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In a Strange City (Tess Monaghan Series #6)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2011

    For every wannabe Nancy Drew!

    I love Tess Monaghan and the PI she has become, but, you want to yell "don't go in there" ! But Laura Lippman still writes a good mystery with a good story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2009

    Another great one from Laura Lippman.

    If you like the Tess M. series, then you will love this fast moving thriller from Laura Lippman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2002

    A disappointing read

    "In a Strange City" starts off with a promising beginning and an interesting plot, but is quick to bog down with too many unneccessary details and not near enough likeable charecters. The book quickly abandons the Visitor storyline and moves into many much less interesting side stories. Tess Monaghan is an unbearably annoying charecter with not enough charm to compell the reader to feel anything for her other than vague dislike and she left me wondering how the heck she became a private investigator. She doesn't have enough intelligence or guts to be a PI and is surprisingly slow on the uptake. This book is bogged down with Balitimore details that are supposed to be eccentric or cutesy, but just come off as strange. Baltimore is a city that strikes the reader as too boring, overlooked, and small of a city to place a book in. If "In a Strange City" finished with as much promise as it started, this would be a very different review. Unfortuantely, it patronizes the readers too much to be worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2001

    A UNIQUE AND COMPELLING READ

    Crime writer Laura Lippman, the winner of every important mystery award (an Edgar, a Shamus, an Anthony, and an Agatha), now pays tribute to the man many consider to be the world's premier mystery writer - Edgar Allen Poe. 'In A Strange City,' Lippman's sixth novel to feature PI Tess Monaghan is set in Baltimore where in the predawn hours of every January 19th, the anniversary of Poe's birthday, a coterie of the famed author's fans wait to see a mysterious visitor who comes to Poe's tomb bearing 3 blood red roses and a bottle of cognac. This year, Tess is among those waiting for a glimpse of the mysterious 'Poe Visitor.' She is surprised to see not one but two cloaked men carrying the appropriate tributes; she is even more surprised to see one murdered as the other escapes into the semi-darkness. Bobby Hilliard, a 28-year-old gay waiter is the victim. The senseless beating of another gay man some days earlier and Hilliard's death arouse the local gay and lesbian rights group headed by Tess's former friend attorney Cecelia Cesnik. The group insists that a maniacal homophobe is running amok. Tess soon finds herself enmeshed in a multi-layered swirl of events pulling her in opposite directions. Hammered on by the chief detective who thinks she knows more than she's telling, our heroine is also stalked by an unknown person who leaves cognac and three red roses by her front door. There's more than mere murder here as Tess suspects a complicated scheme involving priceless antiques and other black marketables begins to emerge. Ms. Lippman has laced her latest thriller with strains of greed and homophobia, and included such Poe-isms as a victim buried alive and a ticking clock. It makes for a unique and compelling read.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Tour of Baltimore mystery

    Nobody loves and appreciates Baltimore more than Tess Monahan, who has seen the city¿s seamier side and still thinks it is a beautiful place. The former reporter turned private detective would not think of living anywhere else as her roots go deep into the city¿s soul. <P>Every night on January 19th, the visitor comes to Poe¿s grave, leaving behind a glass of cognac and roses on his final resting site. Ironically, the first and only time Tess goes to the grave to see the Visitor two men show up, one killing the other. Earlier in the day, a wannabe client wants Tess to find out the identity of the Visitor because he believes the Visitor hid money that belongs to him. The police think the victim is not the Visitor and plead for the client to come in so they can ask him some questions since he was a witness. Tess would like to stay out of the mess altogether but that proves impossible to do when somebody leaves half a bottle of cognac and some roses on her doorstep. More incidents concerning the murder draw her deeper into the homicide than any other one she has previously investigated. <P> Laura Lippman defines Baltimore and her love for her chosen city shines brightly on every page of IN A STRANGE CITY. People who read this book will definitely want to take a vacation to this city to enjoy its uniqueness. Ms. Lippman has created a complex and fascinating linear story line that will leave the audience guessing on the who and why of the killing until the last chapter. <P>Harriet Klausner

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