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Laura Lippman Books in Order

Laura Lippman Books in order 

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Laura Lippman is an American author and journalist. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, but was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Her father, Theo Lippman, Jr., was a reporter, who inspired her to pursue the same career. Laura worked as a daily newspaper reporter for twenty years, twelve of them at the Baltimore Sun. This was the same publication where her husband and father worked. She spent the remaining eight years as a reporter for different Texas publications. She wrote her novels while working full-time at the Sun, and seven of them were published. She began writing fiction full-time in 2001. 

Laura writes short stories and stand-alone novels. She is known for the “Tess Monaghan” series, about a writer who becomes a private investigator by accident. Her books are detective fiction, and they’ve made the New York Times bestseller list. She sets many of her works in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland, where she lives with her husband. She likes to write her books at Spoons, a coffee shop near her home.

Laura Lippman Books in order 

Tess Monaghan

  1. Baltimore Blues (1997)
  2. Charm City (1997)
  3. Butchers Hill (1998)
  4. In Big Trouble (1999)
  5. The Sugar House (2000)
  6. In a Strange City (2001)
  7. The Last Place (2002)
  8. By a Spider’s Thread (2004)
  9. No Good Deeds (2006)
  10. Another Thing to Fall (2008)
  11. The Girl in the Green Raincoat (2008)
  12. The Book Thing (2012)
  13. Hush Hush (2015)

Standalone Novel

  1. Every Secret (2003)
  2. What the Dead Know / Little Sister (2007)
  3. Life Sentences (2009)
  4. I’d Know You Anywhere / Don’t Look Back (2010)
  5. The Most Dangerous Thing / The Innocents (2011)
  6. And When She Was Good (2012)
  7. After I’m Gone (2014)
  8. Five Fires (2014)
  9. Wilde Lake (2016)
  10. Sunburn (2018)
  11. Lady in the Lake (2019)
  12. Dream Girl (2021)

Short Story Novels

  1. Hardly Knew Her (2008)
  2. One True Love (2008)

Short Story Collection

  1. Hints of Heloise (2012)
  2. Different for Girls (2018)
  3. Nasty Girls (2018)
  4. The Weaker Sex (2018)

Hush Collection

  1. Slow Burner (2020)

Similar authors

  • Sandra Brown’s Outfox follows FBI agent Drex Easton. She has only one objective in mind: to outsmart the conman known as Weston Graham.
  • Kimberly Belle’s Dear Wife novel revolves around Beth Murphy. She is on the run from her abusive husband.

See also: J.A. Jance Books in Order.

Most recommended books:

  1. Slow Burner (3.91 Goodreads score)
  2. The Last Place (Tess Monaghan #7) (3.83 Goodreads score)
  3. The Sugar House (Tess Monaghan #5) (3.80 Goodreads score)
  4. Seasonal Work: Stories (3.78 Goodreads score)
  5. By a Spider’s Thread (Tess Monaghan #8) (3.76 Goodreads score)

Awards

Laura Lippman’s work has won many awards, including Anthony, Edgar, Agatha, Shamus, Gumshoe, and Nero. “What the Dead Know,” one of her novels, was nominated for a Dagger Award by the Crime Writers Association.

Latest releases

Seasonal Work: Stories, her most recent book, was released on January 4th, 2022. It’s the most recent addition to the Laura Lippman Short Story Collections.


Book summaries

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Baltimore Blues (1997)

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.


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Charm City (1997)

As a practiced reporter until her newspaper went to that great pressroom in the sky, P.I. Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore, even the parts being slobbered on by the sad-sack greyhound she’s minding for her uncle. It’s a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular local sport. Business tycoon “Wink” Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball back to town, and everybody’s rooting for him; until a devastating, muckraking expose of his lurid past appears on the front page of the Baltimore Beacon-Light. It’s a surprise even to the Blight’s editors, who thought they’d killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who’s found in his garage with the car running.Now the Blight wants to nail the unknown computer hacker who planted the lethal story, and the assignment is right up the alley of a former newshound like Tess. But it doesn’t take long for her to discover deeper, darker secrets, and to realize that this situation is really more about whacking than hacking. It’s just murder in Baltimore these days, and Tess Monaghan herself might be next on the list.


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Butchers Hill (1998)

Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her sign as a private investigator for hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it’s not the greatest address in Baltimore, but you’ve got to start somewhere. Then in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalising his car. Just out of prison, he wants to make reparations to the kids who witnessed his crime, so he needs Tess to find them. But once she starts snooping, the witnesses start dying. Is the ‘Butcher of Butchers Hill’ at it again? Like it or not, Tess is embroiled in a case that encompasses the powers-that-be, a heartless system that has destroyed the lives of children, and a nasty trail of money and lies leading all the way back to Butchers Hill.


