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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,817 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie R. King Narrator: Jenny Sterlin Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mary Russell Mysteries Release Date:
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In England’s young silent-film industry, the megalomaniacal Randolph Fflytte is king. But rumors of criminal activities swirl around his popular movie studio. At the request of Scotland Yard, Mary Russell travels undercover to the set of Fflytte’s latest cinematic extravaganza, Pirate King. Based on Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, the project will either set the standard for moviemaking for a generation … or sink a boatload of careers.

As the company starts rehearsals in Lisbon, the thirteen blonde-haired, blue-eyed actresses whom Mary is chaperoning meet the swarm of real buccaneers Fflytte has recruited to provide authenticity. But when the crew embarks for Morocco and the actual filming, Russell senses ominous currents of trouble: a derelict boat, a film crew with many secrets, decks awash with budding romance—and now the pirates are ignoring Fflytte and answering only to their outlaw leader. Where can Sherlock Holmes be? As movie make-believe becomes true terror, Russell and Holmes themselves may experience a final fadeout.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Charming.”

    Washington Post

  • “Entertainments’ of the highest order.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “King is having as much fun as her readers...As intelligent as it is entertaining.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “An engaging romp guaranteed to please...perfectly written in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”

    USA Today

  • “Intelligent characters, clever plotting, and an imaginative author.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “A charming, exciting, great mystery.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Sterlin delivers Russell’s droll observations with perfect timing...[Her] intelligent performance keeps Laurie R. King’s delightful descriptions, breakneck action, and appealing characters humorous and captivating.”


  • “Brilliant and beautifully complex...Her descriptions of locales are voluptuous, and her continued delineation of the relationship of Russell and Holmes exquisitely portrays the eroticism of intellectual give-and-take.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by JJ | 2/3/2014

    " Another amazing Mary Russell novel. A bit more playful than the rest, but no less brilliant than her others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Miranda | 1/30/2014

    " I usually love love love Laurie King but this mystery fell a little flat. The first half of the book was too cute, the silent movie of a movie of a musical felt like an inside joke that wasn't funny for the rest of us. And I love Gilbert and Sullivan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rachel | 1/28/2014

    " Not my Favorite Mary Russell book. Only picked up in the last fifth but then it was really good. Although I still don't think that Holmes would have kept quiet during the penultimate scene. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heidi | 1/27/2014

    " This was a fun and silly romp for Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. I think the plot and "mystery" aspect were a bit on the thin side, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it quite thoroughly. Not to mention singing along, especially since every chapter heading had a quote from "The Pirates of Penzance"! "

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