I was having a conversation with a (crime reading) friend the other day.  We were talking about Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone series and how the character of Sharon changed once she met Hy Ripinsky. 

This got me thinking so I decided to re-read the ‘ripinsky’ books. Sharon meets Ripinsky in Where echoes live the 11th book in the series (given that book 29 has just been released; I didn’t realise how long ago it was – 18 books, 21 years) 

So Where echoes live. Sharon is asked by All Souls’ colleague & friend, Ann-Marie Altman to help her investigate a mining operation at Lake Tufa.

Environmentalists are concerned about mining in the area as is local resident Hy Ripinsky. 

When a body is found in the lake Sharon investigates both the environmentalists & the mining company to find the murderer. Sharon’s investigation is, most unusually, supported by the local police.

In between her investigations Sharon;s mother comes to visit, and to tell Sharon that she (her mother) has left her father and has a new partner.

Sharon is also unsure of her feelings for Ripinsky and the situation with her current beau, George.

Not the best McCone but eminently readable still.