Scandal on Rincon Hill

Scandal on Rincon Hill

“Bringing Victorian San Francisco to colorful life, Tallman offers an entertaining mystery…will appeal to fans of Anne Perry and Rhys Bowen.†—Library Journal A body is found just blocks from attorney Sarah Woolson’s home on Rincon Hill. Sarah is on the case, but 19th-century San Francisco is soon thrown into a state of panic as a gruesome crime spree begins to t...

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Title:Scandal on Rincon Hill
Author:Shirley Tallman
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Scandal on Rincon Hill Reviews

  • Amy Rosenkoetter

    In the same feminist vein as Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody Emerson and Laurie R. King's Mary Russell is Shirley Tallman's Sarah Woolson. Sarah is blessed with a family that understands her very masculine proclivities and her attempts at being a lady lawyer in an era where that just wasn't done. Set in turn-of-the-20th-century San Francisco, the story was beautifully written and had a lot of outstanding characters in it - and they were all 3-dimensional! The potential romances were well done a

    In the same feminist vein as Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody Emerson and Laurie R. King's Mary Russell is Shirley Tallman's Sarah Woolson. Sarah is blessed with a family that understands her very masculine proclivities and her attempts at being a lady lawyer in an era where that just wasn't done. Set in turn-of-the-20th-century San Francisco, the story was beautifully written and had a lot of outstanding characters in it - and they were all 3-dimensional! The potential romances were well done and not overly concerned with heaving bosoms, which seems to be a hallmark of material from these eras. This is the 4th book in the series, but I never felt like there was information hidden from me about the first three books. It does, however, make me want to go back to read them!

  • Connie

    I really enjoyed this book by Shirley Tallman. Sarah is a very interesting young woman with very forward thinking views. The time period is one I really like and the setting is very good as well.

    I had not figured out who the killer was until the very end but had my suspicions about half way through. But then I moved on to someone else and was pleasantly surprised at the end.

    I especially loved the visit to the house of ill repute by Sarah and Robert. The scenes there were really interesting and

    I really enjoyed this book by Shirley Tallman. Sarah is a very interesting young woman with very forward thinking views. The time period is one I really like and the setting is very good as well.

    I had not figured out who the killer was until the very end but had my suspicions about half way through. But then I moved on to someone else and was pleasantly surprised at the end.

    I especially loved the visit to the house of ill repute by Sarah and Robert. The scenes there were really interesting and funny.

    I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to the next book in this series.

  • Melissa

    I really enjoy these Sarah Woolson mysteries. The setting is great (San Francisco late 1800's). The mysteries are interesting. There is even a potential romance brewing and love triangle. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. My only fear is that Sarah is going to take her career to the extreme and miss out on happiness she could have beyond just being a lawyer.

  • Cheryl

    Sarah Woolson awakens to the pebbles hitting her bedroom window. It is Samuel, a good friend of Sarah’s brother, George Lewis. George is a crime reporter. He goes but the alias of Ian Fearless. This is because their father is the Honorable Horace T. Woolson. The judge despises reporters.

    There has been a body found, a few blocks away from their home. Sarah gets involved in the murder investigation. Someone is trying to cover up the murder. Sarah’s nose leads her to a brothel. Things are really h

    Sarah Woolson awakens to the pebbles hitting her bedroom window. It is Samuel, a good friend of Sarah’s brother, George Lewis. George is a crime reporter. He goes but the alias of Ian Fearless. This is because their father is the Honorable Horace T. Woolson. The judge despises reporters.

    There has been a body found, a few blocks away from their home. Sarah gets involved in the murder investigation. Someone is trying to cover up the murder. Sarah’s nose leads her to a brothel. Things are really heating up. Sarah better be careful or she could end up next in the morgue.

    Scandal on Rincon Hill is the fourth Sarah Woolson novel. These books can be read as stand alone novels. I have wanted to check these books out since I first heard about this series but just haven’t gotten around to trying a book out until now. I was expecting a little more of a hook, which didn’t happen for me. It started off good and slowed a bit in the middle and ended alright. Though, I did still like this book. Sarah has guts and usually does things before she fully thinks them though. Somehow things always work out in the end. This book kind of took me back to the Sherlock Holmes vibe with Shirley Tallman’s writing style.

