Hidden in the Shelves (17)

Hidden in the Shelves is a feature where I show off a discovery (or rediscovery) that I came across while shelving books for work.

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde

It’s Easter in Reading—a bad time for eggs—and no one can remember the last sunny day. Ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, minor baronet, ex-convict, and former millionaire philanthropist, is found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. All the evidence points to his ex-wife, who has conveniently shot herself.

But Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and his assistant Mary Mary remain unconvinced, a sentiment not shared with their superiors at the Reading Police Department, who are still smarting over their failure to convict the Three Pigs of murdering Mr. Wolff. Before long Jack and Mary find themselves grappling with a sinister plot involving cross-border money laundering, bullion smuggling, problems with beanstalks, titans seeking asylum, and the cut and thrust world of international chiropody.

And on top of all that, the JellyMan is coming to town . . .

Summary from Amazon. I don’t usually enjoy police procedurals or murder mysteries BUT this has nursery rhyme elements. That definitely has me interested. These types of books end up doing it really well or failing miserably so I’m a bit hesitant to try it. Has anyone else read this?


3 thoughts on “Hidden in the Shelves (17)

  1. Oh my goodness, this is such an awesome series, Alison. Jasper Fforde’s imagination and creativity is yet (to me) unparalleled. The depth of his worldbuilding, too, is amazing. Try his Shades of Gray for a very different dystopian. One of my favourite authors, he is.

    • Ooooh, I’m glad to hear that you enjoy this. I definitely trust your recommendations so I’ll have to try it out! I’ll look into Shades of Gray as well.

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