The Fourth Bear
Publish date: August 10th 2006
Publisher: Hodder & Staughton
Pages no: 379
Edition language: English
Series: Nursery Crime (#2)
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...
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 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...
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.
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.