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In a Strange City

Laura Lippman

Tess Monaghan Mystery #6

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Meet Tess Monaghan – ex-Baltimore Star reporter and accidental PI – as she investigates cases of murder, corruption and injustice in Charm City . . .

Three red roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac have been left on the grave of Edgar Allan Poe every 19th of January for the past fifty years.

Baltimore P. I. Tess Monaghan takes on the strangest case of her career when a man approaches her asking her to find out who is behind the ritual. On 19th January, as she watches Poe’s grave, two cloaked figures appear, there is a gunshot, and one is killed.

Who was the mysterious client who has given her a fake name, and how does an old friend from Tess’s past fit into the case? Only Tess can get to the truth, but as things get more complicated can she solve it in time?

‘A plot worthy of Poe himself. Splendid entertainment.’ Guardian


Laura Lippman’s novels have won many crime fiction prizes, including the Edgar, Anthony and Agatha Awards. Sunburn (2018), her second consecutive novel to win the eDunnit Award at Crimefest, was also nominated for the CWA Gold Dagger Award and was a Waterstones Book of the Month. Her 2019 novel Lady in the Lake featured in numerous Best of Year Lists,…

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