Ice and Stone

Grand Central. (Sharon McCone, Bk. 35). Aug. 2021. 272p. ISBN 9781538733165. $28. M
Muller hits the mark once again with her 35th Sharon McCone mystery (after The Breakers). Private investigator Sharon is asked by a group called Crimes Against Indigenous Sisters to go undercover in a remote Northern California county to investigate the murders of local Indigenous women. The motives for the crimes are not clear, and local authorities have not put much effort into solving the cases—rather, they seem determined to ignore them. As she digs deeper, Sharon’s cover is compromised, and she finds herself in danger. Using the remote assistance of her crew at the detective agency, as well as her own social networks (Sharon’s birth parents were both Northern Shoshone), she manages to piece together the puzzle and bring the investigation to a climactic end. Muller’s McCone set the standard for fictional women detectives; after 35 installments, the detective’s character has not diminished but continues to evolve and grow and meet all challenges head on.
VERDICT A must-read for Sharon McCone fans; the series should also be explored by any fan of strong women detectives.
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