Lady in the Lake

Laura Lippman conjures up a compelling picture of 1960s Baltimore in this fine piece of immersive crime writing. When a seemingly solid marriage crumbles, Maddie Schwartz sets her sights on becoming a reporter for the local newspaper. She’s determined to make a name for herself, and when the body of a young black woman turns up in an ornamental lake in the city park, Maddie is keen to share Cleo Sherwood’s story. But this is a time of segregation and unabashed prejudice and no one wants to listen. Obstinately, Maddie perseveres, but at what cost to herself and those she holds dear? You can read our review here.

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