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Pirate King by Laurie R. King
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Pirate King (2011)

by Laurie R. King

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Series: Mary Russell (11)

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Mary Russell is placed with a film crew on its way to Portugal and Morocco to film a variation of Pirates of Penzance. Is the film company involved in gun running and drug-smuggling? or is something more sinister afoot? ( )
  ritaer | Feb 13, 2019 |
A very enjoyable romp! I've been a little obsessed with Pirates of Penzance this year, so the combination of it with my favorite mystery series made me one very happy reader. ( )
  allriledup | Aug 11, 2018 |
Hit the spot. A light hearted, well written tale. Not in the mood to be mean with the stars! ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | May 27, 2018 |
Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes have returned home to Sussex after finishing up very personal case in London. Mycroft has invited himself to stay with Holmes and Russell he has some work done in his penthouse. This has Mary accepting a case from Lestrade, which is to investigate a film company that is being going to be working with Randolph Fflytte. His movies are at the fore front of silent film industry. Randolph's latest project is a film-within-a-film titled The Pirate King and it's supposed feature a crew filming a movie version of Gilbert & Sullivan's, The Pirates of Penzance. Lestrade and some European authorities feel there's something fishy about Fflytte Films, and the rumors about criminal activity that have started to spread around London. Lestrade's able to get Mary hired as the Assistant to Assistant Director Geoffrey Hale. Her adventure starts in Lisbon where the filming's about to get underway, except Fflytte and Hale have to cast some men to play pirates. They find some local's who look like a nice fit, and Alvaro de Campos helps to seal the deal.

Once the filming starts, Mary is introduced to the wild world of silent films and barely has time to investigate any wrongdoing that's going on. Things begin to take off when the crew, buys a broken-down ship called The Harlequin to use as the film's pirate ship. Mary feels uneasy as the man who is cast in the lead role of The Pirate King who goes by the name of La Rocha seems a little familiar with the ship, and his colleagues who make up the cast as the rest of the pirate crew seem to take their roles as pirates a little too seriously.

Mary thinks she has left her husband at home to spend time with his brother, only to have him turn up in another undercover role. The film crew think Sherlock is the actor who is playing the Modern Major General, but really he's there to assist Mary in getting closer to Fflytte Films' cast and crew. When The Harlequin heads to Morocco to shoot the end of the film, things take an dangerous turn as La Rocha and crew fight for for control of the situation, and Fflytte and the rest of his crew find themselves the captives of a real life pirates. How will Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes fight off real pirates and escape from the confines of Morocco while it's in the middle of a civil war and still complete their mission?

The writing is very good, and the author helps transport us to another time and place with her descriptions of the areas sights, sounds, and smells. This story has a rich cast of very entertaining characters. It also moves along at a nice pace and has so much happening that you don't know what is going to happen next in the story. ( )
  FaytheShattuck | May 23, 2018 |
Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes have returned home to Sussex after finishing up very personal case in London. Mycroft has invited himself to stay with Holmes and Russell he has some work done in his penthouse. This has Mary accepting a case from Lestrade, which is to investigate a film company that is being going to be working with Randolph Fflytte. His movies are at the fore front of silent film industry. Randolph's latest project is a film-within-a-film titled The Pirate King and it's supposed feature a crew filming a movie version of Gilbert & Sullivan's, The Pirates of Penzance. Lestrade and some European authorities feel there's something fishy about Fflytte Films, and the rumors about criminal activity that have started to spread around London. Lestrade's able to get Mary hired as the Assistant to Assistant Director Geoffrey Hale. Her adventure starts in Lisbon where the filming's about to get underway, except Fflytte and Hale have to cast some men to play pirates. They find some local's who look like a nice fit, and Alvaro de Campos helps to seal the deal.

Once the filming starts, Mary is introduced to the wild world of silent films and barely has time to investigate any wrongdoing that's going on. Things begin to take off when the crew, buys a broken-down ship called The Harlequin to use as the film's pirate ship. Mary feels uneasy as the man who is cast in the lead role of The Pirate King who goes by the name of La Rocha seems a little familiar with the ship, and his colleagues who make up the cast as the rest of the pirate crew seem to take their roles as pirates a little too seriously.

Mary thinks she has left her husband at home to spend time with his brother, only to have him turn up in another undercover role. The film crew think Sherlock is the actor who is playing the Modern Major General, but really he's there to assist Mary in getting closer to Fflytte Films' cast and crew. When The Harlequin heads to Morocco to shoot the end of the film, things take an dangerous turn as La Rocha and crew fight for for control of the situation, and Fflytte and the rest of his crew find themselves the captives of a real life pirates. How will Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes fight off real pirates and escape from the confines of Morocco while it's in the middle of a civil war and still complete their mission?

The writing is very good, and the author helps transport us to another time and place with her descriptions of the areas sights, sounds, and smells. This story has a rich cast of very entertaining characters. It also moves along at a nice pace and has so much happening that you don't know what is going to happen next in the story. ( )
  FaytheShattuck | May 23, 2018 |
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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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