Beginnings: a Kate Martinelli story

Only five weeks after I’d hoped to finish it, I now have this:


A Kate Martinelli story by

Laurie R. King

Please note: story, not novel.  See the thickness of that stack of pages? This is a 115 page novella, not a full-sized book. I don’t have a pub date for it yet. But this is how it opens–yes, in Kate’s first person voice:

All stories begin.  A newborn’s wail, a doctor’s news, the scream of brakes on the road outside—with most stories, there’s a place where you can look back and say, that’swhere it started: where I met the guy, where I decided the life, where I took one turn and not the other.

And I heard once (probably from Lee, she tells me most of those things that stick in my brain) that a good story loops together its end with its opening.

I’ve been a homicide cop most of my life.  I know all about stories that are both an end and a beginning, because someone else’s end is where I generally come in.  For the victim’s family, that chapter of their lives opens with a 3 am ring on their phone or doorbell.  But this one I’m telling you about is my life, not my job—which means that I was on the receiving end of one of those moments, too.


  1. Lisa on February 10, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    I know I’m not the only one who has been waiting anxiously for more of Kate’s story (and Lee and Nora and and and)! I am so happy to read this.

    • Ms Priest on February 10, 2019 at 1:45 pm


  2. Catherine Maiorisi on February 10, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Looking forward to reading it.

  3. John Bychowski on February 10, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Awesome! Can hardly wait.

  4. arlette stewart-hill on February 10, 2019 at 1:56 pm


  5. arlette stewart-hill on February 10, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    At last….

    • Laurie King on February 10, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      Well, not for a while yet, but…

  6. Chris on February 10, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Novel, novella or short, this is great news! The usual fingers crossed for US UK publication. Print version, too, naturally! 😃

  7. Caren on February 10, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    If only you did requests! Miss Rae Newborn and Alan…. sigh … just, y’know, mentioning….

  8. Nancy Harrison on February 10, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    I can’t wait for this and I’m hoping it leads to more novels with Kate!

    • Jeanie Goldeen Conneran on February 16, 2019 at 4:44 pm

      I can’t wait to read it. I love all of your books and have been wanting to hear more of Kate Martinelli.

  9. Kay Kay on February 11, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Kate is back!

  10. B.Sue on February 11, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    What she and she and she said, smile…

  11. Dayna on February 11, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Awesome! I’ve been hankering for another Kate Martinelli story for years. Got just a in _Lockdown_. _Art of Detection_ was great, and I look forward to rereading it when my SIGNED copy arrives.

  12. Mary on February 15, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Sooooooo happy Kate is returning! I’ve missed her dearly – her books resonated deeply with me.

  13. Barbara on February 18, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Thank you!! This is book candy and I am greedy for more!

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