The British and Irish governments have chosen Baroness Troutbeck to chair a conference on Anglo-Irish cultural sensitivities. She instantly press-gangs her friend Robert Amiss into becoming a conference organizer. When a delegate plummets off the battlements, no one can decide whether it was by accident or design. And the next death causes warring factions to accuse each oThe British and Irish governments have chosen Baroness Troutbeck to chair a conference on Anglo-Irish cultural sensitivities. She instantly press-gangs her friend Robert Amiss into becoming a conference organizer. When a delegate plummets off the battlements, no one can decide whether it was by accident or design. And the next death causes warring factions to accuse each other of murder......
|Title||:||The Anglo Irish Murders|
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The Anglo Irish Murders Reviews
I listened to the audio version of this book masterfully read by Bill Wallis. It's one of the finest (and funniest) political and social satires I have read (listened to) in a long time. You will laugh out loud as Edwards makes fun of political correctness, conferences, movements, religion, politics, just about everything. A reviewer on Amazon took great offense at the fun Edwards makes of the assorted participants assuming Edwards was biased and bigoted toward the Catholic Church and the Irish nationalists, missing the sarcasm she had for all the participants. Lady Troutbeck, herself, is a bigoted caricature. I recognized several stereotypes from conferences I've attended. Great fun.This is a marvelous book.
This was not quite as good as the previous books in the series. The premise of Baroness Troutbeck, one of the least politically correct characters in fiction, chairing a conference on cultural sensitivities should have been hilarious but the tedium of the attendees permeated the story and in the end I did not really care about any of the murders and the jokes just seemed a bit tired. I listened to the audio version read by Bill Wallis who handled all the different accents with great aplomb.
‘The Anglo Irish Murders’ by Ruth Dudley EdwardsPublished by Harper Collins. ISBN 0-00-651215-1When the British and Irish governments decide to hold a conference intended to resolve some of the sensitive cultural issues in Anglo-Irish relations, Baroness (Jack) Troutbeck seems an unlikely choice as chairwoman. Until one recalls her late night drinking session at the Lords with a visiting Irish delegation, when she waxed lyrical about her excursions to the emerald isle when she was a girl. And so her friend, Robert Amiss finds himself organising the conference. Gathered together in a pink monstrosity masquerading as Moycoole Castle are the republications, nicknamed 'MOPE' 'Most Oppressed People Ever' their loyalist equivalents, nicknamed DUPE, 'Downtrodden Unionists for Parity Esteem'. Also present, delegates from Wales, and Kelly-Mae O'Hara from America representing the American Catholics, plus a Japanese Irish studies specialist to observe and record the event. All in all, a mixed bag. I have not encountered Baroness Troutbeck before, but I loved her immediately, and feel strongly that if she had chaired some of the conferences I have attended, they would have benefited greatly from her wit and wisdom, particularly the latter when she continually cuts short the speeches in order to head for the bar. Also most worthy of mention is the waitress Philomena, whose firm grasp on the essentials was something to behold. In a few words of dialogue Philomena materialised before me. I wouldn't like to cross her, but I'd like her on my side. Even before the conference has begun several people have dropped out and the numbers are considerably reduced, but they are soon to be reduced even further, as one by one the delegates start to meet with fatal accidents. A wonderful piece of satire, but one which I may have appreciated more had I a firm grasp on Irish politics, but on reflection, maybe the book illustrates that no one really has a firm grasp on Irish politics. Sparkling dialogue, I started to put post-it notes on the pages with passages of particular brilliance and then found I had as many post-it notes as pages. Highly recommended. ----Lizzie Hayes
Wall to wall stereotypes.
Baroness Jack Troutbeck and Robert Amiss have organised a cross cultural conference in Ireland to try and improve cultural understanding between the various factions in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England. Anyone who has ever tried to organise a conference will immediately be wincing in sympathy at such a prospect and it proves to be a minefield for them. Jack is hardly the best person to get involved in anything where tact and diplomacy are concerned and the conference turns out to be hilarious for the reader if not for the participants.I laughed out loud many times at the preposterous conversations and misunderstandings and the marvellously eccentric characters. I liked the way Jack cut through all the posturing and Okinawa – the Japanese delegate - is a marvellous character. This is probably one of the funniest books in this entertaining series. The murders take second place to interaction between the characters so if you’re expecting a conventional crime novel then you may be disappointed. As a portrait of the problems in Ireland I’ve no means of knowing how accurate it is but it definitely sounds plausible.If you enjoy crime novels which are out of the ordinary then try this one – or any of the novels in this series – they are full of satirical portraits of people and institutions and are very amusing in my opinion.
New to Edwards' work, I have just come off a conference myself of Irish Culture and with some trepidation entered into this work...only to be forever thankful it remained miles away from my experience yet regularly had me choking with laughter.What a great pen the author wields providing fiendish comic revelations of all that is stereotypically true of the varied Irish (and other UK nations') character. Insanely accurate and true to any organiser's nightmare, it all encourages me to remain on the periphery of that country while enjoying the little samples I do get.It was a little tricky for me to follow all the characters at times yet that is a tiny quibble. More significantly, I kept thinking...surely today (15 years since this published title appeared ... light years away it seems now ) in this age of outrageous programmes created by the Netflix-type of sponsors, Edwards' work would fit in wonderfully! Orange is the new Green?
Jack Troutback is one of my favorite characters in fiction, and I have enjoyed all of Edwards' books in this series. This one, though, falls short. It's sort of a remake of Christie's "Ten Little [deleted]" in that about ten people are cloistered for the weekend in a country hotel and murdered one by one.I found it hard to keep the characters straight, and one needs close familiarity with the Ireland/Northern Ireland history and issues to really understand the plot. I also found the ending disappointing -- a bit cliche and not satisfying, though others may certainly differ.The usual Edwards wit is present, though in less abundance than usual. In the end, I found this moderately diverting but disappointing overall.
Amiss and Troutbeck dragged into skullduggery while trying to do something about the Irish Question. (As someone said, whenever they think of an answer, the Irish change the question.) Devastating assault on a variety of Politically Correct stances and the competitors in the "Most Oppressed People Ever" sweepstakes. It also destroys the idea of a monolithic "Celtic/Saxon" struggle. People from every country have something nasty to say about people from some other county, just possibly getting across the reasons why the Irish never united against "England" when they can fight each other instead.
Some people take themselves far too seriously and there were fine examples of each of them in this clever book. Each MOPE & DUPE was beautifully observed with delicious political incorrectness and while I was sorry some of them had to go, it wouldn't have been much of a murder mystery if they hadn't.It should be recommended, nay mandatory, reading for some politicians and activists and although they probably wouldn't recognise themselves, they might recognise some of their colleagues. Like Roy Foster, Ms Dudley Edwards has demonstrated that there are more ways than one to look "the situation".