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The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime

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When D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, is found shattered to death, all the evidence points to his ex-wife, who has ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Wambalooney

Hilarious Fun

by Wambalooney on Nov 26, 2007

The Big Over Easy was so enjoyable that I became hooked on Jasper Fforde's books. They are funny, witty and unpredictable. DCI Jack Spratt is an unassuming, clever underdog and his adventures are complex and interesting. The other characters in this book are really engaging, from Ashley the blue alien who came to earth for our sitcoms and bureaucracy to Mary Mary, Jack's detective sargeant. Prometheus and Pandora, Jack's daughter, provide a chucklesome thread of narrative also. Baker the hypochondriac is well-drawn and good for many laughs. When you think about it, how could a Nursery Crime series not be irresistable? Persons of Dubious Reality (PDRs) abound; Jack himself is such a person. He cuts the fat off of bacon, for heavens sake!!!

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TripleS

What you never knew!

by TripleS on Oct 8, 2007

I was surprised to see that no one had yet posted a review for this delightful romp through the seedy underbelly of Nursery Rhyme Crime. Fforde has come up w/ original, surreal back story details for many Mother Goose characters, including here, the recently expired Humpty Dumpty. He was, it turns out, a rather "bad egg" with shady financial dealings, a string of lovers and a drinking problem. As Detective Jack Spratt investigates, he finds more and more people with motives to have done Humpty in. I'm a children's librarian, so I especially enjoyed the many references to nursery rhymes. The more familiar you are with those, the more you'll pick up and laugh about throughout this unusual crime novel. Somewhere after the 4th or 5th twist on "who dun it", I ceased caring about that, and just went along for the ride. Unfortunately, the ride comes to a disappointingly bizarre crash of an ending... But I loved it in spite of that!

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