It's Easter in Readinga bad time for eggsand no one can remember the
last sunny day. Ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, minor baronet, ex-convict, and former millionaire
philanthropist, is found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby
area of town. All the evidence points to his ex-wife, who has
conveniently shot herself.
But Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and his assistant Mary Mary remain unconvinced, a sentiment not shared with their superiors at the Reading Police Department, who are still smarting over their failure to convict the Three Pigs of murdering Mr. Wolff. Before long Jack and Mary find themselves grappling with a sinister plot involving cross-border money laundering, bullion smuggling, problems with beanstalks, titans seeking asylum, and the cut and thrust world of international chiropody.
And on top of all that, the JellyMan is coming to town . . .
1. Mary Mary
If Queen Anne hadn't suffered so badly from Gout and Dropsy,
Reading might never have developed at all. In 1702 the unhealthy Queen Anne,
looking for a place to ease her Royal infirmities, chanced upon Bath; and where
Royalty goes, so too does society. In consequence, Reading, up until that time a
small town on a smaller tributary of the Thames, became a busy staging post on
the Bath road, later to become the A4, and ultimately the M4. The town was
enriched by the wool trade and later played host to several large firms that
were to become household names. By the time Huntley & Palmers biscuits began
here in 1822, Simonds brewery was already well established; and when Suttons
Seeds began in 1835 and Spongg's footcare in 1853, the town's prosperity was
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was published in 2001, and was
followed by Lost In A Good
Book (2002), The Well of
Lost Plots (2003) and
Something Rotten (2004). All
revolve around, female
detective, Thursday Next who
lives in a parallel world to our
own where books are paramount,
the Crimean War is still ongoing
and dodos are the pets of
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