The Gingerbreadman - psychopath, genius, convicted murderer and biscuit - is loose on the streets of Reading.
But it isn't Jack Spratt's case. Enforced non-involvment looks to be frustrating, until a chance encounter at the oddly familiar Déjà-Vu Club leads them into the hunt of missing journalist Henrietta "Goldy" Hatchett, Star reporter for The Daily Toad.
The last witnesses to see her alive were the Three Bears, comfortably living a life of rural solitude in Andersen's wood. But all is not what it seems. Are the unexplained explosions around the world related to a missing nuclear scientist? How dangerous can cucumber-growing be?
And most important of all: how could the bears' porridge be at such disparate temperatures when they were poured at the same time?