The Sibyl in Her Grave: A Novel (Hilary Tamar #4) (Paperback)

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The Sibyl in Her Grave: A Novel (Hilary Tamar #4) (Paperback)


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Follow the money in this gripping literary puzzle—the fourth and final installment of Sarah Caudwell’s brilliant Hilary Tamar mystery series.

“Sarah Caudwell is one of my very favorite mystery writers.”—A. J. Finn, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

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 a question 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. Once again Sarah Caudwell sweeps us into the scene of the crime, leaving us to ponder the greatest mystery of all: Hilary themself.

Don’t miss any of Sarah Caudwell’s riveting Hilary Tamar mysteries:
Sarah Caudwell, the pipe-smoking author of Thus Was Adonis Murdered and three other novels featuring Oxford Don Hilary Tamar, died in 2000. “Hilary’s voice was in my head before any of the plots,” Caudwell told writer Martin Edwards in an interview for Mystery Scene. “I knew from the outset Hilary must be an Oxford don—but of equivocal sex and even equivocal age, resembling that precise, donnish kind of individual who starts being elderly at the age of twenty-two.”
Product Details ISBN: 9780593725993
ISBN-10: 0593725999
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Hilary Tamar
Praise for Sarah Caudwell's Outstanding Novels:

The Sibyl In Her Grave

"This is the last novel we will have from Sarah Caudwell; like all her marvelous books, it 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. I hardly know whether to cry for joy at their return, or to weep for the finality of this bittersweet adventure."—Amanda Cross

"The Sibyl in Her Grave is a superbly constructed novel. It is droll and wickedly funny, yet poignant. Most important, like any fine mystery, it keeps the reader guessing until the very end."—Faye Kellerman

Thus Was Adonis Murdered

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

"A finely honed, icily witty gem of detective fiction."Mystery News

The Shortest Way To Hades

"This column somehow missed Thus Was Adonis Murdered a few years ago. But if it was as good as Ms. Caudwell's second book, the loss was ours. . . . The Shortest Way to Hades is an utterly delightful book . . . it will be irresistible to all who enjoy polished, civilized prose."The New York Times Book Review

The Sirens Sang Of Murder

"Oh, rapture! Hilary and the gang are back. It's been too long but it was worth the wait. The Sirens Sang of Murder is an absolute joy."
Elizabeth Peters