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Preview — The Sirens Sang of Murder by Sarah Caudwell
The Sirens Sang of Murder (Hilary Tamar #3)
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On the subject of the pen Julia became indignant. She had never heard of such a thing -- or at any rate she had never read of such a thing -- or at any rate not in any piece of respectable crime fiction published since the beginning of the Second World War. A physical object, forsooth, with the initials of the suspect engraved on it -- why, it was worse than a fingerprint....more
...If the progress of the past half century was to count for nothing, then one might as well go back, said Julia scathingly,
Also: dear jacket copy, some of us do not give a fig about Hilary Tamar's gender, preferred pronoun, or status as a hero or heroine. (No, seriously, the ja ...more
I'm rereading Sarah Caudwell this summer and having such a good time! And I really had to add a star when I finished this one; it's even better than I remembered. Mostly because a good portion of it is "narrated" by Michael Cantrip -- the story's sweetly sexy doofus (think Bertie Wooster being forced to work in a London law firm) -- via fax.
Caudwell is amazing. Who else could make mysteries based on British tax law so compelling? But though the mysteries, themselves, are very good, it's really t...more
"The accompanying photograph, it is fair to say, showed Julia to some advantage, through emphasizing, to an extent Ragwort would have frowned on, the decolletage previously ...more
I have to say, however, that I agree with Mr. Justice Arthur Welladay when he states:
In my view a man who enjoys the privileges of living in a country, and yet is not willing to make his just contribution to that country's exchequer, is no more an upright or honourable man than one who spends a week at a first-class hotel and leaves without paying his bill.
This was an amusing read, but I think it’s the weakest of the three books so far. The plot involves numerous coincidenc ...more
In some ways the plotting of the mystery and who-done-it doesn't really matter too much. The telling of the story is just a fun ride. Of course, a series of suspicious "accidents" is good fodder for a mystery. Of course the likely suspe ...more
Cantrip starts the story with his Cambri ...more
Written in the first person, Professor Hilary Tamar is helping a group of lawyers sort out why so many of them seem to be dying. Is it in connection to the mysterious Daffodil fund? Or something else entirely?
probably not the best of the series with which to begin, but still delight ...more
I only continued reading hoping it would improve, no silly annoying characters, Wellieboots, Ragwort and Catnip please don't insult your readers. If there are anymore books in this series ...more
* Hilary Tamar Mystery