The Art of Detection

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Bantam Books, 2007 - Fiction - 495 pages
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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I spent a year stationed at Fort Baker, so much of the story takes place on familiar terrain; every now and then there was be an "I remember that" moment while I read. On the other hand, there's a ... Read full review

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This is the latest in a series of books about Kate Martinelli, a San Francisco homicide detective. She and her partner Al are investigating the murder of a local collector and dealer of Sherlockiana ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
52
Section 4
75
Section 5
104
Section 6
138
Section 7
167
Section 8
192
Section 16
355
Section 17
375
Section 18
397
Section 19
418
Section 20
429
Section 21
437
Section 22
455
Section 23
480

Section 9
218
Section 10
244
Section 11
275
Section 12
288
Section 13
305
Section 14
317
Section 15
332
Section 24
491
Section 25
493
Section 26
497
Section 27
501
Section 28
507
Section 29
509
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About the author (2007)

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, the Stuyvesant & Grey novels Touchstone and The Bones of Paris, and the acclaimed A Darker Place, Folly, and Keeping Watch. She lives in Northern California.

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