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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (595 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcia Muller Narrator: Laura Hicks Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sharon McCone Mysteries Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781482980967
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There’s trouble in Sharon McCone’s quiet San Francisco apartment building. Madame Anya, with her cards, her tamed crow, and her candles, had predicted evil for Molly Antonio. Linnea Carraway, drinking heavily and careening in the wake of a divorce, had argued with her. Now the sweet, elderly lady lies dead in her apartment. Linnea, last to see Molly alive, is the prime suspect, and if Sharon means to clear her best friend, she has to find the murderer fast. Sleuthing out the small-time secrets of her quirky neighbors leads Sharon in and around the neighborhood, and, much to her surprise, to a shocking string of big-time deals and blackmail. 

Suddenly death is in the cards, threatening Sharon’s oldest friendship, her professional credibility—and her life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Marcia Muller’s Ask the Cards brings back Sharon McCone, the New York private eye. Now she is confronted with the murder of a neighbor in her apartment house…Sharon sets out to solve the case. It’s all neighborhood stuff—the corner grocer, a blind man, a fortuneteller, the middle class of the city—written in a snappy prose and nicely worked out.”  

    New York Times

  • “Long before Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone, long before Sara Paretsky’s V. I. Warshawski, there was Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone…Muller and McCone are still the class of the field.” 

    San Diego Union-Tribune, praise for the series

  • “Top-notch mystery and more from one of the genre’s Grand Masters.”

    Library Journal, praise for the series

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/2/2014

    " Good enough. On to number three in series. I like these for an enjoyable quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 12/23/2013

    " Another series I read the first one of a while ago and decided to revist. Not too heavy, but enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 11/22/2013

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Sharon McCone; PI tries to unravel two murders in her apartment building, tied to a center for the blind and smuggling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 10/29/2013

    " Although I read Edwin of the Iron Shoes several years ago, I had not read other books in Muller's Sharon McCone series. I decided to change that - and I found this book very enjoyable. Despite its setting in the early 1980s, it wasn't that dated either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janell | 10/23/2013

    " An "OK" mystery with an enjoyable main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 10/19/2013

    " The 2nd Sharon McCone mystery. Great read for anyone who likes Sara Paratesky & Sue Grafton. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Marie | 9/29/2013

    " excellent, her second in the Sharon McCone series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 9/18/2013

    " This was a first read for this author but it won't be a last. I like the speed and rhythum of her writing and this is an early book in a series that has 25 novels in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Petula Darling | 9/16/2013

    " Not as good as the later books in the series, but this was still an enjoyable mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 8/30/2013

    " This is another one of Marcia Muller's earlier Sharon McCone Boston PI series. A great mystery with good suspense and lots of intrigue. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 7/17/2013

    " Reading some of the early books in this series, you see how the author has matured as a writer when compared with newer work. Unless you are interested in the entire series, it is probably not essential to read some of these early books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/20/2012

    " The first few in the series are nothing spectacular, but the quality definitely builds. My personal favorite is Listen to the Silence, which is well into the series and demonstrates that Muller is a Zen master! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 6/19/2012

    " Giving 3.5 stars. Female detective in San Fran. The "who dun it" is pretty obvious from the beginning. This is light, easy reading. Not sure if I will continue on in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 4/2/2012

    " Kinda flimsy, but still kept wondering who exactly was the killer up to the end. Not who I thought, so good job MM. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 3/9/2012

    " Early Marcia Muller, and it is obvious that she has not yet hit her stride. Still, worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jz | 1/17/2012

    " #2 in series. Lots of suspects, a few well developed, but left me wanting more. A quick read, but not up to the quality of her later books. She just gets better as time goes on. "

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About the Author
Author Marcia Muller

Marcia Muller is a New York Times bestselling author and creator of the critically acclaimed series starring private investigator Sharon McCone. With more than thirty-five novels to her credit, Muller has received the 2005 Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America, the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, a Ridley Award, an American Mystery Award, and the Anthony Award.

About the Narrator

Laura Hicks is an Obie Award–winning actress who has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theater, film, and television. A native New Yorker and a Juilliard graduate, she has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia, Austria, Italy, and Ireland.