In a Strange City

In a Strange City New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman s 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 pa

  • Title: In a Strange City
  • Author: Laura Lippman
  • ISBN: 9780380810239
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman s 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 haNew York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman s 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 cryptic clues are left at her home, Tess realizes that someone is watching her every movemeone who s bent on killing again.

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    1. Laura Lippman

      Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The Balti Sun She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about accidental PI Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001 Her work has been awarded the Edgar , the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity She was the first ever recipient of the Mayor s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association Ms Lippman grew up in Balti and attended city schools through ninth grade After graduating from Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md Ms Lippman attended Northwestern University s Medill School of Journalism Her other newspaper jobs included the Waco Tribune Herald and the San Antonio Light Ms Lippman returned to Balti in 1989 and has lived there since She is the daughter of Theo Lippman Jr a Sun editorial writer who retired in 1995 but continues to freelance for several newspapers, and Madeline Mabry Lippman, a former Balti City school librarian Her sister, Susan, is a local bookseller.


    1. Maybe a 2.5 because the writing is good, the characterizations are mostly excellent, the premise was interesting, BUT I found the plot so transparent that I guessed the whodunit quite early on and much of the whydunit. As a result, the ending was flat and not particularly inspiring. The other plot element I didn't care for centered around the main character, Tess Monaghan, doing stupid things. I realize that part of this is because Tess is a risk-taker, but she displayed such stupidity in some p [...]

    2. January in Baltimore can only mean one thing – the annual visit to Edgar Allan Poe’s final resting place by the Poe Toaster, an anonymous person, dressed in cape and scarf, who leaves three roses and a half-full bottle of cognac at the grave on Poe’s birthday. PI Tess Monaghan gets embroiled in the tradition when a mysterious man tries to hire her to follow and unmask the Toaster. She declines the job, but winds up investigating when 1) TWO Toasters show up and one is shot, and 2) she rece [...]

    3. Learned more about Poe than I ever wanted to and the book was dragggged out to long. Good book though - I just thought it could have been a bit shorter.

    4. From the publisher: 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 a [...]

    5. "What's the difference between a ritual and a routine? It's a question he asks himself almost every day. Are rituals better than routines, more elevated? Or do ritual invariable slide into routine, until we forget why we started and why we continue? Another good question, but he's afraid pondering the answer will only tempt him to sleep, and he is determined to see the sun rise today. Once upon a midnight drearyah, but such allusions are unworthy, the sort of obvious unthinking wordplay one expe [...]

    6. re-read began february 2, 2011.i don't know why i didn't like this one so much the first time around. this time i kind of appreciated the lack of kitty, tyner, whitney, and even crow. the Porcine one, all the poe clues - this is a great mystery, even if it did leave me feeling a little sad (poor, lonely Visitor!)I liked the glimpses into baltimore history, was annoyed with tess' braid, and mostly was sad that she wasn't rowing as much anymore. for some reason, the fact that she rows makes me rea [...]

    7. The good thing about this book is that it has an interesting setting and background -- Edgar Allan Poe's Baltimore in the present day. I learned a lot about Poe and Baltimore in this book. However, the unsolved mystery is why Tess Monaghan, our PI sleuth, would have gotten involved in this mystery in the first place. Throughout the book, this nagged at me, and as I finished the book it still didn't make sense. I also really hated the way that the explanation for the thefts and murders involved w [...]

    8. I don't know why I keep reading these. The main character is such a sanctimonious monster. At one point, her boyfriend calls her out on it because she is complaining that a third character behaves more or less exactly like she does. It was satisfying and maybe even self-aware of the author, but it doesn't change the fact that Tess is a macho-woman paragon who loves carbohydrates, her "signature" braid, and knowing what men want in a woman (i.e. not some put-together, too-skinny, she-devil).The w [...]

    9. This is the only Laura Lippman book I've read to date. She's definitely a talented writer who knows to add all of the right pop culture references in order to make her characters organic. In fact, what I liked most about this story were the youthful characters, (one in particular; a beer-swilling, pizza-scarfing librarian.) I also feel it was very tasteful to have a story centered around Edgar Allan Poe and the annual Poe "toaster." The writer obviously places a lot of emphasis and pride on her [...]

    10. Timing is everything in reading & timing worked against Laura Lippman's In a Strange City. I had recently read another book about Baltimore & the Poe Visitor legend, so I kept entwining the 2 books in my mind. This made it very hard to keep the characters straight & greatly diminished my enjoyment of the book. I am giving Lippman's Tess Monaghan series a brief rest & may read this book again someday to give it the attention Lippman's writing deserves.

    11. I was honestly not that thrilled with this book. First let me say that I thought that basing a mystery around the Poe Toaster was a really good idea. However, I didn't appreciate the heavy language in the book and there were places where it seemed as if the plot was not progressing and I had to drag myself through parts. And if it counts for anything, I knew who the murderer was shortly after being introduced to his character.

