Though her own law firm barely tolerates her and her mother begs her to settle down, plucky young attorney Sarah Woolson flouts notions of proper feminine behavior in this nineteenth-century answer to Legally Blonde. When a woman whose husband has died in a sweatshop fire asks for Sarah's help in finding the culprit, she insists on taking the case against her boss's wishes. Even more scandalously, when several people affiliated with a charity hospital die within a few days of each other, Sarah puts herself in the middle of the puzzle, racing against time to find the killer and defend a Chinese man accused of murder. Imagine, a woman lawyer in court!
Solve another case with Sarah Woolson.
©2005 Shirley Tallman; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Woolson's role as a protofeminist in the nineteenth century is a sympathetic one, and readers will empathize strongly with the obstacles she faces and the triumphs she achieves." (Booklist)
"Tallman has a nice way of setting the stage and moving her plot forward." (Seattle Times)
I take exception to the Legally Blonde reference; yes, Sarah overextends her experience, but I take her much more seriously than Reese Witherspoon's character. This time out, we get some courtroom drama as Sarah defends a Chinese immigrant accused of murder. All the supporting characters from the first book are here, most notably the ever fun Robert Campbell and Li Ying, with a couple new ones thrown in for future fun. There's even a little romantic interest. This is every bit as enjoyable as Murder on Nob Hill and I'm looking forward to the third installment in the series.
I'd read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it, but was a bit hesitant to get the audio book for the second in the series. It not only measured up to the first book, but the reader was excellent. I really like Sarah's character, she's far from perfect (and it shows), and the side characters certainly were engrossing. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. This book is really well suited to audio, which many books aren't.
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