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The Night Searchers (Sharon McCone #30)

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When new clients Jay and Camilla Givens come to Sharon McCone with Camilla's stories of devil worshippers performing human sacrifices in San Francisco, the detective is skeptical, to say the least. However, when she discovers that Jay is involved with the treasure hunting group The Night Searchers, she starts looking into what exactly he and the other participants are up t ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jul 14, 2014 Sue rated it liked it
The latest Sharon McCone mystery is an combination story which results in a case requiring the assets and skills of both McCone and her husband Hy Ripinsky (as well as his security business). They have always carefully kept their business lives separate but this time the overlap is simply too great.

The case is odd. A young couple comes to Sharon because the wife has had some very unusual experiences of late and would like help in finding explanations for them. As part of the usual background, it
Nov 23, 2014 Jan rated it liked it
I’ve read every book in Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone series since the first one was published in 1977. This is one of those series where I read each new book as soon as it comes out and then count down the months until it’s time for the next installment. Sharon McCone has always been one of my favorite literary characters. She’s super smart and one heck of private investigator. Funny, adventurous, down to earth, generous with her time; definitely someone you could kick back and have a beer with ...more
Jul 31, 2014 Cathy rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries-read
Not as good as Muller's previous volumes. I've been a Sharon McCone fan for a long time and generally look forward to each new release.

Interestingly, most of McCone's investigations - at least since she's been on her own - have involved ties to her own family, firm or self. For instance, she investigates her own past, a pretender, and a "running man" who's blowing up her husband's security firm. Of course she has a lot of high-paying clients, but they tend to run in the background, with her sta
Jan 21, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
I've always enjoyed the Sharon McCone series, in no small part due to the way she weaves her knowledge of San Francisco in to the stories. This mystery is no exception in which a group of urban treasure hunters
leave clues in well known and obscure points around the city. As a bonus there is another good reason not to smoke buried in the plot!
Gloria Feit
Feb 04, 2015 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
Sharon McCone undertakes two peculiar cases, sort of interrelated. The first is brought to her by an attorney who introduces Sharon to Jay and Camilla Givens. The other is handed over to her by her husband, who operates a separate security agency, when he is called overseas on a secret mission. This one involves a kidnapping of one of his clients.

It appears that Camilla “sees” devil worshipers performing human sacrifices in an undeveloped area in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Sharon learns that both
Feb 24, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it
San Francisco private detective Sharon McCone is asked to look into the case of Camilla and Jay Givens; it seems Camilla has been frightened by odd occurrences, the latest being a satanic ritual and baby sacrifice on an abandoned building site. Sharon wonders if Camilla needs a psychiatrist more than a detective but becomes concerned when she realizes that Camilla is frightened of her husband.

Meanwhile Sharon's husband Hy Ripinsky, head of an international security firm, is negotiating with the
May 05, 2015 Ricki rated it really liked it
Sharon McCone is not at her best, or sharpest, in the 29th book in the series, which started back in the 70's in a Victorian house in San Fran. In the Night Searchers, she undertakes two peculiar cases, that are sort of interrelated. The first is brought to her by an attorney who introduces Sharon to Jay and Camilla Givens. The other is handed over to her by her husband, who operates a separate security agency, when he is called overseas on a secret mission. This one involves a kidnapping of one ...more
Miss M
And another long-time favorite series circles the drain...
Sep 29, 2014 Wheeler rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I don’t normally subscribe to the Marxist camp of literary theory, but this mystery novel grated on my sensibilities until finally, after I finished it, the grating turned into a salient realization:
The Night Searchers is a screed, beckoning the top 10 percent to piss on the bottom 10 percent. The wealthy to lord their wealth and privilege over the poor. Not the super-wealthy, just the normal-wealthy.
I realize this is a vulgar thing to write, but it is an unfortunately true approximation of t
Mar 19, 2015 Patricia rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed reading The Night Searchers. I believe I might have enjoyed it more had this not been my 1st Sharon McCone mystery. Sharon gets a couple of clients with a rather odd story finds the husband is affiliated with a strange group, The Night Searchers, I got really involved in this book. An interesting story line.
Jul 30, 2014 Nell rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I liked it, because I like these characters and Muller is a good writer, but I thought the plot was a bit thin. Had to use pretty large type to make not quite 300 pages. Drag all the usual characters in for a cameo so we don't forget who they are. Cast some suspicion where it doesn't make much sense. (view spoiler) Seems like it was a stopgap between books when things really advance.
John Kues
Jul 24, 2014 John Kues rated it it was ok
Seems I keep forgetting that I have decided I don't like her books. I read a good review for this and of course I put in at the library for it. The whole organization is too too ?? I can't put my finger on it but I don't like it. This plot is not that plausible. Many of the authors I like have serial novels with the same characters and I don't mind knowing how the dialogue is going to go and how predictable it is, but for some reason I don't care for this one.
Monica Casper
Oct 25, 2014 Monica Casper rated it did not like it
The last few McCone books have been a chore to read. As much as I've liked this series -- and for many years -- it might be time for Muller to move on. Now married and wealthy (and driving a Mercedes), Sharon McCone is boring and spends quite a bit of time justifying her class status. (And one wonders, is this Muller justifying her class status?)

