The Peculiar Crimes Unit is no more, in this seventh entry in the series (following The Victoria Vanishes). After years of defying the odds and infuriating their embarrassed superiors, detectives Arthur Bryant and John May have at last crossed the line and not even their eccentric genius or phenomenal success rate solving London's most unusual crimes can save them. While Bryant takes to his bed, his bathrobe, and his esoteric books, the rest of the team take to the streets looking for new careers—leading one of them to stumble upon a gruesome murder. Still, it takes the bizarre sightings of a great horned creature—half man, half stag—carrying off young women to convince Bryant that this is a case worth getting dressed and leaving the house to solve.
"Fowler's unique blend of the comic and the grotesque is on full display.... The pacing, prose, planting of clues and characterizations are all top-notch."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)