I don't usually review books .. but ....
Jack Spratt's first wife died because of the effects of her poor diet. His second wife, Madeline, has no such food issues. This and more is covered in the book I'm reading, called "The Big Over Easy" by Jasper Fforde. It seems the fairy tales didn't tell the whole story, for as far as I know, no book of fairy tales ever mentions that Jack Spratt, is, in reality, Detective Inspector Jack Spratt, of the Nursery Crime Division of the Reading Police. That's Reading in England - not Pennsylvania.
He and his Sergeant, DS Mary Mary, while investigating the apparent suicide of the rather shady and unscrupulous Mr. H. A. Dumpty (known to his friends as 'Humpty'), are informed by the Division's forensic pathologist, Mrs. Singh, that Humpty was, in fact, murdered - shot through the shell by a large caliber weapon.
This book is an amazing flight of fancy by Jasper Fforde, and I am smack in the middle of reading it. It's been a long time since I have been so taken by a book - I suggest, if you're looking for some reading to do this summer, that you look at Mr. Fforde.
There are two books in the Nursery Crime series (the other is "The Fourth Bear"), and there are several others in a series about Special Operative in literary detection, Thursday Next. Thursday appears first in "The Eyre Affair" and then she's in "Lost in a Good Book". All of this is wonderful, inventive stuff.
Give it a try.