Charm City by Laura Lippman

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Charm City

Summary from Goodreads:

Reporter-turned-P.I. Tess Monaghan loves every inch of her native Baltimore–a quirky city where baseball reigns, and homicide seems to be the second most popular sport. Business tycoon “Wink” Wynkowski wants to change all of that by bringing pro-basketball back to town–a laudable mission that’s greeted with widespread cheers . . . and a muckraking front page expose of his past in the Baltimore Beacon-Light. The “Blight’s” surprised editors are sure they killed the piece. Instead, the piece kills Wynkowski, who’s discovered asphyxiated in his garage with his car’s engine running. Now the paper wants former newshound Tess to track down the rogue computer hacker whose prank took a human life. But there’s more than cyber-crime involved here–and Tess is about to discover firsthand that trying to stay alive in Charm City is murder these days.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I am SO late to the game of the awesomeness that Laura Lippman is, it’s not even funny. Having read her last 2 Tess Monaghan books, AFTER I’M GONE and HUSH HUSH (along with a couple of her stand-alones), when William Morrow offered review copies of some of her earlier books, I jumped at the chance. 

Having established that I am a Laura fan- am I a fan of her earlier work?

Yes and no.

CHARM CITY started a tad bit slow for me (or maybe I was trying to establish my roots in early Tess territory and unable to get later Tess out of my mind).

I know, for me, there was a big part of knowing that Tess is going to be ok that was almost distracting during scenes that normally would have me on the edge of my seat (this is the major downside of reading an author’s newer work and then starting their backlist!)

On the other hand, though, I’m establishing roots in my Tess-like. I’m seeing what makes her a character- while simultaneously also knowing the more evolved Tess. It’s an interesting concept.

Final thoughts: Worth a read and some nice twists that I found quite enjoyable.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T by William Morrow. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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4 thoughts on “Charm City by Laura Lippman

  1. I ran into the same issue reading the inspector Ganesh series by Louise Penny.. Fortunately the characterisation is so strong I could enjoy the books without worrying too much that I knew he survived.

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