The Big Over Easy (Nursery Crime Series #1)

The Big Over Easy (Nursery Crime Series #1)

by Jasper Fforde
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The Big Over Easy (Nursery Crime Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Jasper Fford that I've ever read. In any case, this is a very clever story. While it has all the ingredients of a good murder mystery, Fford integrates the zany element with his use of nursery rhyme characters, mythological figures, and fairytale icons that partake in the story as though it's the most normal thing in the world. I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish! It takes magic to pull off this theme of three little pigs, the big bad wolf, Humpty Dumpty, and all the nursery rhyme characters being put into the "reality crime fiction novel hat"; without the reader being at all concerned about the absurdity of it all. It is dashing/ daring and soooo much fun! For instance, those CSI fans will be delighted with the new forensic technique known as the "cake-crumb scatter-pattern identification". "This works on the principle that if someone lets cake out while talking, the crumbs are ejected from the mouth at different rates, according to the syllables of words spoken. By analyzing the pattern of crumbs on the table cloth, I was able to deduce that the conversation was not about the weather, as stated, but the misdiagnosis of botulism poisoning..." So if you’re tired from some heavy reading-then go over easy, through the looking glass, and have some fun! Highly recommended!!!!!
GhostWhoWalks More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favorite books. It is the perfect mix of absurdist humor, mystery, drama, humor, suspense, and humor. If you don't like this book you must be reading it with your eyes closed.
MIJul More than 1 year ago
You have to let go of reality to read Fforde, and that's what makes his books a blast to read. There's just enough reality to make them easy to understand, but also enough nonsense to make you think outside the box. I pick up his books when I want to stretch my imagination just a little and escape from same old, same old. You'll never look at Humpty Dumpty in quite the same way again after reading this. Rapunzel, Jack Spratt, the Gingerbread Man and many others - all take on new personalities and are quite different than their fairy tale images that we grew up with.
Knitwit14 More than 1 year ago
I adore the Tuesday Next books. (They're perfect literature for book geeks and editors. Go buy them.) When I was browsing for the long-awaited next book (Tuesday Next, First Among Sequels), I happened to see this book. I didn't buy The Big Overeasy then, but I put it on my wish list immediately. The Big Overeasy a very fun book, although not quite as good as Tuesday Next. Fforde's imaginatation and writing style are always great fun, however, and the Tuesday Next series is so very good, so I shall not count that as a major problem. This hardboiled detective novel (couldn't help myself) revolves around Jack Spratt, who must uncover the plot behind Humpty's accident. That alone makes it worth the read to me. Perfect for readers with a dry sense of humor, or those who love a slightly offbeat read. It's also a great gift for friends who love books.
ReadingQueen12-17 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Jasper Fford that I've ever read, although I've had many of his books on my "to read" list for a while. In any case, this is a very clever story. While it has all the ingredients of a good murder mystery, Fford integrates the zany element with his use of nursery rhyme characters, mythological figures, and fairytale icons that partake in the story as though it's the most normal thing in the world.
I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish!
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Suggested With: A good memory of your favorite childhood stories!
