In 2009, I read What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman for my book club. I haven’t posted my review yet, but I promise, it’s nothing short of gushing!
Because I loved What the Dead Know so much, I thought it would be fun to read more books by Lippman, and what better way to do it than in a challenge! Another impetus for doing a Laura Lippman challenge is because Life Sentences is coming out in paperback on March 2, 2010, and she has a new book coming out this summer, tentatively scheduled for September.
Lippman has written 16 books, not including the book that will be released this summer. She has a Tess Monahan series, which are mysteries, but novels that she’s writing now, like Life Sentences, are stand-alone novels. Having read What the Dead Know, I think Lippman’s stand-alone books are more literary fiction than just fiction, though there is a mystery element to What the Dead Know. So you certainly have plenty of books to choose from! And if mysteries aren’t your thing, then be sure to try some of Lippman’s stand-alone novels.
Here’s a list of Lippman’s books, as well as when they were released, awards they were nominated for and/or won, and what genre they are.
Released February 1997 (Hardcover released December 2006)
Nominated for a Shamus for best first novel
Genre: Mystery (this is the first Tess Monahan series)
Released October 1997 (Hardcover released December 2007)
Winner of the Edgar and Shamus awards, nominated for the Anthony
Genre: Mystery (2nd in the Tess Monahan series)
Released July 1998 (Hardcover released October 2008)
Winner of the Agatha and Anthony awards, nominated for the Edgar, Shamus and Macavity
Genre: Mystery (3rd in the Tess Monahan series)
In Big Trouble
Released September 1999 (Hardcover released October 2009)
Winner of the Anthony and Shamus awards, nominated for the Edgar and Agatha
Genre: Mystery (4th in the Tess Monahan series)
Released September 2000 (Mass market released August 2001)
Nominated for best P.I. novel by the Romantic Times, cited as one of the best mystery novels of the year by the Washington Post, the London Times, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and Amazon.com
Genre: Mystery (5th in the Tess Monahan series)
In a Strange City
Released September 2001 (Mass market released October 2002)
Genre: Mystery (6th in the Tess Monahan series)
The Last Place
Released October 2002 (Mass market released August 2003)
Genre: Mystery (7th in the Tess Monahan series)
Every Secret Thing
Released September 2003 (Mass market released October 2004)
Winner of the Anthony and Barry awards
Genre: Mystery (stand-alone)
By a Spider’s Thread
Released July 2004 (Mass market released July 2005)
Genre: Mystery (8th in the Tess Manahan series)
To the Power of Three
Released June 2005 (Mass market released June 2006)
Genre: Mystery (stand-alone)
No Good Deeds
Mass market released February 2007
Genre: Mystery (9th in the Tess Monahan series)
What the Dead Know
Released March 2007 (Trade paperback released February 2009)
Another Thing To Fall
Released March 2008 (Mass market released February 2009)
Genre: Mystery (10th in the Tess Monahan series)
Hardly Knew Her
Released October 2008 (Trade paperback released October 2009)
Genre: Short stories, mysteries
Release March 2009 (Trade paperback released March 2010)
Here’s the rules/details:
- The challenge goes from January 26, 2010 through December 31, 2010.
- Anyone can participate! You do not need a blog!
- You can use the button I’ve got at the top of this post. Please save it down to your computer and upload it to your own blog.
- Challenge books can overlap with other challenges.
- You do not need to pick your book in advance.
- You can change levels mid-challenge!
- Taster – 1 book
- Dabbler – 2 books
- Interested Party – 3 books
- Laura Lippman Lover – 4 books
- Stalker – 5+ books
Have fun with me! Sign up using the Mr. Linky below.
This second Mr. Linky? This is where we can put the links to our reviews, so there’ll all in one spot. And that way we can see which books people totally loved.