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Sarah Caudwell (Cockburn)

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  • wyattjames
    Somebody mentioned this author here recently (on some thread or other, because this forum is a tangled web ). She only wrote four mystery novels before dying
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      Somebody mentioned this author here recently (on some thread or
      other, because this forum is a 'tangled web'). She only wrote four
      mystery novels before dying relatively young (60) in 2000 -- her
      career was in tax-investment lawyering, so the books were sideshows,
      but absolutely brilliant, funny, and informative. Whether you
      consider them 'Golden Age' or not, they are wonderful throwbacks into
      that category, very reminiscent of Tommy and Tuppence and Dornford
      Yates 'young-things' adventures and predicaments, although with a lot
      more sex than would have been acceptable back then. The plots are
      decently presented too and don't violate the standards. "The Sibyl in
      Her Grave" was the last one, and is marvellous, including a line-
      drawn plan of the village as in the old books. Her specialty was the
      epistolary style, where her asexual armchair detective (we don't know
      if Hilary Tamar is a man or a woman, ever in the books) reads these
      very entertaining and literate letters, or listens to well-told
      narratives in the Corkscrew Wine Bar, then comes up with the
      solution. These are modern classics in the genre.
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