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Murdering Americans (Baroness Jack Troutbeck) [Paperback]

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.53" Width: 6.35" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 27, 2007
Publisher   Poisoned Pen Press
ISBN  1590584821  
EAN  9781590584828  

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Inspired by the film fantasies of 1950s Hollywood, Baroness Troutbeck heads for America to become a visiting professor at an American campus and finds herself investigating the possible murder of the late Provost of Freeman State University.

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"Academia (n.): a profession filled with bad food, knee-jerk liberalism, and murder... Being a member of the House of Lords and Mistress of St Marthas College in Cambridge might seem enough to keep anyone busy, but Baroness (Jack) Troutbeck likes new challenges. When a combination of weddings, work, and spookery deprives her of five of her closest allies, she leaps at an invitation to become a Distinguished Visiting Professor on an American campus. With her head full of romantic fantasies inspired by 1950s Hollywood, and accompanied by Horace, her loquacious and disconcerting parrot, this intellectually-rigorous right-winger sets off from England blissfully unaware that academia in the United States is dominated by knee-jerk liberalism, contempt for Western civilization, and the institutionalisation of a form of insane political-correctness. Will the bonne viveuse Baroness Troutbeck be able to cope with the culinary and vinous desert that is New Paddington, Indiana? Can this insensitive and tactless human battering-ram defeat the thought-police who run Freeman State University like a gulag? Does she believe the late Provost was murdered? If so, what should she do about it? And will she manage to persuade Robert Amisswho describes himself bitterly as Watson to her Holmes and Goodwin to her Nero Wolfeto abandon his honeymoon and fly to her side?

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ruth Dudley Edwards is a historian, journalist and an award-winning biographer. A leading commentator on Irish affairs in the media, she has contributed to almost every national newspaper in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, as well frequently appearing on radio and television. Her last work of non-fiction, Aftermath: The Omagh Bombing and the Families Pursuit of Justice, won the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction in 2010. Ruth was born in Dublin and now lives in London."

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Too much spite.  Jun 23, 2008
Overall, I had to stop reading at page 42. There was just too much ranting, rabid hatred of America. When I pick up a mystery, I want to read about a mystery. Not an author's bubbling resentment.

Here is the first part of the dedication.

"To Mairin, who has been so horrified by what she has learned from this book that she hates it even more than she hates America."

A dedication is in an author's voice, and this dedication tells of this particular author's biases. The tone it sets is far from humorous, and it continues in the story itself:

"'Yanks are thundering snobs.'"

"'...told me my trouble was I had rotted my brain reading innumerable crap novels for my course on modern American fiction,....'"

"'...because, of course, like most Americans, she thinks she lives in the only land of opportunity ever invented in the history of the universe.'"

"'What I can't understand... is how there are so many fat people in America when the food is too horrible to eat.'"

"'...we [the English] don't do fat like Americans do fat. Americans do fat on a grand, grand Rocky Mountains scale.... And, incidentally, our food is vastly superior.'"

"'But we can't like all be students in Cambridge...we're only like ordinary American students. We don't expect like historic buildings, just places that'll help us get the degrees we like need.'"

This is just a small selection. Out of the first 42 pages. And nary a mystery in site. Just ranting.
Too offensive for words  Nov 28, 2007
I guess I just wasn't into it. I was unable to finish this book, even though I am a voracious reader. Maybe it was just my wounded sensibilities as an American who feels deeply the pain of the last 7 years, but I just didn't like the continuing jabs at the "PCness" that we, as a nation, have adopted. In these times being politically correct may be all we have left of our integrity. It is a dubious way of exhibiting our shrinking humanity, I admit. In any case, I just can't recommend this book as a thrilling or suspenseful mystery. The author seems more bent on pitilessly, inexpertly, and I might add, incompetently, exposing human weaknesses than engaging the reader in a whodunit.
stop the lecturing!  Nov 13, 2007
The Amiss series began most amusingly, with well-aimed and appropriate digs at political correctness run amok. Baroness Jack Troutbeck, free thinking, cigar chomping, bisexual academic, used to be good for enormous laughs at the expense of stuffed shirts and PC police. There were actual mysteries to solve, whether in the offices of Whitehall, the editorial room of a magazine clearly meant to be The Spectator, the dean's office of a cathedral, or campus of an all-women's college at Oxford. But with each book in the series, the level of mystery and plot diminishes and the level of diatribe increases. Carnage on the Committee, about the machinations that go on behind the scenes for a literary prize, is already losing the balance into editorializing. Murdering Americans seems to be nine-tenths banal diatribe about political correctness on US campuses (and bad food, and dumbing down of education, etc. etc) and only one-tenth mystery and amusement. Get a grip, Miss Dudley Edwards. We get it. Now tell us a story.
Lively plots and different, strong characterization make these involving, inviting recommendations  Nov 4, 2007
Ruth Dudley Edwards' MURDERING AMERICANS tells of one Baroness Troutbeck, who leaps at the opportunity to become a visiting dignitary on an American campus, only to find murder and danger abroad. Lively plots and different, strong characterization make these involving, inviting recommendations for any public library with a strong mystery section.
worst 'mystery'  Sep 18, 2007
Worst mystery without a mystery ever read. Author tries to be cute about the American culture yet she sounds like she has no knowledge except from some English newspaper headlines. Characters are superficial & talky but don't say anything. Did not build - was strung out at the end - just skim the last few chapters to get the idea.

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