The Fourth Bear by Jasper FfordeThe Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde

The Fourth Bear

byJasper Fforde

Paperback | June 28, 2007

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The Gingerbreadman - psychopath, sadist, convicted murderer and cake/biscuit - is loose on the streets of Reading.

It isn't Jack Spratt's case. Despite the success of the Humpty Dumpty investigation, the well publicised failure to prevent Red Riding-Hood and her Gran being eaten once again plunges the Nursery Crime Division into controversy. Enforced non-involvement with the Gingerbreadman hunt looks to be frustrating until a chance encounter at the oddly familiar Deja-Vu Club leads them onto the hunt for missing journalist Henrietta 'Goldy' Hatchett, star reporter for The Daily Toad.

The last witnesses to see her alive were The Three Bears, comfortably living out a life of rural solitude in Andersen's wood. But all is not what it seems. Are the unexplained explosions around the globe somehow related to missing nuclear scientist Angus McGuffin? Is cucumber-growing really that dangerous? Why are National Security involved? But most important of all: How could the bears' porridge be at such disparate temperatures when they were poured at the same time?

Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring out of the window and chewing the end of a pencil. He lives and works in Wales and has a passion for aviation.
Title:The Fourth BearFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.82 × 5.22 × 0.73 inPublished:June 28, 2007Publisher:HodderLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0340835737

ISBN - 13:9780340835739


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A second installment that lives up to the first. If the Big Over Easy was up your alley, the Fourth Bear will not disappoint. With much of this beautiful world explained, more time can be spent on characters, both new and old, humorous plot lines and new twists on old tales.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the first Much more character focused but the world building definitely didn't stop either. The characters are more fun this time and more daring in their endeavors. The crimes are more gruesome this time round but it's still somehow adorable because of the spin Fforde takes on fairytales. Can't wait for the third one!
Date published: 2017-10-19

Editorial Reviews

'Fforde's dexterously tailored nonsense has an underlying thread of shrewd satire, and the author's own wry, dry narration helps to compensate for the omission in this abridgement of so many of his gloriously surreal jokes.'-The Times