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Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman
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it was amazing
bookshelves: mystery, netgalley, reviewed

I thoroughly enjoyed Lippman's latest novel. This was not my first novel by this author, nor will it be my last.

I think this would be considered a literary mystery. It is not a whodunnit really, although that is the crux of what keeps the novel moving forward.

This was a story that illuminates a time and place in history. There were discussions about race tensions, religious differences, laws, expectations and class differences. While I found the people in this book to be mostly superficial characters, the 1960s Baltimore setting was fully alive on every page. There were so many POVs including a ghost, a waitress, a nurse, and reporters. Each of these characters showed up for a very short period of time, offered their piece of the story and vanished. But I felt that was by design, people are temporary, the city and the culture last much longer.

The investigation into a murdered black woman was in the background throughout the book, but life continued and there were other things that needed doing. The life of a reporter at the time, especially an almost 40-year old cub reporter, could be difficult and degrading. The mystery had several twists and turns and intrigued me to the end.

The glimpse of a time I have never seen was more engaging then anything else. This may not be the perfect place for a new Lippman reader, but I enjoyed it enough to recommend it to others.

Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with an advanced e-copy of the book.
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Reading Progress

June 11, 2019 – Shelved
June 11, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
June 11, 2019 – Shelved as: mystery
June 11, 2019 – Shelved as: netgalley
September 26, 2019 – Started Reading
October 2, 2019 – Finished Reading
October 15, 2019 – Shelved as: reviewed

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