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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,003 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie R. King Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kate Martinelli Mysteries Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781427251466
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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 eighteen 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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Quotes & Awards

  • A Grave Talent kept me reading deep into the night.”

    Boston Globe

  • A Grave Talent kept me reading deep into the night. The Boston Globe

  • [An] amazing first novel with intelligence, intrigue, and intricacy...This work exhibits strong psychological undertones, compelling urgency, and dramatic action. Library Journal

  • “Well crafted, prickling with excitement, full of intriguing characters…a story told well enough to hook and hold Rendell and P. D. James fans.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[An] amazing first novel with intelligence, intrigue, and intricacy…This work exhibits strong psychological undertones, compelling urgency, and dramatic action.”

    Library Journal

  • Edgar Allen Poe Award Winner, 1994
  • Winner of Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner, 1994
  • Nominated for Anthony Awards - Nominee, 1994

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 2/20/2014

    " This was my first Laurie King mystery and I enjoyed it. This book introduces us to detectives Al and Kate Martenelli. The case they had to solve involved child murders (always gross for me), an area outside of san francisco where residents live without modern day comforts and an artist. This killer was pyscho and an ego maniac..maybe they all are.... In this story, King introduces the fact that Kate is a lesbian and also introduces Al's love interest with her precocious child. Overall I found the story engaging...not the least of which was the idea that in the residential area outside of San Fran, those residents hosted medieval faires during the year. Pretty cool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 2/18/2014

    " Who is killing six-year-old brown-haired girls? Rookie Kate Matinelli is teamed with veteran detective Al Hawkin to solve this crime, never dreaming the solution will take them into the world of art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sbugsy | 2/12/2014

    " This is the first time I read this author. Sometimes there was too much detail and the 13 disc audio could have been about 10. this character is in a series and I will listen to the 2nd one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne-marie | 2/2/2014

    " This the first of the Kate Martinelli series by Laurie R. King. It is very deeply disturbing in conception and psychological characterization: and that would seem to be it's strength and point. Which is to say that it is written to distress, disturb and discompose. Given these intents, the characters fulfill these intentions, as do the plotting and the twists of tale. Whoever choses books that make their adrenaline burst out, their stomachs wretch and their minds reel with horror, will have the wherewithal to enjoy this book. I could appreciate the writing, the extent to which the author fulfilled her mission, but only at a distance, because I could not let myself feel the full impact of the book itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/30/2014

    " I like the Mary Russell series but I enjoyed the first Kate Martinelli story and I'm going to read more of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Bard | 1/29/2014

    " I enjoyed starting this new (for me) series from Laurie R King who I've loved the Mary Russell books from. This one was a good starter, with San Francisco a key part. Would recommend the series having now gone (very quickly!) through the set of 5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/28/2014

    " Now that I know where the characters come from, I like the series a lot more. I'll up my rating to the others I've read, but now know I should've started with this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/14/2014

    " I enjoyed this series by King- but not as much as Mary Russsell! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria Varela | 1/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. The only thing that kind of stopped me from giving it five stars is that the book was starting to drag on in the middle. The beginning of the book was great, it had amazing detail, and had excellent details. Then it started to go on and on about Vaun's and Kate's life then about the actual murder case. I know that Laurie R. King had to do that so you would understand who actually murdered the four little girls. I kind of already knew it was Andy Lewis ever since they first mention him in the book so the ending wasn't a real shock to me. I am probably going to read another book by Laurie R. King because I think she is a great author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 1/6/2014

    " A Kate Martinelli detective story in San Francisco. An early one. I like her writings. This one is about a guy who takes revenge on a teenage romance that didn't work out. It is how Lee got shot to become partly paralyzed in a wheelchair. But, I like the main characters - kate, Lee, and Al. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie Maskus | 12/31/2013

    " Read for Mystery Book Club 1/2003 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 adrienne | 11/28/2013

    " Not bad. I like her Mary Russell series better, but this was a very good first novel. I'm trying out the other books in the series this week. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Morris | 11/23/2013

    " So well written, I want to see the artwork. Even I don't look at strawberries the same way! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 11/19/2013

