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Baltimore Blues ➛ [KINDLE] ❅ Baltimore Blues By Laura Lippman ➥ – Thomashillier.co.uk Until her paper, the Balti Star, crashed and burned, Tess Monaghan was a damn good reporter who knew her hometown intimately from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill Now gai Until her paper, the Balti Star, crashed and burned, Tess Monaghan was a damn good reporter who knew her hometown intimately from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill Now gainfully unemployed at twenty nine, she s willing to take any freelance job to pay the rent including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy, Darryl Rock PaxtonIn a city where someone is murdered almost everyday, attorney Michael Abramowitz s death should be just another statistic But the slain lawyer s notoriety and his noontime trysts with Rock s fiancee make the case front page newsand points to Rock as the likely murderer But trying to prove her friend s innocence couls prove costly to Tess and add her name to that infamous ever growing list.

  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Baltimore Blues
  • Laura Lippman
  • English
  • 02 April 2018

About the Author: Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman is a New York Times bestselling novelist who has wonthan twenty awards for her fiction, including the Edgar Award and been nominated for thirtySince her debut in , she has published twenty one novels, a novella, a children s book, and a collection of short stories Her books have been translated into over twenty languages LitHub named her one of the essential female crime writers of the last hundred years She also has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Vulture, Real Simple, and T magazine The film of her novel Every Secret Thing was produced by Frances McDormand and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, starring Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, and Dakota Fanning Laura lives in Balti with her husband, David Simon, and their daughter.



10 thoughts on “Baltimore Blues

  1. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    When it appears a rowing buddy of hers murdered his fiancee s boss and lover, underemployed Tess Monaghan sets about trying to clear his name But did Rock kill ace attorney Michael Abramowitz If he didn t, who did and why And can Tess find out before she winds up as dead as the lawyer A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the girl I was seeing at the time told me I would like Laura Lippman Since she was always pushing books on me, I ignored her Maybe she was right in that one particul When it appears a rowing buddy of hers murdered his fiancee s boss and lover, underemployed Tess Monaghan sets about trying to clear his name But did Rock kill ace attorney Michael Abramowitz If he didn t, who did and why And can Tess find out before she winds up as dead as the lawyer A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the girl I was seeing at the time told me I would like Laura Lippman Since she was always pushing books on me, I ignored her Maybe she was right in that one particular instance.Balti Blues is a mystery that has manylayers than it first appears, like baklava See, I could have said onion but that s what everyone says when they talk about layers Anyway, it was Laura Lippman s first trip to the dance and she did a lot better than most first time novelists As the title indicates, Balti plays a big part in the book, almost a character in and of itself, much like George Pelecanos Washington DC, Dennis Lehane s Boston, and Lawrence Block s New York Much like Detroit, Balti doesn t get by on looks It has to work for a living, to paraphrase El Leonard.Since this was the first book in the series, Lippman had some groundwork to lay and she did it in a fairly painless way We know Tess is into rowing, has an on again off again reporter boyfriend named Jonathan and used to be a reporter but we don t get clubbed over the head with any of it I liked that Tess isn t hot, wasn t involved in a love triangle, and generally behaved like a real person instead of being a moron like most fictional detectives wind up being in order to advance the plot Also, she works in a bookstore A lady detective that works in a bookstore Hard to top that, ladies.Like all great mysteries, it took me forever to figure out what really happened and it turned out I was still wrong Part of it was misdirection but I have to say I think another part of it was that it was such a convoluted affair That was my only gripe with the book I thought the mystery was way too serpentine and not readily solveable Also, I m still pretty sure Ava was boning somebody besides Rock but that was never revealed.So, I liked Balti Blues quite a lot but not enough to take it into a bus station men s room and have rough intercourse with it I ll be readingof Laura Lippman s chronicles of Tess Monaghan 3.5 out of 5 stars

