From Publishers Weekly
Although eccentricity is expected in certain British mysteries, this eighth Peckover caper, after last year's Kill the Butler! , turns positively loopy. Detective Chief Inspector Henry Peckover and his Harrow-educated sidekick, Detective Constable Jason Twitty, join the Sealeigh Choral Society to ascertain who's been stealing relics from foreign churches that have hosted the choir. The ersatz vocalists encounter a plethora of dotty suspects. Is it Philip Green, mayor of Sealeigh, who heads SCAT (Sealeigh Campaign Against the Tunnel) and whose ferry shares are in danger? Is it Peter Witherspoon, art lecturer once arrested for peepery, or Angus McCurdle, a farmer of Scots ancestry who is building a model of Brighton's Royal Pavilion with 30,000 matchsticks? Or Clemency Axelrod, she with the glass eye who runs an antique shop called Curiouser and Curiouser? When the choir reaches Ghent, Belgium, matters turn murderous as gossipy Eleanor Sandwich is clubbed to death with a candelabra. The loopiness escalates right to the climactic scene--a foxhunt that winds up in a church. Kenyon's idiosyncratic characters would do P.G. Wodehouse proud, and his quip-a-minute style helps obscure the absence of a real plot.
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From Kirkus Reviews
The two newest members of the Sealeigh Choral Society--Chief Inspector Henry Peckover (fresh from his last undercover assignment in 1993's Kill the Butler!) and his sidekick Constable Jason Twitty- -clamber aboard, without benefit of auditions, just in time for a concert tour of Ghent, Gap, Bra, and Andorra--where they expect a continuation of the rash of thefts of religious artifacts (so far, a madonna, a chalice, and a bit from a crown of thorns) from sites the choir has been visiting. On landing in Ghent, though, Peckover and Twitty find an embarrassment of felonies: not only a missing candlestick, but a contralto who's been bludgeoned to death with it. What's the motive behind the amateurish thefts, and what's their connection to a nefarious plot to start a rabies epidemic on Peckover's tight little island? The answers will involve considerably less lighthearted foolery than Peckover is used to--though his banter with a dozen choristers and his occasional verse are as droll as ever. Grave matters like theft, homicide, sabotage, and germ warfare are no match for Peckover's indomitable levity. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.