Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch - Neil Gaiman

A stand in for Neil Gaiman tells the story of going out with friends and the unusual events that come out of what at first seems to be a very dull, mundane evening. Not a bad little tale, although I'm pretty sure I had read it before so, apparently, it didn't stay with me very long. I do HATE the plot devise of an author writing a story about a character that clearly is the author--what? as an author you don't have what it takes to come up with a character that isn't you?!