I'm a fan of Ms. King's Mary Russell series so thought I would give this a try but have to say that this has an entirely different feel to it though the (very) short Holmes story included in it as part of the main story was excellent.
I have greatly enjoyed both strands of Laurie R King's novels--the current day Martinelli and the past Holmes-and-young-friend. Reading the blurb on the back of this book got me excited that the two strands would actually merge in this book. I guess I was expecting something a little sci fi--either time travel, or nonaging, or at least a grandson of a character we're familar with from the other series.
Not getting that deep connection was a disappointment for me, but I think it the fault of the jacket blurb rather than the fault of the author.
I'm already hoping for the next book in either series. Soon, I hope!
I absolutely loved this book! I love the Kate Martinelli series & like the Mary Russell series, but King has managed to merge (at least Sherlock Holmes) into a Martinelli mystery in this one. And she's done a terrific job of it. I highly recommend this book & no I don't even have a copy to trade....
I love Laurie King - I think she is one of the best out there, with 2 distinctly different series and several stand alone books. The Art of Detections weaves together two of her series topics. Kate Martinelli, a San Francisco cop, encounters a case involving Sherlock Holmes devotees. (Her other series involves Mary Russell, the wife of Sherlock Holmes). King is a very intelligent, literate writer who can write a great, very human mystery. Compelling characters and good plots. Highly recommended for those who like novelistic mysteries rather than quick and simple who-dunnits.
Another excellent book, weaving together the story lines of a murder being investigated by Kate and Al, and a 90 year old manuscript supposedly written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The story lines intertwine with a master's touch.
This was a good addition to the Kate Martinelli series with a huge nod to the Sherlock and Mary series. A Sherlock Holmes expert is murdered and a possibly previously unknown Conan Doyle manuscript is at the heart of it. She even includes the complete "manuscript" in the book. Last 100 pages are unputdownable!
Very tedious. Should have listened to my gut instinct and stopped reading after the first chapter. The only reason I give it 2 stars is because of the positive portrayal of Kate and her family and friends.
A big fan of King's Mary Russell/Holmes mysteries, this was my first trial of a Kate Martinelli mystery. It's a good read, is about a Holmes fanatic (why I chose it) and has good detective work by the San Francisco cop and her partner.
I have read all the Laurie R. King Holmes' themed books and found them great, but this will be my last Kate Martinelli book. This book is filled with ultra-liberal propoganda, and celebrates the gay lifestyle. I always try to give a book 100 pages to interest me, but this one never got my interest. In the first 100 pages, nothing has happened except descriptions of 2 gay couples, mentioning of the new mayor of SF - liberal of course. This was supposed to be a murder mystery....I tolerate the gay lifestyle, but I choose not to read books about it.