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Sarah Caudwell (1939–2000)

Autor(a) de Thus Was Adonis Murdered

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About the Author

Disambiguation Notice:

(eng) Pen name of Sarah Cockburn (1939-2000)

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Obras por Sarah Caudwell

Associated Works

Malice Domestic 6 (1997) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories (2000) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
2nd Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1993) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Comic Crime (2002) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
3rd Culprit: An Annual of Crime Stories (1994) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Women Before the Bench (2001) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Caudwell, Sarah
Nome legal
Cockburn, Sarah
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Local de falecimento
London, England, UK
Causa da morte
Locais de residência
Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
University of Aberdeen (Classics)
University of Oxford (St Anne's College)
novelist (crime)
Cockburn, Claud (father)
Cockburn, Alexander (half-brother)
Tennant, Emma (sister-in-law)
Waugh, Evelyn (first cousin once removed)
Cockburn, Andrew (half-brother)
Cockburn, Patrick (half-brother) (mostrar todos 9)
Cockburn, Leslie (half sister-in-law)
Flanders, Michael (half brother-in-law)
Flanders, Laura (half niece)
Lloyds Bank
Barney Karpfinger

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Sarah Caudwell was the pen name of Sarah Cockburn, born in Cheltenham, England, to a family of journalists and political writers. She graduated in Classics from University of Aberdeen, read law at the University of Oxford, and lectured on the law for several years. In 1966, she became a Chancery barrister in Lincoln's Inn Fields and later specialized in international tax planning at Lloyds Bank, where she became a senior executive in the trust department. Over a period of 20 years, she wrote a series of acclaimed "legal whodunits" set primarily at Lincoln's Inn, featuring Prof. Hilary Tamar, beginning with Thus Was Adonis Murdered (1981). She collaborated with Lawrence Block, Tony Hillerman and others for the novel The Perfect Murder: Five Great Mystery Writers Create the Perfect Crime (1991), and contributed stories to numerous anthologies.

She also wrote a play, The Madman’s Advocate. She died of cancer at age 60 in 2000.
Nota de desambiguação
Pen name of Sarah Cockburn (1939-2000)



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 completely unexpected - again i don't think you can work out the whole thing before the end but you can do a good job i think and there's some clever misdirection. The ending wraps this up nicely. A great, great book that I highly recommend if you enjoy mysteries, and the rest of the series too.… (mais)
tombomp | 16 outras críticas | Oct 31, 2023 |
another great book in the series. not exactly a "puzzle" mystery but the ending is highly satisfying and it all fit together nicely with some great misdirection. the characters and writing are regularly funny, the locations and descriptions constantly vary and are interesting, it builds suspense well - a highly entertaining and enjoyable book. a great series that I'd highly recommend to anyone who likes mystery fiction
tombomp | 15 outras críticas | Oct 31, 2023 |
Pretty funny mystery, on par with the first in the series (although I agree Julia makes a more interesting voice than Selena). Only a few jokes are laugh out loud funny but it consistently kept a smile on my face - as others have said, it's pretty dry humour but I like that. Sometimes it goes into tangents about the English legal system or Homer or cricket but it's never too hard to follow and for me that's part of the charm. Also continues the same refreshing attitude to sex and sexuality as in the first book - there's no excessive talk about sex or anything but it comes up and it's handled breezily and funnily and with an open mind. The mystery itself is cool and the solution is hinted at pretty well throughout the book (although only in retrospect for me, haha - it's not an obvious answer). The writing is really fun and enjoyable and the interactions between the main characters are really great - makes a change from some of the "blank slate" type stuff. Not a literary classic exactly but still one of the best mysteries I've ever read. Great series.… (mais)
tombomp | 16 outras críticas | Oct 31, 2023 |
cool, enjoyable mystery. the denouement wasn't perfect but it worked well enough and I think you can take a good guess at it from the clues although it requires a couple of guesses to actually solve.

the big appeal though is the character writing and humor. the writing is consistently funny-rarely laugh out loud but regularly brings a smile to my face. the characters are lively and the dialogue is great. also one of the main characters is a very active bisexual woman and two other major characters are gay men in a relationship and it's spoken of as normal, which is nice, and they're written pretty well. there are quite a few fully fleshed out women characters in the story who are all different but accomplished in their own ways. it's closer to a cozy mystery in that the main characters are never in any danger but the action is still interesting. there's also a lot of entertaining digressions on the subject of things like art history and Italian architecture which never seem elitist, just presented entertainingly and all as part of the story, with pretty much all knowledge needed to understand them given to the reader.

overall a highly entertaining book, maybe a few faults as a mystery and not perfect but a really fun (well the ending is really sad) and well written book I'd highly recommend if you like that sort of thing

one thing I will say is that I don't really understand what year it's set in, it seems to be all over the place. but maybe that's part of the point
… (mais)
tombomp | 35 outras críticas | Oct 31, 2023 |



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