The Art of Detection

The Art of Detection

Book - 2006
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In this thrilling new crime novel that ingeniously bridges Laurie R. King's Edgar and Creasey Awards--winning Kate Martinelli series and her bestselling series starring Mary Russell, San Francisco homicide detective Kate Martinelli crosses paths with Sherlock Holmes--in a spellbinding dual mystery that could come only from the "intelligent, witty, and complex" mind ofNew York Timesbestselling author Laurie R. King…. Kate Martinelli has seen her share of peculiar things as a San Francisco cop, but never anything quite like this: an ornate Victorian sitting room straight out of a Sherlock Holmes story--complete with violin, tobacco-filled Persian slipper, and gunshots in the wallpaper that spell out the initials of the late queen. Philip Gilbert was a true Holmes fanatic, from his antiquated décor to his vintage wardrobe. And no mere fan of fiction's great detective, but a leading expert with a collection of priceless memorabilia--a collection some would kill for. And perhaps someone did: In his collection is a century-old manuscript purportedly written by Holmes himself--a manuscript that eerily echoes details of Gilbert's own murder. Now, with the help of her partner, Al Hawkin, Kate must follow the convoluted trail of a killer--one who may have trained at the feet of the greatest mind of all times. From the Hardcover edition.
Published: New York : Bantam Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780553804539
Branch Call Number: F KIN
Characteristics: 358 p. ;,25 cm.


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Sep 03, 2018

I am a big fan of the Mary Russell mysteries. But this Martinelli series doesn't do a thing for me. The only part I actually enjoyed was when the heroine read the unpublished manuscript "by" Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. That was a good read.

Apr 12, 2018

I was never a fan of murder mysteries but I am becoming one since discovering Laurie R. King!! It was some great reading while watching this story unfold and unravel. I loved how LRK infused her love of Sherlock Holmes into this novel which is why I chose this one for my first Kate Martinelli story. She threw a few red herrings in, too. Terrific!!!

Jul 17, 2012

an entertaining page-turner

Jul 11, 2012

wow - thought I had read this when it came out, delighted to find I hadn't. great tale about solving a crime about a story about a crime - and magnificent that King's version of Holmes popped up in a Kate Martinelli tale. Loved the loving gay/lesbian relationship of Kate and her partner Lee in this San Francisco cop story.

Oct 28, 2010

Inspector Kate Martinelli has seen a lot of strange things in her years as a San Francisco detective, but the murder of Philip Gilbert might just take the cake. Mr. Gilbert?s body was found in an old gun emplacement in the Marin Headlands of the Golden Gate Park. Since Gilbert made his living as a Sherlock Holmes connoisseur (even his home is decked out as a replica of Holmes? Victorian study at 221B Baker Street), it?s a pretty odd place to get killed. The link becomes clear, however, when a manuscript that may be an unpublished Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle comes to light. Gilbert bought the document for a scant $30; it may be worth millions and that may be motive for murder. Kate reads the story for clues: In Prohibition-era San Francisco, ?Mr. Sigurson? (one of the aliases Conan Doyle used for Holmes) investigates the murder of a transvestite?s military lover. As the connections between the murders (one in the fictional past of the short story, and one in Kate?s all-too-real present) add up, the no-nonsense inspector follows leads and interviews suspects. She also banters with her gruff police partner Al Hawkin, shares quiet moments with her life partner Leonora, and parents their precocious three-year-old daughter. Author Laurie R. King infuses both stories with her trademark precision and atmosphere?Holmes frequents the gritty dives of 1920s San Francisco while Kate investigates her modern city?s diverse inhabitants. Both mysteries are compelling, and the way they ultimately weave together is storytelling at its finest.


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