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.