The Shape of Dread (Sharon McCone, #10)
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The Shape of Dread (Sharon McCone #9)

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Bobby Foster, car-hop at the chic Cafe Comedie, is going to the gas chamber. He's already confessed to the murder of Tracy Kostakos, the club's rising star. But two years after the crime, Tracy's body is still missing and Bobby's confession is full of holes. All Souls Legal Cooperative's final appeal sends San Francisco's #1 P.I. Sharon McCone behind the footlights into th...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Mysterious Press (first published 1989)
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aPriL purrs 'n hisses
While the story beguiles for awhile, and the energy level runs hot, and Sharon McCone's life and personal demons engage, I admit to feeling a tad unable to accept the denouement. Also, several characters did not respond in a believable manner to me, particularly Amy, Lisa, Tracy and even McCone. I could not see Tracy Kostakos going out with Marc Emmons, a real colorless jerk. The drama queen Amy did not seem like someone who would sit around an apartment for a year living under the shadow of her...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Shape of Bread, by Marcia Muller, a-minus, Narrated by Laura Hicks,Produced by Audiogo, Downloaded from audible.com.

This is no. 10 of the Sharon McCone mysteries, and we’re still at All Souls Legal Cooperative-my dream place to live and work. Sharon is asked by one of the lawyers to investigate a case. He is handling the last appeal for Bobby Fisher, who is on death row for a murder he confessed to but may not actually have committed. He was a parking valet for a small-time comedy club whos...more
Nancy
Always like this series and it still does not disappoint me. Good story. Keeps you interested.

Bobby Foster, car-hop at the chic Cafe Comedie, is going to the gas chamber. He's already confessed to the murder of Tracy Kostakos, the club's rising star. But two years after the crime, Tracy's body is still missing and Bobby's confession is full of holes. All Souls Legal Cooperative's final appeal sends San Francisco's #1 P.I. Sharon McCone behind the footlights into the super-charged arena of anxiou...more
Ed
#9 in the Sharon McCone series. Average entry.

Sharon McCone series - Bobby Foster, car-hop at the Cafe Comedie, is going to the gas chamber. He's confessed to the murder of Tracy Kostakos. But two years after the crime, Tracy's body is still missing and Bobby's confession is full of holes. All Souls Legal Cooperative sends Sharon McCone into the arena of anxious club owners and aspiring young hopefuls...into the world of Tracy's family and the mind of a young comedienne who was not the good litt...more
Jim
I see a lot of improvement in the author's writing style from even a couple of stories ago. She has improved her characterization and her plots have gotten both more involved and more believable. Not
that this story was perfect. There was at least one major hole and the solution to the mystery was not solvable from the clues at hand. It was more a last-man-standing solution. The hole was the police missing a major and what should have been obvious clue, another case of them being just a bit too s...more
Eliana
Apr 06, 2014 Eliana added it
Love Sharon McCone and her colleagues. This author never disappoints.
Shannon Appelcline
Muller continues to be an excellent mystery writer. This one was a no-body murder case where she got to have a lot of fun exploring whether everyone even was correct about who had been murdered. Some of McCone's early bad-girl stylings are gone, since she actually keeps in touch with the authorities and ask for permission to stay on the case in this work. It seems like Muller & hubby had their individual sleuths triangulating, with McCone getting more law-abiding and Nameless less law-abidin...more
Lisa
Good one - full of creepy people!
Smoochys
This was book nine in the McCone mystery series and the best yet. Muller laid out bread crumbs leading to the murderer, only to snatch away the prize at the last moment. She did this numerous times. When she finally did reveal the murderer it was a total surprise (at least to me). I thought he was way too stupid to have done the deed. The reasoning behind it made sense though.

Muller also spent time in the book delving into the personal dramas of the All Souls employees. It was interesting gettin...more
Joy
Sharon sees big holes in the case against Bobby Foster, on Death Row for the murder of a rising young comedian who had befriended him. Digging into the life of Tracy Kostaskos, rich girl determined to be a star, Sharon finds a ruthlessness that would make Tracy's parents miserable if they knew. Someone else was even more ruthless, but who -- and against whom? THE SHAPE OF DREAD has many unlikable characters, but the plot twists, and twists again, and leaves Sharon at a crossroads.
Rita
Amazon Editorial Review:
Bobby Foster, car-hop at the chic Cafe Comedie, is going to the gas chamber since he's already confessed to the murder of Tracy Kostakos. The final appeal sends a #1 P.I. into the fractured world of Tracy's privileged family and the mind of a young comedienne who was not the good little girl they perceived.

Really intelligent mystery novel. I like that she's a P.I. & not a Police Detective.
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
Sharon McCone was assigned to Bobby Foster’s case. She is to learn why he confessed to killing Tracy Kostakos, a crime he didn’t commit. Tracy is known by family and friends as a good girl but Sharon McCone learns the truth about Tracy Kostakos and why she was murdered and by whom. Laura Hicks does a good job in storytelling.
Nancy Savonick
Don't know how I missed this early Sharon McCone mystery. What can I say--it's the terrific quality that Muller always delivers.
Lexi
I'm not usually entertained by these women tough-guy private eye type novels, but this one was pretty fun.
Petula Darling
The romance in this one seemed really forced (and also a little creepy).
Melanie Marcus
The Shape of Dread: A Sharon McCone Mystery by Marcia Muller (1989)
Roberta
Summer is mystery time.
Sharon
The first Sharon McCone book series that I read! This to sent me searching for more! Love this series!
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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,...more
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