02 December 2009

The Big Over Easy

By Jasper Fforde
Published by Hodder and Stoughton
First published in Great Britain in 2005

The Nursery Crime Division of the Reading Police Department doesn't have it easy. It has the lowest conviction/investigation ratio of any department:
"Sheep rustling from Miss Bo-Peep - two arrests, no charges. Failure to properly take care of livestock by 'Boy' Blue. One arrest, no charges. Cruelly putting a cat in a well. Johnny Flynn arrested, no charges brought. Kidnapping of Hansel and Gretel with intent to commit cannibalism. One arrest, no charges...".
You get the picture. And now Humperdinck Jehoshaphat Aloysius Stuyvesant van Dumpty has been murdered by a person or persons unknown as he sat upon a wall.

Can Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and Detective Sergeant Mary Mary solve the crime (particularly before DCI Friedland Chymes gets his hands on the case)?

The nursery characters make it fun, but only Jasper Fforde could take this bizarre cast of characters and write a crime novel. Throw in Rapunzel, Wee Willie Winkie, the Three Little Pigs, and Prometheus, and you've got one page-turner of a whodunnit going on.

Fans of Jasper Fforde will love this book. If you haven't read anything by him, this is an excellent novel to start your Fforde addiction.


TreeDiva said...

You might also like The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies Of The Apocalypse by Robert Rankin. When I first hear Fforde was doing Nursery Crimes I feared he was just ripping off Rankin, but aside from fictional and nursery rhyme characters, these two mystery series are surprisingly different---but both are great fun!

Mimi said...

omg! i have a set of 3 Jasper fforde and never got around to reading them , what areal shame. i should dig them up from where it lay poor things..i dumped them somewhere