A body is found just blocks from attorney Sarah Woolson’s peaceful Rincon Hill home. Sarah is soon on the case, but nineteenth-century San Francisco is rapidly thrown into a state of panic as a gruesome crime spree begins to take hold of the city. Engaged in a life or death struggle to find the murderer, Sarah becomes embroiled in the erotic escapades of the town’s infamous high-end brothels, a proper Anglican church, Darwin’s shocking theory of evolution, and a vicious killer who will stop at nothing to achieve a scandalous objective.
©2010 Shirley Tallman (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“A solid read…Convincing period detail supports an engaging lead who’s a more plausible character than, say, Rhys Bowen’s Molly Murphy.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Sarah’s fourth neatly marries mystery, romance, and historic San Francisco in an enjoyable tale of the stubbornly independent career woman.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Was this meant to be a novel for pre-teens? This book is littered with cliches and amateur dialogue. While the premise of a nineteenth century female lawyer/investigator was intriguing the plot is thin and predictable and the characterizations shallow. All the women are beautiful and innocent - even the prostitute. All the men were handsome are adoring except the one totally vile villan. The narrator was mediocre at best with poor character differentiation and a sing-song delivery.
This really held my interest. The characters are a tad too one dimensional; but all the historical references are so interesting, it more than makes up for the lack of depth in the characters. The book really gives you a feel for life in 1880s San Francisco. And I didn't guess the murderer until the end.
This book was really good for an easy read on the beach. I felt like I was in 1880s San Francisco and could not guess the murderer. I can't wait for the next in the series.
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