In this seventh novel from Lippman's acclaimed series, Baltimore investigator Tess Monaghan has her hands full with five murder cases that have gone cold. Each has a domestic violence angle, and the cases also share a disturbing connection - one that points to Tess herself.
©2002 Laura Lippman; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Favors for friends don't always turn out as expected, Tess Monagham learns in this harrowing encounter with obsession involving her own past. At the urging of best friend Whitney Talbot, Tess agrees to research how police inexperienced with murder cases handle domestic-violence-related investigations. Delving into the specifics of the five deaths she's been assigned, Tess begins to sense that a simple review of the facts won't suffice and that these aren't isolated incidents. [Lippman] contrasts the methods of the privileged with the ways ordinary folk must cope and how disastrous the results can be when the monstrous invades their lives." (Booklist)
Baltimore book lover
My only problem with this book is that, unlike the others, you need to have read/heard the first one for it to make sence. That said, I think the narrator is top-notch and the book is suspensful, full of vivid characters and it takes Tess away from Baltimore which is different and interesting.
NOT LIKE OTHERS
The pace was odd. Sometimes it would drag. Maybe if it was a shorter story!!! Odd fill in dialogue. Maybe it's me but!!! When I listen to it again it might click better.
The story sometimes dragged along. A little disconnected. Little disappointed.
I thought the plot was worthy of a more serious treatment by both the author and the reader. Considering that the detective is supposed to be operating her own successful agency, some of her behaviors are extremely unprofessional, and even the former police officer with whom she partnered seemed unrealistically careless in his concluding actions. The treatment was just too frivolous to amount to a really satisfying crime novel. I just hate to see a good plot go to waste.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. Barbara Rosenblat did a fantastic job reading it. Although there was a great deal of suspense, I have to say it was one of those books that you don't actually want to finish because the journey was so enjoyable. I have since listened to two more Laura Lippman books, which I have also enjoyed. This one is well worth the time and cost.
I bought this because I had heard Lippman was a good writer and it was on sale here for $4.25 so I couldn't resist trying her out. I will surely avoid Barbara Rosenblat as a narrator again. She turned all the cast, especially Tess, into very flippant, shallow characters.
I really couldn't say if the book was any good or not; either it wasn't very good, or Rosenblat's narration was bad enough to bring the book down with it. If you are interested in this book my recommendation is to go buy it and read it yourself--otherwise I can't recommend it at all.
I wouldn't "re-read" this Lippman book. I have enjoyed the stories of other books that I've listened to from this series, but this one leaves me wanting. The story line is convoluted and the multiple characters are so similar that it makes it hard to keep the threads of the story straight.
I wouldn't recommend it for the above reasons.
Rosenblat's performance is flat and doesn't endear the reader to Tess' exuberant personality. She seems confused about the character's nature. I almost stopped getting the series because of the narrator. I hope the next one is more convincing.
I've read almost all of Laura Lippman's books and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I particularly like the Tess Monaghan books and would definitely recommend the series as a whole, but I'd skip this one. In my opinion, it doesn't add that much to the overall world.
Big fan of Barbara Rosenblat - I think she's makes a great voice for Tess.
Tess is on the trail of a serial killer but doesn’t know it. She thinks she is investigating police incompetence in domestic violence murders. The more I get into this series, the better I like it. I now feel like Tess is an old friend. 5 stars.
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
I am thoroughly enjoying this series. The characters are likable, and the plots are unusual. The books definitely entertain me. I save my four and five star reviews for the can't put them down, page turners. So, the three stars is good in my opinion. The narrator does an outstanding job.
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