    " What can I say, I'm a sucker for detective stories with some level of character development, and Laurie King is one of my favorite authors in this genre. I liked the level of detail that was given to the characters and plot and would recommend this book to anyone interested in detective series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 10/18/2013

    " Did not like this book -- it seemed to have a negative tone all the way through the story that was separate from the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morrigan | 8/19/2013

    " A well done Mystery I'll definitely read more of her work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josephine | 4/20/2013

    " I don't know if I'm just into murder/mystery novels with female protagonists but I once again love another series where the main character is a lesbian detective. I think I'm really going to enjoy this series by L.R. King. Love this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 2/17/2013

    " 1st Kate Martinelli, set in SF, didn't like character "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Voula | 1/15/2013

    " This is the first Laurie King book I've read and I did so at the encouragement of Martin, my husband. I enjoyed this book a lot. I like mysteries, liked the characters, the local setting, and the writing style. I'm looking forward to the next book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anndee | 11/19/2012

    " Good. A nice quick read. A couple of the main characters seemed like they were split from another character in another book, but still an enjoyable read. Nice not to have to work so hard. Guess I better order the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Cantrell | 10/10/2012

    " First read from this author. Difficult beginning, but overall decent story. Interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwendolyn | 9/18/2012

    " I just re-read this for the fourth or fifth time and I must say, it's still very good. Complex, well-written, smart, quirky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 9/21/2011

    " It was hard to get into but after awhile I started to enjoy it. At the end I felt conflicted because I wanted to read more and more yet, it left me feeling annoyed and I can't put my finger on why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lady Celtic | 5/11/2011

    " Laurie King is an amazing writer--this is her first novel and I still found it masterfully written, despite the fact that I pegged the villain at LEAST 100 pages before the protagonists did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 4/19/2011

    " Fairly typical, fun murder mystery. Liked the San Fran setting, exploration of how having amazing talent can also be a burden. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 4/9/2011

    " Overall I enjoyed this mystery. The ending was a total shocker and I look forward to reading more. I think that Kate is a character that Ms. King will be continually developing as she continues this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 3/28/2011

    " I enjoyed this as much as King's Mary Russell series. Fascinating characters, with more to their lives than just the crime to be solved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 1/9/2011

    " What can I say, I'm a sucker for detective stories with some level of character development, and Laurie King is one of my favorite authors in this genre. I liked the level of detail that was given to the characters and plot and would recommend this book to anyone interested in detective series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev | 12/30/2010

    " I think this is King's best series. Too bad there are only 5 books in the series. I like the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes books too, but I was sorry to see Kate Martinelli get put aside. She is a terrific lesbian protagonist & we need more of those. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LInda | 12/8/2010

    " A light, but gripping, mystery read. Good for listening on the MP3 while walking on the treadmill. The first in a series by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 11/1/2010

    " I like everything I've read by Laurie R. King whether it's this series starring a lesbian detective in San Francisco or the updated Sherlock Holmes series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josephine | 10/29/2010

    " I don't know if I'm just into murder/mystery novels with female protagonists but I once again love another series where the main character is a lesbian detective. I think I'm really going to enjoy this series by L.R. King. Love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 9/17/2010

    " One of my favorite mysteries of all time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 R. Michael | 9/15/2010

    " Liked her Mary Russel series so I gave this a swing. Pretty good mystery novel, but it feels a bit dated. Like the characters in it, very familiar with the rennie/hippie artists in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 9/10/2010

    " I've read all the books in this Kate Martinelli series and this is the best one as far as plot and action go. The last two or so books in the series aren't that great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LVLMLeah | 8/31/2010

    " Intriguing, well developed characters. Nice pacing on the mystery part. All around good detective/mystery book. "

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About the Author
Author Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes stories. She has been nominated for a multitude of prizes, and her fiction has won the Edgar, Creasy, Nero, Macavity, and Lambda Awards. She has been guest of honor at several crime conventions and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar Award and an honorary doctorate in theology. She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010.

About the Narrator

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned sixteen Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration. She has toured Europe in stage productions of several Greek dramas. In the United States, she appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and as Nina in The Seagull. At the New York Stage and Film Festival, she had the starring role in The Clearing.