If the F.B.I. employed Mary Poppins she would be Aloysius Pendergast. He is "practically perfect in every way". He has any tool he needs readily at his disposal. He is the composite gentleman and deals with every situation in a calm and rational manner. He seems a little bit larger than life. But in the Agent Pendergast novels it seems to work. This one takes place in a small rural town where unusual "tableau" murders have taken place. As usual, Agent Pendergast is working "off the books" so does not solve the crime, but in his own unique way, points others to doing so. I am always entertained by good old Aloysius.