Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie
Last year I discovered Jasper Fforde through his fantastic book, One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing. It was one of the cleverest, most inspired books I have ever come across. A must read and something I regularly revisit for the odd chapter here and there. I can't recommend it strongly enough.
So I had very, very high expectations for The Big Over Easy.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Except instead of all the king's horses and all the king's men, it's up to DI Jack Spratt to try and piece together what happened the fateful night Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III met his end. Was it suicide? Or perhaps revenge from his ex-wife or string of lovers?
The Big Over Easy is one of the most original murder stories you'll ever read. The characters, right from the main people to the ones in the background demand your attention. It's funny, punny and you'll keep skipping back and forth to re-read little hints that are dropped silently in early chapters than reveal themselves towards the end.
Fforde does it again with apparent ease.
File under: Kelligrafie, book review, The Big Over Easy, Jasper Fforde