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To Play the Fool

A Kate Martinelli Mystery, Book 2
Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
Series: Kate Martinelli Mysteries, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
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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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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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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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Compelling characters

Like all Laurie R. King’s books, the characters are as compelling as the story. I read and re-read them all!

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Is this perhaps an Unabridged version...?

I agree that this book wasn't as engaging a 'read,' and therefore a slightly disappointing follow-up to the first book in the Kate Martinelli series. That said, I found that there were parts, especially near the end of the book, that made me wonder if it was a poorly abridged version of an original, longer story. To add to that impression, I have read a few synopses of the book which refer to aspects of the plot-line that simply were not present ...

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The least interesting of King’s novels

Although well researched and written, I did not find the novel note worthy. King’s considerable talents are best realized in the Sherlock Holmes and young wife Russell series. In the later she excels in creating mystery from both male and female perspectives.

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Yawn

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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Seems to be transferred from cassette

The performance is good, the story's good. Both as expected after Book 1. But there's a noticeable audio hiss that I think results from cassette playback. I found it too annoying for headphone listening. More "damning", a "turn cassette over" message was left in. ;-)

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Wonderful!

A brilliant follow up to the first book in this series. Excellent narration. Mystery holds the reader or listeners to the very end. An exciting and real character in Kate and the supporting characters are interesting as well. All around a very good book.

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Good story, poor recording

Wow the story is a good one, the recording is poor. There is a distinct Eco as if there were misaligned Play back has. At one point the recording even tells you to remove the tape from the machine and turn it over and begin playing at the same point on the other side of the tape!

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Not as good and the first in the series.


This book did not live up to the first in the series. It was a good police procedural, not as high octane as I was hoping for. I still liked it but I was hoping for more. I do like the Kate Martinelli character. A murder in a park brings Kate onto the scene. A suspect, known only as Brother Erasmus, who proves both articulate and impossible to understand. He only speaks in quotes from the bible and poems. Kate has to learn to communicate to him in the same way. Kate's love life take a big hit too.