It was a most peculiar murder. A man's body was found in the canal-but the evidence showed that he had drowned in a bathtub. A theater critic known for his savage reviews, the victim had had a full cast of enemies. While Inspector Witherspoon scoured the theater, his housekeeper and unofficial sleuthing partner, Mrs. Jeffries uncovered the critic's secret past: a real-life drama more compelling than any stage play . . .