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The Russian Hill Murders (Sarah Woolson Series #2)

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  • Posted February 11, 2010

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    I just finished writing a review for the first book in Shirley Tallman's Sarah Woolson historical mystery series, MURDER ON NOB HILL, so I thought I might as well leave a review for the second book as well. In THE RUSSIAN HILL MURDERS, I felt as if Sarah was truly coming into her own and growing as a character and as a female attorney in a very chauvinistic time in our country's history. Here are the things I liked most about this book:
    1) I loved Pierce Godfrey, an enigmatic man of the sea who enters Sarah's life, not only as a murder suspect, but as a possible love interest. This guy is hot!
    2) Sarah goes to court in this book to defend a man accused of murder, and not only is the prosecutor against her, but so is the judge and all-male jury. Some really exciting and fun court scenes here.
    3) I enjoyed the plot twists and again, as in MURDER ON NOB HILL, I was totally surprised when the killer was revealed at the end.
    4) Tallman skillfully weaves San Francisco life in the 1880s into the story -- the cable cars, horse-drawn omnibuses, fog and, of course, Chinatown. This book will not disappoint anyone who loves a good whodunit with a fast pace, great atmosphere and a surprising and satisfying ending! I highly recommend this series!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Good mystery

    In the nineteenth century, attorney Sarah Woolson struggles with the sexist attitude of her employer Joseph Shepard of Shepard, Shepard, McNaughton and Hall; he believes women belong at home not in the workplace. Joseph assigns Sarah to menial tasks in hopes of driving her out of his firm. In the few months at the law firm, Sarah has become disillusioned but refuses to allow Neanderthal to drive her away........................ Impoverish pregnant Lily Mankin ¿hires¿ Sarah to work her claim that her husband Jack and four other men died when the back exit of the workshop had been nailed shut so that he was unable escape an inferno. As Sarah seeks out Jack¿s former boss Paddy MacGuire and his cohort Killy Doyle, she is threatened to back off or else. Meanwhile Pierce Godfrey informs a choking Joseph that Allie, who he met at a charity gala in which his sister-in-law suddenly died, will handle his company¿s legal matters. Others involved with the fund raiser have also passed away mysteriously while Sarah also defends in the all male courtroom a Chinese cook accused of murder..................... If Sarah¿s plate seems overwhelming to the reader, the above paragraphs hardly go into the depth of her activities. The story line provides a deep look into sexism and racism in historical America, but does both in the confines of an exhilarating legal thriller; for instance through a short inset of the Pierce-Joseph debate which is an incredible look at business attitudes in the nineteenth century. Readers will gain immense pleasure from THE RUSSIAN HILL MURDERS as the heroine struggles with a male chauvinistic network while working hard to provide the best service to her clients..................... Harriet Klausner

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