The first genuine mystery novel written by Dickens was never finished and was published posthumously in 1870 leaving the mystery unsolved forever. The choirmaster of Cloisterham, Jack Jasper, has a ward named Edwin Drood, a respectable young man engaged to Rosa Bud. Underneath the respectability Drood is an opium addict and no longer loves Rosa, the secret love of Jasper. Drood breaks the engagement and disappears completely. Also in love with Rosa, Neville Landless is arrested for Drood’s murder, but released for lack of a body. Fearing Rosa’s feelings for Landless, Jasper confesses his love and threatens to further implicate Landless in the murder unless she returns his love. The manuscript ends as Datchery, a shadowy character bedeviling Jasper, is introduced. Speculation abounds, but the mystery remains.