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Trouble in Transylvania (The Cassandra Reilly Mysteries Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Wilson
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Book Description

Cassandra Reilly is embroiled in a case of international intrigue and murder as two factions battle over a crumbling resort

London-based lesbian translator and part-time sleuth Cassandra Reilly is on the move again. Her latest trip is to China, via Eastern Europe, where, upon receiving a call about a murder in a run-down Transylvanian health spa, she suddenly finds herself embroiled in a murky and wholly unusual investigation. The woman accused of the murder, Gladys Bentwhistle, had previously met Cassandra on the train. She begs Cassandra for help and, unable to resist her own insatiable curiosity and hunger for adventure, Cassandra says yes.

As the mystery unfolds, Cassandra and her cohort, including her friend Jacqueline and potential love interest, Eva, are steeped in the history of Romania, from the devastating relics of Ceausescu’s tyrannical reign to the vampire folklore born in the region centuries ago.

Surprising, gripping, and funny, Trouble in Transylvania is the second book in the Cassandra Reilly Mystery series, which begins with Gaudí Afternoon and continues with The Death of a Much-Travelled Woman and The Case of the Orphaned Bassoonists.

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From Publishers Weekly

This second outing for lesbian sleuth and professional translator Cassandra Reilly follows a trail of intrigue and murder at a Transylvanian health spa.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Ostensibly a publisher's translator, Cassandra Reilly labors only to travel (as in Gaudi Afternoon , Seal Pr.-Feminist, 1990). The middle-aged, London-based lesbian, presently on her way to China by way of Budapest, encounters a vibrant, seventyish woman and her nubile granddaughter on the train. Irrepressible Gladys Bentwhistle, soon accused of murdering an ancient health spa owner in Transylvania, begs waggish Cassandra (a speaker of Romanian?) for help. Cassandra, her friend Jacqueline ("Jack"), and the potential conquest Eva then enter the fray. This amateur has a mind like a steel trap, a literate, uplifting voice, and a wicked sense of humor. Great fun.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1680 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (November 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G3WL5M6
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific and engaging February 5, 2011
I stumbled upon this book at a library sale. Being of Hungarian heritage, I could not resist the title. The book is much more than a terrific mystery, it is a study in linguistics! For those of us nerds who enjoy languages, this work provides inspiration for further exploration. I broke out my Berlitz copy of Hungarian and tried to improve my understanding of this nearly impossible language. Wilson makes learning Hungarian an engaging enterprise!

I love Wilson's writing style and will seek out more of her books. She is a brilliant writer with a unique viewpoint. Although I'm not a lesbian, it is refreshing to read a book with strong female characters, to "hear" descriptions of females that are positive regarding body types and sizes, and to read an author who sees the beauty inherent to various Eastern European cultures. This is a good book for all fans of mysteries, most notably those who are tired of the usual settings in American cities or foggy London.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my Goddess! I was great February 22, 2000
what a fantastic read. This was my first Barbara Wilson book, I've now read several others and have enjoyed every one.
Strong characters and exciting storylines. I love the element of the geography induced. I read this and want more... She is just deliscios.
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