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Sirens Sang of Murder Hardcover – May 7 1991

4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C; Large Print edition edition (May 7 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745180469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745180465
  • Shipping Weight: 789 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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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.

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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.

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Of the four Caudwell mysteries, this is the one to read last or not at all. That Wildean wit and off-center logic that are a part of the characters in all four books are there, but Good Grief! the wading one must do through tax codes, financial details and fiduciary claptrap. Caudwell becomes almost pedantic about government regulation on tax matters (will there be a quiz after?) and that is very tiring. Any of the other three is a better choice, particularly as a first Caudwell read. (Note: Given a vote in the matter, I do believe that Prof. Tamar is female, though it seems not to matter one way or another.)
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After the relatively disappointing second book in the series (The Shortest Way to Hades) I was enraptured to find The Sirens Sang of Murder on a par with the first Sarah Caudwell, the one that made me sing hosannas and rush out to buy everything she had written. One of the strengths and pleasures of Sirens, as with Thus Was Adonis Murdered, is that a large part of it takes the form of an epistolary novel, in this case through telexes in the hilarious voice of Cantrip. Surely Caudwell is a fan of P.G. Wodehouse, since the hapless Cantrip reminds me irresistibly of clueless Bertie Wooster, even down to his malapropisms and his dotty uncle (reminiscent of Uncle Fred). Having so many adventures related through his harried, well-intentioned, quirky voice ("pottle" is one of his favorite verbs) makes everything that much livelier. Another clever, enjoyable device is the use of hackneyed romance-novel cliches, which circulate due to Cantrip and Julia's collaboration on a would-be bestseller. Added to this heady mixture is the faintly dangerous, sexy whiff of witch lore and the supernatural.
If you enjoyed Thus Was Adonis Murdered, don't hesitate to heed the Sirens' seductive cry.
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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 baffling intricacies of the confiscatory tax structure of the U.K. Who among us does not use our knowledge to mimimize our taxes? To read a thrilling mystery and gain an educated insight into the workings of the Revenuers is a delight indeed. Since I was introduced to "Sirens" while on holiday in London (at one of those stuffy 19th century Pall Mall clubs), the hunger for her books has continued. More, Ms.Caudwell! --with the intrigue AND the tax info!
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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 amazingly effective slapstick. This sort of thing has to be done superbly well or it falls flat. This is done superbly well. The plot seems completely fantastic until the murderer is revealed and you realise you should have thought of that person all along. The same setting as the other Caudwells - the London singles bar scene.
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Alas, the last of Ms. Caudwell's mystery series with Professor Tamar and the barristers of Lincoln's Inn, but certainly a good one. Sarah Caudwell's mysteries are a treat for lawyers and non-lawyers, well-written with a great command of English as few mystery novels are these days. This one has red herrings and interesting twists throughout.
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