Scandal on Rincon Hill by Shirley Tallman
Scandal on Rincon Hill. Finished 10-5-14, rating 3.75/5, mystery, 340 pages, pub. 2010
A body is found just blocks from attorney Sarah Woolson’s home on Rincon Hill. Sarah is on the case, but 19th-century San Francisco is soon thrown into a state of panic as a gruesome crime spree begins to take hold of the city.
Sarah, the only female attorney in San Francisco in 1881 and one of two in all of California, has opened up shop but has a hard time making ends meet. No one is in a hurry to hire a woman lawyer even though she has helped solve several big name cases. Her heart is always willing to take on the oppressed and marginalized and she has the smarts and support to do it. She still lives in the family home and her father and three brothers are all successful in their chosen fields. Only her mother still believes she’ll be able to see Sarah married off someday and in this book there is a marriage proposal so she’s not far off.
Brielle, a young mistress is thrown out of her home after she has a baby and has to turn to a madam to make ends meet. Two men from China, only in town for days, are railroaded for two murders. Sarah takes on both cases with little hope of successful outcomes for either. She might just manage to keep her law practice afloat, but she’ll have to rely on old friends for help.
I like this series. Sarah is a focused and unconventional and Tallman is able to give me real sense of life in 1881 San Fransisco. If you like historical mysteries and female leads you will probably like this series.
This was from my own library.