This is the best I've listened to in many months. Perhaps because I once was a reporter, I really identified with Tess and her predicament when her ne..Show More »wspaper folded. I liked the fact that this is a real mystery, not a disguised "romance" novel.
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 st..Show More »ory 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.
I've listened to 3 now, and liked each one better than the previous. Either Tess is maturing, or the author is as a writer. The 2 mysteries are rel..Show More »ated only in that each has a strong moral component. The characterizations are strong and interesting. The mysteries are good.
Don't tell my wife, but I'm a little bit in love with Tesser
I'm not kidding. Laura Lippman's first Tess Monaghan book was a Daily Deal, & I'm so grateful to have discovered this series. Tess and her many compan..Show More »ions are flawed & believable in a way that many authors can't manage. How many female characters admit they "can be a bit of a round heels" when considering cheating on her ever faithful live-in lover...and you still love her? Lippman's also weaves a pretty dense story, which I also appreciate. My biggest fear right now, as I approach book five, is what is going to happen when the wonderful Deborah Hazlett is no longer the voice of Tess, and Crow, and Kitty, etc? I hate it when a narrator I've grown to love no longer accompanies a series I love...well, I do know that I'll find out. As will you, if you try her first book, Baltimore Blues. Thank you Laura Lippman and Deborah Hazelett. And of course, Tesser.
The Booklist review referring to the "second in the Tess Monaghan series" is not for this book but for "Charm City." I downloaded ..Show More »this from audible hoping for the second book because of that review.
Nonetheless, it's good, hon.
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 narr..Show More »ator is top-notch and the book is suspensful, full of vivid characters and it takes Tess away from Baltimore which is different and interesting.
The best of the series yet, with excellent narration. This seems the most fully developed of a very well developed series & character study full of ..Show More »authentic, believable people. I'm now a full-on Laura Lippman fan.
Tess was simply a letdown. The book revolved around maternal anxiety, and "oops" the crime was solved. I have two toddlers and work, I was really look..Show More »ing forward to this story spending more time on the crime(s) than the childcare arrangements. Acknowledge the issue, but a real new aged dad would have taken some time off if he thought mortal danger was involved. Artificial.
I'm not sure if I read the same book as the previous reviewer but I heard a really good mystery. There was nothing religous about it. Mayhem befalls a..Show More » tv show filming in Baltimore and Tess figures it out. Nothing terribly innovative but it was engrossing and suprising.
I am a huge Laura Lippman fan - I've listened to all her novels. This story follows a recurring character named Tess, a private detective. It is a Rea..Show More »r Window-esque story with some nice little twists. I loved it but I wanted more. It was only 4+ hours long and not enough for me. Linda Emond is the very best at reading Lippman characters. I love to listen to her.