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In Big Trouble (1999)

First as a reporter and then as a PI, Tess Monaghan has learned how to survive and thrive on the streets of Baltimore. But a new case will force her to confront her own past, and a man she loved and lost. The answers lie far from Baltimore, deep in a world of good-time music, old-fashioned ambition, and rich people’s games.


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The Sugar House (2000)

Tess Monaghan’s life is back on course. She is beginning to make a name for herself as a PI, she’s even banking good money. And then her father asks her a favour: to investigate the death in prison of a friend’s brother convicted of killing an unidentified girl, otherwise known as ‘Jane Doe’. Tess’s search leads her to ‘the Sugar House’, a brutal institution where she discovers Jane Doe’s real identity. And then Tess’s father begs her to drop the case …It is not until her parent’s house is set on fire and a body pulled from the wreckage, that she realises that her life may have taken a very wrong turning indeed – one from which there is no going back ..


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In a Strange City (2001)

Tess Monaghan must put her PI skills to the ultimate test when she falls into the crosshairs of a psychopath who knows everything about her.For the past fifty years on the birth date of Edgar Allan Poe, a person wearing a cloak has placed three roses and a half bottle of cognac on the writer’s gravesite. PI Tess Monaghan has never witnessed the event. But when John P. Kennedy, an eccentric antiques dealer, asks her to uncover the identity of the caped visitor, who he believes has duped him with the sale of an inauthentic antique, Tess decides to hold vigil on the night the cloaked stranger is expected to make an appearance. But the custom takes on a bizarre, fatal twist when two cloaked figures arrive. The imitator leaves his tribute and then makes his escape…after shooting the first visitor. Warning bells tell Tess to steer clear of this case. But when roses and cognac appear on her doorstep, Tess’s curiosity is piqued. She soon discovers that John P. Kennedy has vanished into thin air and much of what he told her was questionable. Then the identity of the shooting victim comes to light, and all clues seem to point to the possibility he was the target of a hate crime. But Tess isn’t convinced. What was his connection to the decades-long Edgar Allan Poe tradition and to the killer? When more cryptic clues are left at her home, Tess realizes that someone is watching her every move…someone who’s bent on killing again.


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The Last Place (2002)

In hot legal water — and court-ordered therapy — for having assaulted a potential child molester, Tess Monaghan is more than ready for a distraction. So she agrees to look into a series of unsolved homicides that date back over the past six years despite the fact that the assignment originates in part from a most troubling source: wealthy Baltimore benefactor Luisa O’Neal, who was both instrumental in launching Tess’s present career and intimately connected with the murder of Tess’s former boyfriend.There are other troubling aspects as well. Apart from the suspicion that each death was the result of domestic violence, nothing else seems to connect them, Five lives — those of four women and one man — were destroyed by fire, gunshot, and hit-and-run, and all five cases have gone ice cold. Though Luisa’s nonprofit organization hires Tess simply to review old police documents for inconsistencies and investigative blunders, curiosity is soon leading the P.I. off the paper trail.And it just may get her killed. Tess’s search for connecting threads takes her beyond the Charm City limits and into dangerously unfamiliar territory. With the help of a police officer obsessed with bringing a murderer down, she follows scant leads and intuition into the remotest corners of Maryland, where a psychopath can hide as easily in the fabric of a tiny, rough-hewn fishing community as in the alleys and shadows of bustling Baltimore. Straying far from everything that’s familiar and safe in her life, Tess is suddenly cast into a terrifying cat-and-mouse game with an ingenious slayer who changes identities as often and effortlessly as clothing. Because a single common link to five senseless murders is beginning to emerge with shocking clarity to tie the loose ends together into one bloody knot…and the link is Tess Monaghan herself


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By a Spider’s Thread (2004)

Mark Rubin’s family is missing—and the police won’t get involved because all the evidence indicates that his wife left willingly. So the successful Baltimore furrier turns to Tess Monaghan, hoping she can help him find his wife and three children. Tess doesn’t quite know what to make of Rubin, who doles out vitally important information in grudging dribs and drabs. According to her client, he and his beautiful wife, Natalie, had a flawless, happy marriage. Yet one day, without any warning or explanation, Natalie gathered up their children and vanished.Tapping into a network of fellow investigators spread across the country, Tess is soon able to locate the runaway wife and the children who have been moving furtively from state to state, town to town. But the Rubins are not alone. A mysterious man is traveling with them, a stranger described by witnesses as “handsome” and “charming” but otherwise unremarkable. And the deeper Tess digs, the more she suspects that the motive behind Natalie’s reckless flight lies somewhere in the gap between what Rubin will not say and what he refuses to believe.An intricate web of betrayal and vengeance is already beginning to unfold, as memory begets rage, and rage begets desperation…and murder. Suddenly, much more than one man’s future happiness and stubborn pride are in peril. For the lives of three innocent children are dangling by the slenderest of threads.


