What I’m reading on a rainy day

Since reading Stone Butch Blues, I haven’t been able to read anything substantial.

 Can’t do big or deep.

 I have however been reading Laura Lippman, a mystery writer I like a lot.

 Her character, Tess Monaghan, is colorful and smart ass ( love the smart ass girls of fiction).

I read a few several years ago and got a few out of the library last week.

 Tess is a former reporter turned private eye.

 Her life is a bit of a mess and she lives in Baltimore.

Baltimore a north american city,

 possibly more corrupt than my home town of Montreal

 ( municipal politics wise- recently Maclean’s magazine compared Montreal’s corrupt politics to Palermo, Sicily- beat that Toronto ).

Charm City, the nickname of Baltimore, has us beat on violence and murder.

 A violent, murderous city going through some tough economic times.

The Lippman I’m currently reading is called Charm City ( It’s one of her older ones) and centers around Baltimore’s bid to get an NBA franchise.

 It’s quite good and makes me feel right at home.

 If you like mysteries with strong, flawed female characters, check her out.

Next, I’m going to read the last installment in the Millennium series. I’m looking forward to it.

The response is far from unanimous some people seem to think it’s not so great. Gonna read it anyway and then it’s on to Miss Austen.

Later girls

Have a good one


By Bookish Butch

I am a bookish butch in my mid early fifties. I live in Montréal and always have. I used to run a small used bookstore. Reading keeps me sane. My latest jiggie is photography, book project in the works, living the dream


  1. She sounds like my kind of character, but I’ve promised myself no more impulse buys, not for a while. So Lipman will have to wait. Well, a little while longer…maybe…

  2. Damn, stop encouraging me to buy more! Laughs! I have her on my list, so fear not, I will get around to buying.

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