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Pirate King (with bonus short story Beekeeping for Beginners): A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Kindle Edition
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“Fast-paced and funny.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
LAURIE R. KING’S BESTSELLING NOVELS OF SUSPENSE FEATURING MARY RUSSELL AND SHERLOCK HOLMES ARE . . .
“Audacious.”—Los Angeles Times
“Delightful and creative.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Lively adventure in the very best of intellectual company.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Rousing . . . riveting . . . suspenseful.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Beguiling . . . tantalizing.”—The Boston Globe
About the Author
- ASIN : B004J4XGEU
- Publisher : Bantam (September 6, 2011)
- Publication date : September 6, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 1470 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 321 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0553807986
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #50,619 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In contrast to the 3 previous books (brilliant, epic, angst-ridden adrenaline rushes all) this seems to be the odd man out. Everyone has their individual taste, that's for certain. But a change of pace is good, and probably healthy for everyone involved. I rather think Holmes and Russell themselves appreciated the break.
Pirate King is a dizzying, madcap, rollicking, absurd adventure tale. It's also a thematic house of mirrors: a play within a play within a play... images on mirrors reflecting one another off into infinity. The Russell series has always flirted with crossing the fourth wall, and in this case, Russell and Holmes dance (literally) across several versions of that particular barrier.
Russell fans may not find that description particularly appealing, it is true. Fear not, dear readers. As a long-time fan of this series, I have a good idea what you really want to know:
1) This is NOT a Holmes-free story. I wouldn't even call it a Holmes-light story, though it is Russell's adventure. He reappears at the midpoint and sticks around until the end. His contributions are solid gold, and he's not wasted in any scene he's in (or within hearing range of). You'll cheer at his entrance, marvel at his cleverness, and if you're so inclined, admire his particular brand of sex appeal.
2) Let's be honest, several books in this series are afflicted with what could be called a pacing problem. (I'm looking at you, The Moor.) While your mileage may vary, I felt the narrative chugs along quite merrily all the way through.
3) You do NOT have to be an aficionado of silent movies to enjoy this book. I wasn't, and I'm still not. Though as with many of King's dives into subjects I thought I'd never be interested in, I do have a greater appreciation for it.
4) Regarding Gilbert & Sullivan, see #3 above.
5) If you've ever found yourself wishing for more, er, romantic interplay between Russell and Holmes, do not discount this book. Hidden gems abound: lively banter, genuinely sweet moments, and romantic interludes that are loads of fun even if they're not quite what they seem.
So, if you've hesitated picking this one up, and any of this appeals to you, by all means, give Pirate King a try. Unless, of course, you're new to the series, in which case find The Beekeepers Apprentice and work your way up to this one.
Well, tonight -- two decades older and more able to afford Benedictine -- I tapped the flask again, but it didn't help. Why ever, really, do I care what becomes of a film company headed by a feckless wretch named Fflyte? Was there a missing girl somewhere in the first few pages? Has she been mentioned again? Am I deeply concerned with a Portuguese poet who enjoys a form of self inflicted multiple personality disorder? Is there any bloody mystery to be solved in the first quarter, third, *half* of this book? (Answer: not that I can see.)
I don't exactly grudge the few dollars that I spent to buy a copy of this used -- just in case it forms the bridge to a better sequel. Still, I can't think where Laurie King's mind is going here. Rambling narrative about Portugal and Gilbert/Sullivan and film actors does not a story make, especially if Holmes is virtually absent, except as the object of overlong letters, devoid of significant incident, written by narrator Russell.
Yes, it is hard to sustain invention over twenty years. But I'll be so bold as to suggest that when invention flags this severely, the product should be put on ice.