The Russian Hill Murders
The second volume of Shirley Tallman’s series finds Sarah Woolson, an attorney in 1880s San Francisco, at a charity dinner for the new Women and Children’s hospital when the hostess, Caroline Godfrey, drops dead of what appears to be a heart attack. Soon, however, her death is discovered to have been caused by poison; then three more people associated with the hospital die in the same way. When the hospital’s Chinese chef is arrested for the murders, Sarah takes on his defense, appearing in court for the first time.
Meanwhile, a young widow whose husband died in a sweatshop fire asks Sarah to file suit against the shop’s owner, a task which proves extremely difficult because the owner is nearly impossible to find. And Caroline Godfrey’s handsome brother-in-law asks Sarah to represent his company, while showing a decidedly un-businesslike interest in her.
This is a worthy successor to the previous volume in the series. Sarah is a very strong character: a woman determined to make her way in a man’s world and fight her battles against her chauvinistic employer while at the same time displaying a charming sense of humor. And the mystery keeps you guessing!