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The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King
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Jul 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: read-pre-retirement, reviewed

I came to this from the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, but enjoyed my introduction to Kate Martinelli. I read it right after "Locked Rooms" and it worked for me. The modern mystery was less challenging than the typical Mary Russell mystery, but this was balanced with an excellent depiction of an increasingly relevant portion of our vibrant and diverse American society. Relationships are difficult and it requires effort to make things work and balance all of the components, whether that relationship is gay, straight, or (as is usually the case) a combination of ingredients (i.e gay parents with their children or straight parents with theirs; gay co-workers with straight; etc.). I always like a book that portrays its characters as real people first and Laurie King does that in each of her books, whether set in the distant past or present.

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