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Marcia Muller Books In Order

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Publication Order of Sharon McCone Books

Edwin of the Iron Shoes (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ask the Cards a Question (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cheshire Cat's Eye (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Games to Keep the Dark Away (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leave a Message for Willie (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double (With: Bill Pronzini) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
There's Nothing to Be Afraid Of (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eye of the Storm (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shape of Dread (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
There's Something in a Sunday (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trophies and Dead Things (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where Echoes Live (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pennies On a Dead Woman's Eyes (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wolf in the Shadows (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Till the Butchers Cut Him Down (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Wild and Lonely Place (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Broken Promise Land (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Both Ends of the Night (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
While Other People Sleep (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Walk Through the Fire (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Listen to the Silence (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Midnight (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dangerous Hour (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vanishing Point (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ever-Running Man (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Burn Out (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Locked In (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Coming Back (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
City of Whispers (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Looking for Yesterday (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Skeleton in the Closet (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Night Searchers (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Merrill-Go-Round (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tell Me Who I Am (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Someone Always Knows (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Color of Fear (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Breakers (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ice and Stone (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sharon McCone Collections

The McCone Files (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
McCone and Friends (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Elena Oliverez Books

The Tree of Death (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Legend of the Slain Soldiers (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Joanna Stark Books

The Cavalier in White (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
There Hangs the Knife (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Star (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of John Quincannon Books

Quincannon (By:Bill Pronzini) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beyond the Grave (With: Bill Pronzini) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quincannon's Game (By:Bill Pronzini) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery Books

The Bughouse Affair (With: Bill Pronzini) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spook Lights Affair (With: Bill Pronzini) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Body Snatchers Affair (With: Bill Pronzini) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Plague of Thieves Affair (With: Bill Pronzini) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dangerous Ladies Affair (With: Bill Pronzini) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bags of Tricks Affair (By:Bill Pronzini) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Flimflam Affair (By:Bill Pronzini) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stolen Gold Affair (By:Bill Pronzini) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Paradise Affair (By:Bill Pronzini) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Cape Perdido Books

Point Deception (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cyanide Wells (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cape Perdido (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Lighthouse (With: Bill Pronzini) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crucifixion River (With: Bill Pronzini) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kindling Point (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Deadly Fantasies (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Final Resting Place (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Deceptions (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Duo (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time of the Wolves (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Somewhere in the City (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Web She Weaves(1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Child's Ploy(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Witches' Brew(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chapter and Hearse(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Lessons(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
She Won the West(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Arts(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wickedest Show on Earth(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lady on the Case(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kill or Cure(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sisters in Crime 2(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Woman's Eye(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Crimes 2: Modern Masters of Noir(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Criminal Intent(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1993(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1996(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Women on the Case(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1995(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guilty as Charged(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
100 Sneaky Little Sleuth Stories(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Century of Mystery(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Detective Duos(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery's Most Wanted(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1997(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Women of Mystery III(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mysterious Press Anniversary Anthology: Celebrating 25 Years(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3(2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shamus Winners(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Anniversaries(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

A Native and resident of the Detroit area, Marcia was born and raised in a home that was full of books. At the age of twelve, Marcia Muller self-published three reproductions of her first novel that was a story about her dog. Her first novel was filled with primitive illustrations, but regardless of this fact it still garnered mostly positive reviews. In the early months of 1970, after she had just moved to the state of California, Marcia Muller was still unemployed hence she began experimenting on mystery novels. The thirty-something years that followed after her arrival in California, Marcia Muller has written 35 plus novels three of which she has collaborated with her husband, Bill Pronzini.

In addition, she has authored seven short story collections together with numerous non-fiction articles. With the help of her husband, she has edited more than a dozen anthologies and several other non-fiction mystery books. In the year 1993 Muller was awarded the Shamus Award for her lifetime achievement. Later on in the year 2005, Muller was crowned the Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America which happens to be the highest award of the organization. On the other hand, in the year 2008 her husband, Bill Pronzini was handed the same award, by the Grand Master of Mystery writers. The award in turn made them the only living couple to scoop the award individually.

