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To Play the Fool    by Laurie R. King order for
To Play the Fool
by Laurie R. King
Order:  USA  Can
Picador, 2014 (1995)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Kate 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.

Erasmus, 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.

The 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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