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Butchers Hill (Tess Monaghan #3)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  2,607 ratings  ·  202 reviews
Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her shingle as a p.i.-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's 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 ...more
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Published March 17th 2009 by William Morrow (first published 1998)
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Now I understand.

I have enjoyed Lippman's standalone novels but was underwhelmed with the first two books in the author's Tess Monaghan series.

The evolution of a good writer into a great writer begins with book three, Butchers Hill. The plot(s) are complex and entertaining so the reader is kept guessing. Lippman continues to include Monaghan's eccentric Jewish/Irish family to lighten the mood but the slapstick humour is toned down from the previous novels. As we get to know the various family
Kathleen Hagen
Butcher’s Hill, by Laura Lippman, B-plus. A tess Monihan mystery.
Produced by BBC audio books America, narrated by Deborah Hazlett, and downloaded from Audible.
In this book, Tess has taken the big step and started her own private eye firm. In this book we deal with her first two clients. Her office is in Butcher’s Hill, a not-so-good neighborhood in Baltimore. A man named Luther Beal shows up at her door. He was accused of vigilanteism and of shooting one of the boys who kept vandalizing his prop
Private investigator Tess Monaghan’s first official client is Luther Beale, known as the Butcher of Butchers Hill. Five years earlier, Luther was imprisoned for shooting a young boy vandalizing his car, and Luther wants Tess to find the children who witnessed the shooting so he can make amends to them. Almost immediately, two of those children are found murdered and the police target Beale as the killer. Tess’s second case, which becomes a parallel investigation, involves a sophisticated fundrai ...more
Kathy Davie
Third in the Tess Monaghan mystery series based in Baltimore and revolving around a private detective just starting out.

My Take
It was slow to get started but I was soon deep in the two cases Tess pursued. One on a baby put up for adoption by a young but ambitious woman who turns out to have very unexpected connections to the Weinstein side of Tess' family. The other reopens the case of the Butcher of Butchers Hill unveiling a cauldron of corruption.

It's some nasty stuff that has torn up peopl
Jun 01, 2008 stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to stephanie by: everyone.
actually, this was one of my favorite tess books so far. but what i love most about lippman is not just her characters, or her plots, or the setting.

it's little things like this:

"You made his day," the doorman said.
"By taking his soda and scaring him with my dog?"
"By letting him do something for someone else. Nobody wants to be on the end of the receiving line all the time, you know. Howard smuggles bread out of here every day, just so he can feed birds, just so somebody will need him."
Sure en
I enjoyed the first Tess Monaghan novel that I read, but I loved this one. It was not only an entertaining story with great characters, but it provided me with a reader's special bonus--it left me something to think about.

As a private detective struggling to establish a new business, Tess calls on various members of her extended (and quirky) family to assist with two different invigations which both involve teenagers who have been touched by the child welfare system. Her bickering but supportive
Yeah, these just never really took off for me. The race and class relations stuff has a lot of potential but is pretty clumsily handled in lots of places. I read three of them because I kind of liked Tess as a character and because I honestly think that long-running series deserve a few books' worth of a chance to get their bearings. But I'd much rather read Naked in Death, even though they got the same rating.
Book Concierge
This is book 3 in the series featuring Tess Monaghan, former reporter and now PI in Baltimore. Tess has opened a new office and her calendar is empty, except for two appointments. The first involves looking into an old shooting involving minors; the second a woman's desire to find a child given up for adoption 13 years previously. When two of the minors Tess seeks turn up murdered, police attention focuses on Tess and her clients. What I really like about Tess is that she doesn't rely on men to ...more
Darla Lomax
Just discoverd Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan series a month or so ago. This is the third - working my way through them. Based in Baltimore, Tess lost her job as a newspaper reporter when the paper sold and in this third book she has just opened her own detective agency.
Megan Baxter
This was a pretty good mystery, marred by a hasty ending. But after reading that dreadful Patricia Cornwell book a week or so ago, this was just the palate cleanser I needed for that genre.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
Lynette Barfield
Laura Lippmann Tess Monahan series which is what I classify as light mystery or suspense. I enjoyed the characters and storyline, interesting reading that didn't require a lot of attention. Just right for a change of pace.
Third in the Tess Monaghan series.

In Butchers Hill we find Tess has moved. She has her own office and her own pad. She's starting to take in money. She is still tied to Tyner Gray, friend, attorney, rowing coach, who signs a contract with each client Tess accepts, giving her some protection through privilege laws.

Tess is involved in two investigations in this novel. First, the case of Luther Beale. Beale is fresh out of prison for shooting (and killing) a young boy who, with his buddies, had be
Tess Monaghan is a former newspaper reporter turned private eye. She has just hung out her P.I. shingle when she gets her first two cases. Little does she know how they will impact her and her family. One case involves a long ago murder of a poor boy in foster care. One case involves finding a baby long ago given up for adoption. Tess is smart and resourceful if not experienced. But she is unprepared for the danger the past murder dredges up and unprepared for the long hidden hurts in her own fa ...more
Lynn Pribus
Maybe a little more than three stars, but I'm wary of star "creep" which devalues five stars. Three means I liked it and I did. I've tried to get into Stephanie Plum a couple times, but Evanovich doesn't do it for me which is too bad, since she had quite a series.

