Pirate King (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #11) by Laurie R. King

This copy was kindly sent by NetGalley.

Russell is called to go undercover to Lisbon and then Morocco as a director’s assistant of the silent movie based on The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan. Her job is to investigate strange troubles wit the team and the disappearance of the last assistant’s director.

This idea is not so original since François Truffaut wrote and directed his famous movie La nuit américaine in 1973.

The plot made by laurie King is quite boring except by the appearance of Fernando Pessoa into the story, the famous Portuguese poet, who acts as a Portuguese translator. By coincidence, I’ve been recently to Lisbon and the author brilliantly described the real ambience of this town even at that time.

The main concern is the absence of Sherlock Holmes who reappears into the plot only in the last part of the book.

I hope the next book by Laurie King will be better than this one.


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