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The Night Searchers (Sharon McCone #30)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  996 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
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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Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it

In this 30th book in the series, private detective Sharon McCone investigates two cases. One involves satanic rituals, and the other is a kidnapping. The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with the characters is a plus.


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 she witnessed at an abandoned building site. S
Jul 11, 2014 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 21, 2014 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
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As near as I can figure, I discovered and began reading Muller's mysteries about 2005. This is #30 of the Sharon McCone series, and I've read all of them through the years. Some are excellent, some not as good. But it's like checking in with an old friend to see what's going on with them. Part of my enjoyment of these books is that they are mostly set in San Francisco and Northern California. I lived in the area for thirteen plus years; so I can picture the places where the action takes place. I ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Aug 13, 2014 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
Jan 13, 2015 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!
Vannessa Anderson
Someone is trying to drive Sharon McCone’s client insane and McCone is hired to learn how and why! The Night Searchers is exciting and suspenseful. Laura Hick’s storytelling telling was good once she got a handle on making the men voices sound like men’s voices.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017, non-m-m
3.5 atars
Apr 25, 2015 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
Gloria Feit
Feb 04, 2015 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
Heather Truckenmiller
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
My daughter starts college next month, with her goal to one day be an editor. Perhaps that makes me more aware of editing problems. Lately half the books I read have serious issues a good editor should have caught. This is one of those books. One character changes names, another has 2 conflicting stories on how & when his father died. which seriously impacts how this character came to be connected in the story line... do editors even read the books they edit anymore?

Otherwise the book was ok
Jul 20, 2014 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
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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
Jul 30, 2014 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.
Mar 19, 2015 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 14, 2014 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.
Miss M
And another long-time favorite series circles the drain...
Aug 16, 2014 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.

Amy Bradley
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
content warning: gas lighting, drugging

This series has been fantastic to read (I think I missed 4 or so that weren't available to me), spanning from the late 1970s until present day. While the technologies used evolve over time, the early books don’t feel dated, as basic research and investigation remain strong throughout.

I enjoyed the intrigue of this book, the thought of urban treasure hunts seems like a neat idea (with a definite possibility to go awry in the hands of leaders bent on malfeasa
John Kues
Jul 24, 2014 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.
Taylor Wheaton
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Muller's Sharon McCone series. Muller is one of those rare writers who actually got better over the years as her series progressed. But in this book, Muller seems a little tired. The plot is interesting, but the clients/victims are not--too off-the-wall crazy for me. And there seems to be a lot of unnecessary repetition, as if Muller was adding fill to make her word count. Still a fun read, as always with Muller. Recommended.
Louise Pledge
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This was not my favorite of Marcia Muller's series! In fact, I had a rather tough time making myself keep reading. As the title indicates, Sharon McCone and a bunch somewhat strange people were playing a night game, a treasure hunt of sorts. Even though I was "tied" to a sick bed with nothing much to do but read, it was just a little too weird and dull to me.
Mary Vance
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Weird. So many unbelievable aspects of this book. And it contains loads of biases in politics from the author's perspective. Tedious read and one of those books you literally trudge to get through. Ugh.
Mar 04, 2017 added it
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May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Fun quick read. Enjoyable
Monica Casper
Oct 25, 2014 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
Nov 06, 2014 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
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Muller must be getting tired of this series - her writing shows it. Book #29 (City of Whispers) was a disappointment, book #30 (Looking for Yesterday) picked up, this one (#31) is another disappointment. I used to love this series, but this one jumped all over the place, and connections were made from one person to another that sprang from nowhere. The plot was scattered. I missed the interaction with all McCone's operatives (what's happened to Adah and Craig?) And, McCone herself is turning cha ...more
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