Daily Archives: February 6, 2015

Hush Hush – Book Review

HushhushThe first note appeared on Tess Monaghan’s car on a March day that was cranky as a toddler – wet, tired, prone to squalls. But Tess did not know the note was the first of anything. There is no first until the second arrives. – from Hush, Hush –

Readers who have been hooked on the Tess Monaghan novels by best selling author Laura Lippman, will be happy that the next installation in the series will be released February 24th.

This is the first Tess Monaghan novel I have read…but I am not a stranger to Lippman’s writing. I’ve read several of her stand alone novels and enjoyed how she mixes literary fiction and the suspense-thriller genre to create memorable characters and edge of your seat thrills.

Hush Hush can be read as a stand alone novel (although I think those who have started at the beginning of the series will be at an advantage in understanding the character of Tess on a deeper level). The writing in this book is a bit of a departure from Lippman’s literary-type novels as there is more emphasis on plot vs. character.

Tess returns in this book as a new parent and she is drawn into a disturbing case of a murder and a manipulative mother. Melisandre was found insane when she murdered her infant, but now she is back and looking to reconnect with her surviving children. As the novel unfolds, there is another murder, mysterious notes, and questionable relationships. Tess, assigned to provide security for Melisandre, tries to unravel the facts behind the public face of the woman who captured headlines. But could Tess be ignoring crucial events that could put her own life at risk?

Lippman inserts interview-style chapters to reveal character motivation which is something I enjoyed about the book as it allows for more in-depth development of some of the characters.

The publisher has set up an interactive website for the book here. The site will be updated weekly with new sweepstake opportunities, character profiles, and audio excerpts from Hush Hush. It even has an interactive map of Baltimore where you can see key events from the Tess series. There is currently a giveaway opportunity on the site (scroll down the page) and there will be ten lucky winners!

Hush Hush is a pretty straight forward mystery-crime novel and will appeal to readers who enjoy mystery series, or who have become engaged in the Tess Monaghan series.


FTC Disclosure: This advance reader’s edition was sent to me by the publisher for review on my blog.

Little Quilts SAL Round Up – January

LittleQuilts.LTWe are hosting a sew along over on Threadbias in 2015! Members of the group will be sewing from the Little Quilts book by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsinger. Feel free to join us any time – if you are not a member of Threadbias yet, go ahead and sign up (it’s free!) and then find the Little Quilts group and click the “join” button. That’s it! Hope to see you there!

We chose to sew the mini quilt Drawn Together for January – which proved to be quite popular. Drawn Together uses paper piecing to create a beautiful star within a star pattern. Members of the group put together some gorgeous quilts – and depending on the fabrics they chose, each one had a different “look” to it.

Check out these lovely finishes – be sure to click through to each member’s project page to see more detail for each quilt:



Katie and Mary chose beautiful soft colors for sweet versions of this quilt.

DrawnTogether.CathieCathie’s quilt also had a tranquil feel to it.



Both Kirsten and Margaret chose to make pillows from their mini quilts.



Audrey and Erica and gave us bright, fiery colors for a bold statement.



Nicole and Carol also made strong statements with their use of black prints (Nicole) and solids (Carol)





Pink and red were favorite colors for many participants, including Valerie, Candice, Marsha, and Margaret.

DrawnTogether.GardencrafterGardencrafter’s quilt was inspired by the colors lilac and turquoise.



Whereas Karen and Cynthia‘s quilts had a more scrappy feel to them.

DrawnTogether.WendyI also tried my hand at this one and was inspired by the print in the outer triangles.

Stay tuned for more little quilts each month!