Oracle of dating series
An orphaned street kid who survived on the nourishment of ferocity, cunning, and forlorn hope, she is captured and adopted by Helen and Louis Markowitz, a homicide detective and his wife, central figures of all the novels in spite of the fact that both are dead before the books begin.
As with so many good mystery series, a great deal of the attraction is the intertwining lives of the cast of friends, colleagues, and enemies.
Typically, the real killer is less interesting than other characters either morally ambiguous or simply but less obviously evil.
Mallory herself is a protagonist so wonderfully dimensioned that we are driven, at least through the first four novels, by the desire to know and understand her.
The wonderful Charles Butler, not so much ugly as clownish, but brave, brilliant, and madly in love with Mallory.
Rumpled Sergeant Riker, the aging alcoholic who tries to keep Kathy safe.
Find Me disappointed some readers and seemed to many to suggest that the series is over.
The first incident of the first novel is as bizarre and inexplicable as any of the harrowing details of Stone Angel.Riker, the aging alcoholic detective who partners and parents Mallory (to the degree she allows it) is a stock character, as is Lt.