In a Strange City (Tess Monaghan #6)
It is a treasured Charm City tradition. Every year on Edgar Allan Poe's birthday a figure wrapped in a dark cloak visits the renowned author's Baltimore gravesite and leaves behind three roses and half a bottle of cognac. No Baltimorean worth his or her salt would ever dream of trying to determine the true identity of the "Poe Toaster," thereby possibly destroying a cheris...more
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...more
Tess interviews a client who wants her to follow a man who has been visiting Poe's grave every year, on the author's birthday, carrying three roses and a half-bottle of cognac. He has been dubbed the "Poe Toaster". There has been someone doing this job since 1949, Lippman acknowledges in the front, but she skewed details deliberately. I find th...more
There's just not much going on here. The plot consists of listening to a bunch of characters talk about various events and gather more information until a murder is eventually "solved". As the reader (listener) you're never put in the action, so there's never any real tension. If someone is murdered you don't actually get to witness it, you'll...more
Tess is not actually employed by anyone, but she begins to investigate w...more
#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...more
This book is out of my favored genre, I admit. While I found Tess, the main character, imperfect and likeable, I...more
Lippman does a lovely job of having various layers of the story sharing the issue of what things represent for us and the desire to have them. From those who want to recreate their childhood's by recreating the decorating style, to those who want the iconic symbols of a city, to those who love books. And while Tess is dealing with...more
This isn’t my favorite of the Tess Monaghan stories; I am much more interested in Tess and her friends than in Poe and his. How you feel about this book will probably depend on how much you enjoy finding out about Edgar Allan Poe.
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.
I didn't find the book very interesting.
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.
This is a three-star book if ever there was one.
A perfectly fine plot, well-warn characters that don't change much in the course of the book. Lots of local flavor.
I don't feel better for having read this, but I don't feel worse either.
This book is Perfectly Okay.