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The police are called to the house of a specialist on the Romantic poets, including the poet Shelley. Dr Stringer thought there was an intruder in his garden, but doesn’t seem to have much to steal other than rare books. Lewis notices a painting by Nell hanging on his wall. Later the library maintenance engineer, Chapman, is found shot in the head in the basement of the Bodleian library. Chapman had a bad gambling habit which his aggressive brother in law hated. Strangely Hathaway finds nineteenth-century books at Chapman’s house and people aren’t allowed to "borrow" books from the Bodleian. With a further death on the cards and a forgery racket that reveals more than meets the eye, Lewis finds himself solving another case with far reaching consequences.