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

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

by Laura Lippman

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“Lippman is a writing powerhouse. ”

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“I love her books.”

—Harlan Coben

 

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman—winner of the Edgar® Award and every other major literary prize given for mystery and crime fiction—embroils Baltimore p.i. Tess Monaghan in the strange case of The Girl in the Green Raincoat. Originally serialized in the New York Times, The Girl in the Green Raincoat is now in book form for the very first time—a masterful thriller in the Alfred Hitchcock mode that places a very pregnant, homebound Tess in the center of a murderous puzzle that could cost her her life and the life of her unborn child.

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ISBN-13: 9780061938368
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/18/2011
Series: Tess Monaghan Series , #11
Pages: 158
Sales rank: 217,968
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Since Laura Lippman's debut in 1997, she has been recognized as a distinctive voice in mystery fiction and named one of the "essential" crime writers of the last 100 years. Her books have won most of the major awards in her field and been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her family.

Hometown:

Baltimore, Maryland

Date of Birth:

January 31, 1959

Place of Birth:

Atlanta, Georgia

Education:

B.S., Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, 1981

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The Girl in the Green Raincoat (Tess Monaghan Series #11) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story but it is short. Would have preferred if it was longer and more detailed. In fact this is a novelette. Sorry this is the last of the series hope Laura Lippman writes some more stories about Tess and her family.
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
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!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Tess Monaghan is a private investigator in Baltimore, but unfortunately as she enters the third trimester of her pregnancy she is put on complete bed rest. This is especially hard for a woman who uses her keen observations to solve crimes. Now all she gets to observe is what she can see out her window. Pretty boring stuff, the same people walk by every day, some walking dogs or kids. A young woman wearing a green raincoat walking a dog goes by every day without fail. Tess is intrigued by her and tries to figure out her story just by what she can see from her bed. Then one day the dog goes flying by Tess's window and the girl in the green raincoat is nowhere in sight. Certain that something is really wrong. Tess decides she must solve the mystery. What happened to the girl in the green raincoat? Little does she know she is putting herself and her baby in danger as she delves into her quest to find the answers she needs. Dollycas's Thoughts The book reads quite easy as a stand alone. I have not read any of the books in this series and totally enjoyed it. The whole Rear Windowesque theme was thoroughly entertaining. Some of Tess's superstitions added quite a bit of humor along with the zany actions of Dempsey. It is easy to feel for the character of Tess as she not only deals with being bedridden but deals with questions about her future, the normal pregnancy hormones and the fears of a high risk pregnancy. Her boyfriend is a gem, her best friend Whitney is a stitch and her dad is the typical dad, there when you need him. This story is short, well paced and gives us a peek into the world of Tess Monaghan. This may be the first story I have read in this series but it won't be the last. I also want to check out some of Laura Lippman's stand alone novels. This book came from my own person collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good installment of Tess Monaghan series. Would recommend.
Debisimp More than 1 year ago
Another great read!
Nook_IPAD_Reader More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
tjbrink More than 1 year ago
I am a true fan of Laura Lippman and Tess Monaghan. I liked this Novella alot, however, was disappointed that it wasn't a longer story. Also, what book did I miss? Wasn't she just in Texas finding and saving Crow, now they are back in Baltimore and she is in her third trimester... hmmmm
lioness2001 More than 1 year ago
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.
3428powersway More than 1 year ago
Haven't read Lippman before, and this was a pleasant surprise. She develops her characters very well, and enjoyed the little twists. Good Read for sure.
Laurel Wilson More than 1 year ago
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.
