To Play the Fool
Laurie R. King
Picador, 2014 (1995)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Lyn Seippel
ate Martinelli is back at work despite the reservations of her lover. She and Al Hawkin catch a case that began with the cremation of a beloved dog by the homeless community. Three weeks later the pair are investigating the murder of a homeless man.
rasmus, a respected monk in the homeless community, is sought as a witness. Even when they find him, interviewing him becomes almost impossible because he speaks only in quotes. Most often the quotes are from the bible or Shakespeare, but even when their origination is known, their meaning must be interpreted.
he Holy Fool's Movement is an interesting concept to involve in a murder mystery. King does the job very well, but long explanations often bog down the story. Still, King is a good writer so I wasn't tempted to set the book aside.
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