    12. The Baltimore reference are fun. It is chock full of them. It seems like every chapter they are patronizing another bar, restaurant or store. I like the strong sense of place. It made me more intrigued by Baltimore.I didn't find the mystery compelling. I felt like the mystery unfolded without violating any of it's own rules (i.e. lying to the reader in order to later "surprise" the reader), but I didn't feel tension as it did so.

    13. Lippman has been getting better with each book, but the story lines are also getting darker. Tess is no longer the happy-go-lucky PI she started out as - and she's a better character for it.This book actually taught me a little bit about Edgar Allan Poe and that can never be a bad thing. I'm more interested in his stories than I have been since my friend Amy introduced me to him in the 6th grade. I may have to pick up a book of his short stories very soon.

    14. I've read Laura Lippman before, but not one of her Tess Monaghan novels. This has a different tone than the stand alone novels. The stand alones are darker, more grim, and definitely more disquieting. I didn't expect to find humour and the lighter atmosphere that is definitely in this book. This is the sixth Tess Monaghan and although this is a series, it didn't matter that I had not read the previous books, although I'm sure that it would have given me more background. Tess is a likable charact [...]

    15. Listened to this audio book because of the Poe story line and it's in Baltimore. Philadelphia (my home town) is one of three Poe house museum locations.The central character (I take it) is an acquired taste. I found her to be rude, crude and (often) extremely annoying. Book reviews call her a "risk taker" which I find a generous description. Perhaps if there was a bit more charm about her, she (for me) wouldn't be such a sociopath (if you know what I mean).The other main character, Baltimore, h [...]

    16. Another enjoyable installment in the Tess Monaghan series set in Baltimore. This is mystery revolves around the gravesite of Edgar Allen Poe and a murder that takes place. Tess and her boyfriend are there because she was hired to observe the ritual of the 3 Red Roses and bottle of Cognac which is left by a unknown individual each year in January. After the murder takes place Tess investigates several other cases directly related to the case as she finds out. There is a series of twist and turns [...]

    17. Not my favourite in the series, but not so bad that I'm going to quit. Quite a lot more filler than usual; and at times it felt like the City of Baltimore must be paying her to pump up the glories of her town - there was quite a lot of Baltimore description and scene-setting. But still, a fun read, and if someone were in fact an Edgar Allan Poe die-hard fan it would probably rate even more.

    18. I've tried to get into Tess M as an investigator twice now. I just don't care for her as a character and I don't find the stories compelling. I'll read any Lippman book that doesn't contain Tess. Although I was more than halfway through this book I abandoned it.

    19. Having the Poe and the "Visitor" linked into this book just made it! I love Poe, and being from Maryland and knowing about the story of the Visitor or The "Poe Toaster" really sided with me with this one!

    20. I don't know why I have been missing out on this author. (I think I got her mixed up with someone else.) I enjoy her main character, and as I grew up in the DC suburbs, it's always fun to read about a local place like Baltimore. The plot here is engaging and the last line was genuinely funny.

    21. Another fun mystery with PI Tess Monaghan. Interesting characters and lots of subtle clues if you read carefully. Otherwise, when the reveal is exposed you may have to go back and reread some parts.

    22. Really enjoyed this TESS MONAGHAN mystery. It has the flippant dialogue (which I enjoy) inherent to Lippman's novels, but the theme centers on EDGAR ALLEN POE. The narrative is replete with POE minutia that is interesting but germane to the plot.Well done all round.Highly recommended.

    23. Tess learns about Poe. Not too odd her not knowing much about him and his role in Baltimore, as well as the annual Visitor to Poe's grave. Many people don't do all the touristy stuff in their hometowns. Interesting tidbits about Poe, and lots of people to mistrust.

    24. A bit more convoluted than some of her other books. Found it hard to keep details straight, but as always loved the snippets and details of Baltimore woven through.

    25. Baltimore’s most famous son, Edgar Allan Poe, has inspired the mysterious Poe toaster to honor the anniversary of his death each year by leaving three roses and a partial bottle of cognac on his grave. In 2001, Baltimore detective Tess Monaghan has an odd client, John P. Kennedy, enter her office requesting that she determine the identity of the Poe toaster as he has stolen a valuable object from Kennedy. Tess refuses to take the case, but can’t help but attend the annual event with her boyf [...]

    26. This review refers to the audio version.#6 Tess Monaghan, PI series set in Baltimore. This book focused on Edgar Allan Poe, who lived in Baltimore, and his museum, memorabilia, and mostly the famous cloaked, anonymous "visitor" who stops by every year with roses and cognac for his grave. An antiques dealer tries to hire Tess into finding who the visitor is and unmasking him because the visitor has something that belongs to him and the only way he can get it is to threaten him with exposure. Tess [...]

    27. In a Strange City is the sixth Tess Monaghan mystery from Laura Lippman. In this installment, Lippman makes use of a long-standing Baltimore tradition, the Poe Toaster or Visitor. If by some chance you aren't familiar with the Poe Toaster, he's the individual who shows up at Poe's grave on January 19th each year to leave roses and cognac. Only this year, there's a murder at Poe's grave when the Toaster is supposed to arrive.Tess is not actually employed by anyone, but she begins to investigate w [...]

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