Killing the Emperors by Ruth Dudley Edwards
Robert Amiss/Baroness Jack Troutbeck Mysteries (Robert Amiss/Baronness Jack Troutback Mysteries)

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Lady (Jack) Troutbeck is missing. So too, is Sir Henry Fortune, celebrity curator, and his partner in love and money, louche art dealer Jason Pringle. Panic begins in the London art world when no one can locate Anastasia Holliday, sensational abject artist, Jake Thorogood, the critic who catapulted her into stardom, or Dr Hortense Wilde, notorious for having influenced generations of art students to despise craftsmanship.

Spotting that the victims’ common link is that their careers blossomed when they whole-heartedly embraced newly-fashionable conceptual art, there is media hysteria. Are they hostages? If so why? Ransom? Revenge?

Who will be next? Will it be Sir Nicholas Serota, mighty overlord of British temples of the avant garde? The internationally renowned Young British Artist Damien Hirst, whose dross became platinum? Is Charles Saatchi – mega-rich husband of a TV cook and the genius who took talentless young people and turned them into a winning brand – in danger?

When news comes of a New York disappearance, the fears of the art establishment go trans-Atlantic. Are even such stars as Jeff Koons at risk?

What bewilders the police and her friends is that Baroness Troutbeck is a standard-bearer of conservative values in education and art who recently publicly described admirers of conceptual art as knaves and fools.

And then begin the horrifying Hommage murders, lethal satires on notorious works of art.

Can Troutbeck’s friends rescue her before her own worst fantasies are turned into reality?

About Ruth Dudley Edwards

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Since 1993 Ruth has written seriously and/or frivolously for almost every national newspaper in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom and appears frequently on radio and television in Ireland, the UK and on the BBC World Service. Ruth feels both Irish and English and greatly enjoys being part of both cultures. The Anglo-Irish Murders, her ninth crime novel, is a satire on the peace process. Three times a bridesmaid, she has been shortlisted by the Crime Writers Association for the John Creasey Award for the best first novel and twice for the Last Laugh award for the funniest crime novel of the year.
Published October 1, 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press. 211 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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She’s escorted into another room decorated with artwork of dung, rotten meat, feeding maggots and so forth, which she’s railed against in the past (she calls London’s Tate Gallery, now displaying much of this sort of tripe, the Tat Gallery).

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British/Irish author Edwards is in top form as she skewers conceptual art ("pretentious, specious, nihilistic rubbish") and its practitioners in her 12th mystery (after 2007's Murdering Americans), this one featuring redoubtable Baroness Ida "Jack" Troutbeck and mystery writer Robert Amiss.

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