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The Shape of Dread (Sharon McCone #9)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  738 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
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 does feral sometimes
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
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Nancy
Aug 14, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
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
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Sara
Sep 09, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
Another early Sharon McCone where she investigates the disappearance and possible death of a young comedienne. A co-worker has been convicted of her murder through circumstantial evidence since there is no body and is headed for the death chamber.
Ed
Aug 07, 2012 Ed rated it liked it
#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
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Jim
Mar 08, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing
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
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Cindy
Mar 22, 2016 Cindy rated it it was ok
Good plot interspersed (too) frequently with political opinion. Well read by Laura Hicks.
Mark
May 11, 2015 Mark rated it did not like it
Pretty awful. Curiously un-engaging; insipid in a hundred ways.
Eliana
Apr 06, 2014 Eliana added it
Love Sharon McCone and her colleagues. This author never disappoints.
Shannon Appelcline
Mar 27, 2013 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Aug 06, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
Good one - full of creepy people!
Smoochys
Oct 22, 2012 Smoochys rated it really liked it
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
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Joy
Jan 27, 2010 Joy rated it liked it
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
Sep 13, 2009 Rita rated it really liked it
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.
Vannessa Anderson
Mar 24, 2013 Vannessa Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marcia-muller
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
Jan 18, 2009 Nancy Savonick rated it really liked it
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
Apr 22, 2011 Lexi rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I'm not usually entertained by these women tough-guy private eye type novels, but this one was pretty fun.
LInda L
Mar 05, 2016 LInda L rated it really liked it
Good story -- Sharon is coming along as a wonderful P.I. More, please.
Petula Darling
Dec 22, 2011 Petula Darling rated it liked it
Shelves: series
The romance in this one seemed really forced (and also a little creepy).
Melanie Marcus
Feb 17, 2014 Melanie Marcus rated it liked it
The Shape of Dread: A Sharon McCone Mystery by Marcia Muller (1989)
Roberta
Jul 05, 2013 Roberta rated it liked it
Summer is mystery time.
Sharon
May 07, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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