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FFORDE,  JASPER
The Big Over Easy

This is a very British pastiche of the detective genre, in a world where Persons of Dubious Reality (PSD) live alongside humans (and the occasional Rambosian alien), mostly in harmony. The Big Over Easy follows Detective Jack Spratt (whose first wife died young due to her refusal to eat lean meat) of the Reading Police Department’s Nursery Crime Unit as he attempts to unravel the mystery of Humpty Dumpty’s recent demise (did he fall, or was he pushed?). Jack is fighting a losing battle after failing to convict the three little pigs of a big bad murder, and his own colleagues and superiors are conspiring against him. Not to mention his daughter is about to become engaged to the mythological Prometheus, and he is in trouble with his mother for selling a painting of a Stubbs cow for a measly handful of beans… Fans of Terry Pratchett and anyone with a dry/sarcastic sense of humour will enjoy this book: others may not. Jasper Fforde has a very entertaining website with lots of supplementary features which is well worth a visit.

indexed under: The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg, Jack and the Beanstalk, Multiple tales, Three Little Pigs
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FFORDE,  JASPER
The Fourth Bear

The Gingerbread Man, a 6 foot tall biscuit (or cake?) and convicted psychopathic murderer, has escaped from the somewhat inadequate local mental institution.  It is up to beleaguered Detective Jack Spratt of the under-financed Nursery Crime Unit to track him down before it’s too late. This is in addition to figuring out the identity of the mysterious fourth bear, at the centre of the latest Goldilocks controversy, arranging the marriage of his daughter to a Titan, not to mention strenuously denying any seeming similarity between himself and the infamous giant killer… An entertaining mystery with the added bonus of the built-in & endlessly amusing game of ‘Spot the literary reference’.

indexed under: Gingerbread Man, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Multiple tales
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FLINN,  ALEX
Beastly

A young adult novel.

indexed under: Beauty and the Beast
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FLINN,  ALEX
Cloaked

A young adult novel.

indexed under: Elves and the Shoemaker, Frog Prince, multiple tales, Wild Swans
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FLINN, ALEX
A Kiss in Time

A young adult novel.

indexed under: Sleeping Beauty
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