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Thus Was Adonis Murdered (1981)

de Sarah Caudwell

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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Thriller. HTML:A young woman accused of murder while on holiday in Venice enlists a friend to come help herbut once they begin unraveling clues, theres no telling what else will come to light.
 
A tour de force . . . a hilarious comedy of manners.St. Louis Post-Dispatch

His was a body to die for . . .
 
Set to have a vacation away from her home life and the tax man, young barrister Julia Larwood takes a trip to Italy with her art-loving boyfriend. But when her personal copy of the current Finance Act is found a few meters away from a dead body, Julia finds herself caught up in a complex fight against the Inland Revenue. 
 
Fortunately, shes able to call on her fellow colleagues who enlist the help of their friend Oxford professor Hilary Tamar. However, all is not what it seems. Could Julias boyfriend 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?
Dont miss any of Sarah Caudwells riveting Hilary Tamar mysteries:
THUS WAS ADONIS MURDERED  THE SHORTEST WAY TO HADES  THE SIRENS SANG OF MURDER  THE SIBYL IN HER GRAVE
.
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  1. 60
    Rumpole of the Bailey de 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.
  2. 30
    Still Life de 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.
  3. 20
    Death at the President's Lodging de Michael Innes (themulhern)
    themulhern: Both are whitty, erudite, and English, and the first detective novels of their respective authors.
  4. 10
    Death's Bright Angel de 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.
  5. 00
    Cut to the Quick de Kate Ross (mambo_taxi)
    mambo_taxi: Both books fall into the "just plain fun and delightful" category. Significant edge in favor of Caudwell's humor, slight advantage to Ross for building the better mystery.
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buena nada fuera de lo común. una profesora de historia del derecho, es la "madrina" de un grupo de abogados, uno de ellos Julia es acusada de un homicidio en venecia. Desde la distante Londres trata de resolver el caso, La trama avanza con cartas y llamadas. Lo mejor las ironias y las charlas de los abogados entre ellos, muy british ( )
  gneoflavio | Mar 17, 2024 |
This book is essentially the platonic ideal of what I wish murder mysteries to be; in this I am continually disappointed.

Julia Larwood, accidental murder suspect, learned space case, over-educated hot mess express, is such a treasure; though I am not a hypersexual lady barrister, rarely have I felt as validated by a female character. I, too, am worried for Desdemona. ( )
  raschneid | Dec 19, 2023 |
cool, enjoyable mystery. the denouement wasn't perfect but it worked well enough and I think you can take a good guess at it from the clues although it requires a couple of guesses to actually solve.

the big appeal though is the character writing and humor. the writing is consistently funny-rarely laugh out loud but regularly brings a smile to my face. the characters are lively and the dialogue is great. also one of the main characters is a very active bisexual woman and two other major characters are gay men in a relationship and it's spoken of as normal, which is nice, and they're written pretty well. there are quite a few fully fleshed out women characters in the story who are all different but accomplished in their own ways. it's closer to a cozy mystery in that the main characters are never in any danger but the action is still interesting. there's also a lot of entertaining digressions on the subject of things like art history and Italian architecture which never seem elitist, just presented entertainingly and all as part of the story, with pretty much all knowledge needed to understand them given to the reader.

overall a highly entertaining book, maybe a few faults as a mystery and not perfect but a really fun (well the ending is really sad) and well written book I'd highly recommend if you like that sort of thing

one thing I will say is that I don't really understand what year it's set in, it seems to be all over the place. but maybe that's part of the point ( )
  tombomp | Oct 31, 2023 |
Great entertainment! ( )
  emmby | Oct 4, 2023 |
My librarian friend suggested this one to me - loaned me his personal copy. He said, smiling: "It's very VEDDY British!" And he was definitely not wrong. Set in a law practice with a cast of young barristers, narrated by their mentor, a law professor, it crackles with a certain brittle, arch, snappish dialog like something out of Wodehouse or Coward, couched in verbiage that truly deserves the epithet "sesquipedalian." Now, I wallow in 19th century literature and am not afraid of polysyllables, but this took even me some work to get used to. The characters are "bright young things," and don't seem especially likable, but after a while, you start to enjoy them - they are smart, loyal, funny, and brave. The plot involves one of their number (and she IS really annoying!) on an art tour in Venice, pursuing an impossibly "enchanting" young man, but ends up accused of his murder. It is convoluted, and unfortunately much of the story is told in the form of letters our art tourist writes to her colleagues back home, who provide some relief in their eye-rolling, snarky commentary on her letters and behavior. Once you settle into the idea that the entire style and tone of this book is a send-up of "Golden Age" 1930's sorts of mystery stories, it can be rather fun. And having been published in the 1980's, Caudwell has fun with smart, competent women (one in the eye for that old fart Rumpole); one or two quite charming men (and some damaged galoots), the slimier side of the art market, and picking apart some sexist tropes from the genre she is playing with.

As it happens, I had just been perusing Martin Edwards's massive The Life of Crime: Detecting the History of Mysteries and their Creators compendium. One footnote mentioned Christopher Isherwood, who based his character Sally Bowles (most famously played in Cabaret by Liza Minelli) on a woman he knew called Jean Ross. Ross went on to raise a daughter, a brilliant legal scholar and barrister, named Sarah. She wrote detective novels under the name Sarah Caudwell. They may be an acquired taste, with a very definite style, but worth a shot if you think you might like that kind of thing. ( )
  JulieStielstra | Dec 9, 2022 |
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One of the most refreshing qualities of Caudwell’s mysteries is their blithe, unlabored integration of old-fashioned, Agatha Christie–style puzzles with more contemporary mores and values. Her characters take same-sex relationships and bisexuality as a given. Julia, for all her ineptitude, pursues a series of successful seductions (mostly, but not entirely, of beautiful young men) without expressing the slightest interest in marrying any of them. Caudwell doesn’t preach a feminism in which one’s gender need not determine one’s career, sex life, or skill at solving mysteries. She simply shows her readers a world in which all of that is already true.

The books are also extremely funny in a particular and very British vein.
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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Thriller. HTML:A young woman accused of murder while on holiday in Venice enlists a friend to come help herbut once they begin unraveling clues, theres no telling what else will come to light.
 
A tour de force . . . a hilarious comedy of manners.St. Louis Post-Dispatch

His was a body to die for . . .
 
Set to have a vacation away from her home life and the tax man, young barrister Julia Larwood takes a trip to Italy with her art-loving boyfriend. But when her personal copy of the current Finance Act is found a few meters away from a dead body, Julia finds herself caught up in a complex fight against the Inland Revenue. 
 
Fortunately, shes able to call on her fellow colleagues who enlist the help of their friend Oxford professor Hilary Tamar. However, all is not what it seems. Could Julias boyfriend 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?
Dont miss any of Sarah Caudwells riveting Hilary Tamar mysteries:
THUS WAS ADONIS MURDERED  THE SHORTEST WAY TO HADES  THE SIRENS SANG OF MURDER  THE SIBYL IN HER GRAVE
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