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    • ISBN:9781780339269
    • Publication date:18 Oct 2012
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The Shortest Way to Hades

Number 2 in Series

By Sarah Caudwell

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The second in Sarah Caudwell's legal mysteries with charming new covers.

Everyone in the family had decided that changing the trust arrangement seemed the perfect way to avoid three million in taxes. However, when dreary cousin Deirdre has a mysterious accident after demanding a fee for her signature, the young London barristers handling the trust seek advice from mentor Hilary Tamar.

Julia believes it's murder; whilst Hilary wonders why the raven-haired heir did not die. But with more deadly accidents occurring, it is Hilary who is given the perilous quest of unmasking the killer.

Biographical Notes

Sarah Caudwell studied Law at St Ann's College, Oxford and practised as a barrister for several years in Lincoln's Inn. She later specialised in international tax planning at a major London bank, and at the same time started to write.

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  • ISBN: 9781472102683
  • Publication date: 18 Oct 2012
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  • Imprint: C & R Crime
An utterly delightful book... it will be irresistible to all who enjoy polished, civilized prose. — The New York Times Book Review
Imbued with poised wit, written in flawlessly judged prose. — --H R F Keating,, The Times
Caudwell's light touch and the puzzle she presents make for a diverting tale. — Washington Post Book World
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Peter Lovesey

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L.C. Tyler

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Julian Lees

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M.C. Beaton

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M.C. Beaton

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