Life Sentences is one of a Laura Lippman’s lesser efforts. The book within a mystery works fine but the convoluted resolution seems contrived. A woman accused of murdering her missing never found child never confesses and sits in jail for seven years. That’s the basic mystery in a nutshell. What really happened? What characters wre impacted by this decision? Lippman’s writing never fails us. She wouldn’t know how to write in an uninteresting method.