The Humpty Dumpty Tragedy by Herschel Cozine
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (8 pages)
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Astilbe
Now, for the first time, the true story behind Humpty Dumpty’s fall. Was it an accident? Did the Nurseryland government try to cover it up? Nathaniel P. Osgood III, working as his own client, delves into the old tragedy and makes a startling discovery.
Once upon a time an egg sat on a wall. When the king’s men found his body poor Humpty Dumpty was too broken to be fixed. Did he fall? Was he pushed? What was an egg doing perched on a wall in the first place? Come peer behind the headlines and discover what really happened that fateful day.
Nathaniel P. Osgoode III has seen everything. As a private investigator his passion in life is digging until he discovers the truth. In a few strokes of the pen a portrait emerges of a highly intelligent, thoughtful, trustworthy and empathetic man emerges. I can easily see how the author could bring him back for future adventures. There’s so much we haven’t learned yet about Nathaniel’s life and I for one sincerely hope that this isn’t the last we hear from him.
The setting of this story was almost more intriguing than the plot itself. Imagine a society populated entirely by characters from nursery rhymes and children’s books! Whispers of personality conflicts between the most unlikely individuals and the politics of governing mystical and human subjects whetted my appetite for more information about this world.
What surprised me the most about this tale, though, was how effortlessly so much humor was packed into a handful of pages. From slightly dark wisecracks - scrambled eggs, anyone? - to clever wordplay I giggled from beginning to end.
Whether you’re a fan of mysteries, fantasy worlds or nursery rhyme humor The Humpty Dumpty Tragedy has something to pique the interest of almost any reader.