The Fourth Bear: Nursery Crime Adventures 2

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Hodder & Stoughton, May 1, 2009 - Fiction - 300 pages
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The Gingerbreadman: Psychopath, sadist, genius, convicted murderer and biscuit is loose in the streets of Reading. It isn't Jack Spratt's case. He and Mary Mary have been reassigned due to falling levels of nursery crime, and The NCD is once more in jeopardy. That is, until a chance encounter during the Armitage Shanks literary awards at the oddly familiar Deja-Vu Club lead Jack and Mary on the hunt for missing journalist Henrietta 'Goldilocks' Hatchett, star reporter for The Daily Toad. She had been about to break a story involving unexplained explosions in Herefordshire, Pasadena and the Nullabor Plain; The last witnesses to see her alive were The Three Bears, comfortably living out a life of rural solitude in Andersen's wood.

But all is not what it seems. How could the bear's porridge be at such disparate temperatures when they were poured at the same time? Was Goldy's death in the nearby 1st World War themepark of Sommeworld a freak accident? And is it merely chance that the Gingerbreadman pops up at awkward moments?

But there's more. What does a missing scientist with a terrifying discovery in subatomic physics, a secret weapon of devastating power, a reclusive industrialist known only as the Quangle Wangle and Colonel Danvers of the National Security all have in common?

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As usual clever plot, really funny and great fun. - Goodreads
My initial judgment was it appears, hasty. - Goodreads
I am increasingly impressed by Fforde's writing. - Goodreads
an easy to read book for great entertainment. - Goodreads
There are no helpful daily living tips. - Goodreads
The best plot twists in the history of mystery! - Goodreads

Review: The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime #2)

User Review  - Katherine Medbery-Oleson - Goodreads

Hilarious and delightfully bizarre! A few favorite lines: Of the Easter Bunny: "People were often fooled, he mused, by the one day in the year on which she did charitable work - the rest of the time ... Read full review

Review: The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime #2)

User Review  - Kelsey Hanson - Goodreads

I love this weird twisted series! Like the Big Over Easy, this book has a very sophisticated crime procedure style mystery with beloved fairy tales and nursery rhyme characters woven in. This book is ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring out of the window and chewing the end of a pencil. He lives and works in Wales and has a passion for aviation.

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