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The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
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Oct 26, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: comedy, owned, thriller
Read from October 18 to 26, 2011

This is the first of Fforde's "Nursery Crime Division" books, set in the same utterly bizarre world as his Thursday Next" series. In this reality, nursery rhyme characters live as normal people (and bears, little pigs, gingerbread men etc) in and around Reading in Berkshire. The police have a Nursery Crimes Dvision which investigates crimes in this community. If this sounds completely ludicrous, well, it is. Utterly. But this book (like all of Fforde's) is full of laugh-out-loud jokes, puns, brilliant wit and amazing literary pastiches.

This book concerns the murder of Humpty Dumpty, who appears to have been shot while sitting on a wall. DI Jack Spratt of the NCD is assigned to investigate along with his new sidekick DS Mary Mary, and the plot then starts to twist and turn the way a proper thriller should - but it also manages to be hilarious, and stays that way until the very last page. Highly recommended to anyone looking for something out of the ordinary.

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