Jasper Fforde does it again with this dazzling new series.

©2005 Jasper Fforde. All Rights Reserved; (P)2005 Penguin Audio and BBC Audiobooks America. All Rights Reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Fforde's whimsical fifth novel, his first not to feature literary detective Thursday Next, is consistently witty....The result is unusually clever." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fforde is gaining fans, and even readers who start out groaning may find themselves grinning." (Booklist)

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    Bruce Sabin 08-10-05
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    "Total Whimsy"

    Brilliant. I think Jasper Fforde is the literary equivalent of "Monty Pythons Flying Circus". Long live DI Jack Spratt, Sgt Mary Mary and the other assorted wierdos of the Nursery Crime Division. And narrator Simon Prebble only adds to the foolishness.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Huntsville, TX 10-11-05
    Mary Huntsville, TX 10-11-05 Member Since 2001
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    "I Love Jasper Fforde"

    I was thrilled to find a new Jasper Fforde book on Audible, and can hardly wait for the next Nursery Crime Book. I was surprised to see a remark about no literary illusions in this book! What about little things like Humptey Dumptey's office on Grimm Road? I found the book utterly charming and couldn't put it down. It is different from the Thursday Next series, but just as whimsical.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 05-01-07
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 05-01-07 Member Since 2005

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "Very entertaining"

    Like all of Mr. Fforde's stories, The Big Over Easy is light and witty. I found it very enjoyable to listen to at the gym and in my car. I love this narrator as well. It was a nice break after the 2 true crime books I listened to right before this one. I look forward hearing more from this author.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    M. Stiehm Milwaukee, WI 11-16-05
    M. Stiehm Milwaukee, WI 11-16-05 Member Since 2003
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    "UNIQUELY ENTERTAINING"

    I thought this was a delightful listen all the way through. I realize that it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but if you have a taste for the absurd you should try it. Tuesday Next is one of my favorite series and the Nursery Crimes are just as fun. I eagerly await "The Fourth Bear" which will come out next summer. The narrator was perfect.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J. Carpenter Fremont, CA USA 05-24-07
    J. Carpenter Fremont, CA USA 05-24-07

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    "Great book, and Excellent Narrator"

    Simon Prebble is a fabulous voice talent. His voices add depth and interest to an already fun book. I found this book to be as much fun as the 1st book in the Thursday Next series was.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Donna M Kuklinski 05-26-07 Member Since 2005
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    "One of my Favorites"

    I can listen to this story over and over. A who-dun-it with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.

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    Jenn Smithville, GA, United States 02-13-07
    Jenn Smithville, GA, United States 02-13-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Fun"

    I love everything Jasper Fforde has written. He has a wonderful sense of humor and an amazing writing ability. There are lots of unexpected and entertaining twists. I highly recommend all of his books!

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    Michelle Loveland, CO, USA 11-13-05
    Michelle Loveland, CO, USA 11-13-05
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    "clever, as always"

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favorite modern authors. As always, he is clever and witty, and his characters are likable. As in his other series focusing on Literary detectives, he uses very clever puns and lots of literary allusions, so that you might miss a lot of humor if you don't know the stories.I did enjoy the Swindon/Eyre Affair books more, but I think the Nursery Crime stories will please Fforde's fan, and you don't need to know "literature" as much as remember nursery rhymes from your childhood.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda SIMI VALLEY, CA, United States 09-21-05
    Linda SIMI VALLEY, CA, United States 09-21-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Disappointing"

    I am a big fan of Jasper Fforde and have read all the books in his Thursday Next series. I was thrilled to have another book by this author to read, but gave up halfway through. The plot was boring and the wonderful, quirky allusions to fictional characters that populated the other books was lacking here. It seemed to me that he was writing down to his readers in this one. I would happily recommend his other books but not this one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ellis MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 05-06-12
    Ellis MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Ffun!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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