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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2011-09-06
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Series: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (#11)
Fun, almost farcical or comedic thriller/action/adventure...? A bit of a tone change from previous entries, but still a great read.
This is absolutely my most favorite series ever! Every book in the series is fantastic-5 star! If you like Sherlock Holmes, you have to read this pastiche. King's is the best one I've read yet.
An entertaining but somewhat simplistic book. The plot was forecast from the get-go, the conclusion seemed both easy and unearned, and the cast was so large, I frequently lost track of many of the people. However, it was highly entertaining and a quick, easy read. Nothing groundbreaking or deep here...
This was an engaging episode of the long-running Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell series that began with The Beekeeper's Apprentice in 1994 and continues in this eleventh story. This is a lighter episode than the previous one. Mary is asked by Inspector Lestrade to go undercover with a company making a ...
As with all Laurie King books, this one is very well written. I just couldn't get into it though. She is without Holmes in this book and it just didn't give me the warm fuzzies that I get in their interactions; however awkward and distant. It did keep my interest though and I am hoping that Holmes s...