THE SHORTEST WAY TO HADES by Sarah Caudwell

THE SHORTEST WAY TO HADES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A scintillating second adventure for Oxford's Professor Hilary Tamar and London-based lawyer-chums Ragwort, Cantrip, Julia, and the delectable Selena (Thus Was Adonis Murdered, 1981). This time they're representing various members of the Remington-Fiske family, who want matters arranged so that heiress Camilla will save a few million pounds in taxes on the demise of great-grandma. All seems amicable on the surface but the death, called accidental, of colorless, little-liked cousin Deirdre makes Julia uneasy. Odd things are happening, too, amongst the Corfu-based branch headed by Aunt Dorothea and her eminent Greek poet/second husband. Events reach a dramatic climax when the professor, Selena, and her lover/sailing companion Sebastion confront the surf killer on that island. In Caudwell's gifted hands all things fascinate--from the intricacies of English law to Greek mythology, sailing lore, the topography of Corfu; even a deadpan, hilarious description of a full-fledged orgy in the apartment of Camilla's shady father Rupert. Witty, civilized, delicious!

Pub Date: June 1st, 1985
ISBN: 0753168391
Publisher: Scribners