Caudwell, Sarah: (01-03) Thus Was Adonis Murdered; The Shortest Way to Hades; The Sirens Sang of Murder (re-read)

This is as good a time as any to note that I re-read the first three of Sarah Caudwell’s novels semi-recently (Thus Was Adonis Murdered, The Shortest Way to Hades, and The Sirens Sang of Murder); I’ve been telling myself that I’ll also re-read the fourth, but I think it’s time to admit that’s not happening any time soon.

I only have a few notes to add to my initial comments. First, I wasn’t quite right when I said that same-sex relationships were unremarked; they are called “unorthodox,” but there’s no hint of a moral dimension to that characterization. Second (and spoilery; ROT-13, see sidebar), va abar bs gur obbxf qbrf n zheqrere tb gb gevny, which I find interesting considering that they were written by a lawyer (and a tax planner, considering the third). And third: no, seriously, why are they all friends with Hilary?

Anyway, still highly delicious. And next time I will re-read the fourth to see how I think it stands in relation to the rest now.

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