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The Big Over Easy

The Big Over Easy

(2005)
(The first book in the Nursery Crime series)
A novel by

 
The word of mouth on Jasper Fforde has long been enthusiastic, among those in the know. But now that his readership has expanded immeasurably, the expectations for such books as The Big Over Easy are considerable. And whether or not those expectations will be met by this new book depends on the readiness of readers to strike out in new directions--just as the author has done. Fforde's speciality has long been the outrageous teasing of narrative forms, and there's a measure of that here, although more disciplined than in earlier books.

Rather in the fashion in which Stephen Sondheim exploded the world of fairytale in Into the Woods, Fforde here brings all the apparatus of the tough crime thriller to bear on the nursery rhyme. Minor baronet Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III has been found dead--and in pieces--beneath a wall in a less salubrious area of town. The perpetrator would appear to be his ex-wife, but she has shot herself. Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and his colleague Mary Mary are assigned to the case, and soon find themselves knee-deep in money-laundering, bullion smuggling and major problems with beanstalks.

This isn't quite the Fforde mixture as before, although he has previously favoured a crime motor for his plots. The skill in this outrageously entertaining (and rigorously plotted) concoction lies in a double conjuring trick: we are always amazed to find ourselves reading so assiduously about ludicrous figures (who become quite as interesting heroes as, say, Philip Marlowe) when common sense dictates only children should find such conceits entertaining. Not so! No child could appreciate the dazzling wordplay and witty imagination on offer here, and most readers will be more than happy to encounter detective Inspector Jack Spratt (and his contrary sidekick kick Mary Mary) again and again. --Barry Forshaw

 
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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Big over Easy: A Nursery Crime
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 1-4352-8322-8 / 978-1-4352-8322-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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January 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 0-7862-8233-9 / 978-0-7862-8233-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 0-670-03423-1 / 978-0-670-03423-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

July 2005 : UK Hardback
Title: The Big Over Easy: Nursery Crime Adventures 1
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 0-340-83566-4 / 978-0-340-83566-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2005 : UK Hardback
Title: The Big Over Easy: Nursery Crime Adventures 1
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 0-340-83567-2 / 978-0-340-83567-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

2005 : UK Hardback
Title: Big Over Easy Signed Edition
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 0-340-89875-5 / 978-0-340-89875-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon   

Paperback Editions

June 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: The Big Over Easy: Nursery Crime Adventures 1
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 0-340-89710-4 / 978-0-340-89710-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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July 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 0-14-303723-4 / 978-0-14-303723-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: The Big Over Easy: Nursery Crime Adventures 1
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 0-340-83569-9 / 978-0-340-83569-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

2006 : UK Paperback
Title: The Big Over Easy: An Investigation With the Nursery Crime Division
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 1-4056-2182-6 / 978-1-4056-2182-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Paragon
Availability: Amazon UK   

July 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: The Big Over Easy: Nursery Crime Adventures 1
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 0-340-83568-0 / 978-0-340-83568-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

2005 : UK Paperback
Title: The Big over Easy
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 1-4056-1194-4 / 978-1-4056-1194-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windsor/Paragon
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

December 2006 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Big Over Easy: Nursery Crime Adventures 1
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 1-84456-140-2 / 978-1-84456-140-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   

July 2006 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 0-14-305884-3 / 978-0-14-305884-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon CA   

August 2005 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Big Over Easy (Nursery Crime)
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 0-7927-3701-6 / 978-0-7927-3701-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audiogo
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2005 : USA MP3 CD
Title: The Big Over Easy (Needlecraft Mystery)
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 0-7927-3702-4 / 978-0-7927-3702-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audiogo
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 0-7927-3542-0 / 978-0-7927-3542-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Sound Library
Availability: Amazon CA   

July 2005 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Big Over Easy
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 0-14-305770-7 / 978-0-14-305770-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

July 2005 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

May 2009 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Big Over Easy: Nursery Crime Adventures 1 (Nursery crimes)
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   

July 2006 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime
Author(s): Jasper Fforde
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   



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