A Grave Talent
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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.

Title:A Grave Talent
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:342 pages

    A Grave Talent Reviews

  • Kayla Perry
    May 01, 2014

    Before anything else I have to address some of the reviews of this book.Being gay is not an agenda. Wanting this to be kept private and free from literature is tantamount to saying that you want to er...

  • Janell
    Jul 10, 2010

    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...

  • Catherine Leggitt
    Jul 20, 2013

    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...

  • Julie
    May 01, 2010

    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...

  • Steve
    Nov 30, 2012

    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...

  • Linda
    Jul 29, 2011

    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...

  • Bonnie
    Feb 18, 2017

    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...

  • Liralen
    Jul 27, 2015

    I was not there when my book club picked this book, so when I saw the title—and then the cover—I thought this was going to be a vampire book. (Does that say more about me, or about publishing tren...

  • Kim
    Oct 02, 2009

    This interesting detective story introduces female detective Casey Martinelli and her partner Al Hawkins.Together they investigate the murders of three little girls in separate incidences. The bodies ...

  • Lexxi Kitty
    Aug 14, 2014

    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...

About Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King

Edgar-winning mystery writer Laurie R. King writes series and standalone novels. Her official forum is THE LRK VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB here on Goodreads--please join us for book-discussing fun. King's most recent novel, Dreaming Spies, sees Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes travel from Japan to Oxford, in a case with international players and personal meaning. The Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series foll