The Big Over Easy

The Big Over Easy It s Easter in Reading a bad time for eggs Ovoid D class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III is found shattered to death Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and his assistant Mary Mary ar

  • Title: The Big Over Easy
  • Author: Jasper Fforde
  • ISBN: 9780143037231
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s Easter in Reading a bad time for eggs Ovoid D class nursery celebrity, Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, is found shattered to death Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and his assistant Mary Mary are on the case and before long find themselves grappling with a sinister plot involving cross border money laundering, beanstalks, titans seeking asylum, and the cut and thruIt s Easter in Reading a bad time for eggs Ovoid D class nursery celebrity, Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, is found shattered to death Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and his assistant Mary Mary are on the case and before long find themselves grappling with a sinister plot involving cross border money laundering, beanstalks, titans seeking asylum, and the cut and thrust world of international chiropody.It s Easter in Reading a bad time for eggs and no one can remember the last sunny day Ovoid D class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, minor baronet, ex convict, and former millionaire philanthropist, is found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town All the evidence points to his ex wife, who has conveniently shot herself But Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and his assistant Mary Mary remain unconvinced, a sentiment not shared with their superiors at the Reading Police Department, who are still smarting over their failure to convict the Three Pigs of murdering Mr Wolff Before long Jack and Mary find themselves grappling with a sinister plot involving cross border money laundering, bullion smuggling, problems with beanstalks, titans seeking asylum, and the cut and thrust world of international chiropody And on top of all that, the JellyMan is coming to town .

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    • Jasper Fforde

      Jasper Fforde is a novelist living in Wales He is the son of John Standish Fforde, the 24th Chief Cashier for the Bank of England, whose signature used to appear on sterling banknotes, and is cousin of Desmond Fforde, married to author Katie Fforde His early career was spent as a focus puller in the film industry, where he worked on a number of films including Quills, GoldenEye, and Entrapment.His published books include a series of novels starring Thursday Next The Eyre Affair 2001 , Lost in a Good Book 2002 , The Well of Lost Plots 2003 , Something Rotten 2004 and First Among Sequels 2007 The Big Over Easy 2005 , which shares a similar setting with the Next novels, is a reworking of his first written novel, which initially failed to find a publisher It had the working title of Nursery Crime, which is the title now used to refer to this series of books The follow up to The Big Over Easy, The Fourth Bear was published in July 2006 and focuses on Goldilocks and the Three Bears.Series Thursday Next Nursery Crime Shades of Grey

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    • Was it an EGGcident or cold yoked murder WhenHumpty Dumpty, local businessman and infamous lothario, is found dead beneath a wall outside his Grimm s Road apartment, Detective Jack Spratt of the Reading pronounced Redding Nursery Crime Division NCD is called in to investigate Jack is a smart, capable, no fat eating investigator whose previous collars include the apprehensions of i serial wife killer, Bluebeard, ii psychotic mass murderer, The Gingerbread Man and iii a certain bridge dwelling tro [...]


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    • 5 Things To Know Before Reading This Book1 It is a murder mystery.2 The victim is an enormous egg named Humpty Dumpty He fell off a wall or was pushed or possibly shot 3 The detective investigating the crime is named Jack Spratt His partner is Mary Mary.4 Jack and Mary work for the Nursery Crimes Division NCD.5 You should brush up on your nursery rhymes and fairy tales before reading so as to fully enjoy the book It took me almost halfway through to dredge up the fact that Jack s tendency to acc [...]


    • Jasper Fforde is just so much fun His books are sorta like beach reads for book nerds They re playful, punny, funny, silly, and smart Also I saw him read in a small bookstore in SoHo a couple of years ago and he is hilarious He talked about how he and his kids play games in supermarkets where they put really incongruous and semi embarrasing things in other people s shopping carts I think he called them trolleys because of course he British or maybe Austrailian , like adult diapers for young pret [...]


    • 07 15 Finished it today So damn funny, if you like puns and referential literary humor and British mysteries Simultaneously a romp yes, a romp through nursery rhymes and fairy tales, while sending up the ridiculousness of both old school murder mysteries and modern day police procedurals Recommended to anyone who likes mysteries and fairy tales Will definitely be checking out the next one from the library in short order.07 14 Halfway through Can t wait to finish If Wales were not so very far awa [...]


    • Jasper Fforde, lover of slapstick and absurdity has another winner with this series of Nursery Rhyme crimes Many of your favourite nursery rhyme character will appear in this humorous tale of the demise of big egg and womaniser Humpty Dumpty who fell off a wall or was he pushed or shot or drugged or poisoned Jack Spratt who likes his bacon lean and has accidently killed several giants although he claims three of them were just very tall men is an Inspector in the Nursery Crimes Division where he [...]


