by christopher moore
It’s Venice, c. 1299. Three prominent Venetians —the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago—have lured the Queen of England’s rascally envoy and Fool, Pocket, to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantio's beautiful daughter, Portia, whilst all the time plotting his hideous demise.
Desperate to rid themselves once and for all of the man who is about to foil their grand quest to involve Venice in another Crusade (the wealth! the power!), they have drugged the wine and the girl is shoe shopping in Florence. But Pocket is no fool . . . and he's got more than a few tricks up his sleeve.
Hypocrisy and greed, courage and grief, anger and revenge are brewed together with deception, lust, a giant sea monster and a ghost (“there’s always a bloody ghost!”) to create a tale that’s outrageous, crude, lewd and very, very funny. A great summer read!