Review: In Big Trouble by Laura Lippman

Posted: June 13, 2014 in Reviews
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This review was originally posted at West of Mars. It is being posted here, at its new permanent home.

If I’m going to count Jacqueline Luckett’s Waiting for Tina Turner on the rock book list, I suppose I ought to include Laura Lippman’s In Big Trouble, too.

This was my first book written by Ms. Lippman. I have to say, I don’t think I’ll be revisiting this series.

Our series heroine, Tess, had a certain blandness to her. I don’t know… she just lacked zing. So did our bass player, the mysterious Crow. Or Ed. Or Eddie. He went by all three in the book, although to Ms. Lippman’s credit, it never got confusing.

Tess takes off in search of Crow. She winds up in Texas, where Crow — now Eddie — has gotten involved with a mysterious woman who may or may not be up to anything good. He’s also gotten involved with this woman’s band.

The music never pulsates off the page, though. Whereas the spirit of Tina Turner permeated the pages of Ms. Luckett’s book, it’s lacking here. Now, one could argue that since this music setting is a mere part of a bigger series, there’s no need for the pages to vibrate. I’d buy that.

But I still missed it. And as a result, as a rock and roll novel, this failed for me. As part of a series, I thought it was okay but lacked any real distinction or any compelling reason to keep reading. Maybe you guys can convince me otherwise; it won’t be the first series that I put down after the first encounter and said, “Meh,” to. I’ve kept going with plenty other series. So go on. Convert me.

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