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Seasonal Work (2022)

by Laura Lippman

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Fiction. Mystery. Short Stories. HTML:

New York Times bestseller Laura Lippman showcases why she is one of today's top crime writers in this acclaimed collection of suspenseful stories featuring fierce womenâ??including one never-before-published novella.

"A first-rate collection, an obvious must for the legions of Lippman fans, but also great reading for anyone who savors short crime fiction." â?? Booklist (starred review)


The award-winning master of psychological suspense is in top form in this collection of diverse and diabolically clever stories.

In the never-before-published "Just One More," a married coupleâ??longing for that old romantic sparkâ??creates a playful diversion that comes with unexpected consequences.

Lippman's beloved Baltimore PI Tess Monaghan keeps a watchful eye on a criminally resourceful single father in "Seasonal Work," while her mother, Judith, realizes that the life of "The Everyday Housewife" is an excellent cover for all kinds of secrets.

In "Slow Burner," a husband's secret cell phone proves to be a dicey temptation for a suspicious wife.

A father's hidden past piques the curiosity of a young snoop in "The Last of Sheila-Locke Holmes."

Plus seven other brilliantly crafted stories of deception, murder, dangerous games, and love gone wrongâ??irrefutable evidence that Laura Lippman's riveting fiction will more than satisfy any cri… (more)

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A nice collection, I particularly enjoyed the stories set in contemporary times, making new technology the bases of story plots.

The emphases on apps, , Google and iPhones, newish words like woke, and the use of names for generations such as Gen-X and Millennial will obviously date some stories. While an ever-increasing number of readers will take the technology of the first quarter of the twenty first century as natural for crime and love story plots, as time goes by the use use of what are now modern communication devices will eventually seem archaic, and future readers may wonder at the way the writer has made these intrinsic to the plots of stories such as Slow Burner and Just One More.

As I write this review there exist millions of people who, because of Covid-19 and the invention of dating apps, do not know how people dated before the Internet made communication possible between new lovers. How did they find each other, Millennials ask.

It’s because of the use of iPhones and dating app as in a number of the stories in this collection, that there is an element of surprise and novelty in the plots. While worth reading for these plots alone, this is not meant to diminish Ms Lippman’s excellent prose and her ability to hold the readers’ interest. ( )
  kjuliff | Jan 17, 2023 |
I have not read Laura Lippman's stories before, but I will now. This is a collection of short stories over the years, a few with one of her main characters in her mystery books, Tess Monaghan, and one brand new one from 2020. They were all excellent and enjoyable to read. Some reminded me of Roald Dahl's adult short stories that are quite twisty and wicked. I loved the last one, "Just One More" that was about 2020 and the pandemic as it was so realistic and easy to identify with. Looking forward to reading more of Lippman's work! ( )
  BarbF410 | May 22, 2022 |
We’ll written, too pessimistic for me ( )
  maryzee | Mar 12, 2022 |
Crime fiction writer Laura Lippman’s short story collection Seasonal Work is filled with unforgettable characters, mostly girls and young women. “Seasonal Work” is the first and strongest story, about a family whose van filled with their Christmas gifts is robbed on Christmas Eve. “Snowflake Time” is a sly story about “the woke culture” and how it affects a television news personality. People spying on others is a theme- a woman thinks her neighbor is up to no good, a wife finds her husband’s secret burner phone- and it doesn’t always end well. Even though you can read one story at a time, I admit I devoured this delectable collection in one day. ( )
  bookchickdi | Jan 26, 2022 |
3.5 stars

Thank you Goodreads FirstReads for my complimentary review copy.

I was drawn to this book because of the author and the format. I had read Lippman’s To the Power of Three years ago and enjoyed it. I like short stories because they are brief, yet comprehensive.

The stories were an engaging, eclectic mix of genres. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be The Last of Sheila Locke-Holmes. It was told in the third-person perspective of fifth-grader, Sheila. Both the voice and innocent, unintentional(laugh-out-loud) humor rang true. Sheila is a normal, observant, inquisitive pre-teen. ( )
  kulmona | Jan 21, 2022 |
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Lippman, Lauraprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Amoss, SophieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bennett, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brentan, CarlottaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Culp, JasonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edwards, JaninaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaminsky, EvaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Naughton, SarahNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Newbern, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oppenheimer, JaneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Fiction. Mystery. Short Stories. HTML:

New York Times bestseller Laura Lippman showcases why she is one of today's top crime writers in this acclaimed collection of suspenseful stories featuring fierce womenâ??including one never-before-published novella.

"A first-rate collection, an obvious must for the legions of Lippman fans, but also great reading for anyone who savors short crime fiction." â?? Booklist (starred review)


The award-winning master of psychological suspense is in top form in this collection of diverse and diabolically clever stories.

In the never-before-published "Just One More," a married coupleâ??longing for that old romantic sparkâ??creates a playful diversion that comes with unexpected consequences.

Lippman's beloved Baltimore PI Tess Monaghan keeps a watchful eye on a criminally resourceful single father in "Seasonal Work," while her mother, Judith, realizes that the life of "The Everyday Housewife" is an excellent cover for all kinds of secrets.

In "Slow Burner," a husband's secret cell phone proves to be a dicey temptation for a suspicious wife.

A father's hidden past piques the curiosity of a young snoop in "The Last of Sheila-Locke Holmes."

Plus seven other brilliantly crafted stories of deception, murder, dangerous games, and love gone wrongâ??irrefutable evidence that Laura Lippman's riveting fiction will more than satisfy any cri

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