But Tess Monahan (a Weinstein on her mother's side which makes for quite the family gatherings) has a plain-spoken manner and gets into interesting situations. There are two parallel, but unrelated, plot lines in this one. The audio per
What can I say? I really enjoy reading these books. I like Tess, the mysteries are engaging, and the ages turn themselves. I ended up really liking Jackie, tough nut that she was--I really appreciate how Lippmann writes women, period. They're always strong, complicated, individuals, and I am all over that. And Tess's family! Her mother, her grandmother, her dad. I love hem. Also, I would be remiss no to mention baby Layla, because she broke my heart, and I was super invested in her. Probably jus ...more
This book follows Tess Monaghan at the beginning of her career as a private detective. One of her first clients is Luther Beale, nicknamed the Butcher of Butcher Hill because he killed a child in his neighborhood years ago trying to stop vandalism. Luther, now out of jail, wants Tess to find the other children, now in their late teens, in order to help them financially. Luther indicates that he has paid his dues and he now wants to give back. Tess starts looking for the children, but friends and ...more
I finished this book, the fourth in this series, and mostly enjoyed it. In the midst of trying to solve the five year old murder of an eleven year old child, Tess encounters other children who are caught up in, or trying to escape from, the foster care system. Tess also learns new disturbing history about her own family.
What I did not like about this was the author's use of the story to bash the people who work in the child welfare system. While I do know that there is the possibility for corru
Butcher's Hill is the beginning of Tess Monaghan's private investigator business all on her own. Well, she has a silent partner and Tyner to help, but she is doing it on her own. Yay, Tess. Her first customer is the Butcher of Butcher's Hill. He was recently let out of prison after 5 years for killing a young boy who was a neighborhood hoodlum. He wants Tess to find the hoodlums friends to see if they need any money and to apologize to them.

Her next client, Mary Browne, wants help finding her lo
Butchers Hill is the third book in the Tess Monaghan series. Tess has moved into her own "shop" and acquired two clients: Luther and Jackie. Luther is paying Tess to find a group of teenagers who were friends with the boy Luther was convicted of shooting. Jackie wants Tess to help her find the daughter she gave up for adoption thirteen years ago. On the surface, both cases appear to be pretty straight forward. O.k., Luther wanting to find the friends of the boy he shot is kind of weird, but all ...more
Butchers Hill takes place several months after Charm City concludes. Tess has actually rented office space and hung out her shingle. Her first couple of clients are most interesting: a convicted murderer whose served his time and is interested in becoming an anonymous benefactor to some missing children, and a successful businesswoman intent on finding the daughter she gave up for adoption years ago. Against the advice of her lawyer, the local homicide detective, and sometimes her own better ju ...more
#3 Tess Monaghan mystery series set in Baltimore. Tess, now an official private investigator, is hired by two people--the first, a woman who claims to be looking for her long lost sister and the second an elderly man who is just out of prison, having been put there because he shot a neighborhood boy to death when he was harassing the old man. Luther Beale, "The Butcher" of Butcher's Hill wants Tess to find the other children who were with Donny Moore when he died to attempt to compensate them in ...more
Yes, I really like Laura Lippman's work, and this one is particularly good, with the intertwining cases and...well, who doesn't like a sort of happy ending? I like her characters and I like her sass. And I am now going to plunge into her first book, since I've been reading these in scattergun fashion (actually, I have already started the first one, and yeah, it is really good too, though without fluffy creatures. I may be stretching the fluffy creature category for Lippman's later mysteries; a g ...more
Kevin Parsons
I agree with some other reviewers that with every book in this series the writing improves. A more involved plot with more about Tess's family and history. The first two spent a lot of time on her newspaper career but this book branches out into less familiar territory. Like the other books in this series it is also a love letter to the city of Baltimore. I enjoy finding out about the city through these books and find myself reading them one after another.
This would be a 3.5, but I don't want to get too crazy and round up to a 4. The pacing was decent, although I admit to sneaking a peek at the ending about 3/4 the way through (I usually do anyway), and the writing style worked for me, no glitches or snags to distract me. As far as the mysteries themselves (2), there was quite a bit revealed towards the end (without the due process of telling the process) that made guessing the perpetrators rather difficult, but, overall, the characters have star ...more
This was an excellent story, with a plot that kept you both captivated and guessing until the end. I enjoyed the relationship and eventual friendship of Tess and Jackie. I also enjoyed the story of redemption that ended the book. I
liked most of the characters, which is unusual for me these days. Too many characters are either one-sided (good or evil)' or whiny and self-centered.
This is a very satisfactory story with private investigator, Tess Monahan, newly launched into her new career, coping with her dysfunctional but entertaining family while solving two mysteries, one with up close and personal consequences. Character comments interspersed provided pertinent insightful commentary and very appropriate wisdoms.
Kaye Steeno
I really enjoy the Tess Monaghan books, but as with most series this is best if you have read other books and know the characters . Two story lines make this book an interesting read, and of course they come together at the end. One involves an open and shut murder case which isn't open and shut. The other is about adoption.
Lippman's writing made it very easy to get through in a matter of hours, but I am sad to say that it was not because the content was gripping. I appreciate her efforts in describing the inept foster care system, class/racial tensions and the different sides of Baltimore, but all-in-all this book left no impression on me whatsoever. I neither hate it nor love it. It wasn't particularly spell-bounding, nor was it a very hard read. The actual mystery was rather lukewarm and quite frankly, I was imm ...more
Listened to as an AB. Liked the reader-so important! I liked the book, kept me interested. The is not edge of your seat "who done it".
Which is what I prefer. There is some comic banter -which usually isn't my thing in mystery either.
Recc. the book esp for someone that likes this kind of writing.
A good private detective (or cop, or ...) probably has multiple cases going on at the same time ...
In real life, they rarely have anything to do with each other. That is often not true in novels.

So ... of course, I paid extra special attention to the subtleties, to see if I could figure out where Tess Monaghan's 2 cases crossed over. (I will not divulge where / if they did - no need for a spoiler alert here!)

Even without this, it caught my attention and kept it throughout the book. And, I love i
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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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