The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime Series #2)

The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime Series #2)

by Jasper Fforde
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The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime Series #2) by Jasper Fforde

The inimitable Jasper Fforde gives readers another delightful mash-up of detective fiction and nursery rhyme, returning to those mean streets where no character is innocent. The Gingerbreadman—sadist, psychopath, cookie—is on the loose in Reading, but that’s not who Detective Jack Spratt and Sergeant Mary Mary are after. Instead, they’ve been demoted to searching for missing journalist “Goldy” Hatchett. The last witnesses to see her alive were the reclusive Three Bears, and right away Spratt senses something furry—uh, funny—about their story, starting with the porridge. The Fourth Bear is a delirious new romp from our most irrepressible fabulist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143038924
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/31/2007
Series: Nursery Crime Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 327,194
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring vacantly out of the window and arranging words on a page. He lives and writes in Wales. The Eyre Affair was his first novel in the bestselling "Thursday Next" series. He is also the author of the "Nursery Crime" series.

Hometown:

Brecon, Powys, Wales, United Kingdom

Date of Birth:

January 11, 1961

Place of Birth:

London, United Kingdom

Education:

Left school at 18

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The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my second Jasper Fforde novel, but it won't be my last. I loved the characters and Fforde's clever way of explaining nursery rhymes as crimes. I think I would have found it even funnier if I had recognized the allusions to the more obscure Nursery Rhymes. Guess I'm going to have to get a book of them. "The Bumper Book of Berkshire Records, 2004 Edition" excerpts were delightfully hilarious. I'm waiting for the book to show up in the U.S....
Guest More than 1 year ago
So I always did wonder why Mama bear's porridge was colder than Baby bear's.... This was such a good piece of work and I'm hoping that we'll see the next Jack Spratt novel soon (almost to that boxed set!). If you're considering anything from Jasper Fforde, go for it! These are some of the best books I've read. I laugh out loud, am sad when the characters are going through rough situations and cheer when things are figured out. The Gingerbread Man made a great villian and I'm curious to who the next one will be!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was it murder? Suicide? Accidental? Fforde is a master at meshing a crime noir with nursery characters. Dashiell Hammett meets Mother Goose. So clever. I've read it 4 or 5 times. Perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The combination of laughs and plot - top notch.
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I love this series because it is a quirky romp with your favorite nursery rhyme characters
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This book is witty and has a mind-boggling plot. Every word, every sentence is important as the pieces start to come together. If you didn't like this book, it might simply be because you haven't got it yet (no offense). I will note that I did not read the first of the Nursery Crime Series, so I have no way of comparing it as part of a series, but as a single book it's delightful.
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ReadingQueen12-17 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this author's style. Anyone who can take nursery rhymes and create murder mysteries replete with humor and satire is a major plus in my book. In the second installment of the Nursery Crime series, the Goldilocks and the Three Bears are caught in a national conspiracy and the Gingerbread Man is blood thirsty as ever. Obviously this is not a nail-biter (unless you suffer from Mother Goose phobia) but it is certainly clever. My only issue is that there are times when the story was a little boring and nothing irks me more in a mystery than when characters are introduced at the last minute who end up playing a pivotal role in the plot. I feel like it's a cop out and it cheapens the story. In any case, I do recommend this book if anything for the humor and to marvel at the twisted lives of our much beloved nursery rhymes.
CatsInSpace More than 1 year ago
A slow start to this story had me almost giving up before I'd gotten through the first 50 of 378 pages. The main problem I had with the start was the scenes were jumping around a lot, so a bunch of characters and locations were introduced in a short amount of time and it was difficult to figure out what and who were important and needed to be remembered. Eventually the story began to stabilize and focus, so I was able to get into it more. It ended up being a creative story with bits of nursery rhymes and other literature thrown in, but overall the story was a bit hard to follow. I had a hard time keeping track of all the characters involved and maneuvering the turns of the mystery. People who enjoy light-hearted mysteries may enjoy this read, however.
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