I have loved all of her previous books,not so this one. Very thin plot, little happens. While her writing is still good the story was weak. Don't waste your time, I'm sure her next will be an improvement .
Not the best Mary Russell story as it is a bit light hearted and lacking in sophistication, but the usual magic of Laurie R. King comes through. Audible has a great narrator for these stories, so I'm always pleased.
While this story remains in the mystery genre, Ms King, to my great delight, actually introduces humor to this book and her protagonists' characters. If you already like the series, this is a wonderful addition. If you're iffy on the series, this one might make a believer of you.
Judging by the rating this book's narrator has received, I seem to be pretty much alone with the difficulty I experienced. My problem was that much of the time when the movie director was speaking, I would picture Sherlock in my mind. The narrator did not seem to be able to create a significant difference in their voices.
Nice reading. Have read the other Holmes books by Ms King and this was more whimsical.
Why Mary of course.
We're now deep into a series and it seems unlikely that this book would be considered "great" as a one-off, without the broader context of the series. That said, it's a fantastic series that is well worth reading--just start at the beginning with the Bee Keeper's Apprentice.
Laurie King seems to be developing a pattern of inserting a more light-hearted/humorous novel in between several heavier tales and while I didn't enjoy Pirate King as much as The Art of Detection (the last lighter Holmes/Russell book), it was fun and held my attention to the end. The novel gets off to a slow start and the insertion of Holmes into the story is a little bit awkward, but generally this is another good read from Laurie King and as always the performance by Jenny Sterlin is remarkably good--I can imagine no other voice for Russell than hers.
I enjoyed being able to listen and stop whenever I wanted. The audio was crisp and clear. Also, the story was wonderful. Laurie R King's descriptions were so good that I almost felt as if I were on the pirate ship and actually in London and Morocco.
I have listened to ALL of the previous Mary Russell novels and appreciate having yet another to keep me going. This one took 20 chapters (half of the book!) before it got into anything resembling a Holmes/Russell novel, spending most of the time on the day to day happenings of a dysfunctional ~1920's film crew and cast. There was a more-than-typical nod to homosexuality in the previous century, which really didn't add much. I enjoyed the book as a whole, nevertheless, though it would probably not be very good for someone that has not listened to previous books. The first half was a little tedious. Thankfully, the same great narrator (Jenny Sterlin) has done all of the books!
I have recommended the Mary Russell series to all my friends. This is a great mystery series along the line of Sherlock Holmes.
Jenny Sterlin is a great narrator. I have enjoyed her story telling for years.
This was not my favorite Mary Russell story but still well worth the read.
Not King's best, but a light-hearted romp for Mary Russell fans. The Pirates of Penzance, silent movies, sheiks and harems - a departure from the recent, very dark installments in the Russell/Holmes series. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy.