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The Big Over Easy

Nursery Crime Adventures, Book 1
Narrated by: Luke Thompson
Length: 11 hrs
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Summary

'It looks like he died from injuries sustained during a fall....' Best-selling author Jasper Fforde begins an effervescent new series. 

It's Easter in Reading - a bad time for eggs - and no one can remember the last sunny day. Humpty Dumpty, well-known nursery favourite, large egg, ex-convict and former millionaire philanthropist, is found shattered beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. 

Following the pathologist's careful reconstruction of Humpty's shell, Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and his Sergeant, Mary Mary, are soon grappling with a sinister plot involving cross-border money laundering, the illegal Bearnaise sauce market, corporate politics and the cut and thrust world of international chiropody. 

As Jack and Mary stumble around the streets of Reading in Jack's lime green Austin Allegro, the clues pile up, but Jack has his own problems to deal with. And on top of everything else, the JellyMan is coming to town....

©2005 Jasper Fforde (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
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Brilliant fun!

As others have stated you'd think it wouldn't work, but it really does, excellent twists and turns detective story with really loveable characters! Very funny.

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Refreshing.

Quirky and refreshing. I think yes these are the two best words that describe this book best. An enjoyable storyline, full of humour and cleverly put together. I didn’t know what to expect. Excellent narration also. Onto the second instalment.

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Pun-tastic Brilliance

This book is so clever! Jasper must have sat giggling to himself as he wrote it. I am so impressed by how the narrative unfolds and includes the different nursery rhymes. I recommend this book to anyone with dark humour and enjoys puns!

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Witty and clever take on familiar fairy tales

The story contained lots of twists and turns. Very funny story with great characters. Lots of subtle humour and unexpected one liners, delivered brilliantly by the narrator. I loved every minute of it.

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great book

This is great. did i say great? because that is exactly the sort of word i'd use this book... which is great

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you must read this

I had previously read another one of Ffordes books and loved it, so I searched out other books of his. After reading the summary of this one I was not sure, it sounded so daft. Eventually I decided to give it a go, sure if it was crap I could return it. Oh my god it is so so good. yes it is daft but also funny, intriguing and wonderfully exciting. I couldn't stop listening. Great detective story with loads of twists. Mr fforde your imagination is out of this world.

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Amazing Imagination

LOVE this writers use of imagination and storytelling. so much thought and description in every detail, sucks you in to a world beyond our own

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Not what you'd think

Fun book, as quirky as we've come to expect from Jasper Fforde. This was a reread actually a relisten. I had been waiting for the third in the series but it's a no show, and must be hiding in the Well of Lost Plots.

Brilliant convoluted police procedural, populated by characters who don't think they're nursery crime characters but their background sneaks up on them in one way or another.

This is a great read and a good listen, well read by Luke Thompson. I'm off to listen to book 2, The Fourth Bear.

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A fun read

The Big Over Easy was a fun book with some clever twists and turns. Luke Thompson did a good job of reading and had some great voices for the different characters.

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A Procedural crime story with a twist

This is a pure delight, with the intermingling of crime and nursery characters living in the world, this shouldn't work, but does and beautifully, it engaged me both as a crime mystery and also on the humour and how nursery stories can be viewed as crimes. The narration is spot on.

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  • 03-05-20

Quirky pleasing listen

Narration was very good as well apart from Mrs Singh that was just cringe worthy.