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The Sugar House: A Tess Monaghan Mystery | [Laura Lippman]

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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    Lisa M Hall 11-03-14
    Lisa M Hall 11-03-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Listen to the sample before buying"
    Would you try another book from Laura Lippman and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    I have been listening to this series through my local library, which only had a few of the books. I purchased this one from audible not realizing it was a different narrator than the previous. This woman's voice is so annoying, I'm having a difficult time listening to the book. She is over dramatic and sounds as though she smokes, and has smoked, three packs of cigarettes a day. Others may not be bothered by her voice - so take a listen first. I wouldn't have wasted a credit if I had.


    Has The Sugar House turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The Narrator has


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

    Her voice is annoying and inappropriately dramatic


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer 07-03-14
    jennifer 07-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I don't even know if I like the book because"
    What would have made The Sugar House better?

    A different narrator


    Would you recommend The Sugar House to your friends? Why or why not?

    NO...not via audible. I will be reading the book myself to see if I enjoy it or not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barbara Rosenblat?

    I like all the prior books narrated by Deborah Hazlett. I will skip the next book in the series as it is narrated by Rosenblat and then will give the new narrator a shot.


    Any additional comments?

    I had a difficult time focusing on the book or getting into it as I really disliked the smokey, old sound of the narrator...hard to believe her as a 30 year old....sounds like a chain smoking grandmother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gadagirl 04-12-14
    Gadagirl 04-12-14 Member Since 2015
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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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    Linda Louise Burlington, KS, United States 11-26-13
    Linda Louise Burlington, KS, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2015

    RETIRED & LOVING IT.

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    "GREAT MYSTERY!"

    LAURA LIPPMAN, REALLY HAD ME HOOKED AS THE STORY UNFOLDED. IT IS A REAL AND TRUE CONDITION SHE ADROITLY SPINS A TALE AROUND. I HAVE NEVER READ ONE OF HER NOVELS, BUT SHE DEFINITELY IS A GREAT CONTENDER WITH THE VERY TOP TIER OF WOMEN WRITERS. IT WAS AN ENJOYABLE READ, WITH NO EXPLICIT, TAU DRY SEX SCENES, OR SPEECH. GREAT WRITERS DO NOT NEED TO EMPLOY THIS DEMEANING PRACTICE, WE ARE INTELLIGENT PEOPLE, AND JUST WANT A GOOD, WELL WRITTEN BOOK. BARBARA ROSENBLAT WAS EXCELLENT, AS USUAL, I LOVE HER AS A NARRATOR. SHE IS MY FAVORITE MY A LONG SHOT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 01-18-13
    Jacqueline 01-18-13

    Perception isn't everything- turn picture 1/4 to the right and see the sweet reality.

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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,

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Lafayette, IN, United States 07-15-11
    Jessica Lafayette, IN, United States 07-15-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great series, terrible new narrator"

    I loved this series. But this book is narrated by a new person. The narrator is terrible. I won't be able to listen to this book. She has completely changed the personality of Tess, the main character, in her poor narrating. It is really too bad because the earlier narrator was wonderful.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Kansas City, MO, United States 09-16-10
    Kathryn Kansas City, MO, United States 09-16-10
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    "Mixed bag"

    I liked the character, setting, and premise, but towards the end, it felt as if the author got fed up and tied up all the loose ends and punished the wicked, toot sweet. Perhaps another book of Lippman's would be a better option.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lioness 11-05-09
    Lioness 11-05-09 Listener Since 2003

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    "Not for Me"

    I like Laura Lippman (recommend "What the dead know" but this narrator was impossible for me to listen to. It sounded like someone who smoked for 50 years. I might have liked the book better with another narrator.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rie 11-11-14
    Rie 11-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Worst narrator ever."
    What would have made The Sugar House better?

    I love The series but the narrator is awful. I don't know if I an even finish the book the narrator is so bad.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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