Pirate King

Pirate King

A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

Book - 2011
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In England's young silent-film industry, the megalomaniacal Randolph Fflytte is king. Nevertheless, at the request of Scotland Yard, Mary Russell is dispatched to investigate rumors of criminal activities that swirl around Fflytte's popular movie studio. So Russell is traveling undercover to Portugal, along with the film crew that is gearing up to shoot a 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. Nothing seems amiss until the enormous company starts rehearsals in Lisbon, where the thirteen blond-haired, blue-eyed actresses whom Mary is bemusedly 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 feels a building storm of trouble: a derelict boat, a film crew with secrets, ominous currents between the pirates, decks awash with budding romance -- and now the pirates are ignoring Fflytte and answering only to their dangerous outlaw leader. Plus, there's a spy on board. Where can Sherlock Holmes be? As movie make-believe becomes true terror, Russell and Holmes themselves may experience a final fadeout.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553807981
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 27, 2016

Let me start out by saying I love the Mary Russell series! The past books have been an absolute joy to read! This one on the other hand started slow and proceeded in that way for much of the book. Though it had some interesting facts in some of the chapters it didn't start picking up speed until the last few chapters of the book, which is where those moments that make your heart pound just waiting to see how they'll wiggle out of this situation finally come about. So to end my opinion, it wasn't the best book I've read but it wasn't the worst.

Sep 03, 2015

I absolutely LOVED this book!! I have been reading the Mary Russell series, and this is the funniest, most exciting, and centered around Mary, rather than Sherlock. Highly recommended!

LPL_ShirleyB May 29, 2015

It’s 1924 and Mary Russell is on covert assignment for the British government to investigate criminal activity at the studio for a silent movie being made about the making of the Pirates of Penzance film – sheer fun! Audiobooks in the series are joyously read with an authentic English accent by Jenny Sterlin.

Jan 04, 2015

I came to love this book, although in the beginning it seems a lot to keep track of for an unclear purpose. Quickly decided just to trust King and keep reading. I was very glad I did. As bonus, I learned something about the making of silent films, as well as about a part of the world of which I'd known almost nothing.

Nov 20, 2014

Lighthearted and worthwhile... but slightly dull without the presence of Holmes. Additionally, it seemed sort of aimless. Lots of filler time where Russell sort of just sat around and read various letters of sorts. Don't worry, my friends; Garment of Shadows will meet your expectations.

Jul 28, 2013

I've read the entire series and loved it, but this book was vastly inferior to the rest.

Aug 24, 2012

Fun read, but I miss the previous setup of Russell and Holmes working together.

Mar 01, 2012

Not the best in this series. Somewhat confusing and at the same time tedious!

Dec 26, 2011

Too many characters. I couldn't get interested.

Dec 21, 2011

I have enjoyed all the previous books in this series, but this one is BORING. Everlasting conversation and arguments, and no action as far as I read before I gave up on it.

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