The first book in the Kate Martinelli Mystery series
In Laurie R. King's Grave Talent, the unthinkable has happened in a small community outside of San Francisco. A series of shocking murders has occurred, the victims far too innocent and defenseless. For Detective Kate Martinelli, just promoted to Homicide and paired with a seasoned cop who’s less than thrilled to be handed a green partner, it’s a difficult case that just keeps getting harder.
Then the detectives receive what appears to be a case-breaking lead: it seems that one of the residents of this odd colony is Vaun Adams, arguably the century’s greatest woman painter and a notorious felon once convicted of a heinous crime.
But what really happened 18 years ago? To bring a murderer to justice, Kate must delve into the artist’s dark past - even if it means losing everything she holds dear.
©1993 Laurie R. King (P)1996 Recorded Books
I have listened to almost all of the Mary Russel (Sherlock Holmes) books and was looking for other books by Laurie R King to "read" and found these. I am loving the new set of characters and the narration as well! The books are engaging and interesting and have great subjects. I also love that the main characters aren't stupid. The mysteries are deep and interesting and engage the "reader" as an intelligent person. I truly dislike it when the main character of the book has to be stupid in order for the mystery to go unsolved or when the women in the story act like idiots. I like her smart women and men who may just not know a lot about a subject so they bring in other characters who DO to find out what is going on. I, as an intelligent women, love to be treated as such. Laurie R. Kings mysteries are REAL mysteries and truly well written. Thank you, Ms. King!!!
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
I've been consuming the Mary Russell books by Laurie King and decided to give this series a try and I"m hooked! Excellent.
SO much talent in one person. Thankful she's a writer.
Having read all but one Mary Russel novels I need a new mystery. This fit the bill nicely. Great characters and strong plot. Thank you Ms King.
Art, Love, Danger.
I loved so many things about this book: the vivid landscapes and visuals, the complex and delicately written characters, the way King shows you without telling you - allowing you to engage with her characters one on one without her interpretations, the mystery was emotional and complex but believable. The climax was earned. I loved it.
The timbre of her voice gives Kate a depth; building tension by implying that she is edging away from secrets until they are revealed in a way that builds tension and gives the story life. Her voice is ever so slightly rough, but beautifully pitched and modulated; it is a voice that suggests past hardship and careful control, but also a tenderness for others. It is a guardian's voice: appropriate for Kate Martinelli.
Oh, my god, yes. I listen to my audio books while walking or driving; and I had many "drive way moments" and extra laps thanks to this book.
It's modern take on the detective procedural. If you liked the Mary Russell novels you should not miss Martinelli.
The plot may have been good, but it's hard to tell because the incredibly dull monotone of the narrator made it difficult to stay focused on the book. I am a huge fan of the Mary Russell series, and so, I was really looking forward to listening to another of King's series. To say I am disappointed in this book would be an understatement. I'm not even sure I will be able to finish it.
Its not as good as the Mary Russell series
Her voice was boring
I didn't finish
Couldn't finish it.
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