Reviews by Jen Chapin-Smith
Jack Spratt
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In the second Nursery Crime novel by Jasper Fforde, Jack Spratt tracks down the notorious serial killer The Gingerbread Man. Jack (yes, the one from the child's rhyme, although he's trying to hide that fact) is also trying to find the missing Goldilocks, but in the course of his investigations discovers far more sinister plots below the surface.

The Nursery Crime series takes place in a fictional universe similar to Thursday Next's. Although it's not exactly the same universe, Thursday does make a cameo appearance in the first book. In Jack's universe, fictional characters live in the "real" world, although they face a lot of discrimination on account of being "persons of dubious reality." In time, Jack must come out as one to his wife Madeline (his first wife died of starvation because she could eat no fat).

The plot line and characters are highly amusing, so I enjoyed not only "The Fourth Bear" but its prequel "The Big Over Easy" and look forward to the promised third.
Jack Spratt
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In the second Nursery Crime novel by Jasper Fforde, Jack Spratt tracks down the notorious serial killer The Gingerbread Man. Jack (yes, the one from the child's rhyme, although he's trying to hide that fact) is also trying to find the missing Goldilocks, but discovers far more sinister plots below the surface during his investigations.

The Nursery Crime series takes place in a fictional universe similar to Thursday Next's. Although it's not exactly the same universe, Thursday does make a cameo appearance in the first book. In this universe, fictional characters live in the "real" world, although they face a lot of discrimination for not being "real" humans.

The plot line and characters are highly amusing, so I enjoyed not only "The Fourth Bear" but its prequel "The Big Over Easy" and look forward to the promised third.
Jack Spratt
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In the first of Jasper Fforde's Nursery Crime series, Jack Spratt investigates the murder of Humpty Dumpty. Jack (yes, the one from the child's rhyme, although he's trying to hide that fact) soon discovers that Humpty's wife was probably also murdered, and a possible witness (Wee Willy Winkee) to Humpty's murder has since been killed, too.

The Nursery Crime series takes place in a fictional universe similar to Thursday Next's. Although it's not exactly the same universe, Thursday does make a cameo appearance in the book. In this one, fictional characters (called "persons of dubious reality") live in the "real" world, although they face a lot of discrimination for not being actual humans. Punch and Judy live next door to Jack and his wife, for example, and everyone hates those neighbors.

The plot line and characters are highly amusing, so I enjoyed not only "The Big Over Easy" but its sequel "The Fourth Bear" and look forward to the promised third.
Jack Spratt
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In the first of Jasper Fforde's Nursery Crime series, Jack Spratt investigates the murder of Humpty Dumpty. Jack (yes, the one from the child's rhyme, although he's trying to hide that fact) soon discovers that Humpty's wife was probably also murdered, and a possible witness to Humpty's murder has since been killed, too.

The Nursery Crime series takes place in a fictional universe similar to Thursday Next's. Although it's not exactly the same universe, Thursday does make a cameo appearance in the book. Jack's universe, fictional characters live in the "real" world, although they face a lot of discrimination for being "persons of dubious reality" or PDRs.

The plot line and characters are highly amusing, so I enjoyed not only "The Big Over Easy" but its sequel "The Fourth Bear" and look forward to the promised third. If you liked Fforde's "Thursday Next" series or "Shades of Grey" you'll also like these novels.
Jack Spratt
»
In the first of Jasper Fforde's Nursery Crime series, Jack Spratt investigates the murder of Humpty Dumpty. Jack (yes, the one from the child's rhyme, although he's trying to hide that fact) soon discovers that Humpty's wife was probably also murdered, and a possible witness to Humpty's murder has since been killed, too.

The Nursery Crime series takes place in a fictional universe similar to Thursday Next's. Although it's not exactly the same universe, Thursday does make a cameo appearance in the book. In this one, fictional characters live in the "real" world, although they face a lot of discrimination for not being "real" humans.

The plot line and characters are highly amusing, so I enjoyed not only "The Big Over Easy" but its sequel "The Fourth Bear" and look forward to the promised third.