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Trophies and Dead Things (Sharon McCone #10)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  1,306 ratings  ·  21 reviews
When a former sixties radical is murdered during a string of random sniper attacks, the All Souls Legal Cooperative must settle his surprisingly large estate. Then private investigator Sharon McCone comes across a new will, made just days before he died, that disinherits his two children in favor of four unknown and unconnected parties. McCone sifts through Perry Hilderly' ...more
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published October 28th 1990 by Mysterious Press (first published October 1990)
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Lisa C
While it might have been a perfectly enjoyable mystery when first released, this book just didn't hold up over time. Weak characters and dated issues dragged the work down rather than adding to the story, which could have been 5-10 chapters shorter and been more enjoyable.

Tired tropes like an overly-confident investigator with no professional experience in tactics or police procedures and a bull-headed policeman incapable of doing his job as well or as ethically as the protagonist simply don't
aPriL eVoLvEs
At its heart this is a genre mystery, not a dissection of the aftermath of 1960's radicalism.

Sharon McCone is helping her boss clean up a deceased client's house. Her boss, Hank Zahn, is a lawyer who runs All Souls Legal Cooperative, which provides legal services in San Francisco. One of their clients, Perry Hilderly, was shot dead while walking on a street, another victim of a serial killer randomly shooting people -or so it seems. Carrying out the requests of his will, registered by Zahn, is
I enjoy the audio productions of this series of mysteries featuring Sharon McCone, a private investigator in San Francisco. It's a very long-lived series, and initially the books were sort of hokey because they took place back in the early '80s, but now that they're moving forward in time, they're getting more modern. Still, even this many books into the series, there is much old-fashioned detective work, no cell phones (car phones are still a new thing) and actual brick-and-mortar research at t ...more
Great book. Having read later ones in the series, it is fun to go back in her life and see what was happening and follow her life through the years. Can't wait to start the next one!

When a former sixties radical is murdered during a string of random sniper attacks, the All Souls Legal Cooperative must settle his surprisingly large estate. Then private investigator Sharon McCone comes across a new will, made just days before he died, that disinherits his two children in favor of four unknown and
Kathleen Hagen
Trophies and Dead Things, by Marcia Muller, a-minus, Narrated by Laura Hicks, Produced by Audiogo Ltd., Downloaded from

Sharon McCone is helping Hank of All Souls go through the house of a friend of his, who was also his client, who was murdered by what appeared to be a sniper who had killed several other people in the area. But there are a few things that make this killing somewhat different from the usual killing of the sniper. First, a couple of weeks before he was killed, he wrot
Robert Beveridge
Marcia Muller, Trophies and Dead Things (Mysterious Press, 1990)

Sharon McCone (in her tenth appearance) has what seems like a routine probate; a well-known Northern California activist and Vietnam War protestor (and acquaintance of her boss), Perry Hilderley, has died. While going through his things, McCone finds a superseded copy of his will, disinheriting his (divorced) wife and their sons, and leaving all of his assets to be divided equally among four people who seemingly have no connection a
Shannon Appelcline
This was one of my favorite Sharon McCone stories because it centered around two mysteries born of the 1960s, one involving Vietnam vets and the others involve Free Speech and peace protesters from the UC Berkeley campus. I quite enjoyed the focus on history and on Berkeley (even though Muller twists the occasional detail of the latter enough to make it obvious that she's less familiar with the city than her protagonist, who went to school here, is supposed to be).

Muller also places a lot of emp
#10 in the Sharon McCone series. Muller just keeps getting better. I admire the change in other characters view of Sharon after she saves Hank's life.

Sharon McCone uncovers passions still simmering from Vietnam when she undertakes an investigation into why a sniper victim changed his will to leave $1 million to four strangers. Helping Hank Zahn in settling the estate of his old Vietnam buddy, Perry Hilderly, Sharon tracks down the four beneficiaries, all of whom have ties to a collective involve
One thing I like about this series is that McCone, while she isn't easily intimidated and can use force when she needs to, isn't constantly getting beaten to a pulp. Instead she uses her wits and spends hours at the library using indexes and microfilm to find answers--gotta love that!

Another thing is the idealism that's still present in 1990 when this was written. Though neighborhoods are gentrifying and the world is changing around them, Sharon and All Souls still pursue what is right. I can't
In the 10th installment of Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone PI series, Trophies and Other Things, Sharon returned to solve another shocking murder. When a former 60s radical was murdered during a raid of sniper attacks, it was up to Sharon's All Soul Legal Cooperative to settle his estate. That's when they've found his will, when he had disinherited his two children and found other surprising twists in Perry Hilderly's will. That's when they've found a sawed off gun amongst his belongings, and disc ...more
Love Sharon McCone and her colleagues. This author never disappoints.
An interesting book, but not exactly a mystery. More of a whydunit. Definitely a different style from most of the mysteries I have read. Up to a point I like it, it makes the story sound deeper than it really is. But this book tends to pull too many revelations out of left field with no real
facts, just hunches by the central character based on how people she has never met would have acted years before. I would have felt better about it if I was let into the thought process a bit more
or if the he
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A series of sniper killings culminates in the death of a client of Sharon's boss. None of the deaths seems to be related to any of the others until Perry's strange will is read. Back into time goes the history of each of these disparate characters, to the Vietnam War -- but then it continues farther back. The violent protests of the 1960s stirred a pot that didn't boil over completely until 25 years later. Some figures are sheer tragedy, others despicable, and some a fascinating combination of t ...more
Jennifer Swanson
Enjoyed this and would read more of the same investigator/author
Jan C
This was the first Sharon McCone story I read. I wasn't all that crazy about it. But someone convinced me to give Muller another try. I began liking her better. Now I get them all, except the early ones because I can't really remember which ones I've read and which ones I haven't.
Joe O'c
Very Good; Continuing character: Sharon McCone; a revised will sets the PI in search of heirs to a murdered man's money, with radical movement in the 60s seemingly the only tie.
Michelle Beese
Sharon McCone just keeps get stronger and stronger as an intriguing person. This book explored the 60's in Berkeley with a gut wrenching realism, It is a keeper!
This book was good, but I prefer the later ones in the series. Once I got into it, though, I enjoyed it.
set slightly before novella above, good suspense & characters
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A native of the Detroit area, Marcia Muller grew up in a house full of books and self-published three copies of her first novel at age twelve, a tale about her dog complete with primitive illustrations. The "reviews" were generally positive.

In the early 1970s, having moved to California, Muller found herself unemployable and began experimenting with mystery novels.

In the ensuing thirty-some years,
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