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Paisaje con sombras (Kate Martinelli #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  5,099 Ratings  ·  351 Reviews
Vaun Adams es una de las pintoras mas cotizadas y admiradas de su tiempo. Sus cuadros son celebres. Pero de ella solo se conoce el nombre. Nadie ha visto nunca su rostro. Ahora, en la tranquila comunidad en la que Vaun Adams ha instalado su refugio, se han cometido unos crimenes terribles a los que nadie encuentra explicacion. La detective del departamento de homicidios de ...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published July 28th 2001 by Umbriel (first published 1993)
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Jun 27, 2008 WK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lrk
This book with a renouned artist at it core is written by an author that is herself a true artist who enjoys using well chosen words to 'paint' an intricate and thoroughly enjoyable tale.
King, Laurie R. - 1st in Kate Martinelli series

Although Kate Martinelli, a newly promoted homicide detective with a secret to conceal, and Alonzo Hawkin, a world-weary cop trying to make a new life in San Francisco, could not be more different, they are thrown together to solve a brutal crime - the murders of three young girls.

This was very good! I shall definitely look for her future books.
Oct 19, 2008 Tabitha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the characters in this.
Feb 25, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh this book was deliciously good. I'm fascinated by how absorbed I get in these stories. Laurie King is a very good writer. I enjoyed all the psychology in this one, all the pondering about human relationships and therapy and self-awareness and character development. A fabulous read to which I gave over much of the day.
This the first of the Kate Martinelli series by Laurie R. King. It is very deeply disturbing in conception and psychological characterization: and that would seem to be it's strength and point. Which is to say that it is written to distress, disturb and discompose. Given these intents, the characters fulfill these intentions, as do the plotting and the twists of tale. Whoever choses books that make their adrenaline burst out, their stomachs wretch and their minds reel with horror, will have the ...more
Oct 02, 2009 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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 are found in the same area and the occupants of ‘The Road’ are the most likely suspects. The Road is a hippy commune kind of set up; quite literally a road isolated and lorded over by a single man – Tyler. The Road is run according to his rules and is not electrified and no cars are allowed on it ex
May 01, 2010 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 liked all the "arty" stuff a lot, and would like to see some of Vaugn's paintings. (If, you know, she were real.) I can't remember when this novel was published and am too tired right now to Google it but I thought I remember 1992 -- yet parts of this novel seem set solidly in the mid-70's and the rest ...more
Mar 10, 2016 Janell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 skip. However, the last half of the book I felt manipulated as a reader and the mystery became more of a side line. Disappointing!
Feb 27, 2012 Carl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
I am two decades behind on reading this book "A Grave Talent" (and now series) by Laurie King. Over a year ago, a friend introduced me to King's Mary Russell books and I was totally impressed. I never would have thought that I would accept, let alone enjoy, a book that had Holmes in a slowly evolving relationship with a young woman. Yet, "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" was cleverly written with a well crafted plot; the character development of Russell and Holmes was slowly and painstakingly crafte ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
This was fine, a standard urban mystery with some danger although I wouldn't call it a thriller. Then again I read it years ago and barely remember it. Definitely not as good as the Mary Russell books. I remember something horrifying about a baby and that my feelings not being in line with the characters, and that's about it. Obviously not that memorable but not bad.
Jill Holmes
Nov 05, 2012 Jill Holmes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laurie R. King's award-winning "A Grave Talent" introduces readers to Kate Martinelli, a policewoman recently promoted to detective, and the senior detective, Al Hawkin, with whom she is paired. Their first case together has them tracking down the killer of three little girls in an isolated, self-sufficient community in the Santa Cruz mountains south of San Francisco. The killings bear a strong resemblance to a murder some years ago, and they find the convicted killer in the community, having co ...more
Dec 04, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 investigate the murders of three girls. The location of the bodies in an enclave of simple living run by one man on the west side of the San Francisco peninsula, draws attention to a woman, Vaun, who turns out to have a past that seems to implicate her in the slayings. Vaun is known locally to be an ar ...more
Catherine Leggitt
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 attention for a while. Three children murdered. Some connection to a bizarre bohemian enclave in the mountains near San Francisco. Nice budding relationship between the new-kid-on-the-block, Kate Martinelli, and her male detective partner. The writing was great. The imagery superb.

