Ask the Cards a Question (A Sharon McCone Mystery Book 2)
Date Edition Publisher Phys Desc. Language Availability c Martin's Press, p. English Available from another library. More Info Place Hold. Available Online. Online OverDrive Collection. Check Out OverDrive. Add a Review. Add To List. Madame Anya - with her cards, her tame crow, and her candles - had predicted evil for Molly Antonio. Linnea Carraway, drinking heavily and careening crazily in the wake of a divorce, had argued with her. Now the sweet, elderly Molly lies dead in her apartment. Linnea, last to see Molly alive, is the prime suspect and if Sharon means to clear her best friend, she has to find the murderer fast.
Sleuthing out the small-time secrets of her quirky neighbors leads Sharon in and around the neighborhood, and, much to her surprise, to a shocking string of big-time deals and blackmail. Suddenly death is in the cards, threatening Sharon's oldest friendship, her professional credibility - and her life.
Also in This Series. And she was strangled and mysteriously, a length of curtain cord that McCone herself had cut off her curtains is suddenly missing. The actions get stranger as McCone considers her current houseguest, a childhood friend who has come to cry on her shoulder following a divorce.
The house guest, Linnea Carraway, Intrepid private investigator Sharon McCone is on the hunt again and this time it is a murder that happens practically on her doorstep: one of her neighbors, Molly Antonio, has been killed. The house guest, Linnea Carraway, is not the most pleasant of guests; she is drinking, playing music loudly at all hours of the day and night, and just before Antonio's death, had an argument with the victim.
And now it seems, Antonio was killed with a length of curtain cord. Soon there are several suspects to consider, from the woman's husband to the building's resident psychic. And there is something strange happening at the local Blind Center This is the second book that I have read of Marcia Muller and while I continue to be interested in her character, I was a little disappointed that the dialogue and action seem a little simple. As an earlier reviewer mentioned, the story initially seems to be an interesting one but it was way too easy to solve.
Ask the Cards a Question (A Sharon McCone Mystery)
I was hoping that her stories would grow and develop into more complex tales. Will continue to read because a neighbor has given me the whole series but with an eye to whether Muller grows as a writer and McCone as a character. These are written has hard-boiled who done it but are turning out to be cozy mysteries without the insight of a Mrs. Marple or Hercule Poirot. The last time I listened to this on audio was probably 20 years ago, and a lot of it "came back to me" while listening this time around.
I appreciated that there was an actual mystery here and not simply a serial killer running amok. Sharon ends up investigating a killing that happens in her own building when her upstairs neighbor, elderly Mollie Antonio, is brutally strangled. Detective Greg Marcus asks her to identify the body since it seems everyone else in the building he's tried to question is either "drunk or crazy" and Sharon is horrified to note that a piece of drapery cord that possibly came from her own apartment is likely the murder w Second in the series featuring San Francisco private investigator Sharon McCone.
Ask the Cards a Question Sharon McCone Bk 2, Marcia Muller. (Paperback )
Detective Greg Marcus asks her to identify the body since it seems everyone else in the building he's tried to question is either "drunk or crazy" and Sharon is horrified to note that a piece of drapery cord that possibly came from her own apartment is likely the murder weapon. As PI's are wont to do, she keeps mum about that tidbit of information and heads off into the neighborhood to question people close to Mollie, and as usual doesn't share her gleaned information with the police, putting herself and others in mortal danger.
I guess since she ultimately solves the crime, that stuff doesn't matter though. Don't get me wrong, I like Sharon LOL The reader was okay, but I have to admit that while she did okay with varying the female voices, most of the male voices sounded very similar. May 29, Marsha rated it liked it Shelves: mystery.
I'm slowly reading through Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone mysteries and reliving the seventies, or so it seems. Sharon is a tough, hip San Francisco private eye seemingly alone in a man's world.
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She isn't afraid to pull her gun and protect herself or someone else as she did in the climax of this book. Even though her friend was a mixed-up, drunken divorcee, she was still Sharon's friend so bam! The blind bad guy was killed right there on the altar of a defunct church. She has a peekaboo relations I'm slowly reading through Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone mysteries and reliving the seventies, or so it seems. She has a peekaboo relationship with a local detective and it looks like things might heat up. I hope so, because this gal needs a boyfriend The old one has too many murders.
I'm ready for my next dose of Sharon McCone, please! Apr 11, Vanessa rated it liked it Shelves: series , mccone , marcia-muller. This was a good mystery that kept me guessing until the end. And while I enjoy seeing the development of the private investigator, Sharon McCone, I prefer the later ones. There is a larger cast of regular, interesting characters. Due to my passion for audio books, I have read these out of order, and in this case, I am glad I did.
I don't know if the earlier ones would have hooked me as much as her later novels. Still, I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more. View 2 comments. Mar 22, William rated it it was ok. I could not find much to like here, I'm afraid. A pretty short book with lame dialogue and flat characters. Sharon McCone did not come to life for me, and her friend, Linnea, was equally uncompelling. Even San Francisco does not come through as the vibrant city it was then. All I found interesting was window on life in the early 's: waterbeds, typewriters manual and electric , "secretaries," etc.
I had not remembered that we had airport security that long ago, though it apparently let non-pa I could not find much to like here, I'm afraid. I had not remembered that we had airport security that long ago, though it apparently let non-passengers through as well as those with tickets. I gather from other reviews that the series improves, so I will keep at it. The main value of this book, then, is to serve as a background for future episodes which are apparently better.
Jul 14, Gail Burgess rated it it was amazing. I usually write down a list of possible suspects on the front cover as I begin a mystery and then refer to it as I eliminate, or sometimes add, a suspect. At least not until it was so close to the end I never returned to the front cover to add the name. Also love how Kinsey figures out details -- like the time it takes frozen food to melt! Feb 05, John Grazide rated it liked it.
It was okay. It seems that Sharon needs to find out how to apply her investigative findings a little quicker. That might save her from a bunch of trouble. Both professionally and personally. This one has her investigating the murder of her neighbor.
A Sharon McCone Mystery: Ask the Cards a Question No. 2 by Marcia Muller (1982, Hardcover)
And along the way other murders happen and she stumbles onto a stolen goods ring. All this happens while her childhood friend moves into Sharon's apartment and into a bottle. At least in this one we don't have to suffer the constant woman bashing tha It was okay. At least in this one we don't have to suffer the constant woman bashing that we did in the first.
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With such a log running series it is bound to pick up. Jul 01, Connie rated it it was amazing. I loved this short story about Sharon McCone and the murder she investigated. I do like the interaction between Greg and Sharon because it seems to be normal for a private investigator and a detective. I don't believe they could be on the same page very many times. I like that Greg chases after Sharon with chocolate and gets her to laugh. I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars, because I didn't really know who the murderer was until the very end.
Aug 10, Amanda rated it it was ok Shelves: summer , mystery. This book was fine.
I liked it less than the first in the series and even less than a Sue Grafton. The mystery involved stolen bulk goods and murders of older women, which was less thrilling than a typical murder mystery. I listened to the audiobook and thought the narrator really over acted, making a lot of it seem cheesy.
Jun 28, Sherri Robinson rated it really liked it. I love the series and it is fun to revisit how the character started and visit the 80's. She has to run to a pay phone and check her answering service. The issue of caring for a childhood friend in a studio apartment hasn't changed in 30 years. Fun read on many levels.
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