John Charter investigates a killer stalking the members of a Romantic poets society on a Byron-Shelley tour of Italy, at the London Library, and at an academic conference at Norman Abbey--culminating in murder
John Charter is cajoled by his former wife Sophie into abandoning an Irish fishing trip to instead spend his vacation investigating a series of hoaxes on the Coleridge and Other Romantic Poets Society. The intrigue starts in Venice during a Byron-Shelley tour of Italy, continues in the London Library and the Royal Institution, and culminates in murder and mayhem during an academic conference at Norman Abbey. Charter's investigation uncovers the possibility of a copy of a long-lost Byron memoir. As his search continues, he is initiated into the mysteries of Deconstructionism, Marxist-Feminism, and political correctness - and the tensions (sometimes violent) they cause in academe.