|Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: The Women’s Press (August 9, 1993)
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Sharon McCone – Staff Investigator for San Francisco Legal Services.
Lieutenant Gregory Marcus – Homicide Detective assigned to case.
An elderly woman who runs an antiques shop is murdered. Was it the Real Estate Tycoon? A Spurned Lover? Or some other reason. Sharon McCone is determined to find out, much to the chagrin of Lieutenant Gregory Marcus.
This book reminded me a lot of the cozy mysteries of old mixed with some of the newer style mysteries. There was humor, a well laid plot, and so many secrets were uncovered by the end of the story.
I’d not read one of Ms. Muller’s novels prior to this. I got it to try to get a broader view of the mystery genre, and how different writers attempted it. Having read this, I’ll definitely check out other offerings she has in the Sharon McCone series.
The character of Sharon was tough and spunky. For those who are fans of Stephanie Plum, I think you’d find Sharon just as delightful. She has an interesting backup cast and the characters are likeable.
If I were to give it a rating, I’d say about PG due to the content and storyline. Suitable for mid teens and older. If you like classic style mysteries, or just light fluffy mysteries, then grab this and see what you think. If you read it, stop back by and let us know what you thought about it.
About the Author
Marcia Muller has written many novels and short stories. Her novel “Wolf in the Shadows” won the Anthony Boucher Award.
The recipient of the Private Eye Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award – their highest accolade.
She lives in northern California with her husband, mystery writer Bill Pronzini.