No Good Deeds

After finishing a shift volunteering at an inner city soup kitchen, Ransome finds one of his car tires slashed and meets smooth talking con man Lloyd Jupiter, who offers to help fix the flat for a nominal fee Instead of calling the police on the 16 year old scam artist, Ransome does the unthinkable and brings Jupiter back to his home, where he feeds him and offers him a bAfter finishing a shift volunteering at an inner city soup kitchen, Ransome finds one of his car tires slashed and meets smooth talking con man Lloyd Jupiter, who offers to help fix the flat for a nominal fee Instead of calling the police on the 16 year old scam artist, Ransome does the unthinkable and brings Jupiter back to his home, where he feeds him and offers him a bed for the night When Tess returns home, she and Ransome discover that Jupiter may have information concerning an unsolved case involving the brutal murder of a federal prosecutor months earlier After vowing not to reveal Jupiter s identity, Tess gives the local newspaper the story and almost immediately becomes Public Enemy No 1 to a trio of ruthless law enforcement agents for refusing to reveal her source With Ransome and Jupiter on the run and Tess trying hard to stay out of jail, the motives behind the mysterious murder are slowly uncovered
No Good Deeds After finishing a shift volunteering at an inner city soup kitchen Ransome finds one of his car tires slashed and meets smooth talking con man Lloyd Jupiter who offers to help fix the flat for a nom

  • Title: No Good Deeds
  • Author: Laura Lippman
  • ISBN: 9780060570736
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “No Good Deeds”

    1. i think this is the lowest rating for aLaura Lippman book i have given, and i don't know if that is fair . . . but i didn't like the split focus, and i truly hated the first person POV at the beginning and end. i didn't mind it too much in her last book, when it was the unknown killer, but crow? really? i read these books mostly for tess, and there was barely even mention of the dogs in this. a couple sentences of uncle spike, feeney in the beginning, a great scene with whitney, but no real fami [...]

    2. The story begins with an incredibly stupid act bringing home a street kid for dinner and overnight. Much of what follows is predictable. Less than heart-throbbing action. But ok for my purpose, which is a quick and not too challenging nighttime read after much more focused reading during the day.

    3. I've come to the conclusion that Tess Monaghan is a Mary Sue, which--okay. I can deal with that. This book reads a lot like an episode of The Wire told from the perspective of the white middle class--some of the situations the black characters find themselves in could be directly lifted from the show. I continue to dislike Tess's thoughtless, headstrong way of tumbling into things and also her general lack of empathy and sensitivity to those around her. What amuses me is that the book--through C [...]

    4. Overall I liked this book, I thought Lloyd was a good addition. I liked seeing Crow as a contributor to the puzzle, more or less. I liked meeting her "partner". The mystery itself was fine but I did find the baddies to be annoying, heavy-handed, which baddies can be, but these ones seemed a bit cartoonish to me starting to worry now though, that I am getting to the end of the Tess books They have been a not unpleasant way to pass the time and it has been interesting to see how her writing and pl [...]

    5. Perfectly respectable but not exactly eye-catching. You pretty much know who's looking for Lloyd because of the split POV and it's annoying to have to watch Tess fumble through looking for the reasons when we know them already. Half the reason I read mystery novels is the race and anticipation of figuring out the whodunnit so there didn't seem to be much of a point in continuing when I already had a suspicion. I do like that the author made an effort to discuss White-black racial social commenta [...]

    6. Another good installment in this series. One thing I will say about this series is that it takes awhile to get into the stories, but once you do, they are really good. This author just takes a bit of time setting everything up but if you stick with it, they are really enjoyable. This one is about a murder of a prosecutor in Baltimore, a young black man that Tess's boyfriend brings home, who Tess and Crow end up protecting from the cops, as well as a couple of other murders. Once I got into the s [...]

    7. This book by Laura Lippman was a good read. It is one of the Tess Monaghan Novels but this is the first one that I have read. I would be willing to read more because the characters are well defined and the plot is interesting and novel, though at times a clittle complex to follow. Enjoyed it.J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"

    8. Glad to have a new mystery-series-with-strong-female-detective-set-in-a-personally-familiar-and-fun-setting (this time, Baltimore). Picked it up in the BWI airport & enjoyed it as holiday reading while the rest of the olsons were Wii'ing. Now I need to find the eight books that came before it to learn how the protagonist & boyfriend got to where they are now.

    9. I read this series mostly because it's set in Baltimore and I think it's interesting to see how a native describes the place to outsiders (although I think she often overdoes the local color). I find the main character's boyfriend really irritating. I'll read the next book in the series, whatever that is, but I think Sue Grafton does this kind of thing a lot better.

