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Trouble in Transylvania

(The second book in the Cassandra Reilly series)
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Publisher's Weekly
This second outing for lesbian sleuth and professional translator Cassandra Reilly follows a trail of intrigue and murder at a Transylvanian health spa.

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.

BookList - Marie Kuda
Wilson reprises translator-sleuth Cassandra Reilly, whose first outing, "Gaudi Afternoon" (1990), proved a prize-winner. This time, en route to China, the witty world traveler detours to post-Communist Transylvania, where Romanian and Hungarian factions vie to control an area whose principal attraction is a deteriorating health spa. Called to assist feisty septuagenarian Gladys Bentwhistle, who is being investigated in connection with the electrocution of the spa's hated, lecherous director, Cass is teasingly drawn to Gladys' very pale, toothsome (big canines) granddaughter. Meanwhile, she also translates for an American family searching for its adopted child's Romanian mother, which leads to one of the funniest scenes, a malapropian conversation with the mother. Along with its humor and mystery, the novel treats us to dollops of Romanian political history, including sidereal excursions on such topics as abortion under the Communists, cold war black market babies, the principles of electricity, and the history of vampires. The book obviously has quite an agenda, but Wilson--an award-winning translator and publisher as well as novelist--is equal to its demands.

Genre: Mystery

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August 1993 : USA Hardback

Title: Trouble in Transylvania (A Cassandra Reilly Mystery)
Author(s): Barbara Wilson, Barbara Sjoholm
ISBN: 1-878067-34-6 / 978-1-878067-34-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Seal Pr
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Paperback Editions

July 1994 : USA Paperback

Title: Trouble in Transylvania: A Cassandra Reilly Mystery (Wilson, Barbara)
Author(s): Barbara Wilson
ISBN: 1-878067-49-4 / 978-1-878067-49-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Seal Press
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September 1993 : UK Paperback

Title: Trouble In Transylvania
Author(s): Barbara Wilson
ISBN: 1-85381-612-4 / 978-1-85381-612-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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