The Art of Detection

The Art of Detection

Book - 2006
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San Francisco detective Kate Martinelli receives a lesson in detection from the master sleuth himself when she investigates the murder of a Sherlock Holmes aficionado, who may have been killed for a recently acquired, century-old manuscript purportedly penned by Holmes.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Dell, c2006
ISBN: 9780553588330
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY KIN
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 25 cm


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Sep 03, 2018

I am a big fan of the Mary Russell mysteries. But this Martinelli series doesn't do a thing for me. The only part I actually enjoyed was when the heroine read the unpublished manuscript "by" Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. That was a good read.

Apr 12, 2018

I was never a fan of murder mysteries but I am becoming one since discovering Laurie R. King!! It was some great reading while watching this story unfold and unravel. I loved how LRK infused her love of Sherlock Holmes into this novel which is why I chose this one for my first Kate Martinelli story. She threw a few red herrings in, too. Terrific!!!

Jul 17, 2012

an entertaining page-turner

Jul 11, 2012

wow - thought I had read this when it came out, delighted to find I hadn't. great tale about solving a crime about a story about a crime - and magnificent that King's version of Holmes popped up in a Kate Martinelli tale. Loved the loving gay/lesbian relationship of Kate and her partner Lee in this San Francisco cop story.

Oct 28, 2010

Inspector Kate Martinelli has seen a lot of strange things in her years as a San Francisco detective, but the murder of Philip Gilbert might just take the cake. Mr. Gilbert?s body was found in an old gun emplacement in the Marin Headlands of the Golden Gate Park. Since Gilbert made his living as a Sherlock Holmes connoisseur (even his home is decked out as a replica of Holmes? Victorian study at 221B Baker Street), it?s a pretty odd place to get killed. The link becomes clear, however, when a manuscript that may be an unpublished Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle comes to light. Gilbert bought the document for a scant $30; it may be worth millions and that may be motive for murder. Kate reads the story for clues: In Prohibition-era San Francisco, ?Mr. Sigurson? (one of the aliases Conan Doyle used for Holmes) investigates the murder of a transvestite?s military lover. As the connections between the murders (one in the fictional past of the short story, and one in Kate?s all-too-real present) add up, the no-nonsense inspector follows leads and interviews suspects. She also banters with her gruff police partner Al Hawkin, shares quiet moments with her life partner Leonora, and parents their precocious three-year-old daughter. Author Laurie R. King infuses both stories with her trademark precision and atmosphere?Holmes frequents the gritty dives of 1920s San Francisco while Kate investigates her modern city?s diverse inhabitants. Both mysteries are compelling, and the way they ultimately weave together is storytelling at its finest.

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