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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (July 12 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380810220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380810222
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,486,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laura Lippman was a newspaper reporter at the Baltimore Sun for twelve years. Her Tess Monaghan novels -- The Last Place, The Sugar House, Baltimore Blues, Charm City, Butchers Hill, and In Big Trouble -- have won the Edgar, Agatha, Shamus, Anthony, and Nero Wolfe Awards, and In a Strange City was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel Every Secret Thing. Lippman lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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A feckless young Baltimore man, convicted of a Jane Doe murder, is himself killed in prison. His sister wants to know why. When Tess Monaghan, a tough but charming Baltimore P.I., takes the case, her investigation runs the gamut from the city's ruling classes to its lowlife and most of the notes in between. Compelling and satisfying, this is a tautly worked thriller with an awfully sweet ending (note the title.) Laurence Bouvard runs out of male voices; when she gets to the bottom of her barrel, some of the men sound more like cartoon mice or ducks than the thugs they are, but she does a great job otherwise. B.G. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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. The plot was unusual and the characters were realistic. I liked Tess and I was interested in her city and the situation. Lippman gave me some points to ponder as well as some medical conditions that I have researched a bit. That's always good to have someone stretch your mind a bit and that's what Lippman did with me. I recommend this book to folks who like mysteries and folks who read for pleasure as well as to learn a little something every now and then.
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By A Customer on Oct. 25 2001
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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. No character strikes me as implausible. The detective work is solid also. Tess follows leads in a plausible and practical way. One small flaw is that she spots a car she was looking for by luck. It takes a while to fine a car. That small point aside, this book is well-written, fair to all of its characters and entertaining.
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By Kristin Brown on Sept. 6 2001
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Although I'm not as fond of this book as of the previous (In Big Trouble), it's definitely an excellent read. The mystery here is one of Lippman's best, and as with her previous novels, Lippman isn't afraid to put her characters in situations where they're forced to learn something about themselves. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
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By A Customer on May 13 2002
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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. She's getting better at spinning together more complicated plots with more complicated narratives.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An Absolute Sweet Treat! April 25 2005
By Collene Irvin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When her brother goes to jail for killing a Jane Doe and he himself is killed, Ruth Denbrow hires Tess Monaghan to find out the truth regarding the Jane Doe murder. Sometimes the truth is more than you expect because this investigation will reveal some truths hidden by Tess's own father.

This is the fifth installment in the Tess Monaghan series set in Baltimore and Lippman is superb! In addition to solving murders she tackles issues such as eating disorders, shady treatment centers, liquor licensing and family relationships. Sugar House is a little slow starting but soon delivers a powerful punch and perplexing plotline. This is a must read for every mystery fan.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great mystery. Most enjoyable July 4 2002
By "moppie" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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. The plot was unusual and the characters were realistic. I liked Tess and I was interested in her city and the situation. Lippman gave me some points to ponder as well as some medical conditions that I have researched a bit. That's always good to have someone stretch your mind a bit and that's what Lippman did with me. I recommend this book to folks who like mysteries and folks who read for pleasure as well as to learn a little something every now and then.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great mystery May 13 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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. She's getting better at spinning together more complicated plots with more complicated narratives.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
another good one March 10 2008
By Psyche 17 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Laura Lippman consistently delivers well written, suspenseful novels and she does not disappoint her readers with the Sugar House. It is one of my favorites by this author. Her only flaw is her persistent P.C. bigotry towards certain individuals. Without this, her books would be even better.
Another episode in the gritty, grim, dangerous life of a private eye June 18 2011
By Josephine Briggs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book begins when a young man, a junkie, is murdered in prison. An attack by members of a gang? But is this true? He went to jail for murdering a seventeen year old girl, a girl living on the streets, a nobody, a Jane Doe. The girl was buried in a Potters Field nameless. There were no inquiries, no reports of a missing person. Who was she?

Tesser Monaghan is asked to take this case. Who murdered this young man and for what reason? The person asking Tess to take on this case is her father, Patrick Monaghan, who is active in Baltimore politic as are a couple of his brothers. The reason for this request is that Ruthie Dembrow's brother is the young man murdered in prison. Ruthie feels there was a much different reason for this young man to be killed. Plus Pat owes Ruthie, a Baltimore hon, a favor. He doesn't tell Tess why.

The season of this particular book is the Christmas season. Baltimore is filled with Christmas decorations. The city is cold,gray and darkness comes early. This is a good time for a murder mystery in the blue collar town of Baltimore.

Politics is much involved in this story. One of the men running is Senator Kenny Dahlgren, a family loving, honest man of the people or is he? Plus there are more so called honest politicians such as Arnold Vasso.

Tess is in love with Crow for the time being; Aunt Kitty's man of the month is Tyner Gray. Other characters are Tess's best friend, Whitney,who comes from a wealthy family, Esskay, Tess's dog, Sukey a gossipey teenager who Tess is always cautioning to stay away from trouble, she may be in danger. Along comes a new friend Jackie and toddler daughter,Laylah, who Tess adores.

Tess and Whitney,who is helping with a case, go to a hidden school for girls from wealthy families called Persephone's Place. The school is quite a way out in the country, hard to find and get to and very costly. This is a school for girls with eating problems plus tons of money.

Tess goes to Philadelphia to see a former student of this school Tess has questions to ask Devon. She feels Devon knows much about the case this PI is trying to solve.

This private eye, as usual, goes into dangerous places, meets evil people, people who love money and wouldn't mind killing innocents to get it. There are some who will do anything to gain power. She goes through the blue collar sections of Baltimore plus the wealthier sections.

Laure Lippman is a native of Baltimore who loves her city and takes her readers all through her hometown. A good escapist read.

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