My love affair with Laura Lippman mysteries is over. “In a Strange City” within the Tess Monaghan series she takes an Edgar Alan Poe premise and obliterates believability, suspense, and involving characters. The novel sludges through to an unsatisfying ending. The dreary cat and mouse plot device is cliche ridden. It will take me some time before I forgive Laura and attempt another of her novels. It was fun while it lasted.