    10. Tess Monaghan series #9- I am reading these in order and enjoying the character development and Baltimore and its environs. It's enjoyable to read a series with relatable characters who develop more each book. This one has a lot more about Crow than any other, and, of course, Tess continues to evolve. The story itself, as most of the Tess Monaghans, doesn't keep you on the edge of the chair (we're usually aware of what's going on) but it's a good solid story about helping some city kids while ex [...]

    11. 7/10Enjoyed especially character development in this one.(view spoiler)[ Crow brings a guy home from the soup kitchen who recognizes the name of an ADA who was murdered a few months to a year ago; the office seems to be purposefully NOT working the case because it looks like the (married, homophobic, overly self-righteous to judge by his wife) was enjoying an illegal gay tryst at the time of his death. But soup kitchen guy's recognizance means that might not be the case. (Floyd). Floyd tries to [...]

    12. I'm a fan of this series, but maybe I've read too many or there are too many. A policeman with a backstory is killed. Tess' boyfriend brings home a street kid for some shelter and the story rolls on as to how the boy and the killing are connected. I like Tess and Crow but I'm going to need a more exciting mystery next time.

    13. Absolutely the BEST Tess Monaghan book written. Crow's POV is totally implicit in bringing it out. His thoughts and words during the battle with life and violent, needless death while also balancing a moral dilemma steer him to making choices that affect all he's in contact with, not just himself. And that's irony. You'll see what I mean!

    14. A solid effort, but was disappointed with the manner in which the crime and it's back story was revealed. Strong writing and driven plot by the author as usual, but the device of changing POV's could be frustrating.

    15. A solid addition to the series. This must have been written during the height of The Wire. It is the first of the series to look at Baltimore from that lens. More predictable than most of the other books, this was still enjoyable.

    16. I've read too many of the same author . . . this is the book where the boyfriend brings a kid home rather then leave him on the street in the winter cold . . . don't remember what the other story was.

    17. I think I might have reached the point where I can't pause between books. Really enjoying this series. I especially enjoyed that we get a little bit more of Crow in this one, after appreciating his absence from the last one. He is growing on me, and he grows as a character in this story as well. I am carrying right on to the next book in the series.

    18. The set-up was slow. Lloyd Jupiter, the homeless teen, was not a smart boy which was tedious for me to read about him.

    19. When Crow takes a street kid home to give him and meal and a night's lodging, he has no idea of the trouble that is about to ensue for him and for Tess. This is a very good book.

    20. Fun references to DE beach sites— Funland, Bethany Beach Bookstore, as well as lots of Baltimore references.

    21. You guys. This book is so bad. I didn't think things would start going downhill once the series kind of hit its groove and the main character became slightly less irritating and the writing improved. But oh god. I was so very wrong. So first of all, Tess is super sad over her missing braid. That comes up a lot. And then, suddenly, for the first time in the series, we are treated to other points of view throughout the book, from several different characters, including Crow. And I'd like to tell y [...]

    22. This Tess Monaghan novel is a book sale find. I seem to be on a newspaper kick. Just reviewed Morning Miracle about The Washington Post, and now this author, Laura Lippman, was a Baltimore Sun reporter before finding success as a novelist. Also, a reporter for a fictional Baltimore paper plays an important part on this story.Tess is a private detective who lives with her boyfriend known as Crow. Tess is realistic and rational, but Crow has a soft side and thus he ends up befriending a black teen [...]

    23. In Lippman’s latest installment of the Tess Monaghan series, Tess has taken on a new gig as consultant to the local newspaper, where her job duties are to train reporters in investigative techniques, using three recent cases as paradigms. One of the cases Tess plans to focus on is the murder of a local federal prosecutor. When Tess’s significant other, Crowe, befriends a homeless street kid, Tess inadvertently learns the young man has information about who killed the prosecutor. In an effort [...]

    24. Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan series is fantastic. One of the characters that makes it so is her "perfect postmodern boyfriend" Crow Ransome. I missed Crow's absence in the last book, so was tickled that No Small Deeds was told partly from his point of view. The mystery in this installment was somewhat confusing, but the characters were a delight.

    25. As a native Marylander and someone who once worked in Baltimore, I'll confess outright that when I am homesick I pick up a Laura Lippman book. That said, No Good Deeds was both entertaining and unsettling on several fronts. The story is good, the writing tight, and Lippman is superbly clever at points where she inserts Crow's voice (i.e that of protagonist Tess Monaghan's younger lover) into the storyline--esp. at times when Tess might otherwise seem overly cynical or even unrealistic in her exp [...]

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