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The Third Pig Detective Agency (The Third Pig Detective Agency #1)

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  294 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews

Harry Pigg, the only surviving brother from the Big Bad Wolf attacks, has set up business as a private detective in Grimmtown, only things aren't going too well. Down on his luck, with bills to pay and no clients in sight, the outlook is poor. But then in walks local businessman Aladdin who needs someone to help him track down an old lamp. What follows is far from an open-

ebook, 160 pages
Published June 12th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2009)
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I saw this by chance on the Kindle store, bought it for 99p, and had it finished in less than an hour. I did think it a bit reminiscent of Jasper Fforde, and the humour was nothing new, and it reminded me of Malcolm Pryce a bit, too... But it was fun. It never quite raised a chuckle, but there was perhaps a knowing smile or two, and while I figured it out in advance, I thought it was a bit clever.

The basic idea is the same as Fforde's Nursery Crimes: a fairytale detective, in this case the third
Dec 03, 2012 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my "shorties" to try to reach my GR target before the end of the year! A short, witty, funny read reminiscent of Jasper Fforde and I couldn't help picturing Steve Martin in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. Will appeal to those with a "silly" sense of humour...
The Third Pig Detective Agency by Bob Burke
The Friday Project, 2009
149 pages
YA; MG; Fairy Tales; Mystery
4/5 stars

Source: Library

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This is a cute little mystery story. The third pig is Harry Pigg of "The Three Little Pigs," who built his house of bricks. He has turned his attention to solving crimes in Grimmtown. One day Aladdin comes to him and commands Harry to find Aladdin's stolen lamp. Through a tangled twist of lies and deception, Harry manages to solve the
Feb 04, 2015 Erica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The premise: the last of the three pigs now runs a detective agency in a world of fairy tale characters. An interesting premise, but ultimately carried out in a sloppy manner. I wanted to enjoy this, but it felt just like a knockoff of more successful attempts at combining literary elements and characters (for example, Jasper Fforde). I disliked the main character, and as the story was told in the first person, it was very hard to get away from him. Since the book was so short, I decided to carr ...more
Oct 28, 2013 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this little book (149 pages of small-print text) marked as a children's book, presumably for ages 9-12, and fart jokes and gross situations indicate the book was aimed at young boys. Don't be fooled by the nursery-rhyme-inspired characters, however. The author has used every film-noir detective cliché he could think of to create a seedy atmosphere for his story. While the prose seems to be overly clichéd on purpose for humor's sake, I ceased to be amused by it after a chapter or two. Par ...more
Rob Kitchin
The premise for The Third Pig Detective Agency is a good one -- take the characters and fables from fairytales and fashion them into detective stories with a noir framing and a dollop of black humour. Jasper Fforde has used the same premise in his Nursery Crimes series. For the most part, the book is a fun read. The story is cleverly structured, with a well worked resolution. The plot, however, is a little thin in places, with some elements under-played. For example, Edna, the Wicked Witch of th ...more
Aug 27, 2009 Debbie rated it liked it
This was a fun tale much in the vein of Jasper Fforde's Nursery Crime series, only much simpler. The third pig is the surviving brother of "The Three Little Pigs" who had built his house with brick. He's approached to find the stolen lamp of Mr. Aladdin, Grimmtown's most reclusive, powerful, and wealthy resident.

Lots of tongue-in-cheek in-jokes for the fairy and folk tale fans, and a nice plot twist at the end.

