Kate Martinelli Mysteries

9 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,351 ratings

A Grave Talent Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Book 1

    • A Grave Talent

    • A Kate Martinelli Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 403
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 361
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 359

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Fantastic Series by Laurie R. King

    • By Anna on 03-29-15

    Regular price: $31.18

    • A Grave Talent

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    A string of shocking murders has occurred in a small community outside of San Francisco, each victim an innocent child. For Detective Kate Martinelli, just promoted to Homicide, and her partner Alonzo Hawkin it's going to be a difficult case.

    Regular price: $17.95

  • Book 2

    • To Play the Fool

    • A Kate Martinelli Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 201
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 181
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 181

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If St. Francis was in your city park,,,,

    • By Ellenaeddy on 03-15-16

    Regular price: $25.51

    • To Play the Fool

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Homicide detectives Kate Martinelli and Al Hawkin are investigating the death of a man whose cremated remains are found in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Implicated in the death is Erasmus, a wandering soul and latter-day Shakespearean Fool who Kate doubts is guilty. He will say nothing to point the investigation away from himself, and Kate must not only prove his innocence, she must also nail the real killer.

    Regular price: $17.12

  • Book 3

    • With Child

    • A Kate Martinelli Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144

    Adrift in mist-shrouded San Francisco mornings and alcohol-fogged nights, homicide detective Kate Martinelli can't escape the void left by her departed lover, who has gone off to rethink their relationship. But when twelve-year-old Jules Cameron comes to Kate for a professional consultation, Kate's not sure she's that desperate for distraction.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding Series and Book

    • By USA Buyer on 10-06-14

    Regular price: $25.51

    • With Child

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Adrift in mist-shrouded San Francisco mornings and alcohol-fogged nights, homicide detective Kate Martinelli can't escape the void left by her departed lover, who has gone off to rethink their relationship. But when 12-year-old Jules Cameron comes to Kate for a professional consultation, Kate's not sure she's that desperate for distraction.

    Regular price: $18.54

  • Book 4

    • Night Work

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 127

    Looking forward to routine police work after her last terrifying case, Kate finds herself on the trail of vigilantes targeting abusive men in the San Francisco area. Kate has just returned to active duty after being injured on the job. Her girl-friend, Lee, has moved back into their home, and their relationship is on the mend. But the calm, predictable life Kate's looking forward to doesn't materialize.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • violence against women

    • By Jean on 09-26-13

    Regular price: $29.37

  • Book 5

    • The Art of Detection

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 386
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199

    The Art of Detection is another spellbinding tale starring San Francisco homicide inspector Kate Martinelli. The victim is Sherlock Holmes aficionado Philip Gilbert, whose collection of priceless memorabilia is definitely worth killing for. It's up to Kate and her trusted partner Al Hawkin to follow the clues and bring a rather peculiar murderer to Justice.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A story within a story

    • By Jean on 12-16-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Art of Detection

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie, Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Kate Martinelli has seen her share of peculiar things as a San Francisco cop but never anything quite like this: an ornate Victorian sitting room straight out of a Sherlock Holmes story - complete with violin, tobacco-filled Persian slipper, and gunshots in the wallpaper that spell out the initials of the late queen. 

    Regular price: $24.00