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Baltimore Blues | [Laura Lippman]

Baltimore Blues

Unemployed at 29, Tess Monaghan is willing to take any freelance job to pay the rent - including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy, Darryl "Rock" Paxton. In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer's notoriety - and his noontime trysts with Rock's fiancée - make the case front page news...and point to Rock as the likely murderer.
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Unemployed at 29, Tess Monaghan is willing to take any freelance job to pay the rent - including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy, Darryl "Rock" Paxton. In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer's notoriety - and his noontime trysts with Rock's fiancée - make the case front page news...and point to Rock as the likely murderer. But trying to prove her friend's innocence could prove costly to Tess.

©1997 Laura Lippman; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks

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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 07-16-14
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 07-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Too contemporary for me"

    This book seemed to be firmly embedded into values that I don't think serve anyone well and that I'm tired of. I stopped reading. Perhaps younger women, who believe in the current mores and haven't woken up to how much it is hurting them, would like it.

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    Kathi 02-12-14
    Kathi 02-12-14 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Hurray for Baltimore Blues"

    When I started listening to this book, it initially seemed rather ordinary--okay, but nothing special. But as I continued listening, the story and narrator both seemed to hit their pace, and I think it became quite good.

    Tess is an out of work reporter, who goes rowing with her friend "Rock" every morning. One day he asks her to spy on his fiancee, who is worrying him with her strange behaviors. Tess agrees to do that, and finds herself discovering more than she bargained for.

    In this book, she begins to develop skills that appear to be positioning her to become a full time private eye in future stories. I would say that even though it was a little slow in the beginning, the narration and story both proved to be excellent, and I look forward to reading the next in the series.

    I was, at first, a little off-put by the narrator's stressing of native words like "Balmer" (for Baltimore)--which is accurate, but not so obvious in ordinary conversation. But even that got toned down by about the middle of the book. Strongly recommend.

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    Linda 12-11-12
    Linda 12-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Linda in Omaha

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    "Not the best Lippmann book, but glad I got it."

    It took me a while to "bond" with the characters, but it was worth it in the end. I'm looking forward to more stories about Tess.

    The narrator was easy enough to listen to, but left me critiquing her reading in many places. I would not refuse to buy another book with Deborah Hazlett as the reader, but would be prepared to be slightly less than satisfied with her performance. Maybe I'm just spoiled by some of the really great readers with Audible.

    All in all, it was a good listen. I would recommend this book to my friends.

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    Kitty Reno, NV 04-29-13
    Kitty Reno, NV 04-29-13 Member Since 2002

    I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.

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    "Not your usual mystery..."

    I am starting the Tess Monaghan series from the beginning. I've read a few here and there and became hooked. So now I am going to get them all. I like the characters in her stories, and I wanted to get to know them better. I am enjoying the process.

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