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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Dana L. Benson Texas 02-27-10
    Dana L. Benson Texas 02-27-10 Listener Since 2009

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    "Baltimore Blues"

    Hard to get into. I am having a hard time listening to this, she just seems to jump around and not get to the point. I haven't completed listening because of this.

    16 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    R. Sippel San Jose, CA United States 04-26-12
    R. Sippel San Jose, CA United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2007

    Chef

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    "story was interestering"

    If you want a book that is not violent, not many curse words
    (I think they say the F bomb once), sex, drugs, humor, or action this book is for you.
    The story was good just not full of anything that would put me on the edge of my seat.
    I have to say that I'm not keen on women narrators, sorry, a lot of women use funny voices for the man parts, (they seem to try to hard) but I think Deborah did a great job and did not grate on my nerves.
    I was hoping for more to motivate me in the series, but I may try the second book in the series.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Jordan 03-21-15
    Jordan 03-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Average at best."

    Reader was easy to listen to but the story seemed choppy and frustrating to follow. Lots of things were left unexplained and parts(mostly various characters actions) made no sense. Ok story, could have been a lot better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret SAN JOSE, CA, United States 08-23-15
    Margaret SAN JOSE, CA, United States 08-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good entertainment"

    Girl detectives come in all ages and sizes these days. Tess is an athlete who takes her sport, sculling, seriously. Her athleticism is helping her cope with a personal and professional life stalled in her late 20s. The narrator captures Tess very well, I think. The voice and diction match the action described. She takes on a freelance investigational project for a friend and gets possibly a little over-involved in the matter she is investigating. Twists and turns. Danger. Romance. Girl detective can hit back convincingly. Several nicely drawn characters and a lot of local color. I feel like I've been to Baltimore for a couple of days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen 08-14-15
    Eileen 08-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretty Good"

    Overall it was pretty good. The Baltimore accents were terrible, but the sorry for the most part held my interest. I plan on listening to more Tess Monahan stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tiggerboo 08-12-15
    tiggerboo 08-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth a listen."

    Doesn't drag along. Kept my interest the entire time. Good narrator; she does a good job differentiating between characters.

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    MobileMinx Kent, WA, United States 07-12-15
    MobileMinx Kent, WA, United States 07-12-15 Member Since 2011

    Reading with no hands!

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    "Tess Sings the Blues"

    Floating in a miasma of hodge podge part-time employment and a cloudy future, Tess Monaghan pieces together the facts in an effort to help out a friend.

    Acting as a legal investigator, and fueled by faith in the accused and a debt she needs to repay, we watch as a seemingly superficial situation seethes with subterranean complexity. At once realistic and fantastic, Tess bemoans how her efforts to aid are unexpectedly damning. Despite that fact, she must push forward attempting to avoid becoming one of the increasing body count.

    Her persistence is paralleled by her singular commitment to pursuing the physically demanding sport of sculling. As we get to know Tess, her friends, her sport and her history, we are simultaneously growing an affinity for the mean streets of Baltimore and Tess' homegrown apprehension and appreciation.

    Solving the case, coupled with an epiphany about her life assures the reader they'll see her in action again soon!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    7 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 12-31-14
    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 12-31-14 Member Since 2013

    Tiger Rose

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    "Not the best Narrator""
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Maybe, It took longer than usual because I had to keep going bad to understand the story the way it was being read. Just difficult to follow, no character differences. No feeling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I would have to listen to it again and again in order to be able to absorb this story. The reader does nothing to make it better. I think the story line is good but then come just plain words. No feeling from the reader.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    How did or did she?? Heck ya!!!!!!!!!! Totally. If I wanted monotone I would read the book, visually. When you listen, I guess I expect that boost to my imagination through the reader. This should be a redo.


    Did Baltimore Blues inspire you to do anything?

    No..........


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 01-26-15
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    "Loved the story."

    I loved the story. It is always fun to be able to walk through the streets of a novel and know them from childhood. But I was offended by the atrocious failure at Baltimorese and accent.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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