Sirens Sang of Murder Hardcover – May 7 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
Caudwell's third suspense novel takes place in the Channel Islands and is narrated, like its predecessors, by Professor Hilary Tamar of Oxford. Investigated here is the mysterious death of a great fortune's administrator. "Besides giving readers a bewitching mystery, the author absorbs them in the legends of . . . all the storied Channel Islands," noted PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
From the Publisher
Young barrsiter Michael Cantrip has skipped of to the Channel Islands to take on a tax-law case that's worth a fortune -- if Cantrip's tax-planning cronies can locate the missing heir. But Cantrip has waded in way over his head. Strange things are happening on these mysterious, isolated isles. Something is going bump in the night -- and bumping off members of the legal team, one by one. Soon Cantrip is telexing the gang at the home office for help. And it's up to amateur investigator Hilaray Tamar (Oxford don turned supersleuth) to get Cantrip back to safety of his chambers -- alive! --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
A while ago we were discussion (on a Jane Austen list) the art of the epistolary form of the novel - and perhaps this is the original idea behind Caudwell's form of mysteries - they are very reliant on letter writing. While the first mystery featured letters by Julia from Venice (Thus was Adonis murdered), and the second Serena from Corfu (The Shortest Way to Hades), this has Young barrister, Michael Cantrip, writing from..... well.... all over France - and using the handy mechanism of the Telex machine to send his messages back to the members of the nursery at 62 New Square (and the occassional less than flattering note to their Clerk, Henry).
A very funny, bouynat mystery with the usual Caudwell twist at the end - I guess the unexpected seems to occur every few pages really - The only thing I would mention is that I didn't feel like all the clues were quite at my grasp as they might have been - however, I didn't mind, it was such a rollicking good fun ride. Sometimes I wonder if I read these as mysteries or comedies - they are lovely as both. .
If you enjoyed Thus Was Adonis Murdered, don't hesitate to heed the Sirens' seductive cry.
Most recent customer reviews
I was delighted with Cauldwell's third book in her too-short series. Much maligned Cantrip always makes me laugh, and you get plenty of him in this book.Published on Sept. 27 2002 by Cadeau's mom
The humor is elaborate and depends on convoluted witticisms couched in a pastiche of eighteenth century prose, alternating with sharp observations of contemporary British life and... Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2000 by D. P. Birkett
A comment on Mr Schau's review of August 16,2000--What attracts me, and I think others to Ms Caudwells books, is her clever intertwining a riveting mystery with the equally... Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2000 by Nick F,