Thus Was Adonis Murdered (Hilary Tamar #1)
What a delight. Rollickingly funny in places, with a particularly deft touch for letter writing. That distinctively British slant of straight-faced absurdit ...more
"It's disappointing," said Ragwort, "that the young man has not turned out to be a homicidal maniac. But it can't be helped."So a few book reviews ago I was all "I don't like amateur detectives!" and now here I am, head-over-heels for a amateur detective mystery series.
In my defense, Thus Was Adonis Murdered is no ordinary cozy mystery. It's the first of four books featuring a set of young London barristers and their friend Professor Hilary Tamar, the
Scholarship asks, thank God, no recompense but Truth. It is not for the sake of material reward that she (Scholarship) pursues her (Truth) through the undergrowth of Ignorance, shining on Obscurity the bright torch of Reason and clearing aside the tangled thorns of Error with the keen secateurs of Intellect
Thus was Adonis Murdered and thus is his murderer extracted from obscurity: from indistinctness into certainty, from the labor of chase to the methods of scholarship, from the top f ...more
"Adonis" is the first of the four books (Caudwell die ...more
The books are very funny!! I mean, Jenny didn't like them, but whatev!
"The procedure for taking advantage of Italian waiters--equally applicable, so far as I am aware, in other areas of the Mediterranean--does not merit any long exposition. It c ...more
I was inspired to read this book by the intriguing notion that we never discover the gender of the 'point of view' character, Professor Hilary Tamar. As a writer I wondered how that would be do ...more
The most notable thing for me, though, w ...more
A group of young London barristers are concerned about their friend Julia, who has gone on holiday to Venice, alone. Apparently Julia is one of those people who trips over things and loses her way and forg ...more
the big appeal though is the character writing and humor. the writing is consistently funny-rarely laugh out loud but regularly brings a smile to my face. the characters are lively and the dialogue is great. also one of the main characters is a very active bisexual woman and two other major character ...more
The "mystery" is not really the draw of the book, it's the wonderful, wonderful characters. I enjoy reading about them so much and they make me laugh out loud sometimes. British humor at its best!
I emphatically and desperately recommend this book for anyone whose heart is warmed by a bit of dry British humo(u)r.
This is witty and clever and fun. Sarah Caudwell, herself a lawyer, died after only writing three mysteries. I am not sure the others are ...more
Well, I guess this was funny, in sort of a distant way. I did think it had some clever turns in it.
‘Are you,’ I asked. ‘waiting for your husband?’
‘My husband,’ said Marylou, ‘has gone to Verona for the weekend to stay with a business associate.’ She made the expression ‘business associate,’ which I would previously have thought innocuous, sound decidedly pejorative. She didn’t make ‘husband’ sound all that flattering, either.
— p. 66
One thing that really struck me is how she suddenly made fina ...more
Alas, I had no such guide, and wasted several years having this book sit on my shelf unread and u ...more
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