Who stole Lady Basildon’s diamonds, and why are certain items of her underwear missing?
London – six months into the Second World War. While the phoney war continues in Europe and Hitler plots his next move, the war on crime is cranking up in London. Once again, Detective Inspector Hawker and Detective Sergeant Brightwell are called upon to solve an armed robbery. There’s no shortage of suspects: a butler with a dark secret, a valet who is not all he seems to be, a sexy housemaid, the Irish Republican Army and a couple of philandering milkmen to name but a few – and was it really Finland’s request for an armistice that necessitated Lord Basildon’s presence in the House of Lords? This time it will need Hawker’s brains, not Brightwell’s brawn, to solve it, with just a little help from Sherlock Holmes and a quota quickie.