Hush, Hush

Hush, Hush

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On a searing August day, Melisandre Harris Dawes committed the unthinkable: she left her two-month-old daughter locked in a car while she sat nearby on the shores of the Patapsco River. Melisandre was found not guilty by reason of criminal insanity, although there was much skepticism about her mental state. Freed, she left the country, her husband and her two surviving children, determined to start over. But now Melisandre has returned Baltimore to meet with her estranged teenage daughters and wants to film the reunion for a documentary. The problem is, she relinquished custody and her ex, now remarried, isn't sure he approves. Now that's she's a mother herself-short on time, patience-Tess Monaghan wants nothing to do with a woman crazy enough to have killed her own child. But her mentor and close friend Tyner Gray, Melisandre's lawyer, has asked Tess and her new partner, retired Baltimore P.D. homicide detective Sandy Sanchez, to assess Melisandre's security needs. As a former reporter and private investigator, Tess tries to understand why other people break the rules and the law. Yet the imperious Melisandre is something far different from anyone she's encountered. A decade ago, a judge ruled that Melisandre was beyond rational thought. But was she? Tess tries to ignore the discomfort she feels around the confident, manipulative Melisandre. But that gets tricky after Melisandre becomes a prime suspect in a murder. Yet as her suspicions deepen, Tess realizes that just as she's been scrutinizing Melisandre, a judgmental stalker has been watching her every move as well.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062083432
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY LIPPMAN
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 30, 2015

Lippman has a very special style and it really comes through in this book. I enjoyed it but I am not sure if people who are not familiar with this author would like it without having read her previous books.

Aug 10, 2015

Lippman has a very special style and it really comes through in this book. I enjoyed it but I am not sure if people who are not familiar with this author would like it without having read her previous books.

Aug 07, 2015

Way too much of Tess Monaghan's personal life. Her 3 year old isn't that interesting.

May 25, 2015

Another thriller from Lippman, Tess Monaghan, now a mother in a committed relationship, still manages to find time for unusual detective work. In her 12th mystery she gets caught up in a convoluted story about a mother who has served time for murdering her baby and now wants a relationship with her older girls. If this is the first Tess Monaghan novel you’ve read, go back and try some of the previous ones, you’ll have a better idea of why so many of us enjoy this series.

Mar 28, 2015

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karcoldelharvic5 Mar 25, 2015

always a great read.
Love Tess and Carla Scout is a hoot

traceyoh2 Mar 20, 2015

Not Lippman's best. Partway through, I had to check the cover to be sure I was reading the right author. Less a mystery/thriller and more a family drama. Lippman is apparently a new parent, and it shows way too much in this book. I hope she can return to form in her next book.

Mar 19, 2015

Tess Monaghan is back, and Tyner Gray asks her and her partner, Sandy Sanchez, to act as consultants for an old girl friend of his, Melisandre Harris Dawes. The character depth in this book is amazing. It is not clear, anymore than it is in life, what motives Melisandre, her daughters, and ex-husband have for their actions. Although we see parts of the action from the viewpoint of various participants, we are not certain who has done what and to whom--and that includes some notes that Tess herself receives. Are they involved in Melisandre's drama or are they a separate thread? I was riveted to the last page.

Dec 05, 2014

While HUSH HUSH features an interesting mystery and heartbreaking incident at the heart of the story (what is the actual reason Melisandre Dawes, cleared of killing her youngest child due to postpartum psychosis, back in Baltimore after a decade away?), the real story of the novel is the home life of private investigator and long-time series lead Tess Monaghan.


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