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At first the murders of Reg Chapman, a handy man at the Bodleian Library and gambling addict, and Nell Buckley, a popular Art student, seem unrelated. However, it transpires that Chapman stole parchment from the library upon which Nell and another student persuaded Philip, a brilliant, autistic young painter, to innocently forge letters by the poet Shelley for the international collectors' market. When both victims, for different reasons, threatened to expose the mastermind behind the scam, they were killed.
DI Lewis and DS Hathaway investigate two murders that are in some way connected. In the first, Reg Chapman, is found in the labyrinthine bowels of Oxford University's Bodlean library having been shot. He worked at the library and was an engineer by profession but had lost his regular job. He also lost his house and soon was to lose his wife over his gambling addiction. The second murder is that of Nell Buckley, a second year art student. A free spirit whom Lewis had actually met a few days before she too is found, bludgeoned to death near near a river bank. As they investigate, the police find that gambling, original works by the poet Shelley and a gifted autistic artist all factor into solving a complex crime.
The murder of a maintenance worker at the Bodleian Library and the death of a popular Art student seem to be linked.
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