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No Good Deeds (Tess Monaghan #9)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  1,979 ratings  ·  174 reviews
No good deed goes unpunished . . .

Working as a consultant for a Baltimore newspaper, p.i. Tess Monaghan seems far removed from the unsolved slaying of a young federal prosecutor—until her well-meaning boyfriend, Crow, brings a street kid into their lives, a juvenile con artist who doesn't even realize he holds an important key to the sensational homicide. But Tess's ethica
ebook, 400 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by William Morrow (first published 2006)
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i think this is the lowest rating for a Laura Lippman book i have given, and i don't know if that is fair . . . but i didn't like the split focus, and i truly hated the first person POV at the beginning and end. i didn't mind it too much in her last book, when it was the unknown killer, but crow? really?

i read these books mostly for tess, and there was barely even mention of the dogs in this. a couple sentences of uncle spike, feeney in the beginning, a great scene with whitney, but no real fa
I've come to the conclusion that Tess Monaghan is a Mary Sue, which--okay. I can deal with that. This book reads a lot like an episode of The Wire told from the perspective of the white middle class--some of the situations the black characters find themselves in could be directly lifted from the show. I continue to dislike Tess's thoughtless, headstrong way of tumbling into things and also her general lack of empathy and sensitivity to those around her. What amuses me is that the book--through C ...more
Overall I liked this book, I thought Lloyd was a good addition. I liked seeing Crow as a contributor to the puzzle, more or less. I liked meeting her "partner". The mystery itself was fine but I did find the baddies to be annoying, heavy-handed, which baddies can be, but these ones seemed a bit cartoonish to me... starting to worry now though, that I am getting to the end of the Tess books... They have been a not unpleasant way to pass the time and it has been interesting to see how her writing ...more
Mary Joy
I read this series mostly because it's set in Baltimore and I think it's interesting to see how a native describes the place to outsiders (although I think she often overdoes the local color). I find the main character's boyfriend really irritating. I'll read the next book in the series, whatever that is, but I think Sue Grafton does this kind of thing a lot better.
J. Ewbank
This book by Laura Lippman was a good read. It is one of the Tess Monaghan Novels but this is the first one that I have read. I would be willing to read more because the characters are well defined and the plot is interesting and novel, though at times a clittle complex to follow. Enjoyed it.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
Glad to have a new mystery-series-with-strong-female-detective-set-in-a-personally-familiar-and-fun-setting (this time, Baltimore). Picked it up in the BWI airport & enjoyed it as holiday reading while the rest of the olsons were Wii'ing. Now I need to find the eight books that came before it to learn how the protagonist & boyfriend got to where they are now.
Lewis Weinstein
The story begins with an incredibly stupid act ... bringing home a street kid for dinner and overnight. Much of what follows is predictable. Less than heart-throbbing action. But ok for my purpose, which is a quick and not too challenging nighttime read after much more focused reading during the day.
As so often happens in real life, doing a good deed can have unexpected and unfortunate results.

The good deeds in this novel relate to a young man, Lloyd Jupiter, whom Tess Monaghan's boyfriend Crow brings home to dinner. Crow met Lloyd when Lloyd helpfully offered to fix Crow's flat tire, helpfully carrying a tire iron. Crow may be naive at times but he isn't stupid. He knew Lloyd had had something to do with the tire being flat in the first place. But there was something about the teen that s
Perfectly respectable but not exactly eye-catching. You pretty much know who's looking for Lloyd because of the split POV and it's annoying to have to watch Tess fumble through looking for the reasons when we know them already. Half the reason I read mystery novels is the race and anticipation of figuring out the whodunnit so there didn't seem to be much of a point in continuing when I already had a suspicion.
I do like that the author made an effort to discuss White-black racial social commenta
When Crow tries to do a good deed, he and Tess wind up in the middle of crooked FBI and cops. After delivering food to a homeless shelter, Crow's tires are flat. Lloyd offers to fix them. Crow fixes them himself, but offers Lloyd dinner. When he finds out Lloyd had no place to go, he takes him home where Tess is none too please. While working on her laptop, Tess brings up a recently killed D.A. that Lloyd recognizes. Tess knows Lloyd must know something about the death. Lloyd decides to steal th ...more
Shannon Knight
You guys. This book is so bad. I didn't think things would start going downhill once the series kind of hit its groove and the main character became slightly less irritating and the writing improved. But oh god. I was so very wrong.

So first of all, Tess is super sad over her missing braid. That comes up a lot. And then, suddenly, for the first time in the series, we are treated to other points of view throughout the book, from several different characters, including Crow. And I'd like to tell y
I don't know how come it's taken me so long to discover Laura Lippman's, Tess Monaghan Mysteries. This is book #9 in a series of 10 thus far. Lippman lives in Baltimore, Maryland and writes about where she lives. I'm only about 2 hours outside of Baltimore on the Eastern Shore. It gave me a thrill to read about a city I knew so much about, down to local politics and radio and T.V. stations. In this book, she also ventured to my hometown of Salisbury and the beach at nearby Fenwick Island.