It would have rated higher except:
1) I wish it had been longer. I know it was written
Nov 18, 2010 Lukeyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is about a pig called Harry Pig who is the final pig from the three little pigs who runs a ditective agency. The book is set in grimmtown. Buissnes was not going too well Harry Pig had bills to pay and no cliants to bring in the money so with no money the bills are just getting bigger. The main storyline envolves a man called Mr Alldin who is a millionare and has had his ,old,lamp stolen. Mr Alladin has an assistant called Mr Gruff who is the oldest brother from the billy goats gruff. H ...more
Bruce Snell
This is intended as a kids book - probably aimed at the 11 and 12 year olds. It is written in the style of older noir pulp detective novels, but featuring the "Third Pig" from the Three Little Pigs children's story. It is set in Grimmland and has appearances by well known fairy tale characters. All in all it works fairly well, and should keep readers in the target audience engaged throughout the story. It is the first of a series, and reading this one would cause me to look forward the the next ...more
The Third Pig Detective Agency is a children's novel about Harry Pigg, the lone survivor of the three little pigs' nursery rhyme, who is a gumshoe detective. He is called to action to find Aladdin's missing lamp and has a number of humorous, and at times, alarming encounters with goats, elves, and orcs. This book is aimed at the 9-12 year old camp, but as an adult I found this to be plenty entertaining. There are more than a few jokes aimed at the adult crowd, too. The author also lays the groun ...more
Nov 07, 2013 Courtney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I honestly wanted to like this book. I really enjoyed Jasper Fforde's Nursery Crimes and was hoping to find something in that vein. Unfortunately, this book was a mess. It couldn't decide on a tone and swung wildly from noire to slapstick. Pop culture references were inexplicably shoehorned into strange places with no thought to the world the book inhabited. All in all, this book felt sloppy and tried too hard. Very disappointed.
Feb 27, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not hard to make me cry, but it's very hard to for a book to make me laugh out loud like this one did. The premise is very silly: nursery rhyme characters are real and Harry Pigg is a cross between Sam Spade and Inspector Clouseau. The book is small, but short, and a lot of fun to read if you like this kind of nonsense. Oh, and book 2 and 3 in the series are already winging their way to me as I write this.
Jul 25, 2011 Dilipickle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, comedy
The tongue-in-cheek, witty narrative makes this an amusing read no matter what your age. It calls itself nursery rhyme noir but I'd say it's less noir and more comedy. It's a bit predictable at times but on the whole definitely not a bad way to spend an hour or two.
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Samuel Valentino
A lot of fun - very cheesy, but as I'm sure that was the author's intention he succeeded admirably. The only problem was that it could have used a good editor - descriptions, or even whole sentences, were repeated in the same chapter, for example. But otherwise really fun, fun enough that I'll read the sequel.
Samantha Dewhurst
Feb 06, 2016 Samantha Dewhurst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once I sampled this book on the kindle I had to buy the whole thing! Really enjoyed this book. Witty, good storyline and nothing too complicated. I could have easily read this in a day, you dont have to think much! But saying that the story does get a little complex. A fun read and I would really like to read more from Bob Burke.
Written with Jasper Fforde's NCD series in mind, this book is a quick read and an easy mystery to untangle. But it wasn't written to be overwhelming, it seems more a backdrop to hang some entertaining anecdotes of what would happen to fairytale characters in an odd modern day world. An enjoyable read, but not life-changing.
Dec 25, 2013 Rich rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. This had some clever moments. It cashes in on the latest craze of fairy tale detective yarns. I don't know if it's good enough to pursue other books in the series. Just meh.
Aug 12, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally harmless and silly! I love the idea of all the fairytales and nursery rhymes living in the "real world". Clever and hilarious, I would reccommend this to anyone who can read.
Sep 11, 2012 Windy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A good concept with a crime story based on fairy tale characters but as is often the case, the author tries too hard with the humour and it all gets rather wearing. At least it was short!
Oct 22, 2010 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun to read. This is about a pig who is a detective (one of the Three Little Pigs) and he references and works with several fairy tale characters. Very original
Mar 21, 2011 Marg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, and looking forward to reading more.
Jun 11, 2013 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
This was a short entertaining romp. I enjoyed it enough to purchase the sequel. On the other hand it was a bit too deriative (sp?) to give it more than 3 stars
Heather Iveson
The third little pig as a noir-ish detective. Twist was pretty transparent.

Just scraped three stars, wasn't bad enough to be a two-star. Enjoyable enough but nothing to write home about.
Rosie Day
Really interesting concept with a few flashes of cleverness, but ultimately a let down. I'm afraid I had to force myself to finish it.
Sep 14, 2012 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, own
An amusing comedy mystery noir in the style of Who Censored Roger Rabbit?. Rather than cartoon characters, this world is populated by characters from nursery rhymes & fairy tales.
Aug 31, 2013 Susie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not like jasper fforde. So much more could have been done. Took longer to read because it didn't flow or keep me enthralled.
Mar 14, 2011 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
Lots of tongue-in-cheek in-jokes for the fairy and folk tale fans, and a nice plot twist at the end.
Many people seem to link this work to Jasper Fforde . I thought he was closer to Tom Holt. A light fun read.
Gareth Park
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