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Charm City Audiobook

Charm City: Tess Monaghan, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

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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    BJG Ellicott City, MD United States 05-05-10
    BJG Ellicott City, MD United States 05-05-10 Listener Since 2008

    Baltimore book lover

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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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 03-19-14
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2014

    Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.

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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MarthaCue 02-01-12
    MarthaCue 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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Marshall 03-26-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Easy Listening"

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty 05-19-13
    Kitty 05-19-13 Member Since 2016

    Give me a good mystery and I am happy!

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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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    Linda 01-17-13
    Linda 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bonnie nelson 10-01-12 Member Since 2015
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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 2015
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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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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 11-12-16
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 11-12-16 Member Since 2015

    I live to ride my bike.

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    "Good listen!"

    This was an interesting book. Tess has grown in her PI abilities. She has come to grips to what she wants to pursue for work. In working to clear the name of her friend she loses faith in another friend and learns how information can be twisted. It is an enjoyable cozy mystery.

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    Lorene Stilwell 09-25-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Private Detection 101"
    If you could sum up Charm City in three words, what would they be?

    good beginning to series and the character of Tess Monaghan.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tess, of course, the newbie detective trying to learn to swim in the big pond.Tess takes us along for the ride & It doesn't hurt that she knows people who know stuff. when she it stepped out of that comfort zone it was fun to watch her flounder back to her feet. I liked her prickly and flawed clients as well. and esky the dog!


    What does Deborah Hazlett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know the Baltimore accent - think I would like a bit more of that. the voice did match the text.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    a couple of sittings is good. time to chew over and digest the information. I listen to books at work 5-6 hour intervals. this was a light meal that could have used a bit more substance but satisfied.


    Any additional comments?

    a bit more of the local color and sense of place, I loved the mention of the series Homocide: life on the streets which was also set in Baltimore. it was what drew me to a mystery series set in Baltimore. I wouldn't start blowing credits on Tess but might get another book in the series if it were on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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