By Laurie R. King
Bantam Books, 2011. 304 pgs. Mystery
Not wanting to encounter Mycroft after their last, distasteful meeting in The God of the Hive, Russell takes an opportunity presented to her by Holmes and Chief Inspector Lestrade in this newest Mary Russell book. Her mission? Become an assistant to the producer of Fflytte Films, which is filming a production of Pirate King, a story within a story about a production of The Pirates of Penzance. Sent to investigate any possible criminal activity emanating from the production, Russell discovers she is not investigating, but babysitting thirteen young actresses, finding pirates, and unearthing relationships amongst the crew and cast. More lighthearted and adventurous than the previous books, this is a fun and different offering from King.