An incredibly enjoyable book, one I really couldn't put down! Humpty Dumpity, womanizer and humanitarian, has fallen off the wall and foul play is suspected. Detective Jack Spratt from the Nursey Crimes division along with his new sidekick Mary Mary try to solve a case that gets more complex to more they investigate, and they also have to deal with the possibility that the Nursery Crimes divison will be shut down. While the book uses characters from nursery rhymes and storybooks, the writing is incredibly clever and intelligent, and insanely funny. The book starts out strange and gets downright wacky at the end, but if you enjoy literate hilarity and mysteries full of twists, I can't recommend this book enough.
Imagine an alternative world where nursery characters really exist, and have normal lives like the rest of us. Jack Spratt is one of those characters, and he works in the Nursery Crimes Division of the police department. His current case? Find out who killed Humpty Dumpty, who was shot as he was sitting on his wall. Potential witnesses include Willie Winkie, who may have slept through the ruckus; Mrs. Hubbard, who can't stop checking the empty cupboard for bones long enough to answer questions; and Rapunzle, who left a long hair at the crime scene. It's a world where anything can happen, and often does.
An enjoyable mystery filled with twists and unexpected turns is wrapped with puns and references to nursery rhymes and other literature. This is not a kid's book, however. I'd give this book a PG-13 rating for some language. Although I could have done without the language, I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to reading the sequel: The Fourth Bear
Fforde's mix of reality and nursery crimes is an experience not to be missed. If you love literary illusions, but are amused by the ridiculous, this series is just for you. Everything that makes a good mystery is here along with a wacky sense of humor.
I couldn't stop reading this book! At first I thought it might be a bit corny since it was based on fairy tales. However, it was very entertaining and put funny twists on childhood favorites. I would highly recommend this for a fun read.
Jasper Fforde is an amazing author. I loved this book and I am passing it around to my friends and family.
A reasonably good read. It has a ton of nursery rhyme references, which are great fun. The story itself is entertaining as well. Fforde pokes fun at some of the 'standard' mystery plots, while writing one himself, so you have to read this one with your tongue firmly implanted in your cheek.