The gang at the Bard’s Bed & Breakfast on Vermont’s Lake Champlain is back in another tale of twisted intelligence plots and deceptions that would have left Shakespeare shaking his head in dismay. Uncle Edward, Lorna, Bea, and Ben take on the task of providing hospice care for a former CIA chemist, skilled in creating and defusing chemical and biological weapons.
Cantankerous and conniving to the end, Linda Romano proves a true challenge to the former CIA officers and their wives. Even as she is bedridden, the patient coerces her nurse, Manie, into assisting her in a game of blackmail and murder with a threat of killing husband Darwin, serving time in a Jamaican prison for a crime he claims he didn’t do. But Linda doesn’t stop there.
When the ruthless chemist contacts “Horrible Harry” to inform him she has poisoned him and he must come to her if he wants the antidote, things get really ugly. The solution? A hospice team that consists of a number of experienced CIA personnel -- from the diminutive, but deceptive Filipino-American terrorism expert Angie Singson, who poses as a vulnerable patient assistant, to the head-shrinking psychologist, Dr. John “Cannibal” Brody, who came by his nickname honestly. Determined to prevent a deadly attack on WMD expert David Helpern, the team gets busy convincing Linda she has the upper hand, all while yanking the rug out from under her.
What does all this have to do with the two young Syrian wards staying at the Bard’s Bed & Breakfast, Iranian spy Afarin Hesami, and an intelligence operation designed to turn a CIA asset in Damascus into a double agent? It’s going to take a Shakespearean effort to get past all the smoke bombs and broken mirrors tossed into their path, but it’s imperative they get to the bottom of this spy game.
Ever passionate and protective, Bea works overtime to keep the guests of the Bard’s Bed & Breakfast alive, the bad guys at bay, her cunning husband on his toes, and the wily CIA officers on their best behavior. It’s a wild romp across the Vermont countryside as they work together to outwit a sinister master of death and destruction.