Robert Amiss, lapsed civil servant, is approached by Lord Papworth, owner of the Wrangler, to step in as business manager for the august journal and do something about its steady drain on his lordship’s finances. The magazine’s editor, Willie Lambie Crump, and his staff are firmly mired in the 1950s, technologically speaking; ideologically, the journal has always been strongly conservative. Prodded by Baroness “Jack” Troutbeck, his rather menacing guardian angel, Amiss takes on the job and soon has his hands full trying to further the journal’s progress toward the latter half of the 20th century without unduly upsetting the staff. When the political editor, Henry Potbury, is found dead under odd circumstances and Crump is murdered, Amiss discovers once again that trying to keep a job can be a lethal occupation.
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Ruth Dudley Edwards was born and brought up in Dublin, studied at University College Dublin and Cambridge University, and now lives in London. A historian and prize-winning biographer, she has written seriously and/or frivolously for almost every national newspaper in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom since 1993, and appears frequently on radio and television in Ireland, the UK, and on the BBC World Service. Shortlisted for the John Creasey Award for the best first novel, she won the Last Laugh award for the funniest crime novel of the year in 2008 for Murdering Americans. www.ruthdudleyedwards.co.ukFrom AudioFile:
THE WRANGLER, a venerable British journal of Conservative thought and opinion, loses pots of money annually, draining the estate of its owner, Lord Papworth. His Lordship hires our hero, Robert Amiss, to encourage the journal's eccentric band of writers and editors toward efficiency. The editor and deputy editor are soon dead, victims of foul play and/or inebriation. Bill Wallis's outstanding performance brings each of the characters vividly to life. Wallis never falters, whether delivering an editor's upper-class lisp and honking laugh or a policeman's straight-ahead speech. In addition to the perfectly individualized voices, Wallis's appropriate pace and delivery put the listener in every scene of this most amusing mystery. R.E.K. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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