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Coming Back (Sharon McCone #27)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,241 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
In Locked In, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone was shot in the head and suffered from locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but with an alert, conscious mind. Now, as Sharon struggles to regain control over her body, she wants everything to go back to normal, but realizes that it may not be possible to return to her old life. Meanwhile, Sharon's relationships a ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2010)
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I have read and enjoyed Marcia Muller's books, and especially Sharon McCone mysteries, for many years and was thrilled to find one I hadn't read available on CD. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I found the plot kinda contrived and the story line annoying.

It is not just this book -- I find it in a number of series - there seems to be a need for calculated mis-communication or a total lack of communication in order to create tension among the characters. This need that everyone has to keep their
William Bentrim
Nov 12, 2010 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coming Back by Marcia Muller

Sometimes I feel like I live in a cave. I am frankly shocked that I have never read a Sharon McCone mystery before. Marcia Muller seems to have a ton of books out there and I have missed them all. I intend to remedy that situation.

Coming Back details the recovery of private investigator Sharon McCone from a gun shot wound acquired in a previous book. Her introspection as to her recovery is interrupted by a double kidnapping. Who is responsible and what transpires is
Dec 07, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
I have been a fan of Sharon Mccone for as long has she has written them. Somehow I missed this book. Sharon is recovering from being shot and being unable to move or speak. While in rehab she meets a friend Piper who disappear and Sharon starts looking for her. Adah disappears from Piper's apartment and Sharon and Staff come together to find her. Soon the group is involved with covet activities. Many of the Sharon's friends do not feel she is ready to return and still beshould be taking it easy. ...more
Oct 28, 2012 Patti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Barb in Maryland
The mystery, as such, in this one wasn't all that much--I am getting rather tired of rogue government agencies. But the people--oh that is the best part. Sharon is still recovering from her traumatic injury (see Locked In) and is trying to return to her agency. Her friends/family/co-workers/husband are hindering--in the nicest possible way..but hindering nonetheless.
The story revolves around the disappearances of Piper--a young woman whom Sharon met in re-hab and of Adah, one of Sharon's crew at
Sep 19, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Usually enjoy Sharon McCone books. While I know Ms. McCone is a liberal, this whole book seemed like an excuse for Ms. Muller to use Sharon McCone to push her liberal politics and bash the previous administration. The conclusion of the story was rushed. The search for Adah was very slowly made throughout the book, but then the conclusion seemed to fly by with very little fanfare. I'm not sure I'm interested in Sharon McCone anymore. Oh, and someone should tell Ms. Muller that we want a mystery f ...more
Nov 21, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mike M.
Shelves: mystery
The indomitable Sharon McCone recovers from locked-in syndrome and still manages to go after a rogue intelligence group in this excellent ongoing series set in San Francisco.
Jan 19, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-pi
good. short quick lots of updates on secondary characters.
Mar 22, 2017 Marcia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to miss this series when I finish it :(
Nov 29, 2010 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
SETTING: San Francisco
SERIES: #28 of 28

After she was shot in the head (LOCKED IN), it wasn’t certain that Sharon McCone would survive. She suffered from locked-in syndrome, where her mind was active but her body almost totally paralyzed. For a woman as impatient as she is, her recovery is agonizingly slow. It’s frustrating not to be able to do everything that she did before the traumatic event, more so when her family and friends treat her with kid gloves an
Feb 25, 2017 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started out well. Then very slow. My first Marcia Muller and probably my last.
Kirsty Darbyshire
Jan 28, 2011 Kirsty Darbyshire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardback
This is the 27th Sharon McCone book apparently! I started reading them in about 1995 when they were published by the Women's Press (who published stacks of underrated female authors and are now defunct as far as I can tell) and the earliest books were getting on for twenty years old then. I've read the last seven or eight in hardback and each time I brace myself to be disappointed, because there's no way Muller can keep up the quality for that long is there?

