The Sugar House - Tess Monaghan, Bk 5 Author:Laura Lippman A client named Ruthie -- who seems to know Tess's father a little too well -- asks the newspaperwoman-turned-p.i. to investigate a year-old "Jane Doe" murder and its grim aftermath. Ruthie's low-life brother, Henry, confessed to killing a teenager runaway over a bottle of glue -- and, a month into his prison term, he met the sa... more »me fate as his victim. Following a precious few tantalizing clues, Tess sets off on a path that is leading her from Baltimore's exclusive Inner Harbor to the city's seediest neighborhoods. But it's the shocking discovery of the runaway's true identity that turns her hunt deadly. Suddenly a supposedly solved murder case is turning up newer, fresher corpses and newer, scarier versions of the Sugar House -- places that look sweet and safe...but only from the outside.« less
Tess is back - and life is grand....well, if not grand, then great....well, ok it's.........ah nuts, some days it doesn't pay to get out of bed! Tess and her Dad butt heads and attitudes in this one. Baltimore is shadowed by the Domino Sugar sign - but murder is never sweet. This is the first Tess Monaghan story for me, but won't be the last.
This book held my interest. Characterization is fairly good, and the messages about eating disorders are candid and detailed. The mystery was not too hard to figure out, but I liked the protagonist and her best friend very much.