After twenty-five years as a policeman, Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe wants to retire and open his restaurant Pie In The Sky, with his accountant wife Margaret as cashier/bookkeeper.A week before exchanging contracts he is shot in the leg by suave fraudster Dudley Hooperman. He is visited in hospital by A.C.C. Freddy Fisher,his police academy contemporary, who blames him for letting Hooperman escape and suspends him from duty until further notice. The suspension means that, as a non-serving officer, he does not have the option to resign. Woman constable Cambridge cannily notes that Crabbe has often cracked cases for which Fisher took the credit, hence the decision. Henry nonetheless presses ahead with his plan, buying hens to whom he plays Elgar and finding a vegetable supplier, Henderson, and an assistant chef in Steve Turner, a young ex-con who shares his passion for food. Henry is set up by a corrupt colleague, Skinner, paid by Hooperman to make it look as if Henry is taking a ...
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