This is a delightful book. While I usually like more contemporary settings for my mysteries, having this book set in a "more civilized" time was real..Show More »ly enjoyable. Sarah Woolson is a woman before her time, aspiring to a man's job in a man's world. It's a reminder that there was a time when "women's rights" were a novelty. Thankfully, the author avoided stereotypically portraying the men as stupid and the women as strong and all knowing. Indeed, the characters are believable and well distinguished. The plot is nicely paced and nothing important is given away before its time. Best of all, Anna Fields is in top form. She reads this with great enthusiasm and sounds like she really enjoyed herself. Her characterizations are phenomenal!
I take exception to the Legally Blonde reference; yes, Sarah overextends her experience, but I take her much more seriously than Reese Witherspoon's c..Show More »haracter. 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.
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 fema..Show More »le 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.