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Matricide at St. Martha's: A Robert Amiss/Baroness Jack Troutbeck Mystery #5 (Robert Amiss Mysteries) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Ruth Dudley Edwards

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St. Martha’s College, Cambridge, had been staggering along on a shoestring for decades. Then alumna Alice Toon leaves her old school a huge fortune. The dons immediately fall to fighting over the spoils. The Virgins, led by Dame Maud Theodosia Buckbarrow, believe the bequests should be spent on scholarships. The Dykes­—fewer in number but better street fighters—want to raise a center of Gender and Ethnic Studies. The Old Women (mostly men) dream of fine vintages to be laid down in a decent new wine cellar. Impasse!
They’ve reckoned without the Bursar, Jack Troutbeck. She elects to infiltrate this maelstrom of politics with her own agent, Robert Amiss, a former civil servant with a talent for sorting things out. No sooner does he arrive on the scene where the Virgins are getting the upper hand than Dame Maud is murdered, leading into what Mike Ripley of The Daily Telegraph described as: “An acidly funny romp... Superbly bitchy on the none-too-fragrant groves of academe.”

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Dr Ruth Dudley Edwards was born and brought up in Dublin, Ireland. Since she graduated she has lived in England, where she has been a teacher, a Cambridge postgraduate student, a marketing executive, a civil servant and, finally, a freelance writer, journalist and broadcaster.An historian and prize-winning biographer, her recent non-fiction includes the authorized history of The Economist, a portrait of the British Foreign Office and a book about the newspaper world of the mid-twentieth century. She uses her knowledge of the British establishment in her satirical crime novels: targets so far include the civil service, gentlemen's clubs, Cambridge colleges, the House of Lords, the Church of England, publishing, literary prizes and - always - political correctness. She has three times been short-listed for awards from the Crime Writers' Association.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 257 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1890208922
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  • Editeur : Poisoned Pen Press; Édition : 1 (25 mai 2011)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Humorous And Suspenseful: A Must Read 17 mai 2000
Par "thewiegone" - Publié sur
This work was originally recommended to me via friends of mine who I trust about literature, so I decided to read Ruth Dudley Edwards' Matricide.
As I read the book, I was initially confused with the characters of Jack and Robert Amiss because this is just one of the many stories Edwards has written using these characters. (Jack is an "elderly fat woman" and Amiss is a man called upon to do a favor for Jack.)
After the initial haze (which is only the first ten pages or so of over two hundred), the book opened up to not only be a suspenseful murder who-dun-it but also a humorous read. The interactions between Jack and Amiss are priceless. In addition, the character of God-loving policeman Romford is thoroughly annoying yet enjoyable.
Simply, the plot revolves St. Martha's, a college in turmoil between three factions (the radical feminists, the "Virgins," and the "Old Women") vying for money from a memorial trust. The war that ensues causes the murder of the Mistress of the college, Dame Maud Buckbarrow and the subsequent investigation by police. The mystery does not stop there as another is murdered which causes Jack and Amiss to desperately plot to find the true killer through academic channels.
For those who enjoy great dialogue between various characters, look no further from this book. Although this is a British work, any American can read this without feeling disorientated with British vernacular. This book is a definite must for mystery fans and is a remarkably quick read. Personally, I have been so impressed with Edwards' style that I plan on reading the entire series of Amiss works. Overall excellent... I think I may have found another favorite writer to add to my ever-growing list...
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Amusing book, annoying Kindle glitches 26 mars 2012
Par Elaine McCarthy - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I've read several of this author's books and enjoyed them all. This is the first one I've read on my Kindle, however, and though the Kindle glitches don't spoil it for me, they ARE distracting. Mainly there's a frequent odd-ball division of words. E.g. "hierar chical"--twice! "finish ed" "embarrass ment" "irri tant" It's very irri tating. Once again, as I so often must, I ask myself "are there no proofreaders left in the world?" But answer comes there none.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Gret book, poor reprint 19 mai 2007
Par E. Harrison - Publié sur
An extremely clever and funny book. But if you can read it in the earlier edition, do so; the original prologue was a highlight for me and is sadly missing in this reprint - replaced by a prologue from another book. To lose the gorgeous exchange between the Burser and Amiss in favour of an unfunny conversation between Amiss and the uninteresting cipher character, Rachel, is a mistake I hope no-one made deliberately. But anyway, read the book - it's marvellous.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Matricide at St Martha's 26 décembre 2012
Par Damaskcat - Publié sur
Robert Amiss still can't make up his mind what to do with his life when an old friend from his civil service days - `Jack' Troutbeck - asks him to apply to be a Fellow at St Martha's where she is Burser. St Martha's is a Cambridge college and Robert finds himself in a hot bed of political correctness where almost anything he says can be misinterpreted and probably will be. Then the mistress of the college is killed in quite spectacular fashion and DS Ellis Pooley, a friend of Robert's, is sent on loan to the Cambridge police force to help investigate the case.

This is fast paced romp of a mystery which introduces Jack Troutbeck a pipe smoking, out-spoken, tactless, highly intelligent maverick who can turn her hand to almost anything, is one of the bets books in this entertaining series in my opinion. Jack makes an excellent foil for the more conservative Amiss and she features prominently in the rest of the series.

The satirical picture of gender equality and university life is superbly well done and had me laughing out loud on many occasions. The mystery itself is complex and owes a certain amount to Dorothy L Sayers' Gaudy Night which will entertain those who like spotting literary references. This is one of my favourite books in this entertaining series.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 great mystery series 4 mars 2013
Par Ro - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I love this mystery series featuring Robert Amiss and Baroness Jack Troutbeck. Ruth Dudley Edwards has a delightful sense of humor.
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