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I'd definitely be interested in reading more in this series. Mar 27, Robert rated it really liked it Shelves: signed-and-or-inscribed , first-edition , owned. I asked my daughter who lives in San Francisco if she had ever read a Marcia Muller. She said, "Who? OK, she is not a big fan of mysteries. But, still, Marcia Muller is the best of the best. She very nearly "founded" the female private eye genre. I had a copy of a first edition, wonderfully inscribed to me by Marcia Muller herself, and I was about to give it away to the University.

But, before I did, I decided to pull it out of the box and read it. It's a good little mystery, set in a disappeared San Francisco before the Moscone Center even existed. But the fun is, we see Sharon McCone created right before our eyes - and we know that she is to go on and on and on, to become certainly the most enduring, the most developed, the most everything female private eye, probably of all time.

Long may they both live! Dec 19, Joan rated it liked it Shelves: audio , mystery. This is Sharon McCone's first case from a series of many books. Sharon is hired to find out who is vandalizing the neighbor by the insurance company she works for. Sharon lives in the neighborhood and when the vandals stop, Sharon is called off the case.

However, when a woman is found dead, Sharon feels guilt for not finding out who the vandals were. She is determined to find the killer, even though she gets little help from the police. The police are sure the woman's boyfriend is the killer and This is Sharon McCone's first case from a series of many books. The police are sure the woman's boyfriend is the killer and are not looking elsewhere. When Sharon is doing the inventory in the dead woman's antique store, she is attack.

Another time while she is in the store, a bomb goes off in a near by store to lure her out. She is sure there is something in the store the killer was after. This is a very short book and feels more like a long short story than a full book. This is the first book in the Sharon McCone series and it shows a little. This book was first published in and it shows in little things we take for granted 40 years later. It's kind of hard to evaluate a year-old book, especially when the author has cranked out over 30 more in the intervening years.

But I will say had I read this book then, I would have continued to read them and would be waiting the release of the latest entry in the series. By now page numbering an e-book should be as automatic as page numbering a paper book. Come on, get it together, Amazon. Her boss asks her to investigate the ongoing vandalism going on on Salem Street itself.

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Sharon believes that the former vandalism and maybe the current murder has to do with the fact that this street is full of junk shops which, if cleared away, would be right for development of up-scale shops. I wanted to work there, my all-time fantasy as a lawyer. Dec 12, Joy rated it really liked it. It's hard to believe it's the beginning, Marcia Muller's first novel according to her website, because the writing and Sharon are both maturely developed. Muller relies on her characters from the start, instead of on fear and fireworks.

Both exist, but as support for the plot, not as sensationalism. Sharon McCone is dismayed when the loveable and whimsical antique dealer Joan Albritton is killed in her shop. That whole section of the neighborhood has just been condemned, conveniently for several groups who are competing for the land. It will become valuable once the existing buildings are razed.

Did Joan die to advance the rebuilding project, or due to a crime ring which has been cleverly hidden in the area, or because she rejected the man who loved her? Muller steers us clear of a thriller plot while dodging explosions and a mean cop. Jul 12, Ubalstecha rated it liked it Shelves: reads , female-mystery-thrillers. This first book in the Sharon McCone series feels a little dated in both its attitudes towards women, as well as the mystery style, but given that it was originally published in that's understandable.

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This is an essential "who done it", McCone is a private investigator who works for a group of lawyers. She is called out to a murder scene, where the victim is one of the law firm's clients. The elderly antique dealer was murdered using one of her own items. McCone has to learn about the convol This first book in the Sharon McCone series feels a little dated in both its attitudes towards women, as well as the mystery style, but given that it was originally published in that's understandable.

McCone has to learn about the convoluted dealings of real and manufactured antiques, real estate deals and smuggling, all in the quest to find the killer. Mar 10, Larraine rated it liked it. I started the Sharon McCone very late in the series - after her time with All Souls and as an independent investigator. So I thought I would go back to the beginning. Muller has never been on my top tier of authors, but I enjoy the series. Her later books investigate Sharon's past as well.


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This is her first book. Her skills are very evident here. It's an interesting book that explores the art world and describes Sharon as a young woman. The book was written in When one of the characters in I started the Sharon McCone very late in the series - after her time with All Souls and as an independent investigator. When one of the characters in the book refers to Sharon as "papoose" because of her Indian heritage, it makes you want to wince more than just a little. However, it IS true to it's time. As someone who lived in that era, it's interesting to see how much things have changed in so many ways.

