This book is set mainly in America in the 1860s and 70s, swapping between the time when Charles Dickens was doing a speaking tour of some American cities, and after his death in Rochester in London. It also concerns his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which was unfinished when he died. The main character is Osgood, one of his publishers in America. During the speaking tour there is a strange woman who appears to be stalking Dickens, and when Charles Dickens dies it appears she has something to do with the end of the novel, which a lot of people think Dickens has hidden somewhere. There is also another bit which is set in India, which I didn't really get, but I think it was to do with the opium trade, which is a main part of Edwin Drood. I won't tell you what happens at the end...but really the book could have been so much better! It got a bit confusing, and there were a few characters which I wasn't sure what they were doing there. This could have been a great book, but it was a bit..cluttered. I have read another book by Matthew Pearl, The Dante Club, which at the time I really liked, so I think I would read more by him, but not too sure about this book.