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Looking back to go forward

Best-selling series gets another enjoyable story

By Diane Makovsky

For The Free Lance-Star

SAN FRANCISCO private investigator Sharon McCone has had countless adventures and intriguing cases as the lead character in author Marcia Muller’s suspense series.  The best-selling author now adds to the list  “Looking for Yesterday.”

McCone is a dogged investigator, pursuing clues even when common sense might indicate that the personal risks are too great.  Her family, friends, and assistants are an unusual collection, each with an edginess that adds to the flavor of the story.

McCone’s husband also inhabits a world of danger as the head of a high-powered international personal security agency.  Their worlds occasionally overlap, but neither can share specifics of their work with the other.

“Looking for Yesterday” places McCone on a collision course with murderers.  Caro Warrick approaches McCone for help with an investigation into a murder for which Caro was acquitted three years before. Although she was found not guilty, the unsolved murder and publicity have left doubts about her innocence.  Caro wants the killer found so that she can clear her name.

But then Caro is murdered and McCone knows she’s become a target.

Muller clearly enjoys her characters, and takes care to reveal their layers in interesting subplots.  Her suspenseful story takes some unusual twists along the way, with  a satisfying wrap-up at the end.

Diane Makovsky is a freelance reviewer in Spotsylvania County.


By  Marcia Muller

(Grand Central, $25.99,  304 pp.)


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