• Title: Baltimore Blues
  • Author: Laura Lippman
  • ISBN: 9780061210020
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Baltimore Blues 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 make
    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 fromIn 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 fianc 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 Balti dead.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. This is a zippy murder mystery set in Baltimore. Tess Monaghan has been in a rut since she lost her newspaper job, but her life gets more exciting when her friend, Darryl, asks her to investigate his fiancé. 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 Baltimore, and it was fun to learn details ab [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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.

    5. 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 Baltimore. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 3.75 stars. I loved this for more than halfway, and then it started getting a little violent. I love Tess though and the other recurring characters, and the humor. Also the Baltimore flavor was a nice add. The audio narrator does a really bad Baltimore accent. But other than that, the narration was also good. Will continue with the series after a little break. Nice to have found a new series to enjoy!

    8. This is the first of the Tess Monaghan series. Lippman does an excellent job of establishing a great sense of Baltimore. This is important as Tess is a Baltimore 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 [...]

    9. I picked this up because it is a Baltimore author in a genre I like. It was okay. I'll read others, but its more in the mind-candy side of things. Definite beach read.

    10. I've had Laura Lippman in my sights ever since Ellen Emerson White spoke highly of her in an online posting. This month, BN is offering the first book in Lippman's Tess Monaghan series for 99 cents, so I thought I should give her a chance. And I'm glad that I did.I can't say that this book excelled beyond my wildest imagination or any of that sort of hyperbole. What it does, it does well. It's the story of how Tess, underemployed and working free lance since she was laid off as a reporter, start [...]

    11. Flipping through a number of mysteries, I was grabbed by Baltimore Blues from the first paragraph. Tight writing, realistic characters, a strong setting, well-crafted plot with good red herrings and actual clues: Lippman serves up a solid mystery. The main character, Tess, is particularly well-handled: she's neither an unlikeable mess nor a Mary Sue waiting to be discovered or to start believing in her own awesomeness. She's not cookies yet: life on hold after the end of her newspaper job, she's [...]

    12. Baltimore Blues is the first in Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan series and very enjoyable. I like Tess as a hero and Lippman's writing is always first rate. I also enjoyed the portrayal of Baltimore.In the opening of the series, Tess is still adjusting to losing her job as a reporter and trying to find herself a new job/career. A rowing friend (I like that Tess is a large, somewhat ungainly woman and not a classical beauty) of Tess asks her to investigate his girlfriend to see if she's being faith [...]

    13. While visiting Baltimore, I asked around for novels set there. Laura Lippman was recommended by all. I enjoyed her descriptions of settings and characters and her great sense of humor. Already well into book two of the series, Charm City.

    14. Meh never really got into Baltimore Blues. The story follows ex-reporter Tess as she tries to clear her friend's name who is accused of killing his fiancee's boss. I just found the story revolved around Tess just going from person to person and getting them to spill their story. I didn't find it that interesting and the ending wasn't a huge shocker. I won't be continuing the series.

    15. In the first book of the Tess Monaghan series, "Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan Novel Book 1)," Tess is feeling adrift. It has been two years since her newspaper job ended, and she has yet to discover her new "true passion."Meanwhile, she does odd jobs and works in her Aunt Kitty's bookstore, while living upstairs in a tiny apartment. She has regular routines, however, like daily exercise, including running and the occasional rowing with her friend Rock (Darryl Paxton).One day, he asks her for a [...]

    16. I started this book because Karin Slaughter mentioned Laura Lippman in an interview. I read Lippman's "The Power of Three" and "I'd Know You Anywhere" prior to this one and I liked it. But I knew that Lippman is known for her Tess Monaghan series so I was eager to start this one. I guess because Karin Slaughter had recommended her, I thought this would be similar to KS's books. So not. Maybe it's because I went into this with certain expectations, but I was a little disappointed. The tone is lig [...]

    17. This is the first novel in the series featuring Tess Monaghan, a former reporter (laid off) turned private investigator.  I read a criticism of this book by someone who thought the pace was too slow (especially the beginning) and found Tess unlikeable ("whiny"). I thoroughly enjoyed the journey and was not in any hurry to get to the action.  After the introduction to Tess, perhaps the second in the series (which I'll be reading) picks up speed, but I'm happy reading about the character and bu [...]

