Shame on the author for trying get a tax write off for her trip to Lisbon with a dull, ridiculous, and pointless book. If her tax situation is not the reason for this book then the fans of this series might as well hold the funeral right now. It's truly the worst thing I've ever read by her, I frankly couldn't finish it, and I've read and enjoyed every book in this series. The narration is great as usual but she has nothing to work with. It has no real plot, no suspense, nothing to recommend it whatsoever. Even the well worn characters seem slightly out of sorts. So if you are a fan, DO NOT waste your credit or your time. Hold your breath and hope the next book is better.
Laurie R. King is one of my favorite writers and I love this series, but I was seriously disappointed in Pirate King.
So what happened to the plot? That's the real mystery of this book.
It just rambles on and on with one more antic of a 2-dimensional character after another. They all get captured & held for ransom, but I didn't even care! Oh my, there goes Mary picking some locks again. Oh goodness, there's the short director wearing lime green. Oh my, the star actress wants a feather bed. Hark! Could that violin playing be ... Holmes? HO HUM.
Sniff. I was really looking forward to this.
I did not finish this book! I can't believe this happened to me. I tried. I tried three or four times but I just couldn't get into it. Finally I just started hopping through the story clicking here and there hoping to find something going on that would grab me. In desperation I finally clicked about ten minutes from the end and listened to the ending.
It seemed to me that Laurie King had gotten The Pirates of Penzance stuck in her head and couldn't let go of it. The story was all fluff and no edge. Some folks have said that Holmes only put in a token appearance in this book. Well, I for one don't blame him. The whole thing was very un-Holmes like. Not his kind of thing at all.
I sincerely hope that this was not a harbinger of where King is planning to go with this series. If so she has just lost a faithful reader in me and I would truly hate for that to happen. Oh well . . . . .
If you're a fan of this series, you won't be a fan of this one. Too much of nothing going on until Sherlock shows up and then more of the same nothing. A big disappointment from a reader who loves Laurie R King's take on Sherlock Holmes. If there's another one, hopefully, it will be better.
A better story line.
Something by Elizabeth Peters or Rosamunde Pilcher if they have anything else by her yet.
J. Sterlin's performances in the previous Mary Russell novels have always been enjoyable.
So much time was spent by the author explaining the odd circumstances that the story never developed- No real suspense. Barely interesting. I found myself thinking of other things rather than paying attention to the story, indeed would not have bothered to finish except that I bought and downloaded it!
I have enjoyed most of the other Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels by Ms. King but this one was not worth the time. Very flat, rather monotonous.
What I hope happened here is that her publisher put a gun to Laurie R King's head and told her she had to write a book right away, and this is what they got. I have really enjoyed the Mary Russell series, but "Pirate King" is a mess. I am hoping "Garment of Shadows" gets her back to what the series was in its earlier iterations.
I remain a loyal Laurie R King fan, but that doesn't mean that I automatically like everything she does. Anyone can have a bad day, and this, apparently, was hers.
Jenny Sterlin has made King's characters come alive. I love listening to her. She's terrific. In this case, however, the material she has to work with is sub par and not even her considerable skills are enough to make it listenable.
Jenny Sterlin is a marvelous reader. What a gift!
There is no possible way this deviation from the norm could have been a 4-5 star book. From the boring, laborous extremely long set up to the cardboard cutout supporting characters, the author indeed, to use Holmes words in the being of this drivil, "conducted an experiment". It failed miserably. It got to the point where I was daydreaming, missed some plot, and DIDN'T CARE. Just wanted it to end.
And end it did, with a abysmal Hollywood wrapup, shallow and contrived. This was simply a "pay the mortgage" piece of work, done purely for revenue or to sastify a contractual obligation.
Not write it. That being said, Russell on her own is simply not a strong enough character to carry a plot for such an extended time. It is her interplay with Holmes, much like Nick and Nora, and other detective couples of note, that makes the work have legs. Too little Holmes and all the rest of the trappings sag into tedium. Russell's independence streak becomes annoying, the exigious on the historical milieu become irritating and the pacing become lumbering. Stay true to your original muse, Ms. King and you will create a portfolio to rival and yea, surpass Robert Parker. "Experiment" at your peril.
Holmes. But even he could not save this work.
A third of the first 2/3rds. But then it would have become a short story.
I have enjoyed every previous novel in this series by Laurie R. King but this one really is a dud IMHO. The plot is as boring as it is preposterous. It is difficult to listen as the intelligent and resourceful Ms. Russell is reduced to a secretary and gal Friday for an annoying troupe of theatrical types. The worst of all is having to listen to our heroine whine and complain about the absurd and incomprehensible situation in which she finds herself. She has arrived at this low point in her career ostensibly to avoid spending time with Mycroft Holmes. I can only say that had she decided to hang out with her brother-in-law a much better novel may have been the result. No spoiler alert from me - I gave up after listening for only 2 hours.
I am going to stop following this series. Mary Russel has sunk to the level of dreary boring pompous prude. The plot is as unlikely as a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, openly stated by Mary at the start. However, unlike G&S it has no charm, no humor and no music. I love G&S but this drags through to it's stupid ending without any alleviation at all. ENough already
I was so excited to find a LRK I hadn't read yet. Then as I listened and listened I got more and more bored. I have always admired LRK's ability to really "capture the real spirit of Sherlock", and maybe for that reason I found this book difficult to get into. Sherlock is not present for the first few chapters, and by the time he arrives on the scene "Russell's" sarcasm has started sounding like a poorly done farce... But as you can see by my rating, the story did eventually pick up and kept me engaged to the very end!