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And why was Matt told where to find her now, and by whom? Written mainly in the third person, the book subtly shifts perspective between Matt and Carly, giving us some additional insight into their backgrounds and characters. Carly was the more interesting for me; a strong woman with a harsh upbringing and some thinly disguised secrets of her own.

Initially I found more enjoyment in reading her story, but as the plot gathered pace and the teamwork and empathy between Matt and Carly grew, this distinction faded. So I think it is time I stopped saving them up, and resumed reading the wonderful Sharon McCone series again. This book has more than one review. Click here to show all. Contact: Yvonne Klein ymk reviewingtheevidence.

Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Cyanide Wells by Marcia Muller. Fourteen years after his wife's disappearance branded him a murderer and ruined his life. Matthew Lindstrom receives an anonymous phone call revealing that Gwen is alive Seeking answers and revenge, he comes to the isolated town of Cyanide Wells.

Here, where the surrounding thick forest conceals twisted paths and old sins, Fourteen years after his wife's disappearance branded him a murderer and ruined his life. Here, where the surrounding thick forest conceals twisted paths and old sins, Matt begins to learn the details of Gwen's new life. But before he can confront her, his ex vanishes once more. Now Matt must join forces with Carly McGuire, a local woman with secrets of her own, and begin a desperate hunt for the truth about past crimes and Gwen's fate.

For hovering over him are suspicions that can destroy him once again.

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It was a quick but enjoyable read. As you go down memory lane the life of a sociopath is revealed layer by layer. I found myself wondering about the guilt or innocence of the main suspect, the runaway wife. This is a great book and I read it so fast because I couldn't put it down. Sep 30, Rosie rated it really liked it. I've read this book twice and loved it each time. Helps that I'm from the area she writes about. View 1 comment. Dec 19, Megan rated it it was ok Shelves: lesbian-mystery. This book is interesting not so much for the mystery, which is a bit less than so-so, but for the fact that it was penned by Muller, who, along with P.

James, Sue Grafton, and Sara Paretsky, are often considered the first modern women detective novelists. Sharon McC This book is interesting not so much for the mystery, which is a bit less than so-so, but for the fact that it was penned by Muller, who, along with P. Sharon McCone, who has now appeared in at least 31 novels. Why is this important? Because out of all of the famous women mystery writers we see on the best-seller lists, including Rita Mae Brown, Patricia Cornwell both or whom identify as lesbian , Janet Evanovich, and J.

Robb who do not , Muller is the only one who has written a novel with a lesbian protagonist. And even here she kind of hedges her bets by giving her a male counterpart, who shares the story and comes to the rescue at the end. The story goes something like this.

Carly McGuire, editor of a small-town newspaper, picks up hitchhiker Ardis Coleman, who is on the run from demons in her past. The two fall in love and set up house together.

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Fourteen years later, Ardis disappears on the same day that her ex-husband shows up looking for her. The husband, Matt Lindstrom, has been tipped off by an anonymous phone call as to where Ardis has been living for so long and he plans to confront her not only for leaving him, bur leaving him to be suspected of killing her and disposing of her body.

But when Ardis runs away again, he and Carly are forced to team up to find her—before something really happens to her. Still, Carly is a strong, acceptably likeable character. Her erstwhile life partner, Ardis, is less so. In fact, her character flip-flops like a jumping bean without a hint as to what makes her so.

A much-needed backstory is hinted at, but never delivered. The mystery is not badly conceived, but it is pretty badly executed. It involves the three-year-old murder or a gay couple who happened to be friends with Carly and Ardis. In fact, if you can believe it, Ardis wins a Pulitzer in journalism for her in-depth reporting of the murder.

And property which may harbor a rich vein of gold. The writing is professional, but obviously so. The homework shows. I feel nothing heart-felt here, just surface observations. We know little about even the main characters, such as who their friends are, what they drink, their ages--things that make me suspect that the author didn't know them either. Give it no more than a 2. An early one. Note: I read the first printing of the Mysterious Press hardback edition. As a photography instructor in the journalism department of a Wisconsin University Matthew Landstrom finds that he is particularly attracted to a young, appealing and unusually focused student, whom he soon makes his bride, regardless of the disapproving attitude of his peers.

