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Trophies and Dead Things (Sharon McCone #10)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,676 Ratings  ·  34 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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It was ok. I wasn't a huge fan of the author's style. 3 stars.
Lisa C
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, audiobook
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 does feral sometimes
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
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, the shortcomings in the previous McCone caper are amplified in this one. It sort of ends not twice, but three times. Only the first pseudo-ending is unpredictable. For the most part, the reader knows what's coming, even down to the last sentence of the book which adds a final small plot twist.

I'm a little tired of Muller's writing style. There are occasional foot chases, for instance, and every step is detailed. What makes this interesting? And on countless occasions, McCone seems
Chris Leuchtenburg
A very solid mystery.
Kenneth Flusche
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining
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
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
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. San Fransisco private investigator Sharon McCone helped a co-worker box up the belongings of one of his friends who died recently. They found a hologram will the man had made which disinherited two sons and left his million dollar fortune to four unknown people. Sharon agrees to track down the four people and figure out their connection with the dead man. Sharon also becomes involved in sniper killings that are hitting close to home.

This book brings up some of the politics of the 1960
Shannon Appelcline
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#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
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Apr 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-mystery
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
Dennis Fischman
A San Francisco setting and a connection to the politics of the 1960's should have been enough to make this book a must-read on my list. Instead, I am disappointed. The politics are underdone in favor of the more lurid violence of the Weather Underground. The mystery depends on the assumption that two different people twenty years apart can psychologically manipulate people into killing themselves, which I find highly implausible. And the sniper subplot just didn't seem to fit. I liked the cats. ...more
Jan 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had the persistent feeling that the author tried to make her protagonist a hard-boiled detective. But that she either an upbeat person trying for grim, or in a good mood when she wrote this book. Or perhaps a character I would regard today as merely competent in a well-written procedural, was considered hard-boiled, 25 years ago. The only notes reminding me that this was not written this year, were mentions of phone booths and typewriters.
Barbara Schultz
I love mysteries but hate profanity so "The Cozy Mystery" site is my go to place. So although not much profanity in this novel, I still thought most of what was there wasn't necessary. Written in that was a long time ago, so some things made me laugh. I love San Francisco, so it was fun reading stories about familiar areas.

If you ask me why I gave this book two stars, I wouldn't have any good answers for you. Except for that I don't have any good answers for you. Every now and then, you come across a novel that just doesn't sing to you. This is one of them. The plot was ok, but not devoid of its shortcomings, and the other elements of the story (characters, the writing, etc.) just didn't make up for it.
Jan C
May 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Genevieve Morello
The 60s keep rolling on

Very good story Shows how the past is never dead and can come back to haunt people Sharon McCone scores again
Love Sharon McCone and her colleagues. This author never disappoints.
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
set slightly before novella above, good suspense & characters
LInda L
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Sharon McCone mystery -- loved this one. It was from 1990(before H Ripinsky) and she was still an investigator at All Souls. Great story -- events from the 60s were involved.
May 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Trofee si Lucruri Moarte in Romanian
Michelle Beese
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Joe O'Connor
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.
This book was good, but I prefer the later ones in the series. Once I got into it, though, I enjoyed it.
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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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