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The subtext of this well-written, richly rendered thriller is Tess's confrontation with her own values and her struggle to accept her father's compromises with his. There's also a sexy love story with Tess's boyfriend, who's nearly too good to be true, and a lively gal pal, the wealthy and loyal Whitney, whose own talents are equally impressive. The author is good at developing multidimensional characters, the minor ones as well as the majors. And once your appetite is whetted by The Sugar House, you'll want to track down Tess's earlier adventures in Lippman's (paper) backlist, beginning with Baltimore Blues. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I just discovered this author and enjoyed this book very much. You don't have to read the first Tess books to enjoy this one which is always a plus with a series. Read morePublished on July 4 2002 by "moppie"
If you love Baltimore, you'll love this book. It's a bit less direct than her earlier books and this is probably an improvement. Read morePublished on May 13 2002
I have been following the story and career of Tess since the very beginning and I must say that The Sugar House is the very best novel in the series to date. Read morePublished on March 31 2002 by "nascarbet"
I was a great fan of Travis McGee until we lost John MacDonald.
Now I have enjoyed the "A is for".....series with Kinsey Millhone
as our female P.I. Read more
For those who enjoy mysteries this is a good book. It is not a great book, but it is very good. The characters, including the main character Tess, are believable people. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2001
Although I'm not as fond of this book as of the previous (In Big Trouble), it's definitely an excellent read. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2001 by Kristin Brown
As a mystery writer with my first book in its initial release, I genuinely admire Laura Lippman, an author who is clearly at the top of her game. Read morePublished on July 5 2001 by Kent Braithwaite
Laura Lippman keeps proving to the world that she is a fantastic writer. With SUGAR HOUSE, she has even topped herself - which isn't easy! Read morePublished on Dec 29 2000 by Maria Y. Lima