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Scandal on Rincon Hill by Shirley Tallman
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May 12, 11

Read in May, 2011

I thoroughly enjoy this series set in 1880-1890's in San Francisco. Tallman weaves many tidbits of history into the story such as the rivalry between Isaac Kallock and Charles DeYoung that resulted in DeYoung shooting Kallock and Kallock surviving the gunshot. Then Kallock's son guns down DeYoung, the editor-in-chief of The San Francisco Chronicle. Again, Tallman exposes the hatred directed toward the Chinese and the distinct class levels. Other interesting topics are presented such as Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man and the use of photography for police work. The story presents a child's desire for a certain career and a parent's choice of a career for the child. In this novel, three young men are murdered in the neighborhood of the Woolsons and Sarah attempts to seek justice for a rich man's mistress. Also, 28-year-old Sarah has two men romantically pursuing her. This is a fun and entertaining series, and I eagerly await the next book.
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