What if Edgar Allan Poe hadn’t died in 1849?
In an alternate 1851, the Master of the Macabre has finally overcome his demons. Married to his childhood sweetheart Elmira and with a successful writing career, he’s now touring England with his popular lecture series. But Poe’s notoriously bad luck returns during a stop in Oxford, leaving him implicated in the murder of a chambermaid.
Alone and desperate, Poe summons the skills of his detective character C. Auguste Dupin to clear his name, and recruits shy young undergraduate Charles Dodgson (soon to be known as Lewis Carroll) to act as Watson to his Holmes. In a race against time, this unlikely pair of detectives must track down the killer before Poe hangs for a crime he didn’t commit.