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 Fforde, The 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!
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.