A Grave Talent: A Novel

( 22 )

Overview

THE FIRST BOOK IN THE KATE MARTINELLI MYSTERY SERIES

In Laurie R. King's Grave Talent, the unthinkable has happened in a small community outside of San Francisco. A series of shocking murders has occurred, the victims far too innocent and defenseless. For lesbian Detective Kate Martinelli, just promoted to Homicide and paired with a seasoned cop who’s less than thrilled to be handed a green partner, it’s a difficult case that just keeps ...

See more details below
Paperback
$12.39
BN.com price
(Save 17%)$15.00 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (28) from $1.99   
  • New (8) from $8.23   
  • Used (20) from $1.99   
A Grave Talent (Kate Martinelli Series #1)

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$9.99
BN.com price

Overview

THE FIRST BOOK IN THE KATE MARTINELLI MYSTERY SERIES

In Laurie R. King's Grave Talent, the unthinkable has happened in a small community outside of San Francisco. A series of shocking murders has occurred, the victims far too innocent and defenseless. For lesbian Detective Kate Martinelli, just promoted to Homicide and paired with a seasoned cop who’s less than thrilled to be handed a green partner, it’s a difficult case that just keeps getting harder.

Then the police receive what appears to be a case-breaking lead: it seems that one of the residents of this odd colony is Vaun Adams, arguably the century’s greatest woman painter and a notorious felon once convicted of a heinous crime.

But what really happened eighteen years ago? To bring a murderer to justice, Kate must delve into the artist’s dark past—even if it means losing everything she holds dear.

Kate Marinelli, newly promoted to Homicide in the San Francisco police department, has been assigned with her new partner, middle-aged Alonzo Hawkin, to the murders of three little girls in the area. They gradually uncover a pattern of evil so bizarre that Casey's carefully guarded private life is demolished.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
A Grave Talent kept me reading deep into the night.”—The Boston Globe

“[An] amazing first novel with intelligence, intrigue, and intricacy...This work exhibits strong psychological undertones, compelling urgency, and dramatic action.”—Library Journal

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250046550
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: A Kate Martinelli Mystery Series , #1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 365,874
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve Mary Russell mysteries, beginning with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, and five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, including To Play the Fool, A Grave Talent, and With Child. An Edgar Award winner, she lives in Northern California, and her new novel, The Bones of Paris will be published September 2013.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 22 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(7)

4 Star

(10)

3 Star

(2)

2 Star

(2)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 22 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Just have to comment on the review that stated "I had enjoy

    Just have to comment on the review that stated "I had enjoyed the book up until the point when you discover Kate is a lesbian. I was thoroughly disgusted, and immediately returned the book to the library, 'where I had borrowed the book." You've got to be kidding! Right up until the day she realized she was in love with her best friend (who is a woman), Kate slept around A LOT with men. That didn't disgust you? Didn't bother you a bit, eh? Jeez.

    So, on to my own review: This is the first LRK book that I read, and I plan to get all the rest! Loved it (except for one little thing at the end, and I hope the author "fixes" it in the next books)!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Somewhat Disappointed

    I thought I would try to get into the Kate Martinelli series, since I do like serials. I had a hard time staying focused on it and made myself forge on to the end. Some of it was downright ridiculous, particularly the excessive descriptions that were read just from looking into ones eyes. Did they have mental telepathy or something??? It got quite redundant and very farfetched. I got pretty bored most of the time and thought it lacked suspense. And other parts caused me confusion. All in all, I am passing up on continuing the #2 of the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    I'd like to meet this character!

    Kate Martinelli is an excellently developed character, and exactly the type of person with whom I best get along. I really enjoyed the story line, although it is of the type where you know the ending before you get there if you have read many books that are similar (thus 4 stars instead of 5). There are books that are good to read and there are books that keep you on the edge of your seat, and then there are books like this that you just want to know that the characters are okay in the end, because they have become your friends!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    After Sherlock

    I ran out of Mary Russell novels so I bought this. Ms King is an artist and I can't wait for more of either series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 10, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Well written, but suffers from overblown prose and gratuitous side stories

    The professionals have written the detailed reviews you need to have a clear idea of the thrust of the novel. It is a worthy -- as seen by the awards it won -- first novel. But it grows tiresome at some points and frankly I'm not all that titillated by gay police officers, maybe there was more of an impact when the book was first written, but now one can barely call up a tepid yawn. The close of the novel, from denoument to final period takes, I kid you not, 97 pages of tedium; nearly a fourth of the book. I suppose it was intended to create tension and develop the characters more fully. It sent me into a paroxym of page turning, hoping for something of interest.
    A good three star novel, little more. If you like the genre or the author it is probably worth the money for the paperback version.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    Great Mystery

    This was a great mystery. Fun, fast paced, and it had me guessing up to the end who the killer was. When I finally found out who did it, I was really surprised.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2007

    Fabulous series

    I'd gather that anyone indulging in the sin of reading dark crime novels wouldn't be concerned with the lead character's sexual orientation but apparently reading sinful art isn't as bad as reading sinful art about sinners. With that being said, the Martinelli series, from the first book, are wonderfully written and enthralling. As long as you can get 'past the fact' that the detective is a *gasp* lesbian you'll enjoy these books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2007

    A reviewer

    I have to say I was disappointed by this book. I read King's Mary Russell series first, and am glad I did. I enjoyed the Mary Russell series, and I would probably not have read them if I had read the Kate Martinelli series first. I had enjoyed the book up until the point when you discover Kate is a lesbian. I was thoroughly disgusted, and immediately returned the book to the library, 'where I had borrowed the book'. I really did enjoy her other series and recommend them to all, but this series disappointed.

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2003

    Heartily recommended

    An excellent book I¿d heartily recommend to anyone interested in mysteries/thrillers with an art twist. It is a San Francisco police investigation, revolving around a famous female artist, Vaun Adams, who has been in jail (under another name) for the murder of a child. When three more little girls are murdered near her current home, a hippie enclave, she¿s the logical suspect. But the detectives almost immediately conclude that she was wrongly convicted the first time, and is the victim of a frame by someone who hates her. The art elements (the description of her work, of her studio, and of her) as well as the characterizations, settings, private lives, motivations and detection are handled extremely well. The identification of the criminal, and the police pursuit of Vain Adam¿s enemy, trying to catch him before he can kill again, is packed with suspense. As far as I know, King has not written again about the art world. I wish she would. I think I¿ve read every art-related mystery still in print, and a lot that aren¿t, and this is one of the best. She includes the perfect amount of information about art and the artist, enough so the reader has a sense of it, an understanding of the plot, but not enough to bore the reader.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 22 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)