Tess Monaghan

12 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 4,725 ratings

Baltimore Blues Publisher's Summary

Unemployed at 29, Tess Monaghan is willing to take any freelance job to pay the rent - including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy, Darryl "Rock" Paxton. In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer's notoriety - and his noontime trysts with Rock's fiancée - make the case front page news...and point to Rock as the likely murderer. But trying to prove her friend's innocence could prove costly to Tess.

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  • Book 1

    • Baltimore Blues

    • Tess Monaghan, Book 1
    • By: Laura Lippman
    • Narrated by: Deborah Hazlett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,256
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 984
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 975

    Unemployed at 29, Tess Monaghan is willing to take any freelance job to pay the rent - including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy, Darryl "Rock" Paxton. In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer's notoriety - and his noontime trysts with Rock's fiancée - make the case front page news...and point to Rock as the likely murderer.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • This is a 'real time' mystery.

    • By Pamela on 04-17-13

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 2

    • Charm City

    • Tess Monaghan, Book 2
    • By: Laura Lippman
    • Narrated by: Deborah Hazlett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 544
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 405
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 402

    PI Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular sport. Business tycoon Wink Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball to town--until a devastating expose appears in the Baltimore Beacon Light. The newspaper's editors thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who's found dead in his garage. Tess is hired to find the unknown hacker who planted the lethal story.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • On of my favorites

    • By BJG on 05-05-10

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 3

    • Butchers Hill

    • Tess Monaghan, Book 3
    • By: Laura Lippman
    • Narrated by: Deborah Hazlett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 432
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 295
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 291

    Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her shingle as a PI-for-hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it's not the best address in Baltimore, but you gotta start somewhere, and Tess' greyhound Esskay has no trouble taking marathon naps anywhere there's a roof. Then, in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalizing his car. He wants to make reparations to the kids who witnessed his crime, so he needs Tess to find them.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Left me a bit uncomfortable

    • By Kathi on 07-20-17

    Regular price: $22.37

  • Book 4

    • In Big Trouble

    • A Tess Monaghan Novel, Book 4
    • By: Laura Lippman
    • Narrated by: Deborah Hazlett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 275
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229

    First as a reporter and then as a PI, Tess Monaghan has learned how to survive and thrive on the streets of Baltimore. But a new case will force her to confront her own past, and a man she loved and lost. It starts when she gets a newspaper photograph of her old boyfriend with a tantalizing shard of headline attached: In Big Trouble. The answers lie far from Baltimore, deep in a world of good-time music, old-fashioned ambition, and rich people's games. For Tess must find out what happened to a man she thought she knew, to a woman who may have changed him forever, and to the victims of a killer who dances to a different - and deadly - drummer.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Tess on the Road

    • By Carole T. on 12-10-12

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 5

    • The Sugar House

    • A Tess Monaghan Mystery
    • By: Laura Lippman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 470
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 300
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 293

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story, Don't Like the Narrator

    • By Carolyn L on 03-18-15

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 6

    • In a Strange City

    • Tess Monaghan Mysteries
    • By: Laura Lippman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 281
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 203
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 198

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • a good book but poorly described on audible

    • By R. Hill on 06-16-09

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 7

    • The Last Place

    • By: Laura Lippman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 343
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 255

    Laura Lippman has claimed all the major prizes in mystery writing and is a New York Times best-selling author. In this seventh novel from Lippman's acclaimed series, Baltimore investigator Tess Monaghan has her hands full with five murder cases that have gone cold. Each has a domestic violence angle, and the cases also share a disturbing connection - one that points to Tess herself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable

    • By BJG on 01-21-11

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 8

    • By a Spider's Thread

    • A Tess Monaghan Novel
    • By: Laura Lippman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    Mark Rubin's family is missing - and the police won't get involved because all the evidence indicates that his wife left willingly. So the successful Baltimore furrier turns to Tess Monaghan, hoping she can help him find his wife and three children. Tess doesn't quite know what to make of Rubin, who doles out vitally important information in grudging dribs and drabs. According to her client, he and his beautiful wife, Natalie, had a flawless, happy marriage. Yet one day, without any warning or explanation, Natalie gathered up their children and vanished.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • so clever and unpredictable

    • By Carmelle on 05-11-17

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 9

    • No Good Deeds

    • A Tess Monaghan Novel
    • By: Laura Lippman
    • Narrated by: Linda Emond
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144

    For Tess Monaghan, the unsolved murder of a young federal prosecutor is nothing more than a theoretical problem, one of several cases to be deconstructed in her new gig as a consultant to the local newspaper. But it becomes all too tangible when her boyfriend brings home a young street kid who doesn't even realize he holds an important key to the man's death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best yet of an excellent series!

    • By Mark Hancock on 08-25-15

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 10

    • Another Thing to Fall

    • By: Laura Lippman
    • Narrated by: Linda Emond
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 261
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 140

    When private investigator Tess Monaghan literally runs into the crew of the fledgling TV series Mann of Steel while sculling, she expects sharp words and evil looks, not an assignment. But the company has been plagued by a series of disturbing incidents since its arrival on location in Baltimore: bad press, union threats, and small, costly on-set "accidents" that have wreaked havoc with its shooting schedule.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I Enjoyed It

    • By BJG on 02-10-09

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 11

    • The Girl in the Green Raincoat

    • A Tess Monaghan Novel
    • By: Laura Lippman
    • Narrated by: Linda Emond
    • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 286
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 194

    In the third trimester of her pregnancy, Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan is under doctor's orders to remain immobile. Bored and restless, reduced to watching the world go by outside her window, she takes small comfort in the mundane events she observes... like the young woman in a green raincoat who walks her dog at the same time every day. Then one day the dog is running free and its owner is nowhere to be seen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love Lippman and Emond is great!

    • By Janet Katz on 04-25-11

    Regular price: $18.24

  • Book 12

    • Hush Hush

    • A Tess Monaghan Novel
    • By: Laura Lippman
    • Narrated by: Jan Maxwell
    • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 281
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 239
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 235

    On a searing August day, Melisandre Harris Dawes committed the unthinkable: She left her two-month-old daughter locked in a car while she sat nearby on the shores of the Patapsco River. Melisandre was found not guilty by reason of criminal insanity, although there was much skepticism about her mental state. Freed, she left the country, her husband, and her two surviving children, determined to start over.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Just ok

    • By Judy on 03-06-15

    Regular price: $28.51