Pirate King by Laurie R. King
(with bonus short story Beekeeping for Beginners)

83%

10 Critic Reviews

Perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of this book is the way it brings alive the problems facing the early film industry, and how they solved them!
-Monsters and Critics

Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
In England’s young silent-film industry, the megalomaniacal Randolph Fflytte is king. But rumors of criminal activities swirl around his popular movie studio. At the request of Scotland Yard, Mary Russell travels undercover to the set of Fflytte’s latest cinematic extravaganza, Pirate King. Based on Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, the project will either set the standard for moviemaking for a generation . . . or sink a boatload of careers.
 
As the company starts rehearsals in Lisbon, the thirteen blond-haired, blue-eyed actresses whom Mary is chaperoning meet the swarm of real buccaneers Fflytte has recruited to provide authenticity. But when the crew embarks for Morocco and the actual filming, Russell senses ominous currents of trouble: a derelict boat, a film crew with many secrets, decks awash with budding romance—and now the pirates are ignoring Fflytte and answering only to their outlaw leader. Where can Sherlock Holmes be? As movie make-believe becomes true terror, Russell and Holmes themselves may experience a final fadeout.
 
Features Laurie R. King’s short story, Beekeepers for Beginners,  and an excerpt from Laurie R. King's Garment of Shadows.
 

About Laurie R. King

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Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of eight Mary Russell mysteries, four contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, and the bestselling novels A Darker Place, Folly, and Keeping Watch. She lives in northern California.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published September 6, 2011 by Bantam. 370 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Pirate King
All: 10 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 1

Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Crystal Falconer on Jan 27 2012

If you enjoy mysteries with strong female characters, you will love the Mary Russell series...

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Ray Palen on Sep 22 2011

...PIRATE KING is a treat for all Holmesians as well as anyone intrigued by the bygone era of silent film.

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RT Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Page Traynor on Mar 26 2013

The characters are flamboyant, as both pirates and actors can be, and the themes of pretending, misdirection and deception are used to great effect.

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The Bookbag

Good
Reviewed by John Lloyd on Feb 01 2011

But I'm assuming the first six books have garnered a securely captive audience, and despite there being no 'free' stickers this time round, the action, with magical gems, hidden corridors and enchanted portals to lethal idols, will provide for an entertaining romp for those new to reading solo of brave buccaneering boys.

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St. Louis Today

Good
on Sep 11 2011

Even if readers haven't tried Sherlock Holmes books before, this one could be a fine introduction to intelligent characters, clever plotting and an imaginative author.

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Monsters and Critics

Good
Reviewed by Angela Youngman on Dec 12 2011

Perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of this book is the way it brings alive the problems facing the early film industry, and how they solved them!

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The Agony Column

Excellent
on Sep 04 2011

King sets sail aboard a powerful story sporting a smile and sword, takes no prisoners and leaves no reader behind.

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Teen Ink

Excellent

I would recommend it to lovers of mystery, light-hearted farce, pirates, film-making, poetry and...well, there is something in it for everyone.

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Gather Books

Good
on Sep 23 2011

King paints delightful portraits of her featured characters...

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Gather Books

Above average
Reviewed by Aaron Lazar on Sep 23 2011

I missed Sherlock Holmes in the first two-thirds of this book.

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