In a Strange City

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 416 pages
24 Reviews

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 cherished ritual. That's why Tess Monaghan refuses to help the odd, piglike man who wants to hire her to unmask the Visitor, who the Porcine One claims has deceived and cheated him.

If nothing else, the rejected client's story has whetted Tess's curiosity—and so the following evening she and her enthusiastic boyfriend, Crow, are braving the winter chill and the graveyard dark to observe the strange, beloved rite from a respectful distance. But on this particular January 19, two caped figures approach Poe's resting place. One leaves the tribute and escapes into the night. The other dies there, felled by an assassin's bullet.

Tess sees nothing that the other witnesses didn't see. She isn't working for anyone at the moment—and the homicide detective who caught this particular "red ball" is an old and dangerous nemesis—so it might be worth her while to avoid this case like the plague. But someone else wants Tess involved in the worst way. A stranger is surreptitiously leaving her roses and cognac and bizarre, cryptic clues—someone who knows Tess's habits, someone who knows who she knows and where she lives. And suddenly home is a safe haven no longer.

Like it or not, Tess Monaghan is now a prime player in the murderous drama. And as the body count rises even higher, she uncovers links in a chain of greed, lies, false histories, and deadly acquisitiveness, a dangerously twisted mystery worthy of Poe himself.

  

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Review: In a Strange City (Tess Monaghan #6)

User Review  - Cara St.Germain - Goodreads

this is one of my favorites! I think Lippman has improved as a writer as she's aged. but none the less, I love her characters, their flaws and all. this was one of my favorites! Poe came into the picture, along with some more Baltimore mythology and history. Read full review

Review: In a Strange City (Tess Monaghan #6)

User Review  - Jenine - Goodreads

The Baltimoriana was good, the plot was okay, the baddies did not convince me. Nice romance angle. Made me want to read some Poe. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
19
Section 4
33
Section 5
44
Section 6
54
Section 7
62
Section 8
71
Section 19
194
Section 20
204
Section 21
210
Section 22
222
Section 23
232
Section 24
248
Section 25
263
Section 26
274

Section 9
81
Section 10
89
Section 11
104
Section 12
113
Section 13
125
Section 14
137
Section 15
149
Section 16
160
Section 17
170
Section 18
181
Section 27
284
Section 28
296
Section 29
305
Section 30
316
Section 31
326
Section 32
340
Section 33
349
Section 34
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About the author (2009)

Since her debut in 1997, Laura Lippman has been heralded for her thoughtful, timely crime novels set in her beloved hometown of Baltimore. She is the author of twenty works of fiction, including eleven Tess Monaghan mysteries. She lives in Baltimore, New Orleans, and New York City with her family.

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