Dusty Book: Sibyl in Her Grave

If Birdie Wooster only took himself a little more seriously, he might have fit in with the crime solving barristers in Sarah Caudwell’s very smart, very witty, very British legal whodunits. In the last of the four books in the series,  Sibyl in Her Grave, Professor of Medieval Law Hilary Tamar advises a group of former students how to handle an insider-trading scandal.

If you don’t enjoy long, literally allusions that imply, “If you don’t get it, I can’t be bothered with you,” then Caudwell’s not for you. Part of the charm of these books is the author’s ironic take on Britain’s elite, joyfully described in overly formal prose.

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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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  1. ladyhawk@well.com' GraceAnne says:

    Oh, how I loved these books. Family members even wandered among the parts of London so delineated, drinking glasses of Niersteiner. What is also an elegant tour de force is how the gender of Hilary Tamar is never mentioned or indicated.

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