Series: Tess Monaghan #1
Published by HarperCollins on January 20th 2015 (reprint)
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Discover the first novel in New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman's outstanding Tess Monaghan series! When a former Baltimore reporter must solve the murder of a notorious attorney, she discovers Charm City is rife with dark, sordid, and dangerous secrets.
In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer's notoriety—and his taste for illicit midday trysts—make the case front-page news in every local paper except the Star, which crashed and burned before Abramowitz did.
A former Star reporter who knows every inch of this town—from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill—now-unemployed journalist Tess Monaghan also knows the guy the cops like for the killing: cuckolded fiancé Darryl "Rock" Paxton. The time is ripe for a career move, so when rowing buddy Rock wants to hire her to do some unorthodox snooping to help clear his name, Tess agrees.
But there are lethal secrets hiding in the Charm City shadows. And Tess's own name could end up on that ever-expanding list of Baltimore dead.
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Tess Monaghan is an out-of-work reporter, who gets roped into following her friend’s fiancée because he’s worried that all is not on the up-and-up. Because she has the time and needs the money, Tess starts following Ava around – and finds herself standing on the outskirts of murder, with her friend Rock (yes, it’s a nickname) the prime suspect.
Knowing he can’t have done the deed, Tess sets about figuring out who’d want the unpopular lawyer dead. She finds a whole lot of stuff that doesn’t tie into a motive, contends with an unrepentantly lying fiancée, and loses her booty-call as he’s figuring out an angle on a different story.
Tess is alright. She’s tenacious as a dog with a bone, intent on proving her friend’s innocence. She cares about her family (we mostly meet her aunt Kitty, in whose bookstore Tess has a part-time job) and her friends. About the only thing I don’t like about Tess is that she sleeps with someone who has a girlfriend, mostly because she justifies it as being his problem, not hers.
I thought the plot was going nowhere fast, because it seemed as if we were just going in circles on the same merry-go-round as Tess chases down leads and finds a lot of dead ends. I was getting about as frustrated as Tess was, honestly. Nothing seems to connect to anything else, until the final piece of the puzzle falls into place. Then it all made sense.
All in all I quite enjoyed Baltimore Blues, Laura Lippman sure kept me wondering throughout. I can’t wait to read more Tess.
drey’s rating: Excellent!
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