Judith Dunne, a dull little American illustrator, returns to her decadent cousin Cee Cee's carriage house near Hampton Court the year after C. has been brutally murdered in her next-door mansion. In no time at all, the murderer is after Judith, sending her threats in iambic pentameter. Is he Cee Cee's super-straight widower Steven Grenville? One of her onetime lovers, such as bureaucrat George Sherill or rock star Zack Reeve? Or handsome Kyle Hodge, who lives and works at Hampton Court? Turns out to be none of the above on a technicality, since a split personality with a strong identification with various Tudor villains invades the body of one periodically. If only he could have killed off the entire dreary cast one hour before this interminable ""hour before midnight.