Title: Murder on Nob Hill (Sarah Woolson Mysteries)
Author: Shirley Tallman
Release Date: June 1, 2004
Publisher: St. Martin’s Minotaur
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Sarah Woolson is a fully trained and certified lawyer. The only problem is that the year is 1880, and even in San Francisco, no law firm will hire her because she is a woman. However, Sarah befriends a recent widow whose circumstances compel a prestigious law firm to take her on as an employee. What Sarah doesn’t realize, though, is that this case isn’t nearly as straightforward as it seems.
I found Murder on Nob Hill to be a charming mystery with a heroine that is very appealing. Sarah is headstrong and sure of herself in a world that tells women not to use their brains. I loved how smart, resourceful and driven she was, and how she refused to take no for an answer or to be subjugated on account of her sex. She wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself, despite the fact that it wasn’t socially acceptable. It’s also nice that she had support from most of her family, who weren’t ashamed of the way she acted.
The mystery in Murder on Nob Hill was very engrossing. A few times, I thought I was one step ahead of Sarah, but it always turned out that she had figured out more than I had. I also loved her partner at the law firm, Robert, and how he couldn’t stand her audacity at the same time he as intrigued by her brilliance. Tallman takes the reader on twists and turns that will keep them hooked from beginning to end.
I also enjoyed the historical details present in this book. Tallman does a wonderful job bringing San Francisco in 1880 to life for the reader. It’s a quick read and a fun, charming experience. I’m glad this is the first in a series, as I can’t wait to see what Sarah does next.