The Big Over Easy

The Big Over Easy : A Nursery Crime

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Jasper Fforde's bestselling Thursday Next series has delighted readers of every genre with its literary derring-do and brilliant flights of fancy. In The Big Over Easy, Fforde takes a break from classic literature and tumbles into the seedy underbelly of nursery crime. Meet Inspector Jack Spratt, family man and head of the Nursery Crime Division. He's investigating the murder of ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Dumpty, found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. Yes, the big egg is down, and all those brittle pieces sitting in the morgue point to foul play. Read Jasper Fforde's posts in the Penguin Blogshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 383 pages
  • 127 x 193 x 15.2mm | 249.48g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • b/w illustrations on pages ii, iv, and 384-386
  • 0143037234
  • 9780143037231
  • 231,101

About Jasper Fforde

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" more

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-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.- --USA Today -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 Timesshow more

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26,568 ratings
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3 23% (6,188)
2 5% (1,295)
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