Sunday, July 23, 2006

Laura Lippman on Tour!

Laura Lippman stopped by Murder on the Beach in Delray Beach, Florida to promote her latest book, NO GOOD DEEDS. It was a standing-room only crowd for the popular author. I was fortunate enough to be able to review her latest entry in the Tess Monahan series for Library Journal and it was terrific.

Lippman spoke about how Robert B. Parker is a huge influence on her writing and how she hides references to his books throughout hers - hiding being the operative word. Apparently most people never get the references! She also spoke about the Baltimore quirkiness of police officers calling themselves a "police", rather than a "police officer." She gets a lot of flak about using the real term in her writing, but it brings a sense of authenticity to her books, as any Baltimore native will tell you.

Everyone who came to see her was a fan, including some local authors - Jonathan King came by, as did Elaine Viets.

One of her fans had a cake made with the cover of the book - I took a not-very-good picture, but hopefully you can get the idea.

As always, it was a pleasure to see her. If she's in your neighborhood, stop by, buy a copy of NO GOOD DEEDS and say hi from the BookBitch!

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