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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,410 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jasper Fforde Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nursery Crime Series Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • A wonderfully readable riot . . . [A] cleverly plotted, magically overstuffed yet amazingly digestible book . . . This summer's perfect beach read for eggheads. The Wall Street Journal

    "As if the Marx brothers were let loose in the children's section of a strange bookstore.

  • Pythonesque . . . Like the Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket books, this one is abundantly playful without being truly geared for children. Anyone who has ever been read a nursery rhyme . . . can appreciate Mr. Fforde's outlandish joking. Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie H. | 2/20/2014

    " You will never look at the Ginger Bread Man or, possibly, a ginger bread cookie the same way. Irreverent fun for nursery rhyme and/or vintage hard-boiled detective fiction fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lavonne | 2/17/2014

    " It's hard not to love Jasper Fforde. He's so amazingly clever. I found myself grinning stupidly while reading, just from the witty word play. I love the Thursday Next series, but this series is great fun, too. Maybe because the references are about something that we all grew up with, it is easy to "get it" quickly. Looking forward to picking up "The Fourth Bear". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gabriella | 2/16/2014

    " My husband loves his books, so I really tried to love this one too- I felt it was mediocre. This is a Nursery Crime Series, and Jack Spratt is trying to resolve the murder of Humpty Dumpty- a lot of the characters did take me back to when I was young- I loved reading nursery rhymes, but it just took me awhile to finish... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katy | 2/16/2014

    " I really loved the parody of this book. This author put in the research to make this a great book to read. And a wonderful twist ending! It was totally funny and addicting to read. I am now on the hunt for his next book. "

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