It's definitely worth reading if you like this series, but started in the middle as I did. Nov 03, Beverly rated it liked it Shelves: crime-series. I noticed that Marcia Muller recently released book 26 or 27 in this series. I stopped reading it a long time ago, but I became nostalgic for it and decided to revisit it. I always like Sharon McCone, and this reintroduction to the series it is the first reminded me that the strong, self reliant McCone was ahead of her time as a woman detective.

In this episode, McCone solves the murder of a beloved and eccentric San Francisco antiques and junk dealer. It involves stolen art, which is heavily f I noticed that Marcia Muller recently released book 26 or 27 in this series. It involves stolen art, which is heavily foreshadowed from the start. In this book she meets police detective Greg Marcus. Does he appear in subsequent volumes? I have the second waiting for me.

Oct 31, Ed rated it really liked it Shelves: private-detective. Sharon McCone had been investigating arson and vandalism in a rundown S. The properties have been condemned by the city and various organizations are interested in buying them 1 in the Sharon McCone series. The properties have been condemned by the city and various organizations are interested in buying them up.

When a major property holder is murdered, Sharon seeks the killer. May 01, Donna rated it it was ok Shelves: crime-mystery. This was a short book which meant a super fast read This was just okay for me. It read like a Doris Day movie Being like Doris Day is not a bad thing. The 2 star rating was because of a few things. The forced romance, for starters, wasn't believable and it was very predictable. The awful dialogue was also a turn off.

I liked the MC as a character, but I expected more. Another thing that bugged me was the title. It made this book sound interesting Jan 13, Lee rated it liked it Shelves: sharon-mccone. I finally found a copy of her first Sharon McCone mystery. Was on the lookout for it, after reading that Ms. Muller was considered the "founding mother" of the modern day hard-boiled P. I can see some of that in her to the point writing style, and the character of McCone.

Fairly typical who-dun-it. But, being her first novel and also being Mrs. Bill Pronzini Written in , a quote on the book jacket calls Marcia Muller the "founding mother of the contemporary female hard-boiled private eye". While a short read of pages, this first mystery featuring San Francisco private investigator Sharon McCone is good. The sexist, demeaning attitude of detective Greg Marcus clashing with the demeanor of McCone, makes for an intriguing sidebar.

May 30, Connie rated it really liked it. This is 1 in a Sharon McCone mystery. I really liked how Sharon figured out what happened and how it happened. For a short book this one covered a lot of ground. Sharon was a very easy person to like and she followed leads like the professional she was trying to be. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.

Oct 07, Pamela Mclaren rated it liked it Shelves: mysteries. A young investigator wakes up to a phone call that a small-tine antique shop owner has been found murdered and dashes to the crime scene.

There she finds that Joan Albritton was stabbed to death with one of her own antique daggers. Somehow, Albritton opened her door to and had left the display case open and accessible to the murderer. The shop owner is one of a group of small businesspeople on Salem Street in San Francisco who hired investigator Sharon McCone to find out the source of various va A young investigator wakes up to a phone call that a small-tine antique shop owner has been found murdered and dashes to the crime scene.

The shop owner is one of a group of small businesspeople on Salem Street in San Francisco who hired investigator Sharon McCone to find out the source of various vandalisms that have been occurring. The incidents stopped without resolution just before the area is condemned by the city. But there is still money to be had in selling to developers. This is how we are introduced to Sharon McCone, a smart young woman who seems to take on both a police detective who is patronizing and insulting to her and a host of suspects that even include Charlie the junkman, who had been once the victim's lover.

Greg Marcus suspects Charlie, who has an unknown past; but McCone doesn't believe it. He is too lost by her death. And then, the murder breaks into the shop but is thwarted by McCone who has been working late on the shop's inventory as part of the estate work. A brick is thrown through Charlie's shop window and another shop is fire bombed. McCone meets up with each of the interested developers, including the local bail bondsman, whose 'bodyguard' makes the man even more suspicious.

