Can anyone British teach English as a foreign language? It's murder...."Adroit, inspiring, and written with a rare lightness of touch,"--The London Times Literary Supplement"Believable plotting, a memorable cast of characters, and three--count 'em--three beguiling sleuths in a warm, gently raunchy, crisp, and literate caper."--Kirkus Reviews"Amiss is bumblingly appealing aCan anyone British teach English as a foreign language? It's murder...."Adroit, inspiring, and written with a rare lightness of touch,"--The London Times Literary Supplement"Believable plotting, a memorable cast of characters, and three--count 'em--three beguiling sleuths in a warm, gently raunchy, crisp, and literate caper."--Kirkus Reviews"Amiss is bumblingly appealing and howlingly funny."--The Chicago Sun TimesHe's also a civil servant down on his luck and out of a job--and thus ripe for a post as a police spy at the Knightsbridge School. Robert's cover will be to teach English as a foreign language. His mission soon becomes, well, murder...."Quirky, highly intelligent, and thoroughly entertaining...."--The Washington Post Book World...
|Title||:||The English School of Murder|
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The English School of Murder Reviews
Edwards isn't really well-known in the US, and it's a shame. She's a writer for the business magazine The Economist, and she must write these diabolically subversive cozies as an antidote to dealing with heavy world affairs. There's hilarious. And just slightly mean. Sort of Barbara Pym meets John Grisham.
What did I think? I thought this book was pure rubbish. Unlikely characters, a plot that made no sense, and mediocre writing. I wouldn't bother, if I were you.
A very intelligent mystery. I had never read any books by this author and am so happy I chanced upon this one. It is #3 in the Robert Amiss series, but it worked fine as a stand alone. I loved the characters, especially Robert, who had left his Civil Service job under dubious circumstances. He was then recruited by policemen friends into applying for a position with the Knightsbridge School teaching English to both poor immigrants and wealthy foreigners. There are several murders associated with the school but the murderer or murderers remain a mystery till the very end. The writing is humorous and reminded me of an Agatha Christie Miss Marple book. I will certainly look for more of this author's mysteries.
A quirky murder but amusing nonetheless.
Sheer pleasure! Funny, intelligent story of a guy trying to find out what's really going at a school with too many suspicious deaths. Here's my favorite passage, which conveys the tone:"Rich had had a long apprenticeship with the wealthy and had learned the hard way what gave them pleasure. Early on he had sussed out how you made friends with those who were actually your employers. He modelled himself on those hairdressers and fashion designers of international repute who rubbed shoulders with princesses and the wives of tycoons.The key was to dress as well as the BPs, have manner that were better than theirs, and be such fun that their real friends--their equals--congratulated them on their finds. But what was much more vital was never to presume. If they invited one to their parties once accepted with delight; if they did not, one never showed resentment: one had no rights. In a nutshell, you sang for your supper and knew your place. And you did that while giving the impression that you loved them for themselves and were indifferent to their money. The combination of requirements would have been almost impossible to achieve had it not been that the wealthy were themselves part of the conspiracy. Because they wanted to be loved for themselves or at least to appear to be loved for themselves, they helped the illusion along.
Robert Amiss has a couple of part time jobs while he tries to decide whether he wants to go back into the civil service or do something else entirely. DC Ellis Pooley has suspicions about what is really going on at a language school which teaches English to newcomers to the country. Fortunately there is a vacancy at the school and Ellis wants Robert to apply for it and try and find out whether there was anything suspicious about a recent death of a teacher on the premises.Robert soon finds himself in an environment which is not wholly to his liking but he quickly realises that there is something odd going on at the school. This well written mystery is full of amusing people and incidents and it pokes fun at many stereotypes. The episodes at the health farm and priceless.If you want a light hearted mystery with idiosyncratic characters, marvellous dialogue and an intriguing mystery then try this delightful series.
This was a pleasant surprise. I found it on the withdrawn shelf at the library and picked it up to read on a trip. I happened to read it early and liked it so much I will look for more from this author. Typical English mystery, but full of interesting characters and a strange plot.
A little to cozy but I will buy/read at least one more in this series since they don't seem to have that all too common to the genre device, the bunch of eccentric friends of the protagonist who comment on the action.
A fun read. Amiss is enjoyable, as are Milton and Pooley. The humor is great, and it was a good puzzle. The supporting characters were well-done. I even liked the cat. :)
Robert agrees to help the police investigate a suspected crime at the Knightsbridge School of English, where he works. There are several murders before this clever mystery is solved.