I was an English major in college, which may explain part of my love for this book. It's basically a rip-off of The DaVinci Code (which oddly enough, I seem to be reading a lot of lately), but with a focus on Shakespeare.
Kate, a smart, young theater director, is given a gift by her former dissertation professor and mentor Roz--but there's a catch. Kate has to promise to follow the trail the gift will open. The book then twists into a quest for Shakespeare's lost play Cardenio.
With globe-hopping, murders galore and discussion about Shakespeare, it's a perfect English major book. It makes you think about Shakespeare and who he was (personally, I like the Edward de Vere theory). Some of the characters are a bit shallow, but since the book is so plot-driven, I'll forgive that little flaw.
And did I mention it features people dressing in disguise? I love that!