The plot is plodding; the dialogue stale. I couldn't even finish this one, because frankly I didn't care who kidnapped the dude and who was possibly sa
Kathleen Hagen
The Night Searchers, by Marcia Muller, b-plus, Narrated by Laura Hicks, Produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from

Sharon McCone has two new clients, a husband and wife. They were at a deserted parking lot overlooking a construction pit one night. The wife contended that she saw devil worshipers performing human sacrifices, and that she had seen other weird things before. Sharon was very skeptical, but a lawyer friend convinced her to look a little deeper. In the meantime, she fou
Aug 16, 2014 Kevintipple rated it really liked it
It’s March when the husband and wife first meet private detective Sharon McCone in her San Francisco office. Young and seemingly doing okay financially speaking the young couple owns a condo in one of the better local areas known as Russian Hill. While Jay Givens is sure his wife Camilla thinks she saw something he is also sure that it is all in her head. Camilla insists that it happened and while Sharon may agree with the husband’s assessment she does not like his attitude or his behavior.

Jul 14, 2014 Hapzydeco rated it liked it
Night-Searchers are mean-spirited urban treasure hunters. Sharon McCone comes into this cult by way of a reference. With careful plotting McCone and her associates save the story line. Stephanie Plum and her cohorts are sassier.
Jul 21, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
I have always enjoyed the Sharon McCone mysteries by Marcia Muller. In the many years she has written these books, she has shown Sharon's progression as a professional investigator and as a woman. Along the way, Sharon has met her husband, Hy Ripinsky, discovered that she was adopted and found her birth parents, suffered locked-in syndrome after being shot and many other traumas and victories. In this installment, she and Hy are trying to decide whether to merge their two agencies into one big c ...more
Nov 06, 2014 Myra rated it did not like it
1.5 stars. An acquaintance mentioned this book and the treasure hunting aspect of it which sounded interesting, so I decided to read it. Sadly, this book started out as just okay, and then got worse. Let's start with the main characters, a married couple, who refer to each other by their last names. And the fact that the author would go into painful detail about some things (like introducing characters who I am sure have been in past books, or telling us the make and model of the cars everyone d ...more
Elizabeth Jones
Oct 18, 2014 Elizabeth Jones rated it it was ok
I've read Muller for many years and used to like her. The snobbery and elitism dripping from the pages of her latest work was just too much for me. So much of the book is devoted to McCone's Mercedes, her BMW, her fabulous homes. Anyone in the book who is not wealthy is treated with condescending pity or contempt: poor people are dirty, they smell and are bigoted to boot. There also was an error early in the book where on page a character's father is said to have died when she was young and then ...more
Jul 18, 2014 Nancy added it
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Aug 10, 2014 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I have never warmed up to Muller's series featuring Sharon McCone. And here I felt the author came perilously close to casting McCone into victimhood. And that just reflects too closely the hackneyed and wrong roles created by male mystery writers for woman. And it's hard not to see each time she gets clobbered coming. In addition, the "think tank" consulting company she creates here is not believable. There's riffing off institutional and government stupidity, and there's beggaring a reader's b ...more
Cardyn Brooks
Jul 15, 2014 Cardyn Brooks rated it liked it
Shelves: go-to-series, mystery
More of a why-done-it than who-done-it, The Night Searchers reveals Sharon and Hy as they regroup and re-establish themselves domestically and professionally. The recurring characters's circumstances reflect transitional adjustments in the series, which seems to be entering a new phase with the conclusion of this case. Although the culprits are obvious from the start, the unraveling of their motives, plots, and missteps by Sharon and her team offer an entertaining caper.

