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Downsized ex-reporter Tess Monaghan spends her days working part-time at the bookstore owned by sexy Aunt Kitty and trying not to fall into the disgustingly polluted Patapsco from her city-owned boat. When rowing buddy Rocky pays her what looks like a fortune to follow his fiance, the trail leads to murder with Rocky the prime suspect. "Uneven" is the word for this first novel-hometown and newspaper backgrounds are alive from page one, but characters are cartoons until chapter 15 (out of 30) when Tess investigates the victim. Suddenly the story perks up to a believable pageturner. If Lippman continues the promise of the second half of Baltimore Blues while adhering to advice attributed to Elmore Leonard to cut out the parts people won't read, mystery fans can anticipate an engrossing series.
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"Laura Lippman deserves to be a big star." -- -- Julie Smith, author of House of BluesSee all Product Description
This is my first book by this author. It's the beginning of a series that features Tess Monagham, an unemployed journalist in Baltimore, who stumbles into private detective work... Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2013 by Pat the cat
My friend turned me onto this series and I love it! If you are from the Maryland area, you will recognize a lot of the landmarks, but if you're not from the area you'll still love... Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by taralk
I really like this author's voice. She's witty and smart and just pulled me along to the end. I particularly like the way she brought baltimore alive.Published on July 14 2003
I just "discovered" this author and I am fast becoming a die-hard fan. This is not the best book in the series, but it is a wonderful beginning and Tess only gets better. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2002 by Kindle Customer
Having written a novel myself, "The Other Part Of Me", set in Howard County (just to the west of Baltimore) I was anxious to see if "Baltimore Blues" captured... Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2002 by Ronnie Kinsley
This book is well written - the characterizations are original, the description of Baltimore is interesting but not overdone, and the "whodunit" ending is suprising but... Read morePublished on July 20 2001 by Kristin Brown