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by Shirley Tallman

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical

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Female attorney Sarah Woolson is a rare commodity in 1880s San Francisco. Not only does she have to battle the disdain of those who believe women should only perform domestic duties, she's also a champion for the less fortunate. This is a vibrant, intelligent mystery series that will captivate readers with its depictions of Sarah's life in Victorian San Francisco.

Sarah is mortified when the badly beaten body of a young man is found under a bridge close to her home in Rincon Hill. The murder sends a ripple of fear through the community, and when there's a second killing, two Chinese immigrants are arrested for the murders. Fearing they're being wrongly prosecuted, Sarah vows to find the real culprit. She takes on an additional case involving a young mother who contracted with a married man to be his mistress and now can't get support for her child. What Sarah ultimately learns about her cases will shock her to the core. (MINOTAUR, Apr.,
336 pp., $24.99)

Reviewed By: Sandra Martin

Publisher: MINOTAUR

Published: April 2010

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