  2. Barbara Barbara says:

    This is the first book in Laura Lippmann s popular Tess Monaghan private investigator series Twentysomething Balti resident Tess Monaghan was a journalist until her newspaper the Balti Star folded Now Tess works part time in her Aunt Kitty s bookstore and puts in a few hours a week in her Uncle Donald s government office This gives Tess plenty of time to indulge her two favorite pursuits sculling and running Tess wakes up at 5 30 every morning to row for a couple of hours..t This is the first book in Laura Lippmann s popular Tess Monaghan private investigator series Twentysomething Balti resident Tess Monaghan was a journalist until her newspaper the Balti Star folded Now Tess works part time in her Aunt Kitty s bookstore and puts in a few hours a week in her Uncle Donald s government office This gives Tess plenty of time to indulge her two favorite pursuits sculling and running Tess wakes up at 5 30 every morning to row for a couple of hours..then runs in the evenings after work All this exercise leaves Tess s long lean body muscular and toned Tess s best friend is Darryl Rock Paxton, a science researcher whose passion is competitive rowing Tess and Rock meet at the Patapsco River boathouse every morning, and after sculling in their individual shells go out to breakfast on Rock s dime One day Rock asks Tess to do a job for him Rock s beautiful blonde fianc Ava Hill, a budding lawyer who s failed the bar exam twice, has been acting squirrelly lately..and Rock wants to know why Rock asks Tess to investigate Ava, and offers to pay Tess standard private investigator fees Cash strapped Tess agrees, and her discoveries lead to a world of trouble Tess learns that Ava has afternoon trysts in a hotel with Michael Abramowitz, a partner in the Three O s law firm that employs them both Rock is appraised of this news, and soon afterwards Abramowitz is killed in his office Before you can say prime suspect, Rock is arrested for murder Rock s lawyer, also a rowing aficionado, employs Tess to look for exonerating evidence to clear Rock While Tess is researching Abramowitz s life, she s hounded by her former boyfriend investigative journalist Jonathan Ross who wants a scoop for his newspaper Ross is a lothario who drops in on Tess for a bit of nooky whenever he feels like it, and I didn t like him Looking for information about Abramowitz s murder, Tess interviews the security guard at the Three O s law firm, and the cleaner who found Abramowitz s body She also delves into Abramowitz s cases, to identify people who might have wanted him dead Tess discovers that Abramowitz started his career as a public defender, and that he got off a number of accused rapists The rapists female victims formed a support group, and these women as well as convicts Abramowitz didn t exonerate form a pool of possible suspects.Additional characters in the book include Tess s beautiful Aunt Kitty a woman of a certain age who still attracts men like flies Crow a young man who works for Aunt Kitty..and has a big crush Whitney a clever young woman who helps Tess investigate Shamus O Neil the managing partner in the Three O s law firm, who has a roving eye Shamus s wife who knows her husband runs around andIn addition the city of Balti, whose gritty neighborhoods are described in cinematic detail, is almost a character in the novel Tess s investigation endangers her life, but she solves the crime..and starts her career as a private detective Tess is an appealing sleuth and I enjoyed the book You can follow my reviews at

  3. Diane Diane says:

    This is a zippy murder mystery set in Balti Tess Monaghan has been in a rut since she lost her newspaper job, but her life getsexciting when her friend, Darryl, asks her to investigate his fianc Things get messy when Darryl is accused of murdering a shady attorney linked to his girlfriend Tess tries to help him by finding the real killer, and ends up in the crosshairs herself.I listened to this audiobook while attending a conference in Balti, and it was fun to learn details abo This is a zippy murder mystery set in Balti Tess Monaghan has been in a rut since she lost her newspaper job, but her life getsexciting when her friend, Darryl, asks her to investigate his fianc Things get messy when Darryl is accused of murdering a shady attorney linked to his girlfriend Tess tries to help him by finding the real killer, and ends up in the crosshairs herself.I listened to this audiobook while attending a conference in Balti, and it was fun to learn details about the different neighborhoods as Tess travels around the city to investigate the case This was my first Laura Lippman book, and I enjoyed this enough that I ll check outof her work

  4. Melissa Melissa says:

    This book certainly can t help that it was written almost 20 years ago is therefore dated in ways both charming Tess looked over his shoulder, enthralled Electronic data bases were new to her and irritating Tess s insistence that the female members of the Victims of Male Aggression group have built their lives around passivity and inaction, the entire existence of Crow But the mystery was interesting, and although Tess has archaic views on the proper way to be a victim of sexual assa This book certainly can t help that it was written almost 20 years ago is therefore dated in ways both charming Tess looked over his shoulder, enthralled Electronic data bases were new to her and irritating Tess s insistence that the female members of the Victims of Male Aggression group have built their lives around passivity and inaction, the entire existence of Crow But the mystery was interesting, and although Tess has archaic views on the proper way to be a victim of sexual assault, there is always room for her to grow I ll stick around as long as she doesn t start dating Crow for real

  5. Barbara Barbara says:

    This is the first of the Tess Monaghan series Lippman does an excellent job of establishing a great sense of Balti This is important as Tess is a Balti native We meet many of the characters, her friends and family, who continue to be featured in her books Tess is a recently laid off newspaper reporter and is scrambling to earn a living with a few part time jobs given to her by family members She is also an athlete and her sport is rowing As water is so important to the city of Balt This is the first of the Tess Monaghan series Lippman does an excellent job of establishing a great sense of Balti This is important as Tess is a Balti native We meet many of the characters, her friends and family, who continue to be featured in her books Tess is a recently laid off newspaper reporter and is scrambling to earn a living with a few part time jobs given to her by family members She is also an athlete and her sport is rowing As water is so important to the city of Balti, being on a tributary of Chesapeake Bay She is also a runner and with the hours she spends daily on her exercise routines, it s a good thing she is not fully employed Being a rower, however, fits into her getting her start as an investigator A fellow rower hires her to trail his fiance When there s a murder, her rowing friend is a suspect and Tess goes to work as an investigator for his lawyer I have been reading this series for over 10 years The first novel was published in 1997 and there are many aspects of the story that remind us how much things have changed in 18 years For example, Tess often makes phone calls from pay phones that even in 1997 weren t easy to find.A satisfying mystery, and decent narration The narrator makes a decent stab at Balti accents for various characters, and it adds to the color

