Former journalist turned P.I. Tess Monaghan thought she knew Baltimore like the back of her hand - but what she doesn't know just might kill her in this grim yet irresistible novel.
Solve another case with Tess Monaghan.
©2000 Laura Lippman; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
"A rare find: a puzzle so finely calibrated that each new disclosure brings revelation and deepening mystery at the same time." (Kirkus Reviews)
I adore this series and this might be my favorite. It is a perfectly woven mystery with layer upon layer. It unravels at a nice pace and kept me interested the entire time. Good ending too. Great character development all around.
I take chances listening to new authors only when read my favorite narrator. This story grabbed your ear phones and would not let you take them off until the last words were uttered. Lippman is now on my list of authors I listen to. I like stories about areas I am familiar with and Baltimore was a great place for this story to take place in. After hearing the book I actually road through several of the areas mentioned in the book. Maryland is truly a beautiful state and I enjoyed hearing about it in this fantastic book.
Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.
Good story & Barbara Rosenblatt does a great job of telling Tess's tale (although sometimes the Balmer accent gets a little too thick to be understood). It's got a good plot, but a details of Maryland towns it's late 20th century political scandals bog down the story rather than enhance it.
I love Tess Monaghan and jumped in right after I finished "In Big Trouble." When I started the book, I honestly could not tell if the narrator was male or female. I came back Audible and was shocked to see the narrator was Barbara Rosenblatt whom I have heard in numerous audio books and always enjoyed. Her voice is unusually gruff and abrasive. Also, her characterization of the major players seems a bit on the sarcastic side, plus, some of the voices sound like they're from the deep south rather than Baltimore. I am planning on going through the series in order, and almost dread listening to the ones by Rosenblatt. I may read them instead. I would say to listen to a sample. This makes me sad. She's always been one of my bankable narrators who is a pleasure to listen to.
Barbara Rosenblat has narrated a number of the books in my library, but seems something was really going wrong during this reading - like someone was goosing her or giving electroshocks. Or some kind of chemical? The tone was totally wrong for the story. I'm still listening, so hopes she settles down soon. The plot and story seem interesting. That's what I want in a detective story, so will try to ignore the reader.
knitter, weaver, spinner
I love this series. I think Laura Lippman is brilliant. I enjoy the character development and the wonderful world building.
The narrator is very talented, but does not suit this story, in my opinion. She sounds like a contralto woman who has smoked for a long time. She does a great job with the "world weary" characters in the story, but everyone else sounds goofy.
I love the writing,
This is a great series.
Absolutely. Really good. it's 2:30am. I couldn't stop listening. Done in one sitting, standing, walking, bathing. Just couldn't stop.
Barbara is an excellent reader. She becomes the characters in the story and can be true to the characters to the end. Brava!!!
Tess. The reader made her so much stronger than the first four. So good.
Persistence makes it happen.
It's a shame that this reader wasn't chosen for the books that came before this one. She performs the book. The other reader just read the books. This is soooo much better.
I have been listening to this series through my local library, which only had a few of the books. I purchased this one from audible not realizing it was a different narrator than the previous. This woman's voice is so annoying, I'm having a difficult time listening to the book. She is over dramatic and sounds as though she smokes, and has smoked, three packs of cigarettes a day. Others may not be bothered by her voice - so take a listen first. I wouldn't have wasted a credit if I had.
The Narrator has
Her voice is annoying and inappropriately dramatic
A different narrator
NO...not via audible. I will be reading the book myself to see if I enjoy it or not.
I like all the prior books narrated by Deborah Hazlett. I will skip the next book in the series as it is narrated by Rosenblat and then will give the new narrator a shot.
I had a difficult time focusing on the book or getting into it as I really disliked the smokey, old sound of the narrator...hard to believe her as a 30 year old....sounds like a chain smoking grandmother.
RETIRED & LOVING IT.
LAURA LIPPMAN, REALLY HAD ME HOOKED AS THE STORY UNFOLDED. IT IS A REAL AND TRUE CONDITION SHE ADROITLY SPINS A TALE AROUND. I HAVE NEVER READ ONE OF HER NOVELS, BUT SHE DEFINITELY IS A GREAT CONTENDER WITH THE VERY TOP TIER OF WOMEN WRITERS. IT WAS AN ENJOYABLE READ, WITH NO EXPLICIT, TAU DRY SEX SCENES, OR SPEECH. GREAT WRITERS DO NOT NEED TO EMPLOY THIS DEMEANING PRACTICE, WE ARE INTELLIGENT PEOPLE, AND JUST WANT A GOOD, WELL WRITTEN BOOK. BARBARA ROSENBLAT WAS EXCELLENT, AS USUAL, I LOVE HER AS A NARRATOR. SHE IS MY FAVORITE MY A LONG SHOT.
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