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In a strange city : a Tess Monaghan mystery

It is a Charm City tradition-- an annual visit to the Baltimore gravesite of Edgar Allan Poe on the renowned author's birthday by a mysterious cloaked figure bearing gifts of three roses and a half bottle of cognac. This year Tess Monaghan witnesses the cherished rite and sees two caped visitors. One leaves his tribute and escapes, the other dies there, felled by an assassin's bullet. Someone wants Tess involved in the murder investigation and leaves roses and cognac and cryptic clues on her doorstep.

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  • "It's a Charm City tradition that on Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, an unknown figure wrapped in a dark cloak visits the author's gravesite and leaves behind 3 roses and half a bottle of cognac. When a man asks Tess Monaghan's help in determining the identity of the mysterious visitor, Tess decides to watch from a respectful distance, but she is unprepared for the events she witnesses."
  • "It is a Charm City tradition-- an annual visit to the Baltimore gravesite of Edgar Allan Poe on the renowned author's birthday by a mysterious cloaked figure bearing gifts of three roses and a half bottle of cognac. This year Tess Monaghan witnesses the cherished rite and sees two caped visitors. One leaves his tribute and escapes, the other dies there, felled by an assassin's bullet. Someone wants Tess involved in the murder investigation and leaves roses and cognac and cryptic clues on her doorstep."@en
  • "It is a treasured Charm City tradition. Every year on Edgar Allan Poe's birthday a figure wrapped in a dark cloak visits the renowned author's Baltimore gravesite and leaves behind three roses and half a bottle of cognac. No Baltimorean worth his or her salt would ever dream of trying to determine the true identity of the "Poe Toaster," thereby possibly destroying a cherished ritual. That's why Tess Monaghan refuses to help the odd, piglike man who wants to hire her to unmask the Visitor, who the Porcine One claims has deceived and cheated him.If nothing else, the rejected client's story has whetted Tess's curiosity?and so the following evening she and her enthusiastic boyfriend, Crow, are braving the winter chill and the graveyard dark to observe the strange, beloved rite from a respectful distance. But on this particular January 19, two caped figures approach Poe's resting place. One leaves the tribute and escapes into the night. The other dies there, felled by an assassin's bullet.Tess sees nothing that the other witnesses didn't see. She isn't working for anyone at the moment?and the homicide detective who caught this particular "red ball" is an old and dangerous nemesis?so it might be worth her while to avoid this case like the plague. But someone else wants Tess involved in the worst way. A stranger is surreptitiously leaving her roses and cognac and bizarre, cryptic clues?someone who knows Tess's habits, someone who knows who she knows and where she lives. And suddenly home is a safe haven no longer.Like it or not, Tess Monaghan is now a prime player in the murderous drama. And as the body count rises even higher, she uncovers links in a chain of greed, lies, false histories, and deadly acquisitiveness, a dangerously twisted mystery worthy of Poe himself."@en
  • "It is a treasured Charm City tradition. Every year on Edgar Allan Poe's birthday a figure wrapped in a dark cloak visits the renowned author's Baltimore gravesite and leaves behind three roses and half a bottle of cognac. No Baltimorean worth his or her salt would ever dream of trying to determine the true identity of the "Poe Toaster," thereby possibly destroying a cherished ritual. That's why Tess Monaghan refuses to help the odd, piglike man who wants to hire her to unmask the Visitor, who the Porcine One claims has deceived and cheated him. If nothing else, the rejected client's story has whetted Tess's curiosity--and so the following evening she and her enthusiastic boyfriend, Crow, are braving the winter chill and the graveyard dark to observe the strange, beloved rite from a respectful distance. But on this particular January 19, two caped figures approach Poe's resting place. One leaves the tribute and escapes into the night. The other dies there, felled by an..."@en
  • "It is a treasured Charm City tradition. Every year on Edgar Allan Poe's birthday a figure wrapped in a dark cloak visits the renowned author's Baltimore gravesite and leaves behind three roses and half a bottle of cognac. No Baltimorean worth his or her salt would ever dream of trying to determine the true identity of the "Poe Toaster," thereby possibly destroying a cherished ritual. That's why Tess Monaghan refuses to help the odd, piglike man who wants to hire her to unmask the Visitor, who the Porcine One claims has deceived and cheated him.</ If nothing else, the rejected client's story has whetted Tess's curiosity'and so the following evening she and her enthusiastic boyfriend, Crow, are braving the winter chill and the graveyard dark to observe the strange, beloved rite from a respectful distance. But on this particular January 19, two caped figures approach Poe's resting place. One leaves the tribute and escapes into the night. The other dies there, felled by an assassin's bullet.</ Tess sees nothing that the other witnesses didn't see. She isn't working for anyone at the moment'and the homicide detective who caught this particular "red ball" is an old and dangerous nemesis'so it might be worth her while to avoid this case like the plague. But someone else wants Tess involved in the worst way. A stranger is surreptitiously leaving her roses and cognac and bizarre, cryptic clues'someone who knows Tess's habits, someone who knows who she knows and where she lives. And suddenly home is a safe haven no longer.</ Like it or not, Tess Monaghan is now a prime player in the murderous drama. And as the body count rises even higher, she uncovers links in a chain of greed, lies, false histories, and deadly acquisitiveness, a dangerously twisted mystery worthy of Poe himself.</"@en
  • "Baltimore PI Tess Monaghan becomes dangerously involved in the investigation of the murder of the Visitor, a Baltimore ritual in which an unknown person leaves roses and a half bottle of cognac on Edgar Allan Poe's grave every January 19th."
  • "Lippman's second Tess Monaghan novel is an homage to the city of Baltimore. The plot hinges on literary history involving an anonymous figure who places brandy and a rose on Edgar Allan Poe's grave every January on the writer's birthday--until one year the mystery man is murdered."
  • "Every January 19th, in honor of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, a loyal clique waits in the small hours for the "Visitor," also known as the "Poe Toaster," to approach Poe's tomb. He wears a formal cape and carries three blood-red roses and a bottle of cognac as tribute. For some reason the press keep their distance, as do bystanders. This year, for the first time, PI Tess Monaghan is present, too, along with her boyfriend, Crow. Having been roped into attendance by a would-be client, Tess awaits the coming of the Visitor in the freezing winter night. Suddenly, two caped men with roses and cognac show up. A shot rings out and one man lies dead, the other runs off."
  • "A bizarre graveyard celebration in honor of Edgar Allen Poe finds private investigator Tess Monaghan investigating a murder as strange and terrifying as the author's own fiction."@en

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  • "Detective and mystery stories"@en
  • "Detective and mystery stories"
  • "Mystery fiction"@en
  • "Mystery fiction"
  • "Detective and mystery stories, American"@en
  • "Fiction"
  • "Fiction"@en
  • "Electronic books"
  • "Electronic books"@en

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  • "In a strange city : a Tess Monaghan mystery"
  • "In a strange city : a Tess Monaghan mystery"@en
  • "In a strange city Tess Monaghan Series, Book 6"@en
  • "In A Strange City"
  • "In a strange city"
  • "In a strange city"@en
  • "In a strange city : a Tess Monaghan novel"@en