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. ..Show More »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!!!
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 par..Show More »t 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.
This is the fourth book in the Martinelli series and I have read them in order. I have enjoyed the other books but this one, I feel, got hung up in th..Show More »e Hindi Gods particularly Kali the female avenger god. The books main theme was about battered women. I feel that King missed a great opportunity to go more in depth on the subject and use the book to educate men and women on the complicated problem. Instead, she went into discussions about the Hindi God Kali and some other female Gods. The characters have almost become people to me and each book feels like I have stopped by for a visit to find out what is going on in their lives. I did relate to Roz and her problems sitting down to work on her doctorial dissertation. As with the other books in the series the book had some action, suspense and humor. King is an excellent descriptive writer and I enjoy her books overall. Alyssa Bresnahan did a good job narrating the book. Look forward to the next in the series.
This is the last Martinelli book of the series and was written six years after the fourth book in the series “Night work”. The book is set in modern..Show More » day San Francisco and Kate Martinelli is a homicide Inspector with the SFPD. She is called to former gun emplacement on an old military base turn into a State Park in the Marin highlands where a man’s body has been found. As the man lived in San Francisco and it was obvious the body was just dumped at the site both the Marin PD and the park rangers turned the case over to San Francisco. The man turned out to be Philip Gilbert a Holmes expert/fanatic whose home turned out to be a replica of 221 Baker Street. Gilbert was a collector of Holmes era items and was hoping to turn the place into a museum. As Kate investigates she finds that Gilbert has discovered a manuscript written in 1924 found in a San Francisco house being remodeled along with an old Underwood typewriter of the same era. Gilbert thinks it is a Holmes story by Arthur Conan Doyle written when he was visiting San Francisco in 1924. Kate wonder’s if this might be the reason Gilbert was murdered. In the middle of the story Kate takes time out to read the manuscript, and here is where I think the audio book format worked great, as Robert Ian Mackenzie read the manuscript. It felt like I was getting two mysteries in one book. As the book went along from this point Kate and I had to remember which was the real murder case. With a Sherlock Holmes mystery built into the story of course, King put in red herrings, and lots of Holmes trivia as Kate interviewed the Holmes society members that Gilbert belong to and also some of them were also 221 B members. At the end King brings both murders to a successful solution. I like this series because King provides such great descriptions of San Francisco and modern police procedure and the location helps make real some unusual stories and character in this series. Alyssa Bresnahan and Robert Ian Mackenzie do a great job narrating the story. I do hope that King will continue this series sometime in the future.