The Sugar House

Laura Lippman

Tess Monaghan Mystery #5

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‘A fantastic story with great twists and surprises.’ 5* reader review

‘One of the best crime novelists writing today.’ TESS GERRITSEN


Tess Monaghan’s life is back on course. She’s beginning to make a name for herself as a PI, she’s even banking good money. Then her father asks her a favour: to investigate the prison death of a friend’s brother – the confessed killer of a Jane Doe.

It’s not until the shocking discovery of the Jane Doe’s true identity turns deadly that Tess realises that her life may have taken a very wrong turn indeed – one from which there is no going back. . .

‘A moving feast of a book’ Washington Post

‘Compelling. . . those who know Baltimore should be captivated by how the author uses the city.’ 5* reader review

‘Great story. . . lots of plot twists and excellent resolution.’ 5* reader review

‘I’m convinced that Lippman can do no wrong. I’m now on her 6th book and I can’t put down the Tess Monaghan series. Fantastic!’ 5* reader review


‘Tess is a heroine with a nose for what she is not being told, and she is never content with half the story. These Baltimore novels are effective thrillers, because they are stories about wanting to know what happens next.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Whip smart female protagonist, gritty Baltimore setting. Loved Tess!’ 5* reader review

‘Readers won’t be able to resist Tess, who, like one of Baltimore’s famous crabs, sports a tough shell that hides a sweet centre.’ BOOKLIST

‘Digestible, fun, tense’ NPR

‘In this series, Lippman has developed sturdy tales, wry humour, and snappy dialogue wrapped around an insider’s view of Baltimore.’ SUN-SENTINEL

‘Tess, is a ballsy, free-spirited woman who thinks on her feet and has a commanding physical presence. . . Highly recommend’ 5* reader review

‘What fun! I discovered a new (to me) mystery series. Tess Monaghan is a terrific main character.’ 5* reader review

‘I really have fallen in love with Tess Monaghan. These mystery novels well deserve the awards Lippman has won.’ 5* reader review

Critic Reviews

‘A puzzle so finely calibrated that each new disclosure brings revelation and deepening mystery at the same time, as well as a sense of place so unerring it makes Baltimore everyone’s hometown.’

Kirkus Reviews
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‘Laura Lippman tells a good story. . .this is her best book, funny, sad, compassionate, and well-written. . . The Sugar House is compulsive yet thoughtful reading.’

Boston Globe
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‘What makes The Sugar House so satisfying is the complexity of plot and character. This is the fifth entry in an already admirable mystery series, and Lippman and Tess just keep getting better.’

Orlando Sentinel
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‘[The Sugar House] works equally well as a traditional private-eye novel or as a hip, modern novel about contemporary issues.’

Sun Sentinel

Laura Lippman’s novels have won many crime fiction prizes, including the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and eDunnit Awards. Her more recent works include Sunburn, a Waterstones Thriller of the Month in 2018, Lady in the Lake, currently being adapted by Apple TV+, and Dream Girl, shortlisted for the 2022 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger.

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