Twink More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Laura Lippman. I've enjoyed her last two books which were stand alones, but I was thrilled to see that The Girl in the Green Raincoat featured her recurring character - PI Tess Monaghan. The Girl in the Green Raincoat finds Tess exactly where she doesn't want to be - sitting still. And for a very good reason. She's in the last trimester of a difficult pregnancy. Camped out in the sun room of her home, she whiles away the time watching out the window at the local dog park. She becomes fascinated by a woman who arrives at the same time every day in a green raincoat with her greyhound. Until the day when it's just the dog - trailing his leash... Unable to get up and out herself, Tess sends her partner Crow to corral the dog. What seemed like a simple search and rescue to return a lost dog turns into something more. Attempts to find the girl in the green raincoat leads to a trail of crimes that Tess slowly pieces together from her bedroom. Think Rear Window. This novella originally appeared serialized in the New York Times two years go. Once I discovered this, it explained why each chapter seemed to have a little story within the story. We get extra glimpses into the character's lives. Tess's doubts about her relationship and impending motherhood make the character even more realistic. I have always enjoyed the character of Whitney, Tess's best friend - we get to see some of her emotional make up this time around. I can't wait to see more about Mrs. Blossom, who is running the agency while Tess is laid up - she is a character just waiting to be fleshed out. Lippman's characters are engaging, the plots believable and the dialogue witty - I love the way Tess's mind works. For fans of Tess this is a must. I can't wait to see where Lippman takes the storyline next. For those new to this series, you may want to start with an earlier book to get a sense of the characters and the background. Now that's not to say you wouldn't enjoy this easy, one sitting read - you definitely will - but I know you'll be hunting down the rest of the series!
BookReviewsByMolly More than 1 year ago
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!
Kay2001 More than 1 year ago
The Girl in the Green Raincoat was a fun book. I don't think I have read any other mysteries featuring Tess but she did seem familiar so maybe I have. Hmmmmmmmm I felt for Tess who was on "bed rest" because of a high risk pregnancy. I went through that myself when I was pregnant with my boys and it's not fun. It was easy to see how she watched people out of her window and made up stories to go with them. Especially being a PI, she can easily insert trouble with the way her mind works. The story moved along at a nice pace. It is filled with quirky, fun characters. I especially liked Whitney. She is the kind of friend that we all need to have. The superstitions that Tess had about not doing anything for the baby like buying furniture, having a baby shower, baby clothes, etc until the baby was born because it is bad luck gave me a laugh. We Italians have some strange superstitions as well so that was easy to relate to. This is a nice book for a weekend read when you want a mystery but not something heavy and gory. It keeps you guessing and I was quite surprised by the end.
bdouglas97 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What should have been a quick read for me seemed to drag a little bit. After seeing the previous reviews, I expected to read this in a couple of hours but for some reason, I kept having to go back and check who was who and my mind kept wandering off. Once on track, the "rear window like " story came together.
dianaleez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tess Monaghan is back. And Laura Lippman¿s new Tess long short story/novella (at 208 pages call it what you choose) was worth the wait. It¿s Lippman¿s take on `Rear Window,¿ as a pregnant homebound Tess watches dog walkers in the nearby park and becomes fascinated by `The Girl in the Green Raincoat¿ who spends her time talking on her cell as she walks her green raincoat-clad miniature greyhound. Then, no surprise, one day the little greyhound runs free trailing his green color coordinated leash, and the plot thickens.For those enmeshed in the Tess series, this is a must read. Our iconoclastic Tess, pregnant? Tess, who could happily subsist on candy bars, sausage, and beer, and has little concern about her personal safety, is going to be responsible for someone else? Tess and Crow (?) as parents? Who other than Lippman and possibly Crow ever expected this day?And for those new to the series, while ¿begin at the beginning¿ is the best way to tackle this series where the characters actually change and grow, relationships develop in a believable fashion, nevertheless, ¿The Girl in the Green Raincoat¿ gives a good introduction to the world of Tess Monaghan. Lippman and Tess handle the `Rear Window¿ theme with elan. The story is, as are all of the Tess books, interesting on three levels: the mystery element, the Tess-Crow relationship, and, as always, the portrait of Baltimore and its citizens.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the eleventh and final [so far!] book of the Tess Monaghan detective series. The author, Laura Lippman, is obviously a movie buff as her other books reveal, and this book is a knock-off of the 1954 Hitchcock classic, "Rear Window."Tess, a private detective with her own business, is now 35. She isn¿t used to being inactive, but is temporarily confined to bed rest because of a high-risk pregnancy. She lives with her boyfriend Crow, who is ¿alarmingly in touch with his inner Martha Stewart.¿ Crow outfits Tess with all she might need to combat her frustration and crabbiness over her confinement, including a pair of binoculars so she can watch the neighbors at the dog park. Before long she notices that a dog has been abandoned, a dog previously walked by a woman in a green raincoat. She suspects foul play, and sends Crow along with her best friend Whitney to investigate.As Tess does what research she can on the computer about the missing woman, she also worries about what aspect of herself might go missing when the baby arrives. How will she balance being a mother with having a dangerous, demanding job that she really loves? Moreover, Crow hasn¿t said anything about getting married; doesn¿t he want to? It¿s all making her a wreck. Evaluation: This is more like a novella than a book, and isn¿t Lippman at her finest. Nevertheless, it is a must for fans of Tess Monaghan, because of the life-changing situation in which she now finds herself. In addition, other regular characters weigh in with Tess on love, marriage, and parenthood, and this gives us valuable and often touching insights into their lives as well as Tess¿s.Tess Monaghan Series in Order:Baltimore Blues (1997)Charm City (1997)Butchers Hill (1998)In Big Trouble (1999)The Sugar House (2000)In a Strange City (2001)The Last Place (2002)By A Spider's Thread (2004)No Good Deeds (2006)Another Thing to Fall (2008) The Girl in the Green Raincoat (2011)
