The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King
(Kate Martinelli Mysteries)

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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.

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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 May 30, 2006 by Bantam. 528 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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King’s two series had already been drawing closer together in Locked Rooms (2005), which sent Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell to San Francisco.

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Philip Gilbert, a trader in Sherlock Holmes collectibles, turns up dead in a gun emplacement in Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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The audiobook is read by two skilled narrators who bring the book to life.

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USA Today

King writes two critically acclaimed and very different series: one the modern-day novels featuring San Francisco homicide detective Kate Martinelli, the other the 1920s-set Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes mystery series.

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Reviewing the Evidence

From Kate's story with her female long-time companion Lee and their child, to the way Gilbert felt he had to hide his own sexuality so as not to tarnish the name of Holmes, a legend he so admired, it touches Kate and makes solving the murder case personal.

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Philip Gilbert is obsessed over Sherlock Holmes.

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King, she told me that she was about to start work on another mystery featuring Kate Martinelli, a San Francisco cop and a lesbian.

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