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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (12 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590584341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590584347
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 617,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"English crime at its most understated…Despite a corunucopia of corpses, the author’s cool appraisal of the subtleties of the civil service mind is delightful. The juxtaposition of a superintendent used to a different type of criminal mind and that of a civil servant, whose sense of the ridiculous helps the elegant untangling of apparently intractable clues, is the key to the book’s success."  --Lisanne Radice, "The ""London ""Times"   "Cleverly constructed and lightly written, this novel shows that, in the age of postmodernism and metaphysical detection, the unembellished story can still hold its own." --Patricia Craig, "Books and Bookmen" "Edwards’s brilliant mix of farce and mystery…The author delivers a jolt with each development in the case and the final one is a thunderclap."  --"Publishers Weekly" " " " " "A witty and elegant tale of wrongdoing in Whitehall, where our rulers stab

"English crime at its most understated...Despite a corunucopia of corpses, the author's cool appraisal of the subtleties of the civil service mind is delightful. The juxtaposition of a superintendent used to a different type of criminal mind and that of a civil servant, whose sense of the ridiculous helps the elegant untangling of apparently intractable clues, is the key to the book's success." --Lisanne Radice, "The ""London ""Times" "Cleverly constructed and lightly written, this novel shows that, in the age of postmodernism and metaphysical detection, the unembellished story can still hold its own." --Patricia Craig, "Books and Bookmen""Edwards's brilliant mix of farce and mystery...The author delivers a jolt with each development in the case and the final one is a thunderclap." --"Publishers Weekly"" "" ""A witty and elegant tale of wrongdoing in Whitehall, where our rulers stab each other in the back, both literally and metaphorically...a splendid murder story." --Keith Jeffery, "Times Literary Supplement"" "" ""A rather offbeat novel about murders in the higher echelons of the British civil service...The plotting and writing are good, and - just as important - the unflattering look at the workings of the British bureaucracy is convincing." --"New York Times" - in 'Notable Books of the Year' 1982 "As funny as "Yes Minister," if rather more savage." --"Tribune"" ""An honest, witty, sometimes jaundiced and occasionally malicious view of that great British institution, the civil service." --"The Economist"" ""A pleasantly talky, old-fashioned whodunit - with informative satire of politician-vs-civil-servant tangles in Whitehall bureaucracy." --"Kirk""us Reviews"

"English crime at its most understated Despite a corunucopia of corpses, the author s cool appraisal of the subtleties of the civil service mind is delightful.The juxtaposition of a superintendent used to a different type of criminal mind and that of a civil servant, whose sense of the ridiculous helps the elegant untangling of apparently intractable clues, is the key to the book s success." --Lisanne Radice, "The ""London ""Times""Cleverly constructed and lightly written, this novel shows that, in the age of postmodernism and metaphysical detection, the unembellished story can still hold its own." --Patricia Craig, "Books and Bookmen""Edwards s brilliant mix of farce and mystery The author delivers a jolt with each development in the case and the final one is a thunderclap." --"Publishers Weekly""""""A witty and elegant tale of wrongdoing in Whitehall, where our rulers stab each other in the back, both literally and metaphorically a splendid murder story." --Keith Jeffery, "Times Literary Supplement""""""A rather offbeat novel about murders in the higher echelons of the British civil service The plotting and writing are good, and just as important the unflattering look at the workings of the British bureaucracy is convincing." --"New York Times" in Notable Books of the Year 1982"As funny as "Yes Minister," if rather more savage." --"Tribune""""An honest, witty, sometimes jaundiced and occasionally malicious view of that great British institution, the civil service." --"The Economist""""A pleasantly talky, old-fashioned whodunit with informative satire of politician-vs-civil-servant tangles in Whitehall bureaucracy." --"Kirk""us Reviews""

"English crime at its most understated...Despite a corunucopia of corpses, the author's cool appraisal of the subtleties of the civil service mind is delightful. The juxtaposition of a superintendent used to a different type of criminal mind and that of a civil servant, whose sense of the ridiculous helps the elegant untangling of apparently intractable clues, is the key to the book's success." --Lisanne Radice, The London Times "Cleverly constructed and lightly written, this novel shows that, in the age of postmodernism and metaphysical detection, the unembellished story can still hold its own." --Patricia Craig, Books and Bookmen

"Edwards's brilliant mix of farce and mystery...The author delivers a jolt with each development in the case and the final one is a thunderclap." --Publishers Weekly "A witty and elegant tale of wrongdoing in Whitehall, where our rulers stab each other in the back, both literally and metaphorically...a splendid murder story." --Keith Jeffery, Times Literary Supplement "A rather offbeat novel about murders in the higher echelons of the British civil service...The plotting and writing are good, and - just as important - the unflattering look at the workings of the British bureaucracy is convincing." --New York Times - in 'Notable Books of the Year' 1982 "As funny as Yes Minister, if rather more savage." --Tribune "An honest, witty, sometimes jaundiced and occasionally malicious view of that great British institution, the civil service." --The Economist "A pleasantly talky, old-fashioned whodunit - with informative satire of politician-vs-civil-servant tangles in Whitehall bureaucracy." --Kirkus Reviews

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Battered to death with a piece of abstract sculpture titled 'Reconciliation,' Whitehall departmental head Sir Nicholas Clark is claimed by his colleagues to have been a fine and respected public servant cut off in his prime. Bewildered by the labyrinthine bureaucracy of Whitehall, Scotland Yard's Superintendent Jim Milton recognizes a potential ally in Clark's young Private Secretary, Robert Amiss. Milton soon learns from Amiss how Whitehall works: that it can be Machiavellian and potentially homicidal, that Sir Nicholas was obnoxious and widely loathed, that he had spent the weeks before his murder upsetting and antagonizing family and associates, and that his last morning on earth had been spent gleefully observing the success of his plan to embarrass his minister and his department publicly. And they still need to discover who wielded the blunt instrument. This is the first of Ruth Dudley Edwards' witty, iconoclastic but warm-hearted satires about the British Establishment. Dr. Ruth Dudley Edwards was born and brought up in Dublin, Ireland. An historian and prize-winning biographer, she uses her knowledge of the British establishment in her satirical crime novels.She has three times been short-listed for awards from the Crime Writers' Association. www.ruthdudleyedwards.com

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