Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan Series #1)

Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan Series #1)

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by Laura Lippman

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Until her paper, the Baltimore Star, crashed and burned, Tess Monaghan was a damn good reporter who knew her hometown intimately -- from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill. Now gainfully unemployed at twenty-nine, she's willing to take any freelance job to pay the rent -- including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing

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Until her paper, the Baltimore Star, crashed and burned, Tess Monaghan was a damn good reporter who knew her hometown intimately -- from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill. Now gainfully unemployed at twenty-nine, she's willing to take any freelance job to pay the rent -- including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy, Darryl "Rock" Paxton.

In a city where someone is murdered almost everyday, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer's notoriety -- and his noontime trysts with Rock's fiancee -- make the case front page news...and points to Rock as the likely murderer. But trying to prove her friend's innocence couls prove costly to Tess -- and add her name to that infamous ever-growing list.

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Tess Monaghan Series , #1
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Baltimore Blues 3.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 522 reviews.
spinspinnsuga More than 1 year ago
I first found Laura Lipton on Facebook. After reading her book summaries, I decided to pick up her first novel, "Baltimore Blues." While the book was well written, I found it to be a little dull. It's more of a detective fiction novel, something similar to Sue Grafon's Alphabet Series' detective, Kinsey Millhone. Compared to Kinsey, however, I found Tess to be immature, lazy, and unorganized. I would compare her to Janet Evanovich's character, Stephanie Plum. Tess seems to be floating through life, leaning on family and friends for support. But I've read reviews of Lipton's other books and I will continue to read her books. From previous reviews I have read, it sounds like her character, Tess, grows and develops into an admirable character, and the stories keep getting better. I admired Lipton's writing style as well as her talent for description.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love mysteries - all kinds (Diane Mott Davidson, Laurie King, Deaver, Baldacci, Lisa Gardner, Grisham, Meltzer - the list goes on). I was pulled into the Tess Monaghan series immediately. The writing style is casual, but intricate enough to create three dimensional characters. I have read the books in order (currently on book 5). I'm kind of like Goldie Locks. Some myteries are too light and fluffy and some are just over the top (gore or illogical plots, etc). Lippman's Monaghan is just right! These are lighter mysteries compared to Gardner and Deaver, but the plots are well constructed. The killer has not been obvious in any of the ones I have read, but the twists and solution have always been plausible. I have also found the characters endearing. Great rainy day read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a review of Baltimore Blues on this web site by a lady named Beth (dated Aug 4th 1999) and found 5 different titles in the Tess Monaghan series in one of the bookstores here in Paris. Never having heard of Laura Lippman before, even though I am an avid reader of crime fiction, I decided to buy the lot. I AM SO GLAD I DID ! Wow, what a writer! All the characters are well portrayed, especially Esskay, the greyhound with the bad breath, who appears first in Charm City ! If anyone is looking for a "new name" (even though the first in the series appeared 3/4 years ago) start here. Thank you, Beth, for your review AND thank you Laura for such enjoyable, entertaining, gripping writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a bit surprised by all the glowing five-star reviews of this book, as I found it fairly mediocre. This isn't a bad book, it just isn't a good book. The author's style makes for easy reading, but I was somewhat disappointed in both the plot and character development. Neither seemed advanced enough to draw me into caring. In fact, some of the characters were surprisingly one-dimensional. (By comparison, I could barely put down the last two books I read.) I used to call this type of book mystery-lite when my ex read them: nothing complex, nothing puzzling, nothing particularly mysterious, it just happens to have an an unsolved crime. Yawn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this mystery. It left me wondering through the whole book. I didn't have a clue about the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strong characters and a nice plot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kept waiting for this book to begin, then it was over. The main character/narrator is whiny and I had no interest in her. The writing style was self-satisfied and overdone. It was as if Ms. Lippmann was going for 'gorgeous woman who doesn't realize how pretty she is' and ended up with 'helpless, codependent woman who is self-indulgent and has an inflated sense of her own intelligence.' This character is not like Stephanie Plum at ALL; Stephanie is funny, nonjudgmental and honorable. I would even go so far as to say this writer doesn't seem to like women.
BarbaraC More than 1 year ago
This was an extremely slow-paced book compared to other detective books that I'm used to, and then the ending seemed to have been rushed. The author does have an easy conversational style but the pace is too slow for me.
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
I have long been a huge fan of crime fiction. Among my favorite authors is George Pelecanos, a definitive man writer. Being so used to writers like Pelecanos, and the fact that I am a male, I was wary to read Laura Lippman because I wasn't sure if her books would appeal to me as much as it would a woman. By no means was I being sexist, but never mind that, Laura Lippman writes a great novel to start her series with character Tess Monoghan that a reader of either gender will find entertaining. While Baltimore Blues definitely has the feel of a first novel, which it is, and I'm sure that Mrs. Lippman's future novels will be better, Lippman creates a great character in Tess, she shows great skills in character development. At the end of the novel, I knew so much about Tess. This was a great novel, the plot was actually pretty good (I recently went to a signing of Mrs. Lippman's and she said that she found the plotting of her early novels were not very good), but her character development was a much bigger concern for her, which is fine, because Tess, and other characters in the book, are really great.
JessicaNicole2010 More than 1 year ago
Not a fantastic book but it was ok . I had a hard time getting into it but the middle was good. The end was just so-so.
Wayne Rickman More than 1 year ago
Good quick read
Monrovilla More than 1 year ago
The author's writing style was great, however, the book lack that page- turner feel to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was born and raised in Baltimore and found some of the material written by Laura Lippman regarding Baltimore to be offensive. A person reading this book would think that Baltimore is a horrible place to live. Like all cities and towns, there are good areas and not-to-good areas. In addition to finding the book borderline boring, I will not be reading any more books written by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept putting this book down as just didn't move fast enough.
nooklover52 More than 1 year ago
There were lots of good characters in this book who kept it moving, and the twists were always two steps ahead of me. It was a great read. I would to see more with Tesser!
KayakerKM More than 1 year ago
This was a decent read for the price. It had a good story line and was not predictable as I thought it was going to be. There is several pages of "filler" that seemed to drag on at times but for the most part I would reccomend it.
Avid_Reader_TC More than 1 year ago
I am hoping that further on will be better.
Janice Parrott More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Easy read and kept you guessing thru out the book. All I look for in a book is entertainment and this was that. I will read more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of editing errors, grammar errors and omitted words, but all in all a very enjoyable book. Nice light reading, would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great first book in a series I've been reading off and on.
ColinsMama More than 1 year ago
the characters feel real, and the plot keeps you guessing. i was so tired of female lead characters being stupid, and this one breaks tha mold! i cant wait to download book 2!
michellebarr More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book read it in 2 days..a real page turner which makes to be a good book. This is the first book that I have read by this author. I would read more of hers.
Deb Hendrix More than 1 year ago
Great first mystery in aseries set in Baltimore featuring unemploed wrter, Tess Monaghan. good plot and realistic dialogue keep the reader interested. Local settings are incorporated naturally, from the Shot Tower to Ft. McHenry to the Ravens to Edgar Allen Poe.
HuskerReader More than 1 year ago
Good, easy reading. Loved the surprises at the end!
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
This was a good PI mystery. Tess is an unemployed journalist, living over top her eccentric aunt's book store. Her friend Rock asks her to follow his fiance and soon a murder occurs and her friend Rock is charged. Tess begins to investiage. Lots of twists and turns.