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3.01212121212121 out of 53.01212121212121 out of 53.01212121212121 out of 53.01212121212121 out of 53.01212121212121 out of 5 3.01 (165 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shirley Tallman Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sarah Woolson Mysteries Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504628396
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When nineteenth-century attorney Sarah Woolson defied convention by opening her own San Francisco law firm, she found that clients—paying clients, that is—were wary of a woman managing their legal affairs. Just as her patience and her money are running out, Sarah attends a séance at San Francisco’s Cliff House that turns out to be much more than “silly parlor tricks.” After a dramatic display, Russian clairvoyant Madame Olga Karpova and her guests discover that one of the people seated at the table has been brutally strangled.

Later, when two more of the guests are found slain, Sarah is pressed into defending the accused murderer. Working on her client’s case, she quickly finds herself at the center of a complicated murder plot involving ghosts, gypsies, and City Hall. It’s hardly proper behavior for a nineteenth-century woman, but Sarah wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] entertaining and atmospheric 1880s San Francisco whodunit…Tallman throws in some unexpected twists, keeping the reader guessing to the end.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sarah Woolson is spunky as hell—law was a very male profession in the 1880s—and San Francisco is a great locale.”

    Contra Costa Times

  • “This is a fine historical series with a strong female sleuth who stands up for herself and plots that raise issues that remain relevant today.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Wood | 12/5/2013

    " I loved this book! I have never read a historical mystery book, but this one certainly hooked me. I can't wait to read the rest of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherilee | 11/22/2013

    " I would actually give this 2 1/2 stars. It wasn't as good as the first one probably because the mystery was not as much of a mystery. Also, the characters became a little repetitive - which can happen in a series. But it was still a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alia | 11/11/2013

    " Very fun, I'm excited to read the rest of these. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulette | 9/30/2013

    " Another Sarah Woolson mystery set in 1880s San Francisco. Entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Quist | 9/1/2013

    " Getting a bit tired of how Sarah rerates Robert. I am all for a strong female character, but give me a break ... Robert can not possibly be that dumb! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/27/2013

    " Another great Sarah Woolson mystery. Shirley Tallman is a wonderful author and this book was just as great as her others. Highly recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Robinson | 5/24/2013

    " This is a great mystery book from the turn of the century. I have read other books by Shirley Tallman, and have liked them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 4/22/2013

    " A good mystery. I read it as a reminder of my visit to Cliff House, San Francisco. It reminded me a bit of the Caleb Carr mysteries, same era. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassie | 3/28/2012

    " It was a little slow and exceeding descriptive in the first few chapters. I was about to abort reading this book but I decided to keep reading a few more chapters. It was an easy, entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ericka Scott | 3/20/2012

    " Shirley Tallman has a lovely historical voice and I love, love, love this series. Looking forward to picking up the latest one, hopefully it's not the last in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri | 3/17/2012

    " This 1800's mystery started out slowly but got going towards the middle and by the end of the story I was glad I continued with it. I wouldn't put this at the top of my favorite books but it was interesting and I would recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 3/12/2012

    " An interesting and entertaining look back into a time not that long ago, when woman were supposed to 'know their place'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn Thompson | 12/30/2011

    " This is another great continuation to the series about a female attorney in San Francisco around the turn of the century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 12/25/2011

    " Sort of a cheesy book, but it was ok if you don't want to think much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naomi | 12/24/2011

    " Not my favorite Sarah Woolson book. I thought ST has written the others with much more character development than this one had. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 9/2/2011

    " really enjoying this series. 1880s San Franisco women lawyer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassie | 4/6/2011

    " It was a little slow and exceeding descriptive in the first few chapters. I was about to abort reading this book but I decided to keep reading a few more chapters. It was an easy, entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulette | 3/2/2011

    " Another Sarah Woolson mystery set in 1880s San Francisco. Entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherilee | 1/3/2011

    " I would actually give this 2 1/2 stars. It wasn't as good as the first one probably because the mystery was not as much of a mystery. Also, the characters became a little repetitive - which can happen in a series. But it was still a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 5/25/2010

    " I loved this book! I have never read a historical mystery book, but this one certainly hooked me. I can't wait to read the rest of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 5/21/2010

    " Getting a bit tired of how Sarah rerates Robert. I am all for a strong female character, but give me a break ... Robert can not possibly be that dumb! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/11/2010

    " really enjoying this series. 1880s San Franisco women lawyer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 9/20/2009

    " A good mystery. I read it as a reminder of my visit to Cliff House, San Francisco. It reminded me a bit of the Caleb Carr mysteries, same era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 4/4/2009

    " This is a great mystery book from the turn of the century. I have read other books by Shirley Tallman, and have liked them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri | 9/20/2008

    " This 1800's mystery started out slowly but got going towards the middle and by the end of the story I was glad I continued with it. I wouldn't put this at the top of my favorite books but it was interesting and I would recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 1/3/2008

    " Sort of a cheesy book, but it was ok if you don't want to think much. "

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About the Author
Author Shirley Tallman

Shirley Tallman is an award-winning writer with a flair for historical mysteries. She has written a number of successful romance novels and has coauthored several screenplays produced by NBC, ABC, and CBS. She has recently finished a screenplay for Paramount Studios. She lives in Eugene, Oregon. Visit her on the web at www.ShirleyTallman.com.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.