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The second Nursery Crime detective novel by the best-selling author Jasper Fforde.

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?

©2019 Jasper Fforde (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Wonderful Listening

Loved the Nursery Crime Adventure series....kept me riveted to the very end...Ashley the Alien is a great character as are all the characters in the books.... The narrator, Luke Thompson is very well suited and is so easy to listen to and makes all players come to life. Highly recommend these stories to everyone.

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  • olympian
  • 26-08-2020

Enjoyable

If you like Fforde's style of surreal humour then you'll probably like this. I personally liked the big over easy (book one in this 'nursery crime' series) better as at times I felt like this book was just a little bit to pleased with itself and a couple of the characters felt a bit different in this book which jarred slightly to begin with. Still, am enjoyable listen overall and if you liked book one then I imagine you'll like this one too.

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  • Stefan Grieve
  • 20-06-2020

Superiour sequel, brilliantly performed.

Full of humour and cleverness, with a good mystery at it's supremely silly heart. Magic

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  • UncleSi
  • 24-11-2019

very good

very good story that i was happy to revisit in audio book format. great writing

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  • Andrew
  • 17-05-2019

solves the mystery of the three bears

this book is a work of comic genius. it forever addresses the unanswered questions regarding the story of the three bears it also is a supremely well crafted detective story love it

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