>J is for Jokes


[For Kerrie´s alphabet in crime meme]

In my current read there are jokes and puns aplenty.


Sergeant Mary Mary is transferred to Reading police station.
“´Mary?´ said an officer who was carrying a large potted plant in the manner of someone who thinks it is well outside their job description. ´… How often do you water these things?´
´That one?´ replied Mary without emotion. ´Never. It´s plastic.´”


´Jack, I want you to meet Detective Sergeant Mary´.
´Hello,´ said Jack.
´Mary Mary,´ said Mary Mary.
´Hello, hello?´
´Don´t play the fool, Spratt,´ cut in Briggs.
´It´s Mary Mary,´ explained Mary. ´That´s my name.´
´Mary Mary? Where are you from? Baden-Baden?´


Perhaps there are too many jokes and too little plot in Jasper Fforde´s “The Big Over Easy”. At least I got a bit tired after a few chapters and left the book behind in our cottage.
A non-review? I am not quite sure yet. Maybe I´ll pick it up again some other day.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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3 Responses to >J is for Jokes

  1. Kelly says:

    I’m a sucker for a pun or silly joke and the “mary mary” exchange made me smile. I’m sure it could get old, though, if there were too much of it in a book and not enough substance.

  2. Kelly: I read a few chapters, and my impression was it was all jokes and not much plot really. I am not at all against humour in crime fiction (The Cosy Knave is full of it), but I want a proper plot also to keep me interested throughout a book.

  3. Barbara says:

    Those jokes are pretty corny, aren’t they? I much prefer truly witty writing.

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