"In Bed" with Laura Lippman

Posted by Goodreads on January 3, 2011
Baltimore Sun reporter by day, novelist by night—Laura Lippman juggled two careers for four years when she wrote the first seven books of her detective series starring Tess Monaghan, an ex-reporter turned P.I. in homicide-heavy Baltimore. Once the author left journalism in 2001, she continued writing about her crime-fighting alter ego but also tried her hand at stand-alone mysteries, including best-sellers What the Dead Know and I'd Know You Anywhere. The writer now returns to her Baltimore gumshoe in her new book, The Girl in the Green Raincoat. A very pregnant Tess is on strict bed rest, but she must solve a missing-persons case from the confines of her home. Lippman shares five favorite crime novels that everyone, not just pregnant detectives, should read in bed.

Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain
"Granted, they are relatively small crimes—accounting fraud, an attempted murder—within the context of the crime genre. But it's my favorite of Cain's novels."

Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
"A harrowing, brilliant novel. One of the best I've read in any genre."

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
"Harris partisans argue among themselves whether this or The Silence of the Lambs is his best book; I am firmly in the Red Dragon camp."

When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
"For me, the best Kate Atkinson novel is always the latest one I've read. My hunch is that this one will be supplanted by her next book."

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message 1: by A.sahib (new)

A.sahib girl in the green raincoat by Laura Lippman like to read it i appreciate the crime stories

message 2: by Judith (new)

Judith Love Laura Lippman's books. For some reason I like books set in the Baltimore area- Anne Tyler fan as well. I especially love Tess, cannot say specifically why, but just love her. I think it is Lippman I like, since I also like her stand alone novels.

message 3: by Parwati (new)

Parwati Singari sounds an interesting book

message 4: by Angie (new)

Angie Great list! Thanks, goodreads, & thanks, Ms. Lippman. I'm a big fan.

message 5: by Elena (new)

Elena "Faithful Place" by Tana French is still my favourite novel of the year!

message 6: by Evelyn (new)

Evelyn Robinson Love her books

message 7: by Marci (new)

Marci Green Read all of Tess Monaghan and was disappointed when Ms. Lippman wrote the last book in 2011. It is a great series, I'd love to read some new Tess stories!

message 8: by Mary (new)

Mary Alice The Girl in the Green Raincoat was serialized in the NYT magazine and I loved it as a mystery, an homage, a puzzle and elegant novel!

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