Marcia Muller’s Looking for Yesterday would be an aptly-titled book for New Year’s Eve, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the season. It’s another Sharon McCone mystery, set in San Francisco, with an unusual case. Sharon is retained by a woman who’s been acquitted of murdering her best friend, and who now wants to know who actually murdered the woman to clear her own name in a book she’s writing — despite the jury trial, everyone still assumes she was guilty.
Caro Warrick is a complicated client; Sharon’s not even sure the woman is mentally stable and hesitates to accept her case.
On top of that, there are other concerns; Sharon hates her new office building — there’s a scene involving an elevator that could make you phobic — which may in turn push her to merge her agency with her husband’s high-flying security firm. There’s a problem with her house, and a sense of ennui that she can’t seem to shake. Then there’s her nephew, whose girlfriend may be pregnant, and assorted other problems.
But when Caro is found dead outside Sharon’s office, there’s no stopping McCone Investigations. If Caro really was innocent, could the murderer still be at work? You’ll have to read the book for yourself to find out.
Happy new year — I hope it’s full of good books!