I'm reading (on audo) Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair. It's quite engaging. There's a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor and a touch of whimsy here and there (like the genetically engineered dodos), but mostly it's played as a straight-up hardboiled detective novel. However, because the main character is a literatech--a detective who specializes in crimes against literature, which is as important in this world as sports are in ours--there are a lot of references to things that I know little about, even with my liberal arts degree. One thing that's happened over the course of the book is that the original manuscript to the Dickens novel Martin Chuzzlewit has been stolen, and one of the characters, Mr. Quaverly, has been attacked. So I had to wonder, is this a real novel, and is Mr. Quaverly a real character in it?
It's a real book (www.dickens-literature.com
), but as far as I can tell, it's never had a character named Mr. Quaverly in it. It's hard for me to be certain, since I'm guessing at the spelling because I'm listening on audio, but a Google search indicates that I spelled it correctly.