Once again I'm pleased to report that
Thomas Bruso
May 31, 2014 Thomas Bruso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sharon McCone, Marcia Muller's spitfire female San Francisco PI investigator, returns after a harrowing life-altering experience in 2009's Locked In.

And along with the unyielding aid from her usual coworkers, friends and family: Hy Ripinsky, Mick Savage, Ted Smalley, Adah Joslyn, Craig Morland, Sharon McCone crawls back into her tough-as-nails line of work at McCone Investigations, taking on the missing cases of Piper Quinn and close friend, Adah Josyln.

Piper Quinn, whom McCone had befriended at
Nov 01, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest in the Sharon McCone series. In the previous book, Sharon had been shot in the head & in a "locked-in" state; she could hear but could not speak & her mind was alert. She has now been through extensive therapy to relearn speech & motor functions, but still struggles at times. Her husband and almost everyone at her office treat her with kid gloves, which makes her wonder if she will ever be her old self again.

When once of her therapy buddies doesn't show up for her therapy
Sep 17, 2010 Viccy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Sharon McCone is still recovering from the bullet that left her in a locked-in state in the hospital. She is slowly regaining her physical abilities and her speech is almost back to normal. But she is frustrated by her limitations, including everyone around her who continues to cosset her, including her husband, Hy Ripinsky and both her adoptive and biological families. When Piper Quinn, a friend from the rehab center disappears with no acknowledgement, Sharon knows something is wrong and when A ...more
Sep 25, 2012 Nick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
It takes a certain level of skill to keep a story limping along without the benefit of interesting characters, scenes, narrative structure, psychological depth, or writing quality, but for the life of me, why anyone would publish this dreary stuff, let alone read it is beyond me. In my case, I was trapped with an audio book version on a driving trip to Northern California, and my alternative would have been static, weak country music stations from the Central Valley, or silence. I should have go ...more
Mar 20, 2013 Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Marcia Muller's McCone books. (I love many of her other books, too, though maybe not quite as much.)

This one is no exception. It was almost un-put-down-able (in that, since I was listening to it on commutes, I often found myself sitting in the car for a few minutes after I got to my destination, or going on walks at lunchtime with my MP3 player plugged into my ears, so I could listen to a bit more).

Wonderful. Looking forward to reading - or listening to - the next one!

The one caveat is th
Aug 21, 2010 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharon McCone is recuperating from her locked in state (related in the previous book, LOCKED IN), undergoing intensive rehab (even learning to speak again) when a fellow physical therapy patient goes missing. Sharon starts investigating the disappearance and is soon joined by her colleagues, friends, and Hy, her spouse. When during the investigation one of her agency operatives is kidnapped, it becomes a race against time to find both victims and uncover nefarious doings by a rogue government ag ...more
The previous installment in the series was "Locked In," because Sharon had suffered a gunshot wound that left her in a state where her mind worked, but the only part of her body that did were her eyes. She helped direct the investigation into her own shooting from her hospital bed. All of her operatives, friends, and husband worked on the case relentlessly. In that book, the story was told using the first person for each of the people involved. I thought that was an interesting and effective dev ...more
Mar 08, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 27th Sharon McCone book and I've read them all. Muller's characters age more or less in real time and readers have followed McCone from her early days as an investigator for a law cooperative to the creation of her own agency. In the last book, McCone survives a gunshot to the head and a "locked-in" coma and she is now trying to prove to the agency and herself that she can be on top of her game.

The mystery here revolves around another rehab patient who vanishes under odd circumstance
May 30, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Just love this series. Fast read, holds your interest throughout.

