Laura Lippman Books

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Author Laura Lippman was born in Atlanta, Georgia but would grow up in Baltimore, Maryland. She is married to David Simon, who used to work as a reporter in Baltimore and created and executive produced the television series “The Wire” for HBO. She and her father, Theo Lippman, Jr., were also reporters. Laura worked as a daily newspaper reporter for a total of twenty years, working twelve of those years at the Baltimore Sun, the same paper that her husband and father worked at. She worked the other eight years as a reporter at other newspapers located in Texas. While working full-time at the Sun, she was writing her novels full time and got seven of them published, but she started to write fiction full time in the year 2001. While in high school that she attended in Columbia, Maryland, she acted in different theater productions, she was captain of the school’s It’s Academic team, and would later graduate from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. Lippman comes from Jewish and Scots-Irish ancestry. Her sister is a bookseller, and her mother worked in a library for the public school system in Baltimore. She has lived in Baltimore, Maryland since her return there in the late eighties.

Order of Tess Monaghan Series

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1Baltimore Blues 1997Description / Buy
2Charm City 1997Description / Buy
3Butchers Hill 1998Description / Buy
4In Big Trouble 1999Description / Buy
5The Sugar House 2000Description / Buy
6In a Strange City 2001Description / Buy
7The Last Place 2002Description / Buy
8By a Spider's Thread 2004Description / Buy
9No Good Deeds 2006Description / Buy
10Another Thing to Fall 2008Description / Buy
11The Girl in the Green Raincoat 2008Description / Buy
12The Book Thing 2012Description / Buy
13Hush Hush 2015Description / Buy

Order of Tess Monaghan Collections

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1The Tess Chronicles 2018Description / Buy

Order of Laura Lippman Standalone Novels

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1Every Secret Thing 2003Description / Buy
2To the Power of Three 2005Description / Buy
3What the Dead Know / Little Sister 2007Description / Buy
4Life Sentences 2009Description / Buy
5I'd Know You Anywhere / Don't Look Back 2010Description / Buy
6The Most Dangerous Thing / The Innocents 2011Description / Buy
7And When She Was Good 2012Description / Buy
8After I'm Gone 2014Description / Buy
9Five Fires 2014Description / Buy
10Wilde Lake 2016Description / Buy
11Sunburn 2018Description / Buy
12Lady in the Lake 2019Description / Buy
13Dream Girl 2021Description / Buy

Order of Laura Lippman Short Stories/Novellas

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1One True Love 2008Description / Buy
2Black-Eyed Susan 2008Description / Buy
3Scratch a Woman 2008Description / Buy
4A Good Fuck Spoiled (Short Story) 2008Description / Buy
5The Crack Cocaine Diet 2008Description / Buy
6Easy as A-B-C 2008Description / Buy
7What He Needed 2008Description / Buy
8Dear Penthouse Forum 2008Description / Buy
9Honor Bar 2008Description / Buy
10The Shoeshine Man's Regrets 2008Description / Buy
11Femme Fatale 2008Description / Buy
12Pony Girl 2008Description / Buy
13ARM and the Woman 2008Description / Buy
14Ropa Vieja 2008Description / Buy
15The Babysitter's Code (Short Story) 2008Description / Buy

Order of Laura Lippman Short Story Collections

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1Hardly Knew Her 2008Description / Buy
2Hints of Heloise 2012Description / Buy
3Different for Girls 2018Description / Buy
4Nasty Girls 2018Description / Buy
5The Weaker Sex 2018Description / Buy

Order of Laura Lippman Non-Fiction Books

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1My Life as a Villainess 2020Description / Buy

Order of Akashic Drug Chronicles Series

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1The Cocaine Chronicles (Short Story) ( With: Lee Child, Ken Bruen, Jervey Tervalon) 2005Description / Buy
2The Marijuana Chronicles ( By: Jonathan Santlofer) 2013Description / Buy
3The Nicotine Chronicles ( By: Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates, Hannah Tinti, , Cara Black, , , Jonathan Ames) 2020Description / Buy