Just what has been happening in the antique shop among the real and not so real antiques? What is the reason for murder? Marcia Muller has created an interesting character in Sharon McCone. We know enough about McCone to want to learn more, to root for her as she investigates the crime. And there are plenty of twists and turns to the tale to keep the reader reading. I'm eager to see if the characters and the cases develop even more fully beyond this first in the series. Muller is one of those writers I discovered as a teenager and then when I became a librarian, went back and started listening to on audio.

I stopped keeping up with her around Listen to the Silence, because I couldn't get my hands on the audio at that time and I wasn't keen enough to switch back to reading in print. But I'm feeling nostalgic and I'm in the mood for a mystery - so I've decided to go back and and revisit this series. I remembered quite a bit about this book, although there were a f Muller is one of those writers I discovered as a teenager and then when I became a librarian, went back and started listening to on audio.

I remembered quite a bit about this book, although there were a few things I had forgotten oh, like who the killer was! It is short, and the secondary characters definitely could have been fleshed out better, but Sharon's characterization is strong. She's not as prickly as say, a Kinsey Milhone, but she's independent, a female character that must have been ground-breaking in the late s. Detective Greg Marcus's character has not aged well. He shares some characteristics of the domineering romance heroes of that particular era.

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And his "nickname" for Sharon has only gotten more offensive with time. That said, certainly his attitude reflects the era that Muller was writing this book in and, if I'm being totally honest, are attitudes you can still find among some men today. Books I enjoyed as a teen don't always hold up well, but this one does OK. Even with the dated references to fashion and the fact that Sharon has "an answering service" how quaint! Jan 16, Damo rated it really liked it Shelves: detective. Edwin of the Iron Shoes is a good solid introduction with the murder of a local antique dealer offering plenty for McCone to sink her teeth into.

Her involvement stems from the fact that the antique store, along with a number of small businesses, were part of an investigation into arson and property damage in the area. Business owners have been pressured into selling to make way for a possible redevelopment.

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The question is: was the murder part of this or is there something else going on? As an introduction to a new detective series, I found this to be quite enjoyable. There is nothing overly earth-shattering about the way McCone operates, but she is smart and operates in a no-nonsense way that draws admiration and respect. It turns out that there is some sleuthing that needs to be done, a mystery to be solved and dangerous situations to be navigated.

All in all, it is a good opening book and certainly one that promises more for the future series entries. Jan 26, John Grazide rated it liked it. I think I'm going to enjoy this series. Having read her in some of the Nameless novels, I feel I have a head start. Sharon McCone is a private investigator presently working for a law office. And it's the office that calls her the night one of there clients is killed. Unless you get a tattoo. Bonus story: At a workshop, I had to write a story in 24 hours.

I plotted the snot out of that thing, researching and setting up the small world where a clockwork-type factory functioned under the streets of Paris, doling out life and death. I slept for about three hours that night, and when I got up, started writing…. I actually managed to get that 7K monstrosity typed out before the deadline that afternoon, but it was a close shave.

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This one may get worn out with re-reading. But reading the beauty and love in all three of the novellas in Iron Shoes soothes my soul. Hello All! I wanted to post here to let those visitors know about the f ree ebooks I have available, so here are the details! Click here to pick up a copy! Maia is a young woman with only a small gift: the ability to watch others from afar.

But when her brother comes to visit, he reveals a shameful secret that leaves Maia questioning everything she believes about her husband. In six short stories, we follow Kseniya and her extended family as Jia-li grows into a budding wizard herself. I have a free promotion going on over at InstaFreebie for an ebook copy of the Iron Shoes trilogy. Well, not your average horses, because Imogen Hawkes has a secret: she was fathered by a puca, an Irish horse shape-shifter. But now trouble has come to her farm and her horse has to win the big race in order to save it…. Browsing Tag iron shoes.

Writing Advice: Should I Plot? Or Pants? August 21, I outlined it, and started typing. My outline for it was only a couple of pages, but it was a novella. I typed and followed my outline and 26K words later, I was done. That story was Iron Shoes , and went on to be a Nebula finalist in That novella was later rewritten as a novel, The Golden City a Locus Award finalist for My point being that both things worked for me.

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It would have been a different story. It might have been a better story…or a horrible one. For me, the situation appears to be this: Outlining will work for one writer, but not another. Outlining can work for one writer for one story, and yet not the next. Outlining can work in tandem with pantsing on the same story. The situation can change. Plotters become pantsers and vice versa.