The Big Over Easy: Nursery Crime Adventures 1 - Nursery Crime (Paperback)
  • The Big Over Easy: Nursery Crime Adventures 1 - Nursery Crime (Paperback)
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The Big Over Easy: Nursery Crime Adventures 1 - Nursery Crime (Paperback)

The Big Over Easy: Nursery Crime Adventures 1 - Nursery Crime (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 19/06/2006
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It's Easter in Reading - a bad time for eggs - and no one can remember the last sunny day. Humpty Dumpty, well-known nursery favourite, large egg, ex-convict and former millionaire philanthropist is found shattered beneath a wall in a shabby area of town.

Following the pathologist's careful reconstruction of Humpty's shell, Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and his Sergeant Mary Mary are soon grappling with a sinister plot involving cross-border money laundering, the illegal Bearnaise sauce market, corporate politics and the cut and thrust world of international Chiropody.

As Jack and Mary stumble around the streets of Reading in Jack's Lime Green Austin Allegro, the clues pile up, but Jack has his own problems to deal with.

And on top of everything else, the Jellyman is coming to town...

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9780340897102
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 298 g
Dimensions: 198 x 135 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Consistently clever * Publishers Weekly *
I love it. THE BIG OVER EASY is great not just because it's very funny...but also because it works properly as a whodunit...Comic genius. * Observer *
A riot of puns, in-jokes and literary allusions that Fforde carries off with aplomb * Daily Mail *
A riot of puns, in-jokes and literary allusions that Fforde carries off with aplomb * Daily Mail *
Now humour is notoriously subjective so what I've just described might just sound plain daft to you. But I love it. THE BIG OVER EASY is great not just because it's very funny but also because it works properly as a whodunnit. Comic genius. * Observer,Peter Guttridge *
'More twists and turns than Christie ... embellished with the rich details of a Dickens or Pratchett. A real treat.' * Independent *
'The combination of fantasy and a (more or less) classic murder . . . makes a wild and enjoyable change' * Sunday Telegraph *
Very accomplished indeed. * Guardian *
'Fforde offers a cascade of puns, plays on words, surrealism, satire and verbal virtuosity based on children's rhymes and stories. Astonishingly, he stays funny for 400 pages . . . Even more amazingly, there's a real plot there, a proper mystery with a surprise solution' * The Times *
'This is the first of best-selling Fforde's hilarious, absurd and utterly compelling new series' * Daily Mirror *
'Fforde offers a cascade of puns, plays on words, surrealism, satire and verbal virtuosity...Astonishing, he is funny for 400 pages' * The Times *
'Fforde's books are more than an ingenious idea. They are written with buoyant zest and tautly plotted. They have empathetic heroes and heroines who nearly make terrible mistakes and suitably dastardly villains who do. They also have more twists and turns than Christie, and are embellished with the rich detail of a Dickens or Pratchett . . . A summertime treat' * The Independent *
'The combination of fantasy and a (more or less) classic murder . . . makes a wild and enjoyable change' * Sunday Telegraph *
'A triumphant lampoon of the whodunnit genre . . . Fforde manages to cram in more jokes per page than before, and the relish with which he takes to his subject is infectious' * Herald *
'The first of best-selling Fforde's hilarious, absurd and utterly compelling new series' * Mirror *
'A book that should be more accessible to newcomers . . . Fforde may be an acquired taste, but it's worth acquiring' * SFX *
'Continuing to ransack British fiction, Jasper Fforde here mixes nursery rhymes with golden age detective fiction to produce something very accomplished indeed' * Guardian *
'Fforde is a master entertainer, and a wordsmith of dexterous genius.' * Scotsman *

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“Good but not his best”

While I was reading this book I couldn't help feel that it didn't have the same flare as the thursday next books. That isn't to say it wasn't a good book because it was, there was just something... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 38

“Brilliant!”

The first book in the NCD Series by Jasper Fforde, after reading this book you'll never see nursery rhymes the same way again. And this time Humpty Dumpty has taken a fall...

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 19

“The Big Over Easy”

very funny! a must have read!! although a little confusing to start off with you'll soon get into the swing of it!

Paperback edition
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