Sunday, March 04, 2007

Dear Laura Lippman,

Thank you for linking to my blog. I was very excited to see the referrals from a famous writer's web site to my humble little space on the web. I feel honored to be receiving any recognition from a celebrity such as yourself.

I feel obligated to admit that I have not read your novels. Currently, I am reading Dan Brown's Deception Point, which was recommended by a friend (even though my blog says that I am re-reading A Prayer for Owen Meany... oops). It's satisfactory, but it hasn't roped me in quite yet. I really enjoy novels that grab me from the get-go and won't let me stop reading them until I've finished.

I must admit that I now feel a heightened sense of responsibility to read your work, a responsibility which is actually long overdue given my love for Baltimore. So if you would, could you make a recommendation on which book would be a good place to start? I tend to read authors chronologically, in case there are any recurring characters or themes from book to book (which I know there are in your books), and that would start me off with Baltimore Blues. But on the off chance that you may actually respond, please let me know if there is a more appropriate place to begin, such as with What the Dead Know. (It sounds absolutely fascinating.) I figure that it's worth the inquiry in case you happen to stop by.

Thank you yet again for your link. I will be forever grateful.

Kindest regards,
Charissa Costa


Blogger Missy B said...

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March 04, 2007 11:49 AM  
Blogger Missy B said...

Sorry. I had to delete the first one. I don't like spelling errors. I had tried to say that from her website she looks like an author I would really enjoy. I especially liked the blurb about kidnapping a sports team!

March 04, 2007 11:52 AM  
Blogger cherylann said...

C- that Dan Brown book is pretty good- as are the rest of his books. Nice. I'm interested in the response to your letter, I'm always looking for someone new to read. Thanks. -C

March 04, 2007 1:59 PM  
Blogger danielle said...

I've read all of Laura Lippman's books. I love mysteries, and these with all of the little Baltimore details are great. Barring any advice from Ms. Lippman to the contrary, if you want to read the Tess Monaghan series, you should start at the beginning. I read them mostly in order, but it's not absolutely crucial. I'd let you borrow a book, but I checked them all out from the library. The Enoch Pratt has them all.

March 04, 2007 2:00 PM  
Blogger Summer said...

I read one of her books in a publisher's advance edition (friend is a librarian) and really enjoyed it! I'd like to read more of her work! It is fun to read all the Baltimore stuff she puts in. I dropped my copy off at The Book Thing.

March 04, 2007 2:57 PM  
Blogger Epiphany in Baltimore said...

One of her books mentions the restaurant where I work, but now I can't think of its name. I've read Baltimore Blues and enjoyed it a great deal.

March 04, 2007 4:21 PM  
Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...


Oh, Charissa, we've gotta work on your reading material.

March 04, 2007 9:02 PM  
Blogger Epiphany in Baltimore said...

Thank you, Snay, for saying what I was too polite to say. :)

March 04, 2007 10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rissa,

Lets both read it and anyone else that wants to and blog about it.
I am not sure if I have read her before or not.... if I did it has been awhile. I am looking forward to it.


March 05, 2007 7:26 AM  
Blogger Charissa said...

Mom: Great idea! Should we start with Baltimore Blues, then? (A family who reads together, stays together...)

Snay: For the record, I LOVED DaVinci Code. I read it in 24 hours flat. And I like how you criticize my reading choice... this from the guy who didn't know who John Irving was.

March 05, 2007 7:34 AM  
Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

Charissa, I read DaVinci Code in about four hours, but that still doesn't make Dan Brown a good writer.

Yes, you get points for introducing me to John Irving -- but John Irving is a GREAT writer, and Dan Brown is assuredly not.

March 06, 2007 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lippman here. I should have checked back sooner, but I actually don't Google myself (or check Amazon ratings, etc.). It keeps me sane. But my husband Googled me tonight, in search of a review, and I saw that you had seen my linkage.

For the record: the Tess Monagahn books are steeped in Baltimore-ana and are ultimately what I'll call ruefully optimistic about the human condition. The other books are darker and slightly more pessimistic.

I was very charmed by your blog and happy to link to it. You seem to love Baltimore -- and I love anyone who loves Baltimore.

March 09, 2007 7:54 PM  

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