by: Marcia Muller              

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (imprint of Hachette Book Group)

Published: October 26, 2011       

Format: Hardcover (272 pages)      

ISBN: 9780446573337            

Origin: Publisher through NetGalley (egalley)

***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

In CITY OF WHISPERS, Marcia Muller provides Investigator Sharon McCone a mystery blending her broken family with the murder of the heiress, Gabriella DeLucci.

Darcy Blackhawk’s exploits are known to his family and documented by police in several states and many counties, but his email for help puts his half-sister, a private detective, on alert. She’s helped him out of a few scrapes and his drugging, wandering, lifestyle only guarantees more to come.

Nevertheless, he is family.

Darcy is the half-brother to Sharon McCone. Sharon knows his lifestyle choices are a mixed bag from Darcy’s mental illnesses. In fact, maybe she relates to him more now, after her recovery from a bullet to the head.

She is not the person she used to be, and she has her issues too.

He’s a transient and is using public Internet cafes to contact her. His email is a simple one. “Need help.” Help from what? However, whatever Darcy has gotten himself into, she cannot help until she finds him, and finding one homeless person in San Francisco isn’t gonna be easy. Sharon McCone puts herself and her team on finding Darcy, knowing that her nephew, Mick Savage doesn’t really understand the urgency to find Darcy.

Mick believes Darcy has been nothing but a problem, weighing down the family, but he’s doing what is asked and trying hard too. Mick develops a lead that brings a puzzle trapped in a maze of homeless folks, which somehow connects the murder of an heiress to Darcy.

Darcy’s latest email is more urgent and finding that link to an old murder of a wealthy, young woman who’s buried in a pauper’s grave might save his life.

My Take:

Marcia Muller’s CITY OF WHISPERS is a suspenseful read—spotlighting the plight of the homeless, the need for mental services, and a mystery where rich and poor collide.

This author spins real life issues into a daring plot that will keep you reading to the shocking end.

Although this novel stands alone, you’ll want to read the other Sharon McCone mysteries, COMING BACK (October 2010) and LOCKED IN (October 2009).

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