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.
The story is told from the point of view of the protagonist Tess Monaghan. There is substantial character development of her and of her father and friends. I liked the plot and sympathized with Tess as she experienced twists and turns, misdirection and progress, roadblocks and breakthroughs. The development of the plot is rather slow, but much of the work of a detective is painstaking, and I liked Tess's attention to detail,leaving no stone unturned. However, the unveiling of the villains and the discovery of the truth happens very quickly toward the end. Further, having followed Tess around living in her shoes day after day, I felt cheated in the end. The author chooses to omit a number of planning meetings with her closest compatriots in order to surprise the reader along with some of Tess's adversaries. No such omissions occurred earlier. To play such a trick on the reader is an insult to the style of the rest of the book. I must say that I did guess more or less how things would turn out, and I was not so surprised by the revelations, but I won't give anything away. I think Lippman's "In a Strange City" was a better story. I think Barbara Rosenblat gave a very good narration, almost a dramatization at times, giving different voices, accents, and flavor to the different characters.
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.
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.
Fairly low, but not because of the story. The narrator sounds like she had been a smoker since God was a child. She doesn't even have the range to voice different characters. I bought this one for my Kindle and will be re-reading it!
It was solid throughout.
Not sure how to avoid spoilers here...
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.
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