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Thus Was Adonis Murdered by Sarah Caudwell (1981)

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    Rumpole of the Bailey by John Mortimer (GeraniumCat)
    GeraniumCat: Anyone who enjoys Sarah Caudwell's legal mysteries should also like Horace Rumpole, and vice versa. They share much of the same humour, a delicious set of English eccentrics and a similar fascination with the intricacies of the legal system.
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    Still Life by Louise Penny (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Both these mystery series are excellent examples of the quirky/cosy end of the spectrum, with extremely engaging characters, an ironic wit and good twisty mysteries.
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    Death at the President's Lodging by Michael Innes (themulhern)
    themulhern: Both are whitty, erudite, and English, and the first detective novels of their respective authors.
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    Death's Bright Angel by Janet Neel (themulhern)
    themulhern: Both are about a milieu, the Civil Service and Conveyancing respectively. Sarah Cauldwell's book is probably much cleverer, and is also funnier and queerer.

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Found all the sophisticated, ironic and often glib repartee rather tiresome -- so adolescent. The epistolary structure was kind of interesting. ( )
  amaraki | May 16, 2017 |
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  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
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  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this! It took a bit to get into the prose style (the narrator is a professor of early British law) and I had to read a bit carefully, but it was worth it for the very funny, dry humor and characterizations. I look forward to reading more of the series!
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
Fun but trivial mystery. Erudite and humorous, but not exactly in the same vein as an Innes novel. Of course, Innes started writing in the 30s and quit in the 80s, whereas Caudwell began in the 80s, so a lot of the differences may be attributable to the era. ( )
  themulhern | Nov 2, 2014 |
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'Furthermore,' I added, 'it is no use your implying, Selena, that your part in the enterprise was a merely negative one. If you tell me that Julia could have managed to purchase a travel ticket, find her passport, pack her suitcase and catch an aeroplane, all without the aid of some competent adult, I shall be obliged to disbelieve you.'
It is about an hour and a half since you left me at the airport. Things, since you left, have not gone well with me: they have taken me from a place where there was gin to a place where there is no gin, and from a place where I could smoke to a place where I cannot smoke. That is to say, from the departure lounge to the aeroplane.
'Julia did very well,' said Selena, 'not to fall into the lagoon. How beastly of that woman to suggest she'd had too much to drink.'

'Most uncharitable,' said Ragwort. 'Julia, as we all know, needs no assistance from alcohol to make her trip over things.'
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Androgynous barrister Hilary Tamar's colleague, Julia Larwood (young, brilliant and disorganized) is in deep trouble with the Inland Revenue. Julia goes on holiday to Venice, seeking romance; she also finds a dead body.
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She visits Venice
Accused of murder. Uffa!
Such gay holidays!

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Detective and mystery stories. Mystery fiction. When her personal copy of the current Finance Act is found a few metres away from a body, young barrister Julia Larwood finds herself caught up in a complex fight against the Inland Revenue. Set to have a vacation away from her home life and the tax man, Julia takes a trip with her art-loving boyfriend. However, all is not what it seems. Could he in fact be an employee of the establishment she has been trying to escape from? And how did her romantic luxurious holiday end in murder?… (more)

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