The Big Over Easy- Jasper Fforde

Cover of "The Big Over Easy"

Cover of The Big Over Easy

Review written 7/08/09

Synopsis(from Amazon)

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…


Have been meaning to write this for nearly a week but don’t really have much to say. I really liked it, but not as much as what I’ve read from the Thursday Next series. It was funny and I loved all the nursery rhyme references. In a way that bit was better than the book references in the Thursday Next books because I’m more likely to know the original stories. My favourite character was Jack, I really thought he was great.



Filed under Crime, Fantasy, Fiction review

9 responses to “The Big Over Easy- Jasper Fforde

  1. Found your link from the Hop and when I was Jasper Fforde’s name it was impossible for me not to comment. I was recently introduced to the Thursday Next series and loved it. Very anxious to read his other stuff. Have a good weekend.


  2. lucybirdbooks

    Personally I prefer Thursday Next to the Nursery Crimes, although both are good.


  3. Just stopping by on the Blog Hop. I really like Jasper Fforde, too, but I prefer the Thursday Next books. Haven’t read this one yet but I picked up an Advance Reader’s Copy at work before it came out. Hmmm…must try to find that now…


  4. lucybirdbooks

    Yeah I prefer the Thursday Next too, there’s a new one out next year 🙂


  5. this book sound great for a rainy day


  6. lucybirdbooks

    I love Jasper Fforde, especially his Thursday Next series


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