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Carnage on the Committee

by Ruth Dudley Edwards

Series: Robert Amiss (10)

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Latest in Ruth Dudley Edwards's hilarious series of crime novels lampooning the British EstablishmentWhen the chairperson of the prestigious Knapper-Warburton Literary Prize dies in suspicious circumstances, Robert Amiss (the token sane member of the judging panel) wastes no time in summoning Baroness 'Jack' Troutbeck to step into the breach. Speculation that a killer may be targeting the judges worries the baroness not in the slightest -- it's the prospect of immersing herself in modern literature that fills her with dread. But noblesse must oblige, even when it means joining the ranks of the superciliati sitting in judgement of the literati. With the baroness at the helm, the judges resume the task of whittling away at the short-list. But the killer, too, has resumed and is whittling away at the judges one by one ... In deplorable taste and wickedly funny, this, the tenth in the Robert Amiss series, will consolidate the author's reputation for scurrilous humour.… (more)
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This book is a 2 1/2-3 star book. This is part of a series but the first one I have read. I had a hard time getting into this book. I picked it up because it had to do with books and I love a good biblio mystery, unfortunately this was not one. The was a lot of talk about politics, lousy books and England vs Europe. There were a few murders but the who and why did it came out of left field. I like to try and figure out the mystery but most of the info is hidden from the author so I only read to the end to see who did it. There maybe others in this series that are better but I would skip this one. ( )
  bookwoman37 | May 8, 2013 |
The chair of a committee which is to award a prestigious literary prize is murdered and a new (horrible) woman is selected as the successor. That's about as much of the plot as I got through in 40 pages.

I can be as politically incorrect as the next person but the repeated use of derogatory phrases to refer to various minority groups got a bit tiresome and when the same not-very-funny joke was repeated for the 5th time in the 40 pages I read I decided to give up then and there. I don't mind a 'cosy' or light read every now and again but I usually like an element of humour and need some likeable characters. This one had neither. ( )
  bsquaredinoz | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Latest in Ruth Dudley Edwards's hilarious series of crime novels lampooning the British EstablishmentWhen the chairperson of the prestigious Knapper-Warburton Literary Prize dies in suspicious circumstances, Robert Amiss (the token sane member of the judging panel) wastes no time in summoning Baroness 'Jack' Troutbeck to step into the breach. Speculation that a killer may be targeting the judges worries the baroness not in the slightest -- it's the prospect of immersing herself in modern literature that fills her with dread. But noblesse must oblige, even when it means joining the ranks of the superciliati sitting in judgement of the literati. With the baroness at the helm, the judges resume the task of whittling away at the short-list. But the killer, too, has resumed and is whittling away at the judges one by one ... In deplorable taste and wickedly funny, this, the tenth in the Robert Amiss series, will consolidate the author's reputation for scurrilous humour.

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Ruth Dudley Edwards's hilarious crime series lampooning the British Establishment: When the chairperson of the prestigious Knapper-Warburton Literary Prize dies in suspicious circumstances, Robert Amiss (the token sane member of the judging panel) wastes no time in summoning Baroness 'Jack' Troutbeck to step into the breach. Speculation that a killer may be targeting the judges worries the baroness not in the slightest -- it's the prospect of immersing herself in modern literature that fills her with dread. But noblesse must oblige, even when it means joining the ranks of the superciliati sitting in judgement of the literati. With the baroness at the helm, the judges resume the task of whittling away at the short-list. But the killer, too, has resumed and is whittling away at the judges one by one !
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