Matricide at St. Martha’s

By Ruth Dudley Edwards

This book is part of the series about Robert Amiss and Jack Troutbeck — this volume is set before Publish and be Murdered, and is another really nice read. It’s clear that Ruth Dudley Edwards’ main intellectual contention is that abuse of language to cover up for small-minded, spiteful, fuzzy thinking is something abhorrent. And in that she’s right, of course.

In this book she makes fun of the academic crowd who confuse the person who performs a certain function in a meeting with a piece of furniture, and very good fun, too. Apart from the amusing invective against the PC crowd, there are some very interesting character sketches, notably Mr. Pusey and Mary-lou, and a horribly believable plot.

On to the third installment — one about fox hunting.