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The Sugar House (Tess Monaghan #5) [Mass Market Paperback]

Laura Lippman
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery. Most enjoyable July 4 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery May 13 2002
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Locust Point, Baltimore April 4 2002
This novel has a well developed plot including all the sins people might commit. The setting is present day Locust Point, Baltimore, with side excursions to nearby areas. Political corruption extends down through the social structure, and sets off chains of events - "damage control" can sometimes cause greater damage.
Tess Monaghan opens a can of worms when she investigates the death of a Jane Doe, a young woman of indeterminate age (an apparent runaway) who was accidentally killed in an encounter with a local glue sniffer. People in power had quietly buried the case but, to quote the Bible, "your sins will find you out." Identifying the woman implicates a wide variety of individuals who have committed (or are commiting) an assortment of crimes.
Tess can be tenacious, and don't get on her wrong side as she believes in retribution. She can be devious, and may blindside you when you aren't looking.
There are some scattered instances of bad proofreading in the novel (I am looking at a first edition), but those are the fault of the publisher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Absolute Best Ever From Lippman March 31 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. It is a fascinating journey leading through the Locust Point section of South Baltimore to the eastern shore. Tesser, along with her boyfriend Crowe, and best friend Whitney never have a dull moment. A fantastic read for those of you with a tie to Baltimore and a great read for those of you who don't. I highly recommend The Sugar House. I just could not put this one down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sugar House Jan. 12 2002
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.
But, to find Tess Monaghan is a delight!! She comes very close to Travis [in the interesting department] and far exceeds Kinsey
in the story/plot area.
I am so happy to have just discovered this wonderful author,
Laura Lippman. I highly recommend this to all Travis McGee [character] fans!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Stuff Oct. 25 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read Sept. 6 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time Tess Made Hardcover July 6 2001
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. SUGAR HOUSE is Lippman's first hardcover mystery, and it is a fabulous novel. Lippman's protagonist, Tess Monaghan, agrees to her father's request and attempts to identify a nameless dead girl whose murderer himself was murdered. To accomplish this task, Lippman takes us on a tour of the Atlantic coast. Tess journeys from her usual stomping grounds of Baltimore to Annapolis, Philadelphia, and Maryland's Eastern Shore. Lippman continues to develop her Tess character, as well as several supporting characters. SUGAR HOUSE's plot is first-rate, and Lippman's writing is smooth. It is difficult to believe that it has taken five paperback books for Tess to reach hardcover. SUGAR HOUSE is a great mystery, and I recommend it highly.
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