The Sharon McCone series

Widely acknowledged as being the first ever unconventional female private detective of this modern era, Sharon McCone is undeniably one of the main reasons why Marcia Mullers fate as a writer turned the way it did. Investigative oriented books like V I Warshawski and the Tess Monaghan all became highly accepted because the Sharon McCone series had already paved the way. Regardless of all the history and politics that may be brought up, the Sharon McCone series is undeniably one of those books that take your breath Apart from being a refreshingly down to earth detective Sharon McCone is also very savvy and hardnosed just like any other serious detective should be. Like all the other outstanding male detective characters, Sharon McCone was a level-headed detective who had a tendency of getting too much involved in cases that are somehow balanced, by some level of tough-mindedness.

Unlike most of the conventional detective, Sharon McCone’s toughness was due to pragmatism and not macho theatrics. As a child, Sharon, grew up in San Diego, which happens to be one of the most trouble-prone areas. Determined to escape the family turmoil, Sharon McCone heads for Berkley. She arrives just as the radicalism of the sixties era was fading away. While doing security work in various department stores, Sharon McCone used what she made to work her way through college. Upon discovering she fancied working as an investigator slash security, Sharon McCone gave up her chances of working as a social worker. It does not take long before she lands her first gig as a staff investigator at the San Francisco, All Souls. The San Fransisco, All Souls was founded in the late sixties by Sharon McCone boss, and a great pal, Hank Zahn, who is an idealistic lawyer.

All of the Sharon McCone cases seem to touch on various social issues. But for most of the series it appears that there is also some amount of level-headedness; Sharon McCone avoids hitting any drum with a bigger bang. After receiving the Private Eye Award in the year 1991, the author Marcia Muller decided to change the course of the story as Sharon McCone started receiving some major transformations in her life. The private investigator, Sharon McCone is given an apprentice, Rae Kelleher and on the other hand she also acquires a significant other, Hy Ripinsky. Apart from being mysterious Hy is also a pilot with a rather mysterious past and one of those characters who are too good to be true. Apart from the integration of new characters in the series, Sharon McCone also underwent some serious transformations.

The author gave Sharon McCone gained some psychological depth while on the down she lost her clear-eyed pragmatism. While the old Sharon was always a little bit broader, the newly transformed Sharon McCone was at times downright mopey at some instances. In addition, Sharon McCone left her job at the All Souls to start her practice. With the assistance of her nephew, Mick Savage and a series of new characters who are introduced later on in the book. In addition, Sharon McCone becomes a fully certified pilot. More and more facilities and supporting characters are introduced, and their melodramatic back-stories and interconnections undeniably expands the storyline.

At the end of the day, Sharon McCone remains as intriguing and compelling as ever from the first book of the series to the last one. Apart from this series, the Sharon McCone character has been immortalized by appearing in a number of other series and books. In addition, the Sharon McCone character also appeared in the Nameless, a series written by Bill Prozin, Marcia Muller’s husband. Nameless is a book about a private investigator who lives in Francisco. In the novel, Sharon McCone refers to the main character from time to time as the Lone Wolf. Like Nameless, Sharon McCone continues to evolve throughout the series which in turn makes each chapter of the series much larger than the storyline.


Apart from the Sharon McCone series, Marcia Muller is also known for her other works like Merrill go round Wild Mustard, Deception, Deadly fantasies and many others. Apart from that some of her works were also supposed to be made into movies especially in the year 1993 by a Canadian Film company. Apparently the book that was supposed to be made into a series was the critically acclaimed Sharon McCone series. The series was being developed for the CBS by one Spring Creek production. The announcement of this milestone was made by one, Charles Champlain during the premiere screening of the Women of Mystery which is a documentary. All in all, the production of the series and adoption of the book has since fallen into cracks.

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One Response to “Marcia Muller”

  1. Paulene: 1 year ago

    Love Marcia’s books. Getting all catch up on the newer ones. Great Reading.


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