Finished 1024-09, rating 4/5, mystery, pub. 2004
Book 1 in the Sarah Woolson series
Despite claims to the contrary – some, I fear, voiced by members of my own family – I pride myself on being an honest woman. As a matter of principle, I hold dissimulation of any kind in contempt. That said, I probably should add that I also subscribe to the old adage “God helps those who help themselves,” even if this sometimes entails being economical with the truth.
First paragraph of the book
Sarah Woolson is a strong young woman living in a time when strong women were frowned upon. It’s 1880 and she has managed to get an interview with a leading law firm, but she is promptly shown the door because of her sex. Not willing to step aside she steals a client and the firm takes her in to save face. Now she must travel around San Francisco trying to prove her client innocent of murdering her rich husband and one of his powerful friends.
Sarah is take no prisoners kind of gal and this really irks the lawyer who is assigned to following/helping her with the case. And her brothers prove helpful as does her judge father. She is not afraid of getting her hands dirty, but her mind is her best asset. There is a lot to like about Sarah.
The mystery was good. I didn’t figure it out until right before Sarah did and it was a satisfying ending. The family was a warm and fun and accepting of Sarah, well except for one brother running for California Senator, and I look forward to learning more about them as Sarah continues her adventures in the next book.
This did remind me of the Deadly series by Brenda Joyce if you are a fan. Not any romance in this one, but I do see potential.
This was a library copy.