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Butchers Hill | [Laura Lippman]

Butchers Hill

Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her shingle as a PI-for-hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it's not the best address in Baltimore, but you gotta start somewhere, and Tess' greyhound Esskay has no trouble taking marathon naps anywhere there's a roof. Then, in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalizing his car. He wants to make reparations to the kids who witnessed his crime, so he needs Tess to find them.
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Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her shingle as a PI-for-hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it's not the best address in Baltimore, but you gotta start somewhere, and Tess' greyhound Esskay has no trouble taking marathon naps anywhere there's a roof.

Then, in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalizing his car. Just out of prison, he says he wants to make reparations to the kids who witnessed his crime, so he needs Tess to find them. But once she starts snooping, the witnesses start dying. Is the Butcher of Butchers Hill at it again?

Like it or not, Tess is embroiled in a case that encompasses the powers that-be, a heartless system that has destroyed the lives of children, and a nasty trail of money and lies leading all the way back to Butchers Hill.

Investigate more of Tess Monaghan's cases.

©1998 Laura Lippman; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America

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    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 08-27-11
    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 08-27-11 Member Since 2008
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    I've listened to 3 now, and liked each one better than the previous. Either Tess is maturing, or the author is as a writer. The 2 mysteries are related only in that each has a strong moral component. The characterizations are strong and interesting. The mysteries are good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Ellicott City, MD United States 01-27-10
    Amazon Customer Ellicott City, MD United States 01-27-10 Member Since 2008

    I really enjoy genre fiction, mostly fantasy and mysteries but enjoy discovering new authors.

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    "Not her best"

    Laura Lippman has done better. Tess juggles two unrelated cases and so instead of sinking deep into one story, I just skimmed two. One case is inspired by a real Baltimore case of an old man who shot at a bunch of kids for throwing rocks at his house. In the book, he asks Tess to find the now teenagers. The weak spot was the other case of a woman wanting to find the daughter she gave up for adoption. Of course neither case is as simple as is seems. The happy ending felt insincere to me. Although, a mediocre Laura Lipppman is still worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maury United States 04-03-12
    Maury United States 04-03-12

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    I am new to this series, but am so pleased I found this author and these characters. I especially like her references to literature, history and news - old and current. This was a good mystery, with unanticipated twists and turns. I very much enjoyed the reader's ease at moving from character to character.

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    Susan S. San Francisco, CA United States 01-02-12
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    Would you listen to Butchers Hill again? Why?

    No, I don't have enough time to listen to a book twice.


    What other book might you compare Butchers Hill to and why?

    Lippman's other Tess Monahan books are quite good too, this might be my 5th book in the series.


    What about Deborah Hazlett???s performance did you like?

    She is very good with all the different voices for the many characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very touching including the facts of the foster care system. However, the ending might be rosier than anything in life.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry to say this. I have listened to a number of Laura Lippman's books, and she is great with Tess Monahan--but not so good when she tries to write fiction with characters where Tess is not part of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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