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Pirate King by Laurie R. King

Pirate King (2011)

by Laurie R. King

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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 |
Not my favorite Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes adventure. Mary - and later Sherlock - head off with a film crew to find out why criminal activity seems to surround their productions. The current production involves Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance. I think it was just too slow for me and too focused on the film production. ( )
  hoosgracie | May 5, 2014 |
I was very disappointed in this Mary Russell book. Too many characters and a pointless plot. I was bored. ( )
  infjsarah | Mar 30, 2014 |
Enjoyable as always. Very interesting, if large, cast of characters. Captures the way you think early film making felt. Actually, kind of feels that way now. ( )
  bgknighton | Feb 13, 2014 |
Way back when my daughter was a youngish teen, she and I enjoyed mightily the storied of The Beekeeper's Apprentice and the ongoing story of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. So recently, in my hunt for mystery authors for Bloody Words Stormy Weather in Halifax, I grabbed this book from the library to see what Mary Russell was up to now.
Well, maybe I'm older and more cynical (I read Swedish authors, after all) but this book didn't grab me at all, with it's lengthy and needlessly complex setup. I feel certain that, had I stuck it out, I'd find a nugget of goodness there - King is a fluid writer and often funny and I enjoy that. But after many many pages, I had to toss it into the "return to library" pile.
Perhaps it would have been better to read the series again from the beginning, but I didn't enjoy them that much. I find Holmes a bit annoying at the best of times ("Those of you who think you know everything are annoying to those of us who do" and all that) and really hate deus ex machina mysteries where the magical detective whips the secret out from under his cloak (it always seems to be a him) at the end.
Still, for fans of Holmes, it's interesting to see him as a non-drug-addicted, married man. For me, something doesn't fit. ( )
  Dabble58 | Jan 1, 2014 |
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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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