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by | Read by Simon Prebble

Fiction • 12 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2005

Humpty Dumpty falls to his death. DI Jack Spratt and his new partner DS Mary Mary, of the Nursery Crimes Division, are called to investigate. It seems "Hump" was an unsavory egg, and murder suspects include cuckolded husbands, jilted lovers, ex-wives, and sleazy business partners. Golden Voiced Simon Prebble delivers this NOIR nursery-spoof-police-procedural with Python-esque deadpan. His characterizations are inspired bits of insanity, including witnesses Willie Winkie, who suffers from narcolepsy, and Mrs. Hubbard, whose poor dogs never get any bones. Anagrams, puns, palindromes, and allusions run riot in this laugh-out-loud tomfoolery. Prebble's delicious performance adds just the right spice to Jasper Fforde's fluffy omelette. For listeners who like their silliness literate, with a twist. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 06]



Trade Ed. • Penguin Audio • 2005

CD ISBN 0143057707 $29.95 • Ten CDs

DD ISBN $20.97


Library Ed. • BBC Audiobooks America • 2005

CS ISBN 0792735420 $69.95 • Eight cassettes

CD ISBN 0792737016 $94.95 • Ten CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 0792737024 $29.95 • One MP3-CDs

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