Laura Lippman Books

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

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

Order of Tess Monaghan Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Tess Chronicles 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Laura Lippman Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Every Secret Thing 2003 Description / Buy
2 To the Power of Three 2005 Description / Buy
3 What the Dead Know 2007 Description / Buy
4 Life Sentences 2009 Description / Buy
5 I'd Know You Anywhere 2010 Description / Buy
6 The Most Dangerous Thing 2011 Description / Buy
7 And When She Was Good 2012 Description / Buy
8 After I'm Gone 2014 Description / Buy
9 Five Fires 2014 Description / Buy
10 Wilde Lake 2016 Description / Buy
11 Sunburn 2018 Description / Buy
12 Lady in the Lake 2019 Description / Buy
13 Dream Girl 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Laura Lippman Short Stories/Novellas

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

Order of Laura Lippman Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Hardly Knew Her 2008 Description / Buy
2 A Good Fuck Spoiled 2008 Description / Buy
3 Hints of Heloise 2012 Description / Buy
4 Different for Girls 2018 Description / Buy
5 Nasty Girls 2018 Description / Buy
6 The Weaker Sex 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Laura Lippman Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 My Life as a Villainess 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Akashic Drug Chronicles Series

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

Order of Hush Collection Series

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

Laura Lippman Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Tart Noir 2003 Description / Buy
2 In the Shadow of the Master 2003 Description / Buy
3 Dangerous Women 2005 Description / Buy
4 The Cocaine Chronicles 2005 Description / Buy
5 Baltimore Noir 2006 Description / Buy
6 Damn Near Dead 2006 Description / Buy
7 Mystery Writers of America Presents Death Do Us Part: New Stories About Love, Lust, and Murder 2006 Description / Buy
8 The Best American Mystery Stories 2007 2007 Description / Buy
9 Killer Year: Stories to Die For... 2008 Description / Buy
10 Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading 2009 Description / Buy
11 By Hook or By Crook and 30 More of the Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year 2010 Description / Buy
12 A Study in Sherlock 2011 Description / Buy
13 Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box 2013 Description / Buy
14 The Best American Mystery Stories 2014 2014 Description / Buy
15 Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold 2014 Description / Buy
16 Pretty Bitches: On Being Called Crazy, Angry, Bossy, Frumpy, Feisty, and All the Other Words That Are Used to Undermine Women 2020 Description / 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.


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.


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?

The next book by Laura Lippman is Dream Girl and will be released on June, 22nd 2021.