Order of Bibliomysteries Series

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1The Book of Virtue ( By: Ken Bruen) 2012Description / Buy
2Pronghorns of the Third Reich (Short Story) ( By: C.J. Box) 2012Description / Buy
3The Book Thing 2012Description / Buy
4The Book Case ( By: Nelson DeMille) 2012Description / Buy
5An Acceptable Sacrifice ( By: Jeffery Deaver) 2012Description / Buy
6Death Leaves a Bookmark (Short Story) ( By: William Link) 2012Description / Buy
7The Final Testament (Short Story) ( By: Peter Blauner) 2013Description / Buy
8Rides a Stranger (Short Story) ( By: David Bell) 2013Description / Buy
9The Long Sonata of the Dead (Short Story) ( By: Andrew Taylor) 2013Description / Buy
10The Book of Ghosts (Short Story) ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman) 2013Description / Buy
11The Compendium of Srem (Short Story) ( By: F. Paul Wilson) 2014Description / Buy
12What's in a Name? (Short Story) ( By: Thomas H. Cook) 2014Description / Buy
13Remaindered (Short Story) ( By: Peter Lovesey) 2014Description / Buy
14The Sequel (Short Story) ( By: R.L. Stine) 2014Description / Buy
15The Gospel of Sheba (Short Story) ( By: Lyndsay Faye) 2014Description / Buy
16The Nature of My Inheritance (Short Story) ( By: Bradford Morrow) 2014Description / Buy
17It's in the Book (Short Story) ( By: Mickey Spillane) 2014Description / Buy
18The Scroll (Short Story) ( By: Anne Perry) 2014Description / Buy
19The Book of the Lion (Short Story) ( By: Thomas Perry) 2015Description / Buy
20The Little Men (Short Story) ( By: Megan Abbott) 2015Description / Buy
21Condor in the Stacks (Short Story) ( By: James Grady) 2015Description / Buy
22Mystery, Inc. (Short Story) ( By: Joyce Carol Oates) 2015Description / Buy
23Every Seven Years (Short Story) ( By: Denise Mina) 2015Description / Buy
24From the Queen (Short Story) ( By: Carolyn Hart) 2015Description / Buy
25The Travelling Companion ( By: Ian Rankin) 2016Description / Buy
26Citadel (Short Story) ( By: Stephen Hunter) 2016Description / Buy
27Reconciliation Day (Short Story) ( By: Christopher Fowler) 2016Description / Buy
28Dead Dames Don't Sing (Short Story) ( By: John Harvey) 2016Description / Buy
29The Haze (Short Story) ( By: James W. Hall) 2016Description / Buy
30Hoodoo Harry (Short Story) ( By: Joe R. Lansdale) 2017Description / Buy
31The Pretty Little Box (Short Story) ( By: Charles Todd) 2018Description / Buy
32Seven Years (Short Story) ( By: Peter Robinson) 2018Description / Buy
33The Hemingway Valise ( By: Robert Olen Butler) 2018Description / Buy
34The Last Honest Horse Thief ( By: Michael Koryta) 2018Description / Buy
35The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository ( By: John Connolly) 2018Description / Buy

