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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,923 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: 9781427251473
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THE SECOND BOOK IN THE KATE MARTINELLI MYSTERY SERIES

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully written, with clearly defined and engaging characters. The Boston Globe

  • Its characters, and its language, linger in the mind long after more conventional entries in the genre are gone. San Jose Mercury News

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/11/2014

    " A little unsatisfying as a mystery, due to a too-quick resolution that kind of comes out of nowhere, but I really loved this book. The Kate Martinelli novels are quickly turning into my favorite mystery series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katya | 2/9/2014

    " Wicked fun mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 2/2/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I was looking for another mystery from Ms. King after reading A Grave Talent and this one kinda was but not really. You don't really know who the killer is until the end but this book is more about the process of a tragic human being. But I was fascinated with the characters. Ms. King writes such rich, complex characters. Throughout this series she has been letting you see more and more into the characters. I agree with others that I had hoped that Al was in this book more but I do realize that Kate is the main lead character of the series. This book I really got into the secondary characaters. Ms. King explores their mind sets and why they do what they do. There are some twists in the book that you don't see coming which are reasonable and logical in the book. I would highly recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/27/2014

    " Such a tender story of loss and coping. Excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 1/24/2014

    " This is the first one of Laurie King's I've read with the San Francisco police detective, Kate Martinelli, now in a lesbian relationship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 1/21/2014

    " I thought it was alright. Perhaps not spectacular, but I might read the rest of the series. I probably wouldn't read this book again, and so I'm glad it was a library book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwendolyn | 1/15/2014

    " Lost copy. Need new one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan Pugh | 1/13/2014

    " Liked this trip to India and meeting Kipling's "Kim." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/9/2014

    " Placed in an interesting setting looking at the forgotten homeless of San Francisco. A dark and haunting character confronts Kate and keeps us riveted to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 12/27/2013

    " My first in this series. I like the main character, but she is an opposite of what I had read in the Mary Russell series. It is intense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiersten | 11/18/2013

    " I thought Erasmus was a great character. King is an extremely clever author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janell | 11/17/2013

    " Confusing plot with a very abrupt conclusion. Plus, I didn't care for the relationships involved. I won't be trying any more of this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Chenoweth | 12/5/2012

    " An interesting detective novel, where the emphasis is on a particular character rather than solving the mystery. It mostly works. I certainly wanted to keep reading, and I will probably go on and read the next book in this series. But definitely not as gripping as the first book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/24/2012

    " Not as engaging for me as the first of King's books, Grave Talent. A light mystery read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenett | 8/29/2012

    " My favorite of her Kate Martinelli series, this one deals with a murder involving a Holy Fool - there's lots of rich stuff in here about identity, the power of words, and various other related things. (The mystery is also solid.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 8/28/2012

    " I've really enjoyed both the books I've read in the Kate Martinellis series. In this one, the key suspect is a wonderful, original character and beautifully written. I'd recommend them to anyone who likes modern day crime fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josephine | 1/31/2012

    " Not as good as the first. But still worth the read. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Gannett | 12/5/2011

    " wonderful look at homeless people and attitudes toward them Also her usual excellent writing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tory Wagner | 11/23/2011

    " This was another Kate Martinelli mystery, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first. It revolved around a homeless man who played the part of a fool and spoke only in quotations usually taken from the Bible or Shakespeare. I still like the character of Kate, but found this one a little too weird. "

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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.