    • Outstanding This may be my next book club recommendation Being a mom of a toddler makes it even amusing especially when reading Mother Goose before bedtime I normally avoid mysteries but I highly recommend this one.Despite the dry and everpresent humor, it still wasn t hard to come up with my favorite paragraph ALIENS BORING, REPORT SHOWSAn official report confirms what most of us have already suspected that the alien visitors who arrived unexpectedly on the planet four years ago are not partic [...]


    • calls this probably Fforde s weakest novel a statement I must say I highly disagree with It s much better than Lost in a Good Book and almost on par with The Eyre Affair something which I thought absolutely impossible.I love how Fforde dares to use the media to get his point across and how he plays around with commonly known concepts and stories without ever blatantly showing his readers This is what I m talking about, I m so obvious you have to get it now He perfectly masters the art of subtle [...]



    • Having really enjoyed, The Eyre Affair, I was looking forward to reading this, the first in the Nursery Crimes series DS Mary Mary transfers to Reading Central Police Station, hoping to work with her hero, DCI Friedland Chymes As with, The Eyre Affair, this is a slightly twisted version of reality so, in this world, the police are lauded not for their ability to solve crimes, but to publish them in crime magazines In order to become a success, detectives need to join the Guild of Detectives in w [...]


    • This was hard for me to love at first I knew it was trying to be funny, but I kept taking it too seriously Previous to chapter 16 I was prepared to write this review Didn t like it as much as I wanted to After my husband explained the nursery rhyme that was meant to be the heading to chapter 19, I lightened up and found myself laughing as I had hoped at the beginning It s a bit like a Monty Python movie or Zoolander the first time it just seems like stupidity but then you find yourself laughing [...]


    • I picked this up for some light comfort reading over the weekend, and it did not disappoint This is by way of being a very loose spin off from the Thursday Next books Thursday encounters Mary Mary s home in a book character exchange program and really is a standalone series Detective Jack Spratt heads up the Nursery Crime division at the Reading police department, and when Humpty Dumpty is found dead at the base of a wall, shattered into a thousand pieces, the case is clearly his and just as cle [...]


    • I read this book several years ago, and so don t have a lot to say about it today I reread it as part of my book club, but in the intervening years, the distance gave me some perspective that let me recognize or enjoy a few jokes Charles Pewter, of The Diary of an Ordinary Man shows up in the book, with a couple funny jokes about his house I ve come to appreciate the vast number of goofs on the genre that Fforde perpetrates I still particularly like the attention to what car Jack drives, and th [...]


    • After reading a couple of really heavy stories, I felt the need for something light Something fun Something that I could sink my teeth into, only to find it was full of chocolate And that s why I picked up this book, at this time.Many, many years ago I picked up Jasper Fforde s The Eyre Affair at a small bookshop when I was desperate for something to read I went on to devour the rest of the Thursday Next series, and fell in love with Fforde s voice and style He s the type of storyteller who can [...]


    • In case you were worried No, Jasper Fforde has not run out of weird, twisted things to do to defenseless Literature.Jack Spratt, his second wife, and their five children two his, two hers, one theirs are living happily in Reading, England Well, reasonably happily Jack, a policeman, has the dubious honor of being the head of the Nursery Crimes unit He and his tiny unit believe in the importance of their jobs, but no one else does And they ve just experienced the embarrassing, and importantly, bu [...]


    • Absolutely dreadful In no way was I expecting this novel, a mystery about the death of an alcoholic, womanizing Humpty Dumpty, to remotely resemble great literature Unfortunately, though, it didn t even succeed as fun, breezy summer brain candy Fforde suffers from an acute case of cleverness overload every sentence reads like he s trying way to hard to be witty Plus, while normally I love contemporary literature that rewrites fairy tales or folklore, in this book it felt like a cheap gimmick Ins [...]


    • I read this book while waiting for the second Thursday Next novel to be available at the library.Like the Thursday Next novels, Fforde presents a world where fiction blends with reality In the Nursery Crime novels, nursery rhyme characters are real , and there is a division of the police that deals specifically with crimes involving nursery characters.In this first book of a series, Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall and shattered into bits Was he pushed Was it suicide This is a case for the under [...]


    • I ve found Jasper Fforde s books generally fun amusing I d read the Thursday Next books I expected to enjoy Nursery Crimes There was nothing I d point to that was wrong with the book, although being familiar with his writing, I wasn t terribly surprised by the tone, form, style, etc, etc Someone else described it as a beach read for nerds which sounds just about right to me It s heavy on puns and references, light on real characterisation While there has to be a plot, it feels very much like the [...]


