Hardly Knew Her
New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short stories—and reveals ano...more
And now I shall put my finger on it: her characters all seem to speak to me in the voices of the women at my gym. They are the voices of Roland...more
I didn’t find even one of the stories that I didn’t like but I did have my favorites. The story of Mona who increased her income by becoming a porn star was intriguing. Mona was not young and this just didn’t seem to be the occupation to take on late in life but the bills must be paid and...more
Plot is predominant in these stories which are delivered in the strong narrative voice of the author; sometimes the character voices intrude to comment on their situation or on their antogonist;sometimes whole sections...more
There's nothing light and fluffy about this story, in case you couldn't tell. It's compelling in i...more
Another recurring theme lies in the numerous stories set in Baltimore or neighboring cities, like Washington, D.C. There are a few Tess Monaghan stories, and one of my favor...more
It’s difficult to narrow down exactly which stories were my favorites. The first story, The Crack Cocaine Diet, is fabulous just for its voice. I really enjoyed The Accidental Detective, a newspaper-style piece on...more
Lippman’s women are as varied as the colorful icings on a dozen donuts. Some of h...more
I tend to like short stories, especially when my life is stressed and I am having trouble concentrating. Lippman knows how to write economically and so her stories were all good.
The ones that are going to stick with me were about Heloise - a madam who is raising her son in the...more
I was thinking of Ruth Rendall, who can also write truly creepy stuff. Lippman's work is different in that her characters seem sort of normal, up to the point when they decide that murder is a reasonable option. It's a different kind of creepiness...more
This is a great book to curl up with on...more
Having read the Tess Monaghan books, the stories involving her were fun but not as intense and entertaining as the others. Death after death but not without reason and not without undercurrents and humor.
My favorite character was the prostitute, Heloise, and there were two stories involving her. Another story centered around Lippman's character from her long-standing Tess Monaghan series.