In this final part of the Fordhamton Trilogy the first Fordhamton Arts Festival gets off to a bad start when the stand-in for the school’s production of The Real Inspector Hound is found murdered during the dress rehearsal.
The murder brings Detective Inspector Miles Davis back to town. His new role in Intelligence leads him straight to the American listening post at Oates Hall and the unofficial investigations by Lynne Anderson, the recently deceased stand-in.
Suspicion for the murder immediately falls on the organiser Jeremy Hawkins owing to his past as a student activist. The lives of other members of the cast are revealed and the list of suspects continues to grow.
Davis’ investigations are not helped by the anarchic nature of the Festival exhibits, nor a second strange accident to a member of the cast. As a last resort Davis takes the part of Inspector Hound and unmasks the murderer as well as finding love in the most unusual circumstances.