Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #309: Shakespeare for Squirrels by Christopher Moore

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event that had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlighted upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with "Can't-Wait Wednesday" hosted over at Wishful Endings.

From Goodreads:

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.

Shakespeare for Squirrels by Christopher Moore is expected to be published May 19th, 2020 by William Morrow.

Why am I waiting on this one? I enjoy Christopher Moore's writing. And I enjoy Shakespeare. I look forward to seeing what twisted things happen when these two things collide anew.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!


  1. I haven't read anything by this author before, but this one sounds interesting. Hope you enjoy it! :)

  2. This is a new one to me and I really do like the sounds of it too. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

  3. This author is new to me but the title Shakespeare for Squirrels sounds like great fun. Thank you for sharing it with us and happy reading.

  4. This sounds like it is going to be all sorts of fun! I love a good Shakespeare inspired story. I hope that you love it. :)

  5. I love Christopher Moore and it's been a while since I've read one of his books. This sounds like fun!

  6. The blurb makes it sound a comedy. I am wondering how different the novel is from the play. Enjoy your read and thanks for stopping by earlier!

  7. *dies laughing* With a title like that, I have to read this! Great pick!

  8. I love Christopher Moore! Will have to check this one out. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by my Wednesday post on Lisa Loves Literature earlier!