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The Death of a Much-Travelled Woman: And Other Adventures with Cassandra Reilly Paperback – Oct 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hushion House (October 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187942732X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879427327
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,985,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Barbara Wilson writes great stories
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HASH(0xa55bf9fc) out of 5 stars Double bonus:travel and mystery writing in one volume. Sept. 6 1999
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The Death of a Much-Travelled Woman consists of 9 stories about the intrepid translator, traveller and amateur-sleuth Casandra Reilly. Cassandra has appeared in two earlier novels; Trouble in Transylvania and Gaúdi Afternoon. These stories, or adventures, are more about literary puns and feminist fun than about suspense. Your flesh doesn't exactly creep when Cassandra finds the body,in fact there often is no body to find at all. Instead, you laugh when she helps bury the deceased poetesses` bones, or at writers who resort to all kinds of shady methods including attempts of murder to promote their books.
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.