The Sibyl in Her Grave (Mass Market Paperbound)

By Sarah Caudwell

Dell, 9780440234821, 368pp.

Publication Date: July 3, 2001



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.

About the Author

Sarah Caudwell is also the author of Thus Was Adonis Murdered, The Shortest Way to Hades, and The Sirens Sang of Murder. She studied law at St. Anne's College, Oxford, was called to the Chancery Bar, and practiced as a barrister for several years in Lincoln's Inn. She then became a member of the legal section of a major London bank, where she found herself specializing in international tax planning. Sarah Caudwell died in January 2000.

Praise For The Sibyl in Her Grave

"Anyone who enjoys an ingenious mystery plot will enjoy Caudwell's."

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

"Marvelous ... Combines wit and forbearance, intellect and passion, above all, humor and perfection of language. Sarah set out to write a classic English village crime story, complete with vicar and mad virgin, and here it is, together with Hilary Tamar and the brilliant, sexy, young lawyers at the Chancery Bar."
— Amanda Cross

Chicago Sun-Times

"The humor is wicked, but the intelligence behind it is smart and sweet."
The New York Times Book Review

"Clean, elegant, observant and witty."
The Washington Post

Also by Sarah Caudwell:

The Sirens Sang of Murder
"An absolute joy."
— Elizabeth Peters

The Shortest Way to Hades
"An utterly delightful book ... it will be irresistible to all who enjoy polished, civilized prose."
The New York Times Book Review

Thus Was Adonis Murdered
"A tour de force ... a hilarious comedy of manners."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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