THEN the story stalled w
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Three children have been murdered and Inspector Kate Martinelli is on the case. Unfortunately, not for reasons she’d like:

“…it was not amusing to think that she had been assigned to this specific case because she was relatively photogenic and a team player known for not making waves, that she was a political statement from the SFPD to critics from women’s groups, and, worst of all, that her assignment reflected the incredibly outdated,
For years, I've been a huge fan of Laurie R. King's Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series. It's probably what first got me into the wonderful world of mystery novels, and even my least favorite books in the series (I won't name any names, *ahem* *cough* The Moor *cough*) hold a place in my heart for being a necessary stepping stone in a series that I love.

Then, recently, I ran out of books in the series to read. It was a terribly sad time in my life.

So, going through some severe Mary Russell
Kayla Perry
May 01, 2014 Kayla Perry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
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 erase gay people from a literary presence which is, to put it bluntly, some bigoted bullshit. There is nothing "politically correct" about an author writing about a happy lesbian couple. Gay people exist in the real world and they deserve to be written about in a flattering or even matter-of-fact mann
Lexxi Kitty
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 mention or I'd have to tag this "full of spoilers" that didn't so much annoy me as make me feel let down.

There was a certain amount of manipulation, of author pulling on heart strings to get reactions out of readers that I started to feel a little too acutely.

It was a solid book, beginning middle and e
Jul 07, 2015 sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some typical first book flaws here, the most jarring of which were the many mid-scene POV shifts. King does a lot of telling-not-showing in this novel as well. For example, we're repeatedly told that Vaun Adams, the artistic "talent" that the title puns on, is a force of nature, larger than life, change-you-forever kind of personality, but we get absolutely no sense of that forcefulness in any of her scenes. The actual mystery is also a bit lacking -- it's clear that the novel is meant to be mor ...more
Oct 29, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read several of Laurie R. King's books, but decided to go back and read her now 20-year-old debut novel.

The good news is that it definitely holds up with time.

This book is introduction of King's female police officer, Kate Martinelli. She's brought in to be the public face in charge of investigating the disappearance and murder of three young Bay Area girls, all of whose bodies are found on a property called Tyler's Road. The Road, as it is colloquially called, is a sort of commune of med
Jul 08, 2015 L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The first Kate Martinelli book--I've just begun, but this promised to be a great introduction to the characters. It was. Laurie King writes a hell of a tale!
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 trends?)

In any case, there are no vampires here—only a deeply closeted detective (even the author is coy about her relationship right up until page 174), an artist, and a string of murdered children.

A Grave Talent was published in the early 90s, something reflected in both Martinelli's reluctance to come ou
Jan 07, 2016 Aimee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adults
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May 25, 2016 Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of those stories that you find that you've held your breath for a long time and find relief when you finally sigh. Terrific.
Aug 28, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read King's "With Child" a few months ago and I enjoyed it immensely, so I was quite pleased to snag this book, the first in the Kate Martinelli series. That leaves me to discover three more novels (so far) in the series.

It does not read the way I expected a police procedural to read. We are in the head of the detectives a lot, for one thing. I tend to think of procedural as being structured like Dragnet. There was more feeling and intuition than that here and everything was so much richer for
Oct 06, 2016 Katharine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fun listen, I like the characters I "met" and hope to catch another one of these soon...
Sep 30, 2016 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Laurie King novel and I am a big fan. I'm going to read the whole series.
Oct 19, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Grave Talent was an exciting mystery set in Bay Area. I found the the setting especially engaging because I have visited there many times. I look forward to enjoying more books from this series.
Sep 22, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the descriptive style of this book as much as the actual mystery, although I will admit I'm much more a fan of the Sherlock Holmes/Hercule Poirot brand of mystery, where you don't actually know who did it until the very end. I may read the others in this series, but I definitely prefer the Mary Russell series.
Oct 19, 2016 Barb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wish there had been more in this series
Susan W
Oct 21, 2016 Susan W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well done. Characters likeable, plot line interesting and moves quickly. Keeps your interest. This is my first Laurie King novel and I was pleasantly pleased. I will be reading more.
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