Friday, April 15, 2022

Friday Memes: The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King

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Kate Martinelli had been in any number of weird places during her years as a cop. She'd seen the dens of paranoid schizophrenics and the bare, polished surfaces by obsessive compulsives; she'd seen homeless shelters under a bridge and one-room apartments inhabited by families of twelve, crack houses that stank of bodily secretions and designer kitchens with blood spatter up the walls, suburban bedrooms full of sex toys, libraries filled with books on death, and once an actual, velvet-lined bordello.
Friday 56:
She closed the phone, looking distractedly at a framed photograph of Philip Gilbert with a television actor who had payed Sherlock Holmes: Gilbert was a head taller, thinner of nose and sparser of hair, and looked mote the character than the professional did.
This week I am spotlighting a recent arrival on my TBR Mountain. The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King was a recent (March 23, 2022) daily deal from Chirp. I also added the Kindle copy to my collection. Here is the description from Amazon:
In this thrilling new crime novel that ingeniously bridges Laurie R. King’s Edgar and Creasey Awards—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.


  1. I'm not familiar with this author's work, but The Art of Detection looks interesting. Have a great weekend!

  2. Sounds like a great read!! Happy Easter weekend!

  3. I remember Kate Martinelli as being a series Ms. King had before the Holmes one. Unless I'm mistaken this is actually a new release then. Sounds really intriguing.


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