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Edwin of the Iron Shoes [Mass Market Paperback]

Marcia Muller
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April 1 1990
When an elderly antiques dealer is murdered, Muller's popular P.I. Sharon McCone follows a killer's trail to a museum where San Francisco's most elegant socialites gather. "Muller and McCone are still the class of the field".--San Diego Union-Tibune.

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About the Author

Marcia Muller is the author of more than thirty-five novels including twenty-five featuring PI Sharon McCone. She's been recognized with 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.

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Debut of a long-running series June 4 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It took me a long time to discover Marsha Muller, but I am glad that I finally did. This is the first installment of her Sharon McCone Mystery Series which had a strong influence on later female authors and heroines. Sue Grafton, in a quote on the book jacket calls Muller the "founding mother of the contemporary female hard-boiled private eye". That's quite a claim considering how many well-known female investigators there are in fiction now. In this first installment, Sharon McCone is the investigator for a group of attorneys called All Souls Cooperative. Her boss Hank asks her to investigate the murder of an antique store owner who has been stabbed with one of her own knives. Sharon learns that the dead woman was about to make an important decision about selling her property and she feels that this might be a motive. She also discovers some shady goings-on among the art dealers and tries to fit this in to a motive for murder. Add to this some past and present romances, and there are several possible suspects. Muller's writing is clear and to-the-point. She tells a good story and carefully wraps up each loose end. I look forward to reading the other books in this series, which has so far spanned a 25-year period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! May 31 2003
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This is the 1st of the Sharon McCone books. I discovered it when another author's fictional detective referred to McCone on a "case." And holy cow! This book is copyrighted 1977. Where has it been hiding from me? Sharon McCone is quite a bit like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone (or vice versa), which is truly high praise from me. It's savvy, sexy, exciting stuff. McCone is way cool. EDWIN OF THE IRON SHOES is set mostly in an antique shop with the eerie "characters" of a headless mannequin named Clothilde and a little "boy" named Edwin who has strange iron shoes. The author creates only a sketchy sense of place, but a definite sense of character, with some really fun potental villains. A very interesting ultimate motive for the murder makes for a satisfying ending. I can see why this is such a popular series. I loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edwin of the Iron Shoes Sept. 11 2000
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"Edwin of the Iron Shoes" is Marcia Muller's first Sharon McCone novel, and the first hard-boiled female private investigator novel published. It was written in 1977, and since then there have been a rash of hard-boiled female private eye novels published. McCone works for All Souls Legal Cooperative. A small-time antique store owner is murdered with a dagger from one of her display cases. Edwin of the Iron Shoes is a little-boy mannequin with iron shoes who "witnesses" the murder, but of course can't speak. This is a very good novel, which I would give 4 stars in a usual review, but the impact this novel has had on American mystery fiction earns it a 5th star. Marcia Muller was the first, and in my opinion, still the best by far.
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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointment Jan. 28 2002
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Ms. Muller's books get a lot of stars, so I was expecting something memorable. This is not it, maybe because it was an early book? The characters don't make sense, particularly sharon's relationship with a cop, who is first nasty (in a way that i would consider "over the top" for teasing) and later becomes just as inexplicably friendly. This was very jarring for the reader. I kept wondering why the beneficiary of the will, rather than the executor, was making legal decisions about the estate -- doesn't everyone know that there has to be an executor? this mistake bothered me. Regarding the actual antiques, while I don't really know, I find it hard to believe that business is conducted in the way described. All in all, pretty unpolished.
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