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Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman

The Book:

In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz’s death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer’s notoriety—and his taste for illicit midday trysts—makes the case front-page news in every local paper except the Star, which crashed and burned before Abramowitz did.

A former Star reporter who knows every inch of this town—from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill—now-unemployed journalist Tess Monaghan also knows the primary suspect: cuckolded fiancé Darryl “Rock” Paxton. The time is ripe for a career move, so when rowing buddy Rock wants to hire her to do some unorthodox snooping to help clear his name, Tess agrees. But there are lethal secrets hiding in the Charm City shadows. And Tess’s own name could end up on the ever-expanding list of Baltimore dead.

Source: From Goodreads

The View:

I have been reading this book for almost 3 weeks. Yes, Yes..I started it and then moved on to something else, then came back, then moved on and kept doing this over and over again. What is strange about this action of mine is that I liked this book and I did so from the very first page. I would like to think of a logical explanation to why I delayed completing it, but I can’t make up anything right now.

Baltimore Blues is the first Tess Monaghan novel filled with lots of twists in an interesting plot. At some parts of the story, it appeared as if too much was happening but they were all beautifully blended into a single case. The location-based out of Baltimore added so much more realism to the story.

Tess is a great character. For someone who is doing her first stint as a private investigator, she is awesome. Mostly feisty, sharp and confidant; she transitions seamlessly to a doubting, insecure and emotional friend as situations demands. There were quite a few characters and everyone had a personality that added a lot of value to the plot and the storyline.

Baltimore Blues is a very good first novel for the Tess Monaghan series. I liked it and I will probably be reading a lot more or Laura Lippman. Rated a 4 on 5 and I am making a mental note to complete reading the next book at a much faster pace than this one.



6 Responses

  1. The first Lippman book I read, I really didn’t care for. I have seen good reviews on this book though so I am going to give her another try. Thanks for sharing….

  2. This sounds good. I have this one on my Nook, so eventually I will get to it.

  3. I’ve read one Laura Lippman novel, Another Thing to Fall, and I quite enjoyed it! I would welcome the opportunity to read others of her work.

    I have a Mark Haddon book like this. I’ve tried reading A Spot of Bother a few times but have a hard time getting into it. I will have to make another effort soon, I’m thinking.

  4. […] big trouble” is my second Laura Lippman book. The first book I read was “Baltimore Blues” and I liked it so much that I decided to splurge on a few more books by her. “In Big […]

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