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In Big Trouble Lp [Large Print] [Paperback]

Laura Lippman
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Oct. 19 2009 Tess Monaghan Mysteries

“[Laura Lippman] is quite simply one of the best crime novelists writing today.”

—Tess Gerritsen


New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman burst onto the crime fiction scene with her critically acclaimed suspense series featuring Baltimore p.i. Tess Monaghan. In Big Trouble is classic Tess, a case that draws the intrepid investigator from Charm City to Texas to help an ex-lover in peril. Lippman’s novels have won the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Shamus—every major award, in fact, given for American mystery fiction. In Big Trouble is a prime example of the storytelling artistry that has won Laura Lippman the admiration of critics and peers alike, from Tess Gerritsen to Harlan Coben (“I love her books”).

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When Baltimore PI Tess Monaghan receives an envelope postmarked Boerne, Tex., containing a photo of Crow, her former musician boyfriend, and a scrap of newspaper headline reading "in big trouble," a day's outing to visit Crow's parents in Charlottesville, Tex., turns into a road trip to unknown territory. Tough and street savvy in her hometown, the former reporter feels lost in the land of the Alamo. Crow seems to have disappeared with a mysterious blonde singer, and as Tess searches for them, she encounters a wall of family secrets behind which may lie the reason for the body count rising around her. Lippman's (Charm City) colorful charactersAespecially the proprietor of Tess's temporary no-tell motel, and homicide detective Al GuzmanAadd amusement to this gripping mystery. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.


"Smart, sassy and wildly funny." -- The San Antonio Express-News --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done Aug. 30 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"In Big Trouble" is very well written, carefully plotted and full of good characters.
As I am reading the Tess Monaghan series in order, this is my 4th Laura Lippman read. This is easily her best mystery in the whodunit and plotting categories. Lots of red herrings and plenty of possible suspects.
It is her first one that takes place outside of Baltimore, and that was a minus for me. Having lived in Baltimore, I find her a great voice for that great city. Her books give me my Baltimore fix...so with 95% of the action Texas I was disappointed.
That said, this is a strong work and well worth reading. It truly shows how the author has grown as a mystery writer.
So, if Texas locations are what you like, this is a spectacular read.
I look forward her "The Sugar House" shortly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the series (so far!) Sept. 6 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love that Lippman is willing to let her characters learn from life. Maybe it's because I'm close to both Tess's age (30) and place in life (what do I do when I grow up?), but I really liked this book. As with previous books, I do think Lippman tends to throw in one too many unexpected surprises toward the end, but it doesn't keep the reader from enjoying the good story or the excellent characterizations. For those of you who read this series for Baltimore, don't let the Texas setting throw you off - Lippman's love of geography is just as evident here as in previous Tess books. A good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lippman scores again with another fantastic book Sept. 13 1999
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Laura Lippman once again proves she's one of America's hottest new mystery authors with her latest entry in the Tess Monaghan series, IN BIG TROUBLE. This time, Tess has to leave her precious Baltimore to search for a missing person in Texas -- and he just happens to be her old boyfriend, Crow. It's fun to see Tess as a fish out of water, and there's some great comic relief, especially the Vietnamese owner of the motel Tess stays in (she's hooked on junk food and Spanish soap operas). Fans of Julie Smith and Sara Paretsky should give Lippman's PI a try.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tess Rocks Texas Dec 18 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my favorite in the series, even though it takes place outside of Baltimore and Crow is missing for much of the story. Tess in Texas is as funny, irreverent, and clever as she is in her own Charm City. In her search for Crow she meets several strange characters (who are not caricatures), gets tripped, tricked, but never loses her good humor and determination. The resolution is excellent because it's not contrived and it's not easy, either. An engrossing and satisfying read. It's too bad Crow is only a figment of Laura Lippman's imagination!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lippman Does it Again May 25 2000
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Tess Monaghan shines in Lippman's new novel, IN BIG TROUBLE. Tess is portrayed, as always, as a completely believable and yet extremely strong female character. Finding her ex-bofriend Crow, and solving the murders that surround him, make for a very interesting and entertaining read. Lippman's writing style also lends to the enjoyment of this book. I highly recommend it; however, if you've never read Lippman you should probably start at the beginning of the "Tess" series.
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