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The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde
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Nov 11, 2011

really liked it
Read from October 15 to 20, 2014

Finished THE FOURTH BEAR (Nursery Crime #2) by Jasper Fforde yesterday or the day before. Everything's blurring together this week. This was the second book starring Jack Spratt as our protagonist.

I honestly can't tell which book I preferred more in the Nursery Crimes series, as they were both so engaging. I think THE FOURTH BEAR possibly did a better job of reading like a crime thriller though. It could have been due to the nature of the Gingerbreadman on the loose though. A good serial killer hunt is always a fun read in my mind.

Fforde had one passage though that made me pause and cry out in dismay that the series was supposed to end at #2, "If he didn't deal with her, the Jack Spratt series was likely to stop abruptly at the second volume. No third book and definitely no boxed set."

I have always thought this series was purposefully discontinued, but as I mentioned yesterday Fforde's website says that it is two books so far. Which hopefully means eventually it will be have a new title, although I doubt it would release anytime within the next three years. It's been eight years already since the original release of THE FOURTH BEAR, I'm not expecting anything soon.

I really like Jack as a protagonist...but really I like all the characters. I'm always impressed with anyone (fan fictioneers as well) who can take an established character and breath a different life into it. I don't want to spoil anything but I find Madeleine's origins widely entertaining.

As with most Fforde stories, I would definitely recommend this. As with most crime series you don't have to read them in order, but as there are only two, just go for them in order.

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