Book Review: Murder on Nob Hill – Shirley Tallman

Title: Murder on Nob Hill (Sarah Woolson Mysteries)
Author: Shirley Tallman
ISBN: 9780312328566
Pages: 288
Release Date: June 1, 2004
Publisher: St. Martin’s Minotaur
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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.

Comments

  1. I am in a huge historical fiction phase right now, so this book looks good. Thanks!

  2. I am in a huge historical fiction phase right now, so this book looks good. Thanks!

  3. Sounds like a good mystery and the historical elements are just icing on the cake.

  4. Sounds like a good mystery and the historical elements are just icing on the cake.

  5. This is a mystery series that has been on my radar for a long time. Just haven’t gotten around to it. Nice to hear a little about the first one.

  6. This is a mystery series that has been on my radar for a long time. Just haven’t gotten around to it. Nice to hear a little about the first one.

  7. I love mysteries, but they so often all feel alike. I can’t imagine this would be the case here. I am anxious to hear more about this series!

  8. I love mysteries, but they so often all feel alike. I can’t imagine this would be the case here. I am anxious to hear more about this series!

  9. This sounds like a great series. The historical setting and the heroine both appeal to me.

  10. This sounds like a great series. The historical setting and the heroine both appeal to me.

  11. Oh wow! This seems to be just the type of book I have been looking for! It sounds like a great read, and it’s definitely one that is going to the top of the wish list! Thanks so much for bringing this one to my attention! Awesome review!

  12. Oh wow! This seems to be just the type of book I have been looking for! It sounds like a great read, and it’s definitely one that is going to the top of the wish list! Thanks so much for bringing this one to my attention! Awesome review!

  13. I’m such a sucker for historical fiction AND mysteries…. have to read this one.

  14. I’m such a sucker for historical fiction AND mysteries…. have to read this one.

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