Sharon McCone is a series of novels written by Marcia Muller, an American author. The books star Sharon McCone, a private investigator whose story began in 1977 with Edwin of the Iron Shoes.
Order of Sharon McCone Series
Order of Sharon McCone Collections Series
|1||Beyond the Grave||1986|
|3||The McCone Files||1995|
|4||McCone and Friends||1999|
|5||Time of the Wolves||2003|
The book found Sharon working her first case as a staff investigator for All Souls Legal Cooperative. The death of an elderly dealer as well as recurring vandalism drive Sharon to put her investigative hat on in order to find a murderer that could be intent on killing again.
Sharon McCone is more than just another female private detective. There is a general consensus that Marcia Muller created the first liberated female private detective of note for the modern era, laying the tracks for the likes of Kinsey Millhone and Tess Monaghan to find their place in the literary arena.
Sharon is written as a down to earth, savvy, hard-nosed detective whose toughness emanates from the years she spent as a rowdy Scottish-Irish brat in San Diego. Escaping the turmoil of her family and finding peace in Berkley where she finished College, Sharon finds work at a legal co-op managed by an idealistic lawyer.
The Sharon McCone series has undergone many a change over the years, primarily because it has been running for so long and readers can only read the same old similarly structured stories for so long before growing bored.
Over time, Sharon has gained intimate relationships, taken on apprentices and manifested a psychological depth she didn’t have before. The supporting cast has also grown, creating a massive web of intertwining back stories around Sharon’s friends and families.
The books have been accused of taking on an excessively soapy format, but the series survives because its protagonist is not only compelling but engaging.
Sharon McCone Awards
For her efforts as the writer of the Sharon McCone books, Marcia Muller has received numerous awards, this including the Anthony Award and the Shamus award for Wolf in the Shadows and Locked In. She has also been nominated for an Edgar award and a Dilys award for books like Listen to the Silence.
Best Sharon McCone Books
Marcia Muller has written so many Sharon McCone Books that one would be hard-pressed to rank them all in the order of their quality, though most Marcia Muller fans consider these to be the best books in the series:
Listen to the Silence: PI Sharon McCone receives word that her father has died. The processes of scattering his ashes and sharing her grief progress as expected. However, it is the issue of sorting through his belongings that presents a challenge, especially when Sharon makes a life-changing discovery.
There is a conspiracy afoot, one that Sharon must resolve before the bullet of a killer puts her down.
This is the twentieth book in the Sharon McCone series. The book begins with Sharon attending a wedding. However, the joyous occasion is ruined by news of her father’s death. The grim occurrence is only further complicated when Sharon learns that she is adopted. She then undertakes a journey to learn about her origins.
The Ever-Running Man: The Ever-running man is a sinister fellow that has crafted a reputation for littering various offices with explosives, and Sharon McCone has been tasked with finding him. Sharon understands the stakes of the game because she already narrowly survived an explosion of his engineering at her offices.
With the ever-running man now targeting all those persons connected to Sharon’s security firm, she doesn’t have long to track him down. On a personal level, it occurs to Sharon that her husband, who is already intensely private, might be involved with some dark secrets.
Sharon cannot help but wonder whether her marriage can survive the corruption at the center of the security firm. But she is still determined to save her husband.
The 24th novel in the Sharon McCone series depends on a lot of coincidences to make the story work. The book forces Sharon and her husband to delve into one another’s businesses, a line they have always avoided crossing.
Other Book Series You May Like
“The Barbra O’Grady” series by Sharon Rowse stars Barbra O’Grady as an artist-turned-investigator. She takes on cases that other people might consider impossible, creating amazing connections between clues and giving resolutions to those that seek justice.
The “Caught Dead in Wyoming” Series by Patricia McLinn. Elizabeth Danniher thought that her life ended when she divorced her husband, a network executive. Not only did she lose her marriage but her career was shattered, with Elizabeth banished to some tiny station in Sherman, Wyoming.
But then even the peace she thought she would have is shattered when she is drawn into a number of murder investigations in her new community.