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With Child (Kate Martinelli, #3) by Laurie R. King

Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Without doubt the best book of the series until then. The mystery, finally, was exciting, as was the investigation. The author bring more of Kate's personal life to the story, the problem in her relationship, as well as her friendship with lovely Jules. The ending was a bit short, I wish have read more after the case resolution, but oh well This deserves 4. View 1 comment. I listened to the audiobook. I actually gave up on the book initially, about an hour in, because it seemed to going no where.

I really want to read the fifth book in the series, though, so I decided to give it another try. The first half or so of the book is really slow, even if Laurie King's writing and characterization is excellent as always. I did persevere, however, and it has a good payoff. I must say, though, that I figured out what was going on with Jules even before the disappearance that I listened to the audiobook. I must say, though, that I figured out what was going on with Jules even before the disappearance that is the central mystery of the book, and it was frustrating that Kate didn't also figure it out.

I already acquired the other two books in the Kate Martinelli series in audiobook format. I am not crazy about the narrator, but she's adequate. I'm really looking forward to book 5, in which Kate Martinelli crosses path with Sherlock Holmes - and likely the Sherlock Holmes of the Mary Russell series, which is a favorite of mine.

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Between now and that book is Night Work, the 4th book in the Martinelli series. I'll start listening today. Dec 16, Po Over rated it it was ok Shelves: mystery.

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This proves to be quit Inspector Al Hawkins is engaged to Jani, an intriguing character to whom we were first introduced in Laurie R. Jan 26, Heather rated it really liked it. I just gave in and let myself spend the afternoon finishing this book. While I wasn't impressed with every aspect of the writing sometime the dialogue seemed a little stilted , I ultimately became totally absorbed in the story.

I'm impressed with the complexity and depth of the characters and can't wait to read another book in the series. This is the first one I've read -- someone gave me this book a while ago and frankly I was reading it so that I could pass it on or get rid of it -- now I wan I just gave in and let myself spend the afternoon finishing this book.

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This is the first one I've read -- someone gave me this book a while ago and frankly I was reading it so that I could pass it on or get rid of it -- now I want to read it all over again! And all the others in the series. I don't consider myself much a mystery reader thus far in my life, but I felt a connection to these characters and am eager to read more.

It was nice to spend the afternoon taking a break from my life and getting absorbed in theirs. Jan 06, Carol rated it liked it. I recently discovered Ms. King and have liked her work.. This story was from her Kate Martinelli series.

Kate has offered to watch Jules the thirteen year old stepdaughter of her friend and fellow police partner,while the couple are on their honeymoon. Kate decides to take a long car drive with Jules to surprise her friend in Washington. They stop for the night at a motel. The next morning Jules is gone. Kate already frantic finds out from the locals that a serial killer is on the loose.. Jun 27, WK rated it it was amazing Shelves: lrk. Emotions run high in this Martinelli book where Kate is unwelcomingly given hard lessons in self realization by her life-partners behavior. In addition her dogged detective skills have never been more important then when Kate is given the responsibility of child-sitting Al new teenage daughter, and she disappears.

Apr 06, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery , borrowed-from-mom , california. King crafts her mysteries so much better than most other authors, even though or maybe because the mystery isn't an end in itself - it's a lens through which we see the characters grow and wrestle with themselves. Mar 16, Harry rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery. This was entertaining and a good read but got better and better as it went along. Realistic with dogged detective work in spite of failure but not overdone.

Jul 21, Mike Cuthbert rated it really liked it. Up until then it is a fascinating character study of a wounded San Francisco detective, Kate Martinelli, her partner, Lee and a confused and confusing teen, Jules Cameron. The book then shifts into high gear and becomes a thriller with each failed step in finding a missing Jules adding to the tension. Martinelli came out of a case bruised and beaten up but Lee had serious damage to her lower extremities and has left Martinelli to heal, both physically and psychically. They prepare for their nuptials as Kate and Jules bond more and more. Except that Dio also disappears.

It does seem at times as if Kate will not get out of this one alive, especially when, looking for Dio, her head gets on the wrong side of a pipe that puts her in the hospital for a week and affects her skills for some time afterward. Though luck and some degree of persistence, the case is broken open and justice is meted out, but this is not a procedural in which brilliant detective work solves all. It is more an extended character study of the effects of parenting on someone who does not expect to play that role and a subtle exploration of lesbianism.

Though low on the intensity scale, this makes for leisurely and distracting summer read. Jan 18, Donna Davis rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviewed , fiction-adult , feminist-fiction , mystery-crime-fict-etc. I read this title not long after it was first published, but it's the kind of fiction that you don't forget, the kind that will haunt your dreams.

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There are some very dark moments, and there will be some readers that find it is too much for them. I shared my books, back when I used to pay for them instead of advance-reviewing free copies, with a friend that loved mysteries, but she found this one so disturbing that she wouldn't read this Laurie R. King again. Then again, there are readers like me I read this title not long after it was first published, but it's the kind of fiction that you don't forget, the kind that will haunt your dreams.

Then again, there are readers like me that bow in awe of the power behind such prose. The settings are immediate, and the characters are so visceral and so real that to not read it would be to deprive myself. But this may not be the best choice for bedtime. Highly recommended for those that like thrillers and appreciate powerhouse writing. Oct 30, Vickie rated it it was amazing. I gave this book 5 stars because I could NOT put it down. Halfway through I was completely committed to the plot and stayed up a few hours past my bedtime to finish it. I was a bit concerned because I read the first, but not the second, book in this series.

Fortunately the jump is not too crazy, and I was able to deduct what had previously occured no problem. I'm not a fan of the mystery genre, with just a few forays in my youth into P. James and Miss Murphy, but I am really liking this series. King has a a way with wry, almost black humor, reminiscent of her Mary Russell series but with the dark edge that a narrator such as Kate, a seasoned homicide detective, would imbue her life with.

I was concerned that this book, with the double punch of Kate's frustrations with Lee as well as the very personal aspect of the Big Mystery would mire the novel in a lot of annoying drivel and guilt, a la New Moon from the Twilight series, but King does a good job of keeping the plot bouncy enough to keep Kate and us moving.

The story is a bit dated--beeper? What is thaaat? My biggest qualm is that there's only two mroe books left! Great Laurie R King! With Child. But as with all the Laurie R King books that I have read , these are so richly written that I become enthralled before the third page. We have a complex plot, which is threaded through the book. Wrapped around that are the main characters Kate, her police partner Al, her personal partner, Lee, and all their relationships and then we have yet another character which is the setting itself, San Francisco.

All these threads are neatly and subtlely wrapped together into a strong cord and chord! I highly recommend this entire series.

While each book stands on its own as far as the crime that is the particular plot, you will want to start at the first one and work your way through for the pure pleasure of getting to know the characters and the pure pleasure of reading. If you think I am big fan of Laurie R King, you are right. Feb 20, Susan W rated it liked it. Not as good as her others, but a good read.

Jan 16, Joe Slavinsky rated it really liked it. Laurie R. She is also one of 13 authors, of the book, "Naked Came the Phoenix", which I read several years ago, and now follow several of those Anyway, because of the Russell series, I decided to start her "Kate Martinelli" series, of which this book is the third. This series is also very original, in that K Laurie R. This series is also very original, in that Kate is a homicide detective in San Francisco, and a lesbian, whose partner, a psychiatrist, gets shot in their home, becoming an invalid.