Shakespeare for Squirrels

Shakespeare for Squirrels

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Shakespeare meets Dashiell Hammett in this wildly entertaining murder mystery from New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore—an uproarious, hardboiled take on the Bard’s most performed play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring Pocket, the hero of Fool and The Serpent of Venice, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff.

Set adrift by his pirate crew, Pocket of Dog Snogging—last seen in The Serpent of Venice—washes up on the sun-bleached shores of Greece, where he hopes to dazzle the Duke with his comedic brilliance and become his trusted fool.

But the island is in turmoil. Egeus, the Duke’s minister, is furious that his daughter Hermia is determined to marry Demetrius, instead of Lysander, the man he has chosen for her. The Duke decrees that if, by the time of the wedding, Hermia still refuses to marry Lysander, she shall be executed . . . or consigned to a nunnery. Pocket, being Pocket, cannot help but point out that this decree is complete bollocks, and that the Duke is an egregious weasel for having even suggested it. Irritated by the fool’s impudence, the Duke orders his death. With the Duke’s guards in pursuit, Pocket makes a daring escape.

He soon stumbles into the wooded realm of the fairy king Oberon, who, as luck would have it, IS short a fool. His jester Robin Goodfellow—the mischievous sprite better known as Puck—was found dead. Murdered. Oberon makes Pocket an offer he can’t refuse: he will make Pocket his fool and have his death sentence lifted if Pocket finds out who killed Robin Goodfellow. But as anyone who is even vaguely aware of the Bard’s most performed play ever will know, nearly every character has a motive for wanting the mischievous sprite dead.

With too many suspects and too little time, Pocket must work his own kind of magic to find the truth, save his neck, and ensure that all ends well.

A rollicking tale of love, magic, madness, and murder, Shakespeare for Squirrels is a Midsummer Night’s noir—a wicked and brilliantly funny good time conjured by the singular imagination of Christopher Moore.

Title:Shakespeare for Squirrels
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062434029
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    Shakespeare for Squirrels Reviews

  • Erikka

    Moore has outdone himself. With the exception of Lamb, this may be my favorite book of his yet. After the brutal misstep of Noir, I thought he'd lost his edge. Fear not, Pocket and Drool are back for ...

  • Stacy Fetters

    "It would be just fitting that the only man who would deign to talk to me is a hat-shagging monkey. She leaned in closely. You, sir, have the look of a hat shagger."Oh, f**kastockings! He’s back! It...

  • Ashley Noelle Lewis

    I received this as an ARC from NetGalley. Let me start by saying that I love Christopher Moore's novels, but he set the bar really high for me with Lamb and nothing has been that good since. With that...

  • J.S. Bailey

    I work in a bookstore. Every month we receive ARCs from publishers, and when Shakespeare for Squirrels came in, I thought it sounded like something Terry Pratchett would have written, and that it woul...

  • Geoffrey

    (Note: I received an advanced reader copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for a review)This is actually my first go at a Christopher Moore book, and due to my initial unfamiliarity, I e...

  • Angus McKeogh

    Not a bad read at all. The third of the series. And if I was rating them in order; the first book was phenomenal (5-stars), the second was a mediocre follow up (definitely third in line in the series)...

  • Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews

    *3.5 StarsI would call myself a fan of Christopher Moore, yes, this is only the third book of his that I have read, but the other two really hit home for me. I love how Moore can create complete ridic...

  • Zoe's Human

    Once again the intrepid Pocket of Dog Snogging is immersed in "heinous fuckery most foul" as he becomes entangled in the machinations of King Theseus, Hippolyta, Oberon, and Titania. With his apprenti...

  • Shirley Eiswerth (Quackenbush)

    I’m pretty sure I’m actually a character in one of Christopher Moore’s books and I don’t know it.. I laugh out loud wherever I may be reading his books, dirty/innuendos, sarcasm and snark are ...

  • Jessica Haider

    Shakespeare for Squirrels, the latest from Christopher Moore, features the same protagonist as Fool and The Serpent of Venice. This time Pocket is back with a retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream. I...