Maxwell's Revenge - M.J. Trow
Trow rattles along at a swift pace with humorous references to current and historical events, and an engaging sleuth. Maxwell is sharp, annoying and compassionate. He's a teacher.

In Maxwell's Revenge you might be able to solve the crime well before the book ends, but that doesn't matter. You're enjoying the craziness of British life. Call it satire as much as a murder mystery, the book is a pleasant way to spend an evening with your glass of Southern Comfort (or whatever you prefer) by your side.