  • LJ

    First Sentence: The nightmare began early on the morning of Sunday, December 4.

    Sarah Woolson is only the third female attorney to be licensed in California and is struggling to get her private practice off the ground. A brutal murder occurs on Rincon Hill, near her home, followed shortly by a second murder. Neither victim had been robbed. Both had attended the same party. Two young, very recently immigrated Chinese men are arrested, Sarah’s former client, powerful tong leader Li Ying, hires her

    First Sentence: The nightmare began early on the morning of Sunday, December 4.

    Sarah Woolson is only the third female attorney to be licensed in California and is struggling to get her private practice off the ground. A brutal murder occurs on Rincon Hill, near her home, followed shortly by a second murder. Neither victim had been robbed. Both had attended the same party. Two young, very recently immigrated Chinese men are arrested, Sarah’s former client, powerful tong leader Li Ying, hires her to prove their innocence.

    At the same time, Sarah has been hired by beautiful young woman. She had a written contract with a morality-touting publisher to be his private mistress. When she became pregnant, within that time, he cut off all support. Now, she wasn’t Sarah to sue him.

    Ms. Tallman skillfully takes the reader back to 1881, pre-earthquake San Francisco. She creates a solid sense of the places, styles and attitudes of the time. She particularly illustrates the bigotry against the Chinese.

    Living in the Bay Area, it is particularly fun for me to read about locations I know and her descriptions of food are delectable. I did wonder, however, whether those who don’t know San Francisco might feel a bit lost and wished a map or photos had been included. The dialogue, which reflects the syntax of the period, adds to the sense of time and provides an indication of each characters social status.

    For those who’ve not read prior books, enough background is given so that one understands the characters and their relationships. Sarah is a wonderful character. She is independent and has a good logical mind, as well as a sense of humor. I particularly like the relationships with men that Tallman has created as they are natural and realistic.

    The story is well thought out and well plotted. Because it is built layer upon layer, it did seem to slow down a bit in the middle, but that doesn’t last long. While some may feel the resolution seems convenient, to me it seemed logical and appropriate.

    While I don't feel this is the strongest book in the series, I did enjoy it and am looking forward to the next book.

    SCANDAL ON RINCON HILL (Hist Mys-Sarah Woolson-San Francisco-1881) – G+

    Tallman, Shirley – 4th in series

    Minotaur Books, ©2010, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780312386979

  • Debbie Maskus

    I thoroughly enjoy this series set in 1880-1890's in San Francisco. Tallman weaves many tidbits of history into the story such as the rivalry between Isaac Kallock and Charles DeYoung that resulted in DeYoung shooting Kallock and Kallock surviving the gunshot. Then Kallock's son guns down DeYoung, the editor-in-chief of The San Francisco Chronicle. Again, Tallman exposes the hatred directed toward the Chinese and the distinct class levels. Other interesting topics are presented such as Charles D

    I thoroughly enjoy this series set in 1880-1890's in San Francisco. Tallman weaves many tidbits of history into the story such as the rivalry between Isaac Kallock and Charles DeYoung that resulted in DeYoung shooting Kallock and Kallock surviving the gunshot. Then Kallock's son guns down DeYoung, the editor-in-chief of The San Francisco Chronicle. Again, Tallman exposes the hatred directed toward the Chinese and the distinct class levels. Other interesting topics are presented such as Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man and the use of photography for police work. The story presents a child's desire for a certain career and a parent's choice of a career for the child. In this novel, three young men are murdered in the neighborhood of the Woolsons and Sarah attempts to seek justice for a rich man's mistress. Also, 28-year-old Sarah has two men romantically pursuing her. This is a fun and entertaining series, and I eagerly await the next book.

