First to check in on the ART OF DETECTION front is Fran from the Seattle Mystery Bookshop, who says:
Laurie R. King’s fans who are eagerly awaiting her latest Mary Russell novel might, at first blush, be saddened by the fact that The Art of Detection is a return to her Kate Martinelli series, but fear not! From the first page, the reader is catapulted into the gas-lit world of Holmes, which is a bit disconcerting for Kate, but a true joy to Ms. King’s readers. Six long years have passed since we last ventured into Kate’s world, and her life has changed. Kate and Lee are now parents to a precocious three-year-old girl, and they’ve made a new home for themselves away from Russian Hill. When Kate and her fellow police inspector, Al Hawkin, are called to investigate a body dumped in a public park, they find themselves immersed in the world of Sherlock Holmes. The victim is the founding member of a local Sherlockian society, and has come into possession of what may very well be a heretofore unknown manuscript. Martinelli fans will rejoice to journey with Kate on her investigation of this complex and challenging case, and Russell fans will be thrilled to read what could be an explanation for some of the time Sherlock and Mary spent in San Francisco all those many years ago. With her fascinating and unique voice, I can and do recommend all things by Laurie R. King, but with this novel, I have to say I think she’s outdone herself.
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(And if you want to read a sample of the book, it’e2’80’99s on the web site.)