  6. Obsidian Obsidian says:

    Wow What a crazy ride I loved reading about Tess, her family, her uncle who may not be a uncle and having this whole thing set in Balti Lippman manages to make Balti come alive and you get to see the many sides to Charm City I really enjoyed Tess too since we don t just get her off and running in her new freelance career as a PI Lippman introduces some great characters, Tess s aunt Kitty, her ex Johnathan, her rowing buddy Rock, and her best friend Whitney Balti Blues has T Wow What a crazy ride I loved reading about Tess, her family, her uncle who may not be a uncle and having this whole thing set in Balti Lippman manages to make Balti come alive and you get to see the many sides to Charm City I really enjoyed Tess too since we don t just get her off and running in her new freelance career as a PI Lippman introduces some great characters, Tess s aunt Kitty, her ex Johnathan, her rowing buddy Rock, and her best friend Whitney Balti Blues has Tess Monaghan still dealing with being unemployed after being let go from the Star She still dreams about going back to a newspaper and becoming a reporter again, but for now works in her aunt s bookstore and for her uncle at a state agency When her friend Rock asks her to follow his fiancee and get some answers on why she is acting so weird, she does so, cause being broke is not that much fun Following her around, Tess realizes there isthan meets the eye with her When his fiancee tells Rock that a lawyer she is working with has forced her to sleep with him, he goes and confronts the man When the lawyer is found dead, fingers point to Rock, and Tess is hired to work alongside his lawyer Tess is such a mess and I love her She has a weird family and lives above her aunt s bookstore She has an on and off relationship with an ex, but also finds herself thinking of someone who works with her aunt named Crow I am also reading books with characters having terrible names Tess is in a rut and her investigating to help out her friend seems like the best thing she can do She seems to be drifting through her life.Tess s aunt is pretty hilarious, but sketched thinly I did love Tess and her relationship with her friend Whitney and how they pushed pulled each other though We don t get to really see the different Balti s here though Lippman addresses that in her third book Butcher s Hill and I was happy to see it I maybe laughed at Tess talking crap about how bad D.C was compared to Balti it s funny cause it s true

  7. Rollie Rollie says:

    I picked up this book after enjoying What the Dead Know, but I just couldn t get into it or make myself care about any of the characters.

  8. Carol Carol says:

    If you read Mystery Scene Magazine, this has been a month devoted to author Laura Lippman Having read a few of her standalone novels, the editors convinced me it was time to try one in the Tess Monaghan series set in Balti A question often asked about series is whether you need to read them in order If you re reading for the mystery alone I d bet in this case you could but to set the character and locale I m for starting right from the beginning Like the author, Tess is a former journali If you read Mystery Scene Magazine, this has been a month devoted to author Laura Lippman Having read a few of her standalone novels, the editors convinced me it was time to try one in the Tess Monaghan series set in Balti A question often asked about series is whether you need to read them in order If you re reading for the mystery alone I d bet in this case you could but to set the character and locale I m for starting right from the beginning Like the author, Tess is a former journalist but unlike the author who chooses writing, Tess turns her hand to private investigation She doesn t know that this is where her life is headed at the outset of Balti Blues but I think the reader can see this clearly from the get go You immediately know that this is a series where location will be just as important as the characters By page 5 references are made to the city including one by the Mayor who calls Balti theThe City that Readsand Tess dubs The city that bleeds , fodder for investigation if I ever saw one She then goes on to call itthe city one leavesalso illustrating a mood We find out little things about Tess that help us to form a picture in our minds She s a rower, a good rower who others think could be great if she only had the interest She runs too which gives us a picture of a fit woman, one capable and strong I love that Tess lives in a row house above her Aunt Kitty s bookstore, Women and Children First Making this Tess s home tells me reading and books are important to Lippman and therefore to her character There are many references to support my claim Tess has a sense of humor and seems a loyal friend She has a what I can only call a convenient sexual relationship with a reporter who has a girlfriend and who becomes part of Tess s first dip into deduction Tess has me just interested enough to try another

  9. Christine Christine says:

    I picked this up because it is a Balti author in a genre I like It was okay I ll read others, but itsin the mind candy side of things Definite beach read.

  10. Kendra Kendra says:

    I recently read one of Lippman s standalone novels and liked it, so I dug up the first in her Tess Monaghan series Not bad, but a little bit clunky This is a book that definitely would have been better in first person POV than in third It s a nice set up for the series, though We meet Tess who is not necessarily the most warm and fuzzy, likeable heroine , a former reporter turned semi employed mooch, just as she stumbles onto the opportunity to do some detective work for the first time I m I recently read one of Lippman s standalone novels and liked it, so I dug up the first in her Tess Monaghan series Not bad, but a little bit clunky This is a book that definitely would have been better in first person POV than in third It s a nice set up for the series, though We meet Tess who is not necessarily the most warm and fuzzy, likeable heroine , a former reporter turned semi employed mooch, just as she stumbles onto the opportunity to do some detective work for the first time I m always looking for a good series, so I plan to find the second book soon

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