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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (172 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shirley Tallman Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sarah Woolson Mysteries Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504627238
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Plucky young attorney Sarah Woolson flouts proper Victorian notions of feminine behavior in this nineteenth-century answer to Legally Blonde. Though her own law firm barely tolerates her, and her mother begs her to settle down, Sarah sets out to prove herself in her first criminal trial.

When a woman whose husband has died in a sweatshop fire asks for Sarah’s help in finding the culprit, she insists on taking the case against her boss’ wishes. Even more scandalously, when several people affiliated with a charity hospital die within a few days of each other, Sarah puts herself in the middle of the puzzle, racing against time to find the killer and defending a Chinese man accused of murder. Imagine, a woman lawyer in court!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Credible characters, cleverly subtle clues and a highly satisfying conclusion mark this intriguing tale as a superior example of its subgenre.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fields continues to amaze as she switches personas, accents, and tone with alacrity. Listeners looking for likable characters, a plausible mystery, and a satisfying denouement narrated by one of the industry’s best need search no further.”

    AudioFile

  • “Woolson’s role as a protofeminist in the nineteenth century is a sympathetic one, and readers will empathize strongly with the obstacles she faces and the triumphs she achieves.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Sullivan | 2/17/2014

    " Eugene author Tallman's third mystery, also set in San Francisco in the late 1800s, was a pleasure. When I was 10 pages from the end I couldn't believe she could tie up all the plots and solve all the murders convincingly, but she did. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy | 1/20/2014

    " i tried to like this period parlor mystery but grew weary early on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 1/19/2014

    " Went to college in SF so this was a pretty cool book to read. I love the lead character who is very strong and a bit hard headed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tia | 1/15/2014

    " Enjoyable read. Female attorney in late 1800s San Francisco. Romantic foil/suspect is Pierce Godfrey. Who can't fall in love with a man who has a name like that? Reminds me of the Lady Emily series by Tasha Alexander. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulette | 12/26/2013

    " Again. Entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inger Faherty | 12/11/2013

    " Enjoyable, but not great or life-changing. I listened to the audiobook, which was read by one of my favorite readers, Anna Fields (Kate Fleming). Her reading probably improved the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 12/6/2013

    " I liked this one better than the first. With the first I could figure out who the murderer was half way through the book. With this one, I didn't figure it out until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 11/28/2013

    " Part of the reason I enjoy this series is that I love San Francisco (and gutsy females at the turn of the century). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/25/2013

    " By far my favorite of the three Sarah Woolson mysteries. Shirley Tallman is a great author and I highly recommend this novel, as well as her others, to anyone looking for a light read or good mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 11/3/2013

    " This series is getting better and better to me. I really like how the main character is being developed in it. I would compare this series to that by Victoria Thompson. I am saddened that the author only wrote 4 books in the entire series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carla | 6/19/2013

    " Couldn't stay with it even though I like period pieces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Bryan | 5/22/2013

    " A very good cozy mystery featuring a female lawyer in 1880's San Francisco. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/9/2013

    " Cute, I made myself choose who I thought it could be half way through the book. Then, was mad at myself that it became abundantly clear who it was 10 pages afterwards... I enjoyed the twist in the courtroom. Will look into other books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 8/15/2012

    " Entertaining historical mystery. In 19th century San Francisco, Sarah Woolson is struggling to gain respect as a female attorney in a society that doesn't approve of women in professions. She gets involved in a case where a charity hospital becomes the focus of a series of deaths. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey | 6/30/2012

    " Great book. I really like Sarah Woolson as a female lawyer at the turn of the century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 6/19/2012

    " Prefer the Fremont Jones mysteries (wish there were more of those), but this was OK. Will probably read the others. The story was good, but the characters a little one-dimensional--although there were a lot of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/19/2012

    " I read " Murder On Nob Hill" and really enjoyed it. Now I'm reading the sec. book in that series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 5/5/2011

    " A very good cozy mystery featuring a female lawyer in 1880's San Francisco. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inger | 4/6/2011

    " Enjoyable, but not great or life-changing. I listened to the audiobook, which was read by one of my favorite readers, Anna Fields (Kate Fleming). Her reading probably improved the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 3/17/2011

    " Eugene author Tallman's third mystery, also set in San Francisco in the late 1800s, was a pleasure. When I was 10 pages from the end I couldn't believe she could tie up all the plots and solve all the murders convincingly, but she did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 1/18/2011

    " I liked this one better than the first. With the first I could figure out who the murderer was half way through the book. With this one, I didn't figure it out until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 8/2/2010

    " Part of the reason I enjoy this series is that I love San Francisco (and gutsy females at the turn of the century). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/6/2010

    " I read " Murder On Nob Hill" and really enjoyed it. Now I'm reading the sec. book in that series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 5/16/2008

    " Entertaining historical mystery. In 19th century San Francisco, Sarah Woolson is struggling to gain respect as a female attorney in a society that doesn't approve of women in professions. She gets involved in a case where a charity hospital becomes the focus of a series of deaths. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 3/15/2008

    " Prefer the Fremont Jones mysteries (wish there were more of those), but this was OK. Will probably read the others. The story was good, but the characters a little one-dimensional--although there were a lot of them. "

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About the Author
Author Shirley Tallman

Shirley Tallman is a screenwriter and an award-winning author of romance novels and historical mysteries.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.