    18. It’s tricky when you read reviews that might mislead you into forming an opinion about a book before finishing it. Personally I thought it was rather enjoyable from a backdrop point of view. First there was Baltimore. I know south Maryland, but not Baltimore so there were many landmarks to discover via google images, as I often do while reading – and secondly, amateur rowing clubs do not often feature in books either. So those elements made the book rather original. The characterization was [...]

    19. After lovingLaura Lippman'sWhat the Dead Know, a most satisfying and thoughtful mystery, I tracked down more of her writing, and to my pleasure found that she has a series of mysteries set in Baltimore and centered around an ex-journalist (by layoff, not by choice), Tess Mongahan. Tess reminds me of a better educated and connected Kinsey Milhouse (? - from Sue Grafton), which takes us into some wonderful Baltimore neighborhoods. There's a great sense of place throughout the book through Tess's l [...]

    20. Lippman has been on my to read list for a bit. I read her essay in The Wire: Truth Be Told and then found out about her relationship with David Simon. When discounted this to under a dollar, I didn't have an excuse not to read it.Is it the best mystery I've read? No. But it does make me want to read others in the series.Tess, the central character, is human. At times stupid, insecure, smart, she is well drawn. The mystery is compelling, and the characters real. At times, there are beautiful tou [...]

    21. Tess Monaghan, a reporter and victim of downsizing, is trying to make ends meet by working in her aunt's bookstore (and living at her store). She's a serious rower and meets her buddy Rocky each morning for their training session followed by a companionable breakfast. Nice ritual. Rocky asks Tess to do him a favour, he'll hire her to follow his fiance because there's something up, and he can't figure it out. Tess' surveillance definitely turns up something fishy. It turns out that Tess really do [...]

    22. This is a decent start to what looks like a long series, but I was not totally impressed with Tess Monaghan, the main character. She was whiny, self-indulgent and her sense of entitlement set me on edge. She relies on her family and friends to support her and seems to take them all for granted. That said, I didn't hate her and I can see that there is room for major growth for her character. I plan on reading more in this series.

    23. Mysteries with female detectives are my potato chips - I speed through them and then feel a little sick afterwards. I like this Tess Monaghan and her Baltimore. Lippman isn't afraid to show some of the grittiness of the city while also showing its neighborhoods and the working people in them. I look forward to reading more of the series (and they're winging their way to me from Paperbackswap as we speak!).

    24. It was ok. Not memorable to me. I liked Every Secret Thing and thought I'd try something else by the author. It was also free to listen to on my library app, Hoopla. I didn't pay close attention to it in the last 1/4. I was anxious to end it and move onto something else. Thus the 3 stars.

    25. Such a chore to read. I've never been more relieved to finish a book. The mystery isn't strong enough to hold you. The suspense is non-existent. I've read other Lippman books and wanted to try her mystery series. I may try the next in this series but this first one was a big disappointment!

    26. Tess is a rower, a sport about which I know nothing, so I liked that. I also enjoyed her reporter-background, and her extensive family connections, and the bookstore. A perfectly good set-up for a series.Mostly, though, I just like Lippman's writing.Library copy

    27. There were parts of this book that I thought were really good and parts that lost me. I may have to read more books in the series to see how the character evolves. This book was written long enough ago that there is hardly any technology in it refreshing if distracting part of the mystery.

    28. I don't know why it took me so long to get around to reading Lippman's Tess Monaghan series, but now that I've finished book one, I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Baltimore Blues serves as a great introduction to an appealing character and I'm interested in seeing where Lippman takes her in future books. This is a solid mystery that skillfully balances plot with character development and the atmosphere of its setting.

    29. Baltimore Blues. Laura Lippman. 1997. Avon. 290 pages. ISBN 0380788756.Baltimore Blues is Laura Lippman's debut and first novel in the mystery series featuring heroine Tess Monaghan, a witty, wise-ass, intelligent, athletic (and pot-smoking!) reporter-turned-private eye you'll end up loving. In fact, Tess Monaghan is exactly why I'll be reading the rest of this series, which will soon be eleven books deep when The Girl in the Green Raincoat releases next year in 2011.Tess' best friend Darryl "Ro [...]

    30. I'm glad I didn't read this book when it was first published, because I think I wouldn't have appreciated it as much as I do today. It is refreshing sometimes to read a mystery that takes place in the 1990's before technology changed everything. There are books set in that time, however, that seem clunky. Thank goodness this one didn't. Lippman did a great job weaving a story that kept me engrossed without making me stop to think or question the fact that people didn't understand computers and t [...]

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