The Art of Detection : Kate Martinelli Mysteries

  • by Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan, Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Series: Kate Martinelli Mysteries
  • 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King captivates audiences with her irresistibly suspenseful novels. She has also won tremendous critical acclaim, earning Edgar, Creasey, Nero, and Macavity awards for her work. The Art of Detection is another spellbinding tale starring San Francisco homicide inspector Kate Martinelli. The victim is Sherlock Holmes aficionado Philip Gilbert, whose collection of priceless memorabilia is definitely worth killing for. It's up to Kate and her trusted partner Al Hawkin to follow the clues and bring a rather peculiar murderer to Justice.


What the Critics Say

"A tour de force and a great read." (Booklist)
"A fine, perceptive storyteller, King is particularly adroit at capturing the milieus in which her characters reside." (Publishers Weekly)


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A story within a story

This is the last Martinelli book of the series and was written six years after the fourth book in the series “Night work”. The book is set in modern day San Francisco and Kate Martinelli is a homicide Inspector with the SFPD. She is called to former gun emplacement on an old military base turn into a State Park in the Marin highlands where a man’s body has been found. As the man lived in San Francisco and it was obvious the body was just dumped at the site both the Marin PD and the park rangers turned the case over to San Francisco. The man turned out to be Philip Gilbert a Holmes expert/fanatic whose home turned out to be a replica of 221 Baker Street. Gilbert was a collector of Holmes era items and was hoping to turn the place into a museum. As Kate investigates she finds that Gilbert has discovered a manuscript written in 1924 found in a San Francisco house being remodeled along with an old Underwood typewriter of the same era. Gilbert thinks it is a Holmes story by Arthur Conan Doyle written when he was visiting San Francisco in 1924. Kate wonder’s if this might be the reason Gilbert was murdered. In the middle of the story Kate takes time out to read the manuscript, and here is where I think the audio book format worked great, as Robert Ian Mackenzie read the manuscript. It felt like I was getting two mysteries in one book. As the book went along from this point Kate and I had to remember which was the real murder case. With a Sherlock Holmes mystery built into the story of course, King put in red herrings, and lots of Holmes trivia as Kate interviewed the Holmes society members that Gilbert belong to and also some of them were also 221 B members. At the end King brings both murders to a successful solution. I like this series because King provides such great descriptions of San Francisco and modern police procedure and the location helps make real some unusual stories and character in this series. Alyssa Bresnahan and Robert Ian Mackenzie do a great job narrating the story. I do hope that King will continue this series sometime in the future.
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- Jean


This murder mystery brings the reader (listener, I guess) into the world of modern day Sherlockians, devotees of Sherlock Holmes, involving the murder of a leader of a Sherlockian cell. This aspect of the story provides much of the interest, in this otherwise "San Fransiscan policewoman detective solves the case" story. Well worth a listen
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- Thornton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-08-2006
  • Publisher: Recorded Books