By Ruth Dudley Edwards
Because the judges of a literary prize chip away on the writer checklist, another individual is chipping away at them.... while the chairperson of the celebrated Knapper-Warburton Literary Prize dies in suspicious conditions, Robert Amiss (the token sane member of the judging panel) wastes no time in summoning Baroness "Jack" Troutbeck to step into the chair. hypothesis killer might be focusing on the judges concerns the baroness now not within the slightest - it is the prospect of immersing herself in smooth literature that fills her with dread. yet noblesse needs to oblige, even if it capability becoming a member of the ranks of the superciliati sitting in judgement of the literati. With the baroness on the helm, the judges resume the duty of whittling away on the short-list. however the killer, too, has resumed paintings and is whittling away on the judges one after the other.
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He was already half-way through The Times's account of Hermione's glittering career when the baroness shoved a cup and saucer in front of him and sat down. Ignoring the expected grumbles, he passed her The Guardian to distract her and tried to sip the acrid liquid without making faces. Within a few minutes, she jumped up. ' 'Any more of this muck or - what's even more rebarbative - this assessment of Hermione Babcock, great-hearted European and scourge of little Englanders. ' She gathered up her belongings.
These are unfit for feline consumption. You should never have sausages made from anything except Tamworths. ' Amiss handed her a few balls off sausage meat. Plutarch, who up to now had been behaving exceptionally politely, snatched one rudely from the baroness's grasp, leaped to the floor and tucked in. The baroness looked at Amiss disapprovingly. ' Plutarch finished her first course and was given three more in quick succession. Then the baroness pulled a vast handkerchief out of her Gladstone bag, wiped her hands energetically and turned back to Amiss.
With his familiar feeling of distaste. Amiss observed the flash of the diamond tongue-stud. 'Hermione was like the first truly postmodern Bloomsburyite. ' As he warmed to his theme, Ferriter's little forehead wrinkled and he waved his fists around like a didactic baby. 'And then, like, she moved on. I mean what she said to me only the other day about how Queer Studies has screwed the deconstructionist prism and reversed the whole Bloomsbury experiment, it was sooooooooo .. ' Susie had moved from sadness to desperation.