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The Fourth Bear

The Fourth Bear

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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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fantasy

On Sale: 1st May 2009

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781844569243

Reviews

'Fforde offers a cascade of puns, plays on words, surrealism, satire and verbal virtuosity...Astonishing, he is funny for 400 pages'
<i>The Times
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.
<i>Observer<i />
'Consistently clever'
<i>Publishers Weekly
'Fforde is a master entertainer, and a wordsmith of dexterous genius.'
<i>The Scotsman
Praise for THE BIG OVER EASY:
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'This is the first if best-selling Fforde's hilarious, absurd and utterly compelling new series of nursery crimes for adults.'
<i>Daily Mirror
A riot of puns, in-jokes and literary allusions that Fforde carries off with aplomb
<i>Daily Mail<i />