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Publication Order of Tess Monaghan Books

Baltimore Blues (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charm City (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Butchers Hill (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Big Trouble (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sugar House (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
In a Strange City (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Place (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
By a Spider's Thread (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Good Deeds (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Another Thing to Fall (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl in the Green Raincoat (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hush Hush (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Tess Monaghan Collections

The Tess Chronicles (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Every Secret Thing (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
To the Power of Three (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
What the Dead Know / Little Sister (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Life Sentences (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
I'd Know You Anywhere / Don't Look Back (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Most Dangerous Thing / The Innocents (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
And When She Was Good (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
After I'm Gone (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Five Fires (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wilde Lake (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunburn (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lady in the Lake (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dream Girl (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prom Mom (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Hardly Knew Her (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
One True Love (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black-Eyed Susan (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scratch a Woman (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Good Fuck Spoiled (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Crack Cocaine Diet (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Easy as A-B-C (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
What He Needed (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dear Penthouse Forum (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Honor Bar (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shoeshine Man's Regrets (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Femme Fatale (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pony Girl (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
ARM and the Woman (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ropa Vieja (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Babysitter's Code (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Waco 1982 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Hardly Knew Her: Stories (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hints of Heloise (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Different for Girls (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nasty Girls (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Weaker Sex (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seasonal Work (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

My Life as a Villainess (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Akashic Drug Chronicles Books

The Cocaine Chronicles (With: Lee Child,Ken Bruen,Jervey Tervalon,Bill Moody) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Marijuana Chronicles (By: Jonathan Santlofer) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nicotine Chronicles (By: Lee Child,Joyce Carol Oates,Hannah Tinti,Christopher Sorrentino,Cara Black,Lauren Sanders,Bernice L. McFadden,Jonathan Ames) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Mysterious Profiles Books

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By: Robert Crais) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Taylor (By: Ken Bruen) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Reacher (By: Lee Child) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Parker (By: John Connolly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hieronymus Bosch (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lincoln Rhyme (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alex Delaware (By: Jonathan Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tess Monaghan (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Resnick (By: John Harvey) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (By: Faye Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inspector Morse (By: Colin Dexter) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dismas Hardy (By: John Lescroart) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bob Lee Swagger (By: Stephen Hunter) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (By: Douglas Preston) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lou Boldt (By: Ridley Pearson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spenser (By: Robert B. Parker) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By: Anne Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Rebus (By: Ian Rankin) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mallory (By: Carol O'Connell) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jane Whitefield (By: Thomas Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (By: Charles Todd) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amos Walker (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Precious Ramotswe (By: Alexander McCall Smith) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maisie Dobbs (By: Jacqueline Winspear) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lincoln Lawyer (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ben Kincaid (By: William Bernhardt) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Repairman Jack (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins,Mickey Spillane) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins,Mickey Spillane)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale)(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler)(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Hush Collection Books

Treasure (By: Oyinkan Braithwaite) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snowflakes (By: Ruth Ware) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Buried (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Let Her Be (By: Lisa Unger) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gift (By: Alison Gaylin) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slow Burner (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Tart Noir(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Shadow of the Master(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventure of the Missing Detective and 19 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cocaine Chronicles(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dangerous Women(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baltimore Noir(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Damn Near Dead(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Do Us Part(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Orleans Noir(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2007(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killer Year: Stories to Die For...(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pulp Fiction - The Dames(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
By Hook or By Crook and 27 More of the Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Study in Sherlock(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
USA Noir(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2014(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pretty Bitches(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Much like her most famous character, Tess Monaghan, Laura Lippman found early success as a reporter. Born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 31, 1959, Laura Lippman was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. In Baltimore, Lippman began her career as a reporter working for The Baltimore Sun and the San Antonio Light, a paper that has since closed. Lippman has become entrenched in the Baltimore arts scene. Her husband, David Simon, is the creator and Executive Producer of the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, which follows the reporters, police, and criminals of the city of Baltimore. Lippman guest starred in a cameo role working for the Baltimore Sun in an early episode on the series.

Laura Lippman attended Baltimore schools through the ninth grade. She then attended Wilde Lake High School in Colombia, Maryland. Lippman matriculated into Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Chicago, Illinois. Upon graduating from Northwestern, Lippman returned to her home in Baltimore, where she began what would be a twenty-year career in journalism, twelve of which would be served with the newspaper The Baltimore Sun.

