Dec 23, 2014

Hush, Hush by Laura Lippman

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In a new book in her mystery series, Laura Lippman has her private detective Tess Monaghan in a mystery that plunges the new parent into a case involving murder and a manipulative mother. 

First paragraph, first chapter (from an Advance Readers Edition; final copy may differ):
Monday 9:30 a.m.
The first note appeared on Tess Monaghan's car on a March day that was cranky as a toddler -- wet, tired, prone to squalls. But Tess did not know the note was the first of anything. There is no first until the second arrives. So this note was a mere curiosity, a plain piece of paper folded and placed under the windshield wiper on her car. 
Book description: On a searing August day, Melisandre Harris Dawes left her two-month-old daughter locked in a car. Melisandre was found not guilty by reason of criminal insanity, although there was much skepticism about her mental state. Now that’s she’s a mother herself, private investigator Tess Monaghan wants nothing to do with a woman crazy enough to have killed her own child. But Melisandre’s lawyer has asked Tess to assess Melisandre’s security needs. Tess tries to ignore the discomfort she feels around the confident, manipulative Melisandre. But that gets tricky after Melisandre becomes a prime suspect in a murder.

Yet as her suspicions deepen, Tess realizes that just as she’s been scrutinizing Melisandre, a judgmental stalker has been watching her every move as well. . . .
The book is scheduled for release February 24, 2015.

What do you think? Is this a mystery novel you would continue reading?


  1. I like the beginning. Iy creates a sense of curiosity while not pushing things too fast. I also like the writing. I would keep reading.

  2. Good beginning. Plus I like Laura Lippman, so, yes, I'd keep reading.

  3. I've enjoyed a couple of Lippman's stand-alone novels and one Tess Monaghan, so I'd keep reading! I should really read the first in that series...

  4. Oh, yes! This one is on my list....and I can't wait. I still have other Tess Monaghan books on Sparky that I need to read, too. Thanks for sharing.

    Here's mine: “LILLIAN ON LIFE”

  5. I really liked the first book in this series and want to read more. I like Laura Lippman's writing very much.

  6. Seems like a very powerful book. I wonder will the investigator change her opinion of the mother who left her child in the car. I've not read Laura Lippman. I really would like to read one of her mysteries.

  7. I'd read more; it's sounding like a good one ==enjoy

  8. Oh, the premise is so sad! I'll bet this one will hold your attention.


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