The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde

I just finished reading "The Eyre Affair," the first book in Jasper Fforde's series about a "literary detective" named Thursday Next.

Thursday inhabits a wacky alternate reality 1985 Great Britain with her time traveling father, pet Dodo named Pickwick, her aunt Polly and eccentric inventor uncle Mycroft. Things get serious when arch-villain Acheron Hades murders a minor character out of the pages of Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit and then sets his sights on Jane Eyre.

I thought the concept was insane and fabulous. I was hoping something with more heart than dazzle, but it doesn't matter: I have to recommend it based on the sheer madcap creativity.