A Grave Talent

A Grave Talent

This gripping debut of the Kate Martinelli mystery series won the Edgar Awardfor Best First Mystery, generating wide critical acclaim and moving Laurie R.King into the upper tier of the genre. As "A Grave Talent" begins, The unthinkable has happened in a small community outside of San Francisco. A string of shocking murders has occurred, each victim an innocent child. For Detective Kate Martinelli, just promoted to Homicide and paired with a seasoned cop who's less than thrilled to be handed a green partner, it's going to be a difficult case. Then the detectives receive what appears to be a case-breaking lead: it seems that one of the residents of this odd, close-knit colony is Vaun Adams, arguably the century's greatest painter of women, a man, as it turns out, with a sinister secret. For behind the brushes and canvases also stands a notorious felon once convicted of strangling a little girl. What really happened on that day of savage violence eighteen years ago? To bring a murderer to justice, Kate must delve into the artist's dark past -- even if she knows it means losing everything she holds dear.

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  • Until about 2/3 through, this book was getting 5 stars. It had a compelling mystery, good character development and descriptions that enhanced the story that you actually wanted to read rather than sk...

  • Having read the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes books by Laurie King, I anticipated great writing in her debut novel. Ah, a female detective, even better. I dug in with eagerness. The plot held my attent...

  • Hmmm. Conflicted. I liked it yet it irked me. The plot was gripping enough but some of the characters seemed almost mystically glorified (Saintly Lee and The Creator Vaugn) and not real humans. I like...

  • Thoroughly enjoyable as a storyline and novel. I loved the characters and the premise. And while I wavered around a three star feeling for most of the audiobook, the last few chapters really got to me...

  • A Grave Talent by Laurie KingKate Martinelli series Book #13.5★'sWhat's It About?The unthinkable has happened in a small community outside of San Francisco. A series of shocking murders has occurred...

  • Slow to warm and fast to end, this Edgar Award winner finished on a high note that resolved some doubts I’d had through much of the book. Protagonist Kate and her partner Al are thrown together to i...

  • The initial premise is tried and true: a veteran detective, Al Hawkins, is assigned a new partner, Kate Martinelli. She's no rookie, but she's climbed quickly up the ranks, and now that Al's been assi...

  • Fun series I found late. I will be looking for more. Set in San Francisco a few decades ago, it was not quite historical, but a reminder of how far we had come in some ways. A good mix of police proce...

  • This is one of those that was quite solid, that I was seriously thinking of rating it 5 stars at one point. Then later seriously considering rating it 3 stars. There were certain elements I can't ment...

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