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

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“Lippman is a writing powerhouse. ”

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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 t
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Published January 18th 2011 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2008)
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Apr 13, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This novella was a quick and fun read! At only a 158 pages, there is so much to enjoy about this book - stories within the story. The ending is quite a surprise and there is nothing to give it away early which is great and not a surprise from a writer like Laura Lippman.

"The Girl in the Green Raincoat" is perfect for a day if you are going to be on a train or a plane. If you are the passenger in a car and can read this is a great choice. Your trip will be so much more pleasant with this book as
May 04, 2016 Connie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Private investigator Tess Monaghan is confined to bed rest during the end of her pregnancy. To pass the time, she sits on the sun porch watching her neighbors. She notices a dog running free, but the dog's owner--a girl who always wore a green raincoat--never showed up again. Tess is suspicious about the young woman's disappearance, and she enlists the help of her friends to find the missing dog owner.

The book first appeared in the New York Times Magazine as a serial novel. It seems to be a humo
Apr 14, 2015 Steph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, reviewed
I came across Laura Lippman while googling for authors similar to Tana French. In an effort to accept the fact that I've already read all of French's currently released books, and she's probably not going to move up the release of her next one even if I ask really nicely, I thought I'd attempt to locate an author with a similar style. If you're in a similar situation this review might help you. Based on this novella alone it is hard to say that Lippman does compare to French; perhaps one of her ...more
Feb 01, 2011 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won this as a Goodreads First Reads. This is the second book by this author that I have read. I read I'd Know You Anywhere last year, and was left somewhat disappointed. Same here. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't the best book ever either. There were some errors, which is a big pet peeve of mine. It was a veru short book, less than 200 pages and somewhat large print, and a very quick read. It was perfect for this time of year, being snowed in and all. I really like the plot of this book: a p ...more
Dec 31, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At this point, any new work by Laura Lippman is an automatic must read for me. Novel, short story, novella, short essay, anything.

So, when "The Girl in the Green Raincoat" arrived, even though I had a long list of other books demanding my attention, I just couldn't help but take a peek inside the covers of this one. One sentence into the story and I was hooked.

This novella, originally published in the New York Times Magazine, finds Lippman's Tess Monagahan confined to bed rest for the final tw
Joni Daniels
Aug 06, 2011 Joni Daniels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read all the Tess Monaghan books and even if this one was slim, I devoured it like all the stories that came before. Lippman's Baltimoe is now mine - so I love it when she tips her hat to local venues that I know - and her descriptions ring true. Baltimore is almost a character in this series - and it changes as the town and the character changes. Tess and Whitney's relationship weaves a strong thread through these books and while Tess's instincts are never exactly 'right on' they aren't fa ...more
Rebekah Scott
Confined to bed rest in the third trimester of her pregnancy, private investigator Tess Monaghan is more than a bit stir-crazy. The highlight of her day is often her ten foot waddle to the bathroom, and although she is used to staying in one place for long periods of time for surveillance jobs, this forced inactivity is unbearable.

Needing a distraction from the tedium, Tess begins to watch the world pass by. Sitting on her sun porch, armed with her binoculars, Tess watches the daily dog walkers,
Alice Bola
Jul 07, 2011 Alice Bola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 15, 2011 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gotta admit that I'm not thrilled that my girl Tess popped out a kid. This is not an affront to women with kids, so please do not take it as such, but rather a fear that one of my favorite characters will suddenly start talking about eating placentas, green baby poop and breast pumping (ew, ew, EW). I am still worried about the future of this series but if the author keeps handing the narrating functions to Whitney (I love her and I normally don't love ultra wealthy characters...but she's so f'd ...more
Dec 16, 2012 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book reads like an homage to Hitchcock's "Rear Window". Tess Monaghan, private detective, is put on bed rest during a complicated pregnancy. She amuses herself by observing the world outside her window, especially a stylish young woman in a celery-green raincoat who walks her dog every day. When the dog appears on his own one day, Tess is convinced something bad has happened to his owner. With some help from her not-bed-bound friends and associates, she discovers the woman's identity. When ...more
Feb 21, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
A good plot's worth revisiting from time to time, which is what Laura Lippman has done in The Girl in the Green Raincoat. Ms. Lippman pays homage to two classics, the film "Rear Window" and the novel The Daughter of Time. Tess Monaghan, PI, is confined to bed for the last two months of her pregnancy. Bored and restless, she takes to watching passersby in the park outside her window. The girl in the green raincoat who walks her greyhound fails to show one day. But Tess sees the dog tearing throug ...more
May 25, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman was one of my favorite books that I read in 2011. I picked it for my book club pick for the month of May as I thought the other mothers in our group would enjoy it as well. The heroine, Tess Monaghan, is a private detective on bed rest for the last few months of her pregnancy. A girl in a green rain coat walks her dog each day in a park outside of Tess’s window. The girl intrigues Tess a la Rear Window, even more so when the girl goes missing and h ...more
May 10, 2011 J.D. rated it it was amazing
Laura Lippman's wonderful PI character Tess Monaghan finds herself confined to her bed on doctors' orders due to unexpected complications of her pregnancy. What happens next is right out of REAR WINDOW: a woman who Tess is used to seeing out her window every day disappears, leaving her neurotic Italian greyhound running free. Tess resolves to solve the mystery from her sickbed, all the while dealing with the abandoned canine, worrying about the impending delivery and terrified at the prospect of ...more
May 10, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a quick ( for me) fun read. lots of memorable quotes and one liners. My favorite?
"And it was an accident! My boyfriend has super sperm! It defeated a diaphragm and spermicide. This is a zygote of Destiny."
Mar 31, 2014 Darlene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery, Thriller, Adventure fans
Recommended to Darlene by: I don't know
This is the mystery book. I do not know how it came into my hands. It just appeared. I had let it sit on the shelf for a while and then finally decided that I could try with very good lighting and short reading times, that I could read it.For someone with good eyesight this may actually be a short read. But for me it took longer. I liked that the spaces between lines made it easier than most paperbacks. In fact, this is the perfect book for a summer read, or plane ride.

