This was my first Laurie R King/Kate Martinelli novel and I'm hooked, so come on Audible, get recording, I want more of this! Kate Martinelli is a det..Show More »ermined but humane female detective who does not need to mix it with the boys to prove she is as good as they are. Perhaps this is why her being a lesbian is so fitting to her character, she is comfortable in her sexuality and doesn't need to compete with her male colleagues to prove she's one of them. And the serene life she lives with partner Lee helps give balance to her dramatic and often dangerous working life. Kate is a character you can believe in and have respect for. The plot was a puzzle from start to finish and I loved the inclusion of the Sherlock Holmes story, even if it wasn't very true to the style. The language was sometimes repetitive but with such a good story I can forgive that. I highly recommend this book if you like to be kept on the edge of your seat and up until the early hours to find out what happens on the next page.