The Russian Hill Murders is the second Sarah Woolson Mystery by Shirley Tallman. The novels take place in San Francisco in the late nineteenth century and touch on a number of topics besides the current murders. For example, Sarah is one of the few female lawyers in the country, placing the changing opportunities for women at the core of the books.
By time the second novel opens, Sarah has managed to find a place in a law firm. Of course, her colleagues give her the worst, most meaningless tasks, and even her own mother thinks Sarah should find a man and get married. Here's a bit more from the publisher's summary:
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!Tallman's novels are not only well-constructed cozy mysteries but are filled with interesting details about San Francisco in the 1880s. The series would appeal to anyone who likes historical novels; cozy mysteries; and headstrong, independent women.
I've been listening to the series, read by Anna Fields, who is on my list top narrators. The third book is also out in audio, and I'm looking forward to listening to it in 2010.
The cover is from the 2005 St. Martin's edition. (Source: Bought; see review policy)
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