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Pirate King by Laurie R. King

Pirate King (2011)

by Laurie R. King

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This was an entertaining, if convoluted, tale. There was a bit too much Pessoa for my taste, but it had a rollicking fun ending. ( )
  lkarr | Feb 6, 2016 |
Pirate King seems to be the least favorite book for most fans of the series, and the reason why seems fairly obvious - it's not a mystery. Mary Russell spends most of the book herding and running errands for a large cast of characters who are involved in producing a movie. In theory, there's a she's there to solve a mystery, but almost none of the prose is dedicated to solving it. I suppose if one had gone in expecting nothing but a humorous movie-making adventure that the book would be better received, but as the eleventh book in a beloved mystery series, it falls completely flat. ( )
  BrookeAshley | Jan 31, 2016 |
This is the best Mary Russell novel that King has written in a while. It was much less dark than her books have been lately and had a lot of twists and turns to keep the reader entertained. ( )
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
Fun, and more light-hearted than other entries in the series. Mary Russell finds herself infiltrating a film crew in the role of producer's assistant. The movie is an adaptation of sorts of The Pirates of Penzance--that is, it is a movie about a film crew making a movie of Penzance, who find that the pirates they have hired to play pirates in the movie... are actual pirates.

When the film crew Russell is working for hires actual pirates, what could possibly go wrong? Meanwhile, she barely has time to do any investigating as she finds herself de facto governess to the twelve teenage girls cast as the major-general's daughters. Yikes. Hijinks ensue, including some fairly broad comedy once Holmes turns up. ( )
  jholcomb | Dec 1, 2015 |
This was probably my least favorite of the series thus far. I felt like the plot did not develop until the last third of the book. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
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Sent to Lisbon and Morocco, where a British studio is creating a silent film version of "The Pirates of Penzance," Mary Russell investigates a series of crimes targeting the production and confronts a high-stakes situation when actual pirates orchestrate a hostage situation.… (more)

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