Thus Was Adonis Murdered

Thus Was Adonis Murdered

by Sarah Caudwell

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When her personal copy of the current Finance Act is found a few metres away from a body, young barrister Julia Larwood finds herself caught up in a complex fight against the Inland Revenue. Set to have a vacation away from her home life and the tax man, Julia takes a trip with her art-loving boyfriend. However, all is not what it seems. Could he 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?

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ISBN-13: 9780440212317
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/1994
Series: Hilary Tamar Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 4.14(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Sarah Caudwell is the author of Thus Was Adonis Murdered, The Shortest Way to Hades, The Sirens Sang of Murder, and The Sibyl in Her Grave. She studied law at St. Anne's College, Oxford; was called to the Chancery Bar; and practiced as a barrister for several years in Lincoln's Inn. She then became a member of the legal department of a major London bank, where she found herself specializing in international tax planning. She died in 2000.

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Thus Was Adonis Murdered 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a charming and highly entertaining book, with most of its value coming from Caudwell's clever descriptive style and dialogue. The mystery itself is secondary, merely a vehicle for Caudwell's wit. Her skill with words approaches that of P.G. Wodehouse and Oscar Wilde. Her characters rival John Mortimer's Rumpole as most amusing and engaging English barristers.
marsap on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first mystery in Caudwell's series featuring amateur investigator Hilary Tamar and a cast of young London lawyers. When a young man is found dead in Julia Larwood's bed, her lawyer friends are the only ones who can uncover the truth of this murder. What I found most interesting about this book is that we are never really at the murder scene--only through a series of letters do we get the clues needed to solve the crime. I would give this book 3.5 out of 5.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Julia Larwood finds herself suspected of murdering a young man she just slept with in the afternoon. She is puzzled, to say the least as are her London colleges. As they work to solve the puzzle, she must wait in Venice. This was a good mystery. I was unable to come up with the solution, and it was fun getting there. What seemed to be witty dialog at the beginning though, seemed trite and contrived by the end. The characters ended up annoying rather than pleasing my ears. Although the relationships are kept vague, there is enough spelled out to know that these people seem very superficial. So, I would not read this again, though, if I found an inexpensive copy of another book by this author, I might try it. I will not be keeping this book.
annbury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great fun -- a very English murder mystery involving the Chancery Bar, Venice, beautiful young men, and the chicanery so often associated with art. Well plotted and satisfyingly mysterious, but the real point here is the chat. I laughed out loud a lot.
tloeffler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Barrister Julia Larwood goes to Venice on an Art Lovers Holiday for one last romp before Inland Revenue catches up with her for back taxes. She meets a beautiful young man, who, unfortunately, is an employee of Inland Revenue. She manages to overlook this flaw, but when he is found murdered, she becomes the number one suspect. Being a bit of a klutz, her cohorts back at 62 New Square in London feel compelled to solve the mystery, which they do with the help of Hilary Tamar, their former teacher at Oxford. Told from the viewpoint of Hilary, via frequent coffee shop visits, office visits, and dinners, where letters from Julia are shared, we learn much more about each individual from the impressions of others than we do from any blatant descriptions. The mystery is mostly secondary to the wonderful character sketches. This is a delightfully fun book to read, and I can't wait to continue the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engagingly written and extremely witty, this book is a must read for lovers of the intriguing and well-crafted mystery. Young barristers at the English Bar come to aid of one of their own, a loveable but absent-minded young lady who takes a holiday in Venice and is accused of murder. Sara Cauldwell is a master of the craft of mystery writing. Enjoy!
LilyLocksmith More than 1 year ago
Brilliant, witty, should be better known, as should Sarah Caudwell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this mystery and was kept guessing up to the end. l look forward to reading more by her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my reading group¿s book for May. I¿m a little behind on writing up the notes. Our last few books have all been relatively recent books (within the last year or so), so we wanted to try something a bit more ¿classic.¿ We like books that are very civilized and urbane, which is how we ended up with this book, which was Caudwell¿s first. And you don¿t really get much more civilized than a Venetian setting and a main character, Hilary Tamar, who is an academic. Of course, as most of you know, the big question is whether Prof. Tamar is a man or a woman. While we debated the question a bit, we came to the conclusion that (1) there is no answer, and (2) it doesn¿t matter. This is exactly how the author wants it! Most of us enjoyed the book quite a bit. A word to the wise: You really must love flowery, and purposefully pretentious, language to appreciate this book. The love or words (logophilia I think is the correct term) is really key to this reading experience. If you like a more spare, straightforward narrative (which two of our members do ¿ as you can tell from the books we¿ve read for the club in the past), then this is NOT the book for you. Something we all liked, though, was the true MYSTERY of the book. There is a murder to be solved through clues and detective work, with a traditional sense of the narrative taking place, the sleuth doing his (or her) detective work, and the solution being revealed at the end of the book. The mystery genre has been so expanded recently, that it is nice to read something that plays by the old rules. We were divided on the characters. In the last few books we read, there were many likable characters. In this one, there seems to be not much room for middle ground ¿ you either love them or hate them. They are either educated and witty, or idiotic and pretentious, depending on your perspective. Still, the majority of us enjoyed spending time around them. Overall we liked this book and would probably read more of Caudwell. We decided we¿d have to wait a while to do that, though, because because the consensus was that a little of her goes a long way. The book is like a very sweet truffle or bonbon as delicious as it is, we need a little time to recover. This got us talking about `series¿ books with the same characters over and over again, which was a completely different discussion too intricate to put into writing! Previous books: April 2006: The Full Cupboard of Life, by Alexander McCall Smith: 4th in the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. As always, enjoyable reading, if not the best in the series. March 2006: Who Gets the Apartment?, by Steven Rigolosi: A fast, fun romp through the insanity of the Manhattan real estate market, with likable characters and an entertaining couple of plots. Respectfully submitted, Claire McManus