Lippman fully retired from journalism in 2001 in order to fully concentrate on her career as a novelist. Before leaving, Lippman had already published seven novels in the Tess Monaghan series. In addition to her work on this series, totaling 11 books to date, Lippman has also published eight standalone novels, as well as numerous short stories. For her work in fiction, Lippman was granted the Edgar ®, The Agatha, The Anthony, The Nero Wolfe, Gumeshoe, The Shamus, and Barry awards. She has also been nominated for the Hammett and Macavity prizes, and notably was the first recipient ever of the Mayor’s Prize, awarded for Literary Excellence. In addition, Lippman was recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. She was the first genre writer to be granted this award. Laura Lippman’s writing has been favorably reviewed by multiple institutions. The Washington Post says Lippman is “one of the best novelists around, period.” Booklist says “Lippman’s taut, mesmerizing, and exceptionally smart drama of predator and prey is at once unusually sensitive and utterly compelling.”

In 2010, renowned actress Frances McDormand purchased the rights to Lippman’s standalone novel Every Secret Thing. The film is scheduled for release in the first half of 2015, after receiving extremely high praise after it’s April showing at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. The film, produced by McDormand and directed by Amy Berg, stars Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, and Dakota Fanning. The book follows an 18-year-old named Alice Manning, who becomes a suspect in the disappearance of a child.

Most of Lippman’s writing is centered in and around Baltimore. Baltimore is a city with a long history of art and crime, made a significant impact on Lippman’s many varied characters and stories, none more than Tess Monaghan. Tess Monaghan is a reporter in Baltimore who, at the onset of the series, has ‘accidentally’ turned Private Investigator. Beginning in the novel Baltimore Blues, P.I. Tess Monaghan explores some of the more sinister cases in Baltimore, solving them with unmatched tenacity.

Baltimore has long been a troubled city, with murders occurring almost every day. In the inaugural novel Baltimore Blues, Attorney Michael Abramowitz is killed. Attorney Abramowitz death is different than the typical killings because of his high-profile lifestyle. Known to enjoy illegal trysts in the middle of the day, Attorney Abramowitz winds up on the front page of every local newspaper. Tess Monaghan is a recently unemployed reporter who worked for the The Star, a local paper which failed and shut down. Tess’s work as a reporter in Baltimore led her to know the city better than most, including some of the most notorious members of the city. One of her old rowing buddies, Darryl “Rock” Paxton, the cuckolded fiancé, is the Baltimore Police’s number one suspect, and so he looks to his friend Tess Monaghan to help clear his name. In need of a job, Tess agrees. What should have been a straightforward case leads to secrets and life-threatening situations, which bring Tess closer to death than she ever knew possible.

Later in the series comes the novel In Big Trouble, which finds Tess settling in to her new lifestyle as a Private Investigator. The calm quickly dissipates upon receiving an envelope postmarked Boerne, Texas. The contents include a photo of her former boyfriend Crow, a musician, and a small newspaper scrap reading the headline “in big trouble.” Monaghan leaves Baltimore behind to visit Crow’s parents in Charlottesville, Texas, but what was meant to be a quick check-in turns into a road trip fraught with danger, secrets, and lies. Having left the city she knows so well, Tess Monaghan finds herself feeling lost and insecure in the vast desert landscape where the days are long and hot, the nights stark and cold. Tess’s ex-boyfriend Crow seems to have disappeared with a relatively unknown blonde singer, which sets Tess on the trail to finding where, and why, they vanished. As she searches, she finds herself entrenched in the multitude of family secrets, and the quick-rising body count as her search continues.

In addition to the Tess Monaghan series, Lippman has also written a large variety of short stories. Of note is one story in particular, Easy as ABC, which is collected in the anthology Baltimore Noir. Each story is set in a different neighborhood in Baltimore. Lippman’s story takes place in Locust Point, the area that houses the famed Fort McHenry. Lippman also pens the foreword to this collection, in which she discusses why Baltimore is the perfect setting for noir-style stories. “Baltimore has an odd geographic distinction. It is one of only two major U.S. cities that lies in no county… Landlocked on every side but one…it cannot expand or annex. Squeezed this way, it is a perfect setting for noir, which depends on an almost Darwinian desperation among its players.” Noir fiction is characterized by an often-victimized protagonist plunged deep into a corrupt and lawless world. Thus, Laura Lippman’s hometown of Baltimore makes the most compelling setting for these stories, and indeed, the large body of her collected works.

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