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No Good Deeds (2006)

For Tess Monaghan, the unsolved murder of a young federal prosecutor is nothing more than a theoretical problem, one of several cases to be deconstructed in her new gig as a consultant to the local newspaper. But it becomes all too tangible when her boyfriend, Crow, brings home a young street kid who’s a juvenile con artist and who doesn’t even realize he holds an important key to the sensational homicide.Tess agrees to protect the boy’s identity no matter what, especially when one of his friends is killed in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity. But as she soon discovers, her ethical decision to protect him has dire consequences. And with federal agents determined to learn the boy’s name at any cost, Tess finds out just how far even official authorities will go to get what they want.It isn’t long before Tess finds herself facing felony charges. To make matters worse, Crow has gone into hiding with his young protégé. So Tess can’t deliver the kid to investigators even if she wants to. Now her only recourse is to get to the heart of the sordid and deadly affair while they’re all still free…and still breathing.


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Another Thing to Fall (2008)

When private investigator Tess Monaghan literally runs into the crew of the fledgling TV series Mann of Steel while sculling, she expects sharp words and evil looks, not an assignment. But the company has been plagued by a series of disturbing incidents since its arrival on location in Baltimore: bad press, union threats, and small, costly on-set “accidents” that have wreaked havoc with its shooting schedule. As a result, Mann’s creator, Flip Tumulty, the son of a Hollywood legend, is worried for the safety of his young female lead, Selene Waites, and asks Tess to serve as her bodyguard. Tumulty’s concern may be well founded. Recently, a Baltimore man was discovered dead in his home, surrounded by photos of the beautiful—if difficult—aspiring star.In the past, Tess has had enough trouble guarding her own body. Keeping a spoiled movie princess under wraps may be more than she can handle since Selene is not as naive as everyone seems to think, and instead is quite devious. Once Tess gets a taste of this world of make-believe—with their vanities, their self-serving agendas, and their remarkably skewed visions of reality—she’s just about ready to throw in the towel.But she’s pulled back in when a grisly on-set murder occurs, threatening to topple the wall of secrets surrounding Mann of Steel as lives, dreams, and careers are scattered among the ruins.


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The Girl in the Green Raincoat (2008)

At 35, private detective Tess Monaghan is considered a high-risk pregnancy. If she doesn’t want to give birth to a child “the size of a sausage,” as her best friend Whitney puts it insensitively, she’d better follow the doctor’s orders and stay in bed for the 12 weeks before the birth. Of course she could now catch up on all the books and films she missed, but she prefers to watch the walkers in the park across the street from the window. A young woman in a green raincoat and with a greyhound catches her eye. One day, when the dog runs around alone, Tess suspects a crime and starts investigating: from the bed, with her best friend as an assistant and with Crow, the baby’s father, who now not only has to get food but also gather information. Which leads to conflict, because the otherwise so modern Crow thinks that Tess should think about her professional future. Or does she want to shadow suspects later while pushing a stroller? The house blessing is crooked, and things are getting much worse…


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The Book Thing (2012)

A thief targets a local bookstore and it will take a bibliophile PI to save the shop.Tess Monaghan wants to like the Children’s Bookstore. It’s bright, cozy, and packed with the kinds of books that she is dying for her daughter to fall in love with. But no matter how badly she wants to support this adorable local business, the owner’s attitude stops her in her tracks. What kind of children’s bookseller hates children? What’s eating Octavia, the grouchy owner, is more than the pressures of running a small business. Each Saturday, someone steals a stack of her priciest, most beautiful children’s books, and the expense threatens to force her fledgling store out of business. Luckily, Tess is more than a book lover—she’s a private investigator who doesn’t mind working pro bono to help out an independent bookshop. Her simple act of kindness will make Octavia smile for the first time in months—and uncover a crime more suitable for the mystery aisle than the children’s section.


