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The Sybil in Her Grave

The Sybil in Her Grave Julia Larwood s Aunt Regina needs help She and two friends pooled their modest resources and invested in equities Now the tax man demands his due but they ve already spent the money How can they dig

  • Title: The Sybil in Her Grave
  • Author: Sarah Caudwell
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  • Page: 132
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  • Julia Larwood s Aunt Regina needs help She and two friends pooled their modest resources and invested in equities Now the tax man demands his due, but they ve already spent the money How can they dig themselves out of the tax hole Even to the point Can the sin of capital gains trigger corporeal loss That s one for the sibyl, psychic counselor Isabella del Comino,Julia Larwood s Aunt Regina needs help She and two friends pooled their modest resources and invested in equities Now the tax man demands his due, but they ve already spent the money How can they dig themselves out of the tax hole Even to the point Can the sin of capital gains trigger corporeal loss That s one for the sibyl, psychic counselor Isabella del Comino, who has offended Aunt Regina and her friends by moving into the rectory, plowing under a cherished garden, and establishing an aviary of ravens When Isabella is found dead, all clues point to death by fiscal misadventure.So Julia calls in an old friend and Oxford fellow, Professor Hilary Tamar, to follow a money trail that connects Aunt Regina to what appears to be capital fraud and capital crime The two women couldn t have a better champion than the erudite Hilary, as once again Sarah Caudwell sweeps us into the scene of the crime, leaving us to ponder the greatest mystery of all Hilary, him or her self.From the Paperback edition.

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    1. Possibly this was my favorite of the Tamar series. It is lovely how this series gets better and better. I had to go back and give them all five stars just because they don't drop off and get terrible by the end. This one has hokum and euphemistic professions and an evilly helpful girl, and finally we meet Julia’s dear Aunt Regina (pronounced . . . well, you know). And, of course, murrrrderrrrr. I listened to half of it on audio, but then I was so impatient to read the rest that I sat down and [...]

    2. A strange little book that I'd idly picked up years ago and only turned to now. Undoubtedly, this book is not for everyone--as the Alexander Keith's Brewery in Halifax used to say: "Those who like it, like it a lot." Caudwell has a marvelous prose style: it's arch, and mannered, maybe even a little fussy, but never quite precious. Its politics are intriguingly hard to pin down--its a *queer* book in many senses of the term. A parody of the traditional English "cozy," it manages to be quit suspen [...]

    3. It took me some time (living as I do in seclusion) to realise this book existed, it having been some ten years since the author's previous work, and, having found it, I then put off reading it, knowing that there will be no more from this writer. Even though she wrote only four novels, her death was a profound loss, not only in itself but also in that it deprives us forever of learning more of Julia, Selina, Ragwort, Cantrip, Timothy and the eternally mysterious and genderless Professor Hilary T [...]

    4. The final Hilary Tamar mystery and one of the strongest offerings in the series, despite its more conventional trappings (a strange death in a country village!). I had been hoping for a Ragwort-centric story, since the other three major players had a story that focused quite a bit on them (the first book Julia, the second book Selena, and the third Cantrip) and, like Julia, I have a bit of a hopeless crush on the calm and collected Ragwort. I was still delighted by this installment, however, whi [...]

    5. A fun little mystery story, but it didn't live up to its hype.See, a friend of mine (sadly not on ), has been talking up Sarah Caudwell recently. Well, this is the novel I found first, so it's the one I read. And I suppose it's nice enough, butIt all felt so contrived. Oh, the OTT "upper-class English speech" (which: I went to the wrong parties at Oxford apparently). Oh, the way everyone knows everyone (e.g the lawyer you bump into in London happens to have a flat right next to yours in Cannes d [...]

    6. I was amused. This is a book I picked up recently at a library sale because I noticed the Edward Gorey dust jacket. This was not my first Sarah Caudwell, since I read Thus Was Adonis Murdered some years ago but hadn't read the rest of her books. Not that I'd avoided them, just that I am more likely to read a British cozy mystery than a send-up of one.Actually, the nudge/wink regarding building contractors on page 26 and continued on page 56, might be equally true anywhere in the world. Selena s [...]

    7. This is the fourth and last book in this wonderfully amusing mystery series featuring an unlikely set of detectives: a group of rather frazzled young English barristers, who are more usually occupied with setting up trust funds or defending clients from accusations of tax evasion. Caudwell was herself a barrister, and these contemporary stories were written around the 1980’s - that’s the twentieth century, not the nineteenth; however the writing is highly stylized like a novel from that earl [...]

    8. A novel with a truly universal theme: the perfidy of builders. It asks the question that has plagued humanity since the advent of running water: now that the plumber has ripped out all your pipes and left them in your front hall, will you ever see him again?It also rips out your heart and jumps on top of it a few times, just when you think you're safe.This is a surprisingly devastating and difficult book. It's sly and funny, like the others, but when I was done I had to go read some absolute tra [...]

    9. A modern day send up of the classic English mystery. Very well written in a mannered way that almost tipped over into silliness, but didn't. It reminded me of the .Mapp and Lucia books by E.F. Benson, with strong hints of the pub series by Martha Grimes They all have that same English country village full of eccentrics drinking copious G & Ts.

    10. Like the other books in this too short series, implausible coincidences abound, but in the world Sarah Caudwell has created, they seem perfectly normal. Multiple mysterious illnesses and deaths occur. Are they natural or not? If someone is killing people associated with the small village of Parsons Haver, who is it and why? The young barristers of Chancery Bar, along with professor Hilary Tamar share drinks, stories, and speculation over the course of nearly a year in a most entertaining manner. [...]

