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Shirley Tallman , Anna Fields
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786179872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786179879
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a splendidly absorbing read 5 July 2005
By tregatt
Format:Hardcover
Shirley Tallman delivers a splendidly intriguing and suspenseful follow-up to "The Nob Hill Murders" in this second Sarah Woolson mystery novel, "The Russian Hill Murders." Definitely, this is a series to look out for!
When first Caroline Godfrey, a member of the new Women's and Children's Hospital, and then Reverend Halsey, who vehemently opposed the hospital's existence suddenly die, Sarah Woolson, San Francisco's first female lawyer, is intrigued and perplexed. The authorities dismiss both deaths as accidental, but Sarah has a feeling that there is something more to both deaths. However, she's too busy trying to help a client collect damages for a wrongful death suit, as well as having to put up with the bad tempered crochets of her hostile employer to ponder more on these deaths. And then the hospital's accountant dies under highly suspicious circumstances. This time there is evidence that the man was poisoned. Because he had had a very acrimonious relationship with the hospital's hot tempered Chinese cook, the police immediately jump to the conclusion that the cook is guilty of poisoning the accountant. And when they find the poison in the kitchen, they immediately arrest the man for murder. Sarah cannot believe that the cook has been arrested on such a slender piece of evidence, and fears that racial prejudice may at the root of the cook's arrest. So that when Li Ying, San Francisco's most powerful Tong lord whom Sarah met in "The Nob Hill Murders" requests that she defend the cook during the criminal trial, Sarah readily agrees.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! 2 Dec 2005
By L. J. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am so enjoying this series. The story moved right along, kept me interested and wanting to know what was coming. The final courtroom scene was a bit melodramatic, but didn't put me off the book. Tallman has created a smart, feisty character supported by her family but fighting society's norms, and the supporting characters are equally interesting. I definitely want to know what happens to them and eagerly await the next book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joyous reading experience 14 July 2005
By T. James - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series,I had high hopes for The Russian Hill Murders,and Ms Tallman met and surpassed my expectations. The characters are well developed (and delightful, I might add),and the plot is just intricate enough to keep you guessing. I had a lot of fun trying to come up with "whodunnit" before Sarah Woolson.The writing is articulate, and there is a sense of excitement at all times. Highly recommended
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a splendidly absorbing read 30 Jun 2005
By tregatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Shirley Tallman delivers a splendidly intriguing and suspenseful follow-up to "The Nob Hill Murders" in this second Sarah Woolson mystery novel, "The Russian Hill Murders." Definitely, this is a series to look out for!

When first a member of the new Women's and Children's Hospital, and then someone else who vehemently opposed the hospital's existence suddenly die, Sarah Woolson, San Francisco's first female lawyer, is intrigued and perplexed. The authorities dismiss both deaths as accidental, but Sarah has a feeling that there is something more to both deaths. However, she's too busy trying to help a client collect damages for a wrongful death suit, as well as having to put up with the bad tempered crochets of her hostile employer. And then the hospital's accountant dies under highly suspicious circumstances. This time there is evidence that the man was poisoned. And because he had had a very acrimonious relationship with the hospital's hot tempered Chinese cook, the police immediately jump to the conclusion that the cook is guilty of poisoning the accountant. And when they find the poison in the kitchen, they immediately arrest the man for murder. Sarah cannot believe that the cook has been arrested on such a slender piece of evidence, and fears that racial prejudice may at the root of the cook's arrest. So that when Li Ying, San Francisco's most powerful Tong lord whom Sarah met in "The Nob Hill Murders" requests that she defend the cook during the criminal trial, Sarah readily agrees. And even though Sarah realises that she has to contend not only with the racial prejudice of the jury, but also with the sexist opinions of the court and the jury, she's determined to do the best for her client -- and in this instance it means that she will have to discover the identity of the real murderer herself before it's too late!

I enjoyed Shirley Tallman's "The Russian Hill Murders" so much that I had to finish it in one sitting. The plot unfolded at a brisk and continuous pace; and the manner in which the author bridged both of Sarah's cases, cleverly done. Also nicely done was how the author maintained the suspense and how she portrayed San Francisco, both its people and the town, of the late 1800s. But what really made this novel a stellar one is the author's vivid and credible characterisation of her heroine, Sarah Woolson, and how she fitted the mystery around Sarah's stalwart character: a woman who believes strongly in the equality of sexes as well as the races, and who is not afraid to fight for what she believes in or to right a wrong. And it is this strong sense of justice and fair play that made "The Russian Hill Murders" a wonderful and absorbing read, and made me root for Sarah right to the end.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! 16 Jan 2006
By I love mysteries! - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Super mystery! Well written and full of suspense. I couldn't put it down until the very end. I thought I'd figured out whodunit, but turns out I was wrong. Kept me guessing until the last chapter.

Sarah Woolson is an out-spoken, fun, funny, well-developed and intelligent heroine. I love the way she takes charge of a situation and sticks with it until the end. I also loved Pierce Godfrey, and hope we'll see him again soon. What a hunk!!!

Keep 'em coming! Can't wait until the next book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first one, but still worth the read 4 Jan 2006
By M. Wulff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I do enjoy this series. I love the time period, the descriptions of San Francisco, and Sarah Woolsen as the female attorney protagonist. In the first book, I found I could believe almost the whole story line -- which is fine that I might have to stretch a bit to make it work for me. The second book made me feel the same way until I got to some of the later courtroom scenes. I'm surprised my eyes aren't stuck in the back of my head because of how many times I rolled my eyes toward the back of my head toward the end of the book. The later scenes were not plausible for a variety of reasons and were even more frustrating when the scene as written was not necessary to the plot. I'll give one example here. At one point Ms. Woolsen is going "to go outside the box" and begin questioning a witness in the gallery/audience. The only fear Ms. Woolsen has is that of being disciplined by the local bar association. This is ridiculous because the judge is cantankerous, only has had comtempt for Ms. Woolsen throughout the proceedings, in past scenes has actually threatened Ms. Woolsen with sanctions, and actually would have the immediate power to sanction an attorney for inappropriate behavior in his courtroom. The judge says nothing while Ms. Woolsen acts completely inappropriately -- sanctionably -- in his courtroom. If the judge were true to his character and that of a judge-in-real-life he would have sanctioned Ms. Woolsen immediately, not letting the circus in his courtroom go on and on. Of course, Ms. Tallman would have had to come up with a different way to expose the murderer to the reader. That would have been preferrable to the scene as written. I would actually rate this book at a 3 1/2 but that isn't an option so I'll give Ms. Tallman the benefit of the doubt.
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