The Death of a Much-Travelled Woman: And Other Adventures with Cassandra Reilly Paperback – Oct 1998
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From Library Journal
Spanish translator, lesbian, and amateur detective Cassandra Reilly, last seen in Trouble in Transylvania (LJ 10/1/93), returns in this collection of nine peripatetic short stories. From Helsinki to Hawaii to Hamburg, Cassandra solves mysteries, mostly murderous, among her far-flung acquaintances. Most of the stories touch upon the world of publishing, including a murder at a book fair, the theft of a writer's identity, and a writers' conference that turns deadly. Wilson takes the opportunity lightly to satirize the literary world with some thinly veiled humorous portraits of real-life personalities and publishing politics. The literate and likable Cassandra is a pleasant traveling companion who approaches crime among her friends with humor and compasson. With well-drawn characters and colorful settings, this collection of light mysteries is recommended for libraries with other Cassandra Reilly books and for mystery fans of any orientation.?Devon Thomas, Highland Township P.L., MI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Wilson uses the detective genre in a humorous way to deal with serious feminist issues like the invisibility of women's writing and of women writers, and of men taking advange of women's talents, whether they are poets or book-sellers. These are issues that have existed since the time of the Brontës, at least.
I recommend the collection to readers who are fond of literary quizzes, of travelling (Wilson obviously knows Europe well) and of a good laugh. Like all story collections, they should be savoured separately and not read in one sitting.