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Series

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1The Book of Virtue ( By: Ken Bruen)2012Description / Buy
2The Scroll (Short Story) ( By: Anne Perry)2014Description / Buy
3Pronghorns of the Third Reich (Short Story) ( By: C.J. Box)2012Description / Buy
4An Acceptable Sacrifice ( By: Jeffery Deaver)2012Description / Buy
5Death Leaves a Bookmark (Short Story) ( By: William Link)2012Description / Buy
6Seven Years (Short Story) ( By: Peter Robinson)2018Description / Buy
7The Book Thing2012Description / Buy
8The Book of Ghosts (Short Story) ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman)2013Description / Buy
9The Long Sonata of the Dead (Short Story) ( By: Andrew Taylor)2013Description / Buy
10The Final Testament (Short Story) ( By: Peter Blauner)2013Description / Buy
11Rides a Stranger (Short Story) ( By: David Bell)2013Description / Buy
12What's in a Name? (Short Story) ( By: Thomas H. Cook)2014Description / Buy
13It's in the Book (Short Story) ( By: Mickey Spillane)2014Description / Buy
14The Nature of My Inheritance (Short Story) ( By: Bradford Morrow)2014Description / Buy
15Remaindered (Short Story) ( By: Peter Lovesey)2014Description / Buy
16The Compendium of Srem (Short Story) ( By: F. Paul Wilson)2014Description / Buy
17The Gospel of Sheba (Short Story) ( By: Lyndsay Faye)2014Description / Buy
18The Sequel (Short Story) ( By: R.L. Stine)2014Description / Buy
19The Book of the Lion (Short Story) ( By: Thomas Perry)2015Description / Buy
20The Little Men (Short Story) ( By: Megan Abbott)2015Description / Buy
21From the Queen (Short Story) ( By: Carolyn Hart)2015Description / Buy
22Every Seven Years (Short Story) ( By: Denise Mina)2015Description / Buy
23Citadel (Short Story) ( By: Stephen Hunter)2016Description / Buy
24Condor in the Stacks (Short Story) ( By: James Grady)2015Description / Buy
25Mystery, Inc. (Short Story) ( By: Joyce Carol Oates)2015Description / Buy
26The Travelling Companion ( By: Ian Rankin)2016Description / Buy
27The Haze (Short Story) ( By: James W. Hall)2016Description / Buy
28Dead Dames Don't Sing (Short Story) ( By: John Harvey)2016Description / Buy
29Reconciliation Day (Short Story) ( By: Christopher Fowler)2016Description / Buy
30Hoodoo Harry (Short Story) ( By: Joe R. Lansdale)2017Description / Buy
31The Pretty Little Box (Short Story) ( By: Charles Todd)2018Description / Buy
32The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository ( By: John Connolly)2018Description / Buy
33The Hemingway Valise ( By: Robert Olen Butler)2018Description / Buy
34The Last Honest Horse Thief ( By: Michael Koryta)2018Description / Buy
35The Book Case ( By: Nelson DeMille)2012Description / Buy

Order of Akashic Noir Series

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1Bronx Noir ( By: S J Rozan) 2003Description / Buy
2Chicago Noir ( By:) 2005Description / Buy
3Baltimore Noir 2006Description / Buy
4New Orleans Noir ( By: Julie Smith) 2007Description / Buy
5Los Angeles Noir ( By: Denise Hamilton) 2007Description / Buy
6Wall Street Noir ( By: Peter Spiegelman) 2007Description / Buy
7Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics ( By: Joseph Hansen, Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy, Ross Macdonald, Margaret Millar, James M. Cain, Walter Mosley, William Gault, Leigh Brackett, Naomi Hirahara, Chester Himes, Jervey Tervalon, , Denise Hamilton) 2010Description / Buy
8Mexico City Noir ( By: Paco Ignacio Taibo II) 2010Description / Buy
9Haiti Noir ( By: Edwidge Danticat) 2010Description / Buy
10Kingston Noir ( By: Patricia Powell, , , , , Marlon James) 2012Description / Buy
11Haiti Noir 2 ( By: Edwidge Danticat) 2013Description / Buy
12St. Louis Noir ( By: Scott Phillips) 2016Description / Buy
13Montana Noir ( By: James Grady) 2017Description / Buy
14Buenos Aires Noir ( By: Ernesto Mallo) 2017Description / Buy
15Speculative Los Angeles ( By: Duane Swierczynski, Stephen Blackmoore, , , Ben H. Winters, Charles Yu, , , Denise Hamilton) 2021Description / Buy

