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Welcome to an alternative England, where characters from nursery rhymes investigate nursery crimes and the investigation is more focused on getting a good story than on getting a correct conviction. Jack Spratt and his new partner, Mary Mary, have just been assigned to investigate the death of Humpty Dumpty. But this seemingly straightforward investigation is not all it’s cracked up to be. (Sorry, I don’t know if that even made sense, but I had to work it in somehow.)
I really enjoyed this. Something about the feel of a hard-nosed detective story contrasted with using characters from nursery rhymes just really amused me. And it was an unpredictable whodunnit on top of everything else. If you don’t take yourself (or your books) too seriously, you would probably enjoy this. I have also really enjoyed Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, so if you enjoyed those, you’ll probably also like this series.
Reviewed October 13, 2007
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