In Locked In, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone was shot in the head and suffered from locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but with an alert, conscious mind. Now, as Sharon struggles to regain control over her body, she wants everything to go back to normal, but realizes that it may not be possible to return to her old life. Meanwhile, Sharon's relationships are suffering. Her husband is impatient with her r
Tara Russell
Apr 26, 2012 Tara Russell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm on a Sharon McCone kick at the moment! I hadn't read any Marcia Muller for a few years, despite the fact that she's one of my favourite crime writers. Then I realised I'd missed not just one but three in the series, and now I'm catching up on Sharon's exploits. In this book, McCone is attempting to pull herself and her life back together after a gunshot put her in a coma some months previously. Her friends and husband are frustrated by her insistence on her independence and McCone is frustra ...more
Vannessa Anderson

Coming Back is the sequel to Locked In. Sharon McCone has survived a gunshot to the head and is trying to get her feet back. In rehab, she meets Piper and they build a friendly relationship. When Piper doesn’t show up for rehab, Sharon wants to know why. She goes to Piper home where Piper is being cared for by an aunt who tells McCone that Piper is not up to visitors and to come back another time. McCone gets a bad feeling about the aunt and decides to investigate. In the meantime, McCone’s coll

Maureen Mullis
A fabulous mystery! I find Marcia Muller's novels so compelling, and "Coming Back" was no exception. Smart, fast moving and totally intriguing, it kept my interest from the very first page. Sharone McCone is a fascinating character who keeps evolving as the books continue.

There were various references to the earliest books in this novel which made me want to go back and re-read them. Having once lived near San Francisco, I also love how Muller really does know the city. Some authors do their re
Nov 08, 2010 Jackie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
McCone is coming back from her Locked in state that she suffered when she was shot in the head. She goes to check on a woman she met in rehab who had not attended in a while. At her home, she finds her in a drugged state being cared for by a strange woman who claims to be her aunt from her home town. Then she's gone...the apartment is empty...and there is no trace of her. While investigating one of McCone's operatives is snatched and hidden away somewhere. Everyone else at the agency works to fi ...more
Starr Gardinier
Apr 12, 2013 Starr Gardinier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book. I hadn't read Marcia Muller before. When starting this book, I felt it would have been helpful if I'd read some of the others in the series before this one. However, after getting into it, I got sort of 'caught up' as the author leaked in information.

Sharon McCone is on her first investigation since being shot in the head. She's trying to bounce back and what better way than to delve into the disappearance of an acquaintance? Her husband Hy tries to protect her, but McCone
Pat Turner
Jul 15, 2013 Pat Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to finish some other books, then Life interrupted. Now that I have stuff worked out to a degree, I can finish my backlist.

I am becoming very fond of McCone. I needed to find a new "tough cookie" PI to replace other series that are winding down. Maybe that is why I have held off reading these for so long; knowing I would need a replacement for Kinsey Milhone after the Z book.

That said, this book really grabbed me a few chapters in. Since I have been trying to read these in orde
Jan 18, 2011 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character, Sharon McCone has almost recovered from her brain injury, a bullet to her head. She notices a woman who she has been going to rehab with for several months has missed several rehab sessions. She goes to her apartment but the woman appears drugged and a strange woman quickly shephards her out of the way but not before her friend asks for help. When Sharon returns to the apartment, it is completely empty and her friend is no where to be found. When she asks for backup from a me ...more
Dec 03, 2010 Kitty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Sharon McCone is "coming back" from a bullet to her brain. She survived a coma and then extensive rehab. She now works out regularly with a woman (Piper) who survived a hit and run accident. When her friend doesn't show up at the gum for 5 days, she goes looking for her. She finds her sedated with a woman who says she is her aunt. When Sharon goes back 2 days later, the apartment is cleaned out. Sharon calls one of the other investigators to meet her there, but leaves to investigate an ...more
Jan 21, 2011 Angele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most recent installment in Muller’s Sharon McCone detective series continues to delve into the lives and characters of McCone and her circle of agency colleagues—who are or are like family to her. McCone, still recovering from a serious bullet wound to the head, is drawn into investigating the disappearance of a young woman she has befriended at rehab—despite the qualms and complications that result for her husband (a security expert with a disturbing past), her computer-whiz nephew, two col ...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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