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By a Spider's Thread (Tess Monaghan Series #8)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Great read

    I have read the first seven and just finished this one. I really like the characters and this mystery was very, very good. JUst the kind of read I like :)

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    Entertaining Series

    Once I read the first book in this series, I was hooked and proceeded to read them in order. Now I want to visit Baltimore!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Spider's Thread

    Slow at the beginning, gets better, although not one of Lippman's best.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Hard to put down....

    I've recently discovered Laura Lippman and since I have, I've been devouring her books as fast as possible. Her writing is very down to Earth to me and Tess just has a 'real' feel. And much like Sara Paretsky's ability to make you feel and see Chicago as you read (where I am from), Lippman does the same to me for Baltimore. This is where I'm up to the Tess series so I am really looking forward to the next 2 books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2008

    i loved it

    My first Tess book and I really liked it. She is interesting and funny in a lot of ways, and i thought the story was good. I am looking forward to reading more Laura Lippman books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2006

    Enjoyable

    This is the first novel that I read in the Tess Monaghan series and would read another. There were some unexpected twists in the plot and the writing style was smooth. It wasn't an action packed novel but it was never boring either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2004

    Stunning!

    Laura Lippman¿s eighth Tess Monaghan novel, ¿By A Spider¿s Thread¿ is a provocative, savvy, challenging thriller. Precise plotting, an economical cast of realistic characters (some appealing, some detestable) and a plausible resolution make the pages disappear in a trice. Mark Rubin, a wealthy Jewish furrier whose wife (Natalie) and three children have vanished, hires Tess to locate them. Mark and Tess get off to a rocky beginning as Mark withholds information about his family and omits details about contacts that could illuminate Tess¿s search. Tess is resourceful and they gradually warm to one another. As Tess learns more about Mark¿s family, marriage and religious identity, the reasons for Natalie¿s disappearance start to materialize. Family secrets underlie the plot and provide the motive for the mastermind behind the disappearance. The story is told from multiple points of view¿that of Tess and the parallel view from the observant and bright eldest child. This works and leaves enough blanks to fill in to keep you guessing and on your toes. Laura Lippman is masterful at filling in the pertinent background with the backwards and forwards story telling. Equally important is the way she builds the tension, suspense and impact with character development rather than gratuitous violence. The multilayered, absorbing narrative has enormous momentum and clever details. Easily the best in the Tess Monaghan series and a powerful follow-up to last year¿s spectacular ¿Every Secret Thing.¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    Must reading for thriller lovers

    Baltimore private detective Tess Monaghan is overjoyed when she lands a wealthy client for her fledging business that is usually in need of survival funds. Mark Rubin, a modern orthodox Jew, wants Tess to find his wife and three children who disappeared without a word or a trace. Their disappearance comes as a shock to the grieving man who believes he had the perfect marriage and his wife Natalie had everything a woman could want.................................... Natalie never loved Mark; she waited for Zeke to get out of prison so they could be together. He was the one who arranged her marriage to Mark and he had a plan that would make them rich after he got out of jail. Natalie is not the innocent her husband thinks she is and she will go to extraordinary lengths to get what she wants. The more Tess learns about her the more she realizes that Natalie, knowingly or unwilling, has put her husband in danger from Zeke. She has a tough time convincing Mark that his angel in reality is a devil in disguise..................................... Laura Lippman always delivers a fascinating thriller but BY A SPIDER¿S THREAD is her best Tess Monaghan work to date. The protagonist is a tough independent woman who is kindhearted even if she is afraid to make a commitment to the man she loves. Getting to know Zeke and Natalie, two people who look so good on the outside yet so ugly inside is a fascinating experience in a creepy sort of way. Tess does for Baltimore what Spenser does for Boston................................ Harriet Klausner

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