SenoraG163 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Girl in the Green Raincoat was a fun book. I don't think I have read any other mysteries featuring Tess but she did seem familiar so maybe I have. HmmmmmmmmI felt for Tess who was on "bed rest" because of a high risk pregnancy. I went through that myself when I was pregnant with my boys and it's not fun. It was easy to see how she watched people out of her window and made up stories to go with them. Especially being a PI, she can easily insert trouble with the way her mind works.The story moved along at a nice pace. It is filled with quirky, fun characters. I especially liked Whitney. She is the kind of friend that we all need to have. The superstitions that Tess had about not doing anything for the baby like buying furniture, having a baby shower, baby clothes, etc until the baby was born because it is bad luck gave me a laugh. We Italians have some strange superstitions as well so that was easy to relate to.This is a nice book for a weekend read when you want a mystery but not something heavy and gory. It keeps you guessing and I was quite surprised by the end.
Bookish59 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Originally serialized in the New York Times, this novella is a quick fun read and a good plot, and great characters. It's worth reading for the witty commentary alone.
ForSix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm pretty sure I found a new literary friend. She has moxie, a good sense a humor, animals love her, and trouble finds her wherever she goes, even when she is bedridden with a high risk pregnancy. Her name is Tess Monaghan and she is one of Baltimore's finest private detectives. I found Tess engaging. I was definitely interested in getting to know her, to find out what path she took that lead her to become a private investigator. I enjoyed the zany cast of characters with my favorite being Mrs. Blossom, the unassuming, knitting master spy. I lost count of how many times I burst out laughing during this novella. Ms. Lippman has a great writing style, direct without being pedestrian. There were two facets I found troubling. The first was that although I had a Why the face? moment, the ending seemed rushed. I really dislike when that happens. The second was, coming into an already established story, she left me feeling a bit like an outsider looking in on family and friends that held a tight bond. However she did succeed in peaking my interest. And now that my appetite is whet, I really have no choice but to start at the beginning and find out more about my new friend Tess and her family and kooky friends.
SugarCreekRanch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read other Laura Lippman books (novels and short story collections), and usually love them. I've been meaning to start reading her Tess Monaghan collection. But it was a mistake to start with this book. There's a mystery here, but it is overshadowed by the interactions of the main characters. These interactions would probably be very entertaining if I already knew and loved the characters. But without the backstory, it really didn't grab me.
SamSattler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Girl in the Green Raincoat, Laura Lippman¿s eleventh Tess Monaghan novel, was originally published as a serial in the New York Times Magazine. Since I only became acquainted with Lippman¿s work beginning with 2007¿s standalone novel, What the Dead Know, other than a short story or two, this is my first experience with Ms. Monaghan ¿ and I seem to be catching her at a bad time.Tess, because of preeclampsia, is ordered to spend the last two months of her pregnancy on extended bed rest. In a takeoff on Alfred Hitchcock¿s Rear Window, Lippman has Tess move her bed out to her winterized sun porch for the duration of the pregnancy. There, armed with a trusty pair of binoculars, Tess begins to study the dog-walkers who use the little park across the street from her house. One walker, in particular, catches her eye - a green-raincoat-wearing blonde whose Italian greyhound always wears a matching green slicker on their walks.When, one afternoon, Tess sees the dog sprinting through the park on its own, she fully expects to find the woman in the green raincoat running behind in a desperate attempt to catch up with her freedom-seeking pooch. But this does not happen and, when neither the woman, nor the dog, has been seen for another day or so, Tess begins to suspect that something is very wrong. So, as a means to avoid going totally stir-crazy on her sun porch, Tess decides to put her detective skills and experience to good use by tracking down the woman in the green raincoat to make sure that nothing has happened to her. Luckily for Tess, she has a crew-of-four willing to do for her what she cannot accomplish from the confines of her little makeshift bedroom: Crow, her boyfriend and father of the baby holding her prisoner; Whitney Talbot, Tess¿s best friend; crackerjack researcher Dorie Starnes; and a most unusual private