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The plot in favour of getting et another jab in at some completely unrealistic caricature of a character It was uite disappointing after reading Corridors of Death by the same author which got that mocking humourous tone right and had a well plotted mystery This one didn t have that A great read Katherine will give it to Wicked City (Wicked City, you next time we go walking I thinkou ll love it What Fun Absolutely completely politically incorrect and that much the merrier for it Delightfully English in all the most amusing ways eccentric titled characters too much booze and great vocabulary I think I am hooked Robert Amiss in a member of the judging panel for the prestigious Knapper Warburton literary prize when Lady Hermione Babcock chairman of the judges is found dead Thanks to his intervention his old friend Baroness Jack Troutbeck is asked to take over the panel But it seems someone may have it in for the judges when another member of the panel is found dead in suspicious circumstancesEnter Jim Milton and Ellis Pooley from Scotland Yard to investigate I loved the characters in this book which satirises the behind the scenes activity in connection with literary prizes Jack of course manages to cut a swathe through the pretensions and gets up to speed on the books with the aid of Mary Lou Denslow a colleague at St Martha s College of which Jack is the MistressThe plot is complex and it will take an observant reader to identify the murderer in advance Jack is at her most obnoxious best and some of the discussions between the judges are priceless as are the descriptions of the novels in contention for the prize If The Celestial Selenite Scry (The Moon God Trilogy, you likeour crime novels laced with humour and satire then give this series a try they can be read in any order Just the usual read Spilling coffee because I can t put the book away time to put kettle on and crying with laughter I love Jack so much if she wouldn t be complete if it wasn t for Amiss What a pair Attended committes of all sorts myself A blessing they were not Ruth Dudley Edwards tackles many different things she knows all about To be so accurate et so funny about it just shows how brilliant she is. Read But noblesse must oblige even when it means joining the ranks of the superciliati sitting in judgement of the literati at the short list But the killer too has resumed and is whittling away at the judges one by
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T home I will not have my privacy invaded at the Yard I will not set foot in Gestapo headuarters or Milton s club I refuse to obey a dress code imposed by dinosaurs A judge shares her private reading tastes no surprise not at all to the liking of the dearly departed chairwoman What do ou like to read Stories Bridget Jones Jane Austen Maeve Binchy Zadie Smith And mysteries I love mysteries Lastly Amiss shared a particularly acrimonious exchange with his friend the Baroness Speaking of the prize books again Oh Americas sewing book yes there was an enjoyable moment when we were considering the gay logger and Jack referred to Rosa s and Ferriter s choices as being of a particular bent Ferriter said that proved she was homophobic and Jack said That Professor Ferriter is a fallacy spelt p h a l l a c There Secret Santa (Bluegrass Brothers, you have it next month I m back to rom The TroutbeckAmiss team again sets out to uncover dirty work while dissecting another realm of British society this time what seems to be a thinly disguised version of the Booker Prize No holds barred in portraying what C S Lewis called the charientocrats And I take exception to the description of Amiss as the token sane member The popstar sounds eminently sane as she asks You mean because it s popular it can t be good This is escapism A politically incorrect murderous excapist rompIfou are looking for Patricia Cornwell forget it I love the Robert Amiss series Of course for me they are brought to life by the inimitable Bill Wallis in audiobook form Bill Wallis was a remarkable narrator and kept all his character voices sublety separated Well except for Jack Nothing subtle about her Of all the books I like this Carnage on the Committee and the Corridors of Death the best wit A delight for those who are tired of political correctness and identity politics This didn t work for me at all I get that it was supposed to be funny and there were amusing bits here and there but it mostly read like a giant rant about political correctness that got very tiresome after awhile The actual mystery rather faded into the background and the solution came out of nowhere It felt like the author neglected. Ken sane member of the judging panel wastes no time in summoning Baroness 'Jack' Troutbeck to step into the breach not in the slightest it's the prospect of immersing herself in modern literature that fills her with
Characters are all IMHO caricatures Found it a bit tedious although I am sure it would appeal to anyone with an interest in how the upper classes in the UK might behaveI will not read any by this author My September TBR outside the genre choice was Carnage on the Committee by Ruth Dudley Edwards It was ultimately greatly disappointing Darn it Two comments led me to read the book The first a compliment from the Daily Mail It s always a pleasure to welcome another iconoclastic blast against the establishment from the pen of Ruth Dudley Edwards And secondly the back cover description When the chairperson of the prestigious Knapper Warburton Literary Prize dies in suspicious circumstances Robert Amiss wastes no time in summoning Baroness Jack Troutbeck 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 So what could be better An English cozy in a bookish setting Acerbic digs at sacred cows My kind of book right Unfortunately no because there were far too many judges an inordinate number of would be prize books and an unwieldy plot that made freuent allusions to previous books I found it very difficult to distinguish the rather unpleasant characters The Baroness was thoroughly unbelievable and Robert Amiss I think perhaps he was the hero faded into the background to the point of invisibility If The Workshop you decide to read the book I suggest skimming untilou run into a delightful barb or bon mot There were many of those and they were very on point and enjoyable Let me leave The Legacy of Aaron Geist you with a few and remember to mentally read all of these sentences with lashings of scornful sarcasmThe Baroness and Amiss discussing a ground breaking new novel What ground was she breaking this time Christ knows The crassness of consumerism came in to it somewhere as did the neo Gothic Mother Courage post capitalist meta narrative whatever crap that is White Goddesses Hillary Clinton and the Ode to Joy One of the suspects needs to be interviewed but the place is problematic Den Smith had declined to be interviewed Latest in Ruth Dudley Edwards's hilarious crime series lampooning the British Establishment 'I fear it will makeou laugh out loud on public transport' Evening Standard in suspicious circumstances Robert Amiss the to.
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