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The Shortest Way to Hades epub ebook

by Sarah Caudwell

The Shortest Way to Hades epub ebook

Author: Sarah Caudwell
Category: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics); New Ed edition (1986)
Pages: 208 pages
ISBN: 0140084886
ISBN13: 978-0140084887
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 963
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Sarah Caudwell THE SHORTEST WAY TO HADES This page is an exception to the rule that my friends . never appear on the same side of anything.

Sarah Caudwell THE SHORTEST WAY TO HADES This page is an exception to the rule that my friends . Those that follow are dedicated to them jointly, in gratitude for their kindness and encouragement and innumerable drinks in the Corkscrew. PROLOGUE Cost candor what it may, I will not deceive my readers. This page is an exception to the rule that my friends .

This page is an exception to the rule that my friends . I do not know if Sir James was tall or short, or what kind of hat his wife wore; the crocuses may have been yellow; there may have been no pretty girls in Lincoln’s Inn Fields that day. I do not know and cannot invent, for the Scholar is the servant not of Art but Truth. Forgive me, dear reader: my narrative must have its starting-point nearly half a century later, when my own interest first became engaged in the affair.

I do not know if Sir James was tall or short, or what kind of hat his wife wore; the crocuses may have been yellow; there may have been no pretty girls in Lincoln’s Inn Fields that day. I do not know and cannot invent.

Sarah Caudwell is the author of Thus Was Adonis Murdered, The Shortest Way to Hades, The .

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. If you enjoy Edmund Crispin and Dorothy Sayers, I think you will love Sarah Caudwell.

The Shortest Way to Hades. Author: Sarah Caudwell. Professor Hilary Tamar’s young Chancery barrister friends have finished an inheritance case when one of the minor beneficiaries turns up dead. It’s assumed to be suicide, and as she wasn’t the heiress nobody cares, but when the heiress is involved in an sailing accident in Greece, Hilary realises these were not accidents

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Find sources: "Sarah Caudwell" – news · newspapers · books · scholar . The Shortest Way to Hades (1985). The Sirens Sang of Murder (1989). The Sibyl in Her Grave (2000).

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Reviews (7)
Amis
Fifty years after it was first read, the Last Will and Testament of Sir James Remington-Fiske is causing trouble. The trust it created stipulated that through the years, the bulk goes to one person, and the fortune is entailed via a complicated set of instructions – for example, the daughter of an elder son comes before the son of an younger son. And the son needs to have survived his wife (which makes it inconvenient if she's still alive).

The current beneficiary, 65 year-old Jocasta, comes to Julia Larwood and her team of London barristers for help in changing the trust. Without the change, the next heir-in-line, her granddaughter, the beautiful Camilla Galloway, will have to pay £3 million estate taxes on a £5 million inheritance.

The problem is that all the cousins have to sign off on changing the trust. Deirdre, a cousin nicknamed "Old Dreary" by the others, decides she deserves a big cash bonus for signing. Which might be why she feels unwell at a family get-together. So unwell that she apparently goes upstairs and throws herself off the balcony to her death.

The courts rule that it is Death By Misadventure, which leaves it to our curious bloodhound barristers, and their great friend, Professor Hilary Tamar, to find the killer.

The writing in every Sarah Caudwell mystery is so intelligent and so funny. The tone is British upper crust and lawyerly obfuscation, and it makes fun of itself. The Prologue begins: "Cost candor what it may, I will not deceive my readers. By some whim of the publishers, and despite my own protests, the ensuing narrative is to be offered to the public in the guise of a work of fiction."

The humor is gentle but sometimes it builds to ridiculousness and I guffaw out loud.
"I am always pleased to see her, for we have several enemies in common."
... or, "But he smiled as he said this a rather Byzantine smile, full of malice and intrigue."

Highly recommended if you don't require a fast pace of your mysteries, and if you like having to work for the jokes.

Happy Reader

Marige
Another engrossing and delightfully-told murder mystery by Ms Cauldwell, the third of hers I have read. The plot is a bit tricky, depending as it does on niceties of Greek classical allusions and British law of inheritance, but few could resist a tale so charmingly told. The usual legal characters are back, including Cantrb, Ragwort, Tancred, Selena, and of course Julia. But it is the narrator Law Prof. Hilary Tamar who carries the story, with her shrewd insights into companions and clients alike. The reason I put an asterisk on my title is that this work is only for someone who appreciates droll wry humor and nuance of indirection as opposed to straightforward accounts of direct action.

Samugul
A mystery that makes you think and not just slide along in the story. A lot of references to British law - characters are barristers. It was easy to visualize all the characters and I am left wanting more than the four books Ms. Caudwell wrote before her passing in 2000. I am grateful for the intelligent humor of her books. I have read all 4 and am sharing them with friends and will read again.

Glei
I bought this as a replacement for a copy I loaned to a friend and never got back. Sarah Caudwell is one of my favorite authors, and it's very sad that she only wrote 4 fabulous books before her untimely death. If you enjoy Edmund Crispin and Dorothy Sayers, I think you will love Sarah Caudwell.

Ironfire
The language of the author is very different from what we are used to today. It is very poetic in style with a very British sense of humor. It is an excellent and different read from something you might pick up today.

Conjukus
The first page will tell you whether you are going to find unreadable or (like me) find it one of the most entertaining reads of the decade. The style is elaborately witty with nineteenth century diction combined with descriptions of late twentieth century partying and mayhem. It is all very artificial and mannered. The plot is about the murder of beneficiaries of a will and in many ways a classical English whodunnit. The setting is in London lawyers' (sorry barristers') offices (sorry chambers),lesbian nightclubs and the Ionian Islands. Lots of sex but never explicit. A lot of information about English law, classical Greece, sailing and cricket.

Enditaling
Sarah Caudwell's dialogue both amuses and stretches. It amuses us because of its delightful humor and sharp exchanges. It stretches us (quick to Google -- at least for me) for historical and classical references that are apropos to the story line. I entitled my review "Too Few" because sadly there are no other books because Ms. Caudwell died in 2000. Enjoy the ones we have; there will not ever be quite another writer who has so many outstanding attributes.

Legal matters and stock characters, with a literary style.

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