on the Committee
Ruth Dudley Edwards
Hermoine Babcock, chairperson for the Knapper-Warburton literary
prize, has died under suspicious circumstances. The timing couldn't
be worse because the committee is entering the crunch period where
the list of prize candidates must be pared to a few finalists. The
varied array of judges, each with his own agenda, can't seem to
agree on anything.
Baroness Ida "Jack" Troutbeck to replace the late Lady
Babcock. The Baroness is a strange one indeed. The term non-conformist
can't begin to describe Jack. Horace is Jacks gray parrot, and he's
equally as arrogant. The Baroness is extremely politically incorrect,
opinionated, confident, and determined. She enlists the aid of Robert
Amiss, the only completely normal person on the committee to help
her deal with the variety of prejudices and outlandish personality
quirks of the others.
a second committee member turns up dead from an alleged accidental
drowning, Robert Amiss isn't convinced that it wasn't murder. Baroness
Jack barely acknowledges the loss and insists on recruiting a replacement
and pushing on.
murder of two more judges prompts authorities to quarantine the
surviving members of the panel under police guard.
mystery novel has a decidedly British flavor to it and displays
an excellent example of the famous dry British humor. If you're
looking for action and violence, you won't find much here. This
book rides on extremely witty dialogue that will keep the reader
you're one who enjoys figuring out the answers a few chapters before
the end, prepare yourself for a serious challenge because Edwards
doesn't leave clues lying carelessly about.
highly recommend this book. It is entertainment at its finest. The
characters are all outspoken, unique, and interesting with many
opportunities for some big league personality clashes. The book