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The Sugar House Audiobook

The Sugar House: A Tess Monaghan Mystery

Laura Lippman won the Nero Wolfe Award for this powerful mystery. Former journalist turned P.I. Tess Monaghan thought she knew Baltimore like the back of her hand - but what she doesn't know just might kill her in this grim yet irresistible novel.
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Publisher's Summary

Laura Lippman won the Nero Wolfe Award for this powerful mystery.

Former journalist turned P.I. Tess Monaghan thought she knew Baltimore like the back of her hand - but what she doesn't know just might kill her in this grim yet irresistible novel.

Solve another case with Tess Monaghan.

©2000 Laura Lippman; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"A rare find: a puzzle so finely calibrated that each new disclosure brings revelation and deepening mystery at the same time." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    MidwestGeek 09-17-11
    MidwestGeek 09-17-11

    Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.

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    "Disappointing conclusion"

    The story is told from the point of view of the protagonist Tess Monaghan. There is substantial character development of her and of her father and friends. I liked the plot and sympathized with Tess as she experienced twists and turns, misdirection and progress, roadblocks and breakthroughs. The development of the plot is rather slow, but much of the work of a detective is painstaking, and I liked Tess's attention to detail,leaving no stone unturned. However, the unveiling of the villains and the discovery of the truth happens very quickly toward the end. Further, having followed Tess around living in her shoes day after day, I felt cheated in the end. The author chooses to omit a number of planning meetings with her closest compatriots in order to surprise the reader along with some of Tess's adversaries. No such omissions occurred earlier. To play such a trick on the reader is an insult to the style of the rest of the book. I must say that I did guess more or less how things would turn out, and I was not so surprised by the revelations, but I won't give anything away. I think Lippman's "In a Strange City" was a better story. I think Barbara Rosenblat gave a very good narration, almost a dramatization at times, giving different voices, accents, and flavor to the different characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 01-18-13
    Jacqueline 01-18-13

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    "Good story- but what ever happened to Barbara R?"

    From the very beginning, I could hardly believe my ears. Had Barbara Rosenblat been abducted by evil aliens who just wanted to mess with her voice? I was completely surprised - the voice was almost her, but kind of like she had something extra in her mouth.

    Anyway, I listened to the story and just IMAGINED the voice I used to know. It is a good story, very well written and while not edge of your seat suspenseful, it did hold my interest throughout. This was only the second book I've listened to by this author- and I'll probably listen to more. There was only one thing that I didn't like about the story- it seemed to be filled with too much cute banter between Tess and Whitney--more than would be normal in the real world. I mean, do they have to find something witty to say every time they speak?

    Overall, the story is worth it if you don't mind the narration being off somewhat,

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory 05-09-16
    Gregory 05-09-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Love Laura Lippman"

    But there's something wrong with the tone of this book. Too snide. Too wisecracking. Too flip.

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    Kathleen E. Specht 02-26-16 Member Since 2012
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    "I did not like the narration at all!"

    I really enjoy the Tess Monaghan books, but the narrator ruined this one for me.

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    Muriel Toronto 10-19-15
    Muriel Toronto 10-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "New narrator"

    I'm very disappointed in the change of narrators from the previous novels. I don't think I will bother with the rest.

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    Leila Smith-Daines 08-26-15
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    "Good book but . . . ."
    Would you listen to The Sugar House again? Why?

    No, The narrator's voice made Tess sound like she was 70, not 30


    Would you be willing to try another one of Barbara Rosenblat’s performances?

    I like her mysteries. Yes, but not if it is narrated by Rosenblat. She just doesn't match the characters.


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    Lynn DAYTON, OH, United States 05-26-15
    Lynn DAYTON, OH, United States 05-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "It was okay"

    Always love the characters. Had to get use to the new narrator I didn't like it at first but I grew to appreciate her style.

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    Jonathan Van de Water 02-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, horrible narration!"
    Where does The Sugar House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fairly low, but not because of the story. The narrator sounds like she had been a smoker since God was a child. She doesn't even have the range to voice different characters. I bought this one for my Kindle and will be re-reading it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was solid throughout.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Barbara Rosenblat’s performances?

    Absolutely not!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not sure how to avoid spoilers here...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Beaufort, SC 02-10-15
    Becky Beaufort, SC 02-10-15 Member Since 2016

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    "New narrator"

    Not a fan of the narrator, but the story was good. I will definitely listen to the next book in the series.

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    Gadagirl 04-12-14
    Gadagirl 04-12-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Love series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good story - I really like the development of all the characters. Good depth.


    What didn’t you like about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance?

    Gave many characters a whiny quality that I didn't care for at all and didn't ring true to how I thought of them after listening to the other books in the series. Other characters just seemed way overdone - very distracting, particularly to start with before I got into the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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