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The Girl in the Green Raincoat (Tess Monaghan Series #11)

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

the latest Tess Monaghan mystery is a wonderful sort of family affair

Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan requires plenty of bed rest due to her high risk pregnancy as she has signs of preeclampsia which can lead to life threatening seizures. Sleuthing is out of the question, but resting proves more difficult than a tedious surv...
Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan requires plenty of bed rest due to her high risk pregnancy as she has signs of preeclampsia which can lead to life threatening seizures. Sleuthing is out of the question, but resting proves more difficult than a tedious surveillance for someone as hyper as Tess is. She needs something to occupy her mind, but finds nothing of interest.

That is until she watches from her window a female stranger in a green raincoat walking an Italian greyhound wearing green also. Playing a mental game about the woman helps pass time. However when Tess notices the woman's dog running loose, she fears something happened to the owner who has been very careful with walking her canine on a leash. Tess persuades her support crew - her boyfriend Crow, best friend Whitney Talbot, middle-aged assistant Mrs. Blossom, and researcher Dorie Starnes to seek clues as to what happened to The Girl in the Green Raincoat that they are to bring back to her to analyze.

With nods to the films Rear Window and the teen remake Disturbia, the latest Tess Monaghan mystery is a wonderful sort of family affair as she directs her team with assignments; some being comical. Tess is wonderful working the convoluted case through her agents who doubt there is any wrong doing but humors her as she struggles with prenatal trimester mental and physical issues; pity Crow with the postpartum blues. This is a great novella that has Tess at her best even at rest in this life changing novella.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 7, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

All over the place

I had high hopes for this one but it was as if the author couldn't decide if she wanted to write about the main character's pregnancy and the relationship with her boyfriend or the murder mystery. Wasn't worth the effort despite the good premise.

posted by lioness2001 on February 24, 2011

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  • Posted December 7, 2010

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    the latest Tess Monaghan mystery is a wonderful sort of family affair

    Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan requires plenty of bed rest due to her high risk pregnancy as she has signs of preeclampsia which can lead to life threatening seizures. Sleuthing is out of the question, but resting proves more difficult than a tedious surveillance for someone as hyper as Tess is. She needs something to occupy her mind, but finds nothing of interest.

    That is until she watches from her window a female stranger in a green raincoat walking an Italian greyhound wearing green also. Playing a mental game about the woman helps pass time. However when Tess notices the woman's dog running loose, she fears something happened to the owner who has been very careful with walking her canine on a leash. Tess persuades her support crew - her boyfriend Crow, best friend Whitney Talbot, middle-aged assistant Mrs. Blossom, and researcher Dorie Starnes to seek clues as to what happened to The Girl in the Green Raincoat that they are to bring back to her to analyze.

    With nods to the films Rear Window and the teen remake Disturbia, the latest Tess Monaghan mystery is a wonderful sort of family affair as she directs her team with assignments; some being comical. Tess is wonderful working the convoluted case through her agents who doubt there is any wrong doing but humors her as she struggles with prenatal trimester mental and physical issues; pity Crow with the postpartum blues. This is a great novella that has Tess at her best even at rest in this life changing novella.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    A Wonderful Mystery!!!

    Do not let the size of this book fool you. Yes, it's a short novel. But, even though it's small in size, it's HUGE in AWESOMENESS! I totally can not believe that I have not read a Tess Monaghan book before. Laura Lippman is fantastically fabulous with her writing skills and had me hooked from the hilariously funny first page!

    Dubbed to have a "Hitchcockian" thrill to it, I would say it is an accurate description, though quite funnier! Yep, that's right. Funnier. Through out this novel, Laura Lippman had me laughing as I got to know Tess Monaghan, her boyfriend Crow and her best friend Whitney, as they tried to solve the mystery of the disappearing girl in a green raincoat. Added to the funniness is the missing girls dog, also in a green raincoat! But, the interesting twist on this story is that Tess is a PI whose stuck on bed rest due to a complicated pregnancy. Can she find out what happened to the girl in that green coat and why was her dog unattended??? I loved laughing out loud and playing the PI detective right along side Tess.

    I highly, highly (did I mention highly???) recommend this short, simple, yet laughable novel with a high 5 star praise and two thumbs up! Laura Lippman is a fabulous author who should be on everyone's To Read list. I know for a fact that I will look anxiously forward to another Tess Monaghan and am also going to make it a goal to read the previous ones by this awesome author!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    Great Short Story!

    This was a wonderful short story!

    "Rear Window" but with a very pregnant Tess put on bed rest.

    I thought this was a fun mystery!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2011

    Another good read!!!

    Another good installment of Tess Monaghan series. Would recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    Laura Write Faster!! More! More! More!

    Another great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    Very Disappointed!!

    I absoloutley love this author and her stories and have read each book in the series and was totally dissappointed in this last book! The story was good, don't get me wrong. I paid on average 7.99 for each book in the series until this one which was 9.99.

    I find it somewhat ironic that the most exspensive book was only 124 pages long with the last 10 not even part of the story!!!! This book is NOT advertised as a NOVELLA but should be!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    Fabulous, as always

    Tess Monaghan is about to embark on her greatest mystery - motherhood. But as always, there are complications. Confined to bed rest, she begins to idly watch the dog park across the street. She becomes fascinated by a beautiful woman and her Italian greyhound. One day, she sees the IG running through the park, alone. Out of boredom, she sets her helpers on the case, and gets far more than she bargained for. The usual cast of characters is here, plus a couple of new ones. Lippman is a funny, smart writer whose love for her protagonist is contagious. I recommend her to dog and mystery lovers. You will be sucked into her Tess series as quickly as a greyhound covers a mile.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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