Dr. Quatt appears in front of Jack and tells him that she is the killer, whose aim was to kill the Jellyman all along. He orders everyone to run away and the car explodes. Heading the team is DI Jack Spratt, who has just failed to convict the three little pigs for premeditated crimes against a wolf (it takes a long while to boil a huge cauldron of water…). The proof of suicide also comes from a witnessing employee who saw her jump in, and no one pushed her. One other thing in the Thursday Next series was that the characters go into and out of the various books so it's more of an adventure than I felt this one was. I read this story out loud to my children. Someone else described it as a "beach read for nerds" -- which sounds just about right to me. The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime Audible Audiobook – Unabridged Jasper Fforde (Author), Simon Prebble (Narrator), Penguin Audio (Publisher) & 0 more 4.6 out of 5 stars 335 ratings There's a sense of contagious literary joy about Jasper Fforde's works, a gleeful irreverence that is not disdain, a mocking that still allows for enjoyment. As with, “The Eyre Affair,” this is a slightly twisted version of reality – so, in this world, the police are lauded not for their ability to solve crimes, but to publish them in crime magazines. Ever since her father had bought her a subscription to Amazing Crime Stories when she was nine, she'd been hooked. But I was the youngest officer at Basingstoke to make detective sergeant and have two commendations for brav-", "The thing is," interrupted Briggs, "is that the Oxford & Berkshire Police prides itself on producing some of the most readable detectives in the country." The few police officers stationed outside the house are alerted, and one by one, a strange creature kills them all. Gretel says that when Tom was shot in the waist, he fell on the floor, where the two other shots hit his head. ", "Even the bit about the bears escaping into the Oracle Center and eating a balloon seller?". Jack sighed and gazed down. Fforde began his career in the film industry, and for nineteen years held a variety of posts on such movies as Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro and Entrapment. ", "I said it was mostly good police work. Humpty had been investing in their failing businesses in hope of a breakthrough, which never came. Having really enjoyed, “The Eyre Affair,” I was looking forward to reading this, the first in the ‘Nursery Crimes’ series. Also, as the story unfolded, the revelations around ‘whodunit’ grew to such large proportions that the story stopped threading together. The man is identified as Tom Thomm, son of a local flautist. Guttridge concluded his review saying simply, "Comic genius". It is set in an alternate reality similar to that of his previous books: The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots and Something Rotten. How often do you water these things? Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2018. It wasn't that Reading had any more murders than Basingstoke-it just had better ones. Unable to add item to List. Just about every half-remembered nursery-rhyme character makes an appearance: The Three Little Pigs, Rumplestilkin, clues such as an auburn, 28-foot long human hair -- along with more about podiatry than you really want to know. Secretly harbouring a desire to tell his own stories rather than help other people tell their's, Jasper started writing in 1988, and spent eleven years secretly writing novel after novel as he strove to find a style of his own that was a no-mans-land somewhere between the warring factions of Literary and Absurd. I've found Jasper Fforde's books generally fun/amusing. Moments later, Jack is informed by Gretel that Humpty survived the shot, and that instead, he hatched, because Dr. Quatt secretly fecundated him in vitro. The read was entertaining and certainly had moments of ‘out loud’ laughter. One of his many lovers? Your time won’t be wasted. ", "If nine wives died, he couldn’t have been that good. So damn funny, if you like puns and referential literary humor and British mysteries. Police officers weren’t meant to kill people if they could help it—and giants were no exception.