Excerpt from Linus's Blanket - The Monaghan books are a different breed of book than the stand alone that I read. I can see how those who enjoy the series, might not find her other works not to be their cup of tea. Life Sentences had a much grittier feel with literary leanings and very detailed characterizations. Based on this offering I would think the series are lighter reads. I enjoy both types of book when the mood strikes, but it is something to think about when choosing which Lippman book to delve into. Recommended.