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Hush Hush (2015)

Tess Monaghan has encountered almost every possible criminal motive throughout her career: greed, revenge, jealousy, rage. But there are crimes that defy all attempts at understanding, where a search for motive seems pointless.Melisandre Harris Dawes committed such a crime. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, she fled the country, leaving her two daughters with their father. Twelve years later, she’s back in Baltimore, and Tess is asked to provide security detail while Melisandre films a documentary about her attempts to reconcile with her now teenaged children.Tess, juggling work with caring for her demanding toddler, is uneasy about the case. Still, Melisandre’s lawyer is family. And there is something about the woman herself—confident, beautiful, shrewdly intelligent—that draws Tess in. Is she a master manipulator or someone who was driven to temporary madness? Cold and calculating, or a mother concerned for her daughters’ well being? Someone is leaving Melisandre enigmatic, threatening notes. Soon Tess, insecure about her parenting abilities and receiving cryptic messages of her own, isn’t sure whether she should be protecting Melisandre from harm—or protecting everyone else from Melisandre.When Melisandre becomes the prime suspect in a murder, Tess must uncover the truth. Doing so will mean confronting her deepest beliefs about what separates good parents from bad, madness from sanity, and what lengths even the most rational person will go to, to protect what they cherish most.


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Every Secret (2003)

Every Secret Thing is a riveting story of love and murder, guilt and innocence, adult sins and childhood darkness.Two little girls banished from a neighborhood birthday party take a wrong turn down an unfamiliar Baltimore street—and encounter an abandoned stroller with an infant inside. What happens next is shocking and terrible, and three families are irreparably destroyed.Seven years later, Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller, now eighteen, are released from “kid prison” to begin their lives over again. But the secrets swirling around the original crime continue to haunt the parents, the lawyers, the police—all the adults in Alice and Ronnie’s lives. And now another child has disappeared, under freakishly similar circumstances ..


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What the Dead Know / Little Sister (2007)

When he’s called to the scene of an accident detective Kevin Infante is drawn into a shocking and puzzling crime that still haunts the Baltimore P.D. Twenty years ago, two little girls were kidnapped from a shopping mall, igniting fear and anger throughout the city. Now, a clearly disoriented woman involved in the accident claims to be one of the missing girls. But instead of closing the case, her appearance marks the beginning of a nightmare that will once again rock Baltimore and threaten everyone it touches. The woman claims one of Baltimore’s beloved cops snatched her and her sister. Is it the truth-or the ravings of a damaged mind? There isn’t a shred of evidence to support her story: The cop is dead and her parents can’t verify the woman is even their daughter, for both girls were adopted and do not share their DNA. And who is the body in the unmarked grave the girl reveals? With the department’s reputation, a dead man’s honor, and his own badge on the line, Infante must go back to a past he barely knows to find answers—and maybe even justice—once and for all.


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Life Sentences (2009)

A successful memoirist returns home to Baltimore searching for inspiration for her next book. When she discovers an old classmate had been accused of a heinous crime, she decides to braid this tragic story with reminiscences of her grade school years. To the writer’s dismay, her friends—motivated by anger, perhaps jealousy—seem determined to sabotage her efforts, leaving her to persevere alone.As she digs deeper into the tragedy surrounding her old classmate, the writer begins to see that everything she thought she knew about her life might be quite different. And if she wants to pursue the truth in this modern-day story, she may have to pay the price of living with uncomfortable truths, about her father, her past, and herself.With her deep intelligence, unerring eye for detail, and unwavering compassion, Laura Lippman raises difficult, illuminating questions about the nature of memory and truth. “Life Sentences” explores the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, asking whether anyone can truly own any story—even their own.


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I’d Know You Anywhere / Don’t Look Back (2010)

Eliza Benedict cherishes her peaceful, ordinary suburban life with her successful husband and children, thirteen-year-old Iso and eight-year-old Albie. But her tranquillity is shattered when she receives a letter from the last person she ever expects—or wants—to hear from: Walter Bowman. There was your photo, in a magazine. Of course, you are older now. Still, I’d know you anywhere.In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she’s never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored. Desperate to shelter her children from this undisclosed trauma in her past, she cautiously makes contact with Walter. She’s always wondered why Walter let her live, and perhaps now he’ll tell her—and share the truth about his other victims.Yet as Walter presses her for more and deeper contact, it becomes clear that he is after something greater than forgiveness. He wants Eliza to remember what really happened that long-ago summer. He wants her to save his life. And Eliza, who has worked hard for her comfortable, cocooned life, will do anything to protect it—even if it means finally facing the events of that horrifying summer and the terrible truth she’s kept buried inside.


