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Charm City | [Laura Lippman]

Charm City

PI Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular sport. Business tycoon Wink Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball to town--until a devastating expose appears in the Baltimore Beacon Light. The newspaper's editors thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who's found dead in his garage. Tess is hired to find the unknown hacker who planted the lethal story.
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PI Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular sport. Business tycoon Wink Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball to town--until a devastating expose appears in the Baltimore Beacon Light. The newspaper's editors thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who's found dead in his garage. Tess is hired to find the unknown hacker who planted the lethal story.

©1997 Laura Lippman (P)2010 BBC Audio

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    Amazon Customer Ellicott City, MD United States 05-05-10
    Amazon Customer Ellicott City, MD United States 05-05-10 Member Since 2008

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

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    "On of my favorites"

    Probably my favorite Tess Monaghan audio book so far. (My favorite print book is Sugar House). This book has Tess looking into a news paper story about a new basketball team that wasn't supposed to be printed but was. She also tries to figure out why her Uncle Spike was beaten into a coma over a dog. Both plots are juggled well. My only complaint is that one of the big suprises wasn't very suprising. It was well-paced with a very natural tone. By that I mean not artificially glib and not too grim and gory. A well balanced mystery all around.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    MarthaCue spokane, WA, United States 02-01-12
    MarthaCue spokane, WA, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing; didn't finish it"

    I really wanted to like this book, with its Baltimore setting and newspaper theme, but it is, simply, dull. The performance is fine; there just isn't enough story to make a reader care what happens.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Serena, IL, United States 03-26-11
    Angie Serena, IL, United States 03-26-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Easy Listening"

    I like the narrator, the stories are involved without being complex. A nice easy, entertaining listen.

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    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 03-19-14
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2008

    Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.

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    "Better than expected, Better than Book 1"

    I read the first Tess Monaghan mystery a while ago and was in no rush to read the next. My main problem with Tess was just not feeling any connection to her. In book one she spends most of her time working out and rowing, which didn't interest me. In this installment she actually doesn't do any rowing, and only a little working out. She seems to have traded that hobby for the hobby of eating junk food. I read a lot of cozy mysteries, and Tess is not a cozy character. She likes to drink bourbon, smoke pot, and she is having an uncommitted relationship with a guy who is obviously in love with her. I felt sorry for the guy. The Tess character starts out being very much like a stereotypical male character and I was expecting to stop the series after this one. However, I have to say, that as the book goes on we see another side of Tess and I liked her much better. As the mystery developed I thought it was going in a very predictable way and was starting to feel disappointed and then an unexpected twist changed things. All in all, it was actually a pretty good book and I expect I will continue on to the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Reno, NV 05-19-13
    Kitty Reno, NV 05-19-13 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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    "Great series"

    I am enjoying working my way through all of the books in the Tess Monaghan series. The characters are well developed and leaves you wanting to know what the next adventure is.
    An unorthodox mystery series for sure, but very entertaining.

    I recommend these books.

    I reserve 4 and 5 stars for the can't put them down, edge of my seat books. This series is more of a box of chocolates, enjoyable but at a slower pace. Well worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    robert Minneapolis, MN, United States 10-01-12
    robert Minneapolis, MN, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "lippman's a master"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    gripping read


    What did you like best about this story?

    believable characters, plot that grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go until the last words, fine reader


    Have you listened to any of Deborah Hazlett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    as good as I've grown to expect and appreciate


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah L. Duvall GARLAND, TX, US 08-24-12
    Deborah L. Duvall GARLAND, TX, US 08-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "First of the series."

    I enjoyed listening to this book. It was the first of a series and I will listen to others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kat Seattle 04-08-14
    Kat Seattle 04-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Why is everyone Southern?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Nope, I really enjoyed this book! It was a good mystery with an interesting twist. I didn't see it coming.


    What other book might you compare Charm City to and why?

    The first book in the series, Baltimore Blues.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Deborah Hazlett’s performances?

    Probably not -- unless it was the only performance of a book I want to listen to. The accents she gave everyone were so bad! They all had slight southern accents though it takes place in Baltimore. I almost wanted to stop listening.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela AUSTIN, TX, United States 04-17-13
    Pamela AUSTIN, TX, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A fully plausible mystery."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already recommended this to my friends in Baltimore, to my fellow dog-lovers, to reporter friends and to mystery lovers.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There is never a slow moment in this book. It takes one from one emotion to another, from laughing out loud to sharing the ache of a lost love.


    Have you listened to any of Deborah Hazlett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the second book in the series, and Hazlett is definitely the voice of Tess. Her Baltimore dialect for other characters is a hoot.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm already listening to the third in the series and it's just as good as the first two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda United States 01-17-13
    Linda United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2011

    Linda in Omaha

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    "Fun, suspense, and love in a good mix."

    Really enjoyed this book. Liked it much better than the previous "Baltimore Blues," the first of this series. Deborah Hazlett, the narrator, seems to have settled-in to the characters and made it easy to follow which character was speaking. The story had a lot of understated humor, a little romance, and a really interesting and intriguing mystery all rolled up in a very enjoyable listen. Would highly recommend this Audible book. Tess Monoghan has become an interesting and likable character I want to know more about. If there is a sequel, I will be purchasing it.

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