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)
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.
Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.
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.
From the very beginning, I could hardly believe my ears. Had Barbara Rosenblat been abducted by evil aliens who just wanted to mess with her voice? I was completely surprised - the voice was almost her, but kind of like she had something extra in her mouth.
Anyway, I listened to the story and just IMAGINED the voice I used to know. It is a good story, very well written and while not edge of your seat suspenseful, it did hold my interest throughout. This was only the second book I've listened to by this author- and I'll probably listen to more. There was only one thing that I didn't like about the story- it seemed to be filled with too much cute banter between Tess and Whitney--more than would be normal in the real world. I mean, do they have to find something witty to say every time they speak?
Overall, the story is worth it if you don't mind the narration being off somewhat,
Story was great, but getting use to the huge change in style by the narrator, was really really really hard. I don't know why the change in narrators was made, but this one beyond difficult to hear. For awhile, I had some success in increasing the playback speed, eventually though I settled for just dealing with it. I actually thought if I could just increase the pitch it might not be so bad. It's like listening to a bunch of old smokers who drink way too much and can't remember what accent they're supposed to have... Sometimes I thought Tess sounded like she'd been chain smoking since age 12. Anyways I suffered through it, and am now trying to decide if I can make it through the next... Good Luck!
Real Estate Agent, enjoys reading/listening to true crime, suspense, some romance as well as books with inspiration.
Many times I thought about returning this book but I wanted to finish it. I was not a fan of the narrator, I think she did a good job but the voice didn't match what I was used to. It was too different and to harsh.
I love the style of Laura Lippmann's writing. Her characters are so entertaining. This was not my favorite narrator, however. It really threw me at first. It's nice when books keep the same narrator in a series. I felt like she was an imposter and wasn't very fond of her style.
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