    11. I had never read Sarah Caudwell before, but now I have to read her other books (sadly there are only a few and she is no longer with us). This reads like an old-fashioned cozy, but takes place in modern times. It's charmingly written (if you like the "dear reader" style, which I do!) and it's a very good mystery wiht a lot of twists and turns.

    12. Another marvellous book by the erudite and hilarious Sarah Caudwell. I am beginning to really regret her untimely passing, leaving behind only four books in this series. The pompous but intellectual Prof. Hilary and the band of amiable legal scoundrels embark on unmasking another murderer. Scintillating prose, reminiscent of Wodehouse and Evelyn Waugh.

    13. I picked this up on a whim in the bookstore, and I was more than pleasantly surprised.The prose and dialogue are exactly how I wish everyone talked all the time. Verbose and precise, much like something from Jane Austen or some other 19th-century British author (so of course it's quite shocking that I liked it so much).The large cast of characters are unique and interesting, the plot/mystery are intriguing* without being over the top, and the humor is absolutely spot on. It's the epitome of the [...]

    14. The final installment in this series is just as delightful as the rest. If I reread these books at some point, I'll probably give them all five stars. In this novel, Caudwell skips the European travel and instead tackles the classic English village. I particularly liked the twist that (view spoiler)[all the people and events that seemed sinister ended up being perfectly harmless, while the killer was all along the person who was the most inept and well-meaning. (hide spoiler)]A nice bit of meta- [...]

    15. The rumor among mystery fans in the 1990's was that Sarah Caudwell had some kind of plot problem with this book, and until she solved it, she couldn't complete/release the book that her fans were waiting for. We didn't know that she was fatally ill. Yet when this came out, there was a discernible melancholy about the book, for all of the wit and charm that defined her writing. Hilary Tamar becomes involved in various puzzles, including an insider trading episode, the strange death of Julia's aun [...]

    16. A brilliant ending to a brilliant series. I've been giving the books 4 stars out of some weird feeling that 5stars requires a "literaryness" but I felt that 5stars was deserved for a series that's been my most enjoyable reading in a long while. I'm just sad there's no more. The book is funny, has great dialogue and character writing, is tense, interesting references which aren't confusing if you don't know them, a well written gay relationship, has a bunch of twists but none which seem forced or [...]

    17. This book does not have the clean lines of a classic mystery, but it is a very enjoyable book nonetheless. I found it a little surprising that (view spoiler)[nobody suspected Daphne -- but then, I was certain her haplessness must be an act and was surprised that while she was the culprit, it had been entirely accidental. And Maurice & the poisoned chocolates took me completely by surprise, although in retrospect it was very well set up that he knew himself somewhat capable of such a thing. ( [...]

    18. While this final example of Sarah Caudwell's fiction is not, to my mind, her best, her mysteries are among the best comic novels one could hope to find, so not-her-best is much better than what most authors have to offer. This time, her usual narrator and protagonists have, for example, a household vulture to (indirectly) contend with. It is a great misfortune that Sarah Caudwell spent most of her life practicing law and so little of it writing fiction.

    19. The last book in this series - a mere quartet, to my everlasting sadness. And it was my favorite to boot, which makes it all the more tragic. But it's so entertaining and witty and smart and I suspect these books are very re-readable.

    20. Enjoyable tale of the disruption to village and business life caused by the life and death of a psychic, and very amusing.

    21. Another excellent Sarah Caudwell that has language very reminiscent of P.G. Wodehouse. Witty language make the adventures of Hilary and his band of intrepid lawyers somehow make legal language entertaining while solving a mystery.

    22. De door de vroege dood van mevrouw Caudwell laatste en, denk ik, beste in de serie detectiveromans over professor Hilary Tamar en de vier Londense juristen door wie de professor zich graag omringd weet.Dit boek focust wat minder op de vier juristen dan de drie eerdere in de serie, en omdat ze vrij karikaturaal zijn is dat voor het verhaal een pluspunt. (Het is denk ik ook het enige boek waarin Oxford-don Hilary geen snedige opmerking maakt over het 'onfortuinlijke' feit dat Michael Cantrip, éé [...]

    23. Somewhat slow but still fun. The resolution was a surprise,very cleverly imagined. I sort of liked the characters whose demises she imagined and wished I'd had more time with them, except for one. Won't spoil it by telling you who. Just think "annoying."

    24. it's poignant, being published posthumously, and eerily prescient in its morbidity, ravens, paranormality, and especially in its unravelling. everyone commenting regrets she only wrote four books. it makes them very precious. the third is a hard act to follow and perhaps daunted her; perhaps she got some flak for writing so scathing a critique of "overseas tax planning." TSIHG takes an equally scathing view of takeovers, but with a softer pedal. she was very smart, clever, witty, principled, and [...]

    25. 3.5* I'm not intentionally reading the series backwards - but this was the only copy available at the library, and dang it, the Edward Gorey cover got to me! Couldn't leave it on the shelf. I'd seen this author on Bettie's updates, and would've thought it was an older book (by the cover, I guess) - I don't usually venture into "present day", if I can help it. However! Glad I did. I was immediately hooked and held captive right up to the end. Excellent writing and an interesting plot.(Thanks agai [...]

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