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Title:Pirate King: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (Russell & Holmes, Book 11)
Authors:Laurie R. King
Info:Bantam (2011), Hardcover, 320 pages
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Tags:Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes, Pirates of Penzance, musical, silent film, pirates, Portugal, Morocco

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The first half is slow, almost tedious in spots. Action speeds up enough in the second half to almost make up for it, but this is my least favorite Russell / Holmes book so far. It helps if the reader is familiar with Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance." ( )
  gwernin | Nov 2, 2016 |
Different, Charming, Mostly Russell

This episode in the Holmes/Russell adventures is about the filming of a silent movie, filled with little touches like boxed exclamations such as those seen in such films. Holmes is a relatively minor character in this one, but his apprentice handles the sleuthing with ease. Love this series! ( )
  Gcleare | Oct 16, 2016 |
This is absolutely my most favorite series ever! Every book in the series is fantastic-5 star! If you like Sherlock Holmes, you have to read this pastiche. King's is the best one I've read yet. ( )
  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
This one's fine, but not nearly among the best in the series. Not enough mystery, not enough Holmes, a bit too much repetition, &c. If you've read all the rest you'll want to read this one too, but I found it rather less compelling than the others. ( )
  JBD1 | May 31, 2016 |
Pirate King – A Novel of Suspense – L.R. King
4 stars

This is the eleventh book in Laurie King’s Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes mystery series. The series is a pastiche of the original Holmes stories concerning the further adventures of an aging Holmes and his much younger wife during the 1920’s. In this book, Russell and Holmes infiltrate a silent film crew as work is beginning on a film about a cast of characters who are themselves actors in a Gilbert and Sullivan production of Pirates of Penzance. Confused? Yes, it is confusing. King has attempted to fill her story with the same kinds of broad humor and unlikely plot resolutions that are found in a G & S opera. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. The so-called mystery is a side show to the comedy and chaos of the film company.

It helped that I am very familiar with Gilbert and Sullivan. There were a number of inside jokes that required a working knowledge of the operas. I also know about the kind of mass confusion that goes along with wrangling the needs and egos of a large group of performers. King may have exaggerated some of her characters to add humor to the story, but it didn’t stretch reality all that much. The atmosphere and mechanics of a working silent film crew were very entertaining. Silent film captions punctuate the text and add to the enjoyment. And then there are the pirates, who turn out to be for too authentic.

This was a very different kind of story from the previous two books. In books nine and ten, I felt there was a great deal of unnecessary padding of the text to create two books with a tension building cliff hanger at the end of the first. Pirate King suffers from cramming too much action and far too many characters into a shorter book. It’s a romp with a great many unlikely details, but entertaining nonetheless.

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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
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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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