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A client named Ruthie -- who seems to know Tess's father a little too well -- asks the newspaperwoman-turned-p.i. to investigate a year-old "Jane Doe" murder and its grim aftermath. Ruthie's low-life brother, Henry, confessed to killing a teenager runaway over a bottle of glue -- and, a month into his prison term, he met the same fate as his victim. Following a precious few tantalizing clues, Tess sets off on a path that is leading her from Baltimore's exclusive Inner Harbor to the city's seediest neighborhoods. But it's the shocking discovery of the runaway's true identity that turns her hunt deadly. Suddenly a supposedly solved murder case is turning up newer, fresher corpses and newer, scarier versions of the Sugar House -- places that look sweet and safe...but only from the outside.

Topics: Private Investigators, Murder, Women Detectives, Runaways, Baltimore, Maryland, Series, Eating Disorders, and Fathers

Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061808746
List price: $9.99
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Apparently, I just didn't read this book under the right circumstances. I was very distracted at the time and I thought she didn't build it very well at all. When the resolution was revealed, I had to re-read it to figure out what actually happened and why and it still wasn't very satisfying. That said, I did enjoy the writing and characterization. Tess is a very real character (which makes the all-too-perfect Crow a little hard to swallow) and I like Lippman's Tess books better than her stand-alones.read more
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In this book in the series, Tess is investigating a young girl's death and the death of the young man who confessed to killing her. The trail leads her into some dark places, and puts those she loves in danger.read more
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Private investigator Tess Monaghan takes a case as a favor to her father and is soon wrapped up in corruption involving local politicians. I like the character of Tess, who is outspoken and impulsive, but believable as a woman working in a tough field. The resolution of the mystery involved a few too many coincidences, but it was certainly entertaining. A scene where Tess is literally under gunfire is excitingly written. A good page-turner.read more
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Apparently, I just didn't read this book under the right circumstances. I was very distracted at the time and I thought she didn't build it very well at all. When the resolution was revealed, I had to re-read it to figure out what actually happened and why and it still wasn't very satisfying. That said, I did enjoy the writing and characterization. Tess is a very real character (which makes the all-too-perfect Crow a little hard to swallow) and I like Lippman's Tess books better than her stand-alones.
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In this book in the series, Tess is investigating a young girl's death and the death of the young man who confessed to killing her. The trail leads her into some dark places, and puts those she loves in danger.
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Private investigator Tess Monaghan takes a case as a favor to her father and is soon wrapped up in corruption involving local politicians. I like the character of Tess, who is outspoken and impulsive, but believable as a woman working in a tough field. The resolution of the mystery involved a few too many coincidences, but it was certainly entertaining. A scene where Tess is literally under gunfire is excitingly written. A good page-turner.
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My second read by Lippman. I did not enjoy this one as much as "What the Dead Know." Still, it was an enjoyable read. I have never read much mystery genre before this summer. I am finding it entertaining!Not having lived in this area long (2 years), I felt like somewhat of an outsider reading "The Sugar House." Almost written for readers who, if not from Baltimore, are very familiar with the city.Our main character, Tess Monaghan, is a private eye. A strong, smart woman with strong family ties to the Baltimore area. She starts this case as a personal favor for her father ~ it does not seem to be much of a case. Deep into the book, and the case, her father asks her to drop the case, again as a personal favor. Tess being Tess cannot drop something she has taken on and the case seems to have gained a life of its own!
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In this fifth mystery of the Tess Monaghan detective series, Tess is now thirty, with plenty of business in her private detective agency, and back together with her boyfriend “Crow.” She takes on a case as a favor to her father, who is friends with the client, Ruthie Dembrow. Ruthie wants to know what really happened a year before when her brother Henry allegedly killed a nameless girl and went to prison. Henry himself was killed just a month after going to prison in somewhat suspicious circumstances. Ruthie is convinced there is more to the story than just coincidence.Tess, with detective help from Crow and her best friend Whitney, gets plunged into the dangerous world of politics, prostitution rings, corruption, blackmail, and murder. Evaluation: Tess is getting better as a detective, but otherwise her flaws remain legion: she is much too outspoken, quick to jump to conclusions, somewhat self-absorbed, and defensive all the time. She is also funny, loyal, loving, and smart. Tess Monaghan, her friends, and her family, are very likeable characters, and Lippman is a very likeable writer.
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