Search Results: "Marcia Muller"


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MARCIA by John Steptoe
Released: April 26, 1976

"And, whatever we adults make of its message, Marcia—with its modified black English, sassy dialogue, and underlying earnestness—is an issue book attuned to its intended audience."
The trouble with most of the new YA novels dealing with sex is that seventeen-year-old behavior, presuming seventeen-year-old feelings, is depicted in stories read chiefly by twelve-year-olds—and, in truth, written at their level. Read full book review >

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BURN OUT by Marcia Muller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 27, 2008

"A bit more self-deprecating humor than usual from McCone and a crisply woven plot. For those readers tired of the McCone-Ripinsky romance, there's much ado about a burgeoning relationship between McCone and a snickering horse."
Sharon McCone fights depression. Read full book review >

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TILL THE BUTCHERS CUT HIM DOWN by Marcia Muller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1994

"Not up to Wolf in the Shadows (1993)."
No sooner has Sharon McCone cut loose from the All Souls Legal Cooperative to go it on her own—don't worry, it's an amicable divorce; she's still renting space from them—than her old college friend Suits Gordon, scam artist turned corporate messiah, hires her to find out who's trying to kill him. Read full book review >

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SOMEONE ALWAYS KNOWS by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Fans can expect the workmanlike, uninspired plotting typical of the franchise (The Night Searchers, 2014, etc.), with lots of room for the heroine's and hero's ubiquitous friends and contacts and a particularly neat solution to the opening problem."
Sharon McCone's latest case resurrects a miscreant long thought dead with plenty of mischief left in him. Read full book review >

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THE DANGEROUS HOUR by Marcia Muller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 28, 2004

"One of Muller's better efforts, with a bonus for cat fanciers in need of step-by-step instructions on caring for a diabetic feline."
Sharon McCone, one of San Francisco's busiest, feistiest shamuses tackles her 23rd case. Read full book review >

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DEAD MIDNIGHT by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2002

"Typical middling work from veteran Muller (Listen to the Silence, 2000, etc.): a tale that unfolds so rapidly that it's over before you can complain it's the mystery equivalent of fast food."
Feeling despondent over her brother Joey's suicide and guilty that she didn't know him well enough to thwart it, Sharon McCone, San Francisco's female Lew Archer wannabe, is reluctant to handle an investigation into another suicide. Read full book review >

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WOLF IN THE SHADOWS by Marcia Muller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1993

"Despite its elaborate overplotting and often dull, repetitive inner musings, Muller's latest—largely salvaged by its tense and satisfying windup—is absorbing much of the way and vastly more entertaining than the author's recent outings."
San Francisco-based Sharon McCone, ever resourceful investigator for All Souls Legal Cooperative (Pennies on a Dead Woman's Eyes, etc.), finds her courage and ingenuity tested to the max as she faces a pair of major crises. Read full book review >

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THE COLOR OF FEAR by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"More seasonal goodwill (think of a rainbow-cast remake of It's a Wonderful Life) than misdirection in a story that perfectly illustrates its heroine's bromide: 'When you think about it, all crimes are stupid.'"
Race-baiting violence invades Sharon McCone's Yuletide celebrations. Read full book review >

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McCONE AND FRIENDS by Marcia Muller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 20, 2000

This collection of eight stories is something of a family reunion for the All Souls Legal Cooperative. Read full book review >

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A WALK THROUGH THE FIRE by Marcia Muller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 11, 1999

"The plotting is heavy-handed, the pace heavy-footed, but McCone admirers will remain unshakeable."
Marketing strategy for Sharon McCone's San Francisco investigative agency seems confined to waiting around for friends or relatives to get in trouble. Read full book review >

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WHERE ECHOES LIVE by Marcia Muller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"Well-done wilderness background, a few mildly intriguing characters, and a terse showdown are the best things in a rambling story that lacks the pithiness and pace of the author's best work."
Sharon McCone, investigator for San Francisco's All-Souls Legal Co-op (Eye of the Storm, etc., etc.), is trying to find out what's going on around the near-ghost town of Promiseville, once a center of gold mining in California's high desert. Read full book review >

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CYANIDE WELLS by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2003

"A little hokey sometimes, but Muller's best plotting in years makes it irresistible."
Furloughing Sharon McCone after 22 cases (Dead Midnight, 2002, etc.), Muller delivers a brisk, tidy number without her. Read full book review >