Why this book?
I’ve always had a soft spot for Jasper Fforde’s blend of serious drama and wacky humour, and his Nursey Crimes series is one of my favourite. Set in a world in which nursery rhyme characters live alongside ordinary humans, it follows Detective-Inspector Jack Spratt and his assistant Mary Mary, as they investigate the murder of wealthy investor Humpty Dumpty, dealing with the dark underpinnings of nursery rhyme society.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
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…