  • Nyssy

    More of a book of domestic life than crime. The mystery just solved itself and no investigation was done. 🤔

  • Susan

    Sarah Woolson is an attorney in San Francisco in the 1880’s – one of only two in the entire state of California. She is drawn into investigating the similar murders in her own neighborhood of a botanist and a church deacon. When a pair of recent Chinese immigrants are arrested as convenient scapegoats, Sarah comes to their defense. The setting is the most interesting element of the story and I was immediately drawn in because the first victim was a professor (somewhat before my time) at my alma

    Sarah Woolson is an attorney in San Francisco in the 1880’s – one of only two in the entire state of California. She is drawn into investigating the similar murders in her own neighborhood of a botanist and a church deacon. When a pair of recent Chinese immigrants are arrested as convenient scapegoats, Sarah comes to their defense. The setting is the most interesting element of the story and I was immediately drawn in because the first victim was a professor (somewhat before my time) at my alma mater, the University of San Francisco. However, the story, which starts out intriguing, is not satisfying at the end. And Sarah, although she is smart and independent, really needs to work on a little subtlety.

  • JayeL

    I have to say that, after listening to 11 chapters, I don't find this book to be one of Shirley Tallman's better Sarah Woolson stories. The first 10 chapters are repetitive and the "independent spirit" that Sarah has chosen comes across as stupid and insipid. She comes across as completely unaware of her own feelings. The issue may be that I don't know enough about Victorian manners and expectations to judge her feelings adequately, but that whole aspect of the book is annoying me.

    Chapter 17 con

    I have to say that, after listening to 11 chapters, I don't find this book to be one of Shirley Tallman's better Sarah Woolson stories. The first 10 chapters are repetitive and the "independent spirit" that Sarah has chosen comes across as stupid and insipid. She comes across as completely unaware of her own feelings. The issue may be that I don't know enough about Victorian manners and expectations to judge her feelings adequately, but that whole aspect of the book is annoying me.

    Chapter 17 continues the strange behavior of Sarah and adds Robert Campbell acting strangely to the mix. It is obvious to the reader (listener) what is going on, and unless Victorian attitudes about sex and relationships are firmly in play here, the whole end of the chapter left me frustrated.

    's writing is not at its best in this book and Chapter 17 seems to be the worst.

    The author has Sarah comment, in chapter 18, that she cant' believe a prostitute could crochet so beautifully. I was surprised at this since Sarah should be smart and well educated enough to know that women do not usually plan on becoming prostitutes and in that day and age it was quite common for women to learn needlecrafts.

  • Christin

    This has been my favorite of the series so far, probably because I'm a sucker for a love story. However, there are a few things I could just not overlook. One, the praise for prostitution. Not necessarily outright praise (the author skirted all around it!), but the author's pseudo-logical arguments in favor of it. I agree that the women who have to resort to that should not be shamed or blamed but NO. It is not some form of freedom or business to be admired! I hate this lie. It tr

    This has been my favorite of the series so far, probably because I'm a sucker for a love story. However, there are a few things I could just not overlook. One, the praise for prostitution. Not necessarily outright praise (the author skirted all around it!), but the author's pseudo-logical arguments in favor of it. I agree that the women who have to resort to that should not be shamed or blamed but NO. It is not some form of freedom or business to be admired! I hate this lie. It tries to justify the tragedy. And, there was so little talk about how it's a man's job to stop keeping a place like this in business! Also, the Madame is just as much to blame for the victimization as the men. Okay, rant over.

    Also, am I the only one who is a little annoyed by Sarah? I keep reading the series hoping it will get better...but I think she's pretty presumptuous and rather stupid. "I care so much for law and women's rights that I can't be married...but I am going to live at home on my father's largesse...but I will never be subject to a husband...oh and Robert is an idiot that I am clearly mentally superior to...but I'll just keep him around because it's convenient." I honestly think the author doesn't know how to make her likable or believable. She'll start to be likeable...then she does something foolish and arrogant or thinks completely anachronistic thoughts. It's so inconsistent! But, I'm a sucker for the time period and the clean romance, so I'll keep reading! But...only because I can get the books from the library for free!

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