Laura Lippman, The Last Place (2002)

This American mystery is the seventh Tess Monaghan story.

“He has cut the engine for the last part of his journey, gliding to a stop beneath a low-lying overpass. Not many people know about this small inlet off the wider waters of the Patapsco, south of the city and the Inner Harbor. Those who do probably think it´s too shallow to be navigable. Good. That´s why he chose it. But he has seen her here, once or twice. Which is okay, as long as she stays on the water, doesn´t get out and poke around. He can´t imagine why she would. But you never know.”

In this story Tess is in top shape. In the beginning she and her friend Whitney try to trap a child molester by pretending to be teenagers in the chat room. The two friends are quite pleased with their success, at least until the Baltimore County cops take Tess into custody and force her into six months´ councelling for anger management.

The main plot begins when she is thrown into five seemingly unrelated cases about domestic violence, however. At first it seems there isn´t even any case, but when she has struck up an acquaintance with a former cop, the obsessed and possibly paranoid Carl Dewitt, a pattern begins to emerge. It seems that someone kills young women who have finally found a bit of happiness.

Despite the sinister subject, this was a hilarious story. There is some sex and drama, but you could say this series is the missing link between traditional and cosy mysteries. I bought the book myself, and there is no doubt, I have to meet Tess again!


Today The Cosy Knave baton is on its way to Col.

And excuse me for raving a bit, but yesterday I stumbled on three reviews of aforementioned knave. Thank you Kerrie, Margaret and Barbara for making my day! And thank you to a dozen other blog friends for tweeting or introducing my novel to your friends! I am completely overwhelmed.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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7 Responses to Laura Lippman, The Last Place (2002)

  1. Petty Witter says:

    Ooh this sounds like a good read and, involving chat rooms and domestic violence, very topical.

  2. Patti Abbott says:

    Tess is a great character but I like her standalones even more.

  3. Margot Kinberg says:

    Dorte – Oh, I”m glad you liked this one :-). I like Lippman’s work and I like the Tess Monaghan character. You’ve reminded me I haven’t caught up with Tess just lately and should…

  4. Cool! Sounds like a book I would like to read.

  5. Barbara says:

    Happy day! I keep discovering Lippman books I haven’t read yet. I love Tess and love learning about Baltimore through that series.

  6. Kelly says:

    This does sound quite good and with a very timely topic.

  7. Tracy: I stumbled on a free review copy of her latest, and I fell for this series immediately. Very solid, but also incredibly charming.
    Patti: I´ll have to try some of them also.
    Margot: yes, this series is a must!
    Clarissa: Tess is a great protagonist.
    Barbara: and a happy day for me! 😉

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