First Line Friday: The Big Over Easy

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.


I’m going with the “closest book to you” option for sharing this First Line Friday, and it’s the first of two Nursery Crime novels by Jasper FfordeThe Big Over Easy.  The title is only the start of the fun.

Here the book description:

It’s Easter in Reading—a bad time for eggs—and 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 . . .

And here is the first line:


It was the week following Easter in Reading, and no one could remember the last sunny day.


Hope you are all staying healthy, getting plenty of quality time with family, and finding time to read.  Stay safe!

Happy Friday!

Want to join in on the First Line Friday fun?  Open your current read or the book nearest to you and share the first line in the comments.  You can also head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is sharing.

21 thoughts on “First Line Friday: The Big Over Easy

  1. I love Jasper Fforde!!!

    Happy Friday! 🙂
    I’m currently reading Dead End by Nancy Mehl. I’m halfway through and I’m loving it so much. I’m on chapter 23, so I’ll share from there:
    “Before Noah and Kaely left the restaurant, Noah called Chief Sawyer and told him about the note given to Kenny.”
    Hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time. 😊❤📖

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  2. That sounds like a riot!

    On my blog I’m sharing the first line of The Summer We Turned Thirteen, but I also recently finished reading Heartland Skies by Melody Carlson, so I’ll share from it here:

    “Now, here’s a serious contender for this year’s all-around buckaroo award,” said the rodeo announcer.

    Happy Friday!

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  3. Happy Friday!

    My first line this week is from The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson:

    “Dillon Michaels was fed up-but it wasn’t with dinner.”

    I hope you have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

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  4. My book this week is Dead End by Nancy Mehl
    Chief of Police Everett Sawyer stood over the body they’d just dug up in the old rail yard north of the city.

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  5. Happy Friday! My first line is from “A Latte Difficulty” by Angela Ruth Strong:

    “Black is a good color for coffee, not bridesmaid dresses.”

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  6. Happy Friday! On my blog, I’m featuring A Love Most Worthy by Sandra Ardoin. Here, I will share my current read from the Seven Brides of South Dakota Series by Kari Trumbo. This is from Book 1, Dreams in Deadwood. The first line in Chapter 7—which is where I’m currently at—is “Boom drove Aiden to the outskirts of Deadwood, then bypassed the town and went around to a small area with what seemed like endless rows of tiny decrepit homes.” Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. I’m currently reading Mission Hollywood by Michelle Keener. I’m on chapter 29 so I’ll share that first line. “Lily spent New Year’s Day at home, while her dad and Noah went to the church to start work on preparations for the block party.” I hope you have a great weekend of reading!

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  8. Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I shared the first line from Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese but I just started reading The Joy of Falling by Lindsay Harrel so I’ll share the first line from chapter 3 here: “Few places reminded her more of Brent than the Saturday-morning farmers market.” Hope you have a great weekend with some quality reading time 🙂

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  9. I am reading several books right now, but I started a Harlequin Heartwarming Book Today. A Match Made Perfect by Anna J. Stewart. This line is a father talking to his daughter.

    “Chin up Mandy.” Sebastian Evans tapped a finger under his own chin as he palmed the softball.

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