This one's for fans of Jasper Fforde's delightful series of books featuring literary detective Thursday Next, who enters classic works of fiction and interacts with their characters. (Somewhat like a loopier sci-fi version of the scenario in Woody Allen's 'The Kugelmass Episode'.)
Fforde has a new book out, entitled The Big Over Easy
, and it deals with the murder of Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III. As icBerkshire informs us:
"The Big Over Easy takes place one Easter in Reading - an understandably nerve-racking time for eggs. Minor baronet, and former millionaire Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III is found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. All the evidence points to his ex-wife, but the plot thickens as Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and his sidekick, Constable Mary Mary, get tangled up in a world of cross-border money laundering, bullion smuggling, problems with titans seeking asylum, and the cut and thrust world of, erm, chiropody."
" 'I think I've always been a bit silly,' the author confesses, 'I like a certain brand of humour - Lewis Carroll, Monty Python. It's all very silly, but played absolutely straight. Like with Alice, what else would you expect from a caterpillar sitting on a mushroom, but for him to give advice?'
" 'It's always struck me, whatever happened to Humpty to make him fall off the wall? These are stories that we're given as children and just accept, but I was always questioning them. 'The three bears,' he suddenly adds. 'Why did they sleep in separate beds? Was there another bear involved?' "
What next, an adult version of 'Little Red Riding Hood'? Oh wait, Angela Carter's already done that.