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The Third Pig Detective Agency

The Third Pig Detective Agency [Kindle Edition]

Bob Burke
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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‘This is undoubtedly the most whimsical hardboiled detective novel ever written, and it's utterly delightful.’ MATT REES

‘The Third Pig Detective Agency is a wonderful pastiche of noir-ish detective stories like The Maltese Falcon. The design is an absolute gem, with coffee stains on some pages and a genuinely vintage looking cover.’

‘A cross between Chinatown and all the fairy tales you've ever read.’ LIMERICK LEADER

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A crackling detective story!

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Pigg is going to be Bigg! 23 Jun 2009
Ever wondered what happened to the little pig (otherwise known as Harry Pigg) who was wise enough to build his house out of bricks? Well, after boiling the Big Bad Wolf down for soup, Harry became something of a fairytale legend and decided to take advantage of his fame and set up as a detective.

But business begins to dry up and Harry finds he has too much time on his trotters and not enough cash in his piggy bank. So when he's approached by a certain Mr Aladdin, who is missing a very special lamp, he has no choice but to take the case on. Naturally, this embroils Harry in a lot of trouble. There's avaricious witches, thuggish orcs and a sometimes overenthusiastic Jack Horner to contend with, along with a host of other complications.

The Third Pig Detective Agency is a great book, totally entertaining and madcap. Harry Pigg is a fabulous character, a kind of porcine Philip Marlowe let loose in a fractured fairytale universe. I have no doubt he is going to garner a cult following.

As well as being a great read, I have to mention the book design too (cover and inside.) It's beautiful, well thought out and witty.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be able to put this down 27 Jun 2009
Well thought out, clever twists, very polished, I would highly recommend this book both to teens and adults a like, there's something in here for everyone. The writing is clever, witty and fresh, you can see a lot of work went into this book. Laugh out loud funny. From the first paragrahy you just know you're in for a fun, fun ride. Harry's the man (well the pig!). I'm usually a very slow reader but I couldn't put this down until the mystery was solved.

My nieces and newphews will be receiving early xmas presents of it in the post very soon.

This is the businss, I can't wait for his next case!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pigg is the man! 26 Jun 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the fabulous cover design, through the cool touches to the pages , right the way until the end.
Harry Pigg is up to his trotters in a case, and there's a plethora of familiar Brothers Grimm/Fairytale characters to aid, annoy, antagonise and attack our porcine hero. Comparisons to Phillip Marlowe in the previous review are spot on.
A witty tale told with so much dedication to every word. Bob Burke is going to be very popular in years to come if he keeps this up. A touch of Raymond Chandler, a sprinkle of Eoin Colfer, a dash of Columbo - riveting stuff and you'll have a blast identifying the familiar faces and names in Grimmtown.
Roll on the next Harry Pigg case....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A promising story but not well written 6 May 2012
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A good idea for a story let down by a poor writing style. Too often the writer over explains situations which makes its a little painful and annoying for the reader. A book in the mould of Jasper Fforde but nowhere near to that standard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun 4 Jun 2011
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I do love the idea of a parrallel world where the fairy story characters live.
Some great ideas which really appealed to me and there was a coherent plot which involved these characters sensibly and well.
Have already got the sequel!
Always end up doing and 'if you liked......' and this would be if you like Jasper FForde's Nursery Crimes series or Robert Rankin Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse then you'll like this (or if you liked them you'll like this one!)
Also will be making by 12 year old boy read it too! Just right for that age
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 8 Sep 2009
I had to wait for my little boy to finish this book before I could get my hands on it. It is an immensely fun read, tipping a wink to a range of genres in a way that had me smiling broadly as I whizzed through it.
I hope that this is the first of many books from the author. He has at least two fans in our household.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A tale of piggy-in-the-middle 13 May 2013
By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The premise for The Third Pig Detective Agency is a good one -- take the characters and fables from fairytales and fashion them into detective stories with a noir framing and a dollop of black humour. Jasper Fforde has used the same premise in his Nursery Crimes series. For the most part, the book is a fun read. The story is cleverly structured, with a well worked resolution. The plot, however, is a little thin in places, with some elements under-played. For example, Edna, the Wicked Witch of the West, is largely reduced to a bit part and the sequence in her domain very linear and too quickly and easily resolved. Moreover, the writing, whilst capturing some of the style of noir fiction, was too often flat and clunky. Nevertheless, it's a fast-paced, light-hearted, enjoyable story suitable for kids and up and on this outing I'd give the other books a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By TonyV
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What would you do if your two siblings get eaten by a Big Bad Wolf and you are the last of the litter? That's right - set up a detective agency! That is exactly what Harry Pigg does in Grimmtown. When the town's Big Shot, Aladdin, comes to see Harry and explains that his Lamp is missing and he wants it back, Pronto, Harry sees an opportunity knocking. However, there are other big players in Grimmtown who also want the Lamp - including the one person who would be last on your list of suspects - and Harry finds that being a Mickey Spillane-style, successful detective only happens in fairy tales. If you like Jasper Fforde and Robert Rankin you will love this from Bob Burke. Check out the sequel - The HO HO HO Mystery, too...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Simple but so entertaining
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Agood fun read.
I'm enjoying the way the different characters are introduced into the story. Most amusing plots and counter plots. Very fast moving too. Can't wait to read some more.
Published 2 months ago by nemesis
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY
This book is one for all with exciting twists and turns with a touch of humour! The book let's you adventure in to fairy tales and fantasy including the most popular fairy tales... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lauren Reynolds
3.0 out of 5 stars Inventive fantasy comedy.
Lots of genuinely funny and inventive moments but the writing does fall over itself at times.worth a read though and I will read the next instalment for sure.
Published 8 months ago by Mr JL Fisher
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Novel
Tries hard buy does`nt get close to Fforde`s books. Probably suited to younger readers rather than an adult audience. Worth the read but would`nt rush to buy the follow ups
Published 11 months ago by Mrs Brenda M. Rankin
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good effort
A nice easy read, humorous, and well thought out. Perhaps a bit shorter than your average novel, but then again the plot probably couldn't have been stretched much further. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Al
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice easy read
Would make a good stocking filler for the kids, nice pocket size book and drawings. Good enough storyline just a bit lacking in substance.
Published 12 months ago by JLD
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as imaginative or exciting as jasper fforde
It was a good, snappy effort and I enjoyed it on the whole, as a quick breezy read but it lacked a bit of depth and description. Read more
Published 13 months ago by hmg
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you sitting comfortably?
This is one clever Pig and one clever detective story. The world-weary detective style gels beautifully with the fairytale characters and setting. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Perkins
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Book ever
I could not even finish this book. I considered it an insult to my intelligence and real rubbish.
I'm sorry...I tried.
Published 15 months ago by Caroline A. Harris
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