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Julie H.
As a native Marylander and someone who once worked in Baltimore, I'll confess outright that when I am homesick I pick up a Laura Lippman book. That said, No Good Deeds was both entertaining and unsettling on several fronts. The story is good, the writing tight, and Lippman is superbly clever at points where she inserts Crow's voice (i.e., that of protagonist Tess Monaghan's younger lover) into the storyline--esp. at times when Tess might otherwise seem overly cynical or even unrealistic in her e ...more
Mar 23, 2008 Christy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans, Tess Monaghan fans, Laura Lippman fans
In Lippman’s latest installment of the Tess Monaghan series, Tess has taken on a new gig as consultant to the local newspaper, where her job duties are to train reporters in investigative techniques, using three recent cases as paradigms. One of the cases Tess plans to focus on is the murder of a local federal prosecutor. When Tess’s significant other, Crowe, befriends a homeless street kid, Tess inadvertently learns the young man has information about who killed the prosecutor. In an effort to ...more
Barbara Mitchell
This Tess Monaghan novel is a book sale find. I seem to be on a newspaper kick. Just reviewed Morning Miracle about The Washington Post, and now this author, Laura Lippman, was a Baltimore Sun reporter before finding success as a novelist. Also, a reporter for a fictional Baltimore paper plays an important part on this story.

Tess is a private detective who lives with her boyfriend known as Crow. Tess is realistic and rational, but Crow has a soft side and thus he ends up befriending a black teen
Crow, being Crow, befriends a young black man and invites him home for dinner. Of course, this couldn't be a simple dinner date. Oh no, Tess and Crow's guest attempts to help himself to Tess's car, computer and a marijuana stash after the couple goes to bed.

Tess can't leave it alone, especially since the kid reacted to the name of a dead federal prosecutor. So, Tess being Tess, uses an elaborate setup with her pal Whitney to track down her former house guest and get him to spill his beans.

And sp
Greg Bascom
Lloyd Jupiter, a 16-year old black street urchin, offers to help Edgar "Crow" Ransome change his flat tire. Crow, certain that Lloyd punctured the tire, refuses his help or to give him a few dollars. Instead, Crow buys Lloyd a hearty meal at a restaurant where he learns that Lloyd is effectively homeless. As it is freezing cold, Crow takes Lloyd home to spend the night in a white suburb of Baltimore with his lady friend, Tess Monaghan, a private investigator.

Tess is preparing a presentation for
I'm really bummed: I will probably have to add Laura Lippman to my reading list. Tess Monaghan is an interesting woman, and her boyfriend is even more so.

This particular story finds Tess and Crow living together, relatively comfortably, though Tess is a little tight financially. In one of his errands of mercy to a local soup kitchen, Crow's tire gets slashed and a teenager offers to help him fix it. Eventually, after taking him to lunch and talking with him briefly, he decides to bring Lloyd hom
Ninth book in Lippmann's wonderful Tess Monaghan series in which we get to know her boyfriend Crow a little better. Crow brings home a homeless black teenager for dinner and invites him to stay the night and help him find shelter the next day. Lloyd Jupiter thinks he's hit a gold mine with the crazy white people who would let a common thief and scam artist like him into their home. During dinner, Tess ascertains that Lloyd seems to know something about the death of a prominent district attorney ...more
siti rahmah
Another series of book with main character PI Tess Monaghan. Her boyfriend, Crow, brought home a homeless teenager for dinner and to spend a night, not knowing that he played a part in the death of an Assistant US Attorney. Tess managed to convinced him to talk to the papers with complete anonymity. Unfortunately, it was revealed that the source came from Tess. News travelled fast and she was hounded by 3 officials from separate government bureau. Unknown to her, each of these men has their own ...more
A little less in this story to grab you, as the reader, than in most of the other Tess Monaghan books. Scary to see how federal agents (FBI, DEA and the USDA) working outside the system can use their positions of power to literally search the minutiae of someone's life to find something to hold over them in order to gain the information they want. This is what happens in this story however and Tess and her friends and loved ones are the targets. As frustrating and scary as this situation was for ...more
3+ to 4-
A bit complicated storyline,changing back and forth between characters actions and viewpoints to tell the story.It was good for a rainy day read. I could tell early on that the good guys were bad, but not enough an idea to put all the pieces together. The end was truly the end quickly, while some of the rest of the story dragged a bit for me.
I have been listening to this series rather quickly, and this is a good one! I'm not going to go back and check on the narrators, but kudos to this production for making sure Johnny Unitis' name was pronounced correctly. This audio version was very well read. But I don't really understand why someone felt that the hokey music needed to be inserted.
I think Laura Lippmann is overrated. Her writing can be clunky. In this book, which contrasts well-meaning white characters with a young man who is African-American and in trouble with the law, the clunkiness is front and center. Her characters sometimes seem made up of quirks and tics. Even the rescued grayhound has an extensive backstory and is named after a long-defunct commercial of local interest. The main character's romantic interest is a cipher, personality-wise, I think unintentionally. ...more
Finally, a Tess Monaghan mystery that did not include every plodding step in the solving of the mystery. I loved that Crow finally contributed. As usual, I don't love Tess's lack of emotion but hey, she's a cool cat so I guess that comes with the territory.
No Good Deeds begins a bit bit differently - in Crow's voice, as he reflects back on the series of events and the lives that were changed.

While Tess is still the main character, this book comes closest to splitting that main focus between Tess and Crow, which both works and is necessary, as they are physically separated for much of the story.

It is also the introduction of Jupiter, a black teenage boy who lives on the street - who knows more than he should and doesn't even realize that he knows
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A solid Laura Lippman mystery. The pace is a little slow for awhile but does pick up in the second half of the book. You certainly get to know her home town, Baltimore and the people who make it 'tick'
A book that might be enjoyed more as an audio book on a road trip.
Loved it!

I had been waiting for a while for my library to get this ebook so I could continue reading the series. another great Tess Monaghan book. I can't wait to see what happens next.
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Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) 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 ...more
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