It was fun, even though t
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 mo
Mar 27, 2011 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read, 2011
I won this novella as a first read and I usually don't have any preconceived expectations, but with all the hype about the author and being a serial from such a prestigious newspaper as The New York Times I was expecting more from Laura Lippman. While the mystery was engaging at first, the story comes to be more about pregnant PI Tess Monaghan's trepidation over her impending motherhood and her insecurities about her relationship. Although I didn't become invested in the characters, I enjoyed th ...more
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Jul 04, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-novels
I found this book at Half Price Books for $1 and thought it looked interesting. I am glad it was a short book, because I almost gave up on it twice during the 158 pgs. I haven't read anything else by Laura Lippman for comparison, but was annoyed by all the extra effort that was put into using her vast vocabulary and non-stop references to other books, movies, people and current events, most of which were not very well explained. I just felt like this "novella" was trying too hard. The author pri ...more
Jan 06, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laura Lippman is a good writer. Since she has won just about every major award in crime fiction, and many of the minor ones as well, clearly I am not in the minority in this evaluation. The present work shows that her reputation is well-deserved.
The Girl in the Green Raincoat was originally written as a serial in the New York Times magazine and is now being published as a standalone novella of about 200 pages. Many authors in this situation try to expand their magazine piece to the length of a
Jun 12, 2013 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review from first reading (February 15, 2011)

I have to admit to a bit of prejudice when it comes to authors (film-makers, whatever) taking a beloved story and redoing it or working it with a twist. Scarlett, the sequel to Gone with the Wind? Not so much. Rebecca's Story as a continuation of Rebecca? A little better. Mixing Jane Austen characters with zombies? No way, Jose! So when I started seeing Laura Lippmann's The Girl in the Green Raincoat popping up on various blogs, I was fascinated, intr
The Girl in the Green Raincoat was a slight departure from the Tess Monaghan series in that this book was a novella. Despite its smaller size, I found it a solid read. I loved Lippman's Hitchcockian twist reminiscent of Rear Window, which finds Tess laid up on bed rest due to a difficult pregnancy. A mystery unfolds as Tess spies a girl in a green raincoat walking a dog in the park outside her window. The mystery was intriguing and nicely done, but just as enjoyable was the glimpse into Tess's l ...more
super quick novella that kept me turning the pages. nothing special, but at 160 pages, this was a perfect fix for when i was in the mood for a mystery.

for more thoughts (plus thoughts on side stories and companion pieces) head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby!
Jan C
Dec 28, 2015 Jan C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, balto, 2015
Obviously, I put this novella down for a while.

Confined to bed rest for her third trimester, Tess Monaghan has too much time on her hands. Taking far too much interest in her neighbors' comings and goings. Provided a flash back to the past with the "land of counterpane" to the old A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson.

There does come a point where she realizes that her life has just crossed paths with Rear Window.
This was a very short installment in this series, only 180 pages. The story is a little Rear Window-ish in that Tess is pregnant and has preeclampsia, do her doctor has forced her to bedrest for the remainder of her pregnancy. She spends her days on a closed in porch of her house, overlooking a neighborhood dog park. This is where she sees the girl in the green raincoat walking her dog, also dressed in a green raincoat. One day, she sees the dog running across the park alone and she doesn't see ...more
Jan 22, 2011 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laura Lippman had this Tess Monaghan mystery serialized in the New York Times. Somehow I missed it. Now, it is printed as a book.

Think The Rear Window. Think Daughter of Time. Tess has been confined to bed for the last weeks of her pregnancy... and she is bored. When she sees a woman apparently disappear, her curiosity gets the better of her. She's not an investigator for nothing!

This should not be the first you read in this marvelous series, nor is it the strongest. Yet, it is the only one that
Alicia Jacobs
Apr 05, 2015 Alicia Jacobs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dang it, I accidentally skipped 10. I thought the pregnancy would eventually be explained, then I realized I just skipped one. Quick read - more like early Tess books, I enjoyed it.
Feb 08, 2011 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, 2011, mystery
I won this one through First Reads.

I enjoyed this little book more than I thought I would. The book was too short to get really invested in, so it was easy to pick up and read a little bit, but then put down to go about my daily life. I enjoyed the characters; they were quirky and real and made the book entertaining for me. I found that I didn't care very much about the mystery of the Girl in the Green Raincoat, but I enjoyed seeing how Tess and all her associates figured out what had happened.
Aug 30, 2015 Teresacronin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty fun. I listened to the audiobook while running and loved it, especially since the woman who read it kind of sounded like Daria.
Jul 25, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story, quick read and surprise ending. A mystery that even surprises teh P.I. telling the story...
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Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar , the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other ...more
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