Bringing Victorian San Francisco to colorful life, Tallman offers an entertaining mystery that will appeal to fans of Anne Perry and Rhys Bowen. Library Journal San Francisco, 1882. After enjoying an evening listening to the young Oscar Wilde, crusading young lawyer Sarah Woolson and her brother, Samuel, are making their way home when a gunshot sounds and a bullet pierces the fog, striking Samuel. Who could want to hurt Samuel? Was he even the intended target? Determined to find answers, Sarah discovers more murder and mayhem on Telegraph Hill.With Death on Telegraph Hill, Shirley Tallman delivers an exciting whodunit with a trailblazing heroine in a time and place when a nice young woman was supposed to be found in the drawing room instead of the courtroom.
At the start of Tallman's excellent fifth Victorian historical featuring lawyer Sarah Woolson (after 2010's Scandal on Rincon Hill), Sarah attends a reception in 1882 for a touring Irish poet, Oscar Wilde, held at the home of a newspaper publisher who's a friend of her crime journalist brother, Samuel, on San Francisco's Telegraph Hill. Shortly after Sarah and Samuel leave the party, a gunman seriously wounds Samuel, though it's unclear whether Samuel or Sarah herself was the intended target. Despite her family's fears for her safety, Sarah decides to track down the shooter. Meanwhile, her struggling law practice receives a boost after a couple representing the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hires her to stop a wealthy Mexican from building a bull-fighting ring, a proposal that already has the backing of City Hall. Tallman convincingly makes her lead a dogged and fearless sleuth. Agent: Miriam Kriss, the Irene Goodman Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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October 16, 2012
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