investigator, Mrs. Blossom. As Tess grows more and more concerned about the missing woman¿s fate, she will manage (much in the tradition of Rear Window) to move the investigation in a direction that places her sun porch in the middle of all the action.The Girl in the Green Raincoat will work best for readers already at least a little familiar with the repeat characters from previous Tess Monaghan novels. This one is very short, at just over 150 pages, and is probably best characterized as a novella rather than a novel. That does not leave much room for character development in a plot that features such a large supporting cast. Motivations, relationships, and personal histories that can only be guessed at by new readers are likely to be perfectly clear to Tess Monaghan veterans for whom the backstory is certain to be a significant part of the fun of The Girl in the Green Raincoat. This is not a good spot at which to jump into the Tess Monaghan series.Rated at: 3.5
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tess Monahan is pregnant and confined to bed rest by the window where she sees a young woman wearing a green raincoat walking a dog wearing a matching green raincoat everyday. One day the dog is running around the park minus it's owner. Tess is convinced that something has happened to the woman and gets her friends to investigate. The author readily admits that she used Hitchcock's movie "Rear Window" as an idea for this story.
Twink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Laura Lippman. I've enjoyed her last two books which were stand alones, but I was thrilled to see that The Girl in the Green Raincoat featured her recurring character - PI Tess Monaghan.The Girl in the Green Raincoat finds Tess exactly where she doesn't want to be - sitting still. And for a very good reason. She's in the last trimester of a difficult pregnancy. Camped out in the sun room of her home, she whiles away the time watching out the window at the local dog park. She becomes fascinated by a woman who arrives at the same time every day in a green raincoat with her greyhound. Until the day when it's just the dog - trailing his leash...Unable to get up and out herself, Tess sends her partner Crow to corral the dog. What seemed like a simple search and rescue to return a lost dog turns intosomething more. Attempts to find the girl in the green raincoat leads to a trail of crimes that Tess slowly pieces together from her bedroom. Think Rear Window.This novella originally appeared serialized in the New York Times two years go. Once I discovered this, it explained why each chapter seemed to have a little story within the story. We get extra glimpses into the character's lives. Tess's doubts about her relationship and impending motherhood make the character even more realistic. I have always enjoyed the character of Whitney, Tess's best friend - we get to see some of her emotional make up this time around. I can't wait to see more about Mrs. Blossom, who is running the agency while Tess is laid up - she is a character just waiting to be fleshed out. Lippman's characters are engaging, the plots believable and the dialogue witty - I love the way Tess's mind works.For fans of Tess this is a must. I can't wait to see where Lippman takes the storyline next. For those new to this series, you may want to start with an earlier book to get a sense of the characters and the background. Now that's not to say you wouldn't enjoy this easy, one sitting read - you definitely will - but I know you'll be hunting down the rest of the series!
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: "I am being held hostage," Tess Monaghan whispered into her iPhone.In this eleventh outing for Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan, she is in the third trimester of her pregnancy and forced to endure bed rest. During the day she is ensconced on a chaise longue on her sun porch, and in homage to one of my favorite books (The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey) and one of my favorite movies (Hitchcock's Rear Window), Tess finds herself paying more attention to the people in the park across the street than she does the books, magazines and DVDs she has at hand.In particular she pays attention to one pretty woman and her dog, both of whom are dressed alike in green raincoats. One day the woman and her dog arrive for their walk and only the dog comes back. The woman has disappeared. Tess knows something's wrong, but since she can't investigate she must enlist the aide of friends and employees like Dorie and Mrs. Blossom. It's a good thing Tess is lying down because she's just opened a big can of worms.I only made Tess's acquaintance in December, reading the first book in the series, Baltimore Blues. Even though I'm usually a stickler for reading series books in order, I couldn't resist this one. Was I confused by the nine unread books in between? Not really, because Lippman is a pro at giving the reader enough information not to feel lost. It's obvious to me that plenty has happened in Tess's life in those nine books, and reading The Girl in the Green Raincoat has whetted my appetite to go back and fill in the blanks.This is short and fast and thoroughly enjoyable. I loved the conversations Tess would have with her unborn child (whom she usually referred to as "Fifi"): "Don't ever settle, Fifi. Don't get married just because it's still marketed as the ultimate achievement for women. On the other hand, learn to value men for something other than their paychecks."Very wise words, Fifi. You'd do well to listen to them. If you're a fan of Tess's-- or even if you're not-- The Girl in the Green Raincoat is one fine mystery.