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The Shortest Way to Hades (Hilary Tamar) [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Caudwell
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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An utterly delightful book... it will be irresistible to all who enjoy polished, civilized prose. (The New York Times Book Review)

Imbued with poised wit, written in flawlessly judged prose. (--H R F Keating, The Times)

Caudwell's light touch and the puzzle she presents make for a diverting tale. (Washington Post Book World)

Book Description

The second in Sarah Caudwell's legal mysteries with charming new covers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 430 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (18 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009GJ36KW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and very funny 20 Jan. 2013
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In the second of Caudwell's witty, erudite and vastly funny murder mysteries, Professor Hilary Tamar is once again embroiled in the antics of his young legal friends of Lincoln's Inn. In a complex story of wills, trusts, sailing and a hysterically funny orgy scene, Hilary manages to get to the truth in his own inimitable and pompous way.

Caudwell is the only author I can imagine who can made an intimate acquaintance with Homer's Odyssey, and a knowledge of the textual transmission of Euripides' Helen germane to solving a murder - priceless!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The shortest way to sheer enjoyment 28 Mar. 2004
Format:Paperback
This is the second of Sarah Caudwell's brilliant series of mystery stories featuring legal historian Hilary Temple, and her young friends the barristers Ragwort, Cantrip, Selena and Julia. The complex plot involves a mysterious death (an accident?) of a rather dull young woman whose cousin, glamorous Camilla Galloway, is heir to a vast fortune. The puzzle is why should anyone want to murder Deirdre (except that she's a bore) rather than the heiress? Hilary is called in to investigate, and her search for the truth leads her eventually to Corfu, where Selena is having exciting nautical adventures , and a dramatic climax on a cliff. Full of humour, witty dialogue and memorable characters, these books are a delight. what a pity there were only four written, I wish there were a lot more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle read 30 April 2013
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This is the second of Sarah Caudwell's mysteries set in the legal profession. They're written in beautiful English and are so very easy to read with all the characters developing as the stories progress. The plot itself does become a little complex with inter-linking friends and family but resolves itself eventually. Really, just a nice gentle read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charmingly written 17 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Really, these novels have a most seductive prose style. The plots, based on English law, are intriguing, while the tongue in cheek (I trust) legal formality contrasts surprisingly well with the apparently frivolous romantic exploits of Julia. Enjoyable and amusing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Caudwell success 7 April 2013
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I recommend this to everyone.

The cover picture style should tell the reader what to expect. The quiet humour is delightful

It is a dective story, but the eventual denoumont is irrelevent - you can read and reread this book for its humour even though you know how it ends.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Barrister themed murder mystery 21 Jan. 2015
By Kevin
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You can instantly tell that the author spent time in the legal trade from the very beginning of this book. I suspect as a pastime she also enjoyed sailing and Greek mythology. It is the latter that in my opinion spoils the book as there is too much detail on this that is not relevant to the story.
I enjoyed the read but it did not make me laugh out loud as some reviews suggested it would. Would be interesting for barristers and solicitors who deal with wills/probate
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1.0 out of 5 stars I DON'T CARE WHODUNNIT 3 Jun. 2014
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This book was lauded as a type of Agatha Christie 'whodunnit' (which, as a total Christie fan of many decades, drew me to order it) but I'm afraid it's failed miserably.

Its author was in the legal profession and it's full of legal-speak (so to speak) and even though I've somehow managed to get my way one-third of the way through the 'story', I really don't care if I finish it or not.

I've ordered another two by the same author (ordered three at the same time) but will probably send the other two back on arrival without even reading them.

Sorry - no 'whodunnit' here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting writing style 8 Jan. 2014
By Jan BS
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Bought this book at The Sirens Sang of Murder together. Quite enjoyed this book once I got over the style of writing. The story itself is not deep but it jogs along okay, though if I had just bought and read The Sirens Sang of Murder I would not have bought this. I don't know much about Sarah Caudwell except that she obviously does revel in using the English language (new and old) over and beyond the sense of duty!! Cut out the verbiage, though, and the story line wouldn't amount to much more than a few pages. Nevertheless, as I said, I did quite enjoy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
not compelling
Published 4 months ago by SusieQ
1.0 out of 5 stars dated and silly
oh dear, what a dated book, with 2 dimensional characters and unnatural speech patterns. I dislike not finishing a book but I could not be bothered to read past the first chapter.
Published 14 months ago by The main cook
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Couldn't get into this book at all. I'd read the reviews and thought it sounded a good read but alas not for me.
Published 14 months ago by Christine Simpson
1.0 out of 5 stars And the longest short book I have ever read
Sorry, but I really couldn't relate to any of the characters and the story just didn't grab me. It seemed shallow and not in the least original. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tucson climber
4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting read
from the off i knew that i was going to enjoy this read and was not disappointed a must read.
Published 16 months ago by Stephen & Lorraine
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard going story
It took me a couple of weeks to read this story which was bogged down in Lawyer jargon. The story line was long winded with a few chuckles more than laughs. Read more
Published 16 months ago by D R Houghton
1.0 out of 5 stars unimpressed
Gave up reading this book after a very short while. Did not get it at all. It is very unusual for me not to finish a book.
Published 16 months ago by J A L Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Accident or Murder?
This was an enjoyable, erudite, and witty book. The plot weaved in and out and there was an unexpected (for me) twist at the end. Read more
Published 17 months ago by mjm38
1.0 out of 5 stars an even shorter way is to read this book
slow ponderous story, pretentious vocabulary describing pretentious characters who you can neither relate to or have any sympathy for and a plot... Read more
Published 17 months ago by SM Barnes
4.0 out of 5 stars Still reading this.
It is very well written. I still haven't worked out yet if the main character is male or female as the name can be used for both. A lot of legalese but interesting.
Published 17 months ago by mrscp
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