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The Most Dangerous Thing / The Innocents (2011)

Some secrets can’t be kept. . . .Years ago, they were all the best of friends. But as time passed and circumstances changed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past—and the terrible lie they all shared. But now Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the five, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time in years. And then the revelations start. Could their long-ago lie be the reason for their troubles today? Each one of these old friends has to wonder if their secret has been discovered—and if someone within the circle is out to destroy them.


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And When She Was Good (2012)

When Hector Lewis told his daughter that she had a nothing face, it was just another bit of tossed-off cruelty from a man who specialized in harsh words and harsher deeds. But twenty years later, Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who knows how to avoid attention. In the comfortable suburb where she lives, she’s just a mom, the youngish widow with a forgettable job who somehow never misses a soccer game or a school play. In the state capitol, she’s the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record.But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she’s the woman of your dreams—if you can afford her hourly fee.For more than a decade, Heloise has believed she is safe. She has created a rigidly compartmentalized life, maintaining no real friendships, trusting few confidantes. Only now her secret life, a life she was forced to build after the legitimate world turned its back on her, is under siege. Her once oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions. Her longtime protector is hinting at new, mysterious dangers. Her employees can’t be trusted. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, a suicide. Or is it?Nothing is as it seems as Heloise faces a midlife crisis with much higher stakes than most will ever know.And then she learns that her son’s father might be released from prison, which is problematic because he doesn’t know he has a son. The killer and former pimp also doesn’t realize that he’s serving a life sentence because Heloise betrayed him. But he’s clearly beginning to suspect that Heloise has been holding something back all these years.With no formal education, no real family, and no friends, Heloise has to remake her life—again. Disappearing will be the easy part. She’s done it before and she can do it again. A new name and a new place aren’t hard to come by if you know the right people. The trick will be living long enough to start a new life.


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After I’m Gone (2014)

When Felix Brewer meets Bernadette “Bambi” Gottschalk at a Valentine’s Dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative—if not all legal—businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi’s comfortable world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes.Though Bambi has no idea where her husband—or his money—might be, she suspects one woman does: his mistress, Julie. When Julie disappears ten years to the day that Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she’s left to join her old lover—until her remains are eventually found.Now, twenty-six years after Julie went missing, Roberto “Sandy” Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web stretching over three decades that connects five intriguing women. And at the center is the missing man Felix Brewer.Somewhere between the secrets and lies connecting past and present, Sandy will find the truth. And when he does, no one will ever be the same.


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Five Fires (2014)

Everyone in small-town Bellville is talking about a series of mysterious fires disrupting the typically tranquil summer. The authorities attribute them to heat lightning, but some Belleville residents are not so sure…High-school student Beth, like everyone else in Belleville, has been following the fires – she has plenty of time between her monotonous day job at the deli and solitary nights at home while her mom works late. The fires aren’t the only unusual occurrence – Beth’s old friend Tara, who left town the year before after a mysterious incident, returns with no real explanation. Circumstances only get stranger when Beth unwittingly discovers clues as to what – or who – is the cause of the fires.


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Wilde Lake (2016)

Luisa “Lu” Brant is the newly elected—and first female—state’s attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her widower father famously served. Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she sees an opportunity to make her name by trying a mentally disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death in her home. It’s not the kind of case that makes headlines, but peaceful Howard county doesn’t see many homicides.As Lu prepares for the trial, the case dredges up painful memories, reminding her small but tight-knit family of the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man’s life. Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Now, Lu wonders if the events of 1980 happened as she remembers them. What details might have been withheld from her when she was a child?The more she learns about the case, the more questions arise. What does it mean to be a man or woman of one’s times? Why do we ask our heroes of the past to conform to the present’s standards? Is that fair? Is it right? Propelled into the past, she discovers that the legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers. Lu realizes that even if she could learn the whole truth, she probably wouldn’t want to.


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Sunburn (2018)

One is playing a long game. But which one?They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through. Yet she stays and he stays—drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other—dangerous, even lethal, secrets.Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other’s lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away—or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them?Something—or someone—has to give.Which one will it be?


