(From the publisher):
Detective Thursday Next has had her fill of her responsibilities as the Bellman in Jurisfiction, enough with Emperor Zharkís pointlessly dramatic entrances, outbreaks of slapstick raging across pulp genres, and hacking her hair off to fill in for Joan of Arc. Packing up her son, Friday, Thursday returns to Swindon accompanied by none other than the dithering Danish prince Hamlet. Caring for both is more than a full- time job and Thursday decides it is definitely time to get her husband Landen back, if only to babysit. Luckily, those responsible for Landenís eradication, The Goliath Corporationó formerly an oppressive multinational conglomerate, now an oppressive multinational religionó have pledged to right the wrong.
But returning to SpecOps isnít a snap. When outlaw fictioneer Yorrick Kaine seeks to get himself elected dictator, he whips up a frenzy of anti-Danish sentiment and demands mass book burnings. The return of Swindonís patron saint bearing divine prophecies could spell the end of the world within five years, possibly faster if the laughably terrible Swindon Mallets donít win the Superhoop, the most important croquet tournament in the land. And if thatís not bad enough, The Merry Wives of Windsor is becoming entangled with Hamlet. Can Thursday find a Shakespeare clone to stop this hostile takeover? Can she prevent the world from plunging into war? Can she vanquish Kaine before he realizes his dream of absolute power? And, most important, will she ever find reliable child care?
(from the publisher)
Original title: Something Rotten
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives
Fiction→ Fantasy→ Fantasy Featuring Detection
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Humor
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ World Versions→ Alternate Histories