She lives in northern California -- and that's all I
At the moment, I give the titles, year of publication, publisher, ISBN
where I have it, and the blurb that appears on that edition. I'll add
more entries as and when I get hold of the books (and have the time).
- Edwin of the Iron
Shoes (1977, McKay Washburn. 1993, The Women's Press [ISBN: 0
7043 4364 9])
- "When a small-time antique-shop owner is found murdered -
stabbed with a bone-handled dagger from one of her own displays -
Sharon McCone's first case begins...
"And it doesn't look easy - her only witnesses are the shop's
inhabitants: Clothilde, the headless dressmaker's dummy; Bruno, the
stuffed German shepherd; and Edwin, the little-boy mannequin with
ornate iron shoes.
"But soon she has a range of suspects, among them Cara Ingalls, a
socialite business tycoon; Charlie the junkman, once the victim's
lover... and a group of high-powered real-estate speculators, each
with his own reason for closing down the curio shops of San
Francisco's Salem Street, and each seemingly willing to twist and
break the law to get what he wants.
"McCone is determined to crack the case... but neither antiques
nor people are quite what they seem..."
- Ask the Cards a
Question (1982, St Martin's Press. 1993, The Women's Press [ISBN:
0 7043 4365 7])
- "Who would have wanted to kill Molly Antonio -- the nicest
woman in Sharon's building?
"Madam Anya had warned Molly that the cards foretold evil, but
Sharon's friend, Linnea Carraway, looks like suspect number one.
"It's all a bit too close for comfort for Sharon McCone, as she
races against the clock to find the killer... and to clear her
"Then she comes across a string of big-time deals, brutal
blackmail, and murder, to which even the experts have been blind. Can
she find the solution? And save her professional credibility -- and
- The Cheshire Cat's
- Games to Keep the Dark
Away (1984, St Martin's Press. 1994, The Women's Press [ISBN: 0 7043 4368 1])
- "Can [Sharon McCone] overcome the small-town secrets and suspicions that
hide a maniacal killer poised to strike again?
"Hired by the reclusive and sensational photographer, Abe Snelling, to find his
missing roommate, McCone has her work cut out. But Jane Anthony turns up only to
soon. Dead beneath a rotting pier in the sleepy fishing village of Salmon Bay.
"As McCone discovers, small towns are never as sleepy as look... Confronted with
a host of suspects, and cut short by local residents who don't like her city-girl sleuthing,
McCone finds herself an unwilling player in an increasingly deadly game."
- Leave a Message for
- Double (with Bill
- There's Nothing to be
- Eye of the Storm
- The Tree of Death
(1983. 1996, Mysterious Press Edition [ISBN: 0 446 40420 9])
- "Elena Oliverez, curator of the new Museum of Mexican Arts in
Santa Barbara, wanted her first exhibit to convey the power and
subtlety of fine Chicano art. Displaying the huge, gaudy, ceramic
arbol de la vida - tree of life - would please the wealthy
patron who donated it, but convey all the tackiness of a pinata from
Tijuana. It wounded Elena's sensibilities and her pride. And that
was before it killed her boss. Lying among the smashed pottery
was Frank de Palma, the man Elena [had] locked inside the gallery when
she['d] left the night before. No one else could have entered without
her key. Anglo homicide detective Lieutenant Dave Kirk called the
death a murder and Elena his only suspect. Now she had to turn to
another fine art: catching a talented killer who [had] framed her with
a masterpiece of crime."
- There's Something in a
Sunday (1989, St Martin's Press. 1992, The Women's Press [ISBN: 0
7043 4312 6])
- "Investigating for her co-operative law firm, McCone takes on
weekend surveillance as a favour for a colleague's client. The job
seems straightforward - even boring - until she returns with her
report to find the client bludgeoned to death. And Sharon McCone is
in the midst of a lethal mix of sour relationships and murderous
- The Shape of Dread
- Trophies and Dead
Things (1990, The Mysterious Press. 1992, The Women's Press
[ISBN: 0 7043 4314 2])
- "[H]eadlines in the San Francisco Chronicle about a
seemingly random series of murders are causing quite a stir. When one
of McCone's legal clients becomes a victim, matters quickly get
complicated and McCone ends up investigating not one but four
messy murders. And when the killer strikes closer to home, it all
starts to get more personal..."
- Where Echoes Live
- Pennies on a Dead
- Wolf in the Shadows
(1993, Warner Books. 1994, The Women's Press [ISBN: 0 7043 4389 4])
- "[Sharon McCone's] employers, the All Souls Legal
Cooperative, have issued an ultimatum. They want McCone to take a
promotion - a desk job designed to curb her unorthodox behaviour - or
leave.note Just when her new lover,
the enigmatic Hy Ripinsky, has gone missing.
"At first, tracking him down seems an adventure. A welcome break
for the woes of work. Then McCone uncovers a million-dollar
kidnapping. Soon she is caught up in a deadly game, played out in the
badlands of the American-Mexican border. Just how well does she know
her mysterious lover? Confronted with tough choices, McCone puts her
own life, her future, and everything she holds dear at risk..."
- Till the Butchers Cut Him
Down (1994, Warner Books. 1995, The Women's Press [ISBN: 0 7043 4416
- "Out on her own for the very first time and determined to make
her new agency a success, the last thin McCone needs is T.J. Gordon, alias
`Suits', back in her life. He swears he's reformed, but just how deep
does this transformation go? And how legitimate is his new venture,
Intervention Management Inc.?
"Now his life is in danger, and he wants McCone to find the man who's
trying to kill him. At any price. It's an offer she can't afford to
refuse. But the cost soon proves more deadly than her wildest
- A Wild and Lonely
Place (1995, Warner Books. 1995, The Women's Press [ISBN: 0 7043
- "A series of diplomats have been the targets of a vicious
bombing campaign. Reluctantly, Sharon McCone agrees to help a
security firm protect their client. And there's far more at stake
than the one million dollar reward the FBI are offering for the
"Behind a wall of diplomatic immunity, McCone uncovers a web of
intrigue, corruption, and murder. Now a child's life is in peril and,
as McCone's trail leads her back to those she's been hired to
defend, she finds herself in the sights of a ruthless and cold-blooded
- The Broken Promise
Land (1996, Warner Books. 1996, The Women's Press [ISBN: 0 7043
- "When country music star, Ricky Savage, receives an anonymous
threat, he knows instantly where to turn. His sister-in-law is Sharon
"But Ricky's past isn't as pretty as his press notes suggest. As
threats lead to gossip and radio stations turn reluctant to play his
new album, bit Ricky's precarious marriage and his glittering career
are soon in jeopardy. Then the trauma takes on more treacherous
tones. And McCone discovers that Ricky has deadly enemies, in an
industry known for breaking promises -- and lives."
1 - I must say, this isn't how I read the plot;
blurb writers often do this, so that one begins to wonder how
carefully they read the book.