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The Fourth Bear: Nursery Crime 2 - Jasper Fforde

The Fourth Bear: Nursery Crime 2

Paperback

Published: July 2007
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The Gingerbreadman—psychopath, sadist, convicted murderer and cake/biscuit—is loose on the streets of Reading. It isn’t Jack Spratt’s case.

Despite the success of the Humpty Dumpty investigation, the well publicised failure to prevent Red Riding-Hood and her Gran being eaten once again plunges the Nursery Crime Division into controversy. Enforced non-involvement with the Gingerbreadman hunt looks to be frustrating until a chance encounter at the oddly familiar Deja-Vu Club leads them onto the hunt for missing journalist Henrietta ‘Goldy’ Hatchett, star reporter for The Daily Toad.

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. Are the unexplained explosions around the globe somehow related to missing nuclear scientist Angus McGuffin? Is cucumber-growing really that dangerous? Why are National Security involved? But most important of all: How could the bears’ porridge be at such disparate temperatures when they were poured at the same time?

'With its witty literary allusions, social satire and blurred boundaries between fiction and reality, it's all completely mad, very funny ... It also adds to Fforde's growing reputation as one of Britain's most inventive novelists and the thriller element keeps you guessing too.' Word 'What makes Fforde a star is not his ebullient cleverness, but the elusive sympathy factor. However ridiculous his themes seem, his characters have a compelling immediacy.' Independent 'What makes Fforde a star is not his ebullient cleverness, but the elusive sympathy factor. However ridiculous his themes seem, his characters have a compelling immediacy.' Independent 'It would be hard not to be won over by Fforde's undeniable energy and the sheer, unrelenting number of gags' Daily Mail 'THE FOURTH BEAR sees one of our funniest and most inventive authors at the height of his powers. The jokes come so fast that it is clear the author simply let his imagination off the leash and had a great time while writing it. You will have a great time reading it too.' Daily Express 'Fforde is inventive and hugely funny.' The Times 'It would be hard not to be won over by Fforde's undeniable energy and the sheer, unrelenting number of gags' Daily Mail 'THE FOURTH BEAR is a great choice as it has everything - humour, intrigue and cucumbers as a matter of national security ... will have you wondering how you haven't discovered Fforde before.' Anys Scoular, Observer 'THE FOURTH BEAR is a great choice as it has everything - humour, intrigue and cucumbers as a matter of national security ... will have you wondering how you haven't discovered Fforde before.' Anys Scoular, Observer 'THE FOURTH BEAR sees one of our funniest and most inventive authors at the height of his powers. The jokes come so fast that it is clear the author simply let his imagination off the leash and had a great time while writing it. You will have a great time reading it too.' Daily Express 'Fforde is inventive and hugely funny.' The Times 'With its witty literary allusions, social satire and blurred boundaries between fiction and reality, it's all completely mad, very funny ... It also adds to Fforde's growing reputation as one of Britain's most inventive novelists and the thriller element keeps you guessing too.' Word Praise for Jasper Fforde's new crime series : 'Fforde's dexterously tailored nonsense has an underlying thread of shrewd satire, and the author's own wry, dry narration helps to compensate for the omission in this abridgement of so many of his gloriously surreal jokes.' The Times 'Jasper Fforde is flavour of the comedy month, and this genial spoof whodunit if a fine example of his style... Fforde is a relaxed, polished storyteller who never falls in love with his own cleverness' Sunday Telegraph I love it. THE BIG OVER EASY is great not just because it's very funny...but also because it works properly as a whodunit...Comic genius. Observer A riot of puns, in-jokes and literary allusions that Fforde carries off with aplomb Daily Mail 'This novel is a wonderful combination of silliness and cleverness, and a delightful holiday from reality. It's got such a good comic premise that it would work even if played straight, but virtually every page is adorned with puns, gags, tongue-twisters or comic setpieces, keeping the reader in a perpetual state of amusement.' Independent on Sunday 'This is the first of best-selling Fforde's hilarious, absurd and utterly compelling new series of nursery crimes for adults.' Daily Mirror 'This book, energetic, entertaining and packed with gags, is unlike anything you'll ever read.' Telegraph 'Fforde's dexterously tailored nonsense has an underlying thread of shrewd satire, and the author's own wry, dry narration helps to compensate for the omission in this abridgement of so many of his gloriously surreal jokes.' The Times 'This novel is a wonderful combination of silliness and cleverness, and a delightful holiday from reality. It's got such a good comic premise that it would work even if played straight, but virtually every page is adorned with puns, gags, tongue-twisters or comic setpieces, keeping the reader in a perpetual state of amusement.' Independent on Sunday

ISBN: 9780340835739
ISBN-10: 0340835737
Series: Nursery crimes
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: July 2007
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.8  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.25

Jasper Fforde

Jasper began his career in the film industry, and for nineteen years held a variety of posts on such movies as Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro and Entrapment. Secretly harbouring a desire to tell his own stories rather than help other people tell their's, Jasper started writing in 1990, and spent ten years secretly writing novel after novel as he strove to find a style of his own that was a no-mans-land somewhere between the warring factions of Literary and Absurd.

After receiving 76 rejection letters from publishers, Jasper's first novel The Eyre Affair was taken on by Hodder & Stoughton and published in July 2001. Set in 1985 in a world that is similar to our own, but with a few crucial - and bizarre - differences (Wales is a socialist republic, the Crimean War is still ongoing and the most popular pets are home-cloned dodos), The Eyre Affair introduces literary detective named 'Thursday Next'. Thursday's job includes spotting forgeries of Shakespeare's lost plays, mending holes in narrative plotlines, and rescuing characters who have been kidnapped from literary masterpieces.

Luckily for Jasper, the novel garnered dozens of effusive reviews, and received high praise from the press, from booksellers and readers throughout the UK. In the US The Eyre Affair was also an instant hit, entering the New York Times Bestseller List in its first week of publication.

Since then, Jasper has added another four to the Thursday Next series and has also begun a second series that he calls 'Nursery Crime', featuring Jack Spratt of The Nursery Crime Division. In the first book, 'The Big Over Easy', Humpty Dumpty is the victim in a whodunnit, and in the second, 'The Fourth Bear', the Three Bear's connection to Goldilocks disapperance can finally be revealed.

In January 2010 Jasper will be revealing a new book, called 'Shades of Grey', in which a fragmented society struggle to survive in a colour-obsessed post-apocalyptic landscape. Don't worry, it's not that serious.

Jasper lives and writes in Wales and has a passion for aviation.

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