Order of Hush Collection Series

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1Treasure ( By: Oyinkan Braithwaite) 2020Description / Buy
2Snowflakes (Short Story) ( By: Ruth Ware) 2020Description / Buy
3Buried (Short Story) ( By: Jeffery Deaver) 2020Description / Buy
4Let Her Be (Short Story) ( By: Lisa Unger) 2020Description / Buy
5The Gift (Short Story) ( By: Alison Gaylin) 2020Description / Buy
6Slow Burner (Short Story) 2020Description / Buy

Laura Lippman Anthologies

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1 Tart Noir2003Description / Buy
2 In the Shadow of the Master2003Description / Buy
3 The Cocaine Chronicles2005Description / Buy
4 Dangerous Women2005Description / Buy
5 Damn Near Dead2006Description / Buy
6 Mystery Writers of America Presents Death Do Us Part: New Stories About Love, Lust, and Murder2006Description / Buy
7 The Best American Mystery Stories 20072007Description / Buy
8 Killer Year: Stories to Die For...2008Description / Buy
9 Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading2009Description / Buy
10 By Hook or By Crook and 30 More of the Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year2010Description / Buy
11 A Study in Sherlock2011Description / Buy
12 Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box2013Description / Buy
13 The Best American Mystery Stories 20142014Description / Buy
14 Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold2014Description / Buy
15 Pretty Bitches: On Being Called Crazy, Angry, Bossy, Frumpy, Feisty, and All the Other Words That Are Used to Undermine Women2020Description / Buy
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Laura writes short stories, stand alone novels, and the “Tess Monaghan” series (about a reporter who winds up, by accident, becoming a private investigator) of novels and stories. Her novels are detective fiction, and have found their way onto the New York Times bestseller list. She sets a lot of her novels in Baltimore, Maryland, where she and her husband live together, in the Federal Hill neighborhood. She likes to write her books in a coffee shop near her house called Spoons.

LAURA LIPPMAN AWARDS

Her work has won Anthony, Edgar, Agatha, Shamus, Gumshoe, Nero awards. One of her novels, “What the Dead Know” got shortlisted for a Dagger Award by the Crime Writer’s Association. She has been nominated for other awards as well.

BEST LAURA LIPPMAN BOOKS

If you are interested in reading her novels, here are some that might be a good place to start.

What the Dead Know: The two Bethany girls, aged eleven and fifteen, disappeared from a shopping mall in Baltimore thirty years ago. No one knows what happened to them because of the fact that their bodies were never found and they never came back. After a hit and run accident that occurs during rush hour, a woman who is disoriented is claiming to be the younger sister, Heather Bethany. There is no evidence to back up these claims and her reluctant leads give the police nothing but dead ends. These involve a razed house, an incoherent man who is dying, and a missing grave. One thing is for certain, this woman knows about the day the Bethany girls went missing and she exposes cracks in the supposedly solid foundation of what was supposed to be a happy family.

After I’m Gone: Felix Brewer makes a lot of promises to a woman named Bambi at a Valentine’s Day dance. He is able to keep them, with his businesses (some of which are even legal), and keep her and her three kids in luxury. Her world blows up seventeen years later when he vanishes while facing a prison sentence. Bambi knows not where her husband, or the money, went; she knows someone who might, and her name is Julie, Felix’s mistress. Julie goes missing exactly ten years after Felix does, everyone thinks that she has gone and joined Felix on the lam. Someone works a cold case almost thirty years later with a lot of elements and emotions at play. At the center, is Felix himself, a man who left five women behind; his wife, her three kids, and his mistress. Does one of them know what happened in the cold case?

Wilde Lake: Luisa Brant is the first female State’s Attorney to be elected in Howard County, Maryland. This is a position that her father famously held. She wants to make her name, and sees her chance by trying a drifter with mental disturbances who is accused of beating a woman to death in her home. Not a big deal, but the county does not see many killings. She remembers something that happened involving her brother that has her questioning everything that happened back then. She wonders if she is not remembering the way things happened, and if she was even told the entire story.

When Does The Next Laura Lippman book come out?

Laura Lippman doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Dream Girl and was released on June, 22nd 2021.

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