Laura Lippman

Interviewed 28 April 2018

Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman was a reporter for 20 years, including 12 years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working full-time and published seven books about ‘accidental’ PI Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001.

She grew up in Baltimore and attended city schools through ninth grade. After graduating from Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md., Laura attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her other newspaper jobs included the Waco Tribune-Herald and the San Antonio Light.

Laura returned to Baltimore in 1989 and has lived there since.


Books by Laura Lippman

Lady in the Lake

Maddie Swartz, a respectable housewife, decides she needs a change, so she goes to live on her own and tries to get a job in a newsroom. A young girl is murdered and Maddie finds the body. This is just the start of Maddie’s troubles. 

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

After I'm Gone

Felix Brewer knows how to make money, but not always legally.  When the law catches up with him he decides to disappear, leaving family and friends behind.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

And When She Was Good

Helen’s childhood with a violent father leads her into a life with many risks.  When a so-called suburban madam in a neighbouring county is found murdered and other signs of danger appear, Helen realises that she needs to make some changes to her life, but can she?

Reviewed on 25 January 2014 by Sylvia Maughan