Murder on Nob Hill (Sarah Woolson Series #1)

Murder on Nob Hill (Sarah Woolson Series #1)

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by Shirley Tallman

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A nineteenth-century "Legally Blonde": a new series featuring Sarah Woolson, an intelligent, outspoken young attorney in 1880 San Francisco. See more details below


A nineteenth-century "Legally Blonde": a new series featuring Sarah Woolson, an intelligent, outspoken young attorney in 1880 San Francisco.

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Library Journal
San Francisco of 1880 comes alive in this mystery featuring Sarah Woolson, a young woman determined to practice law in a man's world. Snatching her first client from under the nose of Joseph Shepherd, senior partner of a prestigious law firm, Sarah insinuates herself into a job. Her client, a wealthy young widow, soon needs more than help recovering funds from her husband's estate when she is arrested and jailed for his gruesome murder. Soon Sarah's investigations link to three more murders and discoveries of chicanery on the Comstock Lode, white slavery, and a mysterious tontine amounting to more than $200,000. From the opera and society parties to Chinatown, from missions to the waterfront stews and opium dens, a determined Sarah pursues the perpetrator of a series of murders she is convinced are connected. Well researched and nicely paced, Tallman's first mystery is enjoyable; Anna Fields reads well, even though her dramatic style may not appeal to everyone. Recommended for all fiction collections.-Janet Martin, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Pinehurst, NC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
It's a wonder the ERA still hasn't passed, considering all the proto-feminist sleuths turning up in American historical fiction. Sarah Woolson, a 27-year-old lawyer in 1880 San Francisco, bustles her bustle into the august chambers of Shepherd, Shepherd, McNaughton and Hall, attorneys-at-law, snatching a wealthy young widow, Annjennet Hannaford, as her personal client and forcing the outraged senior partner, Joseph Shepherd, to take her on as a junior associate. Mrs. Hannaford badly needs her help, since her husband, banker Cornelius Hannaford, was fatally stabbed in the genitals, and his widow is receiving subpar advice from Shepherd, et al. Sarah uses the brand-new Married Women's Property Act to get her client access to some badly needed cash while her husband's estate is still in probate. When Mrs. Hannaford and her actor lover, Peter Fowler, are arrested for Hannaford's murder, however, Sarah must brush up on criminal law, since, unlike every male involved, she naturally doesn't believe for a minute that her client is guilty. Instead, she's interested in the fortune Hannaford made together with three other partners double-dealing at the Comstock Lode. When those partners turn up murdered, one by one, in the same gruesome fashion, it begins to look as if Sarah may be right. Lively details of a lively time and place spice up a typically feisty heroine's struggles against sexism. Agent: Jimmy Vines

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St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
Sarah Woolson Series, #1
Edition description:
First Edition
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.05(d)

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