    • This is one of the weirdest books that I have ever read, but I really liked it You definitely have to have an appreciation for satire and knowledge of obscure nursery rhymes also helps Solomon Grundy was a nursery rhyme before he was a comic book villain This book combines hardboiled mystery novels with nursery rhymes, all while poking fun at the mystery genre, characters and scenarios that inspired it I really enjoyed the literary references and the mystery itself is pretty good with plenty of [...]


    • This is one of the best, funniest books I have ever read, and I m not exaggerating Jasper Fforde has brought fairy tales to life, and the world is so much better with them in it I recommend this book for absolutely everyone it s a fairy tale, but one written for totally, smart serious people.


    • I adored this book So clever and funny, and I m sure I missed quite a few references, so I bet it is even funnier than I realize This is an impressive intermingling of a mystery novel and a nursery rhyme universe it follows Detective Inspector Jack Spratt along with his partner, Mary Mary, as they take on the death of Humpty Dumpty, who was found broken up at the bottom of a wall no surprise And perhaps even interesting than them sifting through a sea of nursery rhyme characters to solve the my [...]


    • This book is so quirky, weird, out there and hilarious that some problems with this book that I would go crazy over in other books seems to be drowned in the insanity It s good, flawed but so damn fun 1 How could you not like a world where Nursery Rhyme characters real From Humpty Dumpty, Mary Mary, Jack the Giant Slayer, Little Bo Peep to name a few are here and they are familiar but fresh at the same time The world also seems familiar to us well the English so I suppose and yet these strange [...]


    • A little like Terry Pratchett for detective novel enthusiasts I m so happy I ve found this author In this first book of the Nursery Crime series, Detective Jack Spratt is assigned to look into the untimely death of Humpty Dumpty After coming off an unsuccessful prosecution of the three little pigs for the first degree murder of Mr Wolff by vicious, premeditated boiling , Spratt is depressed and harried His job heading up the underfunded and woefully understaffed Nursery Crimes Division in Readin [...]


    • While I really enjoyed this as another of Fforde s puntastic romps, I didn t really feel like it stacked up to the Thursday Next or chromatics series.I enjoyed it well enough, but the perspective shifts were sometimes jarring, and, at the end of the day, it read like any other police procedural novel, with nursery rhyme puns While those puns certainly added to my enjoyment, it didn t make up for all the other ordinary elements within the book.Also, the book felt a lot like it was cramming a lot [...]


    • Think of a nursery rhyme or fairy tale from when you were very young, and the chances are that the characters from there will be found somewhere in this book Don t be put off by the title, this is not a children s book, although they might enjoy reading it too.Not only is this a witty, fun filled book, but also a well written whodunnit Even various Detectives from both our TVs and literature make appearances throughout.Basically there is a little known division of the Oxford and Berkshire Police [...]


    • This is the first in Jasper Fforde s Nursery Crime series, a hardboiled sorry, I ll stop now police drama set in a world where characters from story, myth, and nursery rhyme walk the streets and where police detectives compete for ratings in the popular crime magazines and their television adaptations.This is the story of the death of Humpty Dumpty, a large anthropomorphic egg, and of the investigation into the circumstances of his death.The language in this book is clever, with frequent moments [...]


    • This was the first time I ve read a Jasper Fforde book In the past I ve always dismissed them judging by their covers and blurbs only as being little than a terribly clever string of puns, thrown together into a loose and probably not very engaging plot A gimmick, in other words.Then my wife told me to read The Big Over Easy.Basically, it s a terribly clever string of puns, thrown together But the plot is in no way loose or unengaging Neither are the characters The writing is polished, the atte [...]


    • I love smart, creative writers like Jasper Fforde I don t know why it s taken me so long to read his adult material Fforde s ingenious way of innertwining nursery rhyme and mythological characters to create a fully fleshed out story is brilliant The story is like a mashup of Mother Goose and Get Smart with a little of Underdog s righteousness tossed in for fun Any fan of Douglas Adams Terry Pratchett will enjoy The Big Over Easy It s a clean story with the only real gore being Humpty Dumpty s go [...]


    • Readable, and I enjoyed the cleverness of some of the gags, though others were rather trite As far as the overall effect of the humour went I found that sometimes the rapidity of the comedy one gag upon the other upon the other started to build up a kind of choking effect, a little like an old Leslie Nielsen movie, I never really cared much about the characters and I seemed to care less and less about the plot the further I went along I can appreciate the craftsmanship, but the parody ended up j [...]


    • Funny as all hell I know some folks only know his Tuesday next series but his Jack Sprat Nursery Crime series is absolutely the funniest thing ever, I dare you not to love this series Ths one of course has to do with the death of Humpty Dumpty as investigated by Jack Sprat There is alot of nursery humor and puns out the wazoo and the conclusion will have you giggling as well as just being flabbergasted READ IT NOW DAMMIT


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