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Carnage on the Committee


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Latest in Ruth Dudley Edwards's hilarious crime series lampooning the British Establishment: 'I fear it will make you laugh out loud on public transport' Evening Standard / In deplorable taste and wickedly funny, this, the latest in the Robert Amiss series, will consolidate the author's reputation for scurrilous humour / The author's book on the Orange Order, The Faithful Tribe, was a bestselling hardback / Ruth Dudley Edwards is an acclaimed biographer and newspaper columnist, and she regularly appears on Radio 4 / Competition: Caroline Graham, Lindsey Davis

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Ruth Dudley Edwards was born in Dublin and now lives in London. A historian and prize-winning biographer, her most recent non-fiction includes the authorized history of The Economist, a portrait of the British Foreign Office, written with its co-operation, and The Faithful Tribe, a portrait of the Orange Order.


In her 10th comic Robert Amiss mystery, Dudley Edwards (The Anglo-Irish Murders) mercilessly skewers the book publishing world. The poisoning death of a peer, who served as the chairperson for the eccentric selection committee for a new British literary prize to outshine the Booker, causes a crisis. Panel member Amiss, an aspiring mystery novelist, recruits his friend, Baroness Jack Troutbeck, to fill the breach. The baroness, a politically incorrect bisexual who might remind some readers of John Dickson Carr's legendary Sir Henry Merrivale, quickly moves to impose her view that literature should be judged on its literary merits, steamrollering over her outraged colleagues who award points to entries based on the author's ethnic, economic and political backgrounds. As one judge after another meets an untimely end, the police place the remaining panel members under guard. Edwards is unabashedly cynical about publishing and the methods authors use to get ahead. The byplay between the baroness and her rivals is often amusing, though less acidly memorable than Robert Barnard's dialogue in works like Death of an Old Goat, which satirized academic politics. Those interested in solving the puzzle should be forewarned that there's no rational basis for anyone to deduce the identity of the killer, who ultimately mails a confession to the police. Agent, Jane Chelius. (Nov. 30) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

'It's always a pleasure to welcome another iconoclastic blast against the establishment from the pen of Ruth Dudley Edwards' Simon Brett, Daily Mail 'This blithe series puts itself on the side of the angels by merrily, and staunchly, subverting every tenet of political correctness' Independent 'Sprightly, saucy and ingenious' Sunday Times 'Dudley Edwards is an equal-opportunities satirist. She's rude to every persuasion.' Daily Telegraph '[Ruth Dudley Edwards] writes ebullient novels frilled with entertaining eccentrics' The Times 'No one is writing wittier mystery fiction in Britain today that Ruth Dudley Edwards' Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News

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