I didn't make any progress on this until I was on the flight back home last night.
It's still not looking like this will be a favourite book.
The characters are still bumbling idiots, and now we also have a Scotland Yard Inspector who fits right in with them.
Talking about Scotland Yard, this is new New Scotland Yard...which I happened to stroll by on Sat. And, yes, I rather liked that the surveillance camera photobombed the shot.