This is the first book in a new series by the author of the Thursday Next Series (The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, and Something Rotten). Detective Inspector Jack Spratt is head of Reading's Nursery Crime Division. He is investigating the murder of Humpty Dumpty with his new Detective Sergeant Mary Mary. It is a witty and enjoyable read, but not as good as the earlier series. I rate this book 3 out of 5.