Tuesday, January 12, 2010

THE FOURTH BEAR by JASPER FFORDE

The Fourth Bear, the second Nursery Crime mystery, opens in Obscurity and begins with a giant cucumber and a tremendous explosion.  The action picks up from there.  Once again, DCI Jack Spratt and DS Mary Mary are on the case.  And, once again, the case is much larger than it initially appears.  The Gingerbread Man has escaped from the nuthouse, Goldilocks is brutally murdered, and somehow all these things are deliciously linked to one another.

As in the previous book, the joy in this one comes again and again from the little throwaway references...what can I say, they just make me happy.  Here's one: Spratt buys a used car from Dorian Gray, a questionable car dealer who cuts him a too-good-to-be-true deal.  Can you guess what happens to the portrait that resides in the car's boot?  Here's another: Punch and Judy move in next door to the Spratts and save their marriage. 

Read Jasper Fforde for a light, sly, jokey, and most of all fun experience.

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