Gift Guide

Killing the Emperors: A Baronness Jack Troutbeck and Robert Amiss Mystery

( 1 )
Sending request ...


Panic hits the London art world when many of its more notorious members disappear. Lady Troutbeck, the standard-bearer of conservative art, also vanishes. Can her friends rescue her before her worst fantasies become reality?

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. When Russian oligarch Oleg Sarkovsky feels betrayed by the London art world, his rage takes a bizarre and dangerous form. He kidnaps Jack and a number of (fictional) critics, educators, dealers, and artists whom he blames for his costly acquisition errors. It may be only a matter of time before Oleg targets real-life notables such as Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate galleries, and artists Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. Meanwhile, Amiss leads the effort to find and rescue Jack and the other prisoners. Edwards is a master of delightful, biting satire, whether demolishing real or imaginary poseurs. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"Imagine And Then There Were None written with wicked humor and a major grievance about money, not taste, ruling the art world."—Kirkus Reviews

"Edwards is a master of delightful, biting satire, whether demolishing real or imaginary poseurs." —Publishers Weekly

Finalist 1982 New Blood Dagger Award
for Corridors of Death
Finalist 1992 Last Laugh Dagger Award
for Clubbed to Death
Finalist 1995 Last Laugh Dagger Award
for Ten Lords A-Leaping
Finalist 2005 Lefty Award
for Carnage on the Committee

Kirkus Reviews
A raucous send-up of the art world's collectors, critics, curators and especially those postmodernists who call themselves artists. Lady Jack Troutbeck (Murdering Americans, 2007, etc.), who has spent the past few weeks cavorting with Russian billionaire Oleg Sarkovsky aboard his yacht and at his estates, has finally decided to ditch the ruthless oligarch when she is summarily hijacked and finds herself in a locked room, sans food, sans water and guarded by an Albanian who eventually agrees to bring her vittles provided she stops her off-key singing. 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). Then, one by one, members of the postmodern and performance claque are led in. A loudspeaker summons her to yet another room, where a heavily accented voice tells her that there are games to be played, and she must judge who is worst at them. In the dead of night, each game's loser is murdered in an homage to a specific postmodernist, and the corpse is displayed at London sites. While this is going on, and Lady Jack is initiating arguments about every facet of art with her co-captives, her chums on the outside are trying to find her. Scotland Yard, stymied by infighting of its own, is late to take up the homage murders. It will take the work of an Inland Revenue functionary to secure Lady Jack's retrieval. Imagine And Then There Were None written with wicked humor and a major grievance about money, not taste, ruling the art world.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

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.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)