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Writing a series means treading delicately on a high wire between repetition and revelation. Having once created a character who will voyage through two or 10 or 10,000 books, an author must decide what facets of the character's life will reappear as touchstones in each book, what items may be left by the wayside, how the past will inform the present, and how the present will indicate the future. With each new novel, the author reaches out to readers who may be comfortably familiar with the series and to readers who may be discovering it for the first time. There is no shortage of mystery writers whose series are immensely rewarding (think Sara Paretsky or Sue Grafton), but it's a difficult balancing act nonetheless. With Listen to the Silence, Marcia Muller seems to stumble slightly, just enough to leave readers wondering whether a safety net is in order. It's as if the burden of the past becomes too heavy for either character or author to support. Sharon seems a trifle flat, and Muller's integration of family and familiarity seems forced and abrupt. A first-time reader would do well to seek out earlier volumes in the series, but confirmed Muller fans will still relish the intensity with which the novel plunges into deeply unsettling territory. --Kelly Flynn
I read this book to relax me. Sharon Mccone 's father has died and she is responsible to settle his affairs. He left papers of her adoption. This news to her. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bettylouise
married to BILL PROZINI
sharon mc cone---A gREAt character !
Watch out for Brilliance Audio books. You need a stereo with speakers you can separate to play left on one side of the tape and right on the other side. Read morePublished on November 7, 2010 by R. Mazur
this book centers around tragedy,the discovery of Sharon's adoption and her quest to locate her birth parents. Read morePublished on March 27, 2009 by Stella Dunn
Listen to the Silence (Sharon McCone Mysteries) Our Book Club read this book. It included places I had visited and was very realistic. Good book!Published on January 30, 2009 by Adeline M. Chambers
Another flawless Marcia Muller mystery with the perfect blend of personal life and mystery. This entry in the Sharon McCone series offers a deeper look into McCone's past,... Read morePublished on April 5, 2007 by Lois Lain
I just read Marcia Muller's Ask the Cards a Question and can say that I wasn't very impressed. But a friend of mine encouraged me to try another book (Muller is one of her... Read morePublished on March 26, 2007 by Cynthia K. Robertson
Mystery authors have created numerous awards, many it might appear primarily designed to influence our buying behavior, to improve current and future sales of the nominated and... Read morePublished on January 7, 2007 by One-Reader