Poisoned Pen, Nov 2004, 24.95, 226 pp.
Lady Hermione Babcock was the chairman of the Knapper-Warburton Literary Prize, but when she dies, a fast replacement is needed as the committee meets next week to work the long-list. Baroness “Jack” Troutbeck is asked to replace the deceased. Jack accepts the position even though she learns that her predecessor was poisoned.
Jack works the members like a virtuoso, but someone else is also working the members as another member is killed, this time by drowning. While the police insist it is an accident or suicide, Jack knows better.
CARNAGE ON THE COMMITTEE is a way out amusing amateur sleuth tale that uses obviously exaggerated stereotypes (including a mouthy parrot) that takes the plot over the brink, but never loses sight of the who-done-it nor the committee work.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner