This is book 4 of the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. We find our heroine living in a world where books come alive and feeling unsatisfied with her life as it is. There are elements of time travel as well as references made to historical fiction characters (all cleverly written). The story line progresses quickly enough to keep you entertained and yet slow enough to keep you intrigued. There is a guest appearance by Hamlet, Dodos and a baby that speaks in a type of quick handwriting that comes out as gibberish. The author puts so much thought into every aspect of his stories and in my opinion is not matched by his creativity. You should start with the first in the series, The Eyre Affair, then proceed in order from there. I hope you enjoy this series as much as I have.
Tired of her responsibilities as the Bellman in Jurisfiction, literary sleuth Thursday Next packs up her son, Friday, and returns to Swindon, accompanied by the Danish prince Hamlet, only to find herself coping with outlaw fictioneer Yorrick Kaine.