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To Play the Fool Audiobook

To Play the Fool: A Kate Martinelli Mystery, Book 2

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The second book in the Kate Martinelli Mystery Aeries.

When a band of homeless people cremate a beloved dog in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the authorities are willing to overlook a few broken regulations. But three weeks later, when the dog’s owner gets the same fiery send-off, the SFPD has a real headache on its hands. The autopsy suggests homicide, but Inspector Kate Martinelli and her partner, Al Hawkin, have little else to go on: A homeless victim with no positive ID, a group of witnesses with little love for the cops, and a possible suspect, known only as Brother Erasmus, who proves both articulate and impossible to understand.

Erasmus, has a genius for blending with his surroundings, yet he stands out wherever he goes. He is by no means crazy—but he is a Fool. Kate begins the frustrating task of interrogating a man who communicates only through quotations. In Laurie R. King's To Play the Fool, trying to learn something of his history leads Kate along a twisting road to a disbanded cult, long-buried secrets, the thirst for spirituality, and the hunger for bloody vengeance.

©1995 Laurie R. King (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 03-15-16
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 03-15-16 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "If St. Francis was in your city park,,,,"

    This is a lovely book about religious simplicity, an attempt to find holy things in lowly things, and an understanding of redemption. I'd read it years ago and still found it fabulous. One of my favorites.

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    Carolebmw 07-17-16
    Carolebmw 07-17-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A great read"

    I've enjoyed many Laurie R King books including the Mary Russell stories , and the Folly stories. I'm very happy to be introduced to Kate Martinelli a San Francisco homicide detective. Although this is the second book in the series , it is the first one I have read, and I think it was a great one to start with. I love the quirky characters, and I'm impressed with the depth of knowledge of various sources including Shakespeare and the Christian Bible. All in all, another excellent read.

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    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 06-28-16
    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 06-28-16 Member Since 2016

    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.

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    "I'll try another in the series but this one..."

    LOVED the first Kate Martinelli book and think Laurie R King is fabulous. This book. I barely made it through. Hopeful about the next one, however.

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    Very slow moving and boring book.
    The only good thing I can say about the book is the person reading the book was ok.

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    "A powerful story of the sacred fool"

    Only Laurie R King would come up with such an unusual and wonderful theme for a mystery. It was interesting to hear the instructions in the early part of the book to turn the tape over. It took me back to my early days of listening to audio books on tape. This book definitely puts itself in a particular time and place that being SanFrancisco before the turn of the the century. This book is one to read more than once.

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    Tammia GREENVILLE, TX, United States 01-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    Would you try another book from Laurie R. King and/or Alyssa Bresnahan?

    Yes the book was very good


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    The sound quality was terrible with a distracting shadow sound in the background.

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