第一次接觸 Sarah Caudwell的書， 但是一個相當愉快的閱讀經驗。
她只寫了四本推理小說， 名評論家 Mike Ashley 說她的死是推理界的一大損失。 雖然我還沒有看其它三本， 但我相信我會同意 Mike Ashley 的說法。
故事大綱 （很懶寫， 直接從 Anobii抄過來）：
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 more 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.
故事輕鬆有趣， 時不時有一個小趣味出現。 從征稅事件到洩露公司機密， 下毒事件、恐嚇事件到殺人事件，Sarah Caudwell用了好封書信來推動劇情。 雖然故事不是萬分精彩， 但還是可以吸引人閱讀下去。 而且人物還相當卡通化， 不是普通人所能想到那種。
迷底出乎相當複雜， 也有一些意外性！最低限度當我讀到最後一封書信， 我實在有點意外。
評價： 喜歡英國式推理小說的， 值得一看。...Continua