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Butchers Hill Audiobook

Butchers Hill: Tess Monaghan, Book 3

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Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her shingle as a PI-for-hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it's not the best address in Baltimore, but you gotta start somewhere, and Tess' greyhound Esskay has no trouble taking marathon naps anywhere there's a roof.

Then, in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalizing his car. Just out of prison, he says he wants to make reparations to the kids who witnessed his crime, so he needs Tess to find them. But once she starts snooping, the witnesses start dying. Is the Butcher of Butchers Hill at it again?

Like it or not, Tess is embroiled in a case that encompasses the powers that-be, a heartless system that has destroyed the lives of children, and a nasty trail of money and lies leading all the way back to Butchers Hill.

Investigate more of Tess Monaghan's cases.

©1998 Laura Lippman; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America

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    BJG Ellicott City, MD United States 01-27-10
    BJG Ellicott City, MD United States 01-27-10 Listener Since 2008

    Baltimore book lover

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    "Not her best"

    Laura Lippman has done better. Tess juggles two unrelated cases and so instead of sinking deep into one story, I just skimmed two. One case is inspired by a real Baltimore case of an old man who shot at a bunch of kids for throwing rocks at his house. In the book, he asks Tess to find the now teenagers. The weak spot was the other case of a woman wanting to find the daughter she gave up for adoption. Of course neither case is as simple as is seems. The happy ending felt insincere to me. Although, a mediocre Laura Lipppman is still worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathi 07-20-17
    Kathi 07-20-17 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Left me a bit uncomfortable"

    So whenever an author sets out to write a book that features race relations, it can easily become either enlightening and helpful, or it can be awkward. I think I'd have to put this book in the somewhat awkward category (though not entirely). This book was written in 1998, and I think what Laura Lippmann wrote, at the time, may have been more cutting edge and relevant than it is now.

    This is a mystery, with Tess Monaghan, a not altogether likable (to me) private investigator, who is hired by two clients to find people for them. She seems to rely on letting other people do a lot of the work for her a bit too much for my taste. The two stories weave in and out pretty smoothly, but I couldn't decide whether what was off-putting to me was actually just the narration, which wasn't my favorite, or the story itself. The narration is (mostly) good enough not to interfere with listening to the story, but I don't think it adds anything. What I did like was learning a lot about the adoption process. And having personal ties to Baltimore, I enjoyed hearing about the city.

    But partly this is about language. If one is uncomfortable with the use of a word that society now feels is a terrible insult to African Americans, then avoid this book. If you feel that it's important to be authentic in how people probably genuinely speak to each other to communicate disrespect, then you will view this book in that light. I'll just say, the book was okay--but I believe that giving it 4 stars was generous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 01-02-15
    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 01-02-15 Member Since 2013

    Tiger Rose

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    "Getting Better"
    Would you try another book from Laura Lippman and/or Deborah Hazlett?

    Laura Lippman yes, Deborah Hazlett no.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The workings of the foster care system is always a suprising and depressing affair but it was discribed quite well. Talk about something needing reform!!!!!!!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not sure how to answer. I still feel the reader and author are not a good match. I will say that the reader is a bit better in this book than the other two in series. She still can't make each charactor different from each other.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 08-27-11
    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 08-27-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyed very much"

    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 related only in that each has a strong moral component. The characterizations are strong and interesting. The mysteries are good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carmelle 03-21-17
    Carmelle 03-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Sleepless Nights With Tess "

    stumbled on Tess Monaghan audio series and I'm a crazed, sleep deprived junkie. There is not enough time in the day to listen to as much as I want... I stay up listening through the night until I eventually pass out. I use headphones and listen on my cell all day long, only taking out one ear bud when I have to enter act with cashiers and such. it's midnight and I work at 7 a.m. I just finished the third book and M about to start the 4th one instead of going to bed like I should. Thank you so much for writing incredible books. I can't wait to find out how Tess is private investigating skills have improved in the new book or if she'll get herself into another relationship.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    The Dark Side 11-08-16 Member Since 2013

    I have literally a few thousand audible books, I have Parkinson's, always an avid reader. I tend toward horror, paranormal, love Vampires .

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    "Loved This Book !"

    The details of a murder, in which the grouchy neighborhood man is assumed guilty. Good story of how petty vandalism can go wrong. And having a gun handy may not be good for everybody. Enjoyed the narrator so much, very versatile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hilary 10-31-16
    Hilary 10-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "third time's a charm"

    this book being the third in the Tess Monaghan series I found to be the most interesting and enjoyable. the previous two books were good but I think this one was the best.

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    Lorene Stilwell 09-25-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Baltimore PI learning the ropes"
    What did you love best about Butchers Hill?

    I loved the prickly and flawed clients, especially the woman. Meeting Tess's family and getting the sense of family, love, and community that supports here was the crux of this novel for me. and of course Esskay the dog.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the reader has Tess's age and basic character down. I would like more of the bal'more accent and local color to creep into the performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    you never know when the twisted path might lead you to your own back yard


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Masursky Orange Co, CA 09-11-16
    L. Masursky Orange Co, CA 09-11-16 Member Since 2011

    Ozzies Gma

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    "Light and engaging."

    Interesting little mystery
    Good beach read or when you want to listen to something engaging but light while you do chores.

    Fun characters. This was my first Laura Lippman

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    Karla 05-08-16
    Karla 05-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "just finished"

    This was my favorite Tess Monahan book ao far! i am enjoying the series alot

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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