ChucklesLane More than 1 year ago
Imagine Sherlock Holmes meets Shrek meets CSI. Very creative and believable characters! The plot thickened a little too much at one point but overall a great read! I'm definitely hooked on this new series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Recently I've been delving into a lot of classics, and while they are great books, they don't have the whimsy and sheer entertainment value of this book. I loved it from start to finish and could barely put it down. It was the most enthralling book I've read in quite some time. The combination of so many nursery rhymes into the plot was enchanting. I would recommend this book to anybody looking for a little bit more fun from their reading selections.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fforde's new series is off to an excellent start with the always enchanting Simon Prebble on the audiobook! The unique and risky device of having nursery rhyme characters play roles in a police procedural detective novel is brilliantly vindicated by this wonderful performance. He takes the unusual characters and plot and breathes life into them so that the listener is pulled into a delightful alternate reality of an amusing fantasy world with a detective story which is also a parody of both of these as well as a social commentary! I keep wondering which fantastic character I will meet next, not read about or even hear about, but meet! The voice characterizations of each of the characters are so well done that they inspire the feeling 'Oh yes! That does exactly sound like Mother Hubbard, or Prometheus, or the baby, would sound!' The pacing and nuanced delivery point up the layers of meaning so as to help to understand and appreciate the jokes and the ironies as well as engage the progression of the plot so well that there is real suspense here, quite an achievement. Special mention is due the voicing of Ashley the Alien: May this live forever in an audiobook characterization Hall of Fame.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Contrary to what most of the readers have been saying i think that Fforde does a brilliant job with handling the plot he has created. It is quite an easy book if you just pay attention to what is going on, and its quite entertaining all the way through. I thought it was lovely and i can't wait for the next book in the Nursery Crime Divison series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It's smart, funny, and original. The characters are solid. I loved the cameo's of certain characters such as Miss Maple (Agatha Christie's Miss Marple) and Inspector Moose (instead of Morris). For anyone who loves a good detective novel and for those of us who can still remember the nursery rhymes our parents read to us, this is the book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Reading, England Nursery Crimes Davison Detective Jack Spratt is upset that his latest open and shut homicide case fell apart as the court declared those three murdering pigs not guilty of first-degree murder of Mr. Wolff. However Jack has no time to wallow over his next meal as he is assigned the case of Humpty Dumpty who fell from a wall. --- Assigned to work with Jack is quite contrary rookie know-it-all Mary Mary. Jack and Mary, Mary dig deep into the world of yoke learning that Humpty¿s life was in the dumps. His wife divorced him for womanizing with more women than the king has horses and men. His former lovers hated him enough to want to see him fried. So many suspects wanted HD scrambled and had the opportunity as the victim liked to sit on a wall and think, but the nimble Jack and his sidekick Mary two times struggle to figure who would commit the act. --- This is a weird often satirical and amusing police procedural in which nursery rhymes serve as an alternate world. The story line is clever and literary to the point that writing about solving crime receives more accolades than solving the crime. The little encounters with nursery rhyme characters are fun sort of mindful of Shrek. However, the irony of the story line is that the sidebar nursery rhyme anecdotes though fun at times overwhelm the plot if only Jack was as nimble as Thursday. --- Harriet Klausner
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Goldilocks is missing and the three bears know nothing. Was there a fourth bear?
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I loved this book! Fford has put the perfect adult spin on a classic children's nursery rhyme. You'll never look at Humpty Dumpty the same way again.
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Jack Spratt is a hard working detective in the Nursery Crime Division. Underfunded and underappreciated, he does his best to bring justice when Humpty Dumpty is found on pieces.
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Whymsy More than 1 year ago
A Rolling Good Time When ex-con and ladies’ egg Humpty Dumpty is found shattered next to a brick wall the only man for the job is Jack Spratt, the head of Reading’s Nursery Crime Division, and his new partner, Detective Sergeant Mary Mary. Looking into Humpty Dumpty’s many semi-legal money deals and even more love affairs Spratt and Mary are pulled into a homicide investigation that reaches into all levels of Reading’s society and business. A peculiar case even by Nursery Crimes standards, Spratt is in a race to find the culprit before being forced to give the case up to his old partner, the renowned and slimy DCI Friedland Chymes. With Chymes breathing down his neck, not sure whether Sergeant Mary is a friend or foe, and the Most Worshipful Guild of Detectives observer sent to evaluate him for entry, DI Spratt must use all of his Nursery Crime knowledge to find the answers, but the answers are nothing like even he expected. First mentioned in The Well of Lost Plots from his Thursday Next Series Fforde masterfully uses wit and clever writing to tell a strange, fun, sordid tale of the death of Humpty Dumpty. With characters ranging from Prometheus to Rapunzel, any one, including aliens, can and do pop up in this story. Fforde has a very rich and textured writing style giving his stories both the absurd and ironic edge he loves. Prime examples in this book include things like Spratt’s lime green Austin Allegro which is more aerodynamic going in reverse, or the Déjà vu Ballroom where Reading’s D-Class celebrities get together to mingle and be seen. I adore Jasper Fforde and always have high expectations whenever I read something from him and this book in no way disappointed me. A fun, quick and easy read, it will have you laughing out loud.
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