"In her 10th comic Robert Amiss mystery, Dudley Edwards mercilessly skewers the book publishing world." -Publishers Weekly
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 chair. Speculation that a killer may be targeting the judges does not worriy the baroness 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 judgment of the literati.
With the baroness at the helm, the judges resume the task of whittling away at the shortlist. But the killer, too, has resumed work and is whittling away at the judges one by one....
Ruth Dudley Edwards has written seriously and/or frivolously for almost every national newspaper in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom and appears frequently on radio and television in Ireland, the UK, and on the BBC World Service. She has been short-listed by the Crime Writers' Association for the John Creasey Award for the best first novel and twice for the Last Laugh award for the funniest crime novel of the year.