After a short time, difficulties arise in the marriage and his wife vanishes without a trace while circumstantial evidence seems to implicate him in her disappearance. Several years later, after moving to British Columbia and changing his name, he receives a mysterious phone call from a man that claims to know the whereabouts of his missing wife and provides him with her new identity and location in a small town in northern California called Cyanide Wells. He leaves for Cyanide Wells and soon locates her but finds that along with assuming a new identity she has become a completely different person from the woman he once knew.

Soon, he discovers that she is in the process of abandoning this new life and that once again accusations of murder and violence surrounds her. Ultimately he does confront her but wishes he had left well enough alone—an intriguing mystery that works well and comes to a reasonable but unsurprising conclusion. Dec 22, Chrisjuvers rated it liked it. This book was passed down to me by my husbands grandmother, who recently passed away. It's a mystery and an interesting read. The book was rather short and I finished it in 2 days but I did enjoy it.

Dec 14, Sandy rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery. I liked this book because it was complex and a good character study.

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It ended in a fairly realistic way. Aug 09, Nancy rated it it was amazing. Good book; exciting; kept your interest But before he can confront her Good book; exciting; kept your interest Jun 27, Pam rated it it was ok. So I was hoping this stand alone mystery would be as good. Unfortunately, for me, the writing and characters weren't very compelling. Apr 23, Barbara Nutting rated it really liked it. Read Old fans and new readers alike should enjoy this latest, standalone mystery by Marcia Muller.

Muller combines murder, betrayal, revenge and greed into a story of excitement and suspense. Matt Lindstrom has created a new life for himself running a charter fishing business in Port Regis, British Columbia in the Canadian Pacific. Over a decade earlier he was forced to leave a quiet college town in Saugatuck, Minnesota where he was suspected of foul play in the disappearance of his young wife, Gwen. After several false starts, he ended up in Port Regis and has started the fishing business.

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She has adopted the name of her mother, Artis Coleman. He leaves his business in the hands of his first mate and heads to Soledad County to find his answers. She has a daughter, the result of a brief relationship with a jazz musician from San Francisco. She works as a reporter for the Soledad Spectrum, and the publisher, Carly Maquire, who is also her housemate — and lover. Gwen was the principal reporter on a series of articles on a double murder that helped the Soledad Spectrum win the Pulitzer Prize.

Just when Matt arrives in Soledad County to find his answers, Gwen disappears again. Was it really foul play this time, or did Gwen engineer another disappearance? And who was it that called Matt to Soledad County in the first place?


To answer these questions, Matt and Carly join forces to find Gwen, before murder is once again a front-page story at the Soledad Spectrum. In an unusual, but effective, tag-team approach, Sandra Burr and J. Charles provide an excellent reading of Cyanide Wells. Muller switches the story from two third-person perspectives, that of Lindstrom and Maguire, and Burr and Charles both perform admirably. The change in voices enables a switch in emotions and viewpoint that works very well to carry the action in simultaneous situations occurring in different locations.

Cyanide Wells is a tense well-told story, and culminating in a surprise ending. Muller continues to entertain with believable characters, intelligent insight, and the right amount of humor. Jun 03, Maddy rated it liked it Shelves: reads. There are some betrayals that happen in our lives that are just too difficult to forget or forgive. Fourteen years ago, Matthew Lindstrom's wife, Gwen, disappeared.

It was widely assumed that he had murdered her, which resulted in the loss of his livelihood as a photographer and forced him eventually to move on to new places. He's running a charter fishing service out of Port Regis in Canada when he receives an anonymous call telling him that Gwen is alive and living in Cyanide Wells, California There are some betrayals that happen in our lives that are just too difficult to forget or forgive. He's running a charter fishing service out of Port Regis in Canada when he receives an anonymous call telling him that Gwen is alive and living in Cyanide Wells, California.

Bent upon justice, he travels to California to obtain proof that she is alive and that the allegations against him were false. Matt quickly finds out that Gwen has been living with another woman, a newspaper owner by the name of Carly McGuire. Faking his credentials, he gets a job as the staff photographer. Gwen, who was using her mother's maiden name, "Ardis Coleman", had been working at the paper and done an award-winning piece on a local murder.

She is currently working on a book based on that story. She has been living with her daughter, Natalie, and Carly for all these years. And then suddenly she disappears again. As they do so, they experience many surprises about a woman that both of them thought they knew well. Along the way, there is murder, suicide, staged death, kidnapping and land scams.

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Lies and deceit are the order of the day. This standalone by the acclaimed author of the Sharon McCone series didn't stand out for me in any meaningful way. The characters seemed flat.