To Play the Fool : Kate Martinelli Mysteries

  • by Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Series: Kate Martinelli Mysteries
  • 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The second book in the Kate Martinelli Mystery Aeries.
When a band of homeless people cremate a beloved dog in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the authorities are willing to overlook a few broken regulations. But three weeks later, when the dog’s owner gets the same fiery send-off, the SFPD has a real headache on its hands. The autopsy suggests homicide, but Inspector Kate Martinelli and her partner, Al Hawkin, have little else to go on: A homeless victim with no positive ID, a group of witnesses with little love for the cops, and a possible suspect, known only as Brother Erasmus, who proves both articulate and impossible to understand.
Erasmus, has a genius for blending with his surroundings, yet he stands out wherever he goes. He is by no means crazy—but he is a Fool. Kate begins the frustrating task of interrogating a man who communicates only through quotations. In Laurie R. King's To Play the Fool, trying to learn something of his history leads Kate along a twisting road to a disbanded cult, long-buried secrets, the thirst for spirituality, and the hunger for bloody vengeance.


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If St. Francis was in your city park,,,,

This is a lovely book about religious simplicity, an attempt to find holy things in lowly things, and an understanding of redemption. I'd read it years ago and still found it fabulous. One of my favorites.
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- Ellen "I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times."


captivating story with wonderful characters. I couldn't wait to find out how the characters developed.
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- Susan S.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2014
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio