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MATRICIDE AT ST MARTHA'S

Also published as a
BBC Audio Book

Publishers' blurb

St. Martha's College, Cambridge, had been staggering along on a shoestring for decades. Then alumna Alice Toon leaves her old school a huge fortune. The dons immediately fall to fighting over the spoils. The Virgins, led by Dame Maid Theodosia Buckbarrow, believe the bequests should be spent on scholarships. The Dykes–fewer in number but better street fighters–want to raise a center for Gender and Ethnic Studies. The Old Women (mostly men) dream of fine vintages to be laid down in a decent new wine cellar. Impasse!

They've reckoned without the Bursar, Jack Troutbeck. She elects to inflitrate this maelstrom of politics with her own agent, Robert Amiss, a former civil servant with a talent for sorting things out. No sooner does he arrive on the scene where the Virgins are getting the upper hand than Dame Maud is murdered, leading into what Mike Ripley on The Daily Telegraph described as: "An acidly funny romp... Superbly bitchy on the none-too-fragrant groves of academe"

Poisoned Pen Press re-issued Matricide in the US in 2002 and will re-issue it in the UK in September

Reviews:

Evening Standard

Irish Independent

Sunday Times

Times Literary Supplement

"The clever plot takes a second place to the ebullience of the writing and spot-on inventiveness of the satire"
MARCEL BERLINS, THE TIMES

"Ruth Dudley Edwards, insouciant as ever, has a lot of fun with the conventions of the detective genre."
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

"I fear it will make you laugh out loud on public transport."
JILL NEVILLE, EVENING STANDARD

"A marvellously rueful grand finale"
JOHN COLEMAN, SUNDAY TIMES

Read Ruth's article Making Fun of Academics, published in the Mystery Readers Journal.

NEW RELEASE:

Killing the Emperors

Killing The Emperors: UK paperback edition published in July 2013 by Allison & Busby. Published in 2012 in the US by Poisoned Pen Press; published in the UK by Allison & Busby.

All Ruth's fiction is now back in print.


Ruth at Poisoned Pen Bookshop in Arizona, run by her editor, Barbara Peters, who is married to her publisher at Poisoned Pen, Rob Rosenwald.

‘This blithe series puts itself on the side of the angels by merrily, and staunchly, subverting every tenet of political correctness.’
Patricia Craig in The Independent
All novels, except Murdering Americans, are available in BBC Audio Books, read by the brilliant Bill Wallis.

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