I offer the following book as an antidote to the cloud of darkness that seems to be wrapping itself around me.
The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Laugh out loud funny in several parts! Another very clever and witty entry in Jasper Fforde's body of work. This is the second installment of the Nursery Crimes' series, featuring Jack Spratt (who could eat no fat) and Mary Mary. This time, they are attempting to locate Goldilocks who was last seen at a bears' cottage in Anderson Forest, figure out why a greenhouse full of giant cucumbers exploded, penetrate a porridge-dealer's network, and reinstate themselves into the good graces of the authorities. The notorious master criminal Gingerbread Man is on the loose again, but although Jack was instrumental in the original capture of the cookie (or is he a cake?), he has been suspended from his job as head of the NCD (Nursery Crimes Division). Will they find Goldilocks? Will Jack be able to get his job back? Will his marriage survive the outing of a major secret? Will Mary Mary and Ashley (the Rambosian alien) finally go out on a date? Is the Gingerbread Man a cookie or a cake? And who exactly is behind the building of the major theme park, Somme World???
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