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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,208 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie R. King Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan, Robert Ian MacKenzie Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kate Martinelli Mysteries Release Date:
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In this thrilling new crime novel that ingeniously bridges Laurie R. King’s award-winning Kate Martinelli series and her bestselling series starring Mary Russell, San Francisco homicide detective Kate Martinelli crosses paths with Sherlock Holmes—in a spellbinding dual mystery that could come only from the intelligent, witty, and complex mind of New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King.

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.

Philip Gilbert was a true Holmes fanatic, from his antiquated décor to his vintage wardrobe. And no mere fan of fiction’s great detective but a leading expert with a collection of priceless memorabilia—a collection some would kill for.

And perhaps someone did. In his collection is a century-old manuscript purportedly written by Holmes himself, a manuscript that eerily echoes details of Gilbert’s own murder.

Now, with the help of her partner, Al Hawkin, Kate must follow the convoluted trail of a killer—one who may have trained at the feet of the greatest mind of all times.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fans of Martinelli will find much to enjoy…[Martinelli's] contented home life contrasts nicely with the grim details of her job.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Cohesive, compelling, wildly original…King works the story-within-a-story concept exceptionally well. But the best thing about The Art of Detection is Kate…and the book’s upbeat and hugely satisfying ending reminds us that there are simply not enough Kate Martinelli books to go around.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Sometimes a mystery takes one’s breath away with its impeccable, inexorable logic. King makes two such tales here, whose wheels interlock with a perfect, audible click…A tour de force and a great read.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Bestseller King meshes her two best-known series—contemporary police procedurals set in San Francisco featuring Kate Martinelli of the SFPD and the period stories of Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes—to create an intelligent, satisfying novel of suspense…Fans of both series will be well rewarded.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mindy | 2/18/2014

    " I enjoyed listening to this book. It advances the Kate Martenelli series and also gives us an addition to the Mary Russell series through Holmes' eyes. I thought the use of a male voice for the story of Holmes in San Francisco in 1924 was very effective. I love the Mary Russell series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kiersten | 2/16/2014

    " I loved that this book was the intersection of King's two series, the Kate Martinelli books and the Mary Russell books. I loved that it was the story of what else happened during Holmes' and Russell's stay in San Francisco (Locked Doors), and I loved that it continued the Holmes-as-a-living-person conceit. And I love that King loves Holmes so much that she had to incorporate him into her other series (actually, this is not the first time that Holmes has made an appearance in this series. In fact, every one of King's books that I've read so far has had at least one reference to Sherlock. I love it.) However, I'm starting to feel a little bit preached at. I have no problem with Kate's orientation or her relationship. What I do have a problem with is that it's become an Issue, with a capital I, in this series. In the Russell books, I found King to be a very subtle, nuanced writer. Here, however, I feel like I've been beaten over the head. Also--there was one other thing that bothered me; for the most part, it seems like these books are very well written and well edited; however in this book there was a big inconsistency. In Night Work, Mina is described as Maj's adopted daughter, the biological daughter of Maj's sister, I believe. However, in The Art of Detection, it states that Maj is Mina's biological mother. I know that was a little detail, but it irritated me. And I still miss Russell and Holmes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jodi | 2/8/2014

    " Murder, marriage, and Sherlock Holmes... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 2/7/2014

    " I really like the books in the Kate Martinelli series and this one was a great combination with the Sherlock Holmes stories she also writes. "

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