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Pirate King (with bonus short story Beekeeping for Beginners): A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (Paperback)

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Everyone loves a new Mary Russell mystery (at least, everyone I know). But a new Mary Russell mystery featuring pirates? Rejoice! Freshly out in paperback, the latest adventure of Russell and Holmes takes us to Lisbon, where Mary is investigating a film production company with a shadowy reputation. The movie they are shooting? The Pirates of Penzance, but of course. All seems well and whimsical until those prop knives suddenly turn real.

— Kat


In England’s young silent-film industry, the megalomaniacal Randolph Fflytte is king. But rumors of criminal activities swirl around his popular movie studio. At the request of Scotland Yard, Mary Russell travels undercover to the set of Fflytte’s latest cinematic extravaganza, Pirate King. Based on Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, the project will either set the standard for moviemaking for a generation . . . or sink a boatload of careers.
As the company starts rehearsals in Lisbon, the thirteen blond-haired, blue-eyed actresses whom Mary is chaperoning meet the swarm of real buccaneers Fflytte has recruited to provide authenticity. But when the crew embarks for Morocco and the actual filming, Russell senses ominous currents of trouble: a derelict boat, a film crew with many secrets, decks awash with budding romance—and now the pirates are ignoring Fflytte and answering only to their outlaw leader. Where can Sherlock Holmes be? As movie make-believe becomes true terror, Russell and Holmes themselves may experience a final fadeout.
Features Laurie R. King’s short story, Beekeepers for Beginners, previously available only as an eBook!

About the Author

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, the Stuyvesant & Grey novels Touchstone and The Bones of Paris, and the acclaimed A Darker Place, Folly, and Keeping Watch. She lives in Northern California.

Praise For…

“An engaging romp guaranteed to please . . . perfectly written in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”—USA Today
“Brilliant . . . [This] tangled web includes some very high comedy from Gilbert and Sullivan, pirates, and early moviemaking.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Fast-paced and funny.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780553386752
ISBN-10: 0553386751
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: April 17th, 2012
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
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Last Updated At: 11/22/2020 06:20am
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