Laurie R. King’s Hot Book of the Week

It might come as a surprise to some that Laurie R. King’s current Hot Book of the Week at The Poisoned Pen is not a Mary Russell mystery. Instead, Beginnings is a Kate Martinelli novel. And, King will be at The Poisoned Pen on Thursday, November 21 at 7 PM to talk about Martinelli and the book. You can order copies of Laurie R. King’s books, including a signed copy of Beginnings, through the Web Store.

Here’s the summary of Beginnings.

INSPECTOR KATE MARTINELLI has worked the SFPD’s Homicide Detail for nearly thirty years. She knows all about how a cop builds a case bit by bit to create a clear story from the scattered pieces of evidence. Until the day her fifteen-year-old daughter, Nora, happens to ask about an aunt she’d never met. Kate’s kid sister died in the 1980s, a wild young woman who lost control of a car and hit a tree, end of story … except it isn’t. Because once Kate begins to look, seeking to reassure Nora that it was only a senseless accident and not the suicide a small town’s gossip made it, she starts to find pieces that don’t fit the picture. Holes in the evidence. Mismatched fragments that change the story Kate has told herself all these years-the story that for her, was the beginning of everything.

What did happen in Diamond Lake that night? Was it an accident, or a hushed-up suicide? Or was her sister’s death something darker yet?