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Lady in the Lake (2019)

In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know—everyone, that is, except Madeline “Maddie” Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she’s bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life. Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered girl—assistance that leads to a job at the city’s afternoon newspaper, the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it: Cleo Sherwood, a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake. If Cleo were white, every reporter in Baltimore would be clamoring to tell her story. Instead, her mysterious death receives only cursory mention in the daily newspapers, and no one cares when Maddie starts poking around in a young Black woman’s life—except for Cleo’s ghost, who is determined to keep her secrets and her dignity. Cleo scolds the ambitious Maddie: You’re interested in my death, not my life. They’re not the same thing. Maddie’s investigation brings her into contact with people that used to be on the periphery of her life—a jewelry store clerk, a waitress, a rising star on the Baltimore Orioles, a patrol cop, a hardened female reporter, a lonely man in a movie theater. But for all her ambition and drive, Maddie often fails to see the people right in front of her. Her inability to look beyond her own needs will lead to tragedy and turmoil for all sorts of people—including Ferdie, the man who shares her bed, a police officer who is risking far more than Maddie can understand


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Dream Girl (2021)

After being injured in a freak accident, novelist Gerry Andersen lies in a hospital bed in his glamorous but sterile apartment, isolated from the busy world he can see through his windows, utterly dependent on two women he barely knows: his young assistant and a night nurse whose competency he questions.But Gerry is also beginning to question his own competency. As he moves in and out of dreamlike memories and seemingly random appearances of a persistent ex-girlfriend at his bedside, he fears he may be losing his grip on reality, much like his mother who recently passed away from dementia.Most distressing, he believes he’s being plagued by strange telephone calls, in which a woman claiming to be the titular character of his hit novel Dream Girl swears she will be coming to see him soon. The character is completely fictitious, but no one has ever believed Gerry when he makes that claim. Is he the victim of a cruel prank—or is he actually losing his mind★ There is no record of the calls according to the log on his phone. Could there be someone he has wronged★ Is someone coming to do him harm as he lies helplessly in bed★Then comes the morning he wakes up next to a dead body—and realizes his nightmare is just beginning…


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Hardly Knew Her (2008)

Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travel—to New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs


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One True Love (2008)

Heloise has worked out each facet of her suburban life — young son, single parenthood, and career as a high-priced, selective prostitute — until a chance encounter at her son’s soccer game threatens to bring it all crashing down.


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Hints of Heloise (2012)

Laura Lippman introduced Heloise Lewis, the soccer mom/suburban madam, in “One True Love,” a story chosen for Best American Mystery Stories, and fleshed out her back story in “Scratch a Woman,” an Edgar-nominated novella. Heloise’s complete story is now told for the first time in the scorching novel And When She Was Good, as Heloise tries to reconcile her two selves—the person she is and the mother she wants to be—while trying to stay alive


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Different for Girls (2018)

Laura Lippman has long been fascinated by the dangerous vulnerability of teenage girls. In “The Babysitter’s Code”—the inspiration for her critically acclaimed novel, To the Power of Three—an adolescent girl decides to take a gun to school. In “Hardly Knew Her,” Lippman’s homage to Carson McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding, a tomboy learns that growing up means learning how to lie and deceive. And in “Ice*”—a prequel to The Most Dangerous Thing—a young girl is literally haunted by a child who drowned in a mysterious accident. Available singly or as a collection


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Nasty Girls (2018)

Meet some of the most dangerous women master of psychological suspense Laura Lippman has ever created in works so dark that her husband observed that most of her short stories center on betrayals between men and women. These stories include a senior citizen porn star (“Femme Fatale”); two twenty-somethings deranged by calorie deprivation (“The Crack Cocaine Diet”); a petulant tourist deceived by love in Dublin (“Honor Bar”); and a mysterious Good Samaritan-hobbyist (“Dear Penthouse Forum” (A First Draft)). Available singly or as a collection.


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The Weaker Sex (2018)

Men in Laura Lippman’s haunting and suspenseful stories can be terrified witnesses, unwitting victims, or bemused perpetrators. In “Pony Girl and Black-Eyed Susan”, young African-American men find themselves bystanders to horrific crimes central to local celebrations. In “What He Needed”, a happily married magazine editor recounts the end of her marriage to a depressed, possibly dangerous husband. “A Good Fuck Spoiled” reveals a man terrified by a mistress he never meant to have. And in “Easy as A-B-C”, a Baltimore contractor offers a new spin on Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart when he falls for a client who hires him to build a wine cellar in her basement. Available singly or as a collection.


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Slow Burner (2020)

Liz Kelsey promised herself she’d never again spy on her feckless husband, Phil. But then she discovers a string of suggestive texts on his secret burner phone. Even worse, he’s flirting with the woman who shook their unstable marriage once before. But knowledge is power. What’s more dangerous—what Liz knows or what Phil doesn’t know?

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