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Publisher's Summary

In a Strange City stars PI Tess Monaghan in a chilling thriller.

When a murder occurs during the annual visit of a cloaked individual to Edgar Allan Poe's grave, Tess is drawn into unearthing a killer.

©2001 Laura Lippman (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Lippman's second Tess Monaghan novel is a perfectly good mystery, but even more, it's an homage to the city of Baltimore." ( Booklist)

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    4 out of 5 stars

a good book but poorly described on audible

The Booklist review referring to the "second in the Tess Monaghan series" is not for this book but for "Charm City." I downloaded this from audible hoping for the second book because of that review.
Nonetheless, it's good, hon.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 08-14-12

Excellent

Not a thriller (which is good). The pace is a bit slow, but a rich and interesting mystery is laid out in a leisurely rate. The character development is outstanding. The narration is outstanding and greatly enhances each character, and the city itself.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Davis
  • Cardiff, CA
  • 06-07-18

Narrator was dreadful. Story was boring.

I can’t believe they allowed this awful narrator to ruin another Tess novel. She sounds like a 97 year old, chain smoking Cathy moriarty. She takes long, inappropriately placed pauses. Her deep breathing and inhaling is distracting. The story it’s self is boring, confusing and too long. I’ve loved every Tess book except this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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Disappointment

Narrator is not that great. Hard to keep characters dialog straight. Story was so so.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ginger
  • Ogden, UT United States
  • 12-18-15

Of Edgar Allan Poe...

Edgar Allan Poe lived, for a time and until his death, in Baltimore. While he actually died in October, this tale puts the date of his death on a cold, early morning January 19th, and surrounding that death swirl many tales, including an unknown, cloaked person who, yearly, visits the grave with three red roses and a half bottle very expensive wine. On this particular visit, there is a murder ... Another very good read from Lippman. 5 stars.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another Well Read Book

What made the experience of listening to In a Strange City the most enjoyable?

Learning the snip-it of Poe history true and not so true.

What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Barbara Rosenblat is an excellant reader. She is able to make each character different so when you hear the voice you know which character immediately. She seems to act the book as she reads. She is able to keep an excellant pace so that you don't want to stop listening. SHE IS A GOOD READER OR NARRATOR AS SOME CALL IT. GOOD, GOOD, GOOD READER. Starting the next book Barbara's last one. Not sure about the next reader for book 8.

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

Started the book at 8 am and I made it to 1am and had to go to bed. 7am comes to fast. Finished it while taking my shower. ( Good external speakers) So good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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More “ACTING!” than narrating

Enjoyable, especially if you’re a fan of Mr. Poe — and of Ms. Lippman. I am fond of both the authors, yet I found this production annoyingly narrated: too much acting and sometimes a slurring delivery with way too much attitude. She also mispronounced a few names, such as Ayn Rand. Is it so hard to look up the pronunciation?

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Love the Series

great storyline. great characters. perfect ending. I enjoy the Baltimore history included in the series.

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Great story with literary allusions

One of my favorite Lippmann books yet! The narrator was excellent (I didn't let myself be dissuaded by the negative reviews of this narrator--I really liked her), and the story is inventive and smart.

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Narrator has grown on me

I sincerely hope this is Ms Rosenblahs last turn at narrating. She has grown on me a bit since the first one she narrated but I still find her a tad difficult to listen to. I liked the Tess stories too much to give them up just because I was unhappy with a persons voice so I soldiered on. This one makes me want to delve more deeply into Edgar Allan Poe. Never much of a fan, but he seems somewhat intriguing ..... love the owl rhyme as I need to speak less myself .... alas .... oh. and I think Crow should decide for himself if he wants to play the part each 19January ... not her call ...