Sharon's opinions are pr
Sep 27, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it
Marcia Muller does it again! I love this author. She always tells a great and interesting story and it's always fast paced and so well put together, it just flows.
The authors character, Sharon McCone, is one of the all time great detectives left in the book world. She takes on a job and doesn't stop until she's figured it all out, even when she gets, hit, or stabbed, or shot! Doesn't matter! I also like the fact that the author has created a whole "family" of people around her character. So it
Lynn Lerch
Aug 23, 2014 Lynn Lerch rated it it was amazing
Marcia Muller has another winner and its number 31 in the Sharon McCone mystery series. Hy is out of town and asks Sharon to investigate a missing person for his company. Meanwhile she has a new client who says she saw a baby being sacrifices late at night in a deserted building. Believe it or not both are connected and both get solved by the end of the book. Sharon again is beat up several times. I don't know how she does survives but I'm looking forward to seeing her beaten up in the next book ...more
Jun 07, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it
Nice, easy read series... Exciting, suspenseful. Good read!

When new clients Jay and Camilla Givens come to Sharon McCone with Camilla's stories of devil worshippers performing human sacrifices in San Francisco, the detective is skeptical, to say the least. However, when she discovers that Jay is involved with the treasure hunting group The Night Searchers, she starts looking into what exactly he and the other participants are up to after dark. As she digs deeper into the Searchers, Sharon joins
Aug 14, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
The latest in the Sharon McCone series which continues to deliver a satisfying read...The Night Searchers is the name of an internet-based treasure hunting group. Their night time activities are entangled with Sharon's new case as well as a kidnapping her husband Hy is trying to solve. Many of the "usual suspects" who work for, are related to or are friends of Sharon and Hy lend their expertise to solve the tangled mystery. I have yet to be disappointed when I read a McCone series mystery thanks ...more
Apr 13, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I've read this series from the beginning, tracking the evolution of Sharon McCone from a relatively inexperienced, young, single, private investigator, camping out in the attic room of the legal aid firm she worked for - to the sophisticated CEO of her own investigation firm, employing several operatives. Not to mention the trials and tribulations of her love life along the way... That evolution is one of the reasons I've kept reading all these years. I abandoned Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone se ...more
Nov 18, 2014 Scilla rated it liked it
Sharon McCone interviews Camilla and Jay Givens, who have been recommended to her by a lawyer friend. Camilla has been seeing some very strange things. Sharon figures there is more to it than what she's heard. At the same time, Ry's company is protecting Van Hoffman, who has disappeared. The ransom note asks for almost exactly what he and his wife have in the bank, and the wife doesn't seem to want to pay any ransom. Some of the characters, the Night Searchers, are involved in a Treasure Hunting ...more
Dec 17, 2014 Lynda rated it liked it
I was glad to find this book on the library shelf because at the end of Looking for Yesterday, I thought the series might be ending. However the series goes on and in this book, Sharon and her husband Hy Ripinsky find their cases intertwined and work together. Hy is investigating the kidnapping of a businessman while a couple requests Sharon's help with some strange occurances the wife has witnessed. All the regular members of McCone's team are put together in solving both crimes. A good read wi ...more
Nov 04, 2015 Maetta rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This was the first and probably only book in this series that I will read. I enjoyed reading about locales in San Francisco which were necessary as part of the plot. The Night Searchers are a group of people seeking clues in various places in the city. Maybe because I had not previously read any of this series, I found the switching back and forth confusing and off putting. One thing I did appreciate was one of the characters dying as a result of asthma. Too many are not aware of how serious it ...more
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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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