Ask the Cards a Question is the second installment in Marcia Muller’s popular series. Readers were first introduced to Sharon McCone while she investigated a homicide in Edwin of the Iron Shoes. Sharon again stumbles on a murder. This time, the crime occurs in her San Francisco apartment building. Since the incident isn’t tied to her work at the All Souls Legal Cooperative, Sharon takes a vacation to hunt down her neighbor’s killer.
Several suspicious people complicate the investigation. Sharon’s other neighbor is a part-time fortune teller and full-time oddball who gave the victim a dismal reading just before her death. When a second crime occurs in Sharon’s presence, she escapes danger only to become law enforcement’s prime suspect.
Solving a mystery isn’t everyone’s idea of vacation, but private investigator Sharon McCone perseveres. Certain residents in and around her neighborhood hold dirty little secrets. Could they be related to murder?
Though decades old, Ask the Cards a Question is an exciting mystery. Sharon McCone resembles Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone (A is for Alibi, etc.) and probably has partial influence over her creation.
The first installment of the series, Edwin of the Iron Shoes, give some background information on Sharon’s life and potential love interest. However, readers will still be able to follow Ask the Cards a Question without reading its predecessor. This novel should still be available in paperback (or possibly hardback in certain libraries). Grafton fans that are all caught up on the alphabet mysteries, may want to Ask the Cards a Question themselves and check out this Marcia Muller series.