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?
'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 'Fforde is inventive and hugely funny.' -- The Times '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 '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 -- : '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 20050619 'A riot of puns, in-jokes and literary allusions that Fforde carries off with aplomb' -- Daily Mail 20050619 'This is the first of best-selling Fforde's hilarious, absurd and utterly compelling new series of nursery crimes for adults.' -- Daily Mirror 20050619 '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 20050619 '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 20050619 'This book, energetic, entertaining and packed with gags, is unlike anything you'll ever read.' -- Telegraph 20050619
Series: Nursery Crime Adventures
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: July 2007
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1