The defenestration of a theatre impresario's young son was definitely not the best way to end the play's first-night party; everyone at the party is a suspect, and the crime scene itself was most unusual: a locked bedroom, with no prints or traces of bloodójust a sinister, life-size puppet of Mr. Punch lying on the floor. It's just the sort of case for Arthur Bryant and John May of the Peculiar Crimes Unit, in this ninth outing for the 80-something detectives (following Bryant & May Off the Rails). But the Home Office, wary of the PCU's eccentric methods and potential political embarrassment, wants them off the investigation.
"A sense of the macabre combined with laugh-out-loud moments and eccentric characters are set against a lovingly realized London backdrop."óDaily Telegraph (London)