The Accidental Detective and other stories: Short Story Collection

By Laura Lippman

Nine deliciously dark, funny and twisted short stories from one of America’s top crime writers.


If you haven’t discovered Laura Lippman yet, delve into these nine ingenious tales and read an exclusive extract from Laura’s latest novel The Innocents.

Within this collection, Laura Lippman takes us from Dublin in ‘Honor Bar’ to Washington D.C. in ‘ARM and the Woman’ and to New Orleans in ‘Pony Girl.’ Other higlights include a rare interview with Tess (of Laura’ popular Tess Monaghan series) in ‘The Accidental Detective.’

Sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous and always filled with shocking twists and turns, expect the unexpected…

If you enjoy this collection, why not try ‘Femme Fatale and other stories’. Also available now as an exclusive ebook short story collection.

Format: ebook
Release Date: 07 Jun 2012
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-749205-3
Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at the Baltimore Sun. She is the author of eleven Tess Monaghan books including Baltimore Blues, Another Thing to Fall, and The Girl in the Green Raincoat; five stand- alone novels, including Every Secret Thing, Life Sentences and Don’t Look Back; and a short story collection. She has won numerous awards for her work including the Edgar, Quill, Anthony, Nero Wolfe and Agatha awards. To find out more about Laura visit

”'Here scams and murders are not the desperate acts of Baltimore’s downtrodden but, rather, the calculated moves of soccer moms, real-estate-savvy suburbanites, and nihilistic teens and college students. In an intoxicating mix of Poe-like horror and the pleasingly bitter irony of Dorothy Parker, Lippman tells deliciously vicious, topsy-turvy tales of women taking revenge for the endless insults and injuries of sexist, selfish men, and, for good measure, of guys who rid themselves of manipulative women. Lippman is a class act and a potent storyteller in these elegant, furious, and blues-blasting dispatches from the endless war between the sexes.” - -Donna Seaman, Booklist

”'Laura’s stories stand apart from her novels in revelatory and satisfying ways. Plus, they’re beautifully written and contain the kind of offbeat observations and insights that someday, no doubt, will come to be known as 'Lippman moments.” - George Pelecanos

”PRAISE FOR THE INNOCENTS:'The Innocents is compelling, suspenseful - everything a great thriller should be - but it is SO much more than that. That rarest of books - a nuanced and beautifully literate page-turner - this confirms what many of us have known for some time. Laura Lippman is not just the author of top-notch psychological thrillers, she is one of the finest writers in America. Simple as that.” - Mark Billingham

”'A story that ripples with menace, sorrow and the dark churn of adolescence” - the prices families pay for secrets, the things we can’t look at in ourselves.’ Megan Abbott, bestselling author of The End of Everything