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by Jasper Fforde, Paul Panting
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Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it 2 years ago
What can ever be said about a Jasper Fforde book that would make sense to anyone that hasn't read one? This is the second in what is, so far, a two book series about what crime would look like if Nursery Characters lived in the real world. Jack Spratt, the head of the Nursery Crimes Division, inve...
Fangs for the Fantasy
Fangs for the Fantasy rated it 6 years ago
The Gingerbread man, a lethal serial killing cookie, has escaped from prison and is rampaging through Reading. But Jack is off the case – his unfortunate miscalculation that involved Little Red Riding Hood being swallowed by a wolf has left him with a bad reputation and he’s officially suspended – b...
The Book Frog
The Book Frog rated it 7 years ago
The Fourth Bear, the second Nursery Crime mystery, opens in Obscurity and begins with a giant cucumber and a tremendous explosion. The action picks up from there. Once again, DCI Jack Spratt and DS Mary Mary are on the case. And, once again, the case is much larger than it initially appears. The...
yzombie rated it 7 years ago
This second nursery crime tale is not as good as the first, and lacks the over the top humour of Fforde’s Thursday Next series.
staciebnsn rated it 7 years ago
As I said in a status update, this book was a bit too self-aware...maybe that was the joke, but it kind of broke the flow of the story for me. All that said, story was still great and I love unraveling the mystery along with the characters.
Oh! Cakey Creativity
Oh! Cakey Creativity rated it 7 years ago
Review on my blogThis is a sequel to Big Over Easy in the Nursery Crime series, and also a completely separate story by itself. Being a sequel, Fforde had a lot to live up to after the first book, and I believe that he has done it again – if not better- with this absolutely brilliant book.Like the f...
Boxes of Paper
Boxes of Paper rated it 8 years ago
Literary, irreverent fun, but the style did wear on me after a while. Full review to come.
meganbaxter rated it 8 years ago
Nursery Crime Division head, Jack Spratt, has a Gingerbreadman on the loose. And a missing reporter named Goldilocks. And Punch and Judy just moved in next door, raising the noise level in the neighbourhood considerably. Did I mention that one of his constables is an alien named Ashley? Or that he b...
Books etc.
Books etc. rated it 8 years ago
I love it! Unlike other series where the author tends to overcook their character, Fforde mentioned just enough of the casts from the first book who already had enough attention (Jack Spratt's family) and focused on other characters, letting us know more about Ashley the alien, Mary Mary, his arch-e...
Readings and Ramblings
Readings and Ramblings rated it 10 years ago
The characters in this book are all characters out of traditional nursery rhymes or fairy tales. They are Jack Spratt, Goldielocks, the Ginger Bread Man and so forth and they all come with their